Chic medieval hot spots like Krakow and Gdansk vie with energetic Warsaw for your urban attention. Outside the cities, woods, rivers, lakes and hills beckon for some fresh-air fun.
Fabulous medieval castles and evocative ruins dot hilltops elsewhere in the country, and the fantastic red-brick fortresses of the Teutonic Knights stand proudly in the north along the Vistula. at the other extreme, simple but finely crafted wooden churches hide amid the Carpathian hills, and the ample skills of the country's highlanders are on display at the region's many skasens (open-air ethnographic museums).
Polish food is baed largely on local ingredients like pork, cabbage, mushroom, beetroot and onion, combined simply and honed to perfection. Regional specialities like duck, goose, herring and even bison keep things from getting dull.
Away from the big cities, much of Poland feels remote and unspoiled. While large swathes of the country are flat, the southern border is lined with a chain of low lying but lovely mountains that invite days of splendid solitude. Well marked hiking paths criss-cross the country, taking you through dense forests, along broad rivers and through mountain passes.