Is Poland Europe’s best-kept secret? Its image might be stuck in a gloomy Gdansk shipyard, but in reality, Poland is a scenic wonderland. Miles and miles of endless white sandy beaches crown the nation. Between the Baltic coast and the rest of the country, a belt of freshwater lakes shimmer away, set amidst picturesque hills and primeval forests. Heading south the lowland plains give way to rocky peaks covered with snow all year round. After numerous invasions and devastating war, reminders of its tumultuous past are everywhere, yet the country wears them proudly. Like Europe’s battle-scarred boxer, Poland stands remarkably transformed and well-preserved, filled with fairytale medieval cities, humbling historic attractions, magnificent castles, palaces and sacred sites.
Poland today is probably Europe's best kept secret. Appreciate the wealth of medieval fairy-tale cities and scenic wonders on this enthralling journey, and enjoy the warm-hearted hospitality of the Polish people themselves.
An all-embracing journey of Scandinavia, the Baltic, Russia, Lithuania and Poland, showcasing Baroque splendour, fine design and historic conflicts and resolutions.
Walk in the footsteps of Prague’s Bohemian Kings and fall under the spell of Český Krumlov. Explore the legacy of the Habsburgs in Vienna and Budapest.
It’s hard to believe the capital of Warsaw was nearly flattened during WWII, but the Varsovians preserved anything that survived and rebuilt the rest (reputedly based on the paintings of Canaletto!) Outside the capital, Torun is a Gothic glory on the Vistula River, and birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. In Czestochowa, marvel at the beautiful Paulite Monastery at Jasna Gora, housing “The Black Madonna,” supposedly painted by St. Luke the Evangelist. In Poznan, explore the Renaissance Town Hall and the numerous Gothic churches. Once the playground of the Prussian aristocracy, Sopot has been Poland's most fashionable resort for almost a century and as for that shipyard in Gdansk? It’s still there - but needs to be considered along with Gdansk’s Main Town, where arched passageways, gilded flourishes and stately gabled merchants houses testify to the city’s wealth in the 16th and 17th centuries.
For a panoramic view of Warsaw, whistle up the ‘wedding cake’! Ascend to the observation area of the 40-story-high Soviet style Palace of Science and Culture for an extraordinary perspective. Next, head underground and visit a 600 year old salt mine on the outskirts of Krakow. A fantasy-world of chambers filled with unique salt sculptures, carved by the miners themselves awaits.
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