Transport from Modlin Airport to Warsaw

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One of the most common question on travel forum is how to cheaply get to or from Modlin Airport to Warsaw. Here’s our information about all the options and some pictures from Warsaw. Enjoy!

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Direct bus to Modlin Airport/Warsaw

Probably the easiest way to commute between Warsaw and Modlin Airport is to travel by direct bus. It goes from Plac Defilad and stops at the parking in front of the airport.

If you book well in advance, the price may start even from PLN 9 (2 Euro). Usually you have to pay around PLN 35 (approx. 8 Euro).

You will find time tables and information about the transfers on the websites of the following bus companies:

Modlin Bus [ENG]

OK Bus

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Train + Bus

The other possible way to get to the airport is by train. Unfortunately, the train doesn’t go directly to the airport, but stops in the nearby town of the same name as the airport Modlin. From there you can catch a bus, that stands in front of the train station.

The bus departs 10 minutes after trains arival and it needs 10 minutes to get to the airport. You can also try to catch taxi there.

It is also one of the fastest options if you have to commute between two Warsaw’s airports.

You can book it online on national trains website.

Transfer between Chopin Airport and Modlin Airport

In case you need to change the airports to catch a transfer flight, the fastest way to travel might be train.

There is a direct link between airports and the journey lasts about: 1 hour (from Chopin Airport to Modlin train station) + 10 minutes for change + 10 minutes (bus from the train station to the Modlin airport).

You can book it online on national trains website.

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Carpooling from Modlin Airport

There is always someone traveling to or from the Modlin Airport and you can easily catch a ride using BlaBlaCar. You just need to cheap in for the ride and you are ready to go.

The costs of the ride depends on the driver, but it usually doesn’t go over PLN 15 per person. And of course the price is displayed on the website, so there is no way to take advantage.

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By car to Modlin Airport

Until very recentely it was probably the best option for those who live in Poland and travel in a group.

We usually leaved our car at Parking Pod Wiatrakiem, where for less than PLN 100 we could park our car for few days and have a free transfer to the airport, which was just 1500 meters away from our car.

However, be aware that in the beginning of March Modlin Airport changed the price for parking at the airport. Now every single entrance costs 25 zł. Making Modlin Airport the most expensive parking space on Polish Airports.

Kiss and ride option is available only twice a day. Which is why the owners of the parkings all around the airport had to increase their prices.

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How much does holidays in Poland cost?

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As in any other case, traveling to Poland may turn up to be either the cheapest or the most expensive holidays in your life. However, if you avoid tourist traps and crowded propular destinations, your wallet will not get much lighter by the end of two weeks vacations.

How much active holidays in Poland cost?

Active holidays in Poland may turn out to be one of the cheapiest in your life. You can choose to wander through the mountains, sail on a sea or a lake, take a few days kayaking trip, track animals in national parks or take a biking ride through the whole eastern border.

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Trekking in Polish mountains

Trekking in Polish mountains is very cheap summer option.

You can accomodate yourself in inexpensive refuges which you will find on a trail. In season (June – August) and during long weekends it might be better to book a bed in advance. The place in a refuge costs from 15 to 50 zl per person (4 – 12 euros). You will also usually find there small dineries, which may be expensive (the harder it is to get food uphill, the more expensive they are), so for a few day trek it is reasonable to pack at least some food with you to your backpack.

It is uncommon to take a guide on a mountain trail as the route is well marked. Buy a cheap paper map before setting off and you are good to go. And of course be reasonable on a trail and if you don’t have any experience in mountain trekking, prepare in advance. The most important is having proper shoes with thick sole.

If you are trekking through the national park you should also buy an entrance tickets, which usually costs few zlotys.

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Kayaking in Poland

Kayaking is another cheap way to chill in Poland. The most recommended rivers for a few day kayaking trip is Czarna Hancza, Rospuda, Krutynia (In North Eastern Poland), Wda and Brda (in the North Western Poland), Wieprz and Bug (in Eastern Poland)

Renting a kayak is a cost of approx. 15-35 zloty per person (4-8 euros) per day. The price usually includes transport from the finish point to the starting point. If you are planning a longer trip, the rental place can usually arrange to have your luggage, tents etc. transported to the camping site.

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How much sailing in Poland cost?

Sailing is very popular in Poland. It is possible to sail either on lakes or on Baltic Sea. Here we will deal mostly with lake cruising.

The most popular sailing destination is of course Mazury, known also as a Land of Thousand Lakes. You will find there many lakes, interconnected by the channels, which you can discover on a course of 3-4 days, depending on the wind.

The prices of yacht rental in Poland depends of course on few significant factors, like the type of the boat and a size of the crew.

The date of the travel is also important as during summer season it is (again) expected of you to rent a yacht for at least a week. However, it is possible to rent it for a shorter period of time, just for the higher price.

The standard price for a week trip is PLN 3500-4000 for a 6 persons boat. Which gives you around PLN 50-70 per day for a person (12-17 euros).

Additional costs are: harbor fees, petrol and of course food. In some ports they might charge you extra for using facilities like toilets and showers.

However, you should know that it is also possible and totally legal to park your yacht in the wild in some secluded bays on the foresty lakeside. Which of course mean no toilet or showers – just pure nature.

You can find information in English about yacht rental in Mazury on websites of . And even more information about yacht charter in Poland you will find in our next post.

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Taking a balloon trip

Maybe you don’t even realize that you always dreamed about smooth sailing through the skies. Now that you already know what you want, let me tell you a secret. It is perfectely managable to organize it in Poland.

A flight above Biebrza National Park costs around PLN 600 – 700 for person (and usually you need at least 4 people to plan departure). It includes everything: transport, flight and a crew. The views are spectacular and it is one of the best ways to meet wild animals in their natural habitat.

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How much food in Poland cost

A proper dinner should cost not more than 35 PLN (8-9 euros) and you can easily find something for 25 PLN (6 euros). Good italian pizza made in the wooden oven costs from 25 up to 35 PLN. Burgers are very popular in Poland (in the cities) and you will find them in the range from 15 to 30 PLN. Portion of pierogi is usually one of the cheapiest options and they may cost anything from 10 to 25 PLN.

For fancier dinner you should expect to pay 40 – 60 PLN per person (with drinks and dessert). But of course, the fancier the more expensive it gets. For a beef steak expect to pay 50-70 PLN. Check the list of our favorite Warsaw restaurants here.

All about cheap traveling around Poland, you will find in our previous post.

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Transport in Poland

West and central Poland has a well developed system of public and private transport. Main cities and towns are connected by buses and trains. You can also find pretty cheap planes between the main cities. They are offered mostly by RyanAir and LOT.

Situation looks worse in the East. There it is harder to commute between small towns. Sometimes to travel between main cities you need to go back a little, as there are no direct trains. These makes traveling with public transport a bit difficult. However, this part of Poland is a place where you find so many national parks and beautiful views, that a unconvienience is totally worth it.

Train tickets in Poland, comparing to Western Europe, are cheap. Especially for the slower trains (TLK and so called Przewozy Regionalne).

For the fastest Inter City, Express and Pendolino trains, you need to be ready for the bigger expense (for example a ticket from Warsaw to Cracow with pendolino costs PLN 150 – approx. 37 euros), but if you buy well in advance (up to 30 days) you can count on a big discount.

The cheap train on the same route costs 60 PLN (15 euros). In both cases we are o talking about the second class ticket.

More about cheap transport you will find in our previous post.

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Accomodation in Poland

The most popular websites with offers of apartment or hotel room rentals are:

  • Airbnb
  • – this one is dedicated mostly to low range hotels
  • Slowhop – dedicated for real treats and hidden treasures. Every single one hand picked by the creators of the website

During summer season, rooms need to be booked far in advance and the owners expect you to rent them for at least a week, from Saturday to Saturday. Summer in Poland is short and of course everyone wants to make the best of it. Outside of the season you can book them from day to day.

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The most expensive summer destinations in Poland

The most expensive are of course popular holiday destinations. That is Mazury (mostly lakeside towns like Mikolajki, which are located on route through Great Mazurian Lakes), seaside (Sopot, Władysławowo, Mielno, Łeba, Jastrzębia Góra, etc.) and Zakopane. During summer and long weekends these places are flooded with tourists. Prices even for the most rudimentary services are going through the roof, which is why we usually avoid them in the season. Renting a sunbed on a beach in Sopot costs 150 PLN per day (approx. 35 euros)… And a scoop of ice cream may cost almost 10 PLN (almost 2,5 euros).

It may sound crazy but one of the most expensive dishes at the seaside is fish. Be careful what you order as usually the prices shown at the menu are  per 100 grams.

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Accomodation at Polish seaside in summer

The cheapest accomodation in the most popular summer destinations at Polish sea cost 40-50 PLN (around 10-12 euros). Of course the price depends on the location and the standard, so don’t expect much for the cheapest option.

If you are planning to rent a small apartment be ready for the expense around 200 PLN (approx. 50 euro) per day.

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20 Tips for Low Budget Travel Around Poland

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It doesn’t matter if you are a backpacking expert or traveling novice. Here are some crucial tips that will help you organizing a low budget travel around Poland.

Finding cheap accomodation in Poland

Poland is just full of hotels, hostels and guesthouses. Some of them are fully available on Other, especially these located outside of big cities, are usually listed on local websites such as, which are mostly available only in Polish.

From our experience PLN 120-150 (25-35 euro) is a standard price for a double room (with breakfast). Nothing fancy, but you can definetely find a cheaper option, especially out of season or outside of big cities. A bed in a dorm can be booked for PLN 25-35 (6-7 euro).

Booking in advance?

If you like comfort and can’t imagine spending your holidays camping, plan your trip in advance. Especially if you would like to spend it in a cozy, beautiful guesthouse. The closer it is to the season, the smaller chances for success.

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Looking for a lakeview? Better book in advance

In high season (July – August) almost every single guesthouse, hut or hotel expect you to rent a place for at least one week. It is almost impossible to book a place for ONLY a weekend. Also, some places are booked far in advance, for example these super cool tree houses W Drzewach which are probably already booked for all the weekends of 2018.

However, if you are planning to spend your time in Poland in a big city, like Cracow or Warsaw, there should be no problem with booking a shorter stay even if not planned way ahead.

What is agroturystyka?

You might have come across the term “agroturystyka” which can be translated to “rural accomodation”. IIn this case you are accomodated by the owners of the farm. You can also count on homemade dinners. It used to be one of the cheapest forms of accomodation in Poland. And there are still a lot of places where you will get a bed for 10 euros.

However today agroturystyka is getting more and more modern. Isolated forests and lakesides of Podlasie or Lubelszczyzna become more popular among rich middle class. As a result some of the places become something between a hotel and agroturytyka – located in the middle of nowhere, but with bio food and horseriding classes.

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Agroturystyka in Lower Silesia

Couchsurfing in Poland

Couchsurfing is a hospitality service that allows members to stay as a guest at someone’s place. It works really well in Poland, so you can definetely give it a try. Of course, it is popular mostly in big cities.

Couchsurfing is not for everyone. Let’s be honest, not everyone is ready to  trust a total stranger enough to share a flat. However, if you never tried it but would like to start now, remember to follow a few simple rules of the community:

  1. Don’t treat it like a free hotel.
  2. Write as much as you can in your on line profile before you start to send out requests.
  3. Ask your friends, who are already on CS, to write a review for you – it increase your chances of finding a host.
  4. Personalize your requests. There is nothing worse than lazy writing.
  5. And last but not least, read other people profiles and reviews from the other members of the community to avoid disapointment or danger of running into wrong people.

If not Couchsurfing, than what?

There are dozens of other hospitality services that works even better than Couchsurfing. They are usually dedicated to specific social groups. You are planning a bike trip around Poland? Try for example Warmshowers

Camping gives you flexibility

However, if just like us you don’t mind sleeping in a tent, you are one lucky cookie. Poland is perfect for camping, even in the wild.

The highlights of camping is that you don’t have to plan or book it in advance. There is always some room left at the camping site, even if you spontaniously decide on a weekend break from the city.

Camping in the wild in Poland

Poland is pretty sweet spot for fans of camping in the nature. Sure, the rules are not as flexible as for example in Scandinavia. However, it is generaly not forbiden to camp outside of designated area.

It is however forbiden to camp in national and landscape parks. It is also not allowed to camp in the forest. In case you would like to do it, you should inform a local forestry authorithies.

But fear not. There are plenty of places around the country that are not covered with forests and just perfect for your tent.

More than perfect example is this free camping site at Siemianowka lake in Eastern Poland.

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Free camping site at Siemianowka lake

Delicious low budget dining in Poland

Foodies with low budget will love Poland. Filling up is crazy cheap and since Polish people love to eat, there is no chance that you go home hungry.

Just remember to eat healthy. We assure you it is really easy to buy fresh and healthy meals even for less than 10 euro.

Avoid tourist menu

Touristic menu is an easy way to sell you anything that doesn’t go well with locals stomachs. Forget about it and don’t go stright into the trap. They might be cheap, but we strongly believe that quality should be just as important as the price. And we definetely don’t want you to go back home and complaint on Polish food!

Leave touristic area behind. Just around a corner you will find fewer crowds, better food and maybe even cheaper prices. Find out where locals dine, for example students.

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Find out where the students eat

Students are the masters of survival. Find out where the closest campus bistro is. They are always cheap. A great example Stołówka Nawojka in Cracow.

The bright side of Poland is that you will find campuses in city centers.  So take a look around, ask online or on the street where you can get the best dinner.

Another example of a student dinery is Gospoda Koko , which is located almost at the Main Market in Cracow.

Bary mleczne in Poland

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Bary mleczne (milk bar) are probably the cheapest option for a hungry nomad. Thanks to preferencial terms (cheap rent etc.) they can serve food sometimes three times cheaper than a proper restaurant.

Thanks to low prices and good quality of food, bary mleczne are often pretty crowded. You will find there corporation men on lunch, students, pensioners and all sorts of people who crave for homemade food.

And don’t worry. It is called a milk bar, but nowadays they serve all kind of food, like pierogi, meat chops, pancakes, Polish soups etc. The prices starts from 1 euro for a soup and ends around 3 euro for a whole meal. Bon appetit!

I can recommend milk bars like: Mokotowski Bar Mleczny in Warsaw or absolutely splendid Bar Mleczny Kociewiak in Tczew

Folk’s Inns

You will find there on the road and in some of the biggest cities. They serve mostly traditional Polish food. And they serve it real. The portions are usually gigantic.

The perfect example of the inn is Szwejk in Warsaw, Kampania Piwna in Cracow, Karczma Bida.

Also, whenever you are on the road and in doubt where to eat, look for an inn with lots of TIRs parked around. Truck drivers know their route like nobody else and are loyal to the best dineries on their way.

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No matter if you are traveling in a group or solo, always figure what is the best, most efficient way of transport.

Biggest cities and towns are usually easily accesable by train or a cheap bus. You can book a train ticket 30 days in advance the earliest. And sometimes the cheapest bus tickets costs less than 10 PLN (for example Polski Bus, Lux Express and more).

Bus tickets are usually sold in tranches. Follow bus company’s fanpage to get to know when the new pool of tickets will appear. This is the moment when they are the cheapest.

Also, it is worth to know that traveling by train in Poland is very affordable. The cheapest fares are offered by regional trains and so called TLK. If you are lucky you might also buy pretty cheap plane tickets offered by RyanAir and LOT.

Carpooling in Poland

Carpooling is widely popular in Poland. Polish platform that alows you to find passengers or drivers to share the costs of travel is called BlaBlaCar .

It is also pretty common to find a ride by Facebook groups. Especially since BlaBlaCar sometimes charge money for signing up for the ride. However, to find the right group you will probably need a tip from a local.

Hitchhiking in Poland

Even cheaper way to commute between Polish cities is of course good, old hitchhiking. It is very easy to catch a ride and we spent a better part of our student times hitchhiking between Polish cities.

For finding a perfect spot to get out of the main cities consult Hitchwiki.

Biking saves money

In our humble opinion, discovering Poland by bike is the best option you can decide on if you if you have plenty of time but limited sources.

The wildest parts of Poland (like Suwalszczyzna, Bieszczady or Podlasie) are usually secluded places with very poor public transport. Apart from the main cities (or small towns that happen to be on the way) it is sometimes hard to get there without a car.

A perfect alternative to a car is combining train with a bike.

The bike allow you to go slowly enough to really discover all the interesting places and people on your way. You are not bound by any timetable, can always stop or take a detour. It also keep you fit.

Find out more about biking in Poland

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If you travel with low budget – prioritize!

We believe that there’s no point in saving up on everything. So prioritze.

Maybe you don’t need to sleep in a five star or even three star hotel, but instead you would really like to take a baloon flight? Or maybe you are not really into dining at the best restaurants but instead you would like to have a nice, cozy bed with a sea view.

Think and compromise. You will definetely find a way to fit your dreams into your budget. Have fun in Poland!

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What is self-guided tour and is it right for me

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Your are probably planning your vacation and came across a term: self-guided tour. Read the article and you will know everything about it.

What is self-guided tour?

Self-guided tour is a type of organized holidays designed for independent travelers. The main trait is that you are traveling on your own, so without the assistance of the guide or a pilot provided by the agency.

You can either book a full package self-guided tour or just a plan of the trip which you will execute later on your own.

In general, this kind of holidays are perfect if you are not a fan of traveling in large groups. It gives you more freedom and flexibility than standard organized holidays.

Full package self-guided trip

It is something between independent traveling and package holidays. If you book a full package self guided tours, the travel agency will book and organize the trip for you.  However, you will be traveling independently, without a pilot or a guide provided by the travel agency.

Depending on the offer, the agency will choose and book all the attractions and hotels mentioned in the offer. All you need to do is showing up and following the plan of the trip.

Since it is a pre-made tour which is sold to many people, it usually has to be more standarized than the independent self-guided tour. What does it means? Standard hotels and solutions.

Who will like full package self-guided tour?

Travelers who are looking for a hassle free holidays, but are not interested in traveling in large organized group.

You will also like it if you are not interested in tailor-made trip and you are satisfied with standard pre-made trip. For example if you happen to really like the itinerary of the guided trip offered by the agency, but the dates of the trip doesn’t suits you.


  1. All the bookings are done by the agency
  2. Completely hassle free
  3. Independence from the group
  4. Flexible schedule – you don’t need to fit into the schedule of an organized trip


  1. Lack of flexibility and control over the itinerary and accomodation
  2. Higher price than in case of independent self-guided tour
  3. You pay for each person taking part in the tour
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Fully independent self-guided tour

This kind of self-guided tour is even more independent than a full-package.  A traveler get a plan of your whole trip, usually prepared by a local expert. The travel is fully independent and cheaper than the full-package as you pay only for know-how essential for your travel.

However it is the traveler who do all the bookings (unless otherwise stated in the offer).

The plan may include all kind of tips and recommendations: where to sleep at the time of your stay and what to do. Local expert may also recommend restaurants that will suits your preferences.

Most of the plans includes usefull travel tips: what to bring or how to pay. Local expert may also recommend you the cheapest plane connections, etc.


Who we like fully independent self-guided tour?

This kind of self-guided tour is right for people who like independent travel and like to have a one-of-a-kind holidays.

It is also perfect for those who would like to have more control over the whole trip and are looking for holidays that are tailor made for them.

According to the agencies, it is very often ordered by travelers who are used to traveling on their on, but lack time to organize it.

It is also a good option for people traveling on a budget, but not ready for fully independent travel or lost in translation on foreign websites.

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Choosing independent self-guided tour you can spend your holidays in a truely unique destination


  1. Expertise of the local person and personal assistance
  2. Tailor made for your needs
  3. Flexibility – it is easier to find a place in smaller, cozier hotels and guesthouses
  4. Control over the itinerary and accommodation – you can choose any destination you want
  5. Cheaper price
  6. Only one payment for a whole group of travelers


  1. You need to spend your time on booking recommended attractions and accomodation
  2. Payment include only preparation of the plan (unless stated otherwise)
  3. You need to tell the expert about your preferences

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So imagine you are going for a self-guided trip to Poland.

If you decide for a full package self-guided trip, the agency will offer you their standard route. Accomodation will be booked by the tour operator. You will also make just one payment – to the agency.

However, if you decide for the independent self-guided tour you will recieve a personalized travel plan. It will include a recommendation from an expert. As you are traveling independently he can recommend you accomodation in truelly wonderful places, that are out of rich for the members of organized tours.


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Polish books and writers are well known around the world. However, it is quite hard to find translations of authors who are not Nobel prize winners, like Wisława Szymborska or Czesław Miłosz. However, since they deserve at least the same amount of your attention, I present you the list of very fine and inspiring Polish literature.

Why did I choose these Polish books?

If you have any experience with Poland you probably know that Polish people have a tendency to create quite depressing stories. We somehow cannot help ourself and keep coming back to the traumatic stories of Second World War or alienation during the communistic rule.

This is why I was trying my best to do it differently. I choose books that don’t necessary tells the story about the war and depression.  Instead I was trying to choose stories about fascinating every-day men. Or authors who invite you to their absoluetely immersing worlds.

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Ryszard Kapusciński, Nobody leaves


Polish title: “Busz po polsku/Notes”

Yes, Kapusciński was famous for his increadible travels to tropical lands. In grey, communistic times his books were the biggest substitue of exotic voyage that nobody in Poland could experience. A true idol and hero for thousands of modern journalists.

However, before he grabed his suitacase and checked in his very first African hotel, Kapuściński was focused on local issues. He wrote several reportages about working class Nowa Huta. And he also published series of short articles from his travels around Poland “Busz po polsku”, which is now available in English under the title Nobody leaves.

Interestingly “Busz po polsku” literally means something like “Polish jungle”. From forgotten villages to collective farms, Kapuscinski explored Poland that was not only completely distant and remote to us but also to the people who lived in Poland at the time of writting. The characters Kapuscinski meet during his travel were colorful and vivid, like taken straight from the works of Puszkin or Dickens.

Find it on Merlin , Tania Książka, Bonito, Amazon

Filip Springer, “History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town” 


Polish title: “Miedzianka”

Miedzianka was a small town in the beautiful Janowickie Mountains in Lower Silesia. Now it is gone. Why and how it happened? Well, that’s the story told in the book.

I know, nowadays people don’t want to watch a movie if the trailer doesn’t reveal them the whole plot. But you should just trust the artist and read this book.

Especially since the book was so popular that it started a revival of Miedzianka. In 2017 Springer organized “Miedzianka festival“. Someone brought to life an old brewery. Maybe the town was given a second chance to stay alive in people’s memory.

“History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town”  was translated to English and German. You can check an excerpt of the book on Guardian.

Find it on Amazon

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Jan Potocki, “Manuscript found in Saragossa”


Polish title: “Manuskrypt znaleziony w Saragossie”

This book is already a real diamond. It is nothing like any other Polish book and actually it wasn’t even originally published in Polish.

The author was an extraordinary persona.  A Polish count who wrote in French – Jan Potocki. The plot takes place… in Spain and shows the adventures of eighteen year old captain who meets dozens of hippie characters:  “a large and colorful cast of Romani, thieves, inquisitors, a cabbalist, a geometer, the cabbalist’s beautiful sister, two Moorish princesses”¹.

This fascinating story is full of magic realism and stories withing the stories. Which is why some see Potocki as a predecessor of Marquez. Some compare him to Cervantez. Whoever is right or wrong, the fact is “Manuscript…” is probably one of the most read Polish books ever.

Find it on Amazon.

If you cannot read a book you may try watch the movie adaptation by Has.  Find it on Amazon.


  1. Wikipedia

Anything from Stanisław Lem

For example: Solaris, Futurological Congress, Eden

If you are in any way interested in science fiction literature you probably already know who Stanisław Lem is. World Famous sci fi author translated to . His books were acclaimed both by the audience and the critics.

New York Times called him the most praised science fiction writer in the world. If there is some invention entering the market right now, Lem probably put it in his books. If you have a chance to read “Return from the stars” from 1952 in electronic format, you might get a strange feeling when you get to the part where Lem described a bookstore.

“You could no longer shake the shelves, weigh in the hands of the volumes, feel their weight announcing the size of the reading. The bookstore was rather an electronic laboratory. Books were crystals with fixed content. They could be read using an opton. It was like a book, but with just one page between the covers. You turn the page by touching it ”

Check Lem’s official site (available in English, Spanish and German)

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Segriusz Piasecki, “The Lover of Ursa Major”


Polish title: “Kochanek Wielkiej Niedźwiedzicy”

The sole biography of the author could be a screenplay. Sergiusz Piasecki was born in the beginning of XX century in Eastern Poland. As a teenager he escaped from Polish prison and move to Moscow. There he experienced revolution of 1917. Then he fought in war against Russia in 1920. Finally became a spy and at the same time – a smuggler. Didn’t say no to drugs. Finally he was arrested after robbing traders and attacking passengers on the train. He got life sentence, which was then changed to 15 years of prison. Quite a personality, don’t you think?

He started writing in prison (where he learned proper Polish). His third novel was smuggled out from the prison and published. That was “The Lover of Ursa Major”. A fenomenal book about Polish borderland and colorful life of its heros – smugglers. The book become a hit. The artists from all over the country were supporting Piasecki’s motion for earlier release from the prison.

The Lover of Ursa Major” was translated to Italian. Unfortunately so far I was unable to find any English version of the book.

Find Italian translation on Amazon

Andrzej Sapkowski – The Witcher saga and Hussite Trilogy

Translated to ninteen languages, Sapkowski’s books are probably the most accesable for English speakers.

The Witcher saga

Does the Witcher need to be introduced? A white hair protagonist called Geralt of Rivia who’s job is to sly monsters is a favourite character of fans of fantasy. The Witcher’s world was massively influenced by Slavic legends, making the saga one of a kind amongs competition that tend to place their characters in Middleearthish settings.

The whole saga is not only a story about fighting with evil creatures. That is not even a main focus of the books.  The Witcher series is a story about family, destiny and hard art of taking side in the times of contempt. The plot is full of politics and investigations. Spakowski’s writing is spotless, characters fascinating.

The Witcher saga consists of 7 books, which should be read in this order:

  1. “Last Wish” (short stories)
  2. “Sword of Destiny” (short stories)
  3. “Blood of Elves”
  4. “Baptism of Fire”
  5. “The Time of Contempt”
  6. “The Tower of the Swallows”
  7. “Lady of the Lake”.

There is also the 8th book about the Witcher – “Season of Storms. However, this one was wrote many years after the story of Geralt and Ciri concluded and from my point of view is not a must-read. After finishing the saga you might also read a short story “Coś się kończy coś się zaczyna”. However it is probably not translated to English yet.

You can buy the whole saga on Allegro, Amazon

Hussite Trilogy

After the huge success of The Witcher saga, Sapkowski presented another fantastic series. This time the plot is taking place during the historical events of hussite wars. True events and historical figures meet here with magical world, which we observe through the eyes of the doctor and magic novice Reynevan.

The trilogy consists of the following books:

  1. Narrenturm

  2. Warriors of God / Gottestreiter

  3. Lux Perpetua

German and Spanish versions of the trilogy are easily accesable on line. As Sapkowski’s popularity can only grow, we might expect new translations any time in the next years. The Witcher game by CD Projekt became a world wide hit. And with Netflix TV show based on the Witcher saga, Sapkowski might become a new George Martin.

Find German versions on Amazon

Janusz Korczak “King Mat the First”

Polish title: Król Maciuś Pierwszy

In Polish literature, this is an equivalent of Peter Pan. An imaginative story of Matt, a boy who become a king as a boy. Sounds like pure fun. However, this is not an a candy story but a deep life lesson for children and parents.

Korczak’s writting was focused on preparing children for adult life and the book was a genius and smart tool to teach them how to make responsible decisions. The writre was an educator and advocat for children’s rights. It is worth to know that during the WWII he refused to leave ghetto (even though he had a chance to escape). Instead he stayed there and kept taking care of the inprisoned children.

So if you are looking for an extraordinary book for your children, read them King Matt the First. The author, instead of paternalizing, empowers children and treat them like adults who are capable of learning and taking decisions. The book is like no other.

Find it on EnBook

Man… I just wish Akademia Pana Kleksa was some day translated to English.


Polish books published in English

HERE you will find a list of Polish books published in English language.

HERE you will find a list of the most frequentely translated Polish non fiction books.

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