With spring behind us, it’s time to pack your bags and head to some of Poland’s city pearls for the perfect summer break. With Poland’s incredible architecture, gastronomy and rich culture, no matter which city you choose to visit, you are bound to enjoy a refreshing trip.
Travel to the traditional cities of Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk, or explore the lesser-known but equally fantastic cities of Wrocław and Katowice. During summertime the Polish weather is warm and comfortable with plenty of fresh produce and beautiful scenery, making it one of the best destinations in Europe. Summer in Poland, is there anything better?
Discover Polish culture in the Historic Centre of Krakow, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
As Poland’s former royal capital, Krakow is a bustling city offering mediaeval pomp and pageantry fused with modern-day fun. It is a must visit if travelling to Poland. Its history spans over the 1000 years of Krakow’s existence, offering you plenty of historical and cultural things to do. Make sure to visit the Wawel Royal Castle and its Cathedral as well as the old Jewish District, Kazimierz, which has become a trendy hub with the latest bars and restaurants. Explore the small cobblestone streets, grand royal palaces and soaring spires of ancient churches near the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town district whilst munching on delicious, traditional Polish dumplings known as pierogi. If you are travelling to Krakow in August, make sure to visit the world-renowned Pierogi Festival taking place in Maly Rynek Square!
A summer getaway to Poland’s cultural oasis of Warsaw
Discover the beauty, culture and history of Poland’s capital city Warsaw. With hidden rooftops and urban beaches, Warsaw is the perfect city to visit this summer with its combination of green spaces and diverse cultural offering. Home to 90 different parks, enjoy the stillness of nature and relax in the sunshine before exploring Warsaw’s world-famous UNESCO-listed Old Town. If you desire breathtaking views, the city’s University of Warsaw Library has one of Europe’s largest rooftop gardens and it is accessible to the public to take in a 360-view of the city’s skyline. For authentic bars and quirky museums, travel to the Praga district and explore the lesser known parts of this iconic city.
River cruises, galleries and nightlife in colourful Wrocław
Known as one of the most picturesque cities in Poland and home to a thriving cultural scene, Wrocław offers a perfect city experience with all it has to offer. With over a millennia of history, culture and influences from its neighbouring countries, the options of museums, galleries and architecture are endless. A visit to the National Museum or Academy of Fine Arts is a must if you wish to delve into the culture and storied history of the city or climb up to the top of St. Elizabeth’s Church for magical views from above. If you would rather see the city from below, travel on the Oder river and see the six islands nestled between the different districts of Wrocław. Make sure to stop by one of the numerous beer gardens along the river for a refreshing traditional Polish beer. Nightowls are also spoiled for choice as the Polish love their nightlife – from smaller romantic corners to bigger and impressive clubs keeping you up from sundown to sunrise.
The capital city of the Silesian region offers well-maintained parks, squares and buzzing music for the active and curious traveller. As Katowice is located centrally with excellent transport connections, it is well worth a visit during any trip to Poland. In recent years Katowice has transformed from a city with a rich mining history to a UNESCO Creative City of Music. Since being declared a City of Music in 2016, the city’s music scene has continued to grow with classical music at the NOSPR Concert Hall, Katofonia on Mielęckiego streets to jazz and blues clubs spread throughout the city. For those looking to discover another side to Katowice’s musical offering, don’t miss P23, an all night techno club located in an old Drzwi porcelain factory on the outskirts of the city.
Experience a Baltic coast gem in the amber city Gdansk
For those looking to combine city and coastal experiences, look no further than the picturesque city of Gdansk. Gdansk is one of the most culturally and historically significant cities in Europe and is home to unique culture as well as a burgeoning culinary and beer scene. Gdansk is packed with character wherever you go, from the lively and colourful Długi Targ to the peaceful waterfront of the Motlawa River Embankment, there is something for everyone in this hidden gem of a city. Just a short journey away from Gdansk is the Polish Riviera of Sopot. Wander along the tree-lined seafront, discover white sandy beaches without the usual crowds of summer and take in the refreshing Baltic sea air along the wooden pier, the longest in Europe. Another short journey away, you will visit the charming seaside city of Gdynia where you will get an authentic taste of the region with delicious, freshly caught seafood whilst enjoying breathtaking views of the Baltic Sea.