Poland is a great country for solo travel in Europe. It is home to medieval villages, castles, and cosmopolitan cities. It's also a great place to experience traditional Polish culture and cuisine. If you're planning to solo travel Poland, I've covered all the best places to visit in Poland and recommended places to stay when travelling to Poland alone. Happy planning!

Malbork Castle

Activities for Solo Female Travel Poland

Poland has a lot to offer solo travellers and there are plenty of things to see and do, no matter what your interests are. 

Some of the most popular attractions include Krakow's Old Town, Wawel Castle and Auschwitz Memorial and Museum. There are lively cities such as Warsaw and Gdansk and many beautiful villages and countryside areas too. This list will give you an idea of what types of activities you can do. 

Active Solo – If you're into heart-pumping activities, head to the Tatra Mountains for hiking, skiing, and mountaineering. Zakopane is a great base for exploring these mountains, offering trails for all skill levels. For water sports, the Masurian Lake District is perfect for kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing. If you’re into rock climbing, the cliffs of the Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska region are ideal.

Culture Solo – Immerse yourself in Poland’s rich culture by visiting its museums and cultural landmarks. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw offers a deep dive into the country’s Jewish heritage. Attend classical music concerts in Chopin’s birthplace, Żelazowa Wola, or enjoy traditional folk performances in the Podhale region. Experience vibrant festivals like the Kraków Film Festival and the Wianki Festival in Warsaw. And don't forget to try traditional Polish cuisine, such as pierogi and żurek.

Historic Solo – Learn about Poland’s historical heritage by exploring its ancient towns and historical landmarks. Walk through the medieval streets of Gdańsk, a city with a rich maritime history. Visit the historic Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum for a sobering look at Poland’s past. Explore the Teutonic Castle in Malbork, one of the largest castles in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nature Solo – Poland’s diverse landscapes are perfect for solo nature enthusiasts. Explore the Białowieża Forest, one of Europe’s last primeval forests, where you can see European bison. The Bieszczady Mountains offer hiking trails with stunning views and the chance to spot rare wildlife. Enjoy the sandy beaches of the Baltic coast or go birdwatching in Biebrza National Park.

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Ocean Solo – While Poland doesn’t have an ocean coastline, you can still enjoy the water. The beaches of Sopot and Hel Peninsula are popular for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and sailing. The clear waters of the Mazury lakes are ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling or take a boat trip on the Vistula River.

Party Solo – If you love to party, Nowy Swiat in Warsaw's city centre is where it's at. Krakow’s Old Town and Kazimierz district are famous for their pubs, jazz bars, and nightclubs. In the summer, Sopot becomes the nightlife hub of the Baltic coast with its beach parties and vibrant nightclubs. Don’t miss the unique underground bars and clubs in Wrocław, often hidden in historic cellars.

Wellness Solo – Poland offers several wellness retreats where you can unwind and rejuvenate. Join a yoga retreat in the serene surroundings of the Kashubian Lake District or a meditation retreat in the quiet countryside of the Lublin region. Pamper yourself with spa treatments in the historic spa towns of Ciechocinek or Krynica-Zdroj and the healing waters of the thermal baths in Bukowina Tatrzańska.

Wildlife Solo – If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, visit the Białowieża National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see European bison in their natural habitat. The wetlands of the Biebrza National Park are perfect for birdwatching and home to species like the Aquatic Warbler. The Puszcza Knyszyńska Forest is also rich in wildlife, including lynxes and wolves or spot chamois and marmots in the Tetra Mountains.

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About Poland

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It shares borders with Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. The capital of Poland is Warsaw. Polish culture has been heavily influenced by neighboring countries over the centuries, resulting in a mix of traditions and styles that makes this country unique.

Today, Poland is a modern and prosperous nation, with a strong economy and a high standard of living. However, the country still retains many traditional aspects of its culture, making it an interesting country to visit. Here are my favourite places that I recommend for a solo trip.

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Warsaw Solo Travel

Warsaw is the capital and the country’s largest city. It’s a mix of a new town with an old town that is full of charming cafes and restaurants, as well as many historical monuments and museums.

Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta) is the heart of the Old Town, surrounded by colorful buildings, cafes, and restaurants. It's a perfect place to soak in the atmosphere and try the local food. 

The Praga District, located across the Vistula River, is known for its bohemian vibe, street art, and trendy cafes. It offers a glimpse into the more authentic and artistic side of Warsaw. Krakowskie Przedmieście is one of Warsaw’s most famous streets, lined with historic buildings, churches, and palaces, leading up to the Old Town. It’s a lively area with many shops, cafes, and restaurants. Or head to Plac Zbawiciela, a trendy square known for its vibrant nightlife, hip cafes, and the iconic rainbow installation.

Warsaw boasts several beautiful palaces and parks. Lazienki Park (Łazienki Królewskie) is an expansive park and home to the Lazienki Palace, stunning gardens, and sculptures. Wilanow Palace, (also known as “Polish Versailles,”) is a baroque palace with gardens that offer insight into the royal life of Polish nobility. 

Or for a rooftop garden, the Warsaw University Library Rooftop Garden is one of the largest and most beautiful rooftop gardens in Europe, with stunning views of the city and the Vistula River.

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Warsaw boasts several fascinating museums. The Copernicus Science Centre offers interactive exhibits for science and technology lovers. The National Museum in Warsaw showcases a vast collection of Polish art, from medieval to contemporary. And the Neon Museum is dedicated to preserving Cold War-era neon signs, a very unique and arty museum!

A museum that will move you to tears is the Warsaw Uprising Museum. Inside is an interactive history of the 1944 uprising, which is both educational and powerful. For a deeper understanding of Poland's Jewish history, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews presents a thousand-year history.

The Palace of Culture and Science, a gift from the Soviet Union in the 1950s, is an iconic part of Warsaw's skyline where you can visit the observation deck on the 30th floor for a panoramic view of the city. Or visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the only surviving pre-war Jewish house of worship in Warsaw, which serves as a poignant reminder of the city’s Jewish heritage.

And, if you want to go shopping Polish-style, Złote Tarasy is a modern shopping mall with a unique architectural design and plenty of restaurants.

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In The Evenings in Warsaw

In the summer months, the Vistula Boulevards along the river are perfect for a walk, bike ride, or even a cruise, with the area coming alive in the summer with events, food trucks, and open-air bars. In the evenings, watch the Multimedia Fountain Park as it comes to life with a light and water show.

Or attend a concert at PGE Narodowy (the National Stadium), a modern landmark where you can even watch a football game if you fancy!

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Krakow Solo Travel

Krakow is my favourite city in Poland. It’s located on the Vistula River in southern Poland and is the second largest city in this country. The old town of Krakow is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved in Europe, with many Gothic churches and palaces that date back to medieval times. 

It is also home to the Wawel Castle, one of the most famous castles in all Europe. It was once home to Polish kings and queens, and is open for tours every day from April through October (closed Mondays). 

There are so many tours you can do in Krakow that start from the old town and there is plenty to do at night too. You can take a ghostly tour learning about XXX legends or go on a bar crawl where you get to experience the nightlife and end up at one of the clubs.  (I did this one and loved it!) The old town is magical at night and has plenty of restaurants to sit in and people watch. 

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Other Places To See in Krakow

The Main Market Square is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. It’s the central feature of the Old Town and is where you’ll find the Cloth Hall, and the Town Hall Tower. It also features the impressive St. Mary's Basilica with its famous wooden altarpiece.

Make sure to explore Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter, known for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant cafes, and historic synagogues. You can take a walking tour to learn more about the history here too. 

To lean more about its history, a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum offers a poignant look into the country’s World War II history. Or dive into Poland’s cultural and artistic heritage at The National Museum in Krakow, Poland’s largest museum, showcasing an extensive collection of art.

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Day Trips from Krakow

There are plenty of day trips you can do too such as a trip to Zakopane, a town nestled in the Tatra Mountains.Tatra National Park is the ideal place to hike and is home to the highest peaks in the country. If you visit in the winter, there are plenty of ski resorts no matter what your level.

Zakopane itself is known for its cultural and traditional dance. You can buy traditional crafts and just admire the wooden architecture. Then relax in the thermal baths with a spa treatment at the area’s thermal springs. 

Auschwitz is another day trip from Krakow. The concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany during World War II has become a symbol of the Holocaust, and is a deeply moving place to visit. You can take a guided tour here to learn more about the sobering atrocities of the Holocaust and the resilience of the human spirit. Be prepared to be moved. 

One amazing place to visit is the Krakow Salt Mines. Located in the town of Wieliczka, these salt mines date back to the 13th century and you can take a tour inside for a unique look at how salt was mined in the past. One of the most amazing places inside is the underground church where you can see chandeliers, altars and statues, all made from salt. There are a few steps in the mines so just be prepared. * Check all day tours from Krakow

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Gdansk 

Gdansk is a historic port city on Poland's Baltic coast with plenty of culture and history. Start with a stroll down Długi Targ (Long Market) to admire its colourful facades and visit landmarks like the Neptune Fountain and Artus Court. Explore the Museum of the Second World War for an in-depth look at the city's turbulent history. Wander through the medieval Gdansk Crane and enjoy panoramic views from the top.

Relax at the European Solidarity Centre, which chronicles the Solidarity movement that played a crucial role in ending communist rule. Don't miss the Oliwa Cathedral, known for its magnificent organ concerts. Take a boat trip to Westerplatte, the site where World War II began. Then unwind at the beautiful Stogi Beach or explore the vibrant nightlife in the Old Town's bars and restaurants.

And make sure to pay a visit to the Gdańsk Shipyards that hold significant historical and economic importance in Poland. The shipyards are famously associated with the Solidarity movement, which played a pivotal role in the eventual fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

If you’re staying in Gdansk, just an hour or so away is Marlbork Castle.This castle is the largest brick building in the world and was built as a fortress by Teutonic Knights during their conquest of Poland back in the late 13th century.

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Wroclaw

Wrocław, often called the “Venice of Poland,” is a vibrant city located in southwestern Poland, known for its picturesque architecture, lively cultural scene, and multicultural heritage.

Situated on the Oder River, Wrocław has a stunning Old Town filled with colourful Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance buildings, charming cobblestone streets, and lively market squares. The city's iconic symbol, the Wrocław Cathedral, dominates the skyline with its towering spires.

Explore the historic Market Square, visit the beautiful Wrocław University, or stroll along the scenic Oder River waterfront. Wrocław also offers a dynamic arts and entertainment scene, with theatres, galleries, and music venues showcasing both traditional and contemporary Polish culture. 

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Poznan

There are many Gothic-style cathedrals in Poland, but one that is worth seeing is the Poznan Cathedral. Poznan is a city located on the Warta River in western Poland that has played a significant role in Polish history and culture. It has a rich history dating back to medieval times and boasts numerous historic buildings and landmarks.

You can explore its well-preserved Old Town area, which is home to impressive architecture, including the iconic Poznan Town Hall and the Gothic-style Poznan Cathedral. For the museum lover, this city has many that provide insights into Polish history and heritage.

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Other Places To Solo Travel Poland

These are just my recommended destinations in the country for solos but there are many other places that you may like to. If you have time, you may want to visit these places.

Krynica Morska is a town on the Baltic Sea coast known for its beautiful beaches and popular holiday resorts. This charming coastal town, situated on the Vistula Spit, has stunning natural scenery and is ideal if you’re seeing some relaxation.

Or head to Gdynia for the Gdynia's Sea Towers, one of the tallest residential buildings in Poland. These twin skyscrapers offer stunning views of the sea and the city.

For wildlife solos, Białowieza National Park is a significant and well-preserved forest area in Europe. This park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life, including bison, elk, deer, and wolves. It’s great place for wildlife lovers and you may even spot  a native beaver!

If it’s mountains that you want to climb, Rysy is a mountain peak on the Poland-Slovakia border. It has three summits, with the middle one being the highest at 2,503 meters. It’s definitely a challenging climb but worth the stunning views if you’re up for the challenge. 

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The Bieszczady Mountains

For even more mountains, the Bieszczady Mountains are a mountain range located in southeastern Poland. Popular with hikers, you can also climb and even ski here. Bieszczady National Park is famous for its wild horses, which can be seen grazing in the meadows and forests that make up the park. The area offers numerous trails and stunning views, making it perfect for active and nature solos. 

Or you may want to head to Ojcow National Park in central Poland which is known for its picturesque landscapes and the largest limestone gorge in Europe. The park offers numerous hiking trails and stunning views of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains.

For somewhere a little bit different, Zalipie Village in the southeastern is a great cultural destination to visit. Known for its painted houses, this tradition dates back to the 19th century, when it was believed that the decorations would ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. It still continues this tradition today and is a popular tourist spot known for its vibrant and picturesque houses.

If you love gingerbread, you have to see the city of Crun. It’s recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved medieval architecture and historic significance with many beautiful and historic buildings in the city’s Old Town. But its biggest attraction is its gingerbread tradition which dates back to the 14th century! 

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Accommodation in Poland For Solos

Poland has a variety of accommodation from budget hostels to 3 to 5-star hotels and apartments to stay in depending on what kind of experience you’re looking for. The hostels here are sociable and some offer walking tours too. 

If you’re unsure where to stay, below are the accommodations recommended by both myself and our solo female community. * Click here for all other Poland accommodation

Amber Hostel, Krakow – $

Amber Hostel Krakow is where I stayed in Krakow. The hostel is in a great location and a short walk across Planty Park to the Old Town. I walked here from the train station which was only 650 metres away. The staff were really friendly and I could book my walking tours here. Just be prepared to carry your luggage up the stairs. Choose from a single or double room either with a shared or private bathroom. * Check rates & availability: Amber Hostel

Garden Square Hotel, Krakow – $$

Garden Square Hotel is a stylish 4-star hotel with 24 hour reception and free parking (if you’re hiring a car). Some of the rooms come with a balcony so you can sit outside and reflect on your day. Breakfast is included for free and you can request an early check-in too. Choose from a single room or double room with or without a balcony. * Check rates & availability: Garden Square Hotel

Safestay, Warsaw – $

Located in Warsaw Old Town, Safestay is the ideal hostel to stay in. I love this brand and have stayed in the London ones. This one is located a short walk from the Royal Castle and Grand Theatre. You’re 15 minutes away from the metro and there are plenty of places to dine near the hostel. They have female-only rooms too! * Check rates & availability: Safestay Warsaw

Hotel Teatro Boutique Old Town, Warsaw – $$$

This 4-star property is gorgeous! It’s in a historic house next to a metro station. You’ll find a restaurant and even a wine bar. Plus there’s a coffee machine and minibar in the room! And if you feel cold, some of the rooms come with a fireplace. Choose from a superior, standard or large double room. * Check rates & availability: Hotel Teatro Boutique Old Town

Basecamp Wroclaw – $

This 3-star hostel is a great location next to the Botanical Garden. It’s easily walkable to cafes and restaurants and there’s good internet if you need to work. The rooms are cosy and you can choose from a single or double room or even a studio where you have your own kitchenette. The walls are thin so take some earplugs with you. * Check rates & availability: Basecamp Wroclaw

Old Town Hasto, Wroclaw – $$ 

This 4-star hotel is centrally located in Wroclaw. It is close to the main square and a short walk to the Town Hall and shopping centre. They have soundproof rooms so you’re guaranteed to have a good night’s sleep. The staff are friendly and helpful and there’s free coffee and chocolate in the restaurant. Choose from a single or double room or treat yourself to an apartment with a terrace. * Check rates & availability: Old Town Hasto

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Tours in Poland

Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find activities in Poland. Choose from an evening Krakow river cruise, a trip on a traditional gala cruise in Warsaw, a tour by Galleon ship in Gdansk, a Chopin concert in the Old Town of Warsaw, Oskar Schindler’s factory tour in Krakow, or a Polish folk show and all you can eat dinner in Krakow. 

Plus, you can organise your day trip to Zakopane, Auschwitz or the Wieliczka Salt Mine through their platform. Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are plenty to book and it’s really simple to use (you may have to pay a bit extra if you’re booking solo). Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. * Check rates and availability for Get Your Guide tours

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  • Can I drink the water? Yes, the tap water is safe for you to drink.
  • Is tipping expected? If you receive good service then it’s expected to tip 10-15%
  • Fixed price or barter? Fixed price.
  • Any ATMs? Yes, you’ll find ATMs everywhere.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? They drive on the right-hand side.
  • Good for vegetarians and vegans? Yes! And Warsaw has been listed as one of the top cities for vegans
  • Any Seven Wonders of the World? No, but the salt mines should be!

Plan a Trip to Poland

Current time in Poland

Budget – £50+ a day 

Capital –  Warsaw

Population – 36.82 million

Language spoken – Polish 

Local Currency – The Polish zloty 

Do I need a visa? Not for British Citizens. You can stay for 90 days on a Schengen visa.  

Vaccinations Required 

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The Best Time to Go – June and July 

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