Over the past decade Poland has accelerated up the ranks to become a fantastic European travel destination. Although it is unlikely to be a top destination if you are seeking sun and beaches, what it lacks in this area it more than makes up for in history and culture.
Poland offers a huge amount of interest to tourists, especially if you are heading out to the country for a city break. There are many cities to choose from however the most popular destinations remain as the Capital city of Warsaw and the vibrant, popular city of Krakow to the south.
Wherever you stay in Poland you will be hard pressed not to immerse yourself in their history from both centuries ago to modern history. If heading south to Krakow be sure to spend some time learning about the persecution of the Jews and visiting the Oskar Schindler factory and Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp from the Nazi occupation.
Map of Poland
Explore the provinces of Poland
Poland is made up of 16 provinces known as “voivodeships” within which there are 380 “powiats” (equivalent to UK counties) – these include 66 cities with dedicated powiat status.
- Greater Poland (Wielkopolskie)
- Kuyavian-Pomeranian (Kujawsko-Pomorskie)
- Lesser Poland (Małopolskie)
- Łódź (Łódzkie)
- Lower Silesian (Dolnośląskie)
- Lublin (Lubelskie)
- Lubusz (Lubuskie)
- Masovian (Mazowieckie)
- Opole (Opolskie)
- Podlaskie (Podlaskie)
- Pomeranian (Pomorskie)
- Silesian (Śląskie)
- Subcarpathian (Podkarpackie)
- Świętokrzyskie (Świętokrzyskie)
- Warmian-Masurian (Warmińsko-Mazurskie)
- West Pomeranian (Zachodniopomorskie)
Places to visit in Poland
With so many powiats to explore in Poland you’ll have a tough decision knowing where to head to on a visit. For most first time holidaymakers and explorers however the most popular destinations remain as the capital city of Warsaw, Wrocław, Kraków and Gdańsk.
Poland travel guides
There is so much history and culture spread across Poland and its vast number of cities that you will need to pick up a good travel guide to help steer your visit. With everything from places to eat and places to visit a travel guide is an essential piece of kit for your stay!
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