Poland Travel Guide

Poland Travel Guide

Country with great and very sad history, from large rich country to 123 years fights for independence. Poland devastated by II world war and communism now rising economically and touristically to the world as fenix. Home of Chopin, Copernicus and John Paul II, invites you to discover it’s secrets and gems.

Poland Travel Guide

Capital: Warsaw

Language: Polish  /   Population: 38.5 millions  /  Currency: Zloty

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Climate Polands climate can be described as climate with relatively cold winters and warm summers. In winter, polar-continental fronts often dominate, bringing cold, frosty weather with temperatures far below zero an sometimes heavy snowfall. The late summer and autumn months are often influenced by dry, sub-tropical, continental air mass that bring plenty of warm days.

Suggested Clothing: Lightweights in summer months, with a sweater for walking and the cooler evenings. Medium- to heavyweights are advised in winter. Waterproofing is neccesary throughout the year.

Cuisine Polish cuisine is calorific and full-bodied. Poles eat pork, chickens and beef. Poles eat a lot of potatoes, cabbage, beets, cucumbers and tomatoes. Polish cuisine is not istanialaby if not for soup. They love it and eat it as a starter. The most popular soup is a soup with beet (Barszcz czerwony), soup based on wheat flour with sausage and egg (Barszcz bialy) and cooked in meat broth with vegetables (Rosol). Rosol is served in almost every family on Sundays. For the second course I recommend you try a dish of meat and sauerkraut (Bigos), a popular set like is pork chop with potatoes and fried cabbage and dumplings for sure. The best dumplings are stuffed with cheese and potatoes (Ruskie) and with grits and cheese. For dessert, try the cheesecake, poppy seed cake or gingerbread. When I ask someone out of which Poland is famous for always hear from the vodka and sausage. it’s true. If you go out in the evening order a glass of vodka with “przegryzka” (herring, sausage, bread with lard and pickled cucumber).

Foreign Relations member of the European Union, NATO, the UN and many more organisations.

How to Save Money

I wrote article about it: Comprehensive Guide to Top 10 ways to save money on travel in Poland, if you interesting let’s check it!

Expense Report

Expense report for Poland travel guide  are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)

Big Mac € 2,29
Bread  from 0,50
Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink) € from 5,00 
Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)  from 6,00
Beer (0,5)  from 0,49
Wine (0,75) € from 3,90
Museum (Sukiennice Krakow)  € 1,50
Bus Ticket  0,60
Hotel (**** double room)  from 52,00
Budget Hotel (double room)  from 20,00
Hostel  from 6,00

Places and Attractions to Visit in Poland

Again I wrote article about Polish top main tourist attractions, you can find it here: Comprehensive Guide to Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Poland.

1. Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland’s most important economic hubs. It was the capital of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland from 1038 to 1795. Krakow is one of  Europe’s most beautiful cities, it have an extensive cultural heritage across the epochs of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture includes the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula river, the St. Mary’s Basilica and the largest medieval market square in Europe, the Rynek Główny. Kraków is home to Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world and traditionally Poland’s most reputable institution of higher learning. In 2000, Kraków was named European Capital of Culture. The city will also host the next World Youth Day in 2016.

2. Warsaw

Top 7 Places in Poland

Capital and largest city of Poland. The symbol of the city is the Mermaid, featured on the city seal. Warsaw is a bustling metropolis and features an unforgettable history.Paradoxically, Warsaw’s Old Town is only 50 years old. After World War II it was proudly and laboriously reconstructed to its present form. In 1980 it was placed on the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Unusually for a European city, Warsaw has a prominent skyline with many skyscrapers and high-rise buildings in the city center. Warsaw is one of only a few cities in the European Union that have such a skyline, together with Frankfurt, London and Paris.

3. Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland and is located on the Oder River. Over the centuries it has been governed by Prussia, Poland, Germany and Bohemia, but has been part of Poland since 1945. The former capital of Silesia is praised to be the most beautiful in Poland but I made different choice. Main attractions include the market square and the impressive Old Town Hall, St, Elizabeth’s Church with its observation deck overlooking the city, and the largest zoo in Poland.Wrocław is the only Polish city in the top ten places to visit in the ranking of the British newspaper The Guardian. Poland travel guide suggest Wroclaw as ideal romantic trip destinantion.

4. Gdansk Founded around the 10th century, it has a mixed political history it used to belonged to Germany and Poland in different time of history.When visiting Gdansk, you may feel that you are carried back to the Middle Ages, and even though substantial parts of the town is based of reconstructions after second world war. You can find plenty of authentic, genuine old buildings. Most streets are located where they were in medieval times, and more than 30% of the streets have had the same names for more than 500 years! The old town is one of Europe’s largest historical centres.

5. Poznan lies on the Warta River.  This days Poznań is an important cultural and business centre and one of Poland’s most populous regions with many regional customs such as Jarmark Świętojański, traditional Saint Martin’s croissants and a local dialect.Poznań is among the oldest cities in Poland and was one of the most important centers in the early Polish state in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The first center city was Ostrów Tumski, the natural island on the Warta river-very similar to the Île de la Cité in Paris. The first rulers were buried in Poznań’s cathedral on the island. It also served as the capital for a short time in the 13th century. To the west of the river is the center of the old city, the Stary Rynek, or Old Market Square in the middle of which stands the Renaissance Town Hall.

6. Sopot is one of the country’s most famous towns and is extremely fashionable particularly in the summer months when it often feels that half of the capital has decamped here to see and be seen. The creation of a series of bathhouses and spas led to the town becoming an increasingly fashionable health resort which lured a select, affluent and aristocratic set drawn by the vibrant social life as much as by the soothing waters of the St Wojciech spring. Polan travel guide recommend visiting longest wooden pier in Europe, at 515.5 metres, stretching out into the Bay of Gdańsk.

7. Zamosc I have grown up in Zamość so I don’t want to sound biased, that’s the words how UNESCO described Zamość: „Zamość is a unique example of a Renaissance town in Central Europe, consistently designed and built in accordance with the Italian theories of the „ideal town,” on the basis of a plan which was the result of perfect cooperation between the open-minded founder, Jan Zamoyski, and the outstanding architect, Bernardo Morando. Zamość is an outstanding example of an innovative approach to town planning, combining the functions of an urban ensemble, a residence, and a fortress in accordance with a consistently implemented Renaissance concept…” Strongly recomended during your Poland travel.

Activities

I wrote article about activities in Poland you can find it here: Top 5 Travelers Activities in Poland.

Emergency Numbers

According Poland travel guide The European emergency number 112 is not the only one in Ireland, you can use as well 999 – ambulance, 998 – fire brigade, 997 – police.

This time I added Poland animated brief of history:
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