When you think of Poland what comes to mind? WWII? Pope John Paul II? Polish Sausages maybe? There is so much more to this European country than first comes to mind. Here are a few reasons why everyone needs to visit Poland.
The first question a lot of people ask, do they speak English? Yes. There are no issues with English as long as you stay in a bigger city. The Polish countryside is free game. We had no trouble communicating with street vendors, waiters, and our hotel staff.
The next one is always about cost. Is it expensive to go to Poland? We made a few stops along the way, but a flight from Amsterdam to Kraków was only about $100, so I definitely recommend flying there from another place you are already visiting in Europe.
Once you get there, Poland’s conversion rate is in our favor. They don’t use the Euro but instead use the Zloty. 4 Zloty equals about 1 US dollar, so for about $120 a night, we stayed in a 4 star hotel right off of one of the main streets in Kraków. I would recommend having cash but $100 should cover you for a weekend.
Poland has many beautiful cities and we were lucky enough to go and visit Kraków. This city is not the country’s capital anymore, however the castle looking over the city might make you think differently. There are many architectural marvels in this city and many of them date back to the 1600s. Kraków was spared by the destruction of WWII because Hitler used the city as a camp when he would travel into Poland.
Last, but not least, the food! Our first night we went and grabbed some wine and cheese from a local Wine Garden and I was not disappointed. The next day we grabbed food from a local street vendor, and had a traditional polish sausage. Delicious! There are many options all around the city including KFCs and Mcdonald’s, if you’re not an adventurous eater. But one thing I wish we could bring back from Poland is the vodka. Our last night we made a pit stop at a Vodka Bar and had a few shots of authentic Polish alcohol. Thank goodness our hotel was two doors over.
Poland is breathtaking beautiful place with friendly people, delicious food, and strong vodka. It’s not a place people thing of vacationing, but I guarantee you will not be disappointed you went.