If you’re wondering how to spice up an autumnal staycation, this intriguing list of locations comprises everything from trendy country retreats to stylish cabins and grandiose train carriages.
Set a stone’s throw south-east of Warsaw, Otwock is an oversight that demands to be corrected.
Though lacking in overt attractions like a ‘Visit Me Old Town’, it’s got enough pleasures and treasures to make it quite special. In fact, I’ve actually started calling it The Special K.
Snuck away west of Leszno and with a population of just 14,000, ‘the greatest little town you’ve never heard of’ sits largely forgotten by the rest of the nation. And that’s good!
From afar, it looks truly monumental – the kind of place in which you’d expect to find a dragon in the moat and a trapped damsel up a tower. Built using 200,000 bricks and 11,000 tons of sandstone, such was the largesse that it was only beaten for size when the Palace of Versailles was completed.
The modest size of Sandomierz makes it extremely digestible, and having ticked off the Rynek its natural to find yourself ambling to a castle which, after the correct amount of hallucinogens, could easily be mistaken for a miniature Wawel.
Whether it be lavish tented luxury, historic old towns, moody eccentric palaces, wild untamed forests or cool seaside vibes, Poland has them all.
The aptly named ‘Sky Walk’ in the Lower Silesian spa town of Świeradów-Zdrój is a whopping 65-metres tall, with a winding 850-metre walk leading to stunning views of the Jizera Mountains.
Once unwanted and unloved, Katowice has gone through a renaissance and good things are happening, as TFN’s Alex Webber found out.
Having spent two months hermetically sealed inside my Warsaw apartment, it was to Białystok that I headed to celebrate the easing of the lockdown. And I left with no regrets.