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Dear Traveler,

Welcome to RealPoland’s blog! Please make yourself at home here. We’re about to serve you some useful hints, keep you updated about our offer and abreast of the most important news about Poland. You will also get additional information about things you can do and visit in Poland, and well as Polish customs and traditions. We hope it will help you prepare for your trip to Poland make the best out of it when you come.

If you have any questions on traveling to Poland, need advice or believe there is something we should write about on our blog, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also share your own experiences with visiting Poland. We would love to hear about your tips and hints for other travelers!

 
Recent news from Poland, bit of gossip and useful traveling advice.

The New York Times Travel Show 2019

WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE'RE TAKING PART IN NORTH AMERICA'S BIGGEST TRAVEL SHOW, AIMED AT PROMOTING THE TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY: New York Times Travel Show 2019 When? January 25: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. January 26: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. January 27: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Where? Jacob K. Javits Center 655W 34th Street, New York Visit us at booth #575 to learn more about Poland and our tours. Hope to see you there! Recent Posts ...
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The Sweetest of Poland

Traveling is not only about admiring the sights, but also about immersing in the culture and tasting the local delicacies. And what’s the sweetest thing about visiting Poland? If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll find lots of things worth trying. Here’s our mouthwatering list. The classic Polish sweets also make great souvenirs to bring back from your trip to Poland. Ptasie mleczko The name of this foamy, fluffy filling covered in chocolate literally translates into ‘bird’s milk’ and is one of the most popular kinds of sweets in Poland and it is often bought as a souvenir. It was ...
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Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity PL

Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity

Let the Orchestra play! The first or second Sunday in January is when the Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy, WOŚP) takes place. What is it all about? WOŚP is one of the biggest non-governmental charity organizations in Poland, founded in 1993 to provide medical equipment to public hospitals in order to protect health and save children’s lives ...
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The Faworki Season Is Open!

Faworki, chruściki, chrust, angel wings - no matter what you call them, this ribbon-shaped pastry is absolutely irresistible! Light, sweet and crunchy, although the dough itself almost isn’t sweet at all. They’re our carnival favorite and they rule the Polish tables starting from New Year’s Eve, up until Lent. They’re so popular that if you want to buy them for your New Year’s party or for Fat Thursday, it’s a good idea to order them at your local bakery in advance. Otherwise, you may end up frying your own faworki. But should this be the case, here’s our recipe. Have ...
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Underground Treasures of Kraków

You’ve probably seen the picture of Kraków’s Main Market Square a thousand times. After all, it’s one of the most famous tourist attractions in Poland. Well, take a look at it one more time and try to imagine what treasures might be hiding a few meters underneath the famous Cloth Hall. The Main Market Square in Kraków has a long history. It emerged in 1257, rebuilt after the city was destroyed by the Tatars in 1241. In 2005, subterranean excavations began. The interesting artefacts found around the Cloth Hall made people wonder what else might have been hidden under the ...
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8 Things We Miss When We Leave Poland

The Polish population is about 60 million people, with roughly 20 million living abroad. Now that Poland is part of the European Union, having a taste of living and working in a foreign country has become particularly easy. And a lot of Polish tourists travel all around the globe to discover other countries and cultures. What do we miss the most about Poland when we move or travel abroad? 1. Polish food That’s an obvious one. With all the memories of mouth-watering Polish delicacies, you can’t help but feel nostalgic. If you move abroad, all of a sudden, you have ...
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Collect Memories, Not Things – Get Yourself a Tour of Poland for Christmas

In today’s western world, we’ve got an excessive amount of things. And the Christmas season will bring another flood of neatly wrapped gadgets, gizmos and gimmicks that will probably be attractive for a short while and then attract nothing but dust for the rest of the year. Why not invest in something different instead? Something that will never be broken, that cannot be taken away from you, will never lose its worth and won’t ever end up at the waste dump: memories and experiences. There’s nothing more exciting than exploring new places and broadening one’s horizons. Traveling lets us experience ...
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Polish Christmas – Advent Calendar

Christmas, the time of the year we all long for, is almost here. In a strongly Catholic country like Poland, it is one of the most important holidays, celebrated merrily and solemnly. The Poles have lots of customs and traditions. You will recognize some of them, while other may come as a surprise. Let's wait for Christmas together! We've prepared a special Polish Advent calendar. When you click the arrow on the right of the image (or swipe the picture if you're using a smartphone or a tablet), you'll learn something about the way we celebrate Christmas. We've prepared 24 ...
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Fortune-telling on St. Andrew’s Eve

In Poland, the night between 29 and 30 of November was believed to be especially suitable for fortune-telling. It used to be celebrated by young, unmarried girls, who hoped that on St. Andrew’s Eve their future husband would be revealed. Nowadays, both men and women join the celebrations, as it is the last occasion for parties and dances before the upcoming Advent. A maid’s dreams It was important for every maid to remember what she dreamt about on the Andrzejki night. The man who appeared in her dreams on that night would become her husband. But if a dog appeared ...
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20 Surprising Facts about Poland

Traveling and getting to know foreign countries is always full of surprises. What’s surprising about Poland, you may wonder? When we started creating this list, our aim was to write ten facts, but before we even noticed, we already had twenty on it. And it seems like it’s only the tip of an iceberg! POLISH LANGUAGE 1. The Polish language is said to be difficult to learn. At least if you’re not a native speaker of another Slavic language. Our grammar and spelling are full of exceptions, and exceptions from exceptions. Fortunately, many people here speak English, so don’t be ...
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The Polish Struggle for Independence

On November 11, the world is celebrating the Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. But for Poles this day is even more important, it’s our National Independence Day. It’s been 100 years since we regained our independence after 123 years of foreign rule. But how come the Kingdom of Poland ceased to exist, split between three powers? What once used to be a mini-empire... During the third partition in 1795 Poland was wiped out from the map of Europe, divided between the Russian Empire, the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy and the Kingdom of Prussia. But the end ...
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5 Things to Pay Attention to When Choosing a Group Tour

Your holiday is very precious, you deserve to have the best time of your life. Of course you want it to become a lifelong memory of amazing experiences. But with so many different options and so many tour operators on the market, trying to decide on the best option can easily give you a headache. We have a handful of tips and hints that can help you choose your tour consciously and wisely. 1. One is better than plenty We bet we don’t have to convince you that if a drug is supposed to cure everything, in fact cures nothing ...
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Remembering Those Who Are Gone

People all around the world are about to celebrate Halloween. Although some of the younger generation in Poland (especially parents of small children) have adopted this custom and you can meet children trick-or-treating on the streets, Halloween is generally frowned upon by many Poles and especially by the Polish Church. No wonder, as the cheery atmosphere stands in opposition to our traditional celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on the 1st and 2nd of November, which are full contemplation. An important Polish holiday Poland is a strongly Catholic country and All Saints’ Day is one of the ...
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The Polish Sahara

Poland is a real paradise for tourists. We have it all: mountains, sea, lakes and rivers, lush forests and flowering fields, historic cities. But there are also tourist attractions that you'd never expect in this part of the world. Believe it or not, there’s a real desert in the middle of Poland, just an hour’s drive away from Kraków! A mysterious desert The Błędów Desert puzzles its visitors. It contrasts with its verdant surrounding and thick forests. The sandy area is cut into two parts by the picturesque valley of the Biała Przemsza river, which looks like a kind of ...
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