Welcome to Poland
Poland is a Central European country that was established in 966 A.D. Known for its rich history; it has something to offer for almost everyone. Poland’s low prices make it a desirable destination for tourists, ex-pats, and digital nomads.
Outside of the city centres, you will find Poland has a little bit of everything. It has numerous mountain ranges; the most popular include the Tatra and Bieszczady mountains in the South-Eastern part of the country where you can experience breath-taking views and picturesque scenery. The Masurian district of Poland has over 2,000 lakes and is a popular destination for people that enjoy nature. Poland’s north is next to the Baltic Sea and is a very low-key beach holiday location. Poland’s landscape is so diverse it even has a desert!
Having been established in 966 A.D., Poland has a rich and colourful history. The Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania was a European superpower at on point in time and had one of the most powerful armies in the world. Poland has also been the victim of many foreign invasions, but the bravery and persistence of Polish people helped them overcome these difficulties and re-establish their country. From a democratic perspective, Poland was the first European country to establish a constitution in Europe. Due to a lot of these events, there are many historical sites in Poland worth visiting, such as the Krakow main market square, medieval town of Torun, Auschwitz, and Malbork Castle.
Despite their neutral facial expressions, Polish people are very welcoming, friendly and curious about foreigners. They may appear unapproachable at first, but once engaged in conversation, they will open up and be very friendly. When visiting Poland, be prepared to be overwhelmed with fantastic hospitality. There may be a slight language barrier with the older generation and in rural areas, but they are still very welcoming, and this adds to the experience.
Interesting Facts & Important Information
Is travel in Poland expensive?
Poland is regarded as one of the best destinations if you’re on a budget or just trying to get the most value per dollar. For example, beer lovers would be happy to hear that a beer in store costs around $0.60/USD in Poland, where in North America you’re looking at paying at least 2x that. Hotels are also relatively cheap, it’s possible to stay in a 5-Star hotel for under $150.
Is Poland safe?
Yes, Poland is very safe and considered safer than a lot of Western European countries. Don’t let the media fool you into thinking otherwise! Like every country, there are areas you would want to avoid at night, but overall no extra security precautions are necessary.
Are Polish people friendly?
Polish people have a very reserved and neutral facial expression, which is often thought to be unfriendly and unwelcoming. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Once engaged in a conversation with a Pole, you’ll find them very friendly, helpful, and curious. Don’t hesitate to ask for directions or questions. Also, learning a few key Polish words go a long way in Poland.
Do Polish people speak English?
Most of the older generation do not or speak very limited English due to being taught different languages in school. However, most of the younger generation speak at least some English, since a lot of them take English as a second language at school. A lot of them will be interested in practicing their English with a native English speaker!
Do I need a visa to visit Poland?
If you’re from an EU country you do not need a visa to visit Poland and there is no time restriction on your stay, as you can stay indefinitely. If you are from Australia, Canada, or the USA you can visit Poland/Schengen area for 90 days in the last 180 days.
What is Polish cuisine like?
Polish food is heavily centered around meat, especially pork. Popular Polish meals include pierogi, kielbasa, golabki, flaki, and zapiekanka.
What countries border Poland?
Poland borders seven countries, these countries include Germany, Czech-Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia. Its central location gives you lots of options for your next city/country to visit. Poland has lots of buses, trains, and budget airlines choices, which makes it easy to travel at a very generous price.
Does Poland have mountains?
Poland has various mountain ranges to explore, the most popular one being the Tatra mountains located in the South East of the country. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, we highly recommend the Bieszczady mountain range near the Poland/Ukraine border. It’s one of the best-hidden gems.
What currency does Poland use?
Despite being part of the European Union, Poland does not use the Euro. Poland uses their own currency known as the Zloty. 1 USD is equivalent to 3.75 Zloty, 1 GBP is approximately 5 Zloty, and 1 Euro is about 4.3 Zloty. Exchanging your money in Poland is very easy and can be done at currency exchange centers known as “Kantors”. Always confirm the rate and make sure there are no extra fees before converting money.
What is the best place in Poland to visit?
Best is very subjective and will differ for everyone. However, if you enjoy urban centers, we highly recommend Krakow due to the architecture. If you’re a history buff, Warsaw would be at the top of our lists. If you enjoy castles, visiting Malbork castle is a must. Outdoor enthusiasts would enjoy the Tatra Mountains and the Masurian Lakes.
Polish Hotels & Hostels
Poland is amazing because you can stay in 5 star hotels for under $150 per night. If you’re on a budget find yourself a bed in a hostel for around $10/night. Enjoy!