Day Tripping in Poland

Nestled in the Sudet549759_417841108252010_2138975802_nen foothills which border the Czech Republic, Glogowek is one of several enchanting medieval towns that have conserved their original style with the traditional Polish town square, old houses and church. These towns, frozen in time, attract thousands of visitors every year. Although this negates some of their atmosphere in the busier summer months, they are still worth visiting at any time. Pilgrims flock to Glogowek to pay homage to the black ‘Virgin Mary with Child’.

Zamosc was designed four centuries ago on the orders of Jan Zamoyski, who was the city’s chancellor. Zamoyski had the vision of creating the perfect city that would serve as an important trading center.

The experiment proved to be successful because of the prominent location of Zamosc. It soon attracted capital and immigrants, and developed a vigorous intellectual tradition. The town was one of the only three Polish cities to withstand a Swedish siege in 1656. Today it is an enchanting city and one of the best things about it for adventure seekers is that it is located a little off the usual well known tourist route.

The Great Masurian Lakes are a magnet for nature lovers. The main lakes, Sniardwy and Mamry, are linked by rivers and canals to form an extensive system of waterways. This region is traversed by river barges, yachts and canoes, with many families enjoying cruising weekends or weeks upon its gentle waterways.

Towns are dotted around the lakes’ perimeters of which Gizycko and Mikolajki are the largest. Cycle touring is a good way of seeing the lakes area, especially as public transport is almost non-existent.

Auschwitz, about 60 kilometers from Krakow, is a poignant symbol of man’s inhumanity. Although the retreating Nazis tried to destroy the camp in 1945, enough of it remains to show the magnitude of the slaughter committed here. Some four million people were killed in Auschwitz and the linked complex at nearby Birkenau.