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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.

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Santa Claus’s Name Day!

The 6th of December is a day long awaited by all children in Poland. Why? It’s Santa Claus’s name day! Not only does this make people realize that Christmas is near, but also it brings its own little nice customs. Traditionally, children receive small gifts on this day. Traces of this custom can be found in texts dating back to the 18 th century, when children used to get apples, wooden crosses, gingerbread and gilded nuts. Nowadays, Saint Nicholas Day also implicates getting small presents, but their nature has changed. While already in bed at night on the 5 th ...
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Fortuna, and Good Fortune

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have been on the news for quite some time, and for various reasons. But no reason could be better for Poland than the Olympic Gold just won by the young ski jumper Kamil Stoch. If Olympic Gold itself is not enough explanation for you as to why is this a big deal for Poland, here’s some quick historical context to make it clear. Our country had some pretty good competitors, like Stanisław Marusarz, but in Winter Olympics we’ve been bringing up the rear for decades. Then, a strange thing happened: in the 1972 competition ...
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Travel Cheaper: PLN to USD Lowest Since 2004!

It is breaking news for anyone who is planning some tours to Poland in 2016 from North America! The exchange rate for US Dollar to Polish Zloty (PLN) has never been so high since 2004! What does it mean for travelers? To be honest, it is like getting a big discount, irrespective of the price of the tour of Poland. If the price of a certain tour of Poland in 2016 remains identical to this of 2015, the American client will pay 20% less. It is therefore reasonable to book your tour in advance for at least two reasons. Firstly, ...
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Concerts in Poland

Concerts in Poland

Music is important part of the culture. Every culture. Poland is proud of many world-known composers, artists and bands. Our talented musicians are exporting good tunes abroad while year after year top American, British and other stars are coming for concerts in our country. Check our quick music guide. In just few days Beyonce is coming to Warsaw. This is just the 6th edition of Orange Warsaw Festival, but thanks to sponsorship of international mobile provider each year bigger stars are invited. This one is a part of the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Starring BEYONCÉ” and it’s also the ...
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Travel in Poland

One of the most obvious questions for travelers is: how to travel in Poland? How to combine sightseeing with leisure and exploration of the local culture? Which means of transportation are efficient? There are plenty of ’must see’ places. However, it may be a good decision to leave the main track when you are in Poland. Communication between the main cities is nice and not very expensive. Even so, if you want to go the countryside to see the ‘real life’, it is quite a good idea to have professional assistance once you travel in the less popular regions of ...
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Search of relatives in Poland

The new technologies and the help of specialized researches have recently made search of relatives in Poland possible and effective. A lot of Poles emigrated from their homeland through the countries, especially in the last one hundred and fifty years. Many of them settled in North America and Australia. The vast number of families then lost contact with each other, as it was impossible to communicate during the wars that took place in Europe. Later it was very hard to get in touch when Poland was behind the iron curtain. It is still possible though to recover the historical relations ...
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Boleslaw Chrobry

How a Duke became a King – the story of Bolesław I Chrobry

Although this sounds like an introduction to a fairytale, it’s the more or less how the begining of Poland looked like. Don’t believe me? Let me tell you the story of the Boleslaw I Chrobry (meaning Bolesław I the Valiant or the Brave) and how the Kingdom of Poland was born. The history begins in year 992, when after the death of his father Mieszko I, Boleslaw I Chrobry took the rule over Poland as its Duke. He turned Poland into a country that was not only comparable to older western monarchies, but also elevated it into the European elite ...
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Jewish Warsaw

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943

Anniversaries usually are associated with good things. Birthdays, holidays, marriage anniversaries… They’re all there to remember the positive things in our lives. But there’s also another kind of anniversary… The anniversary that’s nearing is that other, sad but proud. Starting 19th April and ending 16th May back in 1943, the Jews of Warsaw carried out an uprising against the opposing Nazi forces that occupied their home – Poland. This year we commemorate 70 years since that brave, although tragic act. The story starts during the eve of Passover, when the police and SS forces entered the Warsaw ghetto, planning to ...
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Treblinka Memorial

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a memorial day, set at 27th January, for the whole world to stop and reflect. Reflect on the genocide of over 6 million Jews, 2 million Gypsies, 15,000 homosexual people, and millions of others. The specific date was chosen because Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp, has been liberated exactly that day in 1945. The international memorial day was set as late as 2005 by the United Nations General Assembly, but prior to that, many national and local commemoration ceremonies were held annually to honor those who lost their lives in the camps. Today, ...
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Carnival in Poland

Carnival Tidbits

Poland may lack the giant street events of the Carnival in Rio or the long tradition of Venice, but when carnival comes, we’re certainly not lacking in fun. While the warmer countries feast in the streets, Polish partygoers find themselves indoors, where they have ample opportunity to literally feast. Rich, sweet and sumptuous food is the foundation of our carnival, and even the most oblivious and boring people will know it’s time to party when the bakeries suddenly offer faworki. Known in the US as the angel wings, this special pastry is the symbol of Carnival. Typical Polish names are ...
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Winter Sports in Poland

Winter Sports in Poland

Skiing is by far the most popular of the wide selection of winter sports in Poland. Almost every skiing ground is equipped with a ski-lift, and there are multiple winter resorts that cater exclusively to skiers. Downhill skiing isn’t the only option, though. Ski slopes are open for snowboarding, and there’s also plenty of scenic, gentle hills best suited for cross-country skiing, while at the same time being accessible enough. And if skiing isn’t your thing after all – during winter, many of the lakes freeze, inviting to ice-skate in their enchanting scenery, and there are multiple walking tracks along ...
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Szopki Krakowskie – Baroque Nativity Scenes

Okay, calling them baroque is a bit of poetic licence. And writing about Kraków is a bit of a cop-out. But bear with me, this is actually something special. Nativity scenes are such a common element of Christmas celebrations nowadays that it’s hard to imagine there was ever a time when they were a revolutionary attempt at creative proselytising. And yet that’s how they began, when Saint Francis wanted his flock to concentrate on the humble origins of their prophet. Representation of the barn in which Jesus is said to be born, together with the family, the animals and visitors, ...
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Christmas in Poland

Christmas in Poland

This is the most important family gathering of the year. Christmas holidays have always been the special celebration were generations sat together for feasting. Even today the Christmas Eve (“Wigilia Bożego Narodzenia”, the term “wigilia” descending from latin and meaning vigilance, waiting) is the best time to experience many of the most characteristic Polish customs. If you are planning to visit Poland in holiday season – read our short guide. Today, the old feast day of Saint Nicholas of Myra, on 6th December, blended with the pop-culture Santa Claus and his red suit. Many schools, companies or shopping malls organise ...
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26 Travel tips !

1) The currency in Poland is złoty (subdivided into 100 groszy), its symbol is PLN 2) The current rate is approximately 3,90 PLN for 1 USD 3) Poland uses Central European Time (GMT + 01:00) 4) Credit cards are widely accepted all around the country (VISA, MASTER) 5) The access to ATMs is easy in all of the major cities 6) The emergency number is 112 7) The Police is called Policja, officers are mostly friendly and helpful 8) Almost no serious crimes happen to visitors in Poland, feel free to walk around in major cities even at night 9) ...
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