A convenient train ride from Warsaw, Krakow is a highly historic center of Polish culture. Legend states that Krakow was founded after the defeat of a dragon. The city is based around a medieval center called Old Town, and much medieval and Renaissance architecture remains. The blend of ancient and modern culture creates a unique atmosphere. Transportation is done primarily through buses and trams.
The Polish capital is also the country’s largest city. Warsaw is filled with urban Polish culture and history. Filled with museums, restaurants, and other activities, there is plenty to do for the tourist. Unlike other Polish cities which are built around an old city center, Warsaw is spread out across a wide area. Mass transit consists of buses, trams, and metro lines. Bicycling is another highly utilized form of transportation for seeing the city. Bicycles can be rented at hundreds of locations throughout Warsaw. The city has an active nightlife.
The long, dark Finnish winters will send all but the hardiest travelers scurrying for their log cabin to sup on a hip flask of vodka. In the summer, however, the land of the midnight sun comes alive. There are around 70 nights when the sun never sets, and you can spend your days exploring villages of quaint little cottages, wandering with reindeer or sitting naked in an overheated sauna and flogging yourself with a birch leaf.
From the iconic buildings and classy cuisines of Paris to the vineyards of Champagne, most travelers are more than aware of France’s impressive (and romantic) resume, and already have the country of culture high on their traveling hit list.