The first time I was flying to Poland I was very curious about this country. It was almost winter and I decided to head to Krakow. I remember how this city surprised me, corner after corner, with its charming beauty and history. Something magical.
From that day more than 5 years have passed: in the meantime I had the luck to discover many other aspects that Poland is able to offer to its visitors. From a breath-taking view to a nice walk into the nature, it is a very interesting trip. And I am on the way: I have still a lot of amazing beauties to go and explore, to fall in love with this lovely country once more.
I bring with me such nice memories from this country and its people that I need to share feelings and ideas about such a jewel located in the heart of Europe.
Time to pack your stuff and fly to Poland. Ready, steady, go!
6 great reasons to fall in love with the magical Poland
*1 Wonderful cities, monuments, nature, landscapes
We can start with Kraków and go on with Warszawa, not to mention Wrocław, Poznań or Gdańsk: it is an endless historical tour, where you will be stuck by admiring all these wondrous beauties. It seems like looking at some postcards, wondering if that picture is a real one or just a drawing.
The atmosphere is simply amazing.
And what if I tell you that there are 14 Unesco World Heritage Sites hosted in Poland? I suggest you to write down in your list zamek w Malborku (The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork), without forgetting to take a look at Białowieski Park Narodowy (Bialowieza National Park), close to the border with Belarus and Kopalnia soli Wieliczka (Wieliczka Salt Mine), which is located in the Krakow area.
Just three other perfect examples of the variety of environment and attractions you can find in this magical country.
*2 Hospitality: it feels like home
And what to say about it? Well I could write for hours and still not be able to explain it properly. I have had the chance of visiting Poland several times, under the snow as well as in a super hot day and every time it’s the same story: people make you feel like you’re home. Trying and helping me out with advice, giving suggestions about places worthy to visit or even inviting you to enter their home and have some warm meal. Yes, this also happened. I was in Zakopane (an amazing city located in the southern part of the country) and I had the chance of trying out several kinds of products (I recommend you to try Oscypek, a smoked cheese made of salted sheep milk made exclusively in that region… delicious! I still remember the taste).
Or when I entered a pub without knowing that the Polish football team had just won a match against Germany: I got a beer for free.
And what about when I had the super luck to discover how to make one of the most famous Polish food? I keep with me super nice memories connected with Pierogi (which I will explain you more about the recipe later on): amazing.
From that moment on, it does not matter where I am: whenever I feel like it, I can make Pierogi on my own. Super.
*3 It is an affordable destination
If you are getting curious about Poland and want to plan a weekend in there, you are starting to wonder how much it will cost to you. Great news, Poland is still a cheap European destination, even though prices are getting a little bit higher since the last years, mostly because of an increment of tourist flow. Anyway you are still able to find several low-cost flights in order to get to this amazing country; the same happens with your accommodation and public transportation. And if you want to discover the country by bus or train, prices are very competitive too.
Combining cheap prices and high quality? Yes, sometimes this is possible.
Time to enjoy Poland then!
*4 Looking for a great beer? You are in the right place
Even if I am not used to drink beer or vodka, every single time I travel I like to join the cultural tradition, by trying living as a local and not as a tourist. A relevant part of the trip is occupied by the food and the specialties you can get only in that country. So I tried to be completely Polish and thanks to some great friends I tried tasty food and great drinks. I felt impressed by the variety of beers you can find there: their quality is incredible. Very refreshing and tasty, you are not able to get bored.
And what about vodka? It was the same.
Have you ever heard about the existence of the warm beer? Personally I did not. In Poland you can also find it, just ask for a grzane piwo: it was the first time that I tried it, and even if I still prefer the cold beer, it was amazing to discover such a thing. If you are a wine lover, well just ask for a grzaniec galicyjski: a very tasty mulled wine.
Amazing, is not it?
*5 Love to skiing? Zakopane and Tatra Mountains are waiting for you!
If you have always been in love with the snow and skiing, well then why do not plan and organize your next holiday in Zakopane? This small cozy beautiful city has a lot to offer you and it is a very great base for hiking or go skiing in the area. Located in the southern Poland (around 2 hours by bus from Krakow) and surrounded by the Tatry (Tatra Mountain), from Zakopane you can easily reach the popular skiing area at Mt Gubałówka with the funicular and show your qualities of a great skier. And if you are already a professional skier then take into consideration the idea to go to Kasprowy Wierch.
One suggestion I want to give you is to go and explore the Morskie Oko lake, also known as the “Eye of the Sea”: if you want to go by foot, well it will take you around 2 hour to get there but… the scenery was simply majestic. One of the best lakes I have ever seen. Super strongly recommended.
To sum up: places worthy to visit, stunning landscapes, lovely nature, hiking and skiing for the more sportive ones, traditional cuisine and drinks.
Just choose the dates and go. You will not regret it.
*6 A cuisine to be discovered
What better than discovering a country by trying out several dishes from the traditional cuisine? Great. I think food can help you to understand more about the culture, to give you new ideas for the future recipes and dishes you may want to make on your own. The Polish cuisine provides several kinds of meat and vegetables, such as beetroot, sauerkraut and mushrooms.
From where to start this magical discovery? Even if I can eat cakes all day long, well I have to start with a very special savory dish: Pierogi. These dumplings are made of thinly rolled-out dough filled with different kind of fillings: could be meat, cottage cheese, or sauerkraut and mushrooms, the list is endless and when you start eating them you just cannot stop it.
Other dishes you should not miss? Another typical one is named Bigos (Hunter’s stew) which is made by various types of meat with cabbage, dried mushrooms and other spices. One dish you should try too is called Żurek (Sour Rye Soup), which is usually served with egg and sausages.
My suggestion? To ask for Gołąbki (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls), where cabbage leaves are rolled around a mixture of meat, rice, minced onion and simmered in tomato soup.
Last but not least, how could I forget my beloved sweets? Time to try Makowiec (Poppy Seed Cake) or Sernik (kind of cheesecake).
And what about learning some Polish words before your trip?
Of course, here you go!
- Hello – Cześć
- Yes / No – Tak / Nie
- Thank you – Dziękuję
- You are welcome – Proszę
- Excuse me – Przepraszam
- Good morning – Dzień dobry
- Good afternoon – Dzień dobry
- Good evening – Dobry wieczór
Poland basic information
- Name: Poland (Polska)
- Continent: Europe
- Location: Central Europe, UTC +1 (CET)
- Country code: +48
- Currency: Polish Złoty
- Capital city: Warsaw
- Main airports: Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Poznan
Enjoy the magical Poland!