Europe’s Hidden Gems – What No One Tells You About Visiting Poland
Thinking of Poland, most people’s minds are going to conjure up Eastern bloc visions of grey concrete stuck in the poverty of life behind the Iron Curtain. History enthusiasts might think of Auschwitz; business people may think of talent to be mined. Very few people come up with an image of the real Poland, one of modern Europe’s hidden gems, a land rich with history, culture, spectacular architecture and unrivalled natural beauty.
Let’s recreate the image, to a true reflection of modern Poland. So that if you’re considering a holiday, or extending a business trip, you await your flight with eager anticipation.
1. No Two Polish Cities Are Alike:
Images of Eastern bloc concrete, hastily-erected on a war-torn landscape with little thought to beauty, need to be banished. Warszawa, whilst destroyed during World War II, is now a vibrant modern capital. Krakow retains its renaissance charm and was in fact one of the first two UNESCO World Heritage sites on the globe. Wroclaw stands majestic on the River Oder with a Centennial Hall sprawling, proud and eminent. Gdansk is rich with Baltic Maritime culture. Whilst Poland has its love of a city square where hours can be passed with a fine coffee watching the world go by, every other element of Polish cities is different.
2. It’s Not Just Cities:
Whilst no two cities are alike, a misconception of Poland is that it is all cities. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Nestled within the boundaries of Poland are some of the most spectacular European natural landscapes. Zakopane and its surrounding areas sit in the Tatra Mountains, an alpine wilderness waiting to be explored. Contrasting is the Mazurian Lake District spanning for miles with waterways and lush dense vegetation, a flora and fauna haven.
3. It’s Not Just a World War II History Lesson:
Whilst it is essential to remember the lessons of our traumatic past in order to apply them to a richer and more harmonious European future, there is far more to Poland than the atrocities of Auschwitz. Poland is the homeland of renaissance art and architecture, it’s the place where Chopin was born, the home of Copernicus the world-renowned astronomer. It’s also now a hotbed of contemporary art and architecture.
4. Polish Food is Delicious:
When people think of the best European food they think of the cordon bleu dining of France, the bright colours of the Mediterranean, and the varied pasta of Italy. However, Poland has an incredible cuisine that is just as unique and founded on hearty offerings that feed the soul. Poland is worth visiting for its Pierogi alone, whether you have a savoury or sweet tooth, and Polish vodka is famed throughout the world.
5. Poland is Family-Friendly:
It’s tempting to think of Poland as the grown-up destination of choice. Whilst adult visits to Poland have their own unique and memorable traits, Poland is a wonderful place to visit whether young or old. Children are thought-of and welcomed throughout modern Poland, with a national care and pride in the future generations.
6. Poland has a Sense of Humour:
Stern Eastern bloc Communism never succeeded in squashing the Polish humour, now it simply comes out wherever you go. Young people can see it in all the bars and clubs playing on the Retro Communist theme and you only need to learn about the Gnomes of Wroclaw to see humour happens on a grand scale.
Whatever you think when you think of Poland, Poland is definitely not dull. With gems from history to modernity, from natural landscapes to thriving cities, Poland is the modern day place to discover. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem.