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Top 7 reasons to visit Poland

What is the best world’s country to visit? Poland, of course. Here are our top 7 reasons why you should drop everything and travel to this exceptional European country.

1. POLISH COUNTRYSIDE

   Mazovia landscape Maurzyce Village

Beautiful and unspoiled, diverse and attractive, both modern and traditional, there’s nothing quite like the Polish countryside. Despite the fact that currently the vast majority of Polish people live in the city, the countryside still remains a place where we can take a rest and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

You are probably wondering: “Great, but what can I do in the Polish countryside exactly?”. Quite a lot, actually – there is a wide range of possibilities and attractions waiting for the visitors:

– cycling

– horseback riding

– visiting the local attractions: churches, museums, castle ruins

– bird watching

– participating in thematic excursions

and many more.

 

2. POLISH CITIES

Poland has more than 900 lovely cities and it is quite difficult to see them all (but as you know “nothing is impossible to a willing heart”). However your tour will not be complete without visiting at least one of these cities:

KRAKÓW

One of the most beautiful, famous and visited Polish cities. The tourists from all around the world love Kraków because of its unique character, charm and mix of tradition and modernity. This year a special feast – The World Youth Day –  will be held in Kraków. We have prepared a special offer for all those who want to meet the Pope Francis.

Kraków, Mariacki church Wawel castle Old Town square in Krakow

WARSAW

The capital of Poland is sometimes called the “Phoenix City” because, like this mythological bird, Warsaw also rose from the ashes. Destroyed during the Second World War, today Warsaw has a lot to offer: you can book one of our city tours, alternatively try the communism tour, admire the city from the sky and many more.

Main square in Warsaw Warsaw Mermaid Warsaw, Grzybowski square

WROCŁAW

Beautiful monuments, the oldest Polish zoological garden, a lot of  green areas, bridges and…dwarfs – you will find all this and much more in WrocLOVE. Our Wroclaw city tour will help you to explore the city.

Centennial Hall in Wroclaw Wroclaw city tour Wroclaw Dwarves

GDAŃSK

Baltic Sea, amazing architecture, climatic shops with handmade amber jewellery, history going back a thousand years – here are the top reasons you should visit Gdańsk.

Brama Wyzynna in Gdansk Old Town in Gdansk St. Mary's Church in Gdansk

 

3. POLISH NATURAL LANDSCAPE

Polish natural environment is very diverse which is why choosing a the most interesting destination might be a difficult task.

We have the Baltic Sea in the north:

 Baltic Sea Baltic Sea Baltic Sea

the Masurian Lake District occupied by more than 2000 lakes in the north-east of the country:

mazury Lake Lake

Carpathians and Sudetes mountains in the south:

polish mountains Mountains Tatra Mountains

And even a desert region in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship:

polish desert

In addition, about 30% of the country is covered by forest.

 polish forest Nature Polish Landscape

 

4. FOOD

Visiting Poland can be an exceptional experience for everybody who loves eating, since we have very tasty cuisine. During your stay in Poland don’t forget to try our unique and delicious traditional dishes:

PIEROGI – polish dumplings made of unleavened dough and filled with sweet or savory fillings. YUMMY!

pierogi

BIGOS – made of meat and sausage, mushrooms, onions, whole or puréed tomatoes and – the most important ingredient – sauerkraut (in polish: kapusta kiszona).

 bigos

 

KOTLET SCHABOWY – breaded pork cutlet, a polish typical Sunday dish similar to Viennese schnitzel.

kotlet schabowy

ŻUREK – traditional soup served for centuries, it includes:  sour rye flour, meat and hard-boiled egg

zurek

And for dessert: APPLE PIE, DONUTS, CHEESECAKE or ICE CREAMS!

 apple pie cheesecake donuts ice cream

 

5. UNESCO SITES

Poland has 14 unique and outstanding objects inscribed in the UNESCO list. Here are just a few selected locations that you must see while traveling throughout the country:

Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the world’s oldest business venture  – it was opened in the 13th century!

Wieliczka Salt Mine inside Wieliczka Salt Mine Wieliczka Salt Mine interiors

Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The largest concentration camp in Europe has become a symbol of terror, extermination and martyrdom of millions of people.

Auschwitz&Birkenau Nazi Camp Auschwitz&Birkenau Nazi Camp Auschwitz&Birkenau Nazi Camp

Białowieża Forest. Almost entire part of Eastern Europe was once covered by wild forests. The Białowieża Forest is considered to be”the last untouched wilderness of the continent”. This place has become home to some 12,000 animal species like marten, beaver, wolf, European Bison…

Bialowieza National Park tour from Warsaw Skansen in Bialowieza Siolo Budy Ralf Lotys in Bialowieski National Park

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. The largest European sanctuary from 17th century includes: park, Baroque Basilica, Bernardine Monastery and 42 different chapels.  We highly recommend you to visit this place, especially before Easter or in August when the most important religious processions are held.

 Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

 

6. CASTLES

There are hundreds of castles (429 exactly) in Poland. They are in various states of conservation, from ruins:

polish castle 1

to well-preserved structures:

polish castle 2

Look at the photos of the most picturesque castles and try to choose your favorite one. It’s not easy, isn’t it?

Malbork Castle  Castle in Niedzica

Kornik castle Castle in Lublin

Wawel castle Castle, Old Town, Warsaw

7. POLISH CUSTOMS

Polish customs can be a memorable event for the visitors from all over the world.

Drowning Marzanna – On March 21, according to the old tradition, children go to the nearest river or lake to drown a “Marzanna” – a doll symbolizing the bad, long winter.

marzanna

Wedding traditions:

  1. “OCZEPINY” – the bride takes off her veil and throws it into a crowd of young women – those who catch it will be the next to marry.
  2. “POPRAWINY” – the traditional polish wedding lasts 2 days! The second day is known as “poprawiny” – guests are invited for dinner and party.

Śmigus Dyngus – On Easter Monday everybody without any exception (boys, girls, adults) is sprayed with water.

smigus

Poland is definitely worth visiting. Check our multiday tours around Poland and contact us if you want to experience an unforgettable adventure!


Author:

Monika Makiej

 

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