Poland’s Undiscovered Gems

One of the fastest developing economies in Europe, Poland is making a name for itself as a seriously hip destination for travellers looking for something a little bit different. Famed for its considerable natural beauty, traditions and history, the country is a melting pot of attractions that tick all of the usual tourist boxes and much, much more. From vast sandy beaches and quaint coastal towns to cosmopolitan cities and stunning national parks, there is a vacation here to suit all tastes, requirements and budgets. 

Whether you’re coming to Poland for the hearty traditional cuisine or you simply want to see the natural beauty of this incredible country for yourself, you can be sure that the picturesque views, fascinating culture and mouth-watering food will leave you wanting more.

The Crooked Forest is enchanting and spooky at the same time
Photo by Artur Strzelczyk / CC BY-SA 3.0

Crooked Forest, Gryfino

If it’s mystery you’re after, you would do well to visit the Crooked Forest in Gryfino. Home to more than 400 puzzlingly deformed trees, the forest is a source of debate and wonder among all who visit. While there is no known reason for their peculiar J shape, it has not stopped people from speculating over the years, leading to theories that range from bizarre to scientific. Some suggest that the gravitational pull in this area caused the deformity, while others prefer the theory that they were manipulated by foresters looking to make furniture from the unusual shapes before abandoning them.

Jurata, Jastarnia

While many people might favour holidays in paradises such as Thailand and Bali, Poland also has plenty to offer in the way of beach-based vacations. The popular seaside resort of Jurata, located on the 35km long Hel Peninsula is one such place. Ideal for anyone seeking vast sandy beaches, endless summer days and stunning sunset walks, Jurata offers everything you could need and more. Water sports fans will love the abundance of windsurfing, kite-surfing and sailing activities while families will get a kick out of the seal aquarium and relaxed atmosphere in the local restaurants and bars.

Upside Down House, Szymbark

The Upside-Down House is definitely worth a visit / Photo by Tomasz Sienicki / CC BY-SA 3.0

Located at the foot of an imposing mountain, the Upside-Down House has to be seen to be believed. Constructed in 2007, the house took much longer than anticipated to reach completion as the workers on the site kept becoming disorientated which meant they had to take a break more often. Not only is the house upside-down, but it is also built on a tilt, so be prepared to feel unbalanced as you climb through the attic window and wander through the house on its ceilings.

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka

A salt mine might not sound like the most interesting place to visit, but this particular salt mine most definitely is. One of the oldest salt mines still in operation, it has a long and remarkable history spanning back as far as the middle ages and has been used as a valuable resource for centuries. But despite its fascinating past, it is the jaw-dropping artwork as well as the health benefits of the atmosphere in the mines that bring tourists to visit. Since the 19th century, miners have transformed the inside of the mines with salt-carved monuments, decorated chambers and giant chandeliers creating a truly majestic space.

Błędne Skały, Kotlina Kłodzka

Located on the border between Poland and the Czech Republic, Błędne Skały, also known as the “Errant Rocks”, is a fascinating natural wonder that looks man-made. The perfectly formed paths through the rocks were used as a passageway for smugglers for many years, these days, however, they are simply awe-inspiring places for hikers to while away an afternoon or two. 

Wherever you choose to visit in this vast and diverse country, you are guaranteed to make memories to last a lifetime. Whether you explore the natural wonders of the Errant Rocks or step back in time with a visit to the salt mines, Poland is likely to leave an impression that will make you want to come back time and time again.