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In the very centre of Europe lies a country rich in culture, history and scenery all competing for your attention. Poland is both urban and traditional, with the energetic Warsaw boasting beautiful architecture, while forests, lakes and mountains can be found outside the urban landscape. Hiking is a popular activity in the Tatra Mountains, look for bison in the Bialowieski National Park or descend into the eerie world of salt chambers at Wieliczka. Then there are the 500 kilometres of Baltic coastline, with their pretty seaside villages and health resorts.
Poland has a thousand years’ worth of kings, queens, castles and wars to discover and history buffs will fall in love with the former capital of Kraków. There’s a museum set in the Renaissance-style Wawel Royal Castle and moving interactive displays at Oskar Schindler’s former enamel factory. That tragic more recent history is also remembered in cities like Lublin, where visitors can trace the country’s Jewish history.