Whether you've just gotten married and want a romantic getaway with your new partner, or you've been married for years and are reliving the early days of your love, Poland will show you a good time. The only question you need to ask is what sort of honeymoon you want to have.
If you want a seaside vacation, complete with lounging on a beautiful beach, go to Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia and Hel. Sandy white beaches lined by lush pine forests make these cities a veritable paradise for beachcombers. Walk along the beach with your new life partner, pop into the seaside restaurants and pubs, engage in some water-sports and spend a relaxed time at the shore. If that's not all you want to do, however, there are plenty of sights these cities offer- the old markets, City Halls, ancient gates and monuments, and beautiful churches. Take a day trip to the magnificent Malbrok Castle, an ancient fortress dating back to the 13th century. During the nights, alternate between sampling the thriving nightlife and the romantic solitude of the beaches, best enjoyed with a blanket, a bottle of wine and a picnic basket.
If you want a vacation filled with sights, history and culture, you won't find a better place to visit than Krakow. Being Poland's historical central district, it has around six thousand historic sites and more than two million works of art of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic origins, as well as many castles, palaces, churches, theatres and mansions. Roam the city, take in the sights and experience the soul of a city that has made a smooth transition from a turbulent past into a secure and beautiful present. Spend all day in Krakow's renowned restaurants and bars, or take a few brief day trips to see the Auschwitz concentration camp and Wieliczka Salt Mine. One is a historical old camp which holds an important piece of Poland's tragic past, and one is an ancient salt mine which has underground labyrinths, statues of salt adorning its walls and a towering cathedral of salt.
For a trip filled with glory and magnificence, go south-west to the Lower Silesian province. Chock full of grand palaces and castles, it is among the most magnificent (and popular) destinations in Poland. The Książ Castle, Czocha Castle, Niepołomice Castle, Palaces in Topacz, Lomnica or Wojanow e are just a few of the many dozen architectural splendours that have been carefully restored to be modern and luxurious, with an ancient aura. While of varied architectural styles, they manage to be unique in their own way, and as a whole, make the area a spectacularly beautiful place. Each of these has a layered history, which is retained in the vivid art and sumptuous decor, which gives you a sense of straddling the cusp of modern times and ancient history. A stay in one (or more!) of these would make a vacation truly distinctive and memorable.
Poland can be the land where nature decides to display itself in all its glory, and if that's the Poland you want to see, go to Zakopane. This beautiful mountain town in the Tatra mountains offers stunning views of the towering mountains and valley and is called the Winter Capital of Poland. You can choose to relax in the crisp mountain air or engage in winter sports, which Zakopane has the perfect conditions for. Skiing, snowboarding, spelunking, try them all to better enjoy nature's beauty on display. Go for a hike in the Zakopane National Park for stunning panoramas and the best views of the Tatra peaks. Visit the local market, witness the Polish performances and carnivals, and don't leave without sampling some of the delicious Polish food.
For the perfect mix of cosmopolitan cityscape and the environment, visit Warsaw, the Białowieża National Park and the Mazury district. As the capital of Poland, Warsaw has a multitude of things to offer honeymooners. It is a marvellous representation of how the past and present can coexist harmoniously, as nature and architecture intertwine and as ancient monuments look at home next to modern infrastructure. Art, culture and music permeates Warsaw and with its numerous art and music festivals, the city always seems alive. As you proceed to the Białowieża National Park, you will see why it is the most unique of the 23 National Parks in Poland. It consists of the remains of a primeval old forest which has been flourishing with no human intervention. End your honeymoon at the Mazury Lake District where the thousands of lakes make this one of the most serene and beautiful places in Poland.
Hold your partner tight, vow to be theirs forever and start planning your honeymoon in Poland, a country where magic comes in many different forms, and all you have to do is choose which sort you prefer.
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