Whilst DMC Poland is on hand to guide, advise and plan any group or incentive travel activity to Poland, the following can serve as an introduction to just a small sample of what this beautiful country has to offer for MICE travel, incentives, corporate retreats, company excursions, group travel and much more.
Poland is overflowing with energy and blessed with a rich history boasting historic locations, medieval castles and refurbished manors which go hand in hand with modern conference centres, new concert halls and luxurious hotels that spring up every year. The choice of destinations and venues keeps growing: from mountains to sea, from the hustle and bustle of city life to calm rural countryside.
As the 7th largest economy in the EU, Poland has 12 international airports and 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. What more could you ask for, as a group or incentive organiser?
Worried about what your group might eat? No problem. Poland has everything!
Whilst pickled cucumbers are one of the symbols of Polish cuisine, and the country offers an impressive selection of over 200 varieties of soup, it doesn’t stop there!
Located at the crossroads of historical trade routes between Europe and Asia, Poland’s culinary influences are diverse: spices from the orient, cured meat and sausage from Lithuania, dumplings from Ukraine, desserts influenced by French cuisine – not to mention Poland’s own blend of traditional cuisine.
Poland’s forests offer an abundance of wild game, and are home to sought after honey from well-fed bees. Salt comes from famous mines, and bread is baked from home-grown wheat and rye.
Culinary adventures begin with some of the most trending gastronomic regions such as Pomerania (Gdańsk) and Silesia (Katowice), and in the cities of Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Warsaw, and Wrocław. In fact, your entire trip could be built around new culinary experiences!
Indoor, outdoor, above ground or below ground – historical or modern…. Venues for events or interesting to visit….. Poland has it all.
Castles & Palaces
Preserved or restored, castles and palaces are part of Poland’s historical heritage, found throughout the country, and are full of life, revitalised and re-purposed as museums or education centres; venues for cultural events or outdoor activities; converted to luxury hotels and spas; or resplendent with restaurants.
Over 500 castles and 2,500 palaces are scattered all over Poland, each with its own back story. Such as Kórnik Castle where legend has it that every night the castle its 18th-century owner, known as the White Lady, haunts the building which is also famous for its coach house and grounds. Moszna Castle has a total of 99 spires and resembles magical palaces featured in fairy tales and Disney films. Krzyżtopór Castle in Ujazd, which despite its dilapidated state plays host to artillery shows, concerts, dancing classes and staged knights’ battles every few months.
Caves & Mines
Poland’s wonders are not only found above ground, but in fabulous caves, mysterious tunnels and multi-storey medieval cellars – with nine cave systems, seventeen mines and tunnels, and countless other underground wonders teeming with life: The river flowing in the Black Trout Adit is alive with fish and the caves in the Ojcow National Park or the tunnels of the Miedzyrzecz Fortified Region are a favourite location for wintering bats. Events, parties, pop-up restaurants….. everything is possible underground in Poland.
With so many attractive destinations throughout Poland, with varying climates and local appeal, DMC Poland is best placed to advise the best locations for each individual group and incentive – but here is an overview of some of the more popular cities and their highlights.
The capital of Poland is a city with many faces where tradition mingles with modernity, a meeting place for politicians, economists and artists of all nationalities, and a favourite with visitors.
Warsaw offers a wealth of entertainment options, including theatre, cabaret shows, film festivals and concerts by famous opera soloists, pop stars and classical music performers. Warsaw hosts several music festivals annually, including the International Festival of Contemporary Music, Warsaw Autumn, and the Mozart Festival. The scenic Old Town and its Market Square, offering wine cellars and elegant restaurants, St John’s Cathedral, the King’s Castle, and many more historical and cultural delights are fantastic locations to while away the time, or host an event to be remembered.
Gdańsk is as old as Poland itself. Located in the north of the country on the sea coast at the mouth of the Vistula, Gdańsk was the Polish gateway to the sea. Also known as the Capital of Amber, often referred to as “Polish gold,” amber is the oldest and most precious export product from the Baltic Coast.
Wrocław is one of the most visited Polish cities, full of monuments and thousands of years of history. Magnificent manor houses, churches, the university and a whole gamut of Nobel Prize winners are all witnesses of the town’s past and present splendour.
Lublin is the largest city east of the Vistula River, just 100 miles away from Poland’s capital, known as the “gate to the East” and is an important educational and scientific centre.
Opole has preserved its historical urban layout which originated from the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries and is referred to as the Silesian chessboard. The National Festival of Polish Song has been held here annually since 1963 and each year new events, fairs, shows and competitions are added to the city’s events calendar. The city’s famous Amphitheatre, designed by local architect Florian Jesionowski, accommodates an audience of 5640 with each of the 42 rows of benches being 280 metres in length.
From skiing and snowboarding in the mountains to kayaking on more than 10,000 paddle-friendly lakes, Poland is a dream for outdoor activities – whether individuals, groups or for incentive travel programmes.
In the south of the country are several dozen resorts for winter sports with the better-known ski slopes in Zakopane; or the longest in the Tatry leading from the mountain revered by Polish skiers – Kasprowy Peak, to the Gąsienicowa Meadow – which is over 7 km long.
Poland has a dense network of waterways, ideal for kayaking excursions, with about 150 mapped routes along rivers and through wonderful, twisting lakes.
Newly-built cycling lanes in cities, forests, along river bank trails, and challenging mountain trails, attract thousands of bikers every year. Recent investments in biking infrastructure have made Poland a perfect destination for individuals, leisure groups and serious cyclists alike. Cycling can be built into a group trip as a complete travel experience, or half day activity.
Narrow Gauge Rail Trails
Poland has an abundance of narrow-gauge railways criss-crossing the country – an unusual and highly appealing way to explore this beautiful country. The famous narrow-gauge Bieszczady Forest Railway runs through mountainous terrain, or for the more active, the Bieszczady Bicycle Trolley runs from Zagórz to Krościenko – 47 km of Poland’s most stunning railway route on a bicycle trolley propelled by your own power! The collection of renovated narrow-gauge rolling stock scattered across Poland is one of the largest in Europe, and offers endless opportunities for groups and incentives to explore the countryside in a unique style.