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Is Poland a safe country to visit?

EUROPE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN There is no doubt that over the last decade political and social tensions have become global. A fear of terrorist attacks is visible even in the traditionally stable and well-governed countries, which affects the feelings of travelers and their choice of the most desirable destinations in Europe. Are the Loire Valley and Danube cruises no longer a good idea for holidays then? Is the Old Continent going to be considered as risky as the Middle East? Of course not! While the view on tour planning is slowly changing, countries like Croatia, Lithuania and ...
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The Zookeeper’s Wife

War stories from Poland: The Zookeeper’s Wife

During the horryfing times of the Second World War and the Holocaust, there were many brave Poles who helped Jews escape from their cruel fate. Poles are the biggest nation group awarded the title Righteous Among the Nations by the state of Israel. One of the most touching and famous stories of Poles rescuing Jews is the story of the Director of Warsaw Zoo, Jan Żabiński, and his wife Antonia, the main characters of a very successful book, the “Zookeepers Wife”. Ironically, their story is better known in the U.S. than in Poland. We all hope that it is going ...
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Holocaust Memorial Days

Holocaust Memorial Days

Gravestones in the old 400-year-old Jewish cemetery in Ozarow. Poland 27th of January has been announced the Holocaust Memorial Day by the United Nations Organization. The date was not chosen by accident. It was on the 27th of January 1944 that the Soviet Army liberated the biggest nazi death camp in Europe, Auschwitz-Birkenau. To commemorate those who lost their lives in the gas chambers or executed by the nazis, every year special events are held there, attended by the Polish President and the Prime Minister. Undoubtedly, we all realize how terrifying the Holocaust was. Unfortunately, all the evil that it ...
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Finding ancestors in Poland

The whirlwind of Polish history forced many people to move abroad and start their lives over in a different reality, often losing touch with their relatives in Poland. Decades or even centuries later their descendants decide to explore their family history. They want to learn as much as possible about the lives of their Polish ancestors, find places where their Polish family used to live, visit cemeteries where their family members are buried or even meet their living relatives. In order to achieve that it is best to contact a professional researcher based in Poland, fluent in speaking Polish, who ...
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Synagoga Nozykow

Warsaw Tours: Jews In Poland and the POLIN

When you think of the Jewish people, you’re bound to have some quite sombre associations: intolerance, persecution, the Holocaust… It’s a good idea to remember that these are not the only things you can associate with Jewish culture. And not the only things it’s worth to know about it. And the best way to learn about it is to join one of the Warsaw tours and make a visit to POLIN. This is the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which has some quite impressive collections to share. synagogue POLINBefore Poland became associated with the tragedy of the Jewish ...
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Tour to Auschwitz Museum

Auschwitz tour is a unique experience and a very difficult history lesson. Some say that a visit to Auschwitz can be a tour of a huge value for your whole life. Some call it a must-see for each human. How to prepare? What should you be aware of? First of all, we do not recommend Auschwitz tour for children. Probably most of teenagers, if prepared well, will be ready for this tour. The only condition is that they have to be at least fourteen years old. You should remember about dressing properly on your tour – Auschwitz is one of ...
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Polish Language

Have you ever wondered how many languages there are in the world? Depending on how precisely you define “language”, there are about 6 to 7 THOUSAND languages worldwide! That’s a lot, and certainly more than you could ever try to learn. But of course many people can speak more than their own mother tongue. Champion polyglots know up to 30 languages! That’s exactly what 21st February is dedicated to – language, cultural diversity, and multilingualism. Although it was first established by UNESCO in just 1999, celebrations were already noticeable a year later. Today, in order to commemorate it in our ...
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Pismo Żydowskie

A glimpse of the history of Jews in Poland

Usually when you think of the Polish Jewish history, the first thing that comes to your mind are the terrible crimes of World War II. It is a very fresh wound and naturally the whole world remembers it , sometimes forgetting that Poland is not to be blamed for it. But if you look back in history, you will see that Poland used to be known for its religious tolerance. This allowed the Jewish culture to flourish and the Jewish community in Poland was the largest in the world. It is said that in the middle of the 16th century ...
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Celebrating Easter Polish style

In order yo visit Warsaw, you don’t have to travel to Poland at all. There are about 20 cities, towns and villages called Warsaw in the United States of America, e.g. Warsaw, Illinois. On the other hand if you decide to come to Poland, you will get Europe in a nutshell: Paryż (Paris), Rzym (Rome) and Wenecja (Venice) in Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeship, Lizbona (Lisbon) in Greater Poland or Moskwa (Moscow) in Łódź voivodeship. Can you imagine? All the famous European cities in one place! Ever been to Africa? No? We’ve got Afryka in Łódź voivodeship. And we even have Ameryka, with ...
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Unusual Nativity Scenes

Christmas time is perfect for traveling to Poland. The streets of the main cities look adorable, adorned with lights. Walking around the Old Town in Warsaw or Kraków, you can try the tasty Polish food and buy presents on the Christmas market. But if you are planning a trip to Poland at the turn of the year, make sure you do not miss the Nativity scenes. The best-known Nativity scenes are called szopka krakowska. It is a Christmas tradition that originated from Kraków. It dates back to the 19th century. The main material to build the structural skeleton of szopkas ...
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Polish geography

Polish geography with a pinch of salt

In order yo visit Warsaw, you don’t have to travel to Poland at all. There are about 20 cities, towns and villages called Warsaw in the United States of America, e.g. Warsaw, Illinois. On the other hand if you decide to come to Poland, you will get Europe in a nutshell: Paryż (Paris), Rzym (Rome) and Wenecja (Venice) in Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeship, Lizbona (Lisbon) in Greater Poland or Moskwa (Moscow) in Łódź voivodeship. Can you imagine? All the famous European cities in one place! Ever been to Africa? No? We’ve got Afryka in Łódź voivodeship. And we even have Ameryka, with ...
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ORP Orzeł – WW2 Polish Submarine

Last week, on the 2nd February, was the anniversary of ORP Orzeł (Republic of Poland Ship “Eagle”) being commissioned into naval service. The story of that submarine is one of a kind, and remembered to this day by both Polish people and the citizens of Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, which witnessed the “Orzeł incident”, as history calls it. What exactly is the ship’s story? The tale begins in June 1935, when Polish Navy ordered submarines from Dutch shipyards. They were supposed to be a bit bigger than the usual Polish submarines, and capable of surviving long periods of ...
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Winter frenzy in Poland

Winter frenzy in Poland

If it has ever come across your mind that summer is the only time for traveling with your family, you couldn’t be more wrong. In January and February the tourism industry in Poland flourishes, as it is the time when children get two weeks off school. Traveling to different Polish holiday destinations is so popular that winter holidays need to be set for different dates in different regions of Poland to avoid everybody traveling at the same time. Poland offers a lot of interesting ways of spending your free time actively in winter. Those who are fond of winter sports ...
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The old castle in Malbork - Poland.

Tips on Trips

We hereby announce a cyclical topic here on RealPoland Blog – Travel Tips. Once a month, we will supply you with a little bit of trivia that will help you get around Poland and make your stay even more pleasant. We start today by taking our topic literally: it’s going to be about tips. The phenomenon of tips is not unknown in Poland: the polish word is napiwek, literally meaning “[something intended] for beer” (compare French pourboire, “for drinking”). So far, however, it has not permeated our culture in such a way as to become mandatory, or – as in ...
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