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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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10 Things You Need to Do in North Eastern Poland

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Foreign tourists usually neglect places located outside of main Polish cities. Big mistake. Here’s 10 reasons why your trip to North Eastern Poland will be simply unforgettable. This is our picks on what to do in North Eastern Poland – the lands stretching from Mazury to Bialowieza.

Kayaking on Czarna Hancza

Check the weather forecast and if there are no clouds on the sky, jump in a bus that wll take you straight to Augustów. It is a capital of Wigierski National Park. The town is located between the waters of three lakes and is a great starting point for kayaking trips or any other lakeside activity.

The waters of Czarna Hancza are crystal clear and shallow. The banks of the river are full of tiny quayas marking the pit stops on which you can take a rest, eat some pierogis with blue berries or potato pancakes and even order a cold ale.

You can go on a one day trip or decide for a few day travel through the forests of Eastern Poland. Sleeping can be arranged in numerous camping sites or guesthouses along the river.

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Forest Trekking in Białowieza

Białowieża National Park is one of the oldest and wildest natural reserves in Europe. Walking around few hundred years old trees is something that will please any nature lover.

You can do trekking by yourself or hire a guide who will take you to the most remote parts. And in early autumn you can try to experience rykowisko – the sounds of dozens of deers calling their mates heard in the middle of the night may really freak you out!

Beside that Bialowieza is naturally home of Polish bison. If you are lucky you may see it in the wild. There is also an option of seeing them in the Polish Bison Reserve.

Stay at the folk town of Białowieskie Sioło or rent some cheap room in Białowieża.

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Baloon flight over Biebrza river

Biebrza National Park is anything but crowded. Create to please nature lovers and misfcome its of the world, it will be perfect if you are running away from big city crowds.

Biebrza river is surrounded by the forests, meadows and swamps. What sounds not really appealing is actually a stunning kingdom of mooses bisons wolves and most of all birds. Hundreds of ornitologist come here every year in the spring to observe their gatherings.

If you are not a big fan of bird watching, jump on the deck of a balloon and see the valley from the sky. If you are lucky, you will be able to look down at an elk or two!

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Tasting sękacz

Are there any foodies on board? Sweets lovers? Cakes addicts? Sękacz is a traditional Polish – Lithuanian cake made with butter, egg whites and yolks, flour, sugar, and cream, cooked on a rotating spit in an oven or over an open fire.

Sękacz means brunchy. You might have seen it in the bakeries of Warsaw and Cracow, but there it is sold in tiny portions, that costs like 4 euro for a small piece. Which is just a fraction of the whole cake which you will get for the same price in North East.

Real sękacz is usually made in a pretty big sizes. Of course, it taste best when it is freshly baked. However, you can leave it for months in your kitchen and it will still taste great.

Sailing in Mazury

Mazury is a land of thousand lakes and since at least 50 years it is a most visited place in North Eastern Poland. Lakes connected by the system of canals it is a sailing paradise. You will find there all the sailors of Poland, including these inexperiences adventure seekers who go there for their first sailing experience with friends.

The attractions include sleeping in the wild and living like a pirate. Sailing is considered a perfect long weekend activity. The season in Mazury lasts from June and July and it is when it is the most crowded (plus two long weekend in May and June)

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Walk on the bridges of Stanczyki

Ten years ago this paragraph might be called „Bungee jumping from Stanczyki”. The old bridges at Stanczyki used to be the first place in Poland where you could try this extreme sport. However since few years it is considered no longer safe.

Still, the pictoresque architecture of the bridges can be fully appreciated even without hanging on a rubber line.


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Sweating in sauna in Suwalszczyzna

Suwalszczyzna is one of the least visited places in Poland. And we cannot make up our mind around it. Yes it is remote and one of the coldest places in the country. But being cold is not a reason to not give it a try. Especialy since locals there have their ways to warm up.

Just like all the people of the North, locals in Suwałki practise a grand tradition of sauna, which here is usually called bania. You can easily book one with a lake view. 10 minutes in 80 degrees and a minute to cool off in the lake. What not to like?

One of the oldest banias is located in Wodziłki. Thanks to the great amount of smoke produced during preparation of the sweating session, it is called black bania. But don’t worry, the smoke is gone before you enter. All that last is crazy high temperature!

Bike through the whole Eastern Poland

If you are a fan of biking tourism try biking through North Eastern bike trail Green Velo. This way you can also go through all of the before mentioned places!

You will find more about biking through Green Velo here.

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See colorful churches and mosques

Even if you are not a fan of sacral architecture you should not miss these. Colorful temples are a trademark of Eastern Poland and you will find them in many towns south from Augustów.

One of the most popular is a green mosque in a little village Kruszyniany almost at the border with Belarus. And if you need more recommendations, check our map of the wooden temples and towns in North Eastern Poland.

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Discover Hitler’s headquarter in Wolvenshantz

If you are interested in history of WWII don’t miss a visit in the Hitler’s headquarter. A whole town hidden in the middle of Mazurian forests was a scene for the failed attack on Hitler in 1944.

You will find all the needed information in English and German here.

Now you definetely know what to do in the North Eastern Poland. Here’s the map of all the before mentioned attractions. Enjoy!

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Sports you should try in Poland

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Doesn’t matter if you are an active or passive sportsmen or sportswomen. In this article you will learn what to do, watch or follow in terms of sport in Poland!

BJJ – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

You will not find it in the news, but it doesn’t matter. Even though it is out of the spotlight, Polish BJJ competitors are one of the most successful sportsmen in the country.

But what exactly is BJJ? First of all, it is a martial art. You might never heard about it but you probably know something about MMA. In the mixed martial arts competition, BJJ is one of the most frequently used technique. There are no punches and kicks. Instead lots of chokes and pulls.

BJJ evolved from judo and is sometimes called a sport of human chess. You can read a lot more about this concept here .

Why in Poland?

Polish BJJ is one of the strongest in the world. Sure, the best competitors are still being born mostly in Brazil. But right after that is Poland. Guess what an absolute BJJ legend Roger Gracie, ten times World Champion, has to say about the best BJJ in Europe:

“In my opinion United Kingdom is the strongest in terms of number of academies and competitors. Then I would say Poland and then France of course which has a lot of academies.”

So if you are staying in Poland and you are looking for a challenging sport, check some BJJ gym. We can wholeheartedly (and basing on our own experience) recommend gyms from the Polish Academia Gorila.  Mainly due to the fantastic, friendly atmosphere that makes this place your second home in no time.

You will find AG in Warsaw and some smaller towns around the country.

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Of course on a daily basis they train in a gym. Here at BJJ summer picnic at Warsaw’s beach (photo by Andrzej Stawinski)

Cross country skiing

Poland is not a winter destination, I will give you that. But if you are here in winter you are probably not  a great fans of big slopes. Maybe for a change try cross country skiing. Polish Mekka of this discipline is Jakuszyce close to Jelenia Gora (south-west Poland).

Also, since you don’t need hills for cross country skiing you can do it even in Warsaw. If you are there and it is snowing, consider cross country skiing as an option to spend your afternoon.

There are many rentals located across Warsaw that will be more than right for your first adventure with skis. They also offer classes so you could get some experience. It is quite easy and doesn’t require any investment in clothes.

Check rentals in Powsin or in Wesola (there is actually professional prepared track)

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Ski jumping in Poland

There is a small chance you will ever try ski jumping, in Poland or in any other place. However, this obscure discipline is turbo popular in Poland. You can’t even imagine… So if you are looking for a little bit exotic sport event to attend during your stay in Poland, ski jumping tournament might be a thing for you.

Everything started around 15 years ago when inconspicuous and extremely modest Adam Malysz become the winner of the prestigious  Four Hills Tournament that gave him a pass to the international ski jumping elite. Poland went crazy. And for the next few years ski jumping competition become the most watched sport events in the country. Every single week.

Today we have another champion – Kamil Stoch. You can watch and cheer for him and the rest of Polish crew in Zakopane. The nest contest is planned for January 25-26. It is said that the unofficial sellers are trying to sell the tickets for more than PLN 5000.

Motorcycle speedway

This exotic motor sport is very popular in western Poland. Cities like Gorzow Wielkopolski and Zielona Gora and completely addicted to the taste of shale in their mouth (it flies everywhere during the race!).

Polish motor speedway league is one of the best in Europe, so you might give it a try and check a real race. Especially if the teams from Gorzow Wielkopolski (so called Stalowka) and Zielona Gora (Falubas) are opposing each other. They rivalry is already legendary. And they find pretty uncommon ways to get under each others skins. For example in 2011, after winning Polish championship, fans of Falubas decorated the biggest statue of Jesus Christ in Swiebodzin (36 meters tall) with 40 meters hand knitted scarf in their colors.

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Even though Baltic Sea is one of the coldest seas in Europe, thee are many people who every summer travel to Hel Peninsula to practice kite surfing there.

What we lack in the temperature of the water, we make up in the atmosphere of the place.  Surfers here stay together in a big camp. The other advantage is the diversity. You can learn kite surfing in the shallow waters of the bay that surrounds the peninsula from the south. And after that you can just walk across to try yourself in the open sea. After all, Hel Peninsula is only 3 km in its widest point!

Biking in Poland

Thanks to the recent investments, biking tourism is getting more and more accessible.

The easiest and the safest route is located in Lesser Poland and is suitable for bikers at all ages. And if you are looking forward to something more adventures and maybe even surprising, try over 2000 km long Green Velo.

You will read more about biking in Poland in our previous post

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Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Poland. Both played and watched. As Polish players are the international elite the games of Polish team attract lots of people.

Since the level of the game is high, during your stay in Poland you have a good chance to watch live the best players in the world during World League or World Cup. Traditionally, the most exciting are the matches with Russian and US teams.

This year (2018) the New World League will be held in Poland twice – on  May 23-25 and June 1-3.

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Best 10 Off the Beaten Track Places in Warsaw

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If you are fed up with popular spots, discover Polish capital with our Warsaw off the beaten track recommendations. Certified by locals!

Active Warsaw

First things first! We like moving so we cannot miss the opportunity to recommend you some of our favorite places in Warsaw where energy is a must have.

Hangar 646

If you are an energy driven, never stopping touris that never miss a chance to get really sweaty, you should visit a trampoline park Hangar 646. Founded by the gymnasts brothers, it is one of the most popular recreational spots in Warsaw. Just be careful, as those huge trampolines has a power to send you to the Moon!

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Cross country skiing in Warsaw

Our favorite activity during that short period of real, snowy winter in Warsaw, is cross country sking. Polish capital is surrounded by vast parks and forest, which can be discovered by bike in summer and on skis in winter.

The closest to city center are rentals at Powsin recreational park or for example in Bielany and Kabaty. And of course they are operating if there is enough snow, so standby!

More ways to get sweaty in Warsaw? Check our post about sports you should try or see while in Poland.

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Hanging around

If you are looking for a place where you can just lay in a hummock with a lemonade in you hand (or a beer), here’s our favorite picks.


For many this park is a regular hanging spot. Very quiet and almost deserted during the day, offers superb view at the classist palace. There is a free sunbed rental and a small cafe. You can also take a long walk around the palace which is surrounded by Arkadia park, which is a nature reserve.

You can also go there with your boule set, as it is a regular hanging spot for boule players.

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Palace Krolikarnia

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Old bridge in Krolikarnia park

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Krolikarnia, back of the palace

River banks

We remember the times when left side of the river was just for fisherman and teenagers who wanted to drink in the wild. Last years the place had been turned into to family and also party friendly most visited spot in Warsaw. Once the sun is there, dining and wining center of the city relocate near Swietokrzyski and Poniatowski bridge.

The whole are is full of people and being there is definetely how the locals do it. And if you are looking for something in a “chill” mood, check Boogaloo which is located more north than the main party hub, just right next to the Olympic Center. There is less people there and it is neighboring forest, which makes it a perfect quartet: reggae, river, forest and the beach. It is pretty much the best place in Warsaw to feel like on vacation without going anywhere.

Ujazdowski Palace and Center of Modern Art

Just a rock throw from Jazdow you will find Center of Modern Art in Ujazdowski palace. Visit it for its laid back atmosphere. In summer there are many activities going on there like… You can also just lay in a hummock and drink cold lemonade.

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Discover Warsaw off the beaten track


We wish there was more places like this in Warsaw. Or anywhere. A trip to Jazdów is like time traveling. Or just traveling, cause this is a real village in the very center of Warsaw.

For the tranquil character of Jazdów we should really thank… Finish people. In 1945 Finland gave Poland 400 timber houses, which was a part of a war reparations deal. Finish houses were supposed to help in housing crisis in Warsaw and to be removed after 5 years. But they are here to this day.

There are numerous free events that take place in Jazdow, mostly organized by “Open Jazdów” group.

Czerniakowskie Lake

Looking for a place to jump into the water? There are plenty open swimming pools and actual lakes around and even inside Warsaw. One of the most vintage places is lake Czerniakowskie, which since forever was providing summer refreshment to Varsovians.

It is located in a quiet neighborhood and souranded by natural reserve. Chill there, take a swim or rent a boat.

Dining and drinking off the beaten track

Below you will find our off the beaten track recommendation for a night out.  And if you are looking for a place to try Polish cuisine we recommend: Pikanteria (perfect pierogi and zurek), Folk Gospoda (great venision).

And if you would like to see how Polish restaurants looked like in the 80s, check Lotos.  Since communism almost nothing changed there and the food is quite tasty. You can meet there a very mixed crowd: lawyers and drunkards. I guess they both have a thing for a good tatar and vodka.


From what we hear on the local expats groups, there are still plenty of foreigners who are still afraid to cross the river to have some fun. That is a huge negligence!

What used to be the most dangerous part of Warsaw, since 2005 gradually has been turning into main nightlife zone. First the artist and then the whole city started exploring alternative clubs and pubs, like Sen Pszczoły (Bee’s Dream) or W Oparach Absurdu located in Praga district.

Today you should not be afraid to wander to the pubs and restaurants at Zabkowska Street, which become the party center of the whole area. On August weekends it even turns into a pedestrian only zone.


This place is not for … everybody. Entering Pawilony is like jumping througha  rabbit hole. Located at the back of Nowy Świat, they provide a needed relieve from a glamour of the touristy street. 30 tiny pubs located on 2000 square meters handle all the hassle and bustle there can be.

We still remember the times when nobody ask there how old are you as long as you had your 1 euro for a glass of beer. But every year, for good or worse, it is getting more and more civilized. You will not get more local than this!

Night market in Warsaw

Even though it is not Asia, Poland got its own night market. And it is pretty great. Dozens of food stalls and music is all that a hungry Varsovian needs.

Night market is located on the old train station (so called Main Railway Station – not to be mistaken with Central Railway Station) and is a regular event during summer season.

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Where to go in Poland? [Pics and Map]

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Wheater you are looking for a perfect destination in seaside or preparing to backpack through wildest parts of Europe, here’s our picks on where to go in Poland.

Polish mountains

Since Polish sea is located in north and can be extremely cold even in summer, it is not a bad idea to explore Polish mountains. You can choose from numerous little towns and villages.

The most well known and at the same time the most crowded destination is Zakopane.  Being winter capital of Poland, Zakopane is the most “on the beaten track” place in Polish mountains. Go there on winter for sking or to watch international games in ski jumping – Polish people are crazy about it. And if you are a fan of trekking, nearby Tatry mountains or Pieniny will have plenty to offer during warm season.

If you are looking for some smaller towns, go to Szklarska Poreba or Karpacz in western Karpaty. The mountains there are smaller, but the views are just subperb. Plus, it is just a half-day hike away from Czech beer!

Last but not least, if you are looking for something even lesser known, choose Beskidy or Bieszczady mountains. These part of Poland are considered to be the wildest. Perfect for trekking and star gazing. You will find them both pin point on our map. We also described Bieszczady in the chapter dedicate to off the beaten track destinations below.

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Tatry mountains seen from Turbacz peak

Sunset in Góry Stołowe

Polish seaside

We said it already once but we will repeat it again. Baltic Sea is pretty cold. Everybody knows it. However, in July and August, the most popular Polish beaches are swormed with tourists.

Many people are more than ready to turn a blind eye on the temperature of the sea due to the outstanding beauty of Polish sandy beaches. Forget about rocky coast of Italy or Adriatic. Sunset walk on a beach will put its spell on you.

The most popular summer destinations in Poland are Mielno, Władysławowo, Jastrzębia Góra and Sopot. Decide for them only if you do not mind neither crowds nor expenses.

A little less crowded is Hel Penisula. Absolutely stunning piece of land which in the widest part is no more than 3 km! Sourrounded by both the waters of Baltic Sea and Bay of Puck, it is very popular among kitesurfers and windsurfers. It might also be a perfect location especially if you would like to camp in a tent.

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Morning at Hel Peninsula

There is nothing better than a morning walk around the pine forests in the seaside. So if you are looking forward to spend your holidays as close to nature as possible, consider visiting island Wolin. Its one of the most beautiful places on Polish coast and a location of the national park. You will especially appreciate its 15 km cliff coast line.  Also, annually, the island is home to Europe’s biggest Germanic-Slavic Viking festival.

Polish main cities

Being perfectly accesable by plain, cities like Warsaw or Cracow are often visited by foreigners.


Warsaw is Polish capital and the main business hub. As it had been completely destroyed during the WWII, it took a while till it raised from the ashes. if you haven’t been here for a while, you will be just struck by the changes in its cityscape.

Visit Warsaw in spring or in summer. Once a real spring starts, the whole social life of the city relocates to river banks. They are not only perfect for a slow walk with a loved one but also for a barbecue or a late beer with friends. Not to metion beach volleyball or kayaking.

If you are already there don’t miss Copernicus Science Center. From there you can take a short walk up hill to the Old Town. In the evening  make a stop for light & sound show at fountain park.

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Cracow is much more chilled and laidback than Warsaw. The city center is ruled by the students. So it is a perfect destination if you would like to party a little without draining your wallet. It is also a great place to start discovering Polish history.

Visit Shindler’s Factory in Jewish district Kazimierz and then get lost in its narrow streets. Go for a beer to Omerta and try Polish fast food at Endzior on Plac Nowy. If you need more visit Royal Castle and a Cathedral on Wawel Hill.

And of course, there is no way you will somehow miss Sukiennice and St. Mary’s Church.

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You will find more details about Polish cities in our previous post. 

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Top 10 Places to Eat in Warsaw (that Plan Poland know of)

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Warsaw's restaurants. What do we know about them? We consider ourself quite fond of good food. Sure we don't blog about the baked potato pancakes (mostly because it sounds like...

Transport from Modlin Airport to Warsaw

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Off the beaten track in Poland

If you are a foreigner, probably any destination outside of Warsaw, Cracow and Wroclaw is off the beaten track. Most tourist visit these 3 cities. And of course Aushwitz, which is a main point of any trip to Poland.

Those who are a little more adventures my wander to Gdansk, Lodz or Malbork. Many German tourists travel to the beautiful but quite crowded lake district of Mazury.

If you are interested in discovering places that are visited almost exclusively by locals, here’s our main recommendations.


Even though Suwalszczyzna offer crystal clear rivers and hilly landscape taken straight from a fairy tale, it is one of the least visited areas of Poland! Scarcely populated and with quite poor mobile reception it is a definition of remote and desolated. If you haven’t seen a night in Suwalszczyzna, you don’t know what is “dark”.

Why would you want to go there? It is just perfect for active holidays. There is just no way you will not fall in love with the nature in Wigierski National Park and kayaking through Czarna Hańcza river. Personally we are also huge fans of the old train bridges in Stanczyki.

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Kayaking through Czarna Hancza

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Train bridges in Stanczyki


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Kayaking on river Wda

If you are put off by the prices and crowds in Mazury, go to Kaszuby. What is waiting there for you are green forests and smooth waters of huge lakes. If you are a fan of biking you can also check out so called Kaszubska Marszruta. Which is one of the best (although not that long) bike trails in Poland. We also highly recommend taking a one day kayaking trip on river Wda or Brda.

While you’re there it is worth staying at one of the lakeside resorts, which are not very expensive (but remmeber that in season you need to book well in advance). Check for example this place at Wdzydze lake.

Also, once you are there don’t forget to visit Malbork where the biggest castle IN THE WORLD is located. The medieval Teutonic fortress is an ultimate must see and we assure you it is one of the best prepared sights on Polish touristic map.

If you are interested in biking in Poland, check our previous post

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The biggest castle in the world in Malbork, Poland

Puszcza Knyszynska and Podlasie

Puszcza Knyszyńska in Podlasie is one of the most picturesque parts of Poland. A little bit forgoten, it will please fans of biking and chilling. And as a matter of fact, you might meet there more tourists from abroad than from Poland. Places like valley of rivers Narew or Biebrza has been for years frequentely visited by nature lovers from whole Europe, especially ornithologists.

The biggest attraction of Podlasie, apart from stunning nature, is wooden architecture. They are the symbol of the cultural diversity of Poland in pre-WWII times. Colorful wooden Catholic, Orthodox churches and mosques can be found in many little towns on your trail. The most known are located in Kruszyniany, Narew and so called Land of Open Window Shutters. We also whole heartedly recommend a visit in a tranquil Supraśl.

Podlasie is also home of four national parks: Bialowieski, Wigierski, Biebrzanski (Biebrza) and Narwianski (Narew) National Parks.

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Wooden mosque in Kruszyniany

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Narew National Park


Finally, Bieszczady.

There is a saying in Poland that is usually used by the stressed employees of big corporation. It goes like this: One day I will leave it all and move to Bieszczady.

Bieszczady are associated with chill, independence and wilderness. Considered to be the wildest part of Poland (if not Europe) is perfect for backpackers and nature lovers. Home for all the misfits in the world. Just ten years ago it was completely undiscovered by the common tourists (but this started to change recentely).

It is still a place free from high end hotels (with small exceptions). If you are backapcking there, consider staying in Chata Socjologa (The Sociologist’s Hut). It is a nation wide famous refugee and self-sustainable republic. No curfew, no light untill sunset, toilet outside of the hut. And a signs “beware of bears” at the start of the trail. Cost: around 4 euro per night.

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Trekking in Bieszczady

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Chata Socjologa

Find out more about national parks in Poland in our previous posts. And if you need more on how to travel around Poland without draining your wallet check our 20 tips.

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Below you will find many more recommendations and information about touristic destinations in Poland. Enjoy and let us know if you found it helpful in a comment section below!

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40 amazing attractions for a whole family in Poland [with MAP]

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If you are starving for an inspiration how to spend next weekend with your family, check our list of the most praised touristic attractions for a whole family in Poland.

You will also find them all in our ultimate map of 40 amazing attractions for a whole family.

Just click on each icon and see short description of the attractions. Scroll down to get to the address and the website where you will find details on prices and many more essential information.

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Places from fairy tales

Polish Castles

If there is a must see place in Poland that is definetely a castle. And it is hard to pick the castle, as there are so many jaw dropping fortresses here.

If you are planning to crouse around the best once, you should not miss northcentral part of Poland (Kujawy, Mazury) and South-West regions of Poland. Castles in: Ogrodzieniec, Krzyżtopór, Czocha, Chojnik, Książ are all worth of your time.

However, if you have to pick just one, it has to be Malbork. An old Teutonic castle close to Gdańsk, that happens to be the biggest one in the world. Making it probably the best attraction for a family with children in Poland.

Amazing rocks at Bledne Skaly

These place is brought straight from a fairy tale. And actually stared in one.

Bledne Skaly is a group of extraordinary rocks in southern Poland. Come here early in the morning or outside of the summer season and get lost in this labyrynth. Otherwise you might be forced to share it will thousands of other visitors. A maze is so mind blowing that is become a location for scenes in “Narnia”.

There is plenty of other great locations in the area. Such as Chapel of Skulls in Kudowa Zdroj or Szczeliniec.


Teutonic castle in Malbork

Train festival in Wolsztyn

Wolsztyn is a capital city of steam locomotives. It is not a museum or a storage for trains, but an actual locomotive shed that has been operating for over 100 years.

If you happen to have a train lover in your family, you have to take him to Wolsztyn. The best month would be May, when a place hosts an amazing locomotive festival.

Folk art in the garden

A place is just perfect excuse to discover Polish folk art. The visit should not take longer than an hour. But you will probably forget there about your everyday life and get fully emersed with a world of philosophy, art and science.

Kaszubska Chata (Kashubian Hut) is located just outside of the house of late Józef Chełmowski (called Kashubian Leonardo da Vinci). Go there to see fantastic calendars, clocks and human size beehives in shape of Johan Goethe and other great minds.

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Kaszubska Chata in Brusy

Quality time with animals

See Polish bisons in Bialowieza

If you are looking for a perfect place for animal spotting, Eastern Poland might be one of the best places in Europe.

The forests of Bialowieza National Park is home to the oldest trees in Poland. And also some of the biggest mammals. Polish bisons, deers, foxes and many other are ready to be discovered at national bison reserve.

Located in the heart of the forest it gives simply perfect opportunities to introduce your family to all these magnificent beings and nature.

Wild horses in Zwierzyniec

Zwierzyniec is a beautiful small town located in the middle of Roztocze National Park. With its famous “church on water” and perfect hiking and biking trails, it attracts tourist like magnet. It may also have something to do with a local brewery, a real treat for older members of the family.

Once you’re there, take a walk around the vast area of wild horses reserve. If you are there at the right moment you will see there a pack of wild horses. Around the reserve, there are several wooden watching towers from which you can take a good look at these beautiful animals.

And if you are looking for chance to spend some more one-on-one time with Polish horses, go to stable breeding in Florianka. It is located just 8 km from Zwierzyniec.

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Wild horses in Zwierzyniec

Animal tracking in Biebrza National Park

The valley of Biebrza river will please even the pickiest adventure seeker. These wild forests and swamps are full of deers, elks and most of all: birds.

Come here in spring when the whole river is overtaken by migrating birds. You can go for bird spottings or hire a professional guide who will show you all the secrets of this lands. You can join a tour designed specialy for families and children!

Bird spotting on footbridges  of Narew

If you are looking for some accesable and little time-consuming attraction, visit Waniewo. A walk around footbridges in Waniewo river gives brilliant excuse to observe wildlife of Narew river. Which accidentely is called Polish Amazon. But don’t worry – it is not that wild!

The walk takes around an hour or two. During the trip you will have an opportunity to use several small ferries that joins the banks. They are easy to operate and fun to use.

Footbridges in Waniewo in Narew National Park

Museums and Science Centres


Hydropolis is yet another great place in Wroclaw (dwarves being the number one), especially if it is raining and you’re starving for knowledge.

It is a science center, alike Copernicus Center in Warsaw, where you can learn all about water. Sounds boring? It is not! The subject covers everything from the biggest rivers in the world to water in your body.

It is a place dedicated for children and adults.  Also, the location is pretty awesome as Hydropolis is based in the XIX century water container of volume of 4000 square meters

Copernicus Science Centre

One of our very favorite places in Warsaw. If you crave for knowledge or you are looking forward to pass your passion to your children, don’t miss CSC.

Hundreds of experiements to perform and discoveries to be made, it is a paradise for kids. If you like silence and need more space, consider coming here in the early morning. Perfectly situated (at Vistula bank) the place attracts hundreds of visitors each year. Don’t forget to book it in advance!

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Reconstruction of early Medival settlements in Biskupin

Open air museum in Sierpc

Open Air Museum in Sierpc in one of the best of its kind. Reserve half of a day to walk around old wooden houses, churches and even sculptuers of local artists. It is a real time travel!

It is opened not only during warm season. In winter you might even have a chance to join a sleigh ride.

Reconstruction and museum in Biskupin

If you are Polish, there is absolutely no way that you have never heard about Biskupin. In the thirties, this little town close to Bydgoszcz went straight into the spotlight when local teacher found there a perfectly well preserved remainings of the medieval village.

Today you can visit there a big archeological centre and walk around the reconstruction of the settlements. In spring, summer and autumn you can also participate in numerous festivities and workshops that take place in the museum.

Open Air Museum

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Looking for more? Check our map that includes 40 amazing Polish attractions for a whole family. You will find them all over the country. And remember that is only a fraction of what is really waiting for you and your family in Poland.

Can’t wait? Want to visit Poland? Click below to help with organizing your trip to Poland.

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Polish bike trails – Green Velo, Bory Tucholskie and more

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During last 10 years, bike trails landscape in Poland started changing. More and more regions have invested in cycling infrastructure and focused on attracting ecotourists. Thanks to these efforts, biking holidays started to be an option not only for professional bikers but also for families with children.

Below you will find description of the best Polish bike trails that have been created till 2017.

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Green Velo – or Eastern Bike Trail – is probably the most famous among Polish bike trails. And at the same time the longest one.  Green Velo goes by 5 voievodship (regions) and 5 national parks. Interestingly, four of these parks are located in just one voievodship, that is Podlaskie voievodship. Since the trail goes through one of the most picturesque and tranquil parts of Poland, Green Velo already became a must-do point on every Polish bikers list. Impressive 2071 km acts like a magnet on every fan of cycling.

Drawbacks of Green Velo

However appealing that sounds, this new trail is not perfect. Only a small amount of the route had been built from the scratch. Also, not all the parts of Green Velo are suitable for road bikes. Once on the trail, you should be prepared for all kinds of road structures: starting from asphalt, through paving and cobbel stone and finishing with sand.

Here you will find a map that shows how and where structure of the bike trail changes:

The other drawback is a fact that the bike trail not always goes outside of the main road. In other words – you might need to cycle through public roads. So if you are planning to cycle with minors, you might consider instead a safer Vistula Bike Trail (described below).

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Biking through Podlasie (near Królowy Most and Supraśl)

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Green Velo goes through footbridges at Narwia National Park

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Green Velo – from Tykocin to Łapy


Highlights of Green Velo

Nevertheless, all this things should not discourage you from trying Green Velo. The views here are spectacular as Eastern Poland is one of the wildest parts of Poland (and Europe). On your way you can see lushy green forests, lakes, rivers and marshes inhabited by the biggest mammals in Europe. Elks, Polish bisons, endless number of birds, beavers, deers, wolves… The place is just perfect if you are looking forward to reconnect with nature and forget about your everyday life.

Eastern Poland has also very unique culture and history. These lands used to be a hom for people of all nations and religions. Today you can trace the footprints left by them on Polish soil – fantastic colorful temples, wooden folk architecture, cemetries or delicious cuisine.

The trip might also turn up to be the cheapest in your life. Food in local shops, markets and most of the restaurants are increadibly cheap.

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Narew National Park

Free camping site at Lake Siemianówka

Difficulty level

Green Velo is a huge trail so difficulty level of an entire route is hard to describe. Southern part of the trail ends at the foothills of Carpathian mountains. The central and northern part of the trail goes around post-glacial Suwalszczyzna and quite hilly Podlasie, Lubelszczyzna and of course Swiętokrzyskie voievodship. So the trail almost never goes through flat areas.

The northern part of the trail, bordering with Russia and Lithuania (Suwalszczyzna) and southern part of the trail (in the area close to Carpathian and Swietokrzyskie mountains) are definetely the most challenging. If you are not ready for some steep ascents, decide for easier parts like places around Białystok.



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Biking through Supraśl

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Wooden mosque in Kruszyniany

Kaszubska Marszruta in Bory Tucholskie

Another Polish bike trail, located in region of Kaszuby, is called Kaszubska Marszruta. It is much smaller than Green Velo, as the investment was made by just one county. However, it was obviusly a county full of smart bike lovers. Thanks to them bikers were presented with a very good product. Kaszubska Marszruta is a system of 61 km of bike trails constructed in the forests of Bory Tucholskie and over 100 km of the route set on the quiet local or gravel roads.

The trail goes along beautiful lakes Charzykowe and Karsińskie. Water there is perfect for a refreshment after a whole day of biking.

Difficulty level

The trail is not difficult however you need to consider that the landscape here is not entirely flat. There are a lot of short but sometimes steep ascents.

Find a link to a map of Kaszubska Marszruta here

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Kaszubska Marszruta in Bory Tucholskie

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Lake Wdzydzkie (Jezioro Wdzydzkie) in Wdzydzki Park Krajobrazowy

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You can bike along crystal clear rivers Wda and Brda


Vistula bike trail is an ambitious project. The goal – connects the springs of Vistula with Baltic sea with a huge bike trail. So far the best, most professional part of the trail in situated in Lesser Poland. It is a part of the bigger project – Velo Małopolska. The goal: to creat 1000 km system of bike trails that connects touristc attractions in the whole region.

So far VBT connects Oświęcim and Cracow. It is said to be the first bike trail in Poland that achieved  Western standard. It is safe, well marked and designed specifically for bikers.

Difficulty level

The bike trail goes along Vistula river. The route is almost entirely flat. However if you are looking for some more demending trails all you need to do is turn left or right. You will immediately jump into highlands of Lesser Poland.

Find a map of the trail here

Polish bike trails – pending projects

Unless the law radically changes, within next year or two we will have a chance to bike through many more awesome trails in Poland. For example, in autumn of 2017 first tests of the scenic West Baltic trail took place in Szczecin and at  Dąbie lake. It said that maybe in 2018 the project will be ready for their first bikers.

Another great opportunity for biking in Poland is being prepared in southern Poland. Great 230 km bike trail will connect Pieniny (mountains in Poland) with Slovakian Tatry. The works started in 2017 and will be known as Dolina Popradu (Valley of Poprad Bike Trail).

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Polish culture and real places in The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

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You might already know that the characters, beasts, language and even the legends used in it, were inspired by Polish culture and locations. As one of the creator of the Witcher III said in the interview with PS4:

We are from Poland and we take great pride in Poland. Our artistic team used Polish locations as reference. Places such as our picturesque fields, medieval castles and villages. Our artists photographed such places and tried to reproduce them in the game as faithfully as possible because Witcher 3 is a Polish product, that we export to the West. (Konrad Tomaszkiewicz)

So below we presents you some of the places, legends and folk traditions that in our opinion were a great source of inspiration to the Witcher’s creators.

Also be careful for spoilers ahead – “TheWitcher 3 Wild Hunt” and its extension pack “Hearts of Stone”.

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The city docks in Novigrad reminded me harbor of Gdańsk, our main port on  Baltic sea. Of course this kind of architecture was pretty popular in all coastal cities on Baltic Sea. However the resemblance is striking and if the docks were based on Polish location, that’s the most probable model.

Comparison of the concpet art CD Projekt RED “Witcher 3” Novigrad’s docks (c) Andrzej Dybowski, source: Andrzej Dybowski portfolio. And a photo of Gdańsk’s docks, source:  Onet Podróże.

Lindenvale is Zalipie

For me the most obvious real life inspiration from “The Witcher 3” is Zalipie – a small place in Poland. This little southern place is called, not without a reason, the most colorful Polish village. Flower ornaments placed on the whitened walls and thatched roof are trademarks of Zalipie.

The name of the village was even used in the Polish version of the game. It is Lindenvale. However, the name is maybe the only similarity between them. Lindenvale is placed in post-war Velen, almost deserted and in trouble. And looks nothing like a fairy-tale Zalipie in Poland.

Comaprison of the picture of real life Zalipie’s folk house (c) Konrad Dudek, source: And a screen from CD Projekt RED “The Witcher 3”

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In the game, villages with whitend walls and folk ornaments were located near Novigrad. A good example are suburbs south from Portside and Glory Gates, were you can complete the task “White Lady”. The style of ornaments are a little bit different than these in Polish Zalipie. They are probably based on traditional folk pattern from Łowicz (a town in Mazovia famous for craftswork). The most characteristic element of the Łowicz pattern is a colorful rooster.

Velen’s landscape

As we can learn from Michał Stec from CD Projekt RED, the Witcher’s No Man’s Land – Velen – was based on the landscape Mazury. I would say they add there a bit of Mazovia, with its sandy riverbanks and swamps.

Mazury is a lakeside located in the northern part of Poland. It is sailors paradise as it is a great system of lakes, rivers and channels. Mazovia on the other hand is a land located centrally (this is were Warsaw is situated).

Story of Gaunter o’Dim and Olgierd von Everec

A story of these two gentlemen, presented in the expansion pack “Hearts of Stone”, is based on a legend of Mr Twardowski, known also as Polish Faust. Twardowski was an adventurer, who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge of dark magic. To secure his fragile situation, Twardowski added an extra clause into their contract. The devil could have taken his soul only when Twardowski was in Rome. However the devil outsmarted Polish man and approached him while he visited an inn of a name: Rzym (in English: Rome).

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Twardowski and the devil by Michał Elwiro Andriolli – Public domain,

The Witcher’s version of the story kept the traditional Polish way of depicting Twardowski. Olgierd von Everec dresses in line with Polish XVI-XVII century fashion. This is why he wears robes, characteristic for Polish noblemen, who in that time dressed in this slightly oriental way. This was completely different from the Western fashion, where at that time noblemen dressed more like Dandelion. Characteristic for that period is also Olgierd’s weapon of choice (sabre) and of course classic haircut with shaved head sides. Actually the haircut is lately coming back to style in Poland.

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Screen from CD Projekt RED’s “The Witcher Wild Hunt Heart of Stone” by Vollhov. Source:

Wedding party in Bronowitz

Nothing in this game gave me more satisfaction that fighting with wooden fence rails at Bronowitz wedding. This is a type of thing that happens only when you are drunk, and usually at the village party. After all, only there you find plenty of fences with wooden rails at your disposal. This kind of a party, where talking to a wrong girl might lead to a fight. is colloquially named “sztachoteka”. But don’t worry. This kind of fights don’t really happen on weddings.

The whole premise of a village wedding in Bronowitz, was based both on real story and a XX century drama “The Wedding” by Stanisław Wyspiański. It tells a one-night story of a wedding in Bronowice. The groom was a poet and a son of university professor Lucjan Rydel. The bride was a peasant girl Jadwiga Mikołajczykówna. Today Bronowice is a part of Cracow, but in the beginning of the XX century it was  still a village.

Pellar and Forefathers’ Eve on Fyke Isle

The character of Pellar is well known to Polish fol tradition. In Polish version of The Witcher his name was Guślarz, that means – a sort of a village shaman. A man who knows his way around magic and herbalism. And who is also no novice when it comes to encounters with the dead.

The most famous depiction of Guślarz comes from XIX – century drama of Adam Mickiewicz “Dziady” (which is a Polish word for Forefather’s Eve). “Dziady part II” told a story of a folk tradition of the same name.


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By Charles-Boris de Jankowski – File:Adam Mickiewicz – Dziady część I, II i IV.djvu. Public domain,

Puropose of Dziady is to make contact with ghosts of dead relatives and friends in order to gain their support. The ritual is definitely very far from Catholic tradition but was deeply rooted in a folk tradition. Dziady took place twice a year, in the beginning of May and in the end of October (today All Sain’t Day). It could be somehow compared to Halloween.

Nowadays nobody celebrate Dziady. However, my father still remembers the days when in eastern Poland people were trying to scare each other on the lat night of October.

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Last but not least

The creators of the game state that probably not even one design or setting used in “The Witcher” was based on just one particular location. Therefore there are never ideal copies. However I hope that at least some of the places shown below were used as an inspiration for creation of this picturesque landscapes, castles, towns and villages, that fans from all over the world loves so much.

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Main Polish Cities – Warsaw, Cracow, Poznan, Wroclaw and more

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We know – most of you would like to visit some serious big Polish  cities before they will consider going to the countryside. Also, this is were everything is happening – concerts, festivals, business. At least it seems so from the outside. If you are traveling by plane, these Polish cities are responsible for your first impression of Poland. So here they are.


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Our capital and the biggest city in Poland. Also, the biggest business hub. Comparing to Cracow, Warsaw might seem hard to like, but if you know where to look, you will probably fell in love with it. Just keep in mind one rule – come to Warsaw in summer – this is the best time to visit.

What to do in Warsaw

Best places to visit are definetely beaches and coast along Vistula river (voted one of the best 10 city beaches or riversides in Europe by the Guardian!). If during your summer visit you wonder where all the people went – they are on the beach!

Check also our parks. Pola Mokotowskie, Park Skaryszewski, Łazienki Royal Garden  – Warsaw is very green and local people love to spend their free time outside.


Pole Mokotowskie park

The most touristic place is the Old Town. Which in fact is not that old, as it had to be completely rebuilt after WWII. However, it is still one of the most beautiful parts of Warsaw.

As fans of science centers we cannot forget about Copernicus Science Centre. If you have a kid and you wonder how to dazzle them, there’s a place for you. There are dozens of experiments to make and devices to use.

And during the summer season attend free Chopin concerts in Łazienki Royal Garden (every Sunday).

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Chopin recital in Łazienki, Warsaw



Jazz festivals in Warsaw

If you are interested in jazz music, you should visit Warsaw during Jazz na Starówce (Jazz on Old Town) or Jazz Jamboree.

Jazz na Starówce takes place from July till the end of August and it is a free event. Every week anyone can attend free jazz concerts happening at the heart of Warsaw Old Town. The scene is placed outside and no booking is required.

Jazz Jamboree on the other hand is the one of the oldest and the biggest jazz festival in Europe. First time was in 1958 when it was organized in a student club Hybrydy. Back then it was called Jazz 58. Since then the event changed a lot. It is now a very prestigious festival that takes place in big concert halls such as Congress Hall in Palace of Science and Culture.

Warsaw’s  museums

If you are interested in a troubled history of Warsaw don’t miss Museum of Warsaw Uprising and many other modern facilities. You can also choose from the wide variety of city walks with local guides. Nowadays they are available in almost any language.

Fans of Chopin’s music will also not be disappointed. Beside free concerts in Royal Gardens you can learn more about Poland’s greatest pianist at Chopin’s Museum.

Closest airports Warsaw Chopin Airport (so called Okęcie, located in the city center) and Modlin (40 km from city center)

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Cracow’s Old Town

Cracow is the second biggest city in Poland, but doesn’t seem like that. Especially since most of its population lives very far from the city center. If you walk for an hour west from the Main Square, you will find yourself in the idyllic scenery that seems more like a Lesser Poland village than a main city. Cracow is green, full of students (who lives mainly close to the city center) and entertaining.

With its magnificent Main Square and gothic St. Mary’s Basilica, Jewish District Kazimierz and Castle on Wawel hill, it is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Poland. Closeness to Tatry mountains makes it also a perfect starting point for discovering the southern Poland.

What to see in Cracow

Even if you are alternative tourist, you shouldn’t even think about crossing out Main Square from your list. Full of colorful brickhouses and stunning architecture, it is a favourite meeting point of both tourists and locals. You will find here famous Sukiennice and St. Mary’s Basilica.

It is quite a good spot for souvenir shoping, especially during Christmas market season. This is when many local hand-crafts show their works in the little booths outside of Sukiennice.

Check also Jewish District Kazimierz. Visit Shindler’s Factory (book in advance). And don’t forget to try traditional Polish fast food zapiekanka at famous minibar: Endzior at Plac Nowy. Then try some craft beer at Omerta at Kupa. After that get lost in the narrow streets of Kazimierz.

In the afternoon take a walk around Vistula banks. Start from bridge called Kładka Ojca Bernatka and go up north. On the right you will pass Kościół na Skałce and then must see castle on Wawel hill. On the other side of the river you will see modern architecture of Manggha – Museum of Art and Technic.

Mystical Cracow

Cracow is full of mysteries. It is said that one of the points on Wawel hill emanates powerful spiritual energy. “(It) is said to be one of a few select places of immense power on Earth” (Wikipedia) – called chakra place.

There are also very interesting artificial grave-hills (called tumuluses) located around the city, some of which were built in the prehistoric times. They are perfect hiking destinations. And if you are a fan of discovering city by foot you should take a long walk to the top of Kosciuszko Mound.


A path leading to Kosciuszko Mound

Cracow vs Warsaw

Now it is time for some trivia. It is not a secret that people from Cracow doesn’t really like people from Warsaw. It is just a common knowledge, so don’t be surprised with their mutual skepticism. The atmosphere in each city is completely different, Warsaw being faster, more modern, business oriented and liberal. And Cracow being more laid back (because of the students) but at the same time more conservative (the paradoxes!).

Closest airport: Cracow Airport  (approx from from . 14 km from city center)



Wroclaw (Wrocław) is a great example of an urban cultural mix. It is perfect touristic destination – historic buildings remembering the medieval times merged with modern museums and science centers. The jewel in the crown is the most modern ZOO in Poland. Not to mention over 300 dwarves that live there – in a form of little statutes left all over the city.

Wrocław is sometimes called the city of 100 bridges, but in fact there are 130 of them! However, it is probably underestimation as if you count train bridges, footbridges and so on you will find even greater number. Before WWII there were over 300 bridges and footbridges.

Long time no see

What makes Wrocław special? It became part of Poland not that long ago. Before the end of the WWII these lands  (called Silesia) belonged to Germany. And even before that, it Silesia consisted of many industrialized and trade oriented duchies, which usually satellite some of the more powerful monarchies such as Poland or Holy Roman Empire. Cultural and national mix made Wrocław flourish.

It is a shame that today we cannot appreciate the full beauty of the previous municipal architecture as during WWII the city was turned into a closed military fortress’ to be defended from the advancing Soviet army.

What to do in Wroclaw

If you are there don’t miss these picturesque spots

Main Square – we know it is trivial, but this is a must see starting point of your trip through the city. Check colorful brick houses and look for your very first dwarf.  If you are a fan of beer, check a pub in the cellar of XIX- century Town Hall. The place is called Spiż and they serve excellent craft product. When you are already here take a walk to Stare Jatki, which used to be a street dedicated to butchers. Today it is full of small cafes and art galleries.

Hala Stulecia – is one of the most important buildings in Wroclaw. If there is a significant event taking place in Wroclaw – like a national volleyball team game or a big concert – it will be held at Hala Stulecia. When built in 1911 it was a super modern facility and  even today it is impressive.

Tumski Bridge and the islands on the river – Since there are so many bridges in Wroclaw, you have to check at least some of them, and Tumski is one of the oldest. Full of locks left there by lovers is one of the most visited and photographed places in Wrocław. Tumski Bridge connects the islands with… an ex-island – Ostrów Tumski (Ostrow means “an island”). Go there before the sunset and check if you can spot a man in a black cape and a bowler hat, who lights up 90 Wrocław’s gas lanterns.

Wroclaw’s ZOO is considered the most modern in Poland. With its recently opened Africarium it becomed the must-visit place for           families from all over the country.

If you are already in Wrocław, don’t miss the opportunity to go further south as the mountains there are beautiful and full of mysteries, with Complex Riese and castle Książ to mention the least (read more).

Closest airport: Wrocław airport

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Table Mountains (Góry Stołowe) south from Wrocław




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Poznan was always a little bit different, of course a little bit more western comparing to the cities from Austrian and Russian occupation zone (in the end of XVIII century Poland ceased to exist for a period of 123 years). People from Poznan are said to be very meticulous, well-organized and careful with money.

They are also very proud of the events that started in the end of December 1918. It was called Greater Poland Uprising and was the only one in Polish history of fight for independence that ended with victory.

If you are looking for a place to relax, visit Malta. And we are not talking about an island but a city lake. You will find there not only perfect facilities for chilling that includes aquapark, baths, bike paths and lots of green space.

Art in Poznan

Today Poznan is not only modern but also full of art. Check Old Browar – a shopping mall mixed with art gallery. This project was an investment of the richest Polish woman Grażyna Kulczyk, who is not only a businesswoman, but also an art lover.

Every year Poznan hosts one of the biggest international theatre festivals in Eastern Europe – Malta Festival.

Poznan was also home of one of the most extraordinary siblings in Polish literature – Stanisław Barańczak and Małgorzata Musierowicz.


Closest airport: Poznań Airport  (approx. 7 km from city centr) and  Warsaw Chopin Airport (in Warsaw)



It is a center of the most industrialized part of Poland, not yet discovered by the wider audience. However, if you are interested in something different than beaches and drinks, this might be a place for you really alternative vacation.

Coal mine tradition

From the touristic point of you, coming to Katowice has sense only if you are interested in the specific kind of attractions – old mines. If you are there don’t miss Guido Coal Mine which is not only open for visiting, but is also a genuine concert hall.

You should also take some time to spend a day at Silesia Museum. The architecture of the Musuem is spectacular so don’t miss it if you are a fan of design and form. The Museum itself is a place where you can learn about the history of Silesia and dive deep into subject of Polish art.

Nikiszowiec and Art Naif Festival

One of a kind attractions is also Nikiszowiec, a 100 years old miners quarter. Visiting Nikiszowiec might be compared to visiting Boca in Buenos Aires. The placed is troubled by unemployment and other social problems connected with changes of industrial market. After fell of comunism many local factories and mines went bankrupt which radically changed the situation of Silesian workers, including citizens of Nikiszowiec.

If you are interested in getting to know Nikiszowiec, visit it in summer during international Art Naif Festival. It promotes naive arts. The events of the festival take place at Galeria Szyb Wilson. One of the elements of the festival is ArtJarmark, which is a street market with plein air painting, concerts and games. ArtJarmark takes place in Nikiszowiec.

Music in Katowice

For yeard Katowice where unofficial capital of Polish concerts. The reason was simple – they had Spodek. Spodek serves many purposes – it is a sport hall and auditorium. When in 1987 Metallica came to Poland, this is were they were performing. Then it hosted Deep Purple, Jean Michele Jarre, Alice in Chains and many others. It was a place where you could see your idols.

However today Katowice is a a host of a different great music event.  OFF Festival dedicated to alternative music is organized there by one of the most influential vocalists of Polish music scene – Artur Rojek

Closest airport: Katowice airport in Pyrzowice (approx. 35 km from city center)



Lodz (Łódź) used to be a city of opportunity. The capital of Polish manufactures and so called light industry.  It was our little New York, where “I had nothing, you had nothing, so we had exactly enough to start a factory” (said the most famous line from a book and a movie “Ziemia Obiecna” (The Promised Land)).

The history of the city really started in XIX century. Within less than the century Lodz grow from the town of 800 people (in 1820) to metropoly of 120 thousand in 60 years! It quickly become city where Polish, Jewish and German traders lived like princes.

You can still visit their palaces as well as old manufatures and synagogues. Most of them have their best time behind them. Both WWII and fell of communism turned the city of opportunity into the center of unemployment.

Now it is definitely a place with its own characteristic, with a little bit darker atmosphere. Which is sort of inspiration for great artist.  It is worth knowing that it is one of the favourite places of the director of Twin Peaks series – David Lynch. He even shot here a movie “Inland Empire”.

What to see in Lodz

Piotrkowska Street is the most famous place in the city. As you may noticed Lodz doesn’t have a Main Square or other central municipal point. So the central point of the city become this street.

It is full of sophisticated brickhouses of non or all styles. They were created in the very eclectic style, which makes the architecture of Piotrkowska one of the kind in the whole world!

Today the street is of course full of restaurants, clubs and shop.

Trader’s city

If you are in Lodz don’t miss Palace of Izrael Poznanski. Poznanski was one of the richest traders of XIX century Lodz, called The King of Cotton. The legend says that during construction of the palace, Poznanski asked Russian Emperor if he can decorate the floor with Russian ruble. The Emperor is said to answer: “Yes, but only if you put them in upright position”.

After the Palace, check the empire. Poznanski’s old manufacture was turned into the cultural and shopping centre called… Manufaktura. You will find there cinemas, shops, museums, galleries.

After that go for a walk around Księzy Mlyn – the city quarter of female workers of fibre factories (pl: włókniarki). It is considere one of the most beautiful parts of Lodz, full of cobbled streets and old brick houses. And of course, it is still residented.

Film industry in Lodz

During communism, Lodz become the capital of Polish movie insudtry. It has internationaly reknown movie school, museum of cinematography and “Alley of Stars” at Piotrkowska. As a cradle of the best Polish directors, Lodz was immortalized in many brilliant movies. Kieslowski, Polański, Skolimowski, Koterski… – they all started in Lodz.

If you are here visit Se-Ma-For – a museum of animation movies. You can visit it and learn about the history of movies or signed up for movie workshops.


You will find more our recommendations for your trip to Poland in the posts about picturesque and tranquil towns and Polish national parks.


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most beautiful polish towns

Towns you cannot miss in Eastern Poland

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We have to be honest – we love small Polish towns and will always put them first before the big cities. Our charming villages and towns were able to sustain their original beauty, when the rest of the country turn its face to concrete. You will find here fresher air, infinite horizon, beautiful gardens, nature at the tip of your fingers. It is also a place where folk traditions are still alive.

So if it sounds appealing to you, definitely visit:


Supraśl is a gem hidden in the vast forests of Puszcza Knyszyńska, east from Białystok. It is full of classic wooden houses which look like embodiment of summer holidays. There is also an atmospheric town square where you will get souvenirs, huge ice creams and sękacz (traditional eastern cake – you should try!). Supraśl is located on the bank of the river of the same name as the town. If you are looking for a refreshment take a slow walk along the boulevards that goes along the river. Maybe even take a swimming suit with you.

If you are already there don’t miss palace of Buchholtz family and an Orthodox monastery with a famous museum of icons.

When to visit: if you want to enjoy green scenery, visit Supraśl between spring and autumn


Church on the island of Zwierzyniec


Another fairy tale place on our list. Just imagine a town with a scenic little church located on an island, situated in the middle of green forest. Take walk around and reserve some time to observe horses living in the wild – you can take a good look from the observation deck. There is also something for fans of a good beer – local brewery Zwierzyniec. You can try their crafts in a small pub at the entrance.

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The name of the town means: the place of animals. Situated at the banks of river Wieprz (which means: a Hog) is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Roztocze. Perfect for hikers, bikers (GreenVelo) and kayakers.

When to visit: from spring to autumn

Brewery in Zwierzyniec

Wild horses seen from the observation deck in Zwierzyniec


Mosque in Kruszyniany


Not that far from Supraśl, almost at the border with Belarus, there is a tiny village, which recently gains more and more popularity. Kruszyniany are so popular thanks to Tatars’ heritage and magnificent location.

Today Tatars are descendants of one of Muslims militaristic nomad tribes which join Genghis Khan during the rise of his Empire. After its fall, Tatars  build their own countries. Over 300 ago Polish king Jan III Sobieski decided to include Tatars warriors in his army and gave them a right to settle in Podlasie. One of the places of their settlement is Kruszyniany.

Today, in this tranquil place, you can find old mosques and cemeteries and also try delicious Tatars’ cuisine. Not to mention thousands of lupin growing all around the village.

When to visit: in summer, especially in June and beginning of July, when local roads, fields and forests are full of blooming lupin

Lupin in the forest near Kruszyniany

Kazimierz Dolny

Kazimierz Dolny – the main square


This place is mentioned in every single one guidebook about Poland that was ever published. And it happens for a reason. Kazimierz is just one of these hip places that won a genetic lottery. With its mix of art, culture, history and beautiful location is a number one weekend destination.

Historically Kazimierz was a trade hub. Jewish and Polish traders made this city flourish. Their colorful brick houses – symbols of the citizen’s status – are the jewels of town’s main square. If we add that the town is located on hills and is surrounded by the system of Tolkienish gorges, you will know why this place is the most fashionable location for a summer house.

When to visit – it is worth to come here any time of year, however if you don’t like crowds avoid warm weekends and festival time

Gorges in Kazimierz



You will find more our recommendations for your trip to Poland in the posts about main Polish cities and Polish national parks.


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