A cultural short break of Poland's old capital its medieval Old Town, the royal castle, the Salt Mine, Auschwitz, Wadowice and Schindler's factory
Poland has a past littered with invasion and occupation, destruction and tragedy. But her people have proved resilient and rebuilt the large, beautiful country in such a way that visitors can see and appreciate its origins and history. Poland should be higher on peoples list of countries to visit as dismissing its culturally-rich and historically-significant towns and cities would be a mistake.
A visit to Warsaw, Poland’s capital city, will see you exploring extremes in society. At one end of the scale are castles and palaces and at the other are the old Jewish ghettos. Each tell a different yet equally important story. The ancient centre of Krakow remains unspoilt and unscathed by the Second World War and stands today as a proud and splendid Medieval city. Its existence is owed largely to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, which operated for over 1,000 years. Today, the unique salt sculptures that occupy the underground caverns draw visitors from far afield. Krakow is also home to Schindler’s Enamel Factory – immerse yourself in this celebrated man’s brave fight for the persecuted. And of course, although it can be an overwhelming and emotional experience, a tour of Poland wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
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Weather & Climate
Poland’s climate is temperate with warm (sometimes very hot) summers, crisp, sunny autumns and cold winters.
When to go
The most pleasant times to visit Poland are late spring and early summer (May-June) and late summer and early autumn (September-October).