Poland Holiday 2019-2020 - The best places to visit
Plan your Holiday in Poland and visit the best places. Discover all you need to know in order to plan a great trip. Save money on transport and see more. Using this page you should be able to plan for a week or more.
Poland Holidays - Planning in 2019-2020
Visit the best Places in Poland
Pictures from some of the best places to visit in Poland
Landing in Poland - Transportations
All the information about how to get to the city center from Warsaw and Krakow are in my Transport Guide.
Better to focus and plan using the thwo main options for transportation in Poland. One is the public transportation, including the intercity trains and the other is FlixBus.
In case you are a group of people and you would like to see many different places, it is best to rent a car in Poland. Ideally you get the car upon arrrival at the airport and then deliver back at the airport before departure.
The best way to use the public transportation in Poland is JakdoJade application. It is best to check your transport needs in advance, plan and optimize.
For example we know that a 20 minutes ticket cost 3.40 PLN in Warsaw, while a 75 minute ticket cost 4.40 PLN. Also check day and three day options in case you plan to travel in the city a lot.
Family and group options might also save you money in many of the cases. You can find all the ticket options and other information about public transport in the Transport Guide.
If convenient wins over the cost, then you can check some more convenient transport options from the airports.
Warsaw - The capital of Poland
Warsaw is the capital of Poland and it is best location for taking day tours around Poland. It is located more or less in the center of Poland, so it can be chosen for the most of the day trips as the best departure point.
Accommodation in Warsaw
Where to stay always depend on how many people you are, what plans you have and also if you are going to rent a car.
For example it might be best to book an apartment in case you are more than 3 people and you want to be together. It is going to be much cheaper.
Also you need to check the price for parking, it is very important as some hotels charge a lot of money. It is also a bit hard to find a free and not penalized parking in the center of Warsaw.
I have collected many tools and information in order to help you find the best hotel in Warsaw and Krakow.
As a great option in Warsaw, i reccommend the Radisson BLU Sobieski, which is a 4* Hotel located a bit outside the city center. Strategic location and great prices.
We reccommend booking a hotel or an apartment without brekfast for two main reasons.
- You can then try different places and food
- You save on breakfast by trying places which they offer breakfast for 1 zloty in Warsaw.
As soon as you are in Warsaw, you can discover the city and also take one-day or two-day trips from Warsaw to discover Poland.
Things to do in Warsaw and Close
Warsaw is a big city with a lot of green areas, museums and history to discover. I highly reccommend to visit the Warsaw surroundings, forest and parks.
You can get a great clue when you read my two articles about Warsaw. One is about things to do in Warsaw, specially with kids but not only.
The other article is about the Warsaw surroundings and awesome places to visit very close to Warsaw.
In addition to those two lists, there are also a few very interesting things you can do as well in Warsaw. I am sure you already know about Frederick Chopin and that his heart is located in Warsaw.
Yes, this is true and also his birthplace Zelazowa Wola is located very close to Warsaw. A tour related to F. Chopin life is highly reccommended from Warsaw.
In case you liked the Polish cuisine and you have the time and burning desire to learn about the Polish cooking. I have the best Polish cooking classes in Warsaw to reccommend for you.
Finally if you only like to try them, then maybe you can join a Polish food and vodka taste in Warsaw.
For the Greeks i have a special article about Warsaw -- See: Βαρσοβία
Tip: What's the best way to discover Warsaw during the warm months? Definitely by renting a Bike in Warsaw
One-Day or Two-Day tours from Warsaw
Trip 1: Gdansk and Malbork Castle (UNESCO) (Sopot)
Option 1 - By a Car (one or two days)
1-Day Cost for 3x people: €198
The first option is to go by car to Gdansk and then to Malbork castle and finally return back to Warsaw the same day. You can also stay in Gdansk for a night in a two-day trip.
The trip is around 4 hours and 30 minutes drive and 405 km in total. In the one-day trip the cost will be as below:
- Gas for 405 km - Around 300 PLN (€72)
- One Day car rental - Around €28
- Gdansk city tour. You can take audio guide tour in English, German, Russian or Polish for only €8 per group of 3 person.
- Then you need an audio guide for the Malbork castle, which cost around €9,50. The ausdio guide is highly reccommended. You can book here.
- Two good meals for 3 people, which is 6 meals, around €60
2-Day Cost for 3x people: €263
For the two day option, which means to stay for a night in Gdansk, we will need to add a hotel for a night. We can also see the beautiful city of Sopot.
- One night hotel in Gdansk for 3 person - From €25. You can use the hotel comparison engine, select 3* and sort by price.
- You need to add also another 40km extra gas around €10 for the visit to Sopot.
- Another extra breakfast maybe before you depart for Warsaw the next day - €30
Sopot points of interest
- Sopot’s wooden pier or “Molo” - try the famous Polish “Gofry” waffles
- The famous Heroes of Monte Cassino Street.
- Crooked house
- Lighthouse - built between 1903 and 1904 as a part of Balneological Institute.
You can also go to Gdansk by Flixbus. The cost is around €10 per person and the ride is around 6 hours. But then you will need to go from Gdansk to Malbork, so you will need to book a train as well.
But due to the fact that 6 hours is very long time, you might want to check the trains. The train goes for example only 3 hours and 45 minutes and might cost even from €15 euro (Warsaw - Gdansk).
Then the train from Gdansk to Malbork will be another €6 on a 35 minute ride. So in Total the trains will cost for 3 person totally around €126 (Warsaw - Gdansk - Malbork - Gdansk - Warsaw).
Except if you take the train from Malbork back to Warsaw, then you save around €18.
You can find more detailed information about this trip from Warsaw in How to visit Malbork castle and Gdansk from Warsaw.
Trip 2 - Olsztyn - Wolf's Lair - Mamerki - Sw. Lipka
This is a very interesting trip to do from Warsaw. Specially if you are studying or interested in WWII. Wolf's Lair was the place where Adolf Hitler spend around 800 days during WWII.
Also the place where one of the major assasinations against him took place. Have you seen the famous movie Valkyrie operation? Then this trip is a must do.
Unfortunately this is difficult trip, specially if you do not have a car. You can find all the information about how to make this trip in the article: How to visit Wolf's Lair from Warsaw.
The tour can be combined with a lot of interesting sites that are located close enough. You can also make the trip in two days if you have the time.
I highly reccommend that you stay in a traditional place close to Wolf's Lair and hire my guide for the whole day. You can send me a message for a quote and availability.
Trip 3 - Bialowieza Forest (UNESCO)
This is an interesting forest as it is listed in the UNESCO list. If you like the nature at it's best, then a visit to Bialowieza forest from Warsaw is a must see in Poland.
The Białowieża Forest World Heritage site, on the border between Poland and Belarus, is an immense range of primary forest including both conifers and broadleaved trees covering a total area of 141,885 hectares.
Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and Black Sea, this transboundary property is exceptional for the opportunities it offers for biodiversity conservation. It is home to the largest population of the property’s iconic species, the European bison.
Thanks to several ages of protection the Forest had survived in its natural state to this day.
The Bialowieza National Park, Poland, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979 and extended to include Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Belarus, in 1992.
There is also a way to cross the borders between the two sides, so this is very interesting but requires some planning in advance. Hope you find all the information on how to visit Bialowieza forest from Warsaw.
It doesn't matter which time of the year as every season has it's own beauty. It is also reccommended to stay at least one night in the forest.
Trip 4 - Lublin and Majdanek Nazi Camp
The city of Lublin is called by also the “little Krakow” and it is an amazing city in Poland. Lublin is cultural and academic center in Eastern Poland. There are a lot worth to see in the city.
Lublin has two universities which give the city a vibrant nightlife as well.
Majdanek in the other hand is located in the citie's outskirts and you can get there by public transportation.
The German concentration camp in Lublin, called Majdanek, was initiated by Heinrich Himmler’s decision.
Visiting Lublin in July 1941, Himmler entrusted Lublin district SS and police commander, Odilo Globocnik, with building a camp “for 25-50,000 inmates who would be used to work in SS and police workshops and at construction sites”.
The camp was going to be the source of a free workforce for the realization of the plans to build a German empire.
The camp, built from autumn 1941, was initially called Kriegsgefangenenlager der Waffen SS Lublin – a camp for prisoners of war, and in February 1943 was renamed Konzentrationslager Lublin – a concentration camp.
Prisoners came from nearly 30 countries. Polish citizens dominated (mainly Poles and Jews) but there were also prisoners from the Soviet Union and the Czech Republic (Jews).
Apart from Poles and Jews, the Russians, Byelorussians, and Ukrainians constituted the largest groups of inmates.
From the very beginning of their stay at the camp, the prisoners were inevitably accompanied by hunger, fear, backbreaking work and diseases.
Prisoners lives were constantly threatened. They died in the aftermath of wretched living conditions, they were executed and murdered in gas chambers.
Among an estimated 150,000 prisoners who entered Majdanek, 80,000 people were killed according to the most recent research.
The tragic history of the Lublin concentration camp came to an end on 22 July 1944.
Soon, a Soviet NKWD camp was organized for members of the Polish Secret State on the grounds of Majdanek. Germans soldiers were also imprisoned for some time in the barracks of the former camp.
Source: History of Majdanek
All you need to know in order to plan your visit to Lublin and Majdanek from Warsaw. I can arrange a guide for you in Lublin and Majdanek. Just send me a message.
Treblinka Nazi Camp from Warsaw
In case you would like to see more Nazi Sites from Warsaw and there is still sometime, then you can visit Treblinka from Warsaw. The closest Nazi Camp.
The tour to Treblinka can be combined with one or more awesome places close to Warsaw.
Enough with Warsaw, time to move to Krakow
You can go by Train, Bus or your car rental. In case you want to look for more options, please check the Transport Guide - Intercity Tab for a plethora of options
Arrived in Krakow
Things to do in Krakow
Welcome to Krakow, one of the most beautiful and cultural cities of Poland. Until 1596 it was the capital of Poland.
The city has grown from a Stone Age settlement to Poland's second most important city. It began as a hamlet on Wawel Hill and was already being reported as a busy trading centre of Central Europe in 965.
Not sure how many days you choose to stay in Krakow. You can plan according to what you like to see in the city from my awesome list of things to do in Krakow.
I am sure you will find a lot of interesting places to visit. You can also choose some of the day tours below from Krakow.
Something you might be also interested to see in Krakow is the famous OSKAR SCHINDLER'S FACTORY.
Finally in Krakow, you can get a 4 hours professional walking tour in Greek or in English. The tour will include the Krakow's underground museum (Rynek underground) which is the best museum of Krakow.
Another eveing activity that is highly reccommended in Krakow is to take a Food tour. The best way to meet and taste the city culture.
Finally, for people going to party and they would like to have some fun, i highly reccommend to take a look in Fun and Party tours in Krakow.
One-Day or Two-Day tours from Krakow
Czestochowa - The religious capital of Poland
Częstochowa was considered a great Jewish center in Poland. By the end of WWII, nearly all Jews had been killed or deported to be killed, making Częstochowa what the Nazis called Judenfrei.
You can check out some of the tours to Czestochowa from Krakow.
Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II
I am sure it is already in you plans if you haven't seen it already. Together with Wieliczka Salt Mine below are the main attractions from Krakow.
For my Greek friends, i worked hard to prepare special articles that work as guides for both camps. I also founded Greek guides for both Auschwitz and Wieliczka and i see people started already booking.
We have already a lot of satisfied clients. Not only those tours are private but they are also in a very good price. They can be both in English and in Greek.
I am sorry that all my information about Auschwitz tours are in Greek, but the english tours in Auschwitz are even sold in kiosk. It is very easy to find a tour in English for Auschwitz, but nearly nothing in Greek.
Finally, you can find information about the tours i provide in Greek to both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II, but also in Wieliczka and Krakow.
Wieliczka, a Salt Mine with Character
Wieliczka Salt mine is not just another salt mine. It has it's own character and it is something you are not going to find in any other place in the whole world. It's something unique.
There are 3 different routes someone can take and each route has it's own character. You can visit the most beautiful site of the Salt Mine in the tourist route but you can also choose to see the dark site in the Miner's route.
It is something you should not miss in Poland. You can visit Krakow and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Warsaw, but is easier to visit from Krakow. You can even go by public transportation.
The ticket for an English tour can be booked from the Mine's website and it cost around 22 euro. You can go there by a normal public transport ticket which cost around 2 euro both ways.
But if you like to have more convenient, you can book a tour from Krakow with hotel pickup. This tour cost around €43 per person and can be contacted in English or Spanish.
Finally, for my Greek friends we do translation of the Polish group with extra information in Greek language. The Polish group is cheaper for around €8 per person.
You can find all the necessary infrormation about the Greek tours to Wieliczka from Krakow.
Bochnia Salt Mine
Do you know that The Bochnia Salt Mine is Equal to Wieliczka and is also in UNESCO list? It can be visited on foot or by a boat. Isn't this interesting?
It was opened in the 13th century under the reign of Duke Bolesław the Chaste and his wife Kinga, 40 years before the mine in Wieliczka.
Chapels sculpted in stone can also be admired there.
The mine houses an Underground Multimedia Exposition presenting the history of salt production.
Next to the guide, stories are told by Polish kings, Genoa żupniks (managers of mining districts), as well as the ghost of a Cisterian monk, with whose order the establishment of the mine in Bochnia can be associated.
Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines selected as one of 34 World Heritage sites in the EU featured in ‘World Heritage Journeys’ sustainable travel web platform.
Coinciding with the European Heritage Days celebrations, UNESCO will launch the first-ever web platform dedicated to World Heritage and sustainable travel.
Supported by the European Union, the platform features 34 selected World Heritage sites spread across 19 European Union countries, and has been developed in collaboration with National Geographic.
The Bochnia Salt Mine Website: http://bochnia-mine.eu/
Zakopane - The winter capital of Poland
Zakopane is one of the beautiful mountain sites of Poland. Krakow is the closest biggest city, but still the trip to Zakopane is a bit hard without a car.
I have collected some information about where to stay and things to do in Zakopane. I know, the article is related to New Years Eve and Christmass time, but the information are relevant nearly for every time of the year.
In the same article you can find some useful information about Warsaw :)
As we have seen, Poland already have 4 capitals
(1) Former Capital = Krakow (2) Religion Capital = Czestocowa (3)Winter Capital = Zakopane and (4) The Capital = Warsaw
Hidden Gems in Poland
I know, some of you might already seen the most of those places and thinking what else i can see in Poland. Also you might have a lot of days and looking for something different.
Poland has a lot of strange places to see. Beautiful castles in every corner, national parks and amazing cities like Torun (the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus) and Wroclaw, the capital of culture in 2016.
Those two cities are also a must see in Poland. Actually Torun might be the most beautiful city of Poland. I am going to mention here another two cities that they really worth a visit.
Old City of Zamość (UNESCO) in southeastern Poland is an outstanding example of a late 16th-century Central European town designed and built in accordance with Italian.
Renaissance theories on the creation of “ideal” cities. This innovative approach to town planning was the result of a very close cooperation between the town’s enlightened founder and the distinguished Italian architect Bernardo Morando.
The Old City of Zamość today retains its original rectilinear street plan and its unique blend of Italian and Central European architectural traditions, as well as parts of its encircling fortifications.
It might be easier to combine a visit to the beautiful city of Zamosc in Poland together with the visit to Lublin and Majdanek we have seen above. It is just 1,5 hours drive from Lublin.
Kazimierz Dolny is a considerable tourist attraction as one of the most beautifully situated little towns in Poland.
It enjoyed its greatest prosperity in the 16th and the first half of the 17th century, due to the trade in grain conducted along the Vistula.
It became an economic backwater after that trade declined, and this freeze in economic development enabled the town to preserve its Renaissance urban plan and appearance.
Since the 19th century it has become a popular holiday destination, attracting artists and summer residents.
Kazimierz Dolny is an art center in Poland. Many painters retreat to this small town to paint and sell their work. Galleries can be found in almost every street, offering for sale sculptures, stained-glass, folk art, and fine art.
Finally, a visit to Kazimierz Dolny is also very convenient to be combined with the visit to Lublin and Majdanek we have seen above. It is just 1 hours drive from Lublin.
If you need a guide in the area, please send me a message.
Let's see something maybe very interesting to the funs of the history of WWII. Let's take a short trip to the Lower Silesia in Poland and see some awesome hidden gems of Poland.
We are talking about the area close to the city of Wroclaw. There are many points of interest, but we are not going to see all of them.
First destination, the old small city of Swidnica. The birthplace of my wife.
Very small and very old city of around 65,000 inhabitants, 64,999 after my left :) is located around 1 hour drive from Wroclaw.
The city's name was first recorded as Svidnica in 1070. Świdnica became a town in 1250, although no founding document has survived that would confirm this fact.
Let's see some points of interest in Swidnica.
- First of all, the main attraction is the Church of Peace,
named after the Peace of Westphalia of 1648.
- From the 14th century has the highest tower in Silesia, standing 103 meters tall. The amazing St. Stanislaus and St. Wenceslaus Cathedral.
- Τhe old town and the Stary Rynek square.
- The 16th-century town hall has been renovated numerous times and combines Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural elements.
After we have seen the beautiful city of Swidnica, we can now move to something interesting very close.
The Project Riese (Giant) - Owl Mountains
Riese (Giant) is the code name for a construction project of Nazi Germany in 1943-1945. It is located only 35 minutes drive from Swidnica.
The project consist of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains in Lower Silesia, previously Germany, now a territory of Poland.
World War II. From 1943, the Germans were undertaking large-scale construction works known as the Project Riese in the region of the Owl Mountains.
The construction was never finished and what remains today is a number of constructions, the purpose of which is still uncertain.
The Walimskie Drifts is a place of remembrance. Thousands of innocent people from various European countries died here.
The tickets cost 20 PLN per person + 12 PLN per person for audio guide (English, German, Czech, French). See more info.
It is reccommended that you buy the combined ticket: Walimskie Drifts + Grodno Castle (9km distance between the two attractions). The combined ticket cost 34 PLN (€8)
If you already excided about this, then maybe you can check this tour from Wroclaw: Project Riese and Ksiaz Castle Private Tour
The Grodno Castle (formerly Kynsburg) is a castle located in the southern parts of the Wałbrzych Mountains, on the Choina Mountain (450 metres).
You can buy the combined ticket together with Riese project + 8 PLN for renting an audio guide at the castle. Why don't you stay for the night at the castle as well.
The location and surrounding of the fortress make it a fairylike place. The wildlife on the castle hill was appreciated in 1957 when a nature reserve “Choina Mountains” was created here.
Climb the castle tower to admire the landscape seen from the observation deck.
Finally and in connection with the Riese project above, we are to see the underground city of Osówka.
The underground city of Osówka
The work was commenced in the middle of 1943. It led to the creation of a huge system of concrete corridors, fortifications and halls. The purpose of this work was kept secret.
The underground city of Osówka is located just 22 minutes drive from the Grodno castle above.
Some claim it was meant to be Adolf Hitler’s secret headquarters. Others say these halls were built for underground armament factories designated to produce secret weapon.
Compulsory workers and prisoners form the concentration camp Gross-Rosen were used to this work. The surface part of Osówka complex constituted the external infrastructure of the object.
Complex Osówka is situated within the administrative borders of Głuszyca town in Wałbrzych county. It is the most interesting and the longest accessible complex built in the Owl Mountains.
There are 4 different routes someone can take in the secret underground city
- Historical Route (1 Hour) - 21 PLN per person. Info.
- Extreme Route (1,5 Hour) - Historical Route plus, additionally, rafting in military landing boat, passing through the gangway of treasure hunters. Info.
- Educational Route (1 Hour) - 25 PLN per person
- Route Expedition Riese (aprox. 3 Hours) - Price is 70 PLN per person. More info and Booking
Książ Castle in WAŁBRZYCH
This is the last we are going to see in the area. I am sure that by driving around in this area, you are going to see a lot more interesting places to visit.
The castle is located just 17 minutes drive from Swidnica.
BOLKO I "THE STRICT", PRINCE OF ŚWIDNICA AND JAWOR FROM THE PIAST DYNASTY, ORDERS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE "KEY TO SILESIA", TODAY'S KSIĄŻ CASTLE.
1943 - 1945: "Todt", a Nazi paramilitary organization, occupied Książ Castle. Intensive works were carried out including, apparently, what was meant to be one of Hitler's main quarters.
The changes brought about by Hitler's soldiers are called the third castle reconstruction, though owing to their barbaric character, this reconstruction is not designated as "great".
Read more about the Ksiaz Castle.
Some more points of Interest - Best places to Visit
- Visit the paper museum, the only one in Poland
- Take a trip and discover the beautiful city of Kłodzko. For its historical monuments it is sometimes referred to as "Little Prague"
- Time to visit the Złoty Stok. The name Złoty Stok means "golden slope" in Polish and is a reference to the fact that a gold deposit was mined here in the Middle Ages. Now a museum.
Nazi Gold Train (Myth or Fact?)
All those places are somehow connected with the Nazi Gold Train. The train was not found yet. Is this truth or just a myth?
The train is believed to be near the Polish city of Wałbrzych, which until 1945 was the German city of Waldenburg.
According to local legend, the train left Breslau (now Wrocław) laden with gold and other treasures.
There it was buried in a warren of tunnels and mines created by the Nazis. The train is rumoured to hold up to 300 tonnes of gold, jewels, weapons, and masterpieces.
In 2016, a group of enthusiasts began construction of a full-size replica of a Nazi armored train in an old paper mill located about 15 km from the site of the Koper and Richter embankment dig.
It is designed to become a tourist attraction.
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