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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.

Her Majesty Vistula, Queen of the Polish Rivers

Meandering through almost the entire territory of Poland, from its source near the Czech and Slovak borders to the Baltic Sea, this majestic river has witnessed the shaping of the Polish history. What once used to be an important transportation route is nowadays one of Europe’s last big, wild rivers. Welcome to the kingdom of Queen Vistula; take a closer look at the riches and treasures it holds. She connects many of the most famous Polish tourist attractions, including the present and the former capital cities. So no matter if you visit Warsaw or Kraków, Gdańsk or Toruń, Sandomierz or ...
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The Bones of the Wawel Dragon

Kraków is probably the most famous Polish destination among tourists. With its beautiful sights, unique, cheerful atmosphere and history just waiting to be discovered in every corner of the city, it surely deserves its fame. But why is the future of the world in the hands of the Cracovian historic buildings conservator? And what does the Wawel Dragon have in common with a house of ill repute? You’ll find the answers to these questions on the Wawel Hill. Once upon a time, in a cave under the Wawel Hill lived a dragon. A very scary dragon that demanded to be ...
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How to Say ‘Goodbye’ to Polish Winter

The first day of spring has come, it’s time to celebrate! But judging from the naked trees, it is not quite obvious that winter has actually gone. Perhaps it needs a bit of help with that? Let’s see how the Polish traditionally say ‘goodbye’ to winter. An old folk custom that survived in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania, is drowning (or burning, or both) a straw effigy dressed in female clothes - Marzanna. Marzanna symbolizes death and rebirth of nature. Setting it on fire or drowning it is supposed to chase winter away and make spring come sooner ...
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Will American Travelers Need a Visa to Visit Europe?

Lately, there has been a lot of misinformation in the media concerning the new requirements for American travelers visiting the Schengen area starting Jan 1, 2021. No wonder you may feel a bit confused. Let us get some things straight. Let’s get to the point. Will you need a visa to travel to Poland or any other European country within the Schengen area? No. The European Commission had considered introducing visas for American travelers, but eventually decided against it in 2017. So what is all the fuss about? The idea is to introduce a pre-screening program called the European Travel ...
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The Tiny Inhabitants of Wrocław

Their biggest population can be found in Wrocław - and it is still growing! You can meet them all around the city. They have different professions; there’s a postman among them and a smith, a musician, a scientist, a doctor, a weightlifter and a dentist, a cook, a mathematician, a firefighter and even a pilot. And many more... They’re busy little creatures, doing a variety of things all day long. You can see them working, riding bikes, smelling flowers, washing cars, drawing money from ATMs, swimming, making pierogi, sleeping, reading books, drinking or… doing some sightseeing. And of course they ...
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Inside a Polish Home

When you travel, don’t you ever wish you could look inside the houses and blocks of flats you pass along your way to see the interior of the natives’ homes and get a glimpse of what their everyday life looks like? Well, let us introduce you to how Polish people typically live. In cities, the population is dense and the most common type of accommodation are flats. In the outskirts, houses are much more common, although people often choose semi-detached or even terraced houses. In the countryside, detached houses are the norm, although at times you can see a few ...
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What’s So Special About The Elbląg Canal?

In the north of Poland, hiding somewhere in the middle of the fields and the lakes of the Warmian-Masurian voivodeship, there’s a real treasure, unique in the scale of the world, that definitely deserves the title of one of the 7 Wonders of Poland. Yes, we’re talking about the Elbląg Canal, which attracts tourists from all over the world, fascinated by its location and the ingenious engineering that stands behind it. From commercial ships to touristic cruises Designed in the 19th century by Georg Senke and opened in 1860, the Elbląg Canal (at that time known as the Oberländischer Kanal, ...
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Modern Polish Children’s Books in English

Modern Polish literature for children is gaining popularity all over the world and is eagerly translated to other languages. It doesn’t come as a surprise. Great style, perfect choice of topics and incredible illustrations is the ultimate recipe for success. If you’re looking for a present for a child, we hope we can convince you to reach for Polish literature. Bees and trees Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski created two amazing books for children: The Book of Bees and The Book of Trees (1). The former invites the reader to the amazing kingdom of bees. It teaches all about the ...
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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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