Earlier this week I attended a luncheon in New York City hosted by the Polish Tourism Organization and LOT Polish Airlines. As I have Polish ancestry — my father is first-generation American, and my grandparents immigrated here after World War II — I am always interested to learn more about the country.
And, by all accounts, it’s a booming destination: Poland is currently one of Europe’s leading and safest economies.
Geographically located at the center of Europe, Warsaw’s airport actually makes an excellent option for transit to and throughout the continent. LOT Polish Airlines has plans for new service from the United States to Poland in 2020, with non-stop flights from New York (JFK) to Krakow (KRK) launching in May and from San Francisco (SFO) to Warsaw (WAW) in August.
A few things to look forward to from the unique and intriguing Poland as a destination in 2020 include
- International Chopin Competition: Held every five years and started in 1927, this musical feast in honor of the Polish composer will take place in October 2020.
- Suntago Water World: The largest water park in Europe will open in Poland in spring 2020.
- Zadra: The largest wooden rollercoaster in the world, Zadra, was recently opened at Energylandia in Zator, Poland, close to Krakow.
- Enigma Museum: Dedicated to Polish mathematicians who helped crack codes used by Germans in World War II, the Enigma Museum will open in Poznan in spring 2020.
- Nobu: A Nobu Hotel will open in Warsaw next spring.
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