Poland might be the most expensive destination on our list to fly to, but there are deals to be found if you can tinker around with dates. The good news? Expect vacation expenses to plummet upon arrival thanks to the strength of the U.S. dollar over the Polish zloty.
Krakow is a perfect launching point with its bustling Old Town Square, Wawel Royal Castle, zoo and quaint Jewish Quarter. With a fabulous water park and Pinball Museum, it’s another city that caters to the whims of children.
Affordable guest houses are plentiful, as are inexpensive local restaurants serving up plates of pierogies and potato pancakes.
Krakow is the most visited city in Poland, due, in part, to its close proximity to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a 1.5-hour journey accessible by bus, train, car or tour. This incredibly powerful experience may be too difficult for young children. A better day-trip option suitable for the whole family is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is easily accessible via a guided tour from Krakow if you don’t feel like dealing with transportation.