This multi-faceted country really does have something to offer for every visitor – wonderful mountain landscapes, the relaxing sounds of ocean waves on the Baltic coast and breath-taking flora and fauna. Poland has the highest number of animal and plant species compared to other EU countries. Some of the animals living here have already died out in broad swathes of Europe. If you want to make sure you have the perfect holiday visiting our Eastern neighbour Poland, here are five insider tips that you should bear in mind.
The Polish Desert
Who would have believed that there could be a desert in Poland? The Błędów Desert lies between the towns of Błędów and Klucze, covering an area of 32km², making it the largest sandy area in land-locked Central Europe. At dusk and dawn particularly, the Błędów has an unforgettable atmosphere that should not be missed.
The Racławice Panorama in Wrocław
The Racławice Panorama certainly is one of the largest paintings in the world. On 1710m², it depicts the historical battle near Racławice in 1794, showing the victory of the Polish Army over the Russians. Nine painters worked side by side for nine months to complete this extraordinary painting, which can now be viewed from a number of platforms in a purpose-built circular building. The painting has been viewed by numerous visitors, amongst them Pope John Paul II and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Don't miss it when you're in town and stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw, just a few minutes' walk from major attractions, shops and restaurants.
Beach Holidays in Brzeżno, Gdańsk
Poland has wonderful stretches of beach on offer and certainly holds its own against southern European holiday destinations. The best-known bathing resort in Poland is perhaps Sopot, a favourite with sunbathers. Stay at the brand new Radisson Blu Hotel, Sopot, just 250 meters from the beach and in close proximity to beautiful gardens and recreational areas. The beach in the Brzeżno area of Gdańsk seems a lot quieter, nearly empty by comparison, with sand as far as the eye can see, the calm Baltic Sea at your feet and one thing above all, peace and quiet. This is exactly the right place for people wanting to really relax without having to share the same patch of beach with other tourists. It's the perfect place for a combined city and beach holiday!
Kraków is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978 with 140 churches, 70 palaces and 5000 surviving burgher houses, and as such has historical monument protection. Without a doubt, the most important place in the city is the Old Town Market, home to the monument of the Polish national poet, Adam Mickiewicz. But underneath the city itself there is a lot more to discover. Beneath Kraków Old Town Market, there is a unique 6000m² archaeological museum, offering a glimpse of life here in the Middle Ages. Discover it by staying at Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow, located in the very heart of the city.
View Warsaw from atop “Stalin's Syringe”
In recent years, Warsaw has turned into a modern metropolis. It's a good idea to get an overview of this city of more than 1.7 million inhabitants. The best way to do this is from the viewing platform of the Palace of Culture and Science, a gift from Stalin to the city – and one which it only accepted grudgingly. Even now, the people of Warsaw haven't completely warmed to the building. Nevertheless, a trip to the top is well worth it for the sheer expanse of the breath-taking view it provides. Stay at the central Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw and explore this famous landmark and the city center.
Famous sea resort
Sopot is the most famous sea resort in Poland. It is part of the Tricity: Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot. Together with two others it creates a space of unique culture and offers lots of attractions. Sopot is a small but chamring city. You will find a multitude of bars, cafes and discotheques there and in the summer they even show movies and perfrom concerts outdoor right at the beach. The main attractions include for example the Krzywy Domek (Crooked House), the Forest Opera (Opera Lesna), a beautiful beach and the longest pier on the Baltic Sea called "Molo".