Poland known for its medieval architecture is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea with a population of 38 million. Poland is a very popular tourism destination, but it’s also becoming one of Europe’s top medical tourism destinations. Except for its extremely well-trained doctors, also the healthcare infrastructure is continuously developed through national and international investments and the private healthcare sector is growing in order to keep up with demand.
Since joining the European Union (EU), Poland has increased the arrival of tourists which is estimated at more than 15.8 million people annually. Most tourists from Germany, Sweden, and Norway visit Poland solely for affordable medical services, by using the cost advantage as it remains out of the Euro Currency.
But what else can you expect from Poland? You’d be surprised. Here’s the rundown of the top 8 reasons related to places to visit in Poland to make you search for flights for your upcoming unplanned holidays.
Benefit: Affordable Prices & Professional Services in Poland
As stated before, clinics in Poland are quite popular among other Europeans. You can save up to 50% by just traveling to Poland and having your treatment or procedure performed there. As an important part of promoting health tourism, many private clinics of Poland are accredited by international standardization organization such as ISO and JCI.
See: Malbork Castle
Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world. It’s also the largest brick castle in the world. The castle was built by the Teutonic Order in 1274 as a means to assert their rule in their Baltic territories. The structure itself has been expanded and developed several times during its long life as a medieval fortress. The Teutonic Order is long gone, and now Malbork Castle is one of the most popular places in Poland which it must be involved in your Poland trip plan. Since 1997, the site is a World Heritage Site.
Do: Get Married in The Wieliczka Salt Mine
The Wieliczka Salt Mine was built in the 13th century, and since then it has been in use up until 2007. It’s one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines. The mine is easy to reach since it’s located very close to Krakow.
The mine has its own little chapel and a reception room, which can be the perfect place to host a wedding — the mine-littered with salt statues, all created by the miners working there. While visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine, you’re in good company. Nicolaus Copernicus, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Fryderyk Chopin also visited the mine.
See: The Białowieża Forest
The Białowieża Forest is a UNESCO heritage site which stretches along the border of Poland and Belarus. Tourists can enjoy vast biodiversity, bird watching and other activities including biking, hiking, and horse carriages tours.
See: Sand Dunes in The Słowiński National Park
The Słowiński National Park in northern Poland is home to an eerie, Sahara-like scenery. The park also offers a few hotels and campsites where you can spend the night.
Oscypek is a type of traditional smoked cheese made from sheep milk. The product is exclusive to the Tatra Mountains of Poland and has been made according to a recipe from 1748. The cheese is not only special through flavor alone, but also shape. The cheese is made into various decorative shapes by being pressed into wooden forms for a few days. Each oscypek is sent to a smokehouse for two weeks, gaining a delicious flavor, particular to this part of Poland. The best way to enjoy it is fried over a hearth then served with cranberry marmalade.
See: Old Town of Krakow
The old town of Krakow is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many buildings date back to the early 1700s. You can visit many attractions through joining Krakow tours or on your own such as Wawel Castle, St Mary’s Basilica and the Cloth Hall, all of which were built sometime during the 14th century. One of Poland’s most beautiful cities Krakow also entices visitors with a bustling nightlife including jazz bars, traditional taverns, and fancy clubs. This is a must-see city of Poland, which should take part in all Poland holidays. After an inspiring day, you may enjoy your stay in one of the old and gorgeous Krakow hotels, or you may continue you to Warsaw in 300 kilometers far from Krakow.
Do: Sail Masurian Lakes
The Masurian Lakes system is made up of around 2000 interconnected lakes. Tourists can engage in all sorts of water sports such as sailing and paddling. The sailing season in Poland opens in early May and continues until the end of September. There are also plenty of hotels, guest houses, and campsites in the region and spending a few days here can be a spectacular experience.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.