7 Summer Destinations in Poland
Summer doesn’t have to be synonymous with beach time. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the warm weather months in urban surroundings: the Polish cities mentioned below offer a lot of great stuff to do in the summertime, like open-air film screenings or mini-golf.
This city is well-known for its historical associations with aristocratic families like the Czartoryskis and Lubomirskis. At the turn of the 19th century, duchess Izabella Czartoryska founded a magnificent English-style garden whose original design is still preserved. The 74-acre park holds a picturesque escarpment on the Vistula river, grottos, countless plant species, a palace and a classicist orangery.
Sometimes called ‘Salt City’, Inowrocław is located in an area where salt has been mined since the 2nd century CE. Now it is mostly considered a spa town, but its graduation tower remains one of its most noticeable landmarks. Not only does the tower infuses the surrounding air with healthy minerals, it is also beautifully illuminated at night and has a viewing terrace from which you can admire the cityscape. Additionally, the surrounding park offers tennis courts, mini-golf, an outdoor swimming pool with a man-made river and other attractions.
The history of this charming town dates back to the 16th century, when the aristocratic Zamoyski family built a hunting residence there. Since 2000 Zwierzyniec is home to a film festival ‒ traditionally held in August ‒ where films are screened outdoors. Nature lovers will also enjoy a visit to the neighbouring Roztocze National Park.
This seashore city is a great summer destination for many reasons. It is possible to rent a yacht and sail in Puck Bay, one of the most picturesque areas of the Baltic Sea. Gdańsk can also be visited by ship since most of its historical neighbourhood faces the waterfront. Being the sixth largest city in Poland, it obviously has a lot to offer in terms of clubs, cafes and restaurants. The legendary Open’er Festival takes place in the adjoining city of Gdynia.
Often listed among the most beautiful cities in Poland, Pszczyna looks nothing short of a fairy tale. The scenic market place and old town date back to the middle ages and the historic Pszczyna Castle is as elegant a landmark as can be. The castle is situated in a vast park with a golf course and an enclosure with European bisons. On Sunday afternoons from May to August there are open-air concerts in the park, often with performances by renowned classical musicians.
Over a thousand years old, this gem of a city is home to several impressive monuments. The 14 th - century Gothic bridge surrounded by religious sculptures is a must-see. The city is overlooked by amonumental stronghold, where the local Chivalric Order organizes medieval fighting shows and history workshops. Kłodzko is located in a mountainous area best explored on horseback – there are a number of places near the city that rent horses.
Olsztyn’s main attraction is a cluster of lakes around which most of the city’s life revolves. The all-year-round Sports and Leisure Center, which was acclaimed for its stunning architectural design, offers water equipment rentals. Folk concerts and theatre shows are staged in the charming old town during the summer.
Author: Marek Kępa, June 2016