10 things you need to know before visiting Poland

Main square with church in Warsaw

Main square with church in Warsaw ©Mike McHolm/Flick

A stay in Poland include an extremely wide range of activities that can satisfy even the most demanding and varied tastes: horse riding, paragliding, kayaking, sailing, skiing, fishing, kiking, biking, spa hunting. Parks with spectacular scenery, with mountains, rivers and some rare species of animals are waiting for you during a holiday in Poland. Poland is a NATO member since 1999 and a European Union member since 2004.

Before you travel to Poland it is good to have some basic information about the country. Today we present you 10 things you need to know before visiting Poland.

 

The city of Warsaw in Poland

The city of Warsaw in Poland ©Mike McHolm/Flick

Travel options

The bus is undoubtedly the easiest way to travel in Poland. Numerous lines are linking the main tourist attractions of the country with departure from big cities. Another way of travel is by train. The rail system covers every region and the ticket price is reasonable.

The official currency

The Zloty (PLN) is the Polish currency unit (1 zloty = 100 groszy), but in some places you can also pay with euro. You can change money at banks, hotels and exchange offices that usually do not charge these transactions.

Culture

Poland offers its guests a rich and diverse culture. If you are interested, you can find a lot of music festivals, museums with rich collections of contemporary and ancient art, opera, theaters and cinemas.

Religion

If you visit Poland, you will see that the Poles are very religious people. Even though over 80% are Roman Catholics, in Poland you will also find Orthodox churches, mosques, synagogues, Buddhist centers, Protestant temples and many others ans well.

Main square with church in Warsaw

Main square with church in Warsaw ©Mike McHolm/Flick

Polish cuisine

Some of the most important things you need to know before visiting Poland is obviously the Polish food specialties. The specialties of the traditional Polish cuisine contain many calories but they are delicious. It is based on many types of meat dishes. First of all you have to taste the “bigos”, the “kotlet schabowy”, the “pierogi” or the “golabki”. Poland is also famous because of its excellent bread and sausages. The basic ingredients are cucumbers, cabbage, sour cream, kohlrabi, beets and mushrooms. The role of spices in the Polish kitchen is unparalleled in the rest of Europe. Beer is the most popular drink and vodka is reserved for special occasions.

The Polish Breakfast  is very rich and varied and often consists of ham, meat and cheese, egg, tomato. You can also eat jam and drink tea or coffee for breakfast. The lunch in Poland is the most important meal of the day. It consists of soup, that is followed by the second course that mostly means meat accompanied by vegetables. For dessert they eat cake with tea or coffee.

Shopping

In Poland you will be able to shop where you want and how you want. You can choose between supermarkets, markets, boutiques, traditional shopping centers and more.

Sport

An important thing to know before visitig Poland is that the natural conditions of this country make it an excellent place to practice various sports: water sports, hiking in the mountains, skiing, riding, cycling and many others. Everyone will find something to do among the many opportunities.

Euro 2012 Poland vs Russia

Euro 2012 Poland vs Russia ©PolandMFA/Flick

Beauty and health

There are many resorts in Poland that posess natural resources with exceptional therapeutic properties: mineral waters, thermal baths and a beneficial climate. You will quickly rediscover here the joy of living. The Spa Centers will help you to regenerate your forces, to relax and to regain your beauty.

Prohibitions and obligations

In Poland alcohol is prohibited in public places like parks, public transportation or on the street. It is important to respect the Polish highway code which is similar to the European one.

Polish climate

The eastern part of Poland has a continental climate characterized by very cold winters and very hot summers. The north-west of the country has a maritime climate, characterized by rainy and hot summers and mild winters. Spring and summer are the ideal time periods for a stay in Poland.

 

Mountains in Poland

Mountains in Poland ©PolandMFA/Flick

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