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As the world’s second largest amber show, AMBERMART is a jewellery and amber industry event that is not to be missed. This time, Gdańsk will host more than 220 exhibitors from 9 countries (Poland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, UK and USA). Amber will play the leading role in various incarnations: as part of jewellery, functional items and art. There will also be traditional jewellery products made of gold, silver and gemstones. The event is accompanied by competitions, exhibitions, workshops and shows, including the Ambermart Best Amber Jewellery Award.As always, AMBERMART will culminate its celebration in one of the prettiest streets of Gdańsk: Mariacka Street. The legendary lane will come alive with exhibition previews, concerts, workshops, meetings with authors, and a fashion and jewellery show. We will celebrate in Mariacka Street well into the night.Last year, the event was attended by visitors from 38 countries, with the greatest number from China, Germany, the UK, Hungary, Nordic and Arab countries and the USA.18th International Amber Fair 31 August – 2 September 2017 AMBEREXPO Gdańsk www.ambermart.pl
Warsaw is the city of Chopin: it is here that his phenomenal talent matured; it is here that his aesthetic tastes and predilections were formed. He went out into the world – to Vienna and then to Paris – as a mature (though still very young) artist. While he did remain under the influence of such masters as Bach and Mozart, he himself was soon to become a source of inspiration.The 13th Chopin and His Europe Festival will take place between 12 and 30 August 2017. This year’s edition, subtitled ‘Before the Great Jubilee – From Bach to Chopin’, is a peculiar prologue to the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining of independence, which will fall in 2018… A particularly valuable part of Chopin and His Europe is the evocation of the original sound of the pieces, which – performed on period instruments or copies thereof – permit us to familiarize ourselves with the sonic aura of Chopin’s time. Legendary ensembles and soloists specializing in historical performance are regular guests of the Festival, bringing a magical picture of times past closer to us. The pianists play pianos from the collections of the Institute, which has at its disposal a set of instruments from Chopin’s time: famous Pleyels and Erards, a Broadwood and a copy of a Graf piano. And now in the spring of 2018, the collection will be supplemented by an extraordinary acquisition: the first contemporary copy of Chopin’s Warsaw instrument from the manufactory of the then esteemed Fryderyk Buchholtz. Chopin and His Europe can boast of a group of musical friends that includes stars of the piano world, distinguished chamber musicians, virtuosi of various instruments, conductors, superb ensembles… among those who have visited Warsaw multiple times at the Institute’s invitation are Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Nelson Goerner, Garrick Ohlsson and Kristian Bezuidenhout, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Europa Galante, Collegium 1704, Sinfonia Varsovia… Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival is a major attraction for classical and contemporary music lovers alike. Organised every August since 2005 by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, each edition follows a different master theme. Performers include outstanding Polish and international artists. Find out more: http://festiwal.nifc.pl/en/program
A family holiday on Sobieszewska Island. Camping, forest, bicycles, beach, and sailboats. Watch the latest film showing the beauty and uniqueness of Sobieszewska Island in Gdansk.Gdansk has always been associated with multicultural history and architecture. One of Gdansk`s hidden gems is  Sobieszewska Island. Called the green lung of the city, the island is a haven of peace for those who want to spend their time outside the bustling beaches in the center.And that is exactly what we wanted to show in the new spot - says Anna Zbierska, Director of the Department of Promotion and Social Communication at the Gdańsk City Hall - green, peaceful: a paradise for people who are in touch with nature. Sobieszewska Island is an attractive place for tourists as well as for the inhabitants of Gdansk, not only for beach lovers and people who appreciate nature and beautiful views, but also those who like to spend time actively. For sailors, bikers, bird watchers and amber hunters. Sobieszewska Island is a unique place.  In 2018 Gdansk will host the 100th anniversary of ZHP. There is also a chance that Sobieszewo will host the largest scouting event, the World's Jamboree 2023 and the European Rally in 2021 will choose Sobieszewo. It is on the Sobieszewo Island that will camp thousands of young people who will become ambassadors of this place. That is why 2017 is an unofficial year of the Sobieszewo Island - a new bridge and bicycle path is being built on these occasions.   
The most exclusive restaurants in the capital open their doors to a celebration of the gourmet experience. The third edition of Fine Dining Week takes place in Warsaw between the 25th of August and 3rd of September. Guests will enjoy a custom, five-course menu meant to be tasteful in every sense of the word. Online reservations are available starting the 4th at www.FineDiningWeek.pl.  This year’s festival builds upon the success of previous editions, presenting a thrilling journey through Warsaw’s most phenomenal restaurants. Guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an extraordinary five-course gourmet menu for the price of 119zl (around 25 pounds).Fine Dining Week is an occasion for fine dining enthusiasts to explore the world of unparalleled quality, honed tradition and innovation – coming together to create an epicurean experience that is both timeless and momentous. The event challenges its guests to consider how the craft of preparing a meal has evolved into the art of gourmet living. Paweł Światczyński, founder of Fine Dining Week, explains his motivation in bringing the idea to life: The festival is meant to demonstrate and exemplify precisely what is understood by the term ‘fine dining.’ We want to show our guests what the culinary arts can achieve at the highest level. This is why, over the last week of August, the finest restaurants in the capital are composing signature five-course menus meant to leave a lasting impression on their guests.   The culture of fine dining is made up of: gourmet quality, exclusivity, locality, freshness, the art of flavor pairing, and mastery in creating a multi-sensory experience for the most discerning diners. As Rafał Hreczaniuk, head chef of Dyletanci restaurant remarks, The gourmet quality in fine dining cuisine is based on an exemplary dish, top-shelf and often difficult to procure. Its high price is the sum of the effort and artistry put into its uncanny preparation. Other qualities of high cuisine, such as locality and seasonality, are the only way of assuring the freshness of the resulting dish. A multi-sensory experience is the fruit of the chef’s experience and creativity – a constant play with structure, consistency and their sensory effects upon the guest’s palate.Festival reservations open on the fourth of July at www.FineDiningWeek.pl. The best tables are booked within the first 24 hours, hence the possibility for pre-booking. Among the restaurants already confirmed for pre-booking are: Amber Room, Dyletanci and Zielony Niedzwiedz. The culture of fine restaurant dining is just dawning in Poland. One of the main goals of the festival is to introduce new guests to the highest level of culinary artistry and provide an occasion for a full-faceted, multi-sensory experience of fine dining to a greater audience of epicures and future epicures.  
Anyone who visits the Tall Ships Races in Szczecin on 5-8 August will find plenty of attractions. What vessels can you see during the Tall Ships Races in Szczecin? More than 70 crews will visit the city, not including the yachts and sailboats that don’t sail in the races but want to be part of the event. The organisers expect that up to 100 vessels will be moored at Szczecin's quays!On 5-8 August, dozens of majestic sailing ships and beautiful yachts will moor at the quays and boulevards of Szczecin, including Santa Maria Manuela, a four-masted schooner built in 1937 in Lisbon and completed in the record time of 62 days, and Zawisza Czarny, the largest sailing vessel in any scout organisation in the world. The flagship of the Polish Scouting Organisation, it is a vessel that has its own spirit and has navigated seas and oceans for more than 60 years. Szczecin will also host Shabab Oman II, a sail training ship for the Royal Navy of Oman that replaced its predecessor Shabab Oman I in 2014, which visited Szczecin during the Tall Ships Races 2013.There will be fantastic music to liven up the event, with Andrea Bocelli performing on Saturday (5 August) and participants of The Voice of Poland show performing on Sunday (6 August) against a background featuring the world's largest sailing ships. The Voice is a famous international TV talent show format that first aired in 2010 in the Netherlands, followed by 50 other countries. The Polish version has had seven editions so far, with the eighth now in the casting phase. The Szczecin episode of The Voice of Poland will be broadcast throughout Poland on the second channel of Telewizja Polska. If you are a VoP fan (and into sailing ships) butcannot make it to Szczecin, tune into TVP2 for live coverage from the Chrobry Embankment.At the same time we'd like to remind you about the official event hashtag: #TSRSzczecin. Find out more: www.tallships.szczecin.eu  
Gdansk is well known The Capital of Amber. The temporary exhibition hall at the European Solidarity Centre has turned into an amber paradise presenting primarily artistic jewellery. This is an exhibition of hundred art works - many of which have been awarded and honored at the world's largest Amberif and Ambermart fairs and in international design contests.The Baltic Amber - Tradition and Innovation exhibition is divided by themes.KNOWLEDGE ABOUT AMBER → natural amber specimens and inclusions NATURE TITLES → natural-shaped jewelry, with minimal interference in amber structure EXCLUSIVE CRAFT → will emphasize the connection between the work of contemporary artists and craft traditions dating back to the 16th / 17th centuries MODERN ART → exclusive and high-end amber products INNOVATIVE DESIGN → projects for students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk AMBER FASHION → collections shown at Amber Look Fashion and Amber GalleryThe exhibition will also feature works from Trend Book 2017, Gdańsk Baltic Amber Biennale 2017 and International Amber Workshops held in Gdańsk in 2009-2016. The exhibition ends September 14, 2017. Find out more http://www.ecs.gda.pl  
St. Dominic’s Fair is the largest open-air trade and cultural event in Poland and one of the largest such events in Europe. It has enjoyed over seven hundred fifty years of tradition; it was established by the Pope Alexander IV in 1260.The contemporary form of St Dominic’s Fair recalls the Medieval tradition of fun and trade such as market square, shows by masters of artistic metalwork or bread day. More than one thousand 1000 traders, artists, and collectors participate in the Fair occupying with their stands several streets in the center of the in the historical city center.St Dominic’s Fair attracts numerous tourists to Gdańsk from all over Poland, as well as from abroad. The fair always starts with 28th of July 2017. Find out more: www.jarmarkdominika.pl/en fot. archiwum MTG www.jarmarkdominika.pl
Nicolaus Copernicus rearranged the world. He called the place where he conducted his discoveries “the end of the World”. He meant Frombork, a town situated on the Vistula Lagoon, a place the sky suits astronomical observations for centuries.Frombork is one of the main towns located on the Copernicus Route. In addition, the northern stretch of St. Jacob's Pilgrim Path [ El Camino Santiago] goes through the town. Pilgrims setting off on their journey from Estonia, Lithuania and north-east Poland usually visit the Archcathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary and St. Andrew - the mother of all temples in Warmia.Cathedral hill, as well as the Canonries’ gardens, are part of the beautiful panorama of the town and you are always welcomed by spectacular views, no matter from which direction you approach.  In Autumn, when the flow of tourist traffic slows down, Frombork reminds you more of a place from Copernicus's times. It is easy to imagine the everyday work of the scientist which included observing the sky from the terrace in addition to fulfilling his duties related to being a canon in the Cathedral. There aren’t many fittings that survived from Copernicus's times as the majority of treasures were plundered during the Polish-Swedish wars. However, up until now you can admire the altar which was the main one in the cathedral - it is called the Polyptychs of Frombork with a figure of the Apocalyptic Madonna - the patron saint of Frombork. On the Rood Beam there is a crucifix like in 1510 and in the presbytery, there is a unique epitaph to canon Boreschow- a rare example of a medieval picture in the shape of a circle- a so called 'tonda'.In the enormous cathedral interior (90 m in length and 22 m in width) you can hear beautiful music coming from the great Frombork organs. You can easily believe that a whole orchestra is playing, not just one organ player. There are two instruments, one located in the presbytery and the other located, as traditionally found, above the main entrance to the cathedral, these open a wonderful world of sounds to your ears. The other choral organs add to the musical experience. The organ console with five keyboards is situated untypically on the floor of the cathedral. Therefore, you can admire the organ player’s skills – which involves playing two instruments at the same time in addition to that when a piece of music is played, figures of angels start to move to the music. Gothic gables and turrets give incredible lightness to the construction of the cathedral. The cathedral is surrounded by walls, gates, towers and fortified towers. There are also residential and administrational quarters built into and part of the fortifications. Nowadays, in which once was Bishop Ferber's Palace there is the Museum of Nicolaus Copernicus ( Muzeum Mikołaja Kopernika). Near the cathedral there is a Chapterhouse -a place where Chapter meetings have been held for ages. During times of danger the canons living outside the walls found shelter in different curia inside the cathedral fortifications. Nicolaus Copernicus found shelter in a tower in the northwest part of the walls. The tower is still preserved today. The other Tower, known as Radziejowski's Tower, functioned as a belfry. Nowadays, on the ground floor of the belfry there is a Planetarium. The Tower is regarded as a great viewing point and from a height of 70 m above sea level you can take in the striking panoramas of the town’s surroundings, the Vistula Lagoon and even the Vistula Spit. During the summer, it's easy to sail to Krynica Morska from Frombork. The shortest way from Warmia to the other side of the lagoon and the sandy seaside beaches on the Vistula Spit is by ship or ferry.The cathedral crypts are the place where the remains of Warmian bishops and canons are in eternal rest. Among them, there are the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus which were only identified a few years ago. Copernicus was laid to rest in accordance with standard practices of burial and he was buried close to the altar he took care of. Now, travellers from all over the world stop at the grave of the great astronomer in order to pay tribute to the man whose ideas were revolutionary and long ahead of his times.Nicolaus Copernicus was a respected medical doctor, an expert in canon law and an administrator of the estates of the Chapter. The publication of Copernicus’s book De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium took place just before his death in 1543. Surely, the book wouldn't have been published in print if it hadn't been for Jerzy Joachim Retyk's persistence. Retyk was a young mathematician from the University of Wittenberg who came to Frombork to learn Copernicus' achievements.  Besides the most famous works of art and attractions, you should also visit and see places which are less well known. You can see the canonries outside the fortified walls –they are just located outside as you leave through the main gate. In the place of the present location of St.Stanislaw's Canonry there was the house of Nicolaus Copernicus. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the house was expanded but the cellars can recall the times of the most famous of all Frombork canons. While going down the Cathedral hill, a short walk to the east, you will reach ul. Stara where the Hospital of the Holy Spirit is located, dating back to the 15th century, there's the Museum of Medicine with a Herb Garden.The Herb Garden lets visitors see and learn the names of plants which grow in the Polish countryside as well as plants found in Mediterranean areas. In the museum you can also visit the exhibition entitled 'Profesjonalne zabawy z ciałem' (Professional fun with the human body). The museum refers to Nicolaus Copernicus’s passion in medicine. After finishing medical studies, for which Copernicus was given a holiday, he treated the most renowned people from his surroundings – like the bishops and canons of Warmia.In the southern part of the town, the Water Tower (Wieża Wodna) is worth visiting. The oldest Tower of a rare type in Poland. It was used for providing the cathedral and other buildings on the hill with fresh water in the 16th century. Nowadays, near the Water Tower you can drink a coffee or buy postcards showing pre-war Frombork. Unfortunately, there aren't many buildings existing from that time as that part of the town was badly damaged in World War 2.Frombork is a picturesque, neat and cosy place in Warmia that takes care of its development. The town is always striving to be more and more beautiful. Copernicus's Canal (Kanał Kopernika) has been recently been renovated and given a facelift. The town square as well as the monument at ul. Błotna have been revitalised. The Cathedral Complex in Frombork became an official National Historic Monument and was awarded first place in the Cultural Attractions of Warmia and Masuria. Frombork, located on 'Copernicus’s edge of the World ' and still waiting to be discovered by locals, pilgrims and tourists alike. Find out more: mazurytravel.com.pl
We are happy to announce that the 1st International Conference of Religious and Pilgrimage Tourism "Following in the Footsteps of Saint Pope John Paul II” will take place in Krakow between 8th and 12th November 2017. Professor Jacek Majchrowski, the President of Krakow, invites everyone to attend. The City of Krakow has been designated as the official partner of the Conference, His Eminence Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz has confirmed that he will be attending and Mr Jacek Krupa, the Marshal of the Malopolska Region has assumed the honorary patronage over the Conference. We will keep everyone informed about any new partners or honorary patrons, of which there surely will be more.The city of Krakow and the whole Malopolska Region have great potential as a religious tourism and pilgrimage destination. Each year, millions of pilgrims and religious tourists, visit the area, an example of this is the most recent World Youth Day, which was held here in Krakow in 2016. This influx of visitors has great bearing on the city's and region’s income as well as boosting employment in the area. "We think there is a niche and a need to organise this new event in Krakow, a unique meeting of specialists from the religious and pilgrimage tourism sector", says Ernest Miroslaw, an organizer of the Conference and the owner of a local incoming tour operator Ernesto Travel, a leading agency specialising in religious tourism. "At this time, there is no similar event held in Central or Eastern Europe. I think it will be a perfect preparative event prior to the UNWTO 2018 conference, dedicated to religious tourism, which will also be held in Krakow. We have participated in many similar conventions and conferences but this time hope to welcome several hundred delegates in this field to Krakow and the Malopolska Region which will include specialists, tour operators, travel agents, priests and others that operate in the religious and pilgrimage tourism sector", says Dominika Krzych from Ernesto Travel, a sponsor of the Conference. The Conference will be opened on 9th November, by both the administrative and the clerical dignitaries of Krakow. The opening Holy Mass will be celebrated at the John Paul II Centre and will be followed by speeches, lectures and a workshop with representatives of local sanctuaries and tourist attractions. The 10th and 11th November will be an opportunity for the guests from around the world to visit locations in Krakow and the Malopolska Region including Krakow Old Town, the John Paul II Centre, the Divine Mercy Sanctuary, the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, the former German Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the church and museum in Wadowice (Karol Wojtyla's birthplace), the Basilica in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and, of course, the Black Madonna Sanctuary in Czestochowa. The Conference aims not just to create the opportunity for tour operators to meet local suppliers but also to promote the city of Krakow and the Malopolska Region as an important religious and pilgrimage tourist destination, not only in Europe but worldwide, and to ultimately strengthen the importance of religious tourism within the tourist marketplace. The organisers hope to welcome all foreign travel agents and tour operators, bloggers and journalists, bishops and priests as well as other religious and pilgrimage tourism organisers such as diocesan coordinators or the leaders of foundations and congregations. You can find more details and to register by visiting the Conference website: www.ICoRTap.com International Conference of Religious and Pilgrimage Tourism.  
Brzezno Palace, located just outside Wroclaw, captivates with its stunning architecture and views, standing amongst ancient trees and a new picturesque 18-hole golf course. The small village of Brzezno in Lower Silesia lies on a tributary of the nearby River Barycz, in the valley where the renowned Milicz Ponds were created in the 13th century. Its exceptional location on the northern edge of the Trzebnickie Hills, on former Cistercian lands with their traditions of vineyards and 19th century health resorts, and the River Oder glacial valley with its abundance of forests rich in flora and fauna, makes the Brzezno Palace a popular destination not only for visitors from nearby Wroclaw but also from the rest of Poland and abroad. It is difficult to find so much tranquillity, old and authentic style and stunning nature, in one place and all complemented by healthy and delicious local cuisine, clean air and numerous attractions. The palace complex includes a hotel with conference facilities, a restaurant, an 18-hole golf course (the Gradi Golf Club), a 6-hole academy, tennis courts and a spa resort with the benefit of healing properties. Fortunately, in 1999, someone was found who wanted to restore the palace to the splendour of its former years. Due to the efforts of private owners, Marzena and Krzysztof Gradecki, the property underwent renovation over many years and these efforts are more than evident today. Brzezno Palace has been restored with a view to creating a unique location that takes into account the original architecture and is also in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Inside, thanks to period furniture and its elegant arrangement, the original and truly noble atmosphere of the old estate has been preserved. Visitors can sample the unique atmosphere of the Palace in Brzezno when they enjoy a comfortable and relaxing stay in the palace’s stunning rooms. For more information please visit: www.palacbrzezno.pl www.heritagehotels.pl/palacbrzezno
Pride in old traditions that have contributed to the prosperity of the city in the past and the awareness of its heritage, despite the twists in history over generations, is what allows us today to enjoy the beauty and unique atmosphere of Lublin, the capital of Lubelskie region, and to deeply believe in the potential of the city and its inhabitants. Referring to these traditions, the Jagiellonian Fair presents and propagates the richness of traditional culture found in Central and Eastern Europe. Art and traditional craftsmanship is presented by artists from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Slovakia both in its authentic form and also enriched with contemporary artistic elements inspired by folklore. All this happens on the streets of the Old Town of Lublin where the whispers of Lublin’s legends can still be heard. The fair has become one of Poland’s and Europe’s most famous international trade event, as not only do merchants come here from all parts of the country, but also from some of the more remote parts of Europe and the world. In the past, Lublin was the main centre of trade for Hungarian wines or cereals and beef from the Ukraine and Volhynia. With the development of this trade, more and more craft workshops and merchant establishments like shops, butcheries, mills and blacksmiths sprung up. All this led to the rapid economic development of Lublin and the entire region. Today, like a few centuries ago, Lublin is still an important meeting point and as the largest city on the eastern edge of the European Union, it is considered the "Gateway of the European Union to the East". The city is in an excellent position to promote Eastern European culture in the European Union and to promote Poland and the European Union in Ukraine and Belarus. The Jagiellonian Fair has become one of the most important cultural attractions of the city and the surrounding area, attracting thousands of tourists each year and Lublin is striving to be a regional and cross-border centre of cultural, tourist and economic exchanges. Read more: www.jarmarkjagiellonski.pl
Today Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are full of interesting facts and anecdotes about cultural heritage, because we celebrate the #PalaceDay. The idea is initiated by Versailles and members of the Association of European Royal Mansions (ARRE). A total of 56 castles in ten European countries were registered and play the game: it is telling the story, showing scenes or collections. A great way to discover cultural heritage in Europe and Poland.   There are three Polish palaces, which take part in this great initiative: The Royal Castle in Warsaw, The Royal Palace in Łazienki Park in Warsaw and The Royal Palace in Wilanów.    18 c. – selfie from a trip to Rome #PalaceDayhttps://t.co/pNY4wr5W8Ipic.twitter.com/q8zznEv6aP — Zamek Królewski (@Zamek_Krolewski) July 19, 2017 #PalaceDay Stanisław Kostka Potocki był wytrawnym podróżnikiem i kolekcjonerem sztuki, stworzył także nasze muzeum! Ten... Posted by Muzeum Pałacu Króla Jana III w Wilanowie on Wednesday, 19 July 2017   Distinguished guests from @KensingtonRoyal@HRP_Palaces during their first ever visit to Poland @LazienkiMuzeum#RoyalVisitPoland#PalaceDaypic.twitter.com/N3cZaE7s8c — Łazienki Królewskie (@LazienkiMuzeum) July 19, 2017  Follow the stories from palaces on Social Media and take part in #PalaceDay by sharing your experiences in palaces. Find out more about castles and palaces in Poland.  
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official tour to Poland and visit Warsaw and Gdansk by the Baltic Sea. Find out more about unique places which will be visited by Their Royal Highnesses in Gdansk Region.Stutthof Day two of royal trip to Poland starts with a trip to the former Nazi Germany Concentration Camp, Stutthof. Stutthof was the first camp set up outside German borders, in September 1939. Stutthof was freed on 9th of May by troops of the Soviet Army- the 48th Army of the 3rd White Russian front.Stutthof served mainly for extermination of the most aware and patriotic Poles, mainly from the educated circles from Gdansk and Pomorskie Region. Since 1942 transports of Poles arrived and were directed not only by police units from Danzig-West Prussia, but also from other regions of the occupied country. At this time Stutthof became an international camp. In June 1944 it became part of the project "the final solution of the Jewish problem" - "Endloesung". In this way it became a camp of mass- extermination. 110,000 people – men, women and children – from 28 countries were imprisoned in Stutthof, of whom as many as 65,000, including 28,000 Jews, died. Find our more: Museum in Stutthof. During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet a group of five former prisoners of the camp. The Long Market and Polish food Following their morning at Stutthof, the Royal couple will travel to Gdansk. Gdańsk is one of Poland’s oldest cities with a history going back a thousand years. It has an important place in Polish consciousness as the location of the start of World War II and where the fall of Communism in Central Europe began. This is where the famous Solidarity movement started, protecting worker’s rights and, later, the symbol of resistance against the People’s Republic.Długa and Długi Targ (its extension) Streets are also known as the Trakt Królewski (the Royal Route) and rank among the most beautiful streets in Gdańsk. This area was once inhabited by patricians, which is why the houses are richly ornamented with crests, allegoric figures and images of ancient heroes. The city’s most important secular buildings – the Hall of the Main City and the Artus Court – are on Długi Targ Street. When walking down this street, you’re looking at Gdańsk’s most ancient history.On the central market square Their Royal Highnesses will join a street party where they will be offered Goldwasser - a Gdansk liqueur, and traditional Polish pierogi, while watching amber craftsmen at work, and listening to local musicians and artists who will contribute to the festive feeling. The Shakespeare TheatreFrom here they will visit the Gdansk Shakespeare theatre, of which The Prince of Wales is Patron. During the seventeenth century there was a large English-speaking community based in Gdansk, which made the city an important destination for travelling English players. The Shakespeare Theatre opened in 2014, and is home to the city’s annual Shakespeare festival, attended by theatre-lovers from around the world. The Theatre has an adaptable auditorium which allows for three different sized stages, and a retractable roof. Their Royal Highnesses will see the roof opening during a special performance, before attending a small reception inside the theatre for Poles from the world of arts, culture and media. European Solidarity CentreTheir time in Gdansk will end with a trip to the European Solidarity Centre, in Gdansk’s shipyards the birth-place of the Solidarity movement in Poland. The Duke and Duchess will tour the museum there, and meet with founding members of Solidarity. On departure Their Royal Highnesses will walk through the iconic shipyard gates, a key symbol of the protests during the 1980s,before laying a wreath at the foot of the Solidarity Monument.This visit will mark the end of the second day and visit in Poland.  
Malta Festival Poznan -- one of the most important artistic events of East-Central Europe. There are always international theatrical, music, dance and movie programmes scheduled for the Festival.
Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow was initiated by Janusz Makuch and Krzysztof Gierat in 1988. It was the first festival revering Jewish Culture in Poland. Originated in communism -- its aim was to restore the memory of several centuries old tradition of Polish Jews.
Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow was initiated by Janusz Makuch and Krzysztof Gierat in 1988. It was the first festival revering Jewish Culture in Poland. Originated in communism -- its aim was to restore the memory of several centuries old tradition of the Polish Jews. 
Poland as the yearly cyclist competition organiser, for the 70th time will be hosting cyclists from around the world. The race consists of seven or eight stages, which lenghts amount to around 1.200 km. 
    Krakow Film Festival is one of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe.
Krzywy Domek is Sopot's showpiece. It is also a symbol of modernity. It smoothly combines  the elements of buisness world with the elements of tradition and Arts.
    Kupala Night -- also called "Sobotka" is a celebration of the summer solstice which is usually on the night of the 23/24 June in Poland.
Poland Travel Hotline of Polish Tourist Organisation provides information to Polish and foreign tourists.
     "Żupy Krakowskie" is a historical name for the Royal Salt Mines in Wieliczka and Bochnia in Malopolskie Province and it continuously operated from mid 13th century until the end of 20th century.
Long weekend this year is going to be exceptionally long as it starts on Wednesday May 1st and finishes on Sunday May 5th. Some people to make it even longer take some days off before it actually starts and it can last eventually even 9 days. It is the last and the longest break before the summer break in Poland, and this is why, it is essential to plan it in details. 
Horse riding has a long tradition in Poland. Many of the agro-tourism farms offer horse-riding facilities.
Lodz Film SchoolFor those who enjoy the cinema all over the world the name "Filmowka" or Lodz Film School evokes a smile and words of respect.
Half Price Poznan Have you ever been to Poznan? It is high time to do it! During the last weekend of April you can enjoy tourist attractions half price!
Climates of the far north Sometimes it is good to abandon the commotion of modern civilization and find oneself in the scenery resembling that of the far north, feel the rhythm of nature and experience at least a substitute of real adventure.
Snow games The winter recreation season in Poland is longer than in western or southern Europe. This especially refers to our northeastern regions and the mountain areas in the south of the country. The snow cover stays there from November till March, creating excellent conditions for enthusiasts of winter.
Snowsail 2013 is the Polish Skiing and Snowboarding Championships for Sailors and Mariners. Participants, with skis or snowboards, will take part in races on the last weekend of February on the slopes of Bialy Jar Mountain.
A multimedia tourist trail has been prepared in the Bochnia Salt Mine. The trail, located far off the busy Tourist Route, allows the visitors to discover the inner workings of the mine.
Snow gamesThe Polish mountains are smaller and not so high as the Alpine massifs. However, they boast equally scenic landscapes and the wintertime in the Polish mountains is as much captivating as in the Alps. They may even be considered friendlier, especially for those tourists who treat the winter holidays as a wonderful recreational adventure rather than as a sporty challenge. For such visitors, the Polish mountains are the best choice: they offer them many various attractions plus numberless possibilities of practicing different winter sports. Alpine skiing and snowboard are the most popular of them all. winter sports centres in Poland. The unquestioned leader among them is Zakopane, which is believed to be the winter capital of Poland. It is nicely located in the mountain valley, with a beautiful view over the nearby peaks of the Tatras. The highest of them reach the altitude of 2500 metres above sea level. With its multiple slopes of different difficulty, Zakopane attracts both beginners and experienced skiers. Its unique ambience is due to the authentic highlanders’ folklore, original houses, colourful crowds of tourists on ul Krupówki, the Zakopane’s pedestrian mall, stylish and atmospheric cafés and restaurants, and jazz and rock clubs. Winter sports enthusiasts flocked to Zakopane already one hundred years ago. The present slopes of various difficulties are well prepared and can satisfy requirements of every skier. Several dozen ski-lifts help the skiers get up the slopes. The best skiing grounds are found around the region of Mt Kasprowy Wierch. Its summit can be reached by the cable car. The route is nearly 4300 metres long and during the 20-minute journey you climb nearly 1000 metres. Th e slopes of Mt Kasprowy Wierch are equipped with chairlifts. There are many skiing trails to choose from and the season lasts till May. Other attractive skiing grounds with many ski lifts and artificial snowmakers are located on the slopes of Mt Gubałówka range, Mt Nosal and on the Polana Szymoszkowa. Skiing gear for hire is available and the professional ski instructors offer their services on nearly every slope.
Naturally tasty Poland, as each country with a long cultural heritage, has developed a very distinctive cuisine. Ten centuries of Polish history have been marked by significant influences from other civilizations.  Poland, as each country with a long cultural heritage, has developed a very distinctive cuisine. Ten centuries of Polish history have been marked by significant influences from other civilizations. That is why Polish cuisine is so original and full of flavours from distant lands. It combines the refined and elegant savors introduced centuries ago by aristocratic courts with the wild, mysterious flavours of the Lithuanian forests, the sweet aroma of dishes served for the Jewish Sabbath supper and the fierce, rare taste of steak Tartare. This extraordinary melange varies from region to region and from town to town, enriched everywhere by the purest ingredients from Polish nature. Żurek – a special soup for everyone! Sometimes called “yesterday’s menu soup”, żurek is a dish that has been enjoyed by many generations of Poles.Probably the most widely recognized Polish dish is pierogi. This simple recipe owns its popularity to the great variety of its fillings, making pierogi a delicious meal. The most traditional pierogi are prepared with fried mushrooms and onion, minced meat or cabbage – either sweet or sour. The so-called Russian pierogi are filled with cottage cheese and potatoes and onion, browned with bacon or smoked ham and served with thick sour cream. Fillings can also be sweet – blueberries with sugar and cinnamon, cherries, apricots or one of the favourites in Poland: cottage cheese with vanilla and egg yolk stirred in with sugar. It's so hard not to give in to temptation! :)Na zdrowie! Your health! A journey to Polish cuisine is not complete without sampling Poland’s unique beverages. Some of the best beers in Europe are produced in towns in the southern mountains of the country. An extensive selections of wines fortified with honey, a delicious mead, sometimes forgotten in the rest of Europe, traditional spirits, including the word’s best brands of vodka as well as liquors of incomparable creativity, those are all part of Polish tradition.If you are looking for memorable culinary experiences, Poland does not disappoint. Polish restaurants offer excellent value for travelers visiting Europe and can please even the most discriminating palates. You can truly dine like a king while visiting Poland, even if your budget is not of royal proportions. There is something to please every type of diner here, from those seeking traditional Polish dishes to people who prefer modern cuisine with international influences. The quality is generally excellent and the furnishings of many restaurants in Poland are also exquisite, which makes dining out a memorable experience night after night.
SkiRaport A new version of the mobile device application “SkiRaport”, prepared at the request of the Polish Tourist Organisation (POT), by the Association of Polish Skiing and Tourist Resorts, brings together 44 ski resorts in the Polish mountains.A new version of the mobile device application “SkiRaport”, prepared at the request of the Polish Tourist Organisation (POT), by the Association of Polish Skiing and Tourist Resorts, brings together 44 ski resorts in the Polish mountains.  It highlights their offers and provides basic information such as operational ski-lifts, available pistes, opening times of slopes and trails, weather forecasts, and skiing conditions.  It also contains links to online cameras, photo galleries, information about various destinations and how to get to them, the price of accommodation and contact details. The latest version of the application has been prepared on the basis of information gathered during the previous skiing season, when the first version appeared.  It also gives the opportunity for the resorts to present their promotional campaigns as each of them has access to an administrative portal through which relevant data can be entered or updated. SkiRaport can be downloaded for free from the App Store or the Android Market.  This application is available in three languages (Polish, English and Russian) and is suitable for mobile devices running Android or iOS systems. Its target group are the domestic and foreign visitors of Polish skiing resorts.  According to estimates, in excess of 50,000 people will take advantage of this application during this year’s winter season. Application website: www.skiraport.pl
The Wieliczka Salt Mine Wieliczka underground is full of life and not only because of the tourists. Its chambers, including Warszawa, Budryk, Haluszka and Haluszka II are immensely sought after by organizers of events, who value the unique character of this place.
Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity 13.01.2013 The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is one of the biggest, non-governmental, non-profit, charity organizations in Poland.   As always, the 21st Finale will be to lean on the problems of Polish children's medicine.
Have the greatest skiing in Sudetes Mountains! Szklarska Poręba is one of the most popular ski resort in the area.
The Christmas Fair in Warsaw is staged on Market Square in the Old Town. Of all the Markets in Poland this one is the longest as it does not finish till 6th January next year.
The Turówka Hotel & SPA **** was built in the grounds of the medieval Turów Manor. The extraordinary atmosphere of the place attracted the Italian Football Federation, who chose this location for their base of operations at UEFA EURO 2012.
Copernicus Science Centre conducts modern science communication through interactive exhibitions addressed to different groups of recipients, shows and workshops on scientific themes, debates and discussions as well as activities from the borderland of science and art.
International Poznań Ice Festival Traditionally in December Poznań hosts the biggest show of ice sculpture in Europe. The prestigious competition attracts the best artists from all over the world each year.
Enjoy the Wrocław Christmas Market 2012 The magic of Christmas is very much alive all across Poland. Christmas Market is a tradition of Wrocław. This year it will be ones again. In the center of the Wrocław again will be magical Christmas atmosphere.
Readers of the travel magazine “National Geographic Traveler” considered Jeziorak as one of the seven wonders of Poland in a competition organized in 2012.
Readers of the travel magazine “National Geographic Traveler” considered Jeziorak as one of the 7 wonders of Poland in a competition organized in 2012.
The Piast Trail The Piast Tourist Trail is the oldest and most recognizable tourist trail in Poland. No one should have any difficulty placing it- it is located in the area of Wielkopolska (Greater Poland), a part of Kujawy and Pałuki.
Hotel Bania **** Thermal & Ski It is located at the foot of one of the highest and the most modern ski stations in Poland and vis a vis of thermal pools of the Bania Thermal Park.
Kraków ranked in top ten most beautiful cities Kraków has been named one of the ten most beautiful cities in Europe by prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
November at Four Royal Residences “Modern Patriotism” is a project initiated by The Royal Castle in Warsaw, The Wawel Royal Castle, The Royal Łazienki Museum and The Wilanów Palace Museum. Throughout November these four museums will be open to the public free of charge.
Cruise on the River Vistula, Kraków (1st August 2012 - 31st January 2013) Kraków Passenger River Cruises organises cruises on the Vistula River in Kraków. This is the owner of several cruising and moored vessels of the whitefleet.
Folklore Performances in Kraków Throughout November there will be display of Polish folklore, tradition and folk culture. The presentation will take place at famous Café Jama Michalik on Floriańska Street.
Eagles' Nests Trail is a hiking trail in Poland.  The trail has its beginnings in Kraków and ends in Częstochowa. It has a total length of about 164 kilometres and as its name signifies, follows the route of the ruins of castles and fortresses from the 14th century.
  What’s the best way to survive drizzly, dark evenings? Why, over a glass of wine and a sip of good jazz. This melancholic month will also feature one of the world’s oldest jazz festivals. The All Souls “Zaduszki” Jazz Festival will be held for the 57th time, this year between 2 and 10 November.
Jazz Jantar Festival 2012 Jazz Jantar Festival was founded in 1973 and went through tumultuous fate only to become in 1997 the presentation of what is the most interesting in the Polish and international jazz.
Thanks to the offer of the Tourist Card „Gdańsk-Sopot-Gdynia-Plus” you can organize at least a few days in the Threecity and its regions attractively and cheaply, at good as well as at a bit worse Feather – in the season as well as at the times of lower tourist movement.
Warsaw Film Festival is coming soon! It has a history going back 26 years. It is one of 14 events recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations as international film festivals - next to e.g. Festival de Cannes - Page Officielle, La Biennale di Venezia, Berlin International Film Festival. Be part of it!
Ryanair to fly from Lublin to London and Dublin Ryanair has announced new flights from Lublin airport to London Stansted and Dublin from December 2012. The airline plans three weekly flights to London's Stansted Airport and two weekly flights to Dublin.
Kazimierz in Kraków Kazimierz is a historical borough on the outskirts of Kraków's city centre but today it is also one of the city's most up and coming districts. Kazimierz was home to the largest Jewish population in Kraków till 1939.
Cycling in Poland Sightseeing Poland on your bike is a fascinating experience – and it’s good for your health as well. The picturesque national parks, the valleys and the cities are all worth seeing.
National Parks cover a mere 1% of Poland's territory. But what a 1%! Everything can be found in them, mountains, sea and lakes, as well as shifting sand dunes. There are 23 national parks in total.
Lódź Of Four Cultures 2012 The city of Łódź, situated in the center of Poland, is a place where several cultures have all blended together. The city has Jewish, Polish, Russian, and German influences. It is the home of one of the largest multicultural festivals in Poland, the Łódź of Four Cultures Festival.
World Final of Danone Nations Cup tournament – 9th September on the National Stadium in Warsaw On the 9th September 2012 some of the best young footballers, 10 - 12 years old, (U-12)   from 40 countries around the world will play on the pitch of the National Stadium in Warsaw.

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