Poland: All the Magic of Europe without the price tag

Europe is a beautiful place, rich with history and art. For some of us, it is about reconnecting with our heritage. For others, it’s visiting family. For others still, it’s seeing something new. It’s a magical place, filled with wonder and the opportunity to have unique experiences unlike anywhere else in the world.

It can also be an expensive place to visit, especially for those of us making the trip from Australia, and it can be swarming with countless tourists, just like us, all vying to create the picture perfect memory.

But there are some places in Europe, some lesser-known spots, quieter destinations, yet unspoilt by hordes of trampling tourist feet. There, a traveller is welcomed by all the marvels that Europe has to offer.

One such place is Poland.

In 2016, Lonely Planet placed Poland 7th in its Top Ten Countries to Visit and it’s easy to see why.

It’s an inspiring landscape of mighty mountains, flowing rivers, and pristine pine forests. Throughout its long history, Poland has defined the very shape of Europe. It has left a clear mark, from towering castles and elegant palaces, to sparkling modern cities encircled by fortifications reminiscent of another time. It has suffered the scars of many wars, of the greatest tragedies of history, and enjoyed the most significant of triumphs.

Malbork Castle is the world’s largest castle, and a step back in time with construction having commenced in 1406

Poland is a home to proud people, who work hard and humbly welcome visitors to enjoy all the splendour and beauty that it has to offer.

Gdańsk’s old town is home to historic Galleons and one of the world’s oldest port cranes

Poland is at the very heart of Europe, just a short flight from Heathrow, and a great place to start a European adventure, and it is becoming more and more popular for travellers from around the world. In 2016 alone, over 6 million tourists visited Poland and the country’s popularity is predicted only to grow into 2017 and beyond.

Known as the “Polish Versailles,” Wilanów has historically been the second home to many Polish kings.

Year round, from the ski season in winter, to the picturesque colours of autumn and spring, to the warmth of the Baltic Sea in the summer, it is a place that even the most discerning traveller can easily fall in love with.