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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 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. The climate ...
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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. Pregnancy and the Polish law The Polish labor law is very favorable for young parents and quite flexible when it comes to combining parenthood ...
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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. Nursery and pre-school in Poland When you are born, you stay at home with your parents for at least 20 weeks (including at ...
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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 bloody side of Polish cuisine ...
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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. Extraordinary architecture 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 ...
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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 is their home What is more the Palace 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 ...
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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. Individual gardening ...
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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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Polish Children’s Books in English: the Classics

The recent book fair in Warsaw and the celebration of Children’s Day on June 1st have inspired us to write a cycle of posts about Polish books in translation. Books are always a great idea for a present, especially for children, who benefit from reading at so many different levels. If your children’s or grandchildren’s birthday is coming and you haven’t decided on what to buy yet, go for Polish literature for kids. You can actually get some interesting and beautifully illustrated books translated into English. Let’s start with some classics. Polish prose: Janusz Korczak His real name was Henryk ...
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All You’ve Wanted to Know About Paying in Poland

...But Have Been Afraid to Ask. Let’s face it: traveling entails spending money. There’s no escape. But we can try to find our way to make the payments as comfortable as possible and limit the money we spend on currency conversion. Let us put some basic information about paying in Poland in one place. Cash payment is probably the most fun way of paying. Learning to use the bills and coins of a foreign currency always gives a special taste to one’s holiday. And coins are great souvenirs in themselves! The currency in Poland is the Polish złoty. One złoty ...
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From Countertrade to Online Payment

Once upon a time in a faraway land by the banks of the river Vistula, natural economy flourished, with goods exchanged by direct barter. It was complemented by commodity economy, with such things as salt, amber or furs. Luckily for the tourist industry, those times are long gone. Can you imagine tourists traveling around with bags of salt and some oxen to pay with? The Polish monetary history is believed to have begun somewhere in the late 10th century, in the times of Mieszko I and Boleslaus II the Bold. The denar system, which was based on a single metal ...
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Ultimate Poland Tour

2018 Ultimate Poland Tours Have Started!

The best time to visit Poland has come and so our all-favorite Ultimate Poland Tour is back on stage. This year from May until December we will be hosting seven groups of tourists. If you are the last-minute type of tourist, you still have a chance to hop on board of a plane and join us in July or September! We are extremely happy to get very positive feedback from our Guests that took part in this tour in previous years. Ultimate Poland Tour combines all the most important places, showing the different faces of Poland, its culture and heritage ...
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