Surrounded by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and a small detached slice of Russia, Poland definitely puts the “central” in Central Europe! To the north, it fronts the Baltic Sea. To the south, you’ll find the towering Tatra Mountains.
Within Poland’s borders, you can discover Europe’s last patch of primeval forest, lakes and streams that are a paradise for paddlers, looming castles, historic cities, and more than a dozen UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Polish people’s fierce determination helped the country recover from the devastation of World War II and years of Soviet domination. You can learn the stories of these struggles at museums in Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk. Wander through Warsaw’s Old Town and consider that, despite its ancient appearance, it was completely rebuilt after being flattened by Hitler’s army.
In this slideshow, we’ll send you on unique experiences all around Poland — from culinary adventures to an underground wonderland made completely of salt. You’ll swig mead, raft a river and visit one of the world’s most unusual animal sanctuaries. And don’t miss our advice forwhere to stay and how to get around.