Currency: Polish Zloty
Population: 38,187,488 (2010)
Size: 120,728 square miles (312,685 square kilometers) - slightly smaller than New Mexico
Border countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia
National tourist office: www.poland.pl
At a glance
Despite a history full of conflict and struggle, Poland has preserved a land and culture of unbelievable beauty. From castles to cathedrals, medieval walls to arguably one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, historic sites abound throughout the country. The people of Poland are known for their hospitality and warmth, blending tradition and modern advances into the unique art, food, and culture that visitors return for time and again. The country has traditionally been a haven for academics and artists, all contributing to a cultural wealth in the arts and sciences.
Poland boasts a large and varied topography including mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, sea, and desert. Baltic beaches are a popular summertime destination for watersports, and the Polish mountains are ideal for hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. With twenty-three national parks, Poland places an emphasis on securing its national beauty.
Why cyclists love it
Poland bicycle tours are an ideal way to experience the country’s varied environments, abundant wildlife, and rich culture and history. Whether following ancient trade routes or exploring Poland’s unique landscape, you will be enlightened with stories of the land and its people. Several choices in routes offer an excellent range of opportunities to explore Poland’s vast countryside.
Many Poland bike tours include routes venturing into neighboring Hungary, Slovakia, or the Czech Republic, or continue on to Austria. Touring these countries on an Eastern European cycling holiday is the perfect way to see the beautiful countryside, access the wealth of historic sites, and enjoy the hospitality of the friendly locals.
Ride from artist's town of Szentendre, biking the Danube bend to Banska Stiavnica, an old mining town in the hills. Here the cycling gets more challenging, crossing the Low Tatras and West part of the High Tatras. Your reward is the superb panoramic views of the breath-taking Slovakian countryside dotted with traditional mountain villages, meadows and pastures.
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The adventure along the Dunjec at the foot of the upper Tatra through the Beskid Zywiecki is still an absolute insider’s tip. With this journey, we offer you the possibility to discover the historical and cultural treasures of Krakow and the ethnic landscape of South Poland.
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This bicycle tour connects three countries: Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland and follows the ancient, amber trading routes. Cycle through the wine growing landscape of South Moravia and on through steep-sided, valleys, riddled with caves. From here bike to Olomouc, second only to Prague in terms of impressive architecture. Skirting the Beskydy Mountains, you will get some fantastic views of the hillsides. Crossing the border into Poland, this bicycle tour brings you to the town of Osvetim (Auschwitz) and finally to the royal city of Krakow.
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