EURO 2012 has put Poland firmly on the map as probably the hottest place to be this Summer, and whether you are travelling there to watch one of the matches or just for a separate cultural trip, Poland is full of surprising twists and turns. From fairy tale castles to aqua parks, concert halls, bars and restaurants, Poland represents the balance between heritage and a modern European country. It is also perfectly placed in the centre of Europe lending itself to touring around the continent easily.

This is made even easier thanks to Holiday Autos who are currently offering up to 20% off car hire in selected locations if you book before Monday June 17th 2012. Holiday Autos compare car hire to find you the cheapest deal, and because Poland is situated alongside Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and in close proximity to Austria, it is the perfect base; particularly while EURO 2012 is happening, to explore the rest of Europe by car, allowing you to take in some wonderful sights.

Starting your adventure with Poland’s EURO 2012 host cities

Poland’s host cities for the tournament are diverse and equally wonderful each in their own unique ways. Warsaw is probably the most edgy and definitely more urban, with street festivals and the best museums. Gdańsk, meanwhile, is full of character and with winding historical streets and elegant buildings dotted around the Main Town.

Wroclaw contains many influences from Bohemian to Austrian, and with Gothic architecture thrown into the mix too along with a beautiful location on the Odra River it is easy to see why to many this is a favourite Polish city. Another host city, Poznań is bustling and thriving yet allows through it’s impressive connections for exploration of the quieter surrounding areas.

You can see how just travelling throughout Poland you can already feel as though you have visited many different European cities as it encapsulates a variety of influences. So once you have visited some of the must-see attractions of Poland such as the Royal Castle, and have tried some of the specialities including apple strudel, you can start to discover the rest of Europe.

Just on the doorstep of Poland…

The beauty of visiting Poland and getting around by car is there are some European gems just on the outskirts making it easy for you to take in some beautiful cities without much effort. The uber contemporary city of Berlin is very close, and from the Brandenburg Gate to checking out the cultural cool of the many cafes and bars, there is plenty to enjoy in this energetic city.

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany © Europe Travel Pad

Moving on from Berlin, Prague is a few hours away and provides yet another uniquely beautiful European gem. The old town dates back to the 13thcentury and is incredibly picturesque, while the Charles Bridge is a must-see filled with musicians and artists and nightlife here is world famous.

From Prague, hop over to Vienna and tick off another hugely popular and iconic city. There are breathtaking views at every turn from the immediately recognisable Viennese architecture with grand buildings encapsulating the splendour of the famous Viennese balls, plus stunning gardens and museums.

Depending on how much time you have, there are plenty of other options including nearby Budapest and if you were travelling over a period of a few months, then you could easily check out more of Germany, Austria, Croatia and even Italy, Belgium and move right across to Spain and France.

Holiday Autos provide cheap car rental right throughout Europe so you could save money with their recent deal which is offer is valid for pick-ups until Saturday June 30th 2012, and spend it on enjoying plenty of food and taking in shows or picking up souvenirs instead!

To find out more about how Holiday Autos are offering up to 20% on car hire in selected locations, or to book before Monday June 17th 2012 check out the Holiday Autos website:

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