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Poland is a country that’s been steadily gaining in importance in Eastern Europe’s economic and political life. It’s also a place where historically the Eastern and Western worlds regularly came into contact. Now, it’s a modern, rapidly-changing and economically growing Western state. Poland has also developed every possible branch of tourism: from vacations on the beach and varied educational tours to mountain ski resorts, SPA centres and health resorts. This is why the country has been seeing a regular increase in tourist flows for quite a number of years.

Poland’s Real Treasure is in the Beauty of its Primeval Nature

Many of the country’s regions have maintained their unique nature, which is rarely seen in other urbanised European states. This consists of, first of all, the Tatra Mountains – the highest mountains in the Carpathian range, located in Southern Poland. In the southeast, you’ll find the breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Bieszczady and Beskid, home to many rare plant species. In the southwest, you’ll find the Sudetes – an especially popular recreational zones with Polish people.

Poland’s eastern part is home to Europe’s only large relic forests – the Białowieża Forest, the Pieniński Park and the Ojców National Park. As many as 7 of the country’s national parks are protected by UNESCO as part of the Biosphere Reserve program. In total, Poland has 23 national parks, 122 landscape parks, dozens of reserves and thousands of natural monuments. No wonder this country’s called the “green lungs of Europe”.

Poland also has over 9,000 lakes. The country’s northeast is home to Masuria, called “the land of a thousand lakes” – a true fishing, power-kiting, sailing and swimming paradise. Poland’s unique Biebrza marsh ecosystem is one of Europe’s last remaining natural marshy territories.

Enthusiasts of eco-tourism will find only the best of conditions here: the country has about 2,500 kilometres’ worth of marked hiking, horse-riding, bicycle and water paths.

The Baltic Sea region consists, in part, of a 500-km-long stretch of dunes and golden sandy beaches. The coastline hosts many resort towns: Darvulka, Kołobrzeg, Krynica Morska, Łeba, Rewal, Świnoujście, Ustka, Jarosławiec, Międzyzdroje, and many others. And let’s not even get started on the famous resort tri-city, which consists of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot.

Not the Highest, and yet…

Clearly, Poland’s mountain ski resorts can’t boast super-high mountains or complicated skiing tracks. Their tourist infrastructure, however, is very well-developed and has an abundance of entertaining activities for holidaymakers of all age groups. Polish mountain slopes are perfectly suited for family recreation and novice skiers. The ski resorts of Zakopane, Krynica and Szklarska Poręba are known all around Europe.

A Country of Castles, Churches and Historic Towns

Stern and austere, warlike and impenetrable – this is the image of Poland that other nations have had for centuries. The country’s fortresses, castles and churches are shrouded in a number of legends, making tours around them a must for every visitor.

The cities, which used to belong to the Teutonic Order in the 13-14th centuries, are home to an especially large number of excellent architectural monuments. Among these are the grand Castle of Malbork, the Frombork Cathedral, the Kurpik Palace complex near Poznań, the Castle of Wilanów near Warsaw, the castles of Ojców, Łęczyca, Leszczno, Kętrzyn, Wieliczka and others.

Every Polish city is unique in its own way. Lovers of the real European history and art should definitely visit Warsaw and Kraków, explore the country’s former capital cities Gnizno and Poznań, enjoy Wrocław and Lublin… Every corner of Poland exudes the country’s mighty past, which Poles are extremely proud of.

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