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Krakow- Zakopane: Ancient and Snowy Poland
Krakow- Zakopane: Ancient and Snowy Polandzoe-richardson
Poland with a budget – Tricity in four days
Poland with a budget – Tricity in four days Infusion of backpacking lifestyle and motherhood So you say you can’t go because you have a baby now? You are a single parent and out of money? I used to challenge all young single people to travel and head to the corners of the earth, but now I think that’s just too obvious. Of course you can go, and nobody needs to tell you this as it’s all in your head whether you want to go or not. Having my situation change from a backpacker into a mother (single mother, if that matters), I see what I didn’t see before: sharing the world with the one you love the most is better than any experiences I had before while on the road by myself or with people I met along the way. For that reason I have decided to write not only to the obvious travel audience but also to encourage the parents and single parents to go explore a new location and make memories. It’s not hard, it doesn’t have to be expensive, and most importantly – you can do it!Johanna Saastamoinen
For europeans it’s the easiest way how to get there take KLM flights from Amsterdam, but if you find yourself close to Poland boarder you can find really cheap flight from Krakow or Katovicz.Barbora Ptošková
10 tips about travelling in CracowTomeo Barrett
Currency – best exchange rate
Poland has its own currency – the polish zloty. My recommendation is to bring some cash with you (especially if you have euros, dollars or pounds) and to exchange it in an exchange currency office (Kantor, in polish, means exchange currency office). Avoid the offices at the main square, they have worse rates than the ones that are just a bit further. According to my experience the best currency exchange offices are located in Kalwaryjska Street (Close to Kazimiers, on the other side of the river). No matter the office you choose always negotiate! Higher the amount that you to exchange better will be the rate that you can get. You can have an idea if the exchange rate is good or not by checking previously the rate in the National Bank of Poland. If you don’t want to bring cash with you I recommend you to check with your bank the rates that they are offering. I think it will be cheaper to take some cash at the ATM and avoid paying with card but maybe your bank has some nice deals to offer. Once again avoid the ATMs in the main square and check 2 or 3 to see which one is giving you the better rate. Yes, the rates can change between ATMs.Diana Marques
The Cloth Market
Krakow is the old capital of Poland (and lost this title to Warsaw eventually, Poland’s current capital). The Cloth Market was the center for trade and business in the medieval ages. Tradesmen and craftsmen would meet here from time to time and carry on business. It is a beautiful long building which stands out in the city’s Old Town. Perpetually crowded with people, it has a very local feel to it. You might find interesting food vendors outside this place and all for less than 10 zloty which is about 4 AUD! Inside the building, you will see walls and ceilings creatively decorated with emblems of the various cities in Poland. This area is full of small shops and ideal for souvenir shopping! Right from ‘I love Krakow’ caps to coasters, postcards to small games and scarfs, this place has a lot to see.Aanchal Bindal
Another fun and interesting activity is hiking in one of Slovakia’s national parks. Specifically I would mention two of them – Slovak Paradise (wondering why is it called this way and if it’s true?) and Pieniny. In Slovak Paradise you can find different hikes, passing waterfalls, climbing the wood or metal letters, above the canyon of the Hornad river. It is pretty exciting and fun. Definitely worth visiting. In the north-east of Slovakia there is the latter national park called Pieniny. There is not so much hiking involved, but you can either hike or bike or walk a path along the Pieniny river which divides Slovakia and Poland and then take a very typical wooden boat where the guide in a typical dress will tell you all about the mountains nearby and the beauty of the nature in that corner of the country. At the end you can also decide if you want to get off in Slovakia or in Poland.aurinko_lenki
Poland, Katowice: My city of modernity
Have you ever heard of Katowice, big city located in the south of Poland? Probably not. Or – maybe – once in your history you throwned a glance on flight schedule at the airport. In that case, you had noted: ‘Katowice Pyrzowice Airport (KTW)’. Now, we have to know that this beautiful city has something more than just a place where planes touch down. Katowice are known for three factors: touching history, incredible architecture and cultural events. Are you ready for the journey? Let’s get it started!Magdalena Płotała
Gda?sk: Culture and Beaches on the Baltic Coast
Gda?sk is a port city located in the north of Poland, on the Baltic coast. It is the largest of the three urban agglomerations which make up the tri-city area (the other two being Gdynia and Sopot). It has beautiful architecture, a fascinating history and easy access to Sopot’s sandy beaches – no wonder it was chosen as one of the European best destinations of 2017. And if that isn’t reason enough to visit, it’s also easy and cheap to get to.Harriet Reynolds
Warsaw: Exploring a Foreign City
Warsaw is the capital city of Poland, a city that is enriched with culture and history. Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of visiting the country my Grandpa grew up in and finding out more about my Polish heritage. On the 17th of May 2016, I was finally able to make that dream come true.alex-jones
Take a walk in a royal ?azienki Królewskie
Not far from our breakfast spot there is one of the best parks in Poland called ?azienki Królewskie. It was a residence of polish king Joseph Pilsudski, which you can see walking on a beautiful territory of 76 hectares. Huge white buildings that were libraries, eating rooms, galleries, event halls or bedrooms of the royal family are now parts of the museum and are open to tourists and citizens. Grab some nuts and bread so that you can feed squirrels and peacocks that are walking just inside a park.Luba Prokopets
Poland: Kraków – Infinitive charm
Imagine home of the kings in the history, artists capital, business and industrial center and students concentration place. Sounds pretty much like every big city at least in Europe? No ! Let’s find out what gaves it unique character. Of course since Poland enter to European Union it became more turistic, year by year we are beating record of incoming foreigners. Our airport just explodes every summer like a legendary dragon “Smok Wawelski“Kot.
Poland: HEL PENINSULA – The Baltic Sea
Hel is in the northern part of Poland, where there is a nice coast with the beautiful beaches and wide offer of water sports. The main advantage of this place is that the Baltic Sea is partially separated from the land by the peninsula. It makes the place safe but in the same time the sea is not very calm there, there is a nice wind and waves.justinaistravellingtheworld
Discover Krakow’s Hidden Gems
The best places are often the ones hidden from view, the ones that require a bit of extra effort to find. When visiting Poland’s beautiful cultural city Krakow, you would think that the beautiful Old Town Square with its lines of colorful houses was all that there was to contemplate. You would also head to Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter, and revel in its history and bohemian lifestyle. Although these are both things I encourage you to do, in reality, Krakow has a lot more to offer than what meets the eye. Upon closer look, it is a city offering a full network of those delicious restaurants, quirky bars and even museums, all tucked away into passageways and underground spaces. To be found, you will need to explore alleyways and inner courtyards.Stefanie ARoy
Winter in Warsaw
If I’m being really honest, Poland wasn’t initially on my list of ‘places to see’, amongst the myriad of better known or supposedly more trendy destinations in Europe. I kind of decided on a trip to Warsaw because, well, why not? The return Wizz Air flights from our then-home base of Malmö, Sweden, were around $15 AUD, accommodation was very cheap, and we had some free time in our travel schedule. Well, I am so, so glad to have been. Warsaw is incredible.jo-parker
Warsaw: sightseeing, public transport and tips
I’ve never had an aim to visit Poland. I wanted to visit the Czech Republic, Prague in particular. But one day in 2012 I had a reason to visit this country: my boyfriend bought a ticket to the concert of Coldplay which took place in Warsaw. And we decided to go there together and combine both countries: the Czech Republic and Poland in our trip.Polina Buyanova
The Underrated Beauty of Poland
We all have our own bucket list of countries that we’d love to visit. Most of us are probably dreaming about traveling to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, to Italy to visit Rome, to Bali to relax by the beach, or to South Africa for a safari experience. However, not all of us would write Poland on the list. Perhaps, one of the reasons why it hasn’t earned international attention yet is due to the lack of advertisements. A lot of countries become popular because of the films, books, and novels about them. Poland, on the other hand, is a bit laid back when it comes to this. To be honest, I wouldn’t have dreamt of going to this country hadn’t my boyfriend, Mark, shared his experience during his stay there. He always admires the simplicity and serenity of Poland. Gladly, last year, I was able to witness the underrated beauty of Poland with my own eyes.Lanette Kristel Dela Cruz
Poland: Bia?owie?a – The Last Primeval Forest of Europe
Once upon a time, Europe was covered by an immense primeval forest. But as time passed and the continent’s population and economic need and greed grew, those virgin forests have been split and cut down. However, a part of this ancient forest survived on the border of Poland and Belarus – and it’s amazingly beautifulLew Stanisława
Top 4 places you must visit in Warsaw
Are you looking for a great destination to get away from your daily life? Do you want to see as much as you can in a short period of time? If your answer is yes, Poland is a great country with its capital to make it happen.Simona Valio
Poland: Weekend in Pomerania
A lot of people when I say “I’m from Poland”, ask “oh cool, Warsaw or Cracov?”. Well, that can be surprising but we have in Poland few more cities, and my personal opinion- much more beautiful than Warsaw.K.
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