The largest and most populated East European state, Poland, is now an integral part of the EU economy with many Poles finding work in the UK and Polish shops, a feature on British High Streets. With its dramatic history of struggle to maintain its independence throughout the centuries, Poland is a fascinating place to visit.
Dominated by powerful neighbours – Germany to the West, Russia to the East, the North Polish plains have been the scene of conflict through the generations. So it’s fortunate that our main contact is in the Galician City of Krakow, in the South and a short drive from Slovakia and slightly longer from the Czech Republic.
Krakow is the City of Pope John Paul II and Oskar Schindler, and near enough to the Concentration Camp of Auschwitz for a simple journey to visit one of the major sites of premeditated state sponsored mass murder in the last hundred years. The city of Krakow itself is a popular tourist destination, with its Wawel Castle dominating the Wisla Bend, its gigantic market square offset by the Watchtower, which still presents on the hour re-enactments of a trumpeter being shot mid parp by the tartar invaders and Kazimierz, the atmospheric Jewish Quarter with its candle lit bars.
Not far from Krakow the Polish Tatras rise above the Town of Zakopane and within a couple of hours you’re in the Slovakian Tatras – making the possibility of a combined Polish/Slovakian trip something we've often organised.