Beaches, cliffs and the Kaszubian folklore, thousands of lakes hidden deep within ancient forests and all watched over by the towers of immense Teutonic fortresses. The domes of eastern churches scattered around the countryside and the mountainous regions. Poland is a fascinating jigsaw puzzle, composed of many colourful regional pieces.
The beaches, cliffs and resorts of West Pomerania occupy a strip of the Baltic coast from the island of Wolin up to Kolobrzeg. The Drawsko Lake District is also found in this region.
Poland's largest shifting sand dunes can be found in East Pomerania, in the Slowinski National Park, the country's longest peninsula, the Hel Peninsula, as well as the largest forest of yew trees in Europe in the Tucholski Forest. All this is all spiced up with the folklore of Kaszubia and Kujawy and the reminders of the Mennonite culture in Zulawy.
is not only a land of 4,000 bright blue lakes but also of natural forests and rivers which provide excellent conditions for canoeing. Tourists are attracted here by the Trail of the Great Lakes and the unique Ostroda-Elblag canal, as well as the nearby Teutonic castles and Prussian forest lodges.
Lost in the extreme north-east of Poland is the region of Suwalki, which enchants visitors with the charm of its glacier-shaped landscape and the rich culture from the Polish, Russian and Lithuanian border areas.
Across the centre of Poland lie the regions of Wielkopolska, the cradle of the Polish state, next to it are the green lands of the Lubuskie Province followed by the flat level plains of Mazovia, the region of Lodz and the Podlasie region, a land of wild nature, multicultural border towns and picturesque villages with beautiful eastern churches.
Silesia, which occupies the south-western territory of Poland, is divided into Lower Silesia, with its capital Wroclaw, and Upper Silesia which is centred on Katowice. Although this is a heavily industrial area, there is no shortage of locations of valued natural beauty such as the Lower Silesian Forests, the Sudety mountains, the Beskid Slaski and the Beskid Zywiecki.
The region particularly generously endowed by nature is Malopolska. The mountain ranges of the Beskid ranges and the region of Krakow-Czestochowa Jura, with its many castles dating back to the era of the Piast dynasty, border the historic towns of the Lublin region, the industrial wonders of the Swietokrzyskie region and areas of natural interest such as the loessial Roztocze Hills and the marshy Polesie Lowlands.
Podhale, the cradle of Polish highland culture, stretches from the Tatra Mountains to Orawa and Spisz. Its capital is Zakopane. The Podkarpackie Region is best known for the Beskid Niski and Bieszczady Mountains amongst which there are scattered the wooden Orthodox churches and the reminders to the Lemkos and Boykos (tribes) who once lived here.