"Poland has been a bridge between the East and West. Set in the heart of Europe, Poland is a multifaceted country where the capital and medieval towns are trawled by contemporary city slickers, and where horse-drawn carts negotiate country lanes, untouched by progress.
Poland remains reasonably cheap and safe, with hospitable people who welcome visitors. Over the past decade, it has developed into a modern, vibrant and progressive state, yet at the same time it maintains its traditional culture."
Jewish Culture Festival Jewish Culture Festival organized in Krakow , is a wonderful opportunity for Jewish and non-Jewish people to meet. With hundreds of performances from all over the world, the festival commemorates the living Jewish tradition
Lajkonik Parade The Lajkonik is man dressed up as a warrior from the east. He rides a prancing white hobbyhorse through the city streets from the Premonstratensian Convent in Zwierzyniec to the Main Market Square. People in traditional folklore dress accompany him while others are adorned by oriental garments and hold horsetail insignia in their hands. The procession winds its way through the historic streets in the city, followed by musicians, children, and revelers
Zielona Gra Wine Fest The Zielona Gra Wine Fest is a wine festival held in the Polish town of Zielona Gra. It usually lasts 9 days. The tradition is related to the period of harvest of grapes from the local vineyards which were then turned into wine.
Shrovetide Shrovetide crowns Krakows two-month carnival season. The Shrove Tuesdays sledziowka festivities traditionally last till dawn on the Ash Wednesday and they end with the Lent meal of herring after which repentant revelers go straight to the church to have their foreheads strewn with ash
BIESZCZADY MOUNTAINS A paradise for romantics, lovers of nature and restless drifters. The soft green mountains peppered with traditional wooden churches are one of the most secluded areas in Europe. The extraordinary wildlife and picturesque landscapes make it an ideal holiday destination. Bieszczady is the most beautiful in summer and autumn, whereas during winter they invite the fans of skiing.
CZESTOCHOWA The medium size city of Czestochowa lies in the heart of Krakowsko-Czestochowska Upland, the region characterised by picturesque Jurassic rocks. Czestochowa is usually associated with Jasna Gora Monastery which is the biggest Marian sanctuary in the country. For the majority of Poles it is an important pilgrimage destination and a main cult place of the Virgin Mary. The icon known as Black Madonna of Czestochowa crowned in 1656 as the Queen and Protector of Poland is credited with many miracles.
KRAKOW (CRACOW) The former countrys capital is one of the top tourist attractions in Europe. Most of the city guests are captivated by its magical atmosphere and the splendid architecture. In Krakow you can see mediaeval cathedrals, the Renaissance castle, Baroque churches, the Art Nouveau theatre and many other monuments. However old and beautiful it is, do not think that Krakow is limited to the monuments and museums. Thanks to an amazing density and variety of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, Krakow sparkles with life, especially during warm seasons.
MASURIAN LAKES Picturesque land of reputedly 3,000 lakes. For sailing fans, fishermen, hikers, cyclists and those who seek tranquillity, the Masuria is the number one holiday destination. Apart from the water sports and wandering around, you may explore a multitude of historical places. There are castles in Reszel, Nidzica and Gizycko, the amazing Baroque church in Swieta Lipka and the Hitler's wartime headquarters in the forests near Ketrzyn.
WARSAW The capital of Poland. Rebuilt after World War II practically from scratch. Warsaw's vibrant business downtown takes pride in many skyscrapers and ambitious plans to build more. The catchy skyline is still dominated by the enormous Palace of Culture and Science a Stalin's donation. Warsaw is a big world with an east European flavour. Do not miss the beautiful Old Town, the Royal Route, the Chopin museum, several magnificent palaces and the former Jewish ghetto.
Time Zone GMT +2 Hours
Language Spoken Polish and English.
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Climate Spring starts in March with temperatures varying from -1 to +20 C, until about April or May. July is the hottest month, but the rest of the summer is also quite warm with temperatures from 21 to 32 C.
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