Poland may not be the first country travelers think of when planning their next vacation destination, but this European country certainly has a lot to offer to its visitors.
It is a great option whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a month-long retreat.
From important historical sites, to extraordinary natural wonders and scrumptious food, there are a thousand and one reasons why Poland should be in your top three considerations for your next European sojourn. Here are 7 of the most compelling ones.
Travellers with particular interest in history will not be be disappointed in Poland. From towering medieval castles, to the infamous Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp, there will always be something for history buffs to discover and immerse themselves in. Notable sites to visit include the Warsaw Rising Museum and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The former features interactive displays, artifacts, videos, photographs, and written accounts about life during the German occupation of Warsaw. The latter features eight galleries that showcase and highlight the thousand-year history of the Jewish community in the country.
Poland is home to 14 must-visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the mesmerizing Bialowieza forest and the medieval town of Torun to the charming Old Town of Warsaw and the towering ancient castle in Malbork, you will not run out of places to explore and attractions to visit in this beautiful European country of 38.5 million. All these make Poland one of the most interesting destinations to visit in Europe.
Polish cuisine is one of the best in Europe, if not the world. Don’t go home without sampling the pierogi (filled dumplings), borscht (beetroot Soup), kielbasa (smoked sausages), golonka (pork knuckle) and bigos (cabbage and meat stew). If you still have some belly space left, make sure you try some of the most popular Polish sweets such as paczki (jam-filled doughnuts), sernik (glazed cheesecake) and makowiec (poppy seed cake).
With intricately designed churches, brightly-coloured 17th-century buildings, and majestic grand palaces, you will surely feel like you have been transported to a totally different era when you arrive in Poland. But do not let Poland’s beautiful and well-preserved ancient structures fool you. This country has certainly evolved with the times. Proof to this is the fascinating Crooked House in Sopot, which will definitely make you do a double-take once you see it.
A trip to Poland is relatively cheap compared to other mainstream European destinations. Although the country is a member of the EU, the Polish government has wisely postponed the adoption of the Euro in favor of the Polish Zloty. As of this writing, 1 US Dollar is equivalent to 3.96 Polish Zloty. That means that you can easily stretch your travel budget for the entire duration of your trip.
The Tatra, a mountain range that separates Slovakia and Poland, is the perfect destination for visitors looking to commune with nature. Whether you arrive there during winter or in the summer months, there will always be something fun to do in the area like skiing or hiking. If you are looking for a less touristy experience, you can head off to lesser-known but equally breathtaking spots such as the Bieszczady, Pieniny, or Table Mountains.
The Polish people are some of the kindest, helpful and hospitable Europeans you’ll ever meet. They even have a saying that goes “Gość w dom – Bóg w dom,” which means guests bring blessings to the house. Being hospitable is a major trait of Poles. They often accept and entertain guests in their homes, which typically involves a home-cooked meal prepared by the hosts.
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By: Brendelyn Balaga