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This is where you will find all the information you need on traveling to Poland. We present advice, useful hints, keep you updated about our offer and abreast of the most important news about Poland. You will also find additional information about things you can do and visit in Poland, and well as Polish customs and traditions. We hope it will help you make the best out of your visit to Poland.

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

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? 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 of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which used to ...
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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. Poland is a strongly Catholic country and All Saints’ Day is one of the most important holidays. It ...
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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! 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 a local oasis ...
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The Moodiness of the Polish Weather

Naturally, all travelers want to prepare for their trip the best they can and make sure they bring the appropriate clothing. But whenever we are asked one of the most frequently asked questions about what weather to expect during our tour, we wish we could take out our magical glass ball and check. We are great at organizing tours, but unfortunately we must admit we’re quite lousy fortune-tellers, so let us now draw an outline of the typical Polish weather, which will explain why the question about weather may turn out to be one of the trickiest ones. Generally speaking, ...
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Being a Parent in Poland

The whole world is watching Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with excitement, as they have just announced that they are expecting a baby. That’s wonderful news! Congratulations for the parents-to-be! We may have no royal family and no royal babies to expect in Poland, but I daresay most Polish babies have quite luxurious lives, taking into consideration the maternity leave policy, which guarantees that they have their mom or dad by their side during early childhood. The Polish labor law is very favorable for young parents and quite flexible when it comes to combining parenthood and career. It all starts ...
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The Polish Education System

On October 14th Poland is celebrating the National Education Day (also known as the Teachers’ Day), which is a wonderful pretext for us all to feel as if we were students again and take a peek into the Polish classroom. All the more so as the Polish education system is undergoing structural changes, with a reform being implemented between the school years 2017/2018 and 2022/2023. Let us take you on a journey along the Polish education path. When you are born, you stay at home with your parents for at least 20 weeks (including at least 14 weeks with your ...
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Every Pole’s Favorite Fall Pastime

We call it Złota Polska Jesień, the Golden Polish Fall. The weather in September and October is usually pleasant and the trees amaze with all their reds, oranges, yellows and browns, which altogether makes one just want to get lost somewhere in the middle of the woods and give oneself over to nearly every Pole’s favorite fall pastime. What’s the secret of the Polish woods that attracts whole families and makes them take long walks, enjoying the fall nature? And why do people walk around carrying baskets and knives? Believe it or not, it’s because of… mushrooms! Poles love mushroom ...
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Black Soup

What’s the first kind of food that comes to your mind when you think of Poland? Pierogi? Bigos? Or perhaps kiełbasa? Well, it turns out that for many of our Guests it’s actually czernina - black soup, also known as czarna polewka. It is one of the oldest Polish soups and it has a very unique taste, not to be confused with anything else. Some love it, some don’t, some would never dare to even try it. A few recipes appear in the oldest Polish cookbook from 1682. Why does it evoke such emotions? The answer to this question is ...
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The Narrowest House in the World

The turbulent war and post-war history of Warsaw has resulted in a very incoherent architecture, with lots of temporary and random buildings. Still, it is an extremely interesting city, with its creative chaos, mysterious places and solutions you’d never expect. One of such unexpected pieces of architecture is the Keret House, an art installation designed by Jakub Szczęsny, who invited an Israeli writer of Polish descent, Etgar Keret, to live in it. The house was built in 2012. What is so extraordinary about it? What we are talking about is fully functional living space in central Warsaw, inserted between two ...
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Who Lives Inside the Palace of Culture and Science?

In July we celebrated the 63rd birthday of the Palace of Culture and Science, probably the most recognizable building in Warsaw. Have you ever wondered what’s inside? I guess it would take ages to mention everything. There are as many as 3288 rooms, hosting (among other things) a cinema, a swimming pool, theaters, museums and even a university. The Palace even has its own... inhabitants! They moved in long before the building was ready to be used. Cats. Currently there are eleven of them in the Palace, and all of them live underground (the building has 46 stories, including 2 ...
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Growing Food in the Middle of the City

In his “Last Child in the Woods”, Richard Louv takes up the problem of children having less and less exposure to nature, which is most clearly visible in big cities. As a child, born and raised in Warsaw, the biggest city of Poland, I never really suffered from reduced exposure to nature and the present young generation probably still doesn’t, as Warsaw is actually quite a green city, far from being a concrete jungle. That’s one of the first impressions foreigners often have of Warsaw. There are a lot of green areas, forests, parks and even… allotment gardens. Yes, in ...
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Unusual Accommodation: Living in a Fairytale

Who wouldn’t want to live a fairytale life? Well, why not pamper yourself with a fairytale-like holiday in Poland? Continuing our journey along the path of unusual places to stay overnight, we’d like to show you some places where magic really happens. (In case you missed our previous recommendations, you’ll find them here: Because Typical Hotels Are Boring and here: Feel the Magic of Polish Nature ) Towers, Towers You say ‘fairytale’, you think ‘castle’. The most famous fairytale-like castle is probably the Moszna Castle. Its middle part was built in the 18th century, but it partly burned down in ...
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Polish Geography with a Pinch of Salt

In order to 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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