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The Polish Seaside
The Lake Districts
The Plains of Poland
The Highlands of Poland
The Mountains
Agritourism


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If you like to explore and travel, Poland is the country for you! Here, you can experience wonderful, primeval nature, seaside and mountain resorts as well as vibrant cities, some of which were founded as far back as the Middle Ages! Poland has a dozen of various geographical regions with different landscapes, tourist attractions and even different climate zones! In Poland we have everything: sandy dunes, an amazing primeval forest, lake districts carved out by glaciers, plains as flat as a pastry board, high rocky mountains and gentle slopes, including the only Table Mountains in Europe, and even a desert region! So much when it comes to nature alone. Yet the country has much more to offer! Amazing castles haunted by ghosts and many sights included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


The Polish Seaside

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If you like beaches, forests and long walks, you should visit the Polish seaside. Here, you can enjoy beautiful sights and entertain yourself in picturesque seaside resorts. From Szczecin you can go for a trip to Germany, as the city is located near the German border. The city itself offers a lot of attractions, like its famous Oceanarium. From here you can also take a trip the Wolin Island – the only Polish Island on the Baltic Sea. The Slowinskie Coast attracts visitors with its beautiful, sandy beaches. No wonder a lot of picturesque seaside towns are located here. Slowinski National Park is a perfect place for a cyclist. Cliffs and sand dunes are also characteristic of the Polish coast. If you are a fan of seaside cities, you cannot miss Gdansk. Wonderful monuments and pearls of architecture are awaiting you there. From the city you can take a water tram to the Hel Peninsula, the narrowest strip of land in Poland. In the town of Hel you can visit a fantastic seal habitat. However, the place is the most famous among windsurfers. It is the best place in Poland to practice this particular water sport. The Polish coast is a brilliant place for both nature and architecture lovers. The seaside climate is milder, with winters warmer and summers cooler than in the rest of the country. It is also quite windy in this part of Poland. Due to humidity in the air, the coastal areas are perfect for people who suffer from allergies. The infrastructure of the region is very well developed so you can plan a spontaneous trip and find accommodations.

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The Lake Districts

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There are a lot of individual lakes and also lake districts in Poland. We have three lake areas in Poland: Mazuria, The Pomorze and Wielkopolskie Lake Districts. Mazuria comprises a few tourist areas, including the Great Mazurian Lakes glacier. These are the biggest Polish lakes, just made for sailing! You can sail throughout the whole region as the Mazurian Lakes are interconnected by a natural system of rivers and canals. If you are into kayaking or water skiing, you will not get disappointed either. Mazuria is also a place for many cultural festivals, like the Picnic Country in Mrągowo – the only country music festival in this part of Europe! It is best to come here in the summertime, because the local winters are long and frosty – the Suwalki Region is the North Pole of Poland!

The lake district of Pomorze is comprised of the smaller lake districts: Drawskie, Kashubian and The Tuchola Forest. The lakes here are much smaller than those of the Mazurian District, yet, they are surrounded by thick forests and numerous rivers. Pomorze is one of the least inhabited regions of Poland. If you like primeval and wild nature, this is a place for you! Because these regions are located relatively close to the coast, the climate here is also mild.

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Due to the geological history of the Wielkopolska region, there are a lot of small glacier lakes here. The flat terrain and climate has been conducive to the development of farming in the area. Wielkopolska is the region for those who like to explore the cities, but also value weekend trips away and out in nature. You will not find here such luscious nature as in the Tuchola Forest, but you can enjoy a picnic outside of the city. There are a lot of historical sites and cultural places to be visited in the cities of the Wielkopolska Lake District. Are you interested in UFOs? Then you have to visit Wylatowo, a small town in Wielkopolska with mysterious circles carved in the nearby fields.


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The Plains of Poland

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If you are into mellow and harmonic landscapes, you will love the Polish Lowlands. You can take walks in primeval forests with beautiful clearings, full of fruit and mushrooms. There are also cities, towns and villages to explore. It is in the Polish plains where people preferred to settle in the old times.

Warsaw and the Bug riversides are the biggest attractions of the Masovian Plains of Poland. A lot of rivers flow down onto the central plains from the higher parts of the country. The biggest attraction of the area is Warsaw, the capital of Poland. The city itself with its suburbs is the most densely populated area of the country. If you like big cities (and Warsaw is the biggest Polish city) with their attractions and urban buzz, you should definitely visit our capital. However, if you prefer the charm of the forests and their wildlife, you will be happy to know you will find something for yourself in the Mazowiecka Plain, too!

About 40 km from Warsaw there is Zalew Zegrzynski, a perfect lake for sailors and windsurfers. It is the second best place to windsurf, after the Hel Peninsula.

The Kampinos Forest is located near Warsaw too. Being the only National Park in Europe located near a metropolis, it is the perfect place for hiking and cycling. The Agro-tourism infrastructure is well developed here so you will not have problems finding accommodations for the night. A wide variety of local ethnographic offerings will not disappoint the fans of folklore.

The nearby Kurpie region is famous for the delicious honey and the best beekeepers in Poland.

The Podlasie Region is a totally different story. Here you can find the thick, primeval forests of Bialowieza and Knyszynska. Beautiful nature and numerous species of wildlife are the special attractions of these areas. The Bialowieza Primeval Forest is one of the last primeval forests in Europe and is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you are in the area, you can also visit Żelazowa Wola, the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin.

The climate in the Middle Poland Plains has a more continental character – the differences between the daily temperatures are high, the summers are relatively long and they start earlier than in other parts of Poland.

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The landscape of that part of Poland consists first and foremost of beautiful, green fields, gently flowing rivers with occasional small ponds. These are mostly farming areas due to their gentle climate. It is in Lower Silesia, where the vegetative period of plants lasts the longest. Even though it is not a big area geographically, it offers a lot of attractions: beautiful castles, palaces and mansions – some of them dating back to the Middle Ages. The towns that belonged to Germany when Poland was partitioned attract tourists with their unique charm. Wrocław is a real architectural pearl and a modern vibrant city not to be missed. You can also visit once-active mines, like the gold mine in Złoty Stok or coal mines in Wałbrzych or Nowa Ruda? In the Table Mountains you can visit the underground passageways that date back to the Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

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The Highlands of Poland

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Gentle slopes, ancient mountain ranges and a treasure hunt are waiting for you in the Polish Highlands. You can find here plenty of tourist trails and charming villages. The geographical areas include: Malopolska, Lubelska and the Sandomierska Highlands. It is also here where you can visit the only desert area in Poland – Błędowska Desert whose area is just 33 sq km. It is located not far from Katowice and is great for quad riding. Kraków is located in the Little Poland Upland. It is geologically the oldest part of Poland. So if you like hiking and exploring caves, you just must visit this region! Krakow itself is the historic capital of Poland. It is relatively near the Tatra Mountais. Only two hours on the train or by car and you are in the capital of The Tatras – Zakopane!

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Lubelska Upland: Lublin, Roztocze and Leczynsko-Wlodawskie Lake District. This part of Poland is created of limestone and loess. There are many valleys and gorges, making the landscape very picturesque. Nature lovers should see Roztocze, where untouched nature, and beautiful, clean rivers are not to be missed. If you prefer history to nature, you should visit Lublin – this amazing city was a real culture mix centuries ago, the traces of which can still be found today. For those who like to combine nature trips with a touch of beautiful architecture and history we have something special too! Visit Pulawy and Kazimierz located on the Vistula River and you will not be disappointed.

In Puławy you can visit a beautiful park which once belonged to the noble Czartoryski Family. Kazimierz nad Wisłą is a charming little town with tons of coffee bars, restaurants and galleries – it is a place where many Polish artists have their residences. It is a short distance from either Warsaw or Lublin. The Climate of the Lubelska Upland is continental with long warm summers and frigid winters.

Kotlina Sandomierska is largely a basin for a number of rivers and the vast Solska Forest. Like the Lubelska Upland, the climate here is continental with a lots of sunshine throughout the year. Zamosc and Sandomierz are the cities worth visiting.

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The Mountains

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The Polish mountain ranges are so diverse that everyone will find something they can enjoy. If you are into skiing, you must visit the Tatras, while those who are still new to this winter sport, can learn it in the Besikidy. The Sudety, on the other hand, are for those of you who favor mountainous trails and hiking trips. Would you like to reach the mountaintops of Poland? The Carpathian Mountains are waiting for you! It is there, where “the Winter Capital of Poland” lies – Zakopane.

The Sudety Mountain range is the second oldest in Poland (following the Swietokrzyskie Mountains), hence their gentle landscape. The highest peak, Sniezka is 1602 meters above the sea level. The mountainous climate is characteristic of the region. The Sudety has been a tourist attraction for a long time. There are a lot of trails for hikers and cyclists, lifts for ski enthusiasts, and for overnight tourists, a variety of options for accommodations.

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The Carpathian Mountains are the most important and the most popular tourist region of Poland. Depending on the rock formations, the Carpathian Mountains can have gentler slopes or be rocky with sharp irregular mountain peaks. The Beskidy Mountains are lower, however, the Tatra Mountains represent a typical high mountainous region.

In the Pieniny Mountains, which are near the Tatras, you can enjoy exciting white water rafting on the Dunajec River. There are a lot of guesthouses and private accommodation options in this region. Alternatively, you can visit Szczawnica, just a short trip away - to the magical Homole Gorge, an exceptional place!

If you prefer easy walks with picturesque views in valleys and gentle slopes – go for the Beskidy Mountains (Bieszczady). If you prefer challenges, strong hikes and bare rocks and crystal clear mountainous lakes – go for one of the Tatra trails.

If you are in the Tatra Mountains, the capital town of the Podhale Region – Zakopane, is a must. Here you will find the amazing “Zakopianski” architecture, characteristic of only this part of Poland. From the town you can reach the tourist trails in the mountains, and the nearby villages, some of which still look as if from the past century.

The Podhale region is famous for its folk art. Every village has their own folk artists carving in wood, making furniture, painting on glass, making regional leather shoes and belts. Only here you can meet people in their traditional folk costumes walking in the streets. Music is also legendary here – played on the traditional local instruments. All of that makes Podhale a most amazing place in all of Poland. Here, you can also buy great sheep cheeses (certified by UE), so called: oscypki, bryndza and budz. They are what feta cheese is for the Greeks or Camembert for the French.

Whatever place you pick to visit, you must remember that the climate of the Carpathian Mountain range is typically alpine and the weather can change suddenly. There is a lot of rain there and the higher you go, the colder it gets.

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Agritourism

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Agritourism, or as we put it – “holidays under a pear tree” – is one of the most popular forms of spending one’s free time in Poland. For the country people, agritourism is a source of additional income, while for holiday-makers - a great alternative to the traditional means of traveling. It is also a less expensive way to spend one’s holidays. Agritouirsm offers a lot of attractions. You can learn about animal breeding, or try homemade bread, cheese or cold meats. Various forms of entertainment await the guests: horseback riding, horse and cart trips, bonfires, etc.

Agritourism promotes ecological farming. No wonder it is popular especially among nature lovers. If you would like to experience an unforgettable adventure, visit one of farms in any part of Poland. The most popular destinations are: Mazuria, Warmia, Kurpie and Lower Silesia. Offers can be found on the Internet, in one of the many agritourism webpages like www.agroturystyka.pl

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