Cheap Flights to Poland
The history of Poland is one of the most tragic and interesting in Europe. For about four hundred years the country has been conquered and wiped off the map, restored, divided, invaded, its borders moved. After World War II the borders were finally settled and the country effectively moved west swallowing up parts of what was Germany and ceding other areas to the Soviet Union.
There are many historic cities: Warsaw, the capital, was completely destroyed in World War II and has been rebuilt and restored. This is now a modern capital with old world charm and poignant monuments to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Warsaw uprising overlooked by modern glass and steel skyscrapers.
Krakow is an ancient seat of learning with one of the oldest universities in the world. It is also a religious centre.
Katowice is a huge industrial city in Silesia and Gdansk is famous for its shipyards and the focus of the Solidarity movement which led to the overthrow of the Communist regime.
Poland has sought to preserve and memorialise the many death camps from the Nazi occupation, most notably Auschwitz-Birkenau.
When Pope Paul II became Pope he was the first non-Italian Pope for hundreds of years. He brought attention to the country’s plight under Soviet hegemony and saw his country become a democratic nation and a member of the EU.
If you are considering cheap Poland flights you might try to learn how to pronounce Polish as the spelling conventions look very strange to outsiders. ‘Where have they hidden the vowels?’ you might cry
The geography of the country varies from the low and somewhat flat northern area down to the Carpathian and Tatra mountains in the south. If you think of cold and snow when you think about Poland you should know that the country contains one of only five deserts in Europe: the Bledow desert.
The climate does vary greatly from north to south and east to west. The warmest is in the south which summer averages well in the 20’s Celsius or even in the 30’s. As a contrast, the north-east near the border with Belarus is the coldest with the longest winters with its climate influenced by Siberian cold blasts and even fronts coming down from Scandinavia.
Famous Poles include the composer Chopin, Marie Curie, the scientist Copernicus who proved the Sun was at the centre of the Solar System and Joseph Conrad.