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You will find all the information you need on traveling to Poland here. We present advice, useful hints and keep you updated about our offer. We also keep you abreast of the latest news about Poland.

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Celebrating Easter Polish style

Easter egg hunt, marshmallows and hot cross buns? Not in Poland! But Polish people have their own, fascinating customs and traditions that you can discover yourself if you happen to visit Poland at Easter time. On Palm Sunday, the beginning of the Holy Week, Polish churches are crowded with people holding colorful, artificial palms. Naturally, ...

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Tic toc: a tourist’s inner clock

If you live in Northern America, Europe or some parts of Australia, you are most probably familiar with the concept of daylight saving time. What is more, you’ve just experienced it, just like the inhabitants of Poland have. We bet you are excited about the days getting longer and you can feel spring in the ...

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Winter frenzy in Poland

If it has ever come across your mind that summer is the only time for traveling with your family, you couldn’t be more wrong. In January and February the tourism industry in Poland flourishes, as it is the time when children get two weeks off school. Traveling to different Polish holiday destinations is so popular ...

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Holocaust Memorial Days

 Gravestones in the old 400-year-old Jewish cemetery in Ozarow. Poland 27th of January has been announced the Holocaust Memorial Day by the United Nations Organization. The date was not chosen by accident. It was on the 27th of January 1944 that the Soviet Army liberated the biggest nazi death camp in Europe, Auschwitz-Birkenau. To commemorate those who ...

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War stories from Poland: The Zookeeper’s Wife

During the horryfing times of the Second World War and the Holocaust, there were many brave Poles who helped Jews escape from their cruel fate. Poles are the biggest nation group awarded the title Righteous Among the Nations by the state of Israel. One of the most touching and famous stories of Poles rescuing Jews ...

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Unusual Nativity Scenes

Christmas time is perfect for traveling to Poland. The streets of the main cities look adorable, adorned with lights. Walking around the Old Town in Warsaw or Kraków, you can try the tasty Polish food and buy presents on the Christmas market. But if you are planning a trip to Poland at the turn of ...

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A glimpse of the history of Jews in Poland

Usually when you think of the Polish Jewish history, the first thing that comes to your mind are the terrible crimes of World War II. It is a very fresh wound and naturally the whole world remembers it , sometimes forgetting that Poland is not to be blamed for it. But if you look back ...

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Finding ancestors in Poland

Tour to Auschwitz Museum

  Auschwitz tour is a unique experience and a very difficult history lesson. Some say that a visit to Auschwitz can be a tour of a huge value for your whole life. Some call it a must-see for each human. How to prepare? What should you be aware of?   First of all, we do not ...

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26 Travel tips !

Here you have the helpful bonus for Real Poland tours:   1) The currency in Poland is złoty (subdivided into 100 groszy), its symbol is PLN   2) The current rate is approximately 3,90 PLN for 1 USD   3) Poland uses Central European Time (GMT + 01:00)   4) Credit cards are widely accepted ...

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Travel in Poland

One of the most obvious questions for travelers is: how to travel in Poland? How to combine sightseeing with leisure and exploration of the local culture? Which means of transportation are efficient? There are plenty of ’must see’ places. However, it may be a good decision to leave the main track when you are in ...

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Search of relatives in Poland

]The new technologies and the help of specialized researches have recently made search of relatives in Poland possible and effective. A lot of Poles emigrated from their homeland through the countries, especially in the last one hundred and fifty years. Many of them settled in North America and Australia. The vast number of families then lost contact ...

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Travel cheaper: PLN to USD lowest since 2004!

It is breaking news for anyone who is planning some tours to Poland in 2016 from North America!    The exchange rate for US Dollar to Polish Zloty (PLN) has never been so high since 2004! What does it mean for travelers? To be honest, it is like getting a big discount, irrespective of the price ...

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Warsaw Tours: Jews In Poland and the POLIN

When you think of the Jewish people, you’re bound to have some quite sombre associations: intolerance, persecution, the Holocaust… It’s a good idea to remember that these are not the only things you can associate with Jewish culture. And not the only things it’s worth to know about it. And the best way to learn about ...

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Poland travel

Many travelers in North America have recently started to worry about safety when they travel to Europe. Is it dangerous to plan your travel to Europe? If there is any risk, is it equal in all of the forty six countries there? Is Poland a good choice for a travel destination? There is no doubt ...

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New Year customs in Poland

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Academy Awards and Actresses

You’ve probably heard, because these things get quite a coverage, about the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film going to a Polish movie called Ida. And you may have wondered what all the fuss is about – Oscars, BAFTAs, what’s going on? What’s going on is actually quite a normal occurrence when skilled artists ...

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Szopki Krakowskie – Baroque Nativity Scenes

Okay, calling them baroque is a bit of poetic licence. And writing about Kraków is a bit of a cop-out. But bear with me, this is actually something special.   Nativity scenes are such a common element of Christmas celebrations nowadays that it’s hard to imagine there was ever a time when they were a ...

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Poland tours

About 15 million tourists come to Poland from abroad yearly. Every tour is certainly different. Some of the visitors come here just for the weekend, staying in one of the fabulous cities like Warsaw or Krakow. Some of them, mainly in the summer, join group tours that cover the biggest tourist attractions in Poland. Furthermore, ...

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Synagogue – Moorish Revival style

You may have read, here on RealPoland Blog, about the Museum of the Polish Jews – one that promotes the culture of Polish Jews. There’s some really interesting things to see, in the museum and out there in the country, of the Polish Jewish heritage, and the Moorish Revival Synagogue in Ostrów Wielkopolski is one ...

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How to Plan Your Trip to Poland

It’s the 21st century, the Era of Internet (okay, the Age of Aquarius, we know, but it’s also the Era of Internet) and that means you can plan your trip to Poland on your own, if you want. How would you set about planning that trip? Well, for the most part, there are no formalities: ...

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Karkonosze – The Giant Mountains

Yes, that’s what they’re called. Of course, they are not the Himalayas, but the name still fits. Karkonosze are a mountain range in the south-western Poland and a border region with the Czech Republic. Known for their picturesque landscapes, they are one of UNESCO’s biosphere reserves.   Poland has quite a few notable mountain ranges, ...

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Castle of Czocha

Perched dramatically on the tall rocks near the Polish-German border is the castle of Czocha, a very old and very impressive fortress, with as interesting a history as one can expect from a building erected in 1247. The rocky peninsula created by a weaving river Kwisa (or Queis in German) seemed custom-made to support a ...

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Tips on Trips

We hereby announce a cyclical topic here on RealPoland Blog – Travel Tips. Once a month, we will supply you with a little bit of trivia that will help you get around Poland and make your stay even more pleasant. We start today by taking our topic literally: it’s going to be about tips.   ...

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Bachelor Living, Donnersmarck Style

No, this is not going to be about how Poland is chock-full of beautiful women just waiting for foreign attention. If you’re into that kind of sleazy advertising, look elsewhere, because this will be about architecture. There is a word in Polish that describes a small, bed-sitting room apartment kawalerka, literally “bachelor’s flat,” the idea ...

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Catkins

Spring has come – more or less – and since it’s a great opportunity for a quick botanics lesson, you’re going to get one, whether you like it or not. The plants have awoken and any day now they will be sprouting, blossoming and doing all the things that plants do, and to which most ...

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Fortuna, and Good Fortune

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have been on the news for quite some time, and for various reasons. But no reason could be better for Poland than the Olympic Gold just won by the young ski jumper Kamil Stoch. If Olympic Gold itself is not enough explanation for you as to why is this ...

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Welcome to RealPoland!

We proudly present a new, Polish incoming travel agency.

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Stanisław Marusarz – The Spy on Skis

If you are interested in sports, then around this season you may have seen ski jumping competitions: slim young men with huge skis sliding down a sheer slope and then flying through the air, while the audience cheers – or not. You may have also noticed the audience usually comprises a strong Polish group. This ...

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Carnival Tidbits

Poland may lack the giant street events of the Carnival in Rio or the long tradition of Venice, but when carnival comes, we’re certainly not lacking in fun. While the warmer countries feast in the streets, Polish partygoers find themselves indoors, where they have ample opportunity to literally feast. Rich, sweet and sumptuous food is ...

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Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity

Let the Orchestra play! The first or second Sunday in January is when the Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy, WOŚP) takes place. What is it all about? WOŚP is one of the biggest non-governmental charity organizations in Poland, founded in 1993 to provide medical equipment to public ...

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Santa Claus’s name-day!

The 6th of December is a day long awaited by all children in Poland. Why? It’s Santa Claus’s name-day! Not only does this make people realize that Christmas is near, but also it brings its own little nice customs. Traditionally, children receive small gifts on this day. Traces of this custom can be found in ...

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Concerts in Poland

Music is important part of the culture. Every culture. Poland is proud of many world-known composers, artists and bands. Our talented musicians are exporting good tunes abroad while year after year top American, British and other stars are coming for concerts in our country. Check our quick music guide.

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The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943

Anniversaries usually are associated with good things. Birthdays, holidays, marriage anniversaries... They're all there to remember the positive things in our lives. But there's also another kind of anniversary - the kind to help us remember what despite not being a pleasant thing to remember, must not be forgotten. The anniversary that's nearing is exactly that other, sad kind. Starting 19th April and ending 16th May back in 1943, the Jews of Warsaw carried out an uprising against the opposing Nazi forces that occupied their home - Poland. This year we commemorate 70 years since that brave, although tragic act.

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How a Duke became a King – the story of Bolesław I Chrobry

A long long time ago, in a land not very far away, a Kingdom was born. Although this sounds like an introduction to a fairytale, it's the more or less how the begining of Poland looked like. Don't believe me? Let me tell you the story of the Boleslaw I Chrobry (meaning Bolesław I the Valiant or the Brave) and how the Kingdom of Poland was born.

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Easter in Poland

Easter (pl. Wielkanoc) is the most important annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. As that, in its core it's not very different from the standard way of celebrating Easter around the world. There are, though, some interesting Polish traditions that stand out.

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The Easter Palm Sunday

Easter is upon us! Between the many traditions around the world, none is nearly as colorful and happy as the Palm Sunday in Poland! And that's what we're going to talk about today.

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Polish National Day of Memory of Cursed Soldiers

You might not be aware of it, but a Polish national holiday is nearing - on the 1st March, Poland celebrates the memory of the Damned Soldiers, or Cursed Soldiers as they are also called (pl. "Żołnierze wyklęci") - the people who stood against communism and formed resistance to protect Polish independence and freedom after World War II.

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Polish Valentine’s Day

St Valentine's Day has come once again! Every year, countless couples across the world celebrate the day with their loved ones. Some people disapprove of the overwhelming cuteness and pinkness that fills the shops in February, some are happy to have a special occasion to spend a romantic evening with someone. What’s it like in Poland?

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ORP Orzeł – WW2 Polish Submarine

Last week, on the 2nd February, was the anniversary of ORP Orzeł (Republic of Poland Ship "Eagle") being commissioned into naval service. The story of that submarine is one of a kind, and remembered to this day by both Polish people and the citizens of Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, which witnessed the "Orzeł incident", as history calls it. What exactly is the ship's story?

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a memorial day, set at 27th January, for the whole world to stop and reflect. Reflect on the genocide of over 6 million Jews, 2 million Gypsies, 15,000 homosexual people, and millions of others.

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Grandmas’ and Grandpas’ Day

January is one of the winter months, full of chilly weather and cold snow. There are various methods of warming yourself during long, winter evenings. But two days don't need any more warmth - and they're the 21st and 22nd of January. Why? Because they are Grandmothers’ and Grandfather’s Day, respectively.

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Winter Sports in Poland

Skiing is by far the most popular of the wide selection of winter sports in Poland. Almost every skiing ground is equipped with a ski-lift, and there are multiple winter resorts that cater exclusively to skiers.

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Epiphany – Three Kings’ Day in Poland

Today, on the 6th of January, falls the Epiphany: a major holiday that is widely celebrated around the country under the name of the Three Kings' Day. More importance is placed on its celebrations in Poland than in other places around the world.

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Christmas in Poland

This is the most important family gathering of the year. Christmas holidays have always been the special celebration were generations sat together for feasting. Even today the Christmas Eve ("Wigilia Bożego Narodzenia", the term “wigilia” descending from latin and meaning vigilance, waiting) is the best time to experience many of the most characteristic Polish customs. If you are planning to visit Poland in holiday season - read our short guide.

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