NEW YORK--Poland-bound travelers can search through a database of
the nation's hotels, restaurants and museums with a new CD-ROM.
Agents can order the CD, as well as a new video and brochure, at
This year's video follows a fictional family of three on a
typical three-week itinerary. A child was added to the video this
year to show that kids have plenty to do in Poland.
The CD-ROM also offers Polish fairy tales along with cartoons
and an interactive dictionary of Polish words and phrases. As the
family breezes through a dizzying array of cities, towns and
castles, the video points to the historical buildings that survived
Completely leveled by the the war, Warsaw was rebuilt to pre-war
specifications incorporating pieces of buildings left in the ruble.
Architects used paintings of the town square as a blueprint, since
the building plans were lost.
Some of Poland's oldest structures are found in Krakow, a city
where even McDonald's is located in a 15th-century building. The
family's journey features Warsaw, Krakow, Oswiecim (Auschwitz),
Zakopane, Czestochowa, Wieliczka, To-run, Malbork, Gniew,
Golub-Dobrzyn, Frombork, Kadyny, Gdansk, Sopot, Wroclaw and the
Mazurian Lake District.
Several hotels are featured in the video for the first time,
including the Hunting Lodge in Promnice and Kraskow Manor near the
city of Wroclaw. The new CD, meanwhile, offers sample itineraries
and travel tips- a switch from last year's video, which focused
only on history and culture.
Sample itineraries include Poland's North: Warsaw, Malbork,
Gdansk, Torun, Poznan and Warsaw; Poland's South: Warsaw,
Czestochowa, Oswiecim, Zakopane, Wieliczka, Krakow and Warsaw, and
Across Poland: Warsaw, Malbork, Gdansk, Torun, Poznan, Wroclaw,
Oswiecim, Zakopane, Krakow, Sandomierz and Warsaw.
Dozens of restaurants are listed for each city, most gleaned
from travelers' recommendations. Tips range from a list of flight
times between major international cities and Poland to tipping and
transportation advice. A section on active vacations delves into
horseback riding, skiing, golfing and other options.
The video, CD-ROM and brochure are available from the Polish
National Tourist Office.