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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.

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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Tap Water in Poland

If there was one thing that united Polish people some ten or fifteen years ago, I daresay it was tap water phobia. Tap water was considered to be contaminated, full of chlorine and simply undrinkable (and all the more so when unboiled). There were portable water filters in almost every household. Many people kept plastic jerrycans at home, in which they would carry water from oligocene water wells that could be found all around big cities. But those times are long gone. We’re witnessing a true revolution in the Poles’ attitude towards tap water. According to the Center for Public ...
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Things That Might Surprise You in Poland

People in all countries have their own habits that seem weird to a foreigner’s eye. Such quirks that one finds obvious and natural until someone else points out they aren’t considered normal in other parts of the world. Poles are no exception. Here’s a list of typically Polish things that might surprise you when you come. 1. The sandwich The first surprise comes when you are served your meal. Poles love sandwiches. Sandwiches for breakfast, sandwiches for supper. But when you get your sandwich, you might get the impression that something’s missing, because the Polish ‘kanapki’ are open, without the ...
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Poland’s Beloved Majówka

After long winter months, nature is waking up to life at an astounding pace. Birds chirping, trees blossoming, bees buzzing, sun shining, clouds sailing the blue sky slowly… doesn’t it make you want to grab a blanket, pack your picnic basket and forget about the everyday rush? Well, that’s how millions of Poles feel about it. Luckily, there’s majówka /mah-yoof-kah/. Generally, the term majówka refers to going on spring trips away from your home, outside of the city. Picnics, walks and spending time in the bosom of nature. But more specifically, people use it to talk about the end of ...
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Learn to Speak Polish in Just Five Minutes

(...or at least make others think you do) Every language has some specific words or sounds that keep the conversation going. I remember a little girl in her kindergarten years that moved to Sweden. A couple of weeks later an old lady living next door started talking to her. The little girl greeted her and then listened carefully, every now and then making a sound by sharply inhaling air, which is what Swedes do to say “yes” and assure the speaker that they are keeping up with the conversation. Finally, the lady said goodbye and went away. The girl’s mom ...
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Polish National Hero and the American Cause

He was “a pure son of liberty”, as Thomas Jefferson put it. Lord Byron described the sound of his name as a “sound that crashes in the tyrant’s ear”. His portrait even made his way to Captain Nemo’s submarine. The highest mountain of Australia is named to honor him. Have you ever wondered why all these Kosciuszko streets, Kosciuszko bridges, Kosciuszko schools and Kosciuszko monuments all over the United States? Tadeusz Kościuszko (Kosh-chioo-shko), the Supreme Commander of the Polish National Armed Forces who led the uprising against Imperial Russia and the Kingdom of Prussia in 1794, trying to liberate the ...
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Unknown Poland: Książ Castle

The phoenix city of Warsaw, the royal city of Kraków, or Gdańsk, the city of amber - yes, there are places in Poland that are loved and frequented by tourists, and need no introduction. But to get the full picture of Poland, it’s worth visiting places that are usually not included in the best-of-Poland kind of tours. Or even stepping off the beaten path to explore places unscathed by crowds of tourists. Who knows what pearls you may find? If you’re curious what’s out there just waiting for you to see when you take one step further into the unknown, ...
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