New year in Poland or the Czech Republic is a great compromise for those who want to spend new year holidays in Europe, but hopes to avoid significant culture shock: after all, the poles and the Czechs, at least Western, but still Slavs. Where to go and what to see in Poland during the Christmas period?

During the Christmas and new year holidays in this country lasts from December 24 to January 2. The main peak of the celebration in Poland is not for the New Year, but for Catholic Christmas, the night from 24 to 25 December. After Christmas, many Poles seek to leave the city on vacation. Therefore, the New Year in Poland is a great opportunity to stroll through the streets of big cities and see all the sights, because the people on the streets at this time are less than usual.

Of course, we don't mean the night of 31 December to 1 January. New year's eve almost every Polish city held festivities. the center of which is usually the main city square and the nearby streets. If you do not want to hang around on the streets during the New Year's Eve, but prefer to celebrate the coming of the new year in a restaurant, you should order places in advance: in the evening, in institutions that are located in the central part of the city, you will not get through.

What city should celebrate the New year in Poland? The mass of options. If you like historic town with a medieval atmosphere, beautiful architecture and cobbled narrow streets go to the cultural capital of Poland — Krakow. There are many churches, cathedrals, monasteries, chapels, synagogues, castles and museums. Be sure to visit the architectural complex Wawel with the burial place of Polish kings and the Jewish quarter Kazimierz. where they filmed "Schindler's List". And the Czartoryski Museum   you can see the famous "Lady with Ermine" brush by Leonardo da Vinci.

If you feel more comfortable in more modern cities, Warsaw is waiting for you. This city is not as old as Krakow Warsaw suffered heavily during the war, therefore, was practically rebuilt. But there is so much to see numerous palaces, museums and cathedrals of Warsaw will not leave you indifferent. Be sure to visit Market square with the monument the Warsaw mermaid Sava. the symbol of the city. By the way, it is the Market square becomes the center of New year celebrations in Warsaw where to 12 midnight December 31, flocking people to admire the fireworks.

In addition to Krakow and Warsaw are waiting for you and other cities, say, Gdansk and Wroclaw. But in whatever city you go,be sure to try Polish cuisine. Start with the soups: red and white borscht, Rasul, kapustnyak, grochowka flyaki, and for fans of extreme sports — Chernin soup with goose blood. Enjoy bigos. this symbol of Polish cuisine are sauerkraut and meat, and polendina smoked eye of loin. The drinks are noteworthy fragrant herbal tincture sweet grass   and cooked according to old recipes Polish beer.

Celebrate the New year in Poland, not in a hurry to leave: a visit to one of Polish ski resorts. In southern Poland there are mountains: in the East Carpathians, in the West Sudetes. The most famous Polish ski resort Zakopane. is located in the Tatras (the name of the highest part of the Carpathians). Zakopane and other large ski resorts offer a wide choice of routes (both for beginners and professionals), artificial lighting on slopes and even installations for artificial snow.

Even if you don't like skiing in Zakopane is something to see and where to go. In the city you can visit The Tatra Museum, the Museum of Laughter, the Exhibition of locomotives and Factory ceramics. Swimmers can visit water Park "Rabkoland". and to improve body tone, you can go to outdoor thermal pool "Antalowka". it works all year round. In the area of Slovakia you can visit the castles of chivalry, before the former knight's FORTS on the border of Poland and Hungary.

Note, however, that the major resorts a lot of people, the runs and lifts more. So maybe it makes sense to choose a smaller resort. But it's up to you. In any case, the perfect time to vacation at ski resorts of Poland   - The first half of January. Approximately 2 numbers fall New Year's boom, and in mid-January, students and students begin their holidays, and there is a massive influx of young people into the resorts. So it's worth trying to "squeeze" between these two peaks.

New year in Poland promises you an unforgettable experience. Do not miss this chance!