Poland Calling 9

European Adventure Through Warsaw and Krakow

One of the often overlooked destinations in Europe, Poland will surprise you with its natural beauty, architecture, culture, history and more. Join us on a quick trip through two of the most well-known Polish cities – the capital, Warsaw, and Krakow, the second largest city in the country.

Inside the POLIN Museum, which was awarded Best European Museum 2016.  Photo: M.Starowieyska_D.Golik/Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Kazimierz is the historical district of Krakow, considered the cultural center of the city. A walking tour of market square, churches and all the synagogues in the area is a must-do here. Photography FotoPolska

 

Warsaw

Fly LOT Polish Airways for direct non-stop flights from several US cities. The business class and premium economy experience on a Dreamliner is a treat!

This residence at the Warsaw Zoo might seem familiar if you have watched the movie The Zookeeper’s Wife. Many artifacts provide more information on the lives of the Zabinskis.

Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw is a grand circa-1901 building, with elegant, art deco–style featuring chic, luxurious rooms. Check out their wall of fame to see which celebrities stayed here over the years.

For a taste of regional Polish fare, visit Stary Dom restaurant in Warsaw to enjoy dining with locals and visitors alike. Beef tartar prepared tableside is but one of the highlights!

Dining at the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel’s Olive is a mix of local and international offerings with service par excellence. The location of the hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the old town square and other area attractions.

The Warsaw Rising Museum is a tribute to those who fought and died for independent Poland and its free capital – probably one of the best places to understand how much of the country had to be rebuilt post war. Photography FotoPolska

 

Krakow

The Wawel Castle, resting atop Wawel Hill in Krakow, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a magnificent example of the amalgamation of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture within the different structures housed here.

Located at the foot of the Polish Tatra mountains, Zakopane is your city getaway for any weather. Also, the best spot to indulge in traditional Highlander cuisine.

Oscypek is a smoked cheese made of salted sheep milk exclusively in the Tatra mountains region of Zakopane. They also make great souvenirs to bring back home!

At the Pope John Paul II Museum at his hometown of Wadowice – a tour of his home and a collection of his personal belongings give a glimpse into his life away from the papacy. One of the best designed museum spaces you will visit.

An underground beauty you do not want to miss, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of Poland’s official national Historic Monuments. It houses four chapels carved out of the rock salt by the miners and other works by contemporary artists. Photography FotoPolska

Sukiennice, the Kraków Cloth Hall , is one of the city’s most recognizable icons. Located in the center of the main market square, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and your best bet for a good deal on gifts. Photography FotoPolska