Poland is one of the largest European countries and is located in the heart of Europe. Situated between Western Europe and Eastern Europe, Poland feels and looks very much like a Western European country though it does have some Eastern influence, as well.
Poland is a very interesting and unique country to visit and will stand out amongst your other travels.
The history is rich, the architecture beautiful, the countryside bountiful, the cities are more than just Krakow and Warsow (though these two are quite special), and the overall character of the country is unlike any other destination.
During your time in Poland, there are a number of things to see and do that make a visit well worth it:
For people planning to go to Poland, here are some helpful tips as well as tools to use for getting around when there:
As with any travel to a foreign country, there are cultural differences and things to be aware of before you visit. It will make for a much smoother and more enjoyable time while you are there! For example, the type of cuisine may be very different from what you get in your home country, so be open-minded to the local cuisine. What you are used to eating and the style of cooking may be different than what you are used to, so you don’t want to go to Poland expecting to find the same food you get at home!
Polish cuisine reminds me of comfort food, with delicious soups, sausages, jam-filled doughnuts, borscht, bigos, and pierogi dumplings (filled dough dumplings), as well as potato and cabbage in many dishes.
There are also traditions and cultural “do’s and don’ts” to know ahead of time and be respectful of while you are in Poland. For example, greetings are generally quite reserved in Poland, with it being common to shake hands with direct eye contact.
Also, Poles may communicate quite frankly, but it is important to be mindful of the topics. Be very sensitive if the topic of World War II or politics comes up, especially around the older generation. And lastly, though religion is rather prominent in Poland, do not assume all Poles are Catholic Christians.
Overall, Poland is a great holiday destination that will offer a truly unique experience. There is strength and beauty to be discovered in the people, land and history of Poland.
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