A real-life “phoenix from the ashes” story, Poland has seen its fair share of troubles through the centuries.
But the country has managed to bounce back each time to establish itself as a significant presence on the global stage, including in the tourism market.
So, if you’re planning an adventure holiday in Poland, here are five places you absolutely must visit:
If you’re looking for a Polish town steeped in history, Malbork might be the perfect place to visit.
The town was built in the thirteenth century by the Knights of the Teutonic Order; Christian crusaders who sought to help travelling Christians during their pilgrimage.
But the town itself was actually a bi-product of the castle that shares its name.
Malbork Castle is a brick fortress built by the knights as their headquarters and because of its considerable overall size it is recognised by UNESCO as the largest castle in the world and a National Heritage Site.
Truly a marvellous sight to behold and a remnant of centuries gone by.
Once considered to be the most important city in the entire country, Gdansk lies to the north of Poland and is rich in cultural and controversial history.
Having been occupied by various countries and forces over the years, as well as declaring itself a “free city” at one point, Gdansk’s ambiguous status proved to be one of the tipping points in the Second World War, with many claiming Nazi Germany used the city as one of their primary reasons for invasion.
Since then the town has gone on to establish universities, museums, theatres and many other interesting attractions.
One of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow is synonymous with the atrocities of the Second World War and was used as a holding ground for imprisoned Jews before their eventual murder at the hands of the Nazis.
But, this fact does not stop tourists visiting Krakow for more than morbid history.
The city has been rebuilt and revitalised to a defying standard and is now widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.
A truly inspiring comeback story and a must-see location.
Tatra National Park
One of the most stunning pieces of scenery in the world, Tatra National Park is located on Poland’s southern border facing neighbouring Slovakia.
It is made up of towering mountain ranges and awesome ponds and streams and is a beloved location for hikers and thrill-seekers alike thanks to the hundreds of caves open to cave divers and explorers.
Whereabouts Holidays offers walking packages where you can experience the magnificence of the Tatra mountains first hand. Check out the link for more info.
It might be expected but the Polish capital really does come top of the list for the majority of tourists visiting the country for good reason.
The largest Polish city, it was once considered by many to be the most visually attractive city in the world before much of it was destroyed during attacks in World War II.
Now the city has been restored to its former glory and stands as an irreplaceable part of the Polish economy and European economy as a whole.
Thanks to meticulous reconstruction, the Old Town area of Warsaw has been recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe.
With this much and plenty more to offer, there’s no doubt Poland could be your next adventure holiday.
If you’d like to find out more, check out our Poland adventure holiday listings for more information.