Historic Cities, Beautiful Countryside and Warm Hospitality

Located in the heart of Europe, Poland has many neighbours including Germany, Lithuania, the Slovak Republic, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. With a rich history dating back to the 10th century, as well as stunning scenery across its vast 305,000km² land mass, Poland attracts plenty of visitors. Explore the beautiful Baltic coast of the north, the unspoilt mountains, lakes and national parks of the interior, or Poland’s cities where Jewish heritage, Teutonic roots and delicious regional dishes are waiting to be discovered.

Poland is a member of the Baltic Sea EU macro-region (EUBSR), subscribing to the overarching strategic aims of strengthening connections within the region, increasing prosperity and working together to protect the seas. With many cultural routes passing through Poland, it is clear that these links with the rest of Europe shape the country it is today.

How to get there?

Poland is well connected by road, rail, sea and air, thanks to its wonderfully central location within Europe. There are 12 international airports scattered across this large country, the busiest of which are Warsaw Chopin Airport, Krakow Airport, Wroclaw Airport and Gdansk Airport.

Many of the trains connecting Poland’s cities with other major European cities are modern, high-speed models, offering visitors fast and comfortable rail travel. Cyclists will find Poland’s network of cycling lanes are developing rapidly and there are many scenic EuroVelo routes to choose from.

  • Time Zone
    GMT +1
  • Population
    37.9 million
  • Capital
  • Official language
  • Currency
    zł or PLN (1 EUR = 4.28 PLN)

EU citizens do not need a visa to visit Poland

Cultural Routes in Poland

Nine different cultural routes pass through Poland. Many connect the country with its closest neighbours within the EUBSR (Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Finland and Estonia), while others are far-reaching routes with itinerary stops as distant as the UK, Spain and Greece.

The cultural routes in Poland are the Via Regia, the Cluniac Sites in Europe, the Viking Cultural Route, The Hansa, the European Route of Jewish Heritage, the Santiago de Compostela, the European Cemeteries Route, the Cistercian Abbeys route and Destination Napoleon.

Via Regia

The Via Regia (or Royal Highway) is the oldest and longest road to link the East and West of Europe. It dates back as far as the Roman Empire, possibly even the Stone Age. It connects eight countries through a 4,500 km cultural route spanning from Kiev, Ukraine in the East, through two points in Poland, all the way to Santiago de Compostela, Spain in the West.

Cluniac Sites in Europe

Named after the 10th-century Benedictine Abbey founded in Cluny, France, Cluniac sites reflect the importance Cluny held as a spiritual and political hub. Over 1,800 Cluniac sites emerged over the years, inspired by the influential abbey. Sites include monasteries, castles, towns and even vineyards – one of which can be found in Poland.

The Viking Cultural Route

The Viking Cultural Route has been designed to celebrate the important legacies of the Viking Age. Their influence spread far and wide, even reaching Poland. Points of interest along the route include museums, reconstructed living towns and Viking ships.

The Hansa

The Hanseatic League was formed in medieval times to forge trade links between German merchants and Europe. These links influenced everything from the architecture to the culture of Hansa towns and cities. This fascinating cultural route has almost 200 stops across all seven countries of the EU Baltic Sea macro-region.

European Route of Jewish Heritage

Protecting and promoting the integral contribution of Jewish heritage to the cultural landscape of Europe, this historic route immerses visitors in the Jewish story. The route has a small but select number of itinerary points, travelling through Poland, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, France, Romania, Switzerland and the Slovak Republic.

Santiago de Compostela

This famous pilgrimage reaches the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of Saint James are said to be buried. The Way of St. James offers modern pilgrims a network of various routes to reach their destination, including some that lead from Poland.

European Cemeteries Route

Discover the historical significance of Europe’s cemeteries, as the traditions of death and burial reflect much about a country’s way of life. The expansive route travels through 20 countries and four macro-regions, with the chance to reflect on Poland’s heritage at its one peaceful route stop.

European Route of Cistercian Abbeys

Founded in Burgundy in 1098, the Cistercian Order rapidly grew to include 750 abbeys and 1,000 monasteries across Europe. The route marks the continuing and past influence of this historic Roman Catholic order that is still very much active today. The route encompasses 11 different countries, with six sites located in Poland.

Destination Napoleon

Paying homage to the life and legacy of well-known figure Napoleon Bonaparte, who lived from 1769 to 1821. The Napoleonic Period bequeathed heritage all over Europe, reaching far beyond his home country of France. This cultural route reveals how Napoleon shaped 60 cities across Europe, two of which are situated in Poland.

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