Why Your Family Would Love a Trip to Poland
This country is full of wonderful attractions for families.
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The Podkarpackie Region—Rzeszow Old Town
The Podkarpackie Region is a province in the southeast of the country. It’s home to two national parks, the Bieszczadzki and Magurski, and the Carpathian Foothills, and is home to great hiking, biking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. Catholic and Orthodox churches dot the landscape as well as palaces and castles. A good place to start is Rzeszow, the capital of the Podkarpackie Region, with over 650 years of history. Families will love visiting the Underground Tourist Route, a subterranean world made up of 34 cellars. A guide will talk about the history of the region and the use of the cellars and the markets above. Kids will love being underground, exploring the “caves” of this town.
One of the oldest cities in this region, Krosno is home to a number of great family-friendly activities. Make sure to visit Portius Tower, where the second oldest bell in Poland can be found. This town is also famous the world over for its glass. The Glass Heritage Center is a new, modern museum where families will not only learn about the history of glass, but will even get a chance to try and blow their own piece of glass. The tour of the museum is about two hours, but the guide can make it shorter depending on the attention span of the kids involved. Another must-visit is the chocolate factory M. Pelczar Chocolatier, where kids can learn how to make chocolate in the workshop, watch chocolate-related movies in the cinema, or simply try the amazing chocolate (and ice cream) specialties of the shop. It’s the only gourmet chocolate shop of its kind in Poland and a highlight for kids and adults.
This picturesque city sits on the banks of the San river at the foothills of the Slonne Mountains. The Renaissance Royal Castle, now a Historical Museum, and the open-air village here are two great family-friendly activities. The open-air museum allows kids to see what it was like to live in this region many years ago.
In the city of Uherce Mineralne a really unique activity for kids is riding on the Rail-Cycle Draisines, a mix between a bike and a rail car. It’s a great way to see the countryside while getting a little exercise. After the hour-long tour (everyone can take turns on the bike), be sure to visit Bieszczady School of Arts, where kids can work with dough and bake a traditional Polish pastry or try their hand at a pottery wheel, making a traditional Polish handcraft, or calligraphy. The school of arts is good for kids of all ages and is a hands-on, interactive way for kids to get involved in traditional Polish activities.