5 Reasons to Visit Poland

5 Reasons to Visit Poland

Written By: Flipper

Each time I visit Poland, I’m constantly reminded why this country is so unique and beautiful, but I’m also perplexed as to why more people don’t visit Poland on their holiday. Located in Eastern Europe, Poland is often overlooked in favour of its neighbors to the west, such as Germany, which seems to be as Far East as many travellers go. On the eastern borders you have countries like the Ukraine and Belarus, which are equally as fascinating, but again, equally as neglected in terms of travel destinations.

I first visited Poland 2009 and was mesmerized from the start. I had little more than my backpack and some small amount of money in my pocket, but I was able to explore the area and really soak in the ambience from the welcoming locals and all of the history that surrounded me. Poland has an extensive culture and history that should be more appreciated by travellers -- here I’ve decided to share five reasons why you should visit Poland as soon as possible.

Cheap, Filling Food

As much as I love travelling, I often think that I love food even more. One of the ways that visitors really gets to know a region or country is by its cuisine and in Poland you can easily do that on any budget. Any of the restaurants throughout Poland are very inexpensive and serve up a good amount of food, which is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of money to spare. There are a few traditional dishes in Poland that you must try including a pierogi, which is a dumpling filled with meat and potatoes. Another economical choice is a bigos, which is a stew made from cabbage and bacon -- very filling and inexpensive.

Unlike other countries, the food in Poland is a little bit simpler because many of the traditional dishes were created during war times and hard economic periods, so you’ll find many of the basic ingredients in most of the Polish foods. Beer and vodka is also plentiful around Poland -- if you want to have alcoholic beverages that are less expensive, go for a local Polish beer rather than another European variety.

There Are Unique Marketplaces

Many Polish cities have marketplaces known as a Rynek. These areas in the city are filled with restaurants and shops, and during the summer time many of the restaurants feature outdoor patios. Depending on which city you’re in, many of the architectural styles of the city vary, ranging from Gothic to Classical and even Baroque. For those who love history or architecture, walking around admiring the art throughout Poland is one interesting way to spend some of the time. Many of the buildings throughout the Rynek have a lot of charm and are definitely beautiful for picture taking. If you’re in the city of Krakow, you’ll really want to make an effort to visit these pedestrian marketplaces.

There’s A Lot Of History

As is the case with many other cities in Poland, there are numerous historical monuments and museums to visit in the major cities like Warsaw and Kraków. Depending on where your interests lie, there are destinations for everyone to view, as the country is thousands of years old. UNESCO World Heritages Sites include the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the Centenial Hall in Wroclaw and the Zamosc. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites includes 830 different properties around the world that work to educate and enlighten others on the natural heritage and culture of a particular country. If you’re interested in seeing as many of these sites as possible, you’ll be happy to know that Poland contains 13 of the sites.

Tatra Mountains

For those who like to go outdoors and explore the landscape, the Tatra Mountains are perfect for snowboarding and skiing, even on a budget. You can reach the mountain by train, which is only a two hour ride from Kraków. At the foot of the mountains is a town called Zakopane, which is charming and fascinating – you might not even want to leave after visiting.

Tarnowskie Gory

I am very fascinated by mining and, as luck would have it, there is a mine in Poland called the Tarnowskie Gory. While the mine itself is closed, the grounds are still open to tourists and features underground routes that allow you to explore many of the tunnels and caverns on designated tours. In addition to the tour, there’s also a museum which is fascinating for all ages.

If you’re looking for a country that has interesting history without being one of the major tourist destinations, I highly recommend that you consider Poland!

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