About southern Poland

About southern Poland

Why would anyone come all the way to the south of Poland for a holiday? The same reasons we moved here to live.

First, the connections are good – motorway from the Channel and Hook of Holland to Krakow, an overnight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw, then 3 hours in an express to Krakow and plenty of flights from the UK … after all, Krakow IS the most popular destination for British visitors to Poland.

But that just gets you here. What is there to see and do?

Cities and towns – Krakow, Wroclaw,  Zakopane, our own Nowy Sacz, Tarnow

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Religious – Tyniec or Bielany  and the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

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River rafting – Dunajec River Gorge, close to the tourist town and walking centre of Krościenko nad Dunajcem and the area surrounding Lake Czorsztyn

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Skiing –  Krynica-Ski, is close, Zakopane is world-famous.

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Spas – if it ends in Zdroj, it’s a spa town. Krynica-Zdroj and Piwniczna-Zdroj are our closest. Rabka-Zdroj is a couple of hours by road.

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Fun – for kids, Dinolandia, Miniature World, mini-zoo and the dungeons and dragons of Warownia at Lyson. Because gun-ownershipis strictly controlled, cities and large towns may have shooting ranges. Go-karting is also popular. And we have some good water parks.

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Medieval city – Krakow was not damaged in WW2 – what you see is original

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Communist-era – in Krakow you can tour the Nowa Huta area by Trabant or an old commie-era bus, see 60s and 70s planned architecture and have a snack in a “milk bar”, even see a commie-era apartment.

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Boating and watersports – there are lakes and reservoirs throughout the area

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Walking – in the countryside or in the Tatra mountains

Modern history – most famous and notorious the Auschwitz and Aushwitz-Birkenau slave labour and death camps are between Kraków and Katowice

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Nature – it’s all around us in southern Poland, but highlights are Ojcow, Pieniny, the Tatras and the Ciężkowicko-Rożnowski National Park

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Cycling – popular – most town tourist offices have cycling maps

Churches – even if we discount the better-known beautiful churches, southern Poland is the land of the wooden churches.

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Food and drink – hearty food and good beer and wódka. Cheap, too.

Castle – Wawel, the Royal Castle in Krakow, the Eagle’s Nests, ruined, occupied or museums, there are castles throughout this land of shifting borders.

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Hotels – from under £20 a night, the sky’s the limit. Stay in “noclegi” (“roos”), 1* to 5*, simple hotels to luxurious hotels in castles and palaces. Our favourites? The *** Hotel Folwark Stara Winiaria in Mszana Dolna. And, of course, our own 1904 Loghouse!

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Website

Hotel Folwark Stara Winiaria http://www.folwarkstarawiniarnia.pl/

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