Poland may not be the most popular travel destination in Europe, but it is one of the most fascinating places to visit. If you are considering visiting the country but you have some hesitations, this countdown of 10 reasons will probably convince you once and for all that Poland is a great destination. The country has a variety of attractions that will suit almost anyone. Whether you plan on visiting for work or for fun you are unlikely to ever get bored there.
10. Great Variety
There is the seaside; there are the urban cities and the historic town squares – whatever your happen to wish for. Poland has something to offer for any kind of tourist. There are many old cities with the history behind them that can offer a great experience to any tourist. Krakow, for example, has one of the most beautiful town squares that you can find. If you are into the architecture, you will surely love it. Then, there is the urban Warsaw (in case you get mesmerized by skyscrapers). Gdansk or Gdynia can offer you some seaside experiences, although it is mostly cold there, so expect nothing more than nice romantic walks on the beach, as swimming in the Baltic Sea could freeze you to death.
9. It Has Everything That You Need
The parks, the architecture, the restaurants and the nightlife. As a typical tourist, when planning a trip you want to make sure you have things to do on your visits. Poland is really good in terms of the tourist experience, it has cafes, restaurants and coffee shops of all sorts. Then, there are parks and the amazing Vistula river bench in Krakow and Warsaw. You can actually take a cruise on a river! Bottom line, the infrastructure is good, you will have things to do and things to see.
The buildings, the castles, etc. The best place to go to in any Polish city is the center; it usually has the town square filled with great architecture. Krakow, Warsaw, and Wroclaw are by far the best cities to visit because of the amazing buildings they have. The town squares are impressive with their colorful houses. There are also a number of great castles if you are into that, such as Wawel – a beautiful complex near the center of Krakow.
7. It’s Calm in the Day and Fun at Night
The daily life and the nightlife are equally great. It will satisfy you no matter what kind of lifestyle you prefer – whether you like the romantic walks or a bit of fun at the club at night. The nightlife of the major cities has a lot to offer, so you will surely have some things to remember from your trip.
6. Food & Coffee
It is amazingly delicious! Be careful though, it is easy to get fat on those pierogies!
The amount of amazing foods you can try is insane. The most popular one is of course pierogy and zurek. In case you have never heard of them, pierogy is a sweet or savory filling wrapped in dough. Zurek is a bit more complicated, it is a soup made out of rye. It might sound weird at first, but you have to try it at least once, maybe you will fall in love with it. Be aware though, Polish people like heavy food with loads of fat in it, so when trying out the national dishes, do not go overboard or you might feel sick.
5. It Will Surprise You in Many Ways
There is a salt mine not far from Krakow that is a man-made a miracle!
Wieliczka salt mine is one of the most fascinating things you can ever see. You might be thinking “really?’’ fascinated by salt? Just look at the pictures of the mine and you will understand. It is deep underground and has a number of rooms with statues and furniture and whatnot made out of salt.
4. It is Surprisingly Cheaper than Other European Destinations
Getting there & staying there will not get you bankrupt! Many low-costers fly to major Polish cities like Warsaw and Krakow. You will spend very little on getting there! At times, tickets to Poland can be as cheap as 20$, of course, it depends on where you are flying from. Generally, most European cities offer cheap flights to Poland. Many low-cost airlines have regular flights to major polish cities. Same with food and drinks, the prices are friendly. Additionally, you will be able to get cheap housing there as well. Whether you want a hostel, a hotel room or an Airbnb, you will be pleasantly surprised by the comparably low prices and good conditions.
It is like visiting a set of a medieval movie. Torun is the medieval pearl! When you first see photos of Torun, you think of it as some sort of decoration built for a movie production. It is located in the northern part of the country and is one of the oldest cities in Poland. It feels as if you can walk around the streets for days and days! Still, there is always something interesting to see. You should begin your visit from the Town Hall and the Copernicus Centre.
2. Elephants, Peacocks, and Fish?
Poland has a great number of zoos and aquariums you can visit! In case you love seeing the wild nature in zoos, Poland has a decent amount to offer. Krakow has a fascinating zoo with all kinds of animals and birds. At times, peacocks run around there freely on the territory as if that is the way it is supposed to be. They have great elephants, but if you want to see them, you have to come in in the morning as they go to sleep pretty early in the day. There are many aquariums around Poland as well.
1. Poles are Friendly!
They will definitely give you a warm welcome. No matter why you are visiting Poland – for fun or on business you will be pleasantly surprised by how friendly these people are. If you get lost in new places a lot, do not worry! Polish people will be glad to help you find the place you need and you will have a great conversation with them. They speak great English and are not afraid of foreigners.