Poland’s best kept secrets

I’ve spent the last seven days traveling some 1,500 km around Poland with a party of Englishmen looking at the best railway and industrial heritage attractions in Poland’s industrial heartland. The week left me convinced that Poland’s authorities haven’t a clue as to what makes Poland special for overseas visitors or how to use this to promote Poland as a tourist destination.

Highlight’s of the trip included a tram trip to Nowa Huta, Cracow’s Stalinist steelworks suburb, seeing the enormous stationary steam engine working at the Krolowa Luiza coal mine in Zabrze, attending the two day steam gala in Chabowka and Sucha Beskidzka, and driving a steam engine on the Smigiel narrow gauge railway.

Detailed reports on many of the places that we visited will be posted in due course. In the meantime the overwhelming impression is of unique attractions which receive little official promotion outside Poland and whose long term fate is far from the secure.


  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    I think this hits it RIGHT on the head! The Polish authorities are still too insular in their outlook and need to see what they have before it goes!

    I fear it will be too late when they do.

    Hope you liked Smigel. I am over again in November to have a day there and then have to work out the logistics of trailering my steamboat over to Wolsztyn next year!

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