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Destination of the month: Poland

Tue 07 Aug, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
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Poland - the cradle of composer Chopin, Pope John Paul II, and astronomer Copernicus. A country that has produced such historically important figures has got to be worth exploring and, fortunately, it really is.
From Baltic Sea beaches in the north to the snow peaked Tatras Mountains in the south, Polska is a natural beauty, and boasts some of Europe's most scenic cities too.


With over 2,000 lakes in an area of roughly 52,000 square kilometres, it's no surprise that the Masurian Lake District has been nominated to be one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. A series of waterways connect the lakes to the Baltic Sea.
The area is popular among local and foreign tourists alike who mainly flock there to indulge in watersports and other outdoor pursuits: kayaking, angling, hiking, biking, and waterskiing.
Expect beautiful views of forest-lined lakes, rivers and happy people.

The Tatras Mountains are a hiker's paradise in summer and a winter sports hotspot in the coldest part of the year. A lot of the tourism infrastructure is set around the charming town of Zakopane. From here you can easily access nature trails and ski slopes, all with panoramic views across the luscious pine forests, rocky crags and deep valleys.
When in the region try local speciality, Oscypek, a smoky, salty cheese made of mountain sheep milk.


Krakow, Poland's second largest city is a lively student hub that attracts visitors from around the world with its buzzing atmosphere, rich history, and beautiful Old Town with winding alleyways. In the summer months the city's streets and squares are crowded with cheerful folk enjoying the local beer and nightlife both on terraces and in the many bars and clubs tucked away in Krakow's historical cellars.
It's the perfect place to enjoy a plate of freshly made pierogi – Poland's famous dumplings stuffed with anything from cheese and ham to sauerkraut.

Gdansk is set on the shores of the Baltic Sea. It's a historically important port, and so boasts beautiful architectural pearls that used to house the local bourgeoisie.
Some of the city's must-see sights include the largest castle in the world - Malbork Castle, Gdansk Maritime Museum, the Golden Gate, St Mary's Street, and the old tenement houses on Dluga Street.
Expect to be taking many photos on a visit to the northern Polish city. It's very picturesque so you should also set aside time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the views and people watching from a central cafe terrace.

Quirky Facts About Poland

L.L. Zamenhof, a doctor and linguist born in the Polish city of Bialystok created the world's most successful constructed language – Esperanto.

Most “World's Strongest Man” laureates hail from Poland.

In Poland the most popular name for dogs is “Burek”. This means a brown-grey colour in Polish.

In Spring, Poles celebrate Marzanna, a tradition that involves throwing straw dolls into rivers and streams. Traditionally, this symbolises saying goodbye to winter and welcoming spring.

Use our cheap calls to Poland service to arrange your holiday, or get in touch with friends and family in the beautiful Central European country.

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