1. World Warfare II Historical past We’ll begin with the simple one. When many individuals consider Poland, they consider the nation’s (principally unhappy) historical past in WWII. For anybody on this tragic a part of human historical past, Poland is a must-visit nation.
The obvious is the haunting and upsetting Auschwitz-Birkenau focus and dying camp, situated about an hour outdoors of Krakow. It’s essential to pre-book a tour across the camp. The information offers nice perspective on what would in any other case be a totally surreal expertise. Irrespective of how a lot you’ve got examine what occurred at Aushwitz throughout the atrocities of the struggle, being there’s a sobering and emotional expertise. Strolling round Krakow, you may discover the previous Jewish ghetto and Plaszow focus camp. These are effectively generally known as the precise location of lots of the occasions depicted in Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s Record. The comparatively new museum in Schindler’s former manufacturing unit is likely one of the greatest WWII museum’s we have ever visited (and we have been to quite a bit), and ought to be a must-see for anybody visiting Krakow. 2. Many Stunning Previous Cities Magnificence and Poland aren’t two phrases most individuals put in the identical sentence, however that is a mistake. Regardless of appreciable destruction throughout WWII, some outdated cities survived, and others have been rebuilt in a lot the identical means as they existed earlier than the struggle. Most vacationers consider solely Krakow. Granted, the outdated city of Krakow is as lovely as it’s overrun with vacationers. The outdated city of Warsaw could be very underrated. Whereas most (or all) of it needed to be rebuilt after the struggle, it’s nonetheless a fantastic and fascinating place to discover, full of eating places, pubs, church buildings, and monuments. three. Mountaineering within the Tatra Mountains Poland has wonderful mountaineering. Who knew? An (optimistic) two hour bus trip south of Krakow brings you to Zakopane, and alpine city that would not be misplaced in Austria or Switzerland, however occurs to be within the Polish Tatra Mountains. The views from well-liked Mt Giewont are gorgeous in the event you can take care of the crowds arising the cable automobile on busy summer time weekends. Strive going within the shoulder season for a quieter expertise. four. Oh yeah, and the Meals
Pierogies. What extra do you want? You want savory? Achieved! You need one thing candy? No drawback. How can such a easy dish be so scrumptious? For the actual connoisseur, get to Krakow for the annual Pierogi Pageant each August. 5. And lastly, the Seashores! Sure, you learn that proper. Seashores. In Poland. Granted, the Baltic Sea generally is a bit nippy, however these Poles are hardy individuals. The seashore at Sopot, close to Gdansk, was lovely and busy.