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Find Poland Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Poland.

About Poland

Poland was one of the major European powers under the Jagiellon dynasty of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Driving From Warsaw.

Poland Background

Countries neighbouring Poland are Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Map of Poland

Poland's long period of decline saw the country being divided between Russia, Austria, and Prussia.

Poland was again established as a sovereign state after World War I, then partitioned for a fourth time in 1939 by Germany and the Soviet Union.

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Forget the grey picture painted by many, Warsaw has a colourful past. Check out the modern Palace of Culture and Science and see how the old town has been rebuilt, after the destruction of World War II, and lovingly restored to its former glory.

The capital of Poland is in the middle of the country and at the centre of the Polish road and rail system.

Warsaw expanded around the castle of the dukes of Masovia in the early 14th century, and became the capital of the Polish Kingdom in 1595; after the burning of Krakow.

Warsaw was almost totally destroyed during World War II, but has been rebuilt and extended.

The Old City has been meticulously restored and centres on a medieval market square with open-air cafes, surrounded by Renaissance and Baroque style houses.

The Barbican, a relic of the medieval fortifications, is to the south of the square, and further south is Lazienki Park.

Lazienki Park has a monument to the Polish composer Frederic Chopin, and the 18th century summer palace of Stanislas II Augustus.

There are many historic churches in Warsaw, and numerous museums and galleries. Two notable monuments are dedicated,  to the heroes of the Warsaw ghetto and of the Polish underground during World War II.

The Duck Seller From Warsaw:
After that meal, I felt a twinge of guilt as my travelling companion settled in my stomach. Every time I land in Warsaw, I always think of Jan the duck seller.

Warsaw In Your Pocket:
There's no denying it, Warsaw has had a troubled history. Positioned at the crossroads of Central Europe, the city has been shuffled between empires and dynasties like a pawn on a chessboard. It's been a roller coaster ride ever since King Sigismund III Vasa moved his court here from Krakow in 1569.

Accommodation in Warsaw

Polonia Palace Hotel: Warsaw.
45 Jerozolimskie Av.

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Polonia Palace Hotel.

After nearly 90 years of welcoming guests from around the world, the reopened Polonia Palace Hotel has again become an architectural landmark of Warsaw; where the great tradition of European hospitality lives on, bringing back the charm and style of a bygone era.

Enjoy superb accommodation within 206 stylish guestrooms over 7 floors, with views of the Palace of Culture.

Enjoy light dining within the informal surroundings of the hotel's Cafe Strauss, where an excellent breakfast buffet is also served in the morning.

Poland Travel

Hotels in Poland

Cities in Poland.

Czestochowa, Gdansk, Gdynia, Katowice, Krakow, Legnica, Lodz, Opole, Poznan, Szczecin, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Zakopane.

Exciting Poland:
Almatur-Opole, a member of the Polish Chamber of Tourism, promotes incoming travel to Poland by organising group tours, conferences, business meetings and incentives to any of the beautiful cities in Poland.

Go Poland:
Plenty of ideas on where to go in Poland.

LOT Polish Airlines:
Check out the flight schedule to Poland and buy your tickets online.

Polish Embassy:
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland, in Washington DC.

Polish Traditions and Holidays:
The two main national holidays are the anniversary of the restoration of independence in 1918, celebrated on 11 November, and the anniversary of the passing of Poland's first Constitution, on 3rd May 1791.

Poland Information:
Produced by the Ministry of Foreign to help travellers, businessmen and the curious find out more about Poland.

Polish National Tourist Office:
Poland's official travel website.

Primoris Travel:
Travel in Poland has so much to offer: alpine mountains, wide beaches, clean lakes, deep forests, world-class historic monuments, and friendly people. Experience Polish hospitality, sample traditional Polish cuisine, and learn more about the different Polish culture and traditions in Poland.

What You're Eating in Poland:
Every country has their specialities, and Poland's no different. Bigos is a stewed cabbage with sausage meat; and has a rather distinct smell.

Krakow (Cracow)

Krakow is in the south of Poland. A road and rail network connects it with Warsaw and other Polish cities, as well as with with Prague.

Krakow is believed to be one of the oldest cities in Poland. It was founded as a fortress around AD 700, and in the 12th century it became the capital of the kingdom of Poland.

Of the many historic buildings in Krakow, the most notable is the Gothic cathedral - dedicated to St Stanislas, the patron saint of Poland; who was slain before the cathedral altar in 1079 by order of Boleslav II, the Polish king.

The cathedral was also used for coronation ceremonies of the kings of Poland, and is a burial place of famous men in Polish history.

Krakow Info:
Comprehensive guide to Krakow. Like the city itself, this site is a must visit if you're looking for information about the city of Krakow.

Krakow Sightseeing With a Guide:
Tourists, pilgrims and school groups can find out more about Krakow on walking and sightseeing tours with multi-lingual tour guides.

The marvels of Krakow include the Royal Castle of Wawel, Rynek Glowny (the largest medieval square in Europe), several ancient synagogues in the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, some 150 churches, and 2.5 million works of art, including Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait of Cecilia Gallerani as the crown jewel.

Tatra Mountains

Tatra Mountains:
Virtual Tourist pages contain the tourist trails diagram, over 180 pictures, and some information about the Tatras.


It was here, in Poznan, that the first Polish state was created; a thousand years ago.


If Krakow is considered the 'new Prague' by travellers, then Wroclaw is the new Krakow; even less discovered but well worth the effort to visit.

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