Surrounded by seven countries and the Baltic Sea, Poland has a deep and intense history, some of which is still being written. Trying to shake off the remnants of Communism under Stalin in both its art and culture, cities such as the capital, Warsaw, have been restored to their former glory and provide endless richness to visitors. Which has been impacted by more history than any other Polish city, has retained an expanse of architecture from different periods. The skyline, showered with cathedral spires of churches, is not only serves as a memorial to those lost, but also creates a candle like imagery on a city that burns with liveliness and character.
Poland offers travelers a temperate climate of warm, even hot at times, summers and brisk, cold winters made for dining on the traditional comfort food the Poles are famous for. Expect cooler weather in the north that gets warmer in the south and east. Precipitation falls intermittently year round. Nature lovers rejoice in May and June when the fields of Poland's renown countryside are in fragrant bloom with wildflowers: poppies, cornflowers and daisies.
Located in Central Europe, Poland has a long Baltic Sea coastline across the north and is bordered by Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Belarus to the east, and Lithuania and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad to the northeast. The country is mostly flat, with some hilly regions, plus more than 9,000 lakes and a string of mountains along its southern border.
Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, Poland traditionally celebrates:
Epiphany - January 6
Easter Monday - day after Easter Sunday, date changes by year
Labour Day - May 1
Constitution Day - May 3
Pentecost - seventh Sunday after Easter, date changes by year
Corpus Cristi - ninth Thursday after Easter, date changes by year
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15
All Saints' Day - November 1
Independence Day - November 11
Boxing Day - December 26