Focus on Poland: a “lucky” Country is slowly blooming

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Against the European recession chaos, a tourisic flower is slowly blooming, a Country that has never been popular for its charme but today it is recognized by the tourism world. We are talking about Poland.

You can call it lucky, economic cyclic nature or soft power (as for Japan), anyway Poland is one of the destinations that will more amaze the European travel sector in 2016. Let’s start with two of the most important events:

  • the World Youth Day (July, 25-31)
  • Wroclaw’s designation as 2016 European Capital of Culture

Two opportunities to rediscover a land too long silent, modest and not so famous because of the great avantgarde of the close Scandinavian Countries and the strong influence of Russia.


What to see in Poland

Castles, nature and cities that tell Polish people history, an history made by wars, love, real contact with nature, contemplation and faith. This made Polish people strong but also introverted and reserved at the same time: it hides (quite jealously) its treasures. While the tourism Institution is available for further information about the attractions to visit, here we focus on the tour of the Polish UNESCO’s humanity heritages.

Poland took part to UNESCO for the first time in 1978, when Krakow city, thanks to its wonderful city centre, was positively valued by a specific experts commission. This year Krakow houses the World Youth Day with a rich calendar as well as an organized enviable hospitality. World Youth Day could be interesting for Travel Agents because they can propose in addition also historical, religious and natural itineraries in cities closed to Krakow. For example visits to Krakow Valleys Landscape Park or Wieliczka’s salt mines, which go back to the Middle Ages.

Krakov

Krakov

Other UNESCO’s heritage Polish cities are: Warsaw, Zamość and Toruń. The Capital was appreciated for its spectacular historical centre reconstruction (after the World War II); Zamość was considered a Renaissance architectural jewel while Toruń a Gothic pearl.

Among the National Parks we find Białowieża Forest, adjacent to Belarus: it represents what remains of the big forest that expanded all over Europe thousands of years ago. Then there is Muskau Park (in Polish Park Mużakowski), close to Germany, which is an example for the development of the landscape’s architecture.

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Białowieża

Among the humanity heritage historical monuments it’s worth to remind Malbork Teutonic Castle, a typical Medieval fortress and the greatest brick castle of the World. It is located in the North-area of the Country, on the South-Eastern shore of Nogat river.

Malbork

Malbork

Poland is known also for its strong Christian – Catholic faith that influenced lifestyles and urban shapes. For these reasons a lot of Polish shrines are UNESCO’s heritage: in addition to wood churches of Małopolska’s region we can find in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska chapels as well as pilgrimage parks and the churches of Świdnica (South-West).

Małopolska

Małopolska

Also the well-known Aushwirtz and Birkenau extermination camps are on the Polish territory: you may suggest them to some of your clients (discover how to identify a dark tourist).

Last for entering UNESCO’s heritage list is Wrocław Centennial Hall, a monument of extraordinary historical as well as architectural value, that today houses events and conferences.

As already mentioned, this year Wrocław is appointed as European Capital of Culture. The city itself hides priceless treasures: historical centres, monuments and a lot of contemporary works of art. In every corner of the city there are sculptures that accompany travellers at the discovery of parks and monuments. It is worth to mention Wrocław Gnomes, small sculptures that tell Polish people life during the dictatorship. Walking along the streets you can find the dwarf that withdraws money from the bank, the one that runs because he’s late, the one that approaches her lover and so on. Nobody knows how many Wrocław’s Gnomes are there, maybe you can suggest your Customers to help counting them!

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Wrocław

So, is it only a lucky Country?

We answer no. Poland is a Country all to be discovered, a blooming flower of Europe and it has to be appreciated for its uniqueness.

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Top5 cities

  1. Warsaw
  2. Kraków
  3. Sopot, Danzica, Gdynia
    Called also Triple City this area represents the greatest cultural and port centre of the Country.
  4. Poznan
  5. Wroclaw
Top3 minor destinations (…yes, you can book them on 6tour.com)

  1. Kielce (South)
    Important commercial centre and Kielce fair location which is the second place among the exhibitions and local markets most attended in Poland.
  2. Walbrzych (South-East)
    On its territory there is the majestic Książ Castle (Fürstenstein) which goes back to XIII century: it is the third biggest Castle of Poland all.
  3. Augustów (North-East)
    It is famous since 1820 for recreational holidays. It is surely worth to remind its picturesque canal, a real architectural works of art that goes back to the first half of XIX century.

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