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Poland

Continent: Europe

Ideal Duration: 10 - 14 days

Best Time: March to May and September to November Read More

Currency: (PLN)

Budget: Affordable

"The Country With A Quiet Charm"

Poland Tourism

Poland is a country in Eastern Europe, filled with big castles and ancient museums. It is a country that is rich in history and proud of it. Apart from the bustling cities like Warsaw and Krakow, Poland also offers unspoilt natural beauty in the forms of lakes, wooded areas, rivers and hills. It is as we mentioned, a historic destination on account of Poland being central to the World War II. Memorials and synagogues abound in this country for a walk back in time. For those looking for some adventure though, Poland also has hiking and canoeing opportunities.

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Best time to visit Poland

March to May and September to November is the best time to visit Poland

Like many countries in Europe, Poland is an excellent place to travel all around the year, depending on your choice of weather. However, the best time to visit Poland is during spring (March-May) and fall (September-November). This country has a typical European temperate climate with six distinctive seasons where summers are mostly hot and wet while winters are frigid. Despite these seasons and their typical conditions, the weather in Poland is highly unpredictable. During spring and autumn, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold and is just pleasant for roaming in and around the cities of Poland and engaging in several events and activities that Poland has to offer. From a tourism point of view, summertime in Poland is fully crowded, so fewer tourists travelling during this period is an added advantage so you won’t have to wait in a long queue outside the tourist spots.

Regions in Poland

The major regions of Poland are Greater Poland, Lesser Poland and Masovia. The former is very well-known for its cycle trails, such as the One Hundred Lakes Trail and the Piast Trail. The latter is frequently visited as it comprises of Warsaw, which is Poland's capital. Lesser Poland abounds with beautiful architecture in the form of wooden churches and the Wawel Royal Castle. It also holds Krakow, another famous Polish city.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Friendly and kind locals. Delicious food. Centrally located for easy travel. Relatively cheaper destination.

What's Not So Great?

Extreme winters. Poor road conditions. Subtle racism.

For Whom?

History lovers. Adventure enthusaists. Solo travellers.

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Exchanging Money in Poland

Poland has a lot of Kantors or money exchange counters. ATMs are easily available as well. You can find these ATMs at airports, railway stations, city centres and banks. You can also exchange currency at your hotel and even at border crossings. Banks are another option and they remain open between 9 am to 4 pm on Weekdays. On Saturdays, they shut at 1 pm.

Nightlife in Poland

Polish nightlife is great, especially in the cities of Warsaw and Gdansk. Clubs and bars stay open well into the night. Jazz clubs can also be found in Warsaw, for a night of drinks and good music. Gdansk is known for its discos and is a great place to visit for those who love dancing since it has so many options. Gdansk is also popular for its live music venues, beer gardens and wine bars. The city also hosts many concerts.

Shopping in Poland

Poland is truly a shopper's paradise. Every kind of store you could have ever imagined or dreamed of can be found here. There are shopping complexes, markets, antique shops, bookstores, city squares and more. Warsaw's famous shopping complex is Arkadia. Warsaw also has a flea market in the Kloo district where you can pick up a lot of souvenirs to take back home with you. Stary Kleparz in Krakow is the best place to shop for fresh vegetables. Some cities have specific market days, and these are considered to be the best as they sell cheese, eggs, freshly baked bread, meats, vegetables and more.

Festivals of Poland

Poland has a lot of festive days, celebrations and holidays for the same. Some of the major ones include Drowning of Marzanna, a pagan tradition, Easter, Juwenalia, Wianki, St. Andrew's Day, Mikolaj's Visit and Christmas. The Polish people come together as one and celebrate all of these events. Traditional Polish cuisine is prepared and served during this time, and ethnic arts and craft are sold in various stalls and souvenir shops to keep with the festive spirit.

History of Poland

In 1966, Duke Mieszko I converted to Christianity. As a result, Poland was inducted into the group of Western nations. When Lithuania accepted Christianity as well, the Polish-Lithuanian connection was formed. Together, Poland and Lithuania defeated the Teutonic Knights. During the 16th century, Poland flourished and expanded. Poland succumbed to the influence of foreign powers by the 18th century and disappeared from the map, only to reappear in 1918. After the end of World War II, Poland went under the control of the Soviet. But in 1980, this power was broken, and Poland rose again.

Hygiene in Poland

Efforts are being made to improve the quality of drinking water in Poland. It is, therefore, advisable to carry your own water. Sanitation systems are also on the rise, which will soon make Poland a very convenient and clean place to visit. The sewage facility is quite up to date, so you will never come across any open, leaking gutters to put you off.

Customs of Poland

Always greet locals with a firm handshake and a smile, as that is the norm. Be punctual, as the Polish really value time. Never use someone's first name unless they themselves ask you to. Tipping is expected for good service, especially in Warsaw and Krakow.

Tips for visiting Poland

Take good care of your belongings in crowded areas, as pick-pocketers can be found there. Traveller's cheques are not accepted. Tipping is not mandatory but is appreciated. If you're bringing someone flowers, make sure to get an odd number, as even numbers are bought here for funerals.

Culture of Poland

It is a part of Polish culture to be polite and well spoken. Manners are given a lot of importance here. Marriage is considered to be holy. Their culture also stresses upon the importance of both kinship and patriotism. A majority of the population is Catholic, closely followed by Roman Catholics. The rest are Eastern Orthodox or Protestants. A small percentage follow Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Polish is the official language of the country. It is also a multi-linguistic country. Other languages spoken here include German, Kashubian, Russian, Ukrainian and Lithuanian.

Stay options in Poland

There are a lot of places you can stay at while in Poland. Hotels that are a part of renowned global chains are the primary option for most. Apart from that, little hotels that do quite well for themselves run in small towns. You could also choose to stay in a townhouse, with beams running through the ceilings, or in an old medieval castle or hunting lodge. Campsites are also available by lakes, near sand dunes or inside forests. This option is recommended if you're on a shoestring budget but want to make the most of your visit. Another option would be to stay in an agrotourism farm and live the life of a farmer. You can learn how a farm functions and even take part in a lot of activities there.

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