Having spent time in Poland over the last nine years, I have decided that I want to start creating some unique lists of things to see and do in Poland. This is not your typical listicle article but rather an experience-based recommendation of all good things you will find if you hit the road to Polska!
1. Authentic Polish Food
One of the main reasons to visit Poland is the incredible Polish food. Having spent considerable time in Poland and growing up in a Polish-American household, I have found that many of the dishes I was accustomed to were actually made a little different in Poland.
Pork Cutlet Meal
Dining in Poland is an experience; the meal takes time, and when you're done, you don't feel like you need to leave. Nothing and no one will rush you and you can take all the time you want. In fact, in most places, you will have to ask for your check. In contrast to American restaurants, it is a much more relaxing experience.
And: Polish food is also not laden with GMOs (well, for now). Both my wife and I deal with gluten issues. While traveling through Poland, we tested out some of the different dishes that would've bothered us in the States, only to find we could eat whatever we wanted in Poland.
2. Things To Do In Krakow Poland
Kraków is the city of kings and the home to Wawel Castle. With so many sites and attractions it has to offer, you could spend an entire month there and still feel like you haven't seen everything. The history itself will invite you to explore it and spend as much time there as you need.
So, be sure to see: Sights like the Old Town Square, the Cloth Hall, the Wawel Cathedral, Schindler's factory & Stary Kleparz.
Wawel Castle Grounds
Krakow Poland At Night
I could and I will create an entire article listing all the exciting places and things to see and do in Kraków.It is by far my favorite city in Poland. If I had the opportunity, I would move there in a split second.
3. Zapiekanka, Polish Style Pizza
Zapiekanka, a kind of an open-face sandwich, or a toasted Baguette, or as I call it - Polish pizza, is delicious. It is one of the best things I've ever had while visiting Kraków. The beauty of Polish zapiekanka is that you can select different toppings and to go with or without sauce. If you have the opportunity to try it - please do, you will not be disappointed!
Polish Style Pizza
4. Things To See & Do In Warsaw Poland
Let me tell you one fascinating thing - Warsaw was rebuilt from the ashes of World War II.
It definitely should be on your list of places to see in Poland. The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage site list, and it is filled with things to explore and do, along with an unlimited supply of great places to eat.
During my stay there, I lived at the Polonia Palace and walked from the palm tree (Palma - "Pozdrowienia z Alei Jerozolimskich") down Nowy Świat Street to Warsaw Oldtown.
Warsaw Old Town
Along the way, you can stop at the church where the heart of "Chopin " lies. Like Kraków, Poland, there is so much to see and do and learn about in Warsaw.
When visiting Warszawa, be sure to give yourself a minimum of three days.
5. Zloty to USD Exchange Rate
I’ve never seen anyone mention the exchange rate when talking about the reasons to visit Poland. Your money travels very well in Poland, generally at a 4 to 1 exchange, and you can relax when it comes to shopping - in case you forget to bring anything, you will find it the nearest shop.
6. Must Try Polish Vodka and Polish Beer
Polish vodkas are some of the best in the world and our absolute favorite is Żołądkowa Gorzka. We have an article that gives an introduction to Polish Vodka, so do check it out.
Plus, Poland has some great tasting beers such as Żywiec, Okocim, Warka & Lech. If you'd like to learn more about beer in Poland, check out our guide to Polish beerarticle.
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