Poland – the new European fairy tale

A tourist who visited Poland should know what "Hej, Sokoly!" means Poland has a border of 467 km with Germany, to the south with the Czech Republic (790 km) and Slovakia (541 km), to the east and north-east with Ukraine (529 km), Belarus (416 km), Lithuania (103 km) and Russia (210 km). The total length of Poland’s land and sea borders is 3,496km.

Poland’s total surface area is 322,500 sq km. This makes it the ninth largest country in Europe, after Russia, Ukraine, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Finland and Norway, and the 63rd largest in the world.

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Situated in southern Poland, Krakow is one of the country’s most ancient cities and its former capital and a real pearl in its crown. The city lies on the banks of the Vistula River which is called the Queen of Polish Rivers. Krakow receives visitors from the whole world. Krakow is filled with monuments and is impossible to visit them in just one day. Its unique atmosphere has inspired artists and writers. Visitors fall in love with Krakow and if they leave, then it is only to return another day.

The city’s rich cultural and artistic life contributes to this fascination as much as the genuine character of its streets and little squares lined with restaurants serving local delicacies. The sightseeing in Krakow is not the sole attraction for the tourists but also the festivals in Krakow offer a major attraction for the tourists. The historical buildings all around Krakow apparently take the tourists back to an ancient time. Because of these Krakow attractions, the tourists opt for Krakow as one of the leading tourist destinations in Poland.

The holy festivals during the Christmas time and the New Year are the huge sources of Krakow attractions. The tourists with a taste for the history and naturalness find the Krakow tour a worthy one.

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The Tatras and the Podhale region in Poland are another spots to be visited. The Spisz, Orawa and the Podhale regions and the rural settings in the villages in these regions keep a tourist mesmerized.

The snowy mountain peaks of Poland are the primary winter attraction. Hotels and resorts located at these sites assure a completely enchanting holiday for their boarders. Other interesting place to visit is Zakopane, called “the mountain capital” of Poland. Cable car rides to Mt Kasprowy Wierch and the funicular to Mt Gubalowka is a major winter attraction of the place. In Zakopane takes place the annual International Festival of Highlanders’ Folklore.

Mazury Lakes

Mazury is an historical and ethnographic region in the north-east of Poland. The Masurian Lake District and the smaller lake districts (around Suwałki) is known as "the land of a thousand lakes". The largest from them are Śniardwy (113.8 sq km) and Mamry (104.5 sq km); the deepest one is Hańcza (10,8108.5 m) in the Suwałki Lake District, and the longest one is Jeziorak (27 km) in the Iława Lake District.

Most of them are linked by rivers and canals, so the very popular waterway excursion along the Great Masurian Lakes covers a distance of 88 km. Masury and the Suwałki regions are a paradise for yachting enthusiasts, canoeists, hikers and walkers, and everyone who loves tranquilllity. In the summer time the major local resorts hold many sporting and cultural events. 

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"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" movie, based on the series of novels written by C.S. Lewis, was partly fimed in Poland. The locations used as filmsets included the National Park of Table Mountains and the Karkonoski National Park, both in South-Western Poland.

The National Park of Table Mountains, where the crew worked for seven days in May 2007, is well known for its majestic and virgin character with fabulous rock formations and labyrinths. Andrew Adamson, the Director, has even planted a memorial tree in Kudowa Zdroj, a picturesque town in the Table Mountains also known for its SPAs.

The second set was the Karkonoski National Park where the crew stayed four days in July. Filming took place by the "Kamienczyk" waterfall, which is located near Szklarska Poreba, one of the tourist hot-spots of the Lower Silesia region.

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