55 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Poland at Least Once in their Life

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Last updated: July 11, 2018

Do you want to visit Poland?

It’s a destination that’s becoming more and more popular among tourists, and after I had traveled around the country for 1 month, I totally understand why.

Poland is awesome in so many ways, and there are lots of beautiful places without massive hordes of tourists, and the people are fun and lovely.

Poland is a big country, so to make it easier for you to plan a trip and know where to go, I’ve made this list of 55 reasons why I think everyone should visit Poland at least once in their life!

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1. Polish food

If you travel for food, you’ll be happy to visit Poland. There are countless of delicious dishes available, and restaurants have reasonable prices. Portions are often large as well, so you won’t go hungry.

Below you can see some of the famous Polish dishes you should try:

  • Pierogi
  • Bigos
  • Rosół
  • Gołąbki
  • Placki ziemniaczane
  • Łazanki
  • Czarnina
  • Zurek
  • Grochowka
  • Zupa pomidorowa

2. Krakow

This charming city is the perfect weekend destination in Europe. There are various of attractions scattered just a short ride from the city, and within the city itself, there are plenty of things to do and places to see!

And it’s so beautiful with all the old buildings and quarters!

krakow places to visit in poland

3. Bialowieza Forest

Part of the Unesco heritage site list, and home to about 800 European bisons as well as being the last remaining primeval forests and home to 500-year old oak trees.

It’s a lush forest that any nature lover should write down on their list of places to explore!

Bialowieza forestPhoto: Jacek Karczmarz

4. Gdansk

This town became quite famous in Sweden a couple of years ago when Ryanair offered flights from just 2 Euros, and after visiting I also agree that this is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland.

Rich in history, close to the sea, nice restaurants, and beautiful old buildings. Gdansk is definitely a good reason to visit Poland!

gdansk

5. Polish girls are known for being beautiful

Polish girls are known for their beauty worldwide, and they’re always on top of lists with the most attractive people in the world.

Here is Magdalena Bieńkowska, Miss Polski 2015.

6. Paczki

Polish donuts are definitely another good reason to visit Poland as they’re simply delicious.

7. Spa

Want to pamper yourself with some nice spa-treatments? Then you definitely have a good reason to visit Poland! Treatments are of high-quality and reasonably priced.

There are various facilities and almost every city has a great Spa you can go to.

spa

8. Polish vodka

While Russia is famed for vodka worldwide, Polish vodka is just as good or even better in some cases. It’s also very cheap compared to other countries in Europe.

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So, when you visit you should definitely follow along on a vodka-tasting tour.

9. Torun

This charming medieval town is situated in the middle of the country. It’s famous as the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, and it’s also a Unesco Heritage site.

Torun is often nicknamed the Krakow of the North as it has been an important trade center since medieval times.

10. Warsaw

The capital of Poland is a beautiful and modern city with lots of charming and cool places to see. The Palace of Culture and Science is especially beautiful and also the tallest building in the country.

In Warsaw, you can enjoy some of the best nightlife scenes in Europe, eat at first-class restaurants, go shopping for hours, visit the cool artsy metro stations or just take a nice stroll in the old town.

Visiting Warsaw is always a good idea, even though Poland has a lot of other beautiful places to experience as well!

warsaw - visit poland

11. Ojcow National Park

A perfect place to go for a day trip from Krakow. It’s a small national park that is characterized by rock formations and limestone cliffs.

12. Sliwka w czekoladzie

This type of candy shouldn’t be missed out on when you visit Poland! Sliwka w czekoladzie is basically plum covered in chocolate, and they’re delicious!

13. Wieliczka Salt Mine

One of the oldest salt mines in the world, and definitely one of the coolest ones!

salt mine krakow

14. Polish desserts and pastries

If you have a sweet tooth, the polish desserts and pastries are yet another good reason to visit Poland!

  • Sernik (Cheesecake)
  • Makowiec
  • Budyn
  • Sekacz

15. Slowinski Sand Dunes

Welcome to the desert of Poland!

Slowinski Sand Dunes

16. St. Paraskevi Church, Radruż

One of the Polish UNESCO heritage sites. This is a particular church that is situated in the village of Radruz in the Carpathian region.

What’s cool about it is the unique architecture and wooden structure.

radruz tserkva

17. Musical heritage

Did you know that Frederic Chopin was Polish? He and many more composers, pianists and musicians come from Poland.

Nowadays you will find almost any genre and each year various music festivals are held throughout the country.

18. Kamieńczyk Waterfall

A beautiful waterfall in the Southwestern part of the country.

Kamieczyk Waterfall

19. Masurian Lakeland

With more than 2000 lakes in the region of Masuria, the nature lover will find a peaceful place here.

Masurian Lakeland

20. Rich history

Poland is an old nation that goes way back in time, and it has been part of various rulers and eras. While not everything is intact, you can definitely see the various influences of the different epochs.

A lot of the rich history can still be seen and experiences today in museums and old towns throughout the country.

21. Ptasie Mleczko

ptasie mleczkoPhoto

22. Malbork Castle

A very well-preserved castle that belonged to the Teutonic Order in Malbork. It’s also one of the Unesco heritage sites and yet another good reason to visit Poland!

Just look at this enormous castle, not something you get to see every day.

MALBORK CASTLE

23. Autumn colors

Forests and nature cover a big area of the country, and when the summer is over and the foliage season starts with the amazing colors, you’ll be met by wonderful scenery and landscapes!

24. Museums

  • National Museum
  • Oskar Schindler’s factory
  • Stained Glass Museum
  • Krakow Pinball Museum
  • Lost Soul’s Alley
  • Live Museum of Gingerbread
  • Copernicus Science Centre
  • Hydropolis (Environmental education museum in Wroclaw)

25. It’s affordable for tourists

Tourists who come to Poland will get lots of value for their money. Grocery stores, restaurants, public transportation, and activities are all cheaper than most other European countries!

26. Karpacz

A lovely ski resort in the Karkonosze Mountains of Southwestern Poland. But tourists who go here might also be interested in the Fairytale park and Kingdom of the Mountain Ghost museum.

READ MORE:  Top Things To Do In Warsaw

karpacz

27. The Handicrafts

Polish handicrafts are often well-made and can be everything from traditional lace and the Lemko glass bead collar to weaved baskets and clothing.

It’s probably cheaper in your home country, and they can also be bought as a nice gift or souvenir.

28. Poznan

To be honest, I only went here because the flights were super cheap from Sweden, but I was happily surprised of Poznan.

I didn’t know much about this place, but we spent 2 days here, and I could go back in the future. The old town is so charming and beautiful.

29. The Ogrodzieniec Castle

This stunning castle ruin is situated just a short ride from Krakow or Katowice!

The Ogrodzieniec Castle

30. White Sandy Beaches

Yes, Poland has some amazing beaches! And in the summertime, they can get pretty crowded, but they are still gorgeous, and could easily compare to more tropical sand beaches.

The beaches of Poland are situated in the northern parts.

31. Krowki

This is Polish fudge. Translated into English, Krowki would be the same as “little cows”. They’re actually sold worldwide, but of course, you’ll enjoy them the most while you visit Poland!

32. Tatra National Park

Easily one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe! Magical scenery awaits the visitors of Tatra mountains, and here you can also see the highest mountain in Poland, called Rysy.

tatra mountains

33. Wroclaw

The 4th largest city in Poland built back in medieval times. It was named as the cultural capital of Europe 2016, and rightly so.

It’s one of my favorite cities with lots of beautiful old buildings in various colors.

wroclaw

34. Polish people know how to party!

Poles are pretty famous for being able to drink much and party all night long, and they definitely know how to party!

35. Szczecin

One of the larger cities in Northern Poland with more than 400 000 inhabitants.

A lot of the city got destroyed during world war II, but you can for example still see the Gothic town hall and the 13th-century castle that belonged to a Pomeranian Duke.

It’s a cool city that I think more tourists should visit!

szczecin

36. Zamosc

Yet another lovely Polish town that can pride itself as being part of Unesco’s world heritage site list. Zamość was built in the 16th century by the architect Bernardo Morando according to Italian ideas of how the “ideal town” should be.

It’s quite close to Lublin with just a little more than 1-hour driving.

37. Prince Polo

I love to try candy when I travel, and while Prince Polo is available in other neighboring countries as well, it will always be the best to try it in Poland where it originates from!

prince polo

38. Łeba

Here you’ll find one of the best beaches in all of Poland.

39. Sopot

A renowned Spa-destination with sandy beaches and great treatments. Sopot is great to combine when you visit Gdansk as it’s very easy to go between these two cities.

It’s more of a summer city, so don’t expect it to be crowded other times of the year.

sopot - spa tourism

40. Gdynia

Another port city on the Baltic coast and part of the Gdansk-Sopot-Gdynia tourist route. It differs from many other Polish cities as you will mostly see modern buildings here rather than a mixture.

41. Wawel Castle

While Krakow is already mentioned on the list, this stunning castle deserves its own place!

wawel castle

42. Rzeszow

A smaller city in the Southeastern part of the country that deserves more visitors. Tourists might find the underground cellars interesting as well as the Lubomirski summer palace and the gothic parish church just to mention a few attractions.

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43. European Bison

This endangered species can be seen in the wilderness of Poland where about 1/4th of the total population lives.

wisent

44. Bialystok

Another historical city with plenty to see for tourists. Some of the buildings to see is without a doubt the Branicki Palace and Lubomirski Palace.

bialystok

45. Auschwitz-Birkenau

A horrible place with a very important lesson to future generations.

What happened here shall never (hopefully) happen again, and even though it’s not a fun tourist attraction, it’s definitely an important place to learn from.

auschwitz

46. Katowice

An upcoming city that is currently reinventing itself after a long industrial past.

katowicePhoto

47. Obwarzanek Krakowski

A delicacy that you have to try when visiting Krakow! Especially the ones with cheese.

obwarzanek krakowskiPhoto

48. Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza

This waterfall is located in Lysa Polana, in the southern parts of the country.

Wodogrzmoty_Mickiewicza

49. One of the best countries in the world for vegan foodies

Affordable vegan/vegetarian restaurants are plenty, and there are lots of dishes to choose from. Also, the Polish cuisine has some delicious vegetarian dishes to try!

50. Bydgoszcz

A cosmopolitan city with about 400 000 people living there. Bydgoszcz is a buzzing city with several universities and an important cultural center with one of Poland’s best concert halls.

Here are plenty of buildings from the 1800’s and 1900’s, and is beautifully situated along the Wisla and Brda river as well as the Bydgoszcz canal.

bydgoszcz

51. Spring flowers

Flower lovers should visit Poland during spring when they are in full bloom. It’s very beautiful, especially in mountain areas such as the Tatra national park.

52. Rich culture and folk traditions

With a rich history, rich culture and folk traditions almost always follow, and Polish culture has indeed a lot to offer. I really like that they keep traditions and are proud of their heritage.

polish culture

53. Lublin

Another well-preserved medieval town in Poland with plenty of attractions to see. It’s not one of the common tourist spots, but if you have time for it, you might be surprised by everything that Lublin has to offer its visitors.

lublin

54. Piernik gingerbread

I think i will just say that these are delicious, and most likely you haven’t tried something like this before!

gingerbreadPhoto: Marcin Floryan

55. The people and their hospitality

When traveling around here, you’ll be met with great hospitality. A lot of Poles are noble and traditional, but they’re also original and progressive in many ways.

I like the polish people because they are not afraid to speak up, but at the same time, they’re friendly and knows how to take care of their guests!

I would suggest tourists to learn a few words in Polish, not because you have to, but rather to show respect and appreciation.

It’s a lot nicer if you say “Siemka” or “Dziękuję” instead of hello and thank you. Learn the most common phrases and words, and I will assure you that you’ll be having the best time ever in Poland!

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Of course, there are more than 55 Reasons to visit Poland, and if you know about some other good reasons why everyone should visit Poland, feel free to share in the comment section below.

January 22nd, 2018|

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88 Comments

  1. Lily 01/23/2018 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Next time you should visit also Łódź. We have the biggest city forest ( Łagiewniki) in Europe. It’s town of 4 cultures. If you’re interested in astronomy you should check EC1.
    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/poland/articles/the-top-10-things-to-do-and-see-in-lodz/ <- here you have some more information also.
    In some ways architecture in Łódź is similar to this in Helsingborg.
    Hope you’ll have a chance to visit it.
    Hälsningar;)

    • Tof 02/04/2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

      I agree! Łódź is one of the most underrated cities. There are hundreds (thousands?) of beautiful richly encrusted tenement houses, many renewed old factories with new commercial functions, the longest trade street in Europe (Piotrkowska st), the newest, the biggest and the most beautiful railway station in Poland and many many more!

  2. Anne 01/23/2018 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Bieszczady Mountains – southeast part of country close to the border with Ukraine and Slovakia. I recommend them especially during autumn – you appreciated Polish colours during it – so I believe you could be amazed by those faeries of colours that can be found there :) I would also recommend Owl Mountains and their secrets – Nazis were building underground cities there and factories. Next time in Wroclaw check out the zoo. It is breathtaking and very educational ànd least but not last if you like long walks then Trail of the Eagle’s Nests is for you – 25 castles, 163 km of walking through limestone valleys and rocks (yes, Wawel Castle and Ojcow are included in this route :))

  3. Lo 01/23/2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    About the 15th point on your list: here, in Poland we have an actual desert. It’s called Błędów Desert and it’s about 40 kilometers away from Cracow. This place is one of the biggest deserts in Europe and it’s truly beautiful, especially during the sunsets in summer or spring. You should definitely visit it and add to your list!

    Btw. Really cool post ;)

    • Barnaba Rudge 03/17/2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

      In the Błędów Desert, Afrika Korps trained under the command of Rommel and tested his equipment before moving to Africa.

  4. Karolina 01/23/2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Hel peninsula is one of the coolest place in Poland! :D

  5. Agata 01/23/2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Next time in Wrocław or Katowice you should definitely check this two concert halls out:

    http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/

    http://www.nospr.org.pl/en/

    You won’t regret!

  6. Karaolaaaa 01/24/2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I am Polish, and I would add to that list some things:

    – BREAD- there is nowhere such good bread as it is in Poland
    – Prices – you will be charged so little for the all goodies in Poland – Vodka, Beer, accomodation, everything is relatively cheap, if you pay in PLN, while earn in another currency
    – Cheesecake – I don`t know why, but cheesecakes are literally the best in Poland, because we do have great white cottage cheese
    – Ogórki kiszone!

    So basically that is worth to go to Poland, because of the food :D

    • Piotr 01/24/2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      I don’t think they will like ogorki kiszone (fermented cucumbers) there is no vodka drinking without ogorki kiszone. And if you ever will be in Białowieża you have to try żubrówka (bison grass vodka)

    • Vodkila 09/13/2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      You’re quite right ! the ogorki kiszone is, as to me, the real national symbol, available everywhere in the country, so that it should figure in the national flag :-) so tasty !
      I love Poland; specially Warsaw which is, for the last years, and the coming one, THE most dynamic City in Europe. What an amazing evolution, hard to believe, every year new projects realized.
      Come on Poland, Varso : Vie !

  7. Jola 01/24/2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Plase visit Częstochowa and Church

    Jasną Góra 😄

    • M... 01/24/2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Agree !! Częstochowa ❤️❤️❤️

  8. Judy 01/24/2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Join Pole Rail. The Polish railroads are superior. So easy to travel by rail in Poland.

    • Paweł 01/26/2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      You must be joking :D

      • T 03/24/2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

        While we may curse the quality of Polish Railways, people from the USA may think of them as of reliable mean of travel – the reason is simple, people in the US dont travel by train, it is not as developed there as almost anywhere in Europe.

      • Klaudia 03/25/2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

        You probably havent Travel by train in a long time,they are getting Better with every year ,honestly. Nothing to be ashemed on anymore.

    • Ewa 03/23/2018 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Judy, have you ever tried to use trains somewhere outside of Poland, possibly west from Poland? :D

  9. Wiktoria 01/24/2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Haha Siemka! Thank you for this list and the point 53 in particular (I’m from Lublin). I travel a lot and I usually read such accounts on other countries, it’s so nice to realise that Poland is also considered worth visiting by foreign tourists!

  10. Karsik 01/24/2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I am from Bydgoszcz and I can say that it is very beautiful city. Near Bydgoszcz is Ostromecko. It is a small village with a most beautifoul palaces.

    Gdynia, Gdańsk and Sopot together are called Twójmiasto, witch means tree cities.

    The best pierniki comes from Toruń.

  11. David Young 01/24/2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    There’s Wolsztyń as well.

  12. Katie 01/24/2018 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Zakopane, the southern touristic city in the mountains is definitely the place to visit, it is nice in the summer or in the winter, with its wooden houses, górale people, and beautiful nature around <3

  13. Edyta 01/24/2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Bieszczady Mountains and Beetroot Soup .. obligatory ;)

  14. edyta 01/24/2018 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Poznan love my city and miss so much, food people clean streets and many many more. Come over and stay for longer thanks for the 55

  15. Kate 01/25/2018 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Next time When you’ll be in Poland go to… Hel ;)

    • bibia 01/29/2018 at 1:40 am - Reply

      Hi, here Ewa from Warsaw. I hope our gest from Sweden does not think, you send him to the hell:)))
      The name – Hel with not double letter “l” means name of the land in Poland.

  16. Sue 01/25/2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I agree about Zakopane. My favorite in Poland.

  17. Aleksandra 01/25/2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Actually, the tallest building in Poland is in Wrocław, the Skytower.
    And gingerbreads are the best in Toruń – the town is famous for them.

    • Alexander Waltner 01/26/2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Actually, the science tower is the tallest building architecturally, so we’re both right :)

  18. Pofikasz 01/25/2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Mazurek! You need to try Mazurek next time. It’s a sweet flat cake in a sweet cover, baked in Poland for Easter. You can also eat it while listening to Mazurek – “Mazurek Dąbrowskiego” is polish national anthem. You can also watch Mazurek – Mazurek is a Polish folk dance in triple meter. How could you missed that? :-) Vi ses!

  19. Guido 01/25/2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    I’m from Colombia and I spent about 3 weeks between Gdansk, Warsow and Krakow last December and I really loved it. I hope I have the chance to go back and spend more time there. I loved the food, specially all the kinds of soups, lovely girls, good beers, nice and friendly people and a lot of respect and admiral because of how brave and courageous they have been through all their hard history.

  20. aleksandra 01/25/2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    it makes me so miss my country :)! right now I am in Portugal, I’ve been travelling so much lately but I can’t wait to go back to Poland in next month. I am so glad that you appreciate our country so much, we are really proud of what we have but still most of people called us empty and poor east country. c’mon, guys! you are more than welcome to see and try our krówki, ptasie mleczko and pierogi! we would love to be your host!

    • Aleksandra 02/05/2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Reading your post is like literally digging in my own thoughts :) I’m also in Portugal now, if you feel like it hit me up, I’m in Faro :) let’s grab a coffee!

  21. b 01/25/2018 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    What about castles in Dolny Śląsk and Sudety mountains? What about Mazury lake district? Sandomierz and other small, but cute towns?

  22. Michal 01/26/2018 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Im polish so:
    -Im proud to read your amazing text, thx :)
    -While reading the post i got confused 4 a few times. Then i stopped and was thinking… what the hell is that?! And then I was like: aaah its (…)! It looks so different, weirdly without polish marks!
    Yes, POLAND IS WORTH visiting!

  23. Natalia 01/26/2018 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Very nice list 👍🏼 I would also add the “Warsaw uprising museum” it is one of the best museums I have ever been to in my life. Just like auschwitz it’s not “fun” but definitely worth visiting :)

    And the town “stary sącz” not too far away from Kraków is also very nice

  24. Ewa 01/26/2018 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Thank you for all the nice words about my country. I am away now, hope not for long, but your article made me smile and cry at the same time. I miss my birthplace ! I invite all to see the country of rich heritage and culture, of vibrant cities and quiet Forrest’s, one of the safest in Europe.

  25. Maja 01/26/2018 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Great post! Thanks for promoting our country! The “siemka” part made me giggle, as it’s more like “howdie” or “yo”. If you just want to say hello, a simple “cześć” ~/cheshch/, ~/tsheshtsh/ (ok, not so simple…) will be just right if you know the person, and if not, then go with “dzień dobry” ~/zhen dub-ry/. I’d like to see the look on a shop assistant’s face if you said “siemka” to them :D
    If you’re ever back in Poland, check out other mountain regions as well as Bielsko-Biała, which is a city at the foot of Beskida mountains, and Pszczyna, a small town with a beautiful palace and Old Town, a beautiful park, old village (Skansen) and a small bison centre as well as the Museum of the Silesian Press, and many more.
    All the best!

  26. Sebastian 01/26/2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    U should also visit one of the 3 places in whole world
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niebieskie_Źródła_Nature_Reserve

    Extremly lovely place!

    Greetings!

  27. Renata 01/26/2018 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    There is fantastic skansen (old village open air museum) in Wdzydze Kiszewskie and it is placed by the huge and pretty lake called Wdzydze. It is good area if you like sailing on lakes or kayaking on rivers that are in area.
    Also you can visit Rewa. It is village close to Gdynia. It is interesting place to see. There is a headland and you can walk to the end having the sea on both sides :) This place is paradise for windsurfers and kitesurfers.

  28. Monika 01/26/2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I love my country. But you are acting like an ambassador of Poland, thank you. As you mention “my” Lublin, would definitely recommend Kazimierz Dolny nad Wisła. Amazing town!!!

  29. Anna 01/26/2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Someone says: next time go to Hel. This is real place in Poland. I think you could google this ☺ Very good points form your time in Poland. It’s much more to see and probably not possible to write about everything. Thanks for the 55 reasons.

  30. Kate 01/27/2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Greetings from Białystok 😊

  31. Dominik 01/28/2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Czocha castle

  32. Janusz 01/28/2018 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Sandomierz, Kazimierz, Gniezno, Zakopane, Museum of Polish Jewery in Warsaw (the Best Museum in Europe in 2016), & .the Girls are Spectacular !!!

  33. Michal 01/28/2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    It is necessary to mention that Auschwitz-Birkenau was a concentration capm built by Germans during Word War the Second when Poland was occupied. Just to remember.

  34. Miro 01/28/2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Hi. Great list. Missing Biebrza Marsh (one of the biggest in Europe) and Bieszczady Mountain. Both location are unique because of wild nature. Beautiful cites are everywhere in world..

  35. Agnes 01/28/2018 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    No one mentioned oscypek, traditional smoked sheep cheese made in the mountain regions by gorale (highlanders). It tastes exceptionally well grilled with cranberry preserves and mulled wine. That’s what I miss everyday living in Florida full time. I also love Slask (Silesian region), where I come from. Fairytale pine forests in the mountains, beautiful old towns with castles and palaces are also worth a visit.

  36. bibia 01/29/2018 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Hi everyone here!
    I am proud of being in Poland and Polish woman.
    It is amasing that such a grey and sad country during socialism times, became so beautiful and attractive.
    Thank you Mr. Alex for keeping us Polish people in this feeling.
    Your country is beautiful, too.
    I have been to Sweden twice and remember there shops full of food while in Poland there was nothing in our shops in 80′. I was shocked the difference when I was a child and I never forget that.
    Thank you for good recommendations about Poland.
    Best regards, Eve

  37. Marta 01/31/2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    i’d like to invite you to Silesia, Gliwice with a radiostation the highest wooden building in the world , Zabrze with a coalmine Guido, you can go underground and see what the coal miner’s work looks like, Tarnowskie Góry and silver mine, Silesian dinner: rosół, rolada, modro kapusta i kluski

  38. tom 02/02/2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    I recommend visiting extraordinary Castle Museum in Łańcut 20 km from Rzeszow City.

  39. Katalin 02/03/2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    It’s nice to learn that so many things we know as “just normal” and take for granted are attractive and new to visitors. As a resident of Gdańsk I am very pleased to see my city quite high on the list. The old town is a must-see and you can have a nice walk through it, with all the cafes and restaurants (just visit Piwna Street) but if you are in Gdańsk there are many good museums to visit: the National Museum with a gallery of medieval art and “The last judgement” an absolute masterpiece; the Maritime Museum; the Museum of Amber; the Museum of the 2nd World War. If you are more of an outdoor person, go to Brzeźno in Gdańsk and walk along the beach up to Sopot (in summer you will probably be able to hire a bike and ride it along a well-maintained bike route (cafes and restaurants on the way). And if you are into handicrafts, plan your trip so as to visit in time for the St. Dominic’s Fair in Gdańsk (first 2-3 weeks in August).

  40. Justyna 02/07/2018 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    It’s very, very nice to read that someone liked our country (and our sweets) so much. Next time necessarily visit Bory Tucholskie- it’s magic place and I hope you’ll like it.

  41. ZiBi 02/20/2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    You must taste Polish honey.
    I recommend https://www.instagram.com/organic_honey_eu/

  42. Nicky 03/01/2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Polish food is the biggest reason why I went to Poland for the first time and I fell in love with this country, so I go back regularly now. My favorite Polish destination is the capital, Warsaw. I love exploring its restaurants, especially those with traditional Polish food. My favorite one so far is the Akademia in Mokotow. They have the best pierogi, but actually everything I have tried there was always excellent. I can’t wait to go there again!

  43. Ela 03/13/2018 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    You have to come back to Poland, we have many many more places worth to seeing! Thank You For this text, its very nice than people appreciate our country!
    Ps next time You have to try cebularz- if You’ll Visit Lublin :)

  44. Maria 03/16/2018 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    And do you know why there are so many modern buildings in Gdynia? Simply because Gdynia’s history begins in 1920s and the city have been built thanks to combined efforts of its inhabitants. It was previously just a small fishing village. And look at this city now! Isn’t it amazing? :)

  45. Juho 03/17/2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Everyone should definitely taste Soplica Orzech Laskowy, which is a hazelnut vodka. It was “the thing” during my exchange studies on Warsaw. Still miss it a lot since it can’t be bought from my home country. And discopolo -music should ne tested also when visiting Poland. This article in general makes me miss my “home country for 5 months”.

  46. Angie 03/18/2018 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Next time you should stop by Wadowice. I am sure tourists from Brazil especially will love this place as they loved polish Pope dearly. It’s a birth town of Pope John Paul 2, that place has a lot of museums one of them showing his house itself and a cathedral that he used to preach in. They also sell kremowki there it’s Popes favourite cake and I guarantee you everybody who likes sweets will absolutely love this cake ❤❤. You should also visit Zakopane it’s just by the bottom of Tatry mountains and it’s a great place to see proper mountain houses made from wood. You can also buy oscypek over there which is a special type of cheese that they make over there traditionally.

  47. Lisa 03/19/2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Lubiąz. Small town in the southwest near Wrocław, home to an old castle from (I’m forgetting now, the 1100s??) that used to house some monks or nuns but now hosts an art festival each summer (http://slot.art.pl/pl/). Rumor has it Michael Jackson and Sting tried to buy the place and they wouldn’t sell it to them. Little hard to find though…first time we went the bus driver looked confused and dropped us off at an abandoned sanitorium in the middle of nowhere. Good times! 😂

  48. Nancy England 03/19/2018 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    By all means, do order Glog (usually with umlaut) – warm, mulled, spiced red wine with a shot of vodka. Goes down so easy! Also, I loved the soups … from restaurants, village squares. Cabbage and sausage (esp kielbasa!) with either a vegetable base or a tomato base.
    I spent most of my two weeks in Krakow, trying to pronounce the alphabet letters (approx 40). Polish is an elegant language, structurally, but a lot easier if you’ve been born there and it’s your native language.

  49. Andrzej 03/23/2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

    You havn’t seen the best of Poland – east frontier and the Podlasie region. If interested check this out: https://www.loswiaheros.pl/polska/podlasie-atrakcje-przyrodnicze

  50. Wioleta 03/23/2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Well done !!! in your post you’ve made almost everything we have the best

  51. Irena 03/25/2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

    There are many beautiful places to see but do you really think that the most beautiful in Warsaw is The Pałace of Culture and Science?

    • Alexander Waltner 03/26/2018 at 12:04 am - Reply

      Well, I think there are many beautiful places and buildings in Warsaw, but yes I really think the Palace of Culture and Science is majestic.

  52. Ana 03/27/2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Jan Paul II museum in Wadowice, Majdanek in Lublin, Przemyśl old Town, cake Marcinek and Mrowisko – oryginally from lands of Białowieża. Just look at them in google ;D

  53. French Man who Loves Poland 03/29/2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    And where is Lodz? 😮 The most underrated, still undiscovered and the third biggest city in Poland… City with very rich cultural heritage, with very interesting history which is different comparing to other polish cities. It’s really sad that Lodz is absent in your list…

    • Alexander Waltner 03/29/2018 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      I haven’t been to Lodz, so that is also why it’s not on the list :) But thank you for the suggestion!

  54. Dxxs 03/29/2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I also recommend a Guido Coal Mine in Zabrze (near Katowice) with a pub 320 meters underground -which is the deapest in the world. There are also concerts and parties there, and you can eat bigos or zurek ;)

  55. Arek 03/31/2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Even better if you’ve made it clear that Auschwitz was a German Nazi camp as it’s usually confused around the world due to its location. Thanks for the post.

  56. Vicktoria Murawska 04/02/2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

    That yu didin’t put Zakopane on your list is a bit of a crime :) Zakopane is like the place with a big P in Poland, winter or summer. With Ski -jumping World Cups in both seasons, great party, great food. And if you missed it then you definitely need to go back :)

  57. Kamil 04/03/2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    1. Rudawy Janowickie Mountains, – amazing low mountains take out straivht from a fairy tale. Visit historical site Miedzianka anx fotmer uranium mines in Kowary.
    2. Lower Silesia has mote than 1000 castles and palaces. Some are mind blowing. For example Ksiaz.
    3. Lower Silesia again – Riese underground compkex.
    4.Miedzyrzecz. The biggest underground wwIi facility in while EU.
    5. Tatry Bielskie in autumn will make your brain explode.
    6. Sudety Mountains have a lot of interesting places – Klodzko keep and Srebrna Gora keeps from austro-hungarian empire heritage
    7. Forests that will make you wander around for weeks – called Puszcza Notecka north from Poznan. Great kayaks routes.
    8. Jura krakowsko-czestochowska with its cadtles. Not only Ojcow Park.
    9. In Tatra Mountains there is Orla Perc trail and Banowka trail (Rochacze)
    10. One small thing that noone mentioned. Poland is a geeat location yo visit other countries around especially going south. Poland-Slovakia-Ukraine-Romania all the time in Carpathian mountains that are totally magical. I am Polish but now living in Romania which is…. stunning. Check it out as well.

  58. Beata 04/04/2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Hi Alex
    Thank you for this amazing web. I just reading about Poland and I found many interesting places worth of visit although I am Polish form Warsaw. Poland is exactly beautiful. I started create my own web page about Poland so yours is going to be big inspiration. Regard from the UK.

    • Vodkila 09/13/2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Hi,

      I’m a lover of Poland, specially Warsaw.
      It’s hard to believe that such a sad and grey City changed into an incedible, fascinating and amazing City.
      My “ulubione miasto”, and the move is on, and will last still for many years; every year new surprises, new projects and renovated “zabytki”.
      No doubt that in a short future, Warsaw will belong to the most visited Cities in Europe. But I hope that authorities will manage, and that il will not become as Barcelona or other overcrowded Cities.
      Varso : Vie !

  59. Magdalena 04/04/2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for adding my Lublin. Although the picture is not very appealing 😉
    Regards!
    Magda

  60. Mariusz 04/04/2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    What about magical Christmas illumination in Warsaw and Wilanów Palace? Have you seen what we have done :) ?

  61. Tomek 04/07/2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    BIMBER – traditional Polish alcohol, stronger than vodka!

  62. .Vegard Kaspersen 04/08/2018 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I have had the pleasure of visiting many parts of Poland a lot of times, and the country and it´s people are just wonderful. It will take too much space to mention every single good thing I have experienced in Poland. I just want to recommend everyone to visit the country, not just one time but many times. It´s really worth it. I will just mention three things: The old capital – Krakow, Oswiencim – Auswitch and the fantastic saltmines in Wielicka. Happy tour to Poland

  63. Kris 04/09/2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Góry stołowe (table mountains), Piekiełko (litle hell)
    Check it as well

  64. Gosia 04/09/2018 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Table mountains are deffinitely worth seeing, Bieszczady mountains is a must for every mountainlover, even begginer. I’m surprised there’s no Paradise cave (jaskinia Raj) anywhere on the list, as it is amazing :) Our shore is also very unique, with parts of it being huge, flat places of relax and other parts – spectacular cliffs, sometimes with winding passages cut in the sandstone, leading you to the sea :)
    Also very underrated Góry Świętokrzyskie – not a well known destination, with Łysa Góra (rumored to be the meating place for witches), hidden caves, ruins of castles and picturesque villages :) Hope you can enjoy more of our beautifull country ^^

  65. Magdalena 04/16/2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Where is Sledzik :)?
    And Gory Stolowe :)?
    You have to come back!

  66. Katarzyna 04/16/2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply
  67. Anna 04/19/2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Cool post! Thanks.

  68. Iwona 04/21/2018 at 6:08 am - Reply

    You did not mention zapiekanka! Especially, in Krakow.

  69. Justyna 05/28/2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Wrocław, gamma- city, a global city according to GaWc in the 33rd place?! It’s a very subjective list.

    • Alexander Waltner 06/10/2018 at 12:01 am - Reply

      Justyna, the list is not in any particular order. The numbers is just a reference to the 55 reasons, not for ranking purposes. Wroclaw is one of my favorite cities in Poland!

  70. Wukko 12/13/2018 at 12:23 am - Reply

    I think that Auschwitz-Birkenau is still an obligatory point. It should be in the lead. It is a very important place for Poles who shows how huge their tragedy was.

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