Lovers of historic European cities will be in their element during a holiday in Poland. The Old Town district of Krakow, with its ancient walls and iconic landmarks like Wawel Castle, is the perfect place to wander, while the capital city of Warsaw and the Renaissance architecture of Zamosc offer yet more classical Continental grandeur. It's not just about the cities, though as on your Poland holiday you can also explore the primeval forests of Bialowieza National Park and bask in the seaside resort of Sopot. Yes, Poland can be a beach destination too!
A huge variety of direct flights to Poland are available from a number of UK airports, flying to locations including Poznan, Gdansk, Lodz and Krakow. Thanks to budget carriers like Ryanair and Wizz Air, prices are very affordable, making a Poland holiday the ideal budget getaway.
Poland has an extensive rail network, making it pretty straightforward to explore different cities. To dodge queues and avoid possible communication problems with non-English-speaking station staff, you should book in advance online and keep an eye out for any discount deals that may be available - for example, visitors under 26 can get a hefty percentage off train fares. To make your budget stretch even further, make use of the sprawling bus system, which will leave you with a lot more money left over than the trains. While car hire is easily available, the road system in Poland isn't quite as developed or as well-maintained as other European countries, and delays and traffic jams are common, so you'd probably be more comfortable relying on the public transport system instead.
Cheap hotels in Poland can be found if you take the time to look around online and book well in advance of your holiday in Poland. It's also worth keeping in mind that booking an apartment may be cheaper than getting a hotel room, depending on the length of your stay.
A great tip for eating cheaply in Poland is to seek out the local "milk bar" (aka, bar mleczny). These café-style spots offer full, three-course meals at a fraction of regular restaurant prices, but be prepared for an eccentric experience, as the low cost of milk bars does tend to attract quite a variety of customers, from the homeless to everyday businessmen looking for a decent, cheap meal. In terms of regular restaurants, if you avoid obvious tourist traps and stick to traditional dishes like hearty soups, stews and the famous pierogi dumplings, you'll be able to taste the best of Poland without spending a fortune.
Updated 19th June 2013
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