Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!

Gdansk / Danzig in Poland.
Gdansk / Danzig in Poland.

In a few weeks time I’ll be on the road again.

The fact that I live in Germany means that I have pretty easy access to other European countries nearby, and isn’t that a wonderful thing. The fact that I live in Berlin means that you can also get out there and do stuff!

So in order to put that into action I’m going to be on the road to Poland.

Now I really like Poland and so does “The Tall Young Gentleman” since he’s a chip off the old block and all that, but The Music Producer aka my husband, not so much.

However, a lot of people don’t really know a lot about Poland, have stereotypical thoughts of people queuing for bread, or are scared because Poland was a country locked behind the Iron Curtain and is therefore, shock and awe – a card-wearing member of the Eastern Bloc and therefore, Eastern Europe!

Jesus in Warsaw.
Jesus in Warsaw.

Well, if you want to visit Poland you had better brace yourself as I’m going to tell you 10 reasons why you shouldn’t bother!

1.  Poland is a large country: If you’re looking for an island that is small and quaint, then don’t bother.

Poland is one of the largest European countries surrounded by an interesting mix of Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia, It’s in the middle of the continent and is rather more Central Europe than Eastern Europe.

The cathedral in Lubin, Poland.
The cathedral in Lubin, Poland.

2.  Poland has too many aspects to it: If you’re looking for just the beach or just the mountains then you’ve come to the wrong place: Poland is a wonderful blend of beaches, lakes, forests, mountains, and interesting cities with lots of history. Quite like Germany in fact!

Lots of interesting stuff in Poland!
Lots of interesting stuff in Poland!

3.  Poland is cheap: If you want the 5-star treatment at 5-star prices then go to Japan. I know that Berlin has modest prices but prices in Poland are even, dare I say it. Cheaper.

If you’re looking for a bit of an adventure and the budget is not as much as you would have liked, then you could do worse than to go to Poland.

Horse-riding is popular in Poland!
Horse-riding is popular in Poland!

4.  Polish food is going to knock you for six or perhaps even for seven: If you’re looking for pizza and chips then stay at home. If you are willing to experiment, then exotic items like zurek (soup made from sour rye flour and pieces of varied meat) and pierogi (a type of dumpling) is there for the taking.

Traditional Polish food.
Traditional Polish food.

5.  Poland is an old country: If you’re looking for clean lines, modern buildings made of glass and skyscrapers every second (2nd) street, then you must have mistaken Poland for Hong Kong!

Poland is an ancient country with over 1,000 years of history so of course, things are going to be old.

The churches and synagogues are old.

The castles are old.

Even the cobbled streets are old.

Rather annoying if you want to zip down the street with the latest sports car!

Myself and
Myself and “The Tall Young Gentleman” in Szczecin / Stettin and some of the Polish 17th century historical houses.

6.  Poland is traditional: Forget the hordes of drunken stag night drinkers. There are kids and senior citizens everywhere, and lots and lots of churches that people actually go to on a Sunday. So please don’t vomit on the church steps!

Tradition and family values are still pretty important in this country and if you can’t deal with a bash on the head and a huge shove by an old woman, don’t go there!

Things are still traditional in Krakow!
Things are still traditional in Krakow!

7.  Be ready and prepared for anything: Poland might be a country that has existed for thousands of years but in modern terms, it’s still pretty “new” and as a result, things can be slightly….

Unpredictable!

If you’re looking for certainty and boredom, then Poland is not the place for you.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed my bus stop or even taken the wrong train, but if you can’t stand taking a chance and working with the outcome, then book the next extremely swift train with excellent service, to Switzerland!

A goat on the train? Ah well, anything can happen. I've seen worse. Swans for example!
A goat on the train? Ah well, anything can happen. I’ve seen worse.
Swans for example!

8.  Tourist friendly: Well not really. Poland has loads of little towns that are not really packed with tourists. Some Americans. Some Germans.

Yes alright, but hardly what you would call, the holiday package group. I mean when did you last hear of friends taking a package holiday to Poland?

Exactly!

So if you are into that, Spain is rather pleasant at this time of year.

Tourists and travellers who do venture into Poland take either high standard hotels or decide to live with the locals which, generally means a hostel or living with the family – pension / B&B style.

I wouldn’t recommend a “package.”

This is how they welcome tourists in Szczecin / Stettin, Poland by putting them in stocks!
This is how they welcome tourists in Szczecin / Stettin, Poland by putting them in stocks!

9.  People use public transport: OMG! Get me out of here ‘cos I have to use the scenic train and horror of horrors, the bus! Packed with local people who. Talk. To. You. and Help. You. With. Your. Bags. How can that be?

If you don’t want local interaction and prefer to be on your lonesome, please don’t go to Poland.

It’s insane.

The people are quite friendly. Some even take photographs of you!

Take a photo of me. No meeeee!
Take a photo of me.
No meeeee!

10.  City destinations: With a delicious mix of variety such as Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk (Danzig), Lodz, Warsaw or Poznan that include old style flavour and modern interests, Poland is not the place if you’re on the search for the glamour of Vegas or the romance of Paris, and if you’re expecting a pack of howling hounds and beggars with bowls of soup outside your hotel door, you’ll be disappointed.

OK.

Perhaps, just the once!

Hungry people in Krakow. ©praszkiewicz / Shutterstock.com
Hungry people in Krakow.
©praszkiewicz / Shutterstock.com

But what do we know about Poland anyway?

Whenever I say that I’m going to Poland, my German friends look at me as if I’ve gone mad. Let me correct that.

My West German friends look at me as if I’ve lost my marbles.

The most horrifying Jewish concentration camp in the history of Nazi Germany. Auschwitz.
The most horrifying Jewish concentration camp in the history of Nazi Germany.
Auschwitz.

The relationship between Poland and Germany can be quite complicated.

There’s the historical closeness in the first instance and the issue of where the German border ends and the Polish border begins. There is also the awful fact that Poland has the worst and most horrifying Jewish concentration camp in the history of Nazi Germany – Auschwitz.

In fact, my friends advice me to go to Italy instead!

The most horrifying Jewish concentration camp in the history of Nazi Germany. Auschwitz.
The most horrifying Jewish concentration camp in the history of Nazi Germany.
Auschwitz.

Well, Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe and has a population of roughly 38 million people.

Even though Poland is part of the European Union, the country hasn’t yet made the switch to the Euro and uses it’s own currency that is the zloty. As of now, €10.00 is PLN 41.63 (Polish Zloty) and $10.00 is PLN 30.38 (Polish Zloty).

Poland is said to have been in existence from around the year 800 and although the people are of Slavic origins they are also a blend of German, Ukrainian, Russian and Jewish ethnicity.

Territory, boundary and issues of property are still very prickly topics of which there is much unhappiness, anger, development and discussion.

Bellotto Warsaw or Cracow Suburb leading to the Castle Square in Poland. Bernardo Bellotto: a Venetian painter in Warsaw - Musée du Louvre.
Bellotto Warsaw or Cracow Suburb leading to the Castle Square in Poland.
Bernardo Bellotto: a Venetian painter in Warsaw – Musée du Louvre.

Things are however changing in Poland as in 2004, exactly ten years ago, 10 new countries including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Poland, were welcomed into the fold and enlargement of the European Union (EU).

Since then, the European labour market has opened to Poland and many local people unfortunately, left their homelands to the more economically prosperous countries, like my original homeland of Great Britain, and of course to my new home, Germany.

Economic prosperity in Bydgoszcz.
Economic prosperity in Bydgoszcz.

Poland is in a most important location of Europe surrounded by East and West and the transit route of the Baltic Sea, and that is where I will be going from April 21st.

I will be in Poland for a week and we will be taking the train from Germany.

Follow my journey as I show you how easy and exciting it is to go to the area of Pomerania where the largest castle in the world resides – Malbork Castle – and where the sand dunes move at the Słowiński National Park. That place in the Slavic language known as the “Land at the Sea.”

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On the beach at the Słowiński National Park in Poland.
On the beach at the Słowiński National Park in Poland.

This article is not sponsored and all opinions are my very own. I’ll also be writing about the transport, activities and food of Poland, so watch this space!

I have been to Poland many times, but what about you? Have you ever considered going to Poland? Would you try it out? Have you ever been to Eastern or Central Europe? How did you travel there?

Myself &
Myself & “The Tall Young Gentleman” laughing on the Baltic Sea in Poland.

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195 thoughts on “Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!

  1. Hi,
    I live in Poland, Warsaw and I have read your opinions about my country, it’s funny. In your text, under the text description of Canaletto paining is mistaken. This is Krakowskie Przedmiescie street in Warsaw not Cracow.

    Best regards
    Justyna Klalo

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      1. hello am a senior high school graduate and am 20years old..and am planing to travel to poland have never travelled to any country before so i want to know how life is in poland and the living cost and if i could find any field work because i prefer field work than office work but is my dream to be a nurse in the near future..how can i get a field work to do.and is that going to earn me more income??

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      2. Hi there! The type of work you can expect depends on your nationality and your qualifcations. If you’re an EU citizen then the sky is the limit. If you can speak Polish then you’re in clover. I wouldn’t suggest travelling to another country for work unless you’re already sure that you can get it before, leaving your country. What country will you be coming from?

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  2. quite interesting i am planning to go to koscino in order to visit my girl friend and her family , hopefully i will have good time there . by the way it is possible for you to contact me tino.sossou@aiesec.net / i have some question regarding the creation of blogs. i am a resident in china , guangzhou by the way / nice blob i like it

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    1. Thanks very much Tino! I haven’t been to Kościno, but I have been to Szczecin, wich is just an hour away from Germany. In fact, anywhere in Poland is quite nice in my opinion!
      Re-how to make a blog. It’s easier than you think! Perhaps, I’ll write a post about “How to Make a Blog”, later on in the year!
      Have fun in Poland!

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  3. I was in several places in Poland – Torun, Gdansk, Warsaw and Cracow. This year I will have a chance to visit also Szczecin and stay in Hotel Dana. I can only say that this is a beautiful country with amazing people. If You will ever have a chance to go to Poland, don’t waste it. Go but read about some attractions first.

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    1. Thanks very much Thomas!
      These are all marvellous Polish places which I have visited many times, and I recommend them all!
      Have a wonderful time in Poland and feel free to look around my blog for the other Polish places that I have written about here. 🙂

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  4. Hi,

    I’m in an interracial relationship. I’ve booked a holiday to Krakow for my husbands birthday.

    I just want to you if you think we’ll experience any racism there?

    Much love, K x

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    1. Thanks so much Kayla! You will have absolutely no problems at all! We’re also bi-racial as you have seen, and I’ve been going to Poland for years! As in your home country, don’t go around with large amounts of money, or down dodgy paths at night, etc.

      Krakow is a lovely little town with loads of international tourists visiting every year. In Krakow, no one will even look at you twice as people of colour are normal. In smaller villages, they might stare, as it’s not the norm. Not a problem. Just smile, say hello and engage if you want to. They’re very interested in speaking English and love every Anglo-American nation. The amount of times that I’ve been called Americano has been staggering but made with good intentions.

      p.s. I never bother to correct them. USA? UK? In local eyes, it’s the same. And in a way. It is! If you have any more questions or concerns, just holler Kayla! 🙂

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  5. Love the blog post. Very witty.

    My husband and I are interested in vacationing to Poland. We are from the U.S. And aren’t afraid to try something new. Do you have any recommendations as far as where first time visitors should stay? We really would like to visit Auschwitz, and also to visit local restaurants, shops, churches, etc., so we would like to stay somewhat close to where we could do all of those things. Any ideas?

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    1. You also have to visit Gdansk and Sopot the 2 major tourist destinations. They are incredible!!! I know Poland inside out so please feel free to ask me anything, I’ll be more than happy to advise 🙂

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      1. Thanks so much Honor. I’m glad that you like my blog! Gdansk isn’t that close to Krakow. It’s 371: miles or 597 km. Driving times would be roughly 7 hours, and if you’re taking the scenic route, much more! The train would take between 5 – 7 hour, depending on which train you took. And of course, you could fly.

        I tend to recommend the train as it’s more relaxing. Or driving. Whichever the case, spend a couple of days in both places, if you can. 🙂

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  6. wow, how annoying exactly is your way of writing! “bla bla bla, DON’T GO TO POLAND!” “bla bla bla, GO TO SPAIN INSTEAD!” “bla bla bla, POLAND IS NOT FOR YOU!” i see you are trying to make a point, but there is a friendlier way of writing, i’m sure……

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  7. Lovely blog!! I have never been to Poland but all of a sudden I really really want to visit. I was looking for Gdansk vs Poznan vs Wroclaw … I want to go in one of these places for now. I don’t know which one to choose. I like to be in quaint places, not too busy and not too quiet. I love historical places and obviously will do some shopping. Any suggestions please? I m thinking to visit coming April / May.

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    1. Thanks so much Ella!

      You’ll love Poland but you’ve put me in a difficult position as all three regions are marvellous. And all three are historial enough to be quaint and cobbled! I’d say do all three if you could! If not, have a deeper look at which region appeals to you the most.

      You won’t regret it, whichever one you choose. 🙂 🙂

      Do let me know!

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      1. As promised …. I’ve booked yayyyyy ….. 5 days in Poznan then travel by train to Wroclaw and another 5 days in Wroclaw!! Excited sooooo much.

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    1. Thanks so much Heather! ‘Glad you liked my article. 🙂

      Poland is such an interesting country but I’m so sad that your job offer fell through. It would have been great!

      However, don’t despair, I gather you live in California. Europe isn’t as far as you think, and fabulous airlines deals seem to be thrown around left, right, and centre! If you do manage it to our side of the pond, combine 1 or 2 countries together. For example, if you visit Poland, add Germany too. If you visit France, add either Holand, Belgium, Germany, or England, depending on which part of France you happen to visit! If you’re in the much smaller Baltic states, do them all, as they’re really tiny lol! However, if visiting Poland, choose only one other country, as Poland is one of the largest countries in the EU!

      If you decide to vist our continent, do let me know. Have fun!

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      1. I’ve been to Europe several times and definitely plan on coming back more 🙂
        I would have liked to get that job though, since it would have allowed me to explore much more than I can from here. Oh well, I’m still young and there will be other opportunities.

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      1. So far in Europe I’ve been to the UK (England and Scotland), Ireland, Italy, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. I suppose Vatican City counts as well? (ha!)
        Next on my radar is Iceland (tecnhically Europe?), Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Greece, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Really I want to see it all though! Will take many more trips, hahaha.

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      2. You’re doing extremely well.
        Yep! Iceland is in Europe, and the Vatican, like Monacco or Luxembourg are independent entities of their own. You’re going to love Norway and Denmark. Watch the prices though and even go AirBnB, a hotel, or Couchsurfing. Hostels are the same prices as hotels and if you opt for a private room, sometimes more! Eastern Europe is cheap. Croatia & Greece scenic. I’ve not been to the two myself, but if you like sailing, you’re in for a treat!
        Enjoy, and if I can help with anything, just holler! 🙂

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  8. Dernièrement j’étais à Varsovie et j’ai assisté à un spectacle de danse très sympa au New Orleans Gentlemen’s Club & Night Restaurant. Si vous allez en Pologne, allez y faire un tour ! neworleans.pl/en/?nkpage=4

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  9. I would LOVE to travel to Poland! I am looking to go somewhere abroad from USA that would be American friendly. I want so badly to visit Auschwitz. So Poland and Germany are on my list of places to go. I am not a rich person, I live simple. I was wondering how expensive it would be once I got to Germany to stay in a modest none extravagant Inn. And I had heard that Americans are disliked over there. Is there any truth to that? Thank you for your blog. It was inspiring.

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    1. Thanks so much Marlinda! Poland is a lovely country which I highly recommend!

      Honestly, they ought to give me a medal over how many people I have guided and adviced, on travelling to Poland! If you’re from the US, Poland is pretty cheap. In comparison to America, Germany is modest but with a much higher standard of living and quality of life! Anyway, Eastern Germany is very cheap. Including Berlin – the capital of Germany! Western Germany in cities like Munich, Frankfurt & Hamburg, are more expensive. However, there are many standards of stay and if your budget is tight, stay in a room at a local pensionen (B&B) for between €15-€35, or at an apartmenthotel for €40-60 for the whole apartment, depending on how many you are. (Not AirBnB), or your standard hotel from €50-70 per night.

      In Poland, outside of Warsaw, divide that above by half! 🙂

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    2. Poles are said to be hated in Germany as well, but I hadn’t any problems, people were helpful and nice. I think that the hate is like in every other place – just some small count of people who hates everybody. And the place I spent my time is full of Americans – close to American Ramstein Air Base 😛 BTW I think that one of most anglophone friendly city in Poland would be Cracow (Kraków), which is about 30-40 km away from Aushwitz – ex capital city of Poland. There’s a nice castle. Google “wawel” and you’d see what I mean 🙂 And there’s a beautiful ancient salt mine in Wieliczka, even closer to Aushwitz. It’s a very popular for tourists. Yet I’m afraid it might be expensive (15-20 USD for entry or so). And from Kraków you can transport to the totally different world – Zakopane is ready for tourist and it’s in the mountains. A lot of folk and folkish stuff. You may find cheap accomodation is the nearby cities. And there’s Upper Silesia region nearby Kraków (80 km) with industrial/mining objects, if you like such things (Industrial Monuments Route). So I think that Aushwitz camp is very good place, as you can see many very different things which are very close to Oświęcim city.

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      1. Thanks very much for your comments Krzysiu! Just to clarify, Polish people are not hated in Germany, perhaps not as respected as other nationalities, but not hated. And certainly, not as an official policy. That era is over!

        Sadly, you will always find a small number of people who have issues with any other nationality than their own. We don’t need to concern ourselves with them.

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  10. I’d love to tell you about industrial part of Upper Silesia (region in south Poland) with cities like Katowice, Gliwice, Zabrze. This region was in the borders of Poland and Germany, so it’s a beautiful collage of cultures. Many modernistic buildings. It’s kind of dirty – because history it’s hard to find owners to rebuild many beaufitul buildings. But the reason why anybody would go there (except studying – there’s a lot of foregin students) is its industrial history. If you want to see how coal mines work, well, we have a few of them, ready for your visit! Or maybe silver mine? Sure! Old trains and big industrial machines? Yep (open air, free entry, and… amazing :)). Or maybe you want to ride the boat through the old mine corridor (Black Trout Adit)? Yeah! Last 3 objects are in same city – Tarnowskie Góry. Maybe you want to see beautiful view from a mine tower? Sure, Katowice waits for you. Just next to modern museum. Interactive, multimedial. I don’t like museums like that, but this one is awesome. All places are opened for foregin turists, i.e. English speaking guides etc. Check out http://culture.pl/en/article/trend-watch-industrial-tourism-in-silesia. It’s a nice article on what you can get here. You’ll find there a link to official Industrial Monuments Route with English descriptions of each one. And it’s all in circa 30 km radius! If you look for an unique trip, something exceptional, think about it! I live here for 30 years and I still have many places to visit 🙂 And when you’d be done, you can rest in 620ha gigantic Silesian Park (with zoo, rosarium, amusement park, antique building museum etc.). Oh, and probably you’d see some military installations from WW2. There’s a lot of them, but often they aren’t for tourist. Maybe someday my region will do something about this part. There are still a lot of corridors used during WW2, still unchecked, still with weapons and other things from these times. If you want to visit us and you want to ask about something (except bussiness, I’m not doing it), you can do it here or ask me directly on silesia (a.t) krzysiu /dot/ net. I’ll be glad to help you in discovering this black diamond – black as coal 🙂

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  11. I have been to Gdansk four times already. It is indeed charming and traditional. What striked me most though was the fact that everyone was white there. Apart from some japanese tourist, there were no immigrants, no gipsies, no africans whatsoever! Pure paradise for my eyes…

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      1. What about your husband? Is he nonwhite as well ? Or was he too desperate after he couldnt find a normal girl so he settled down with you? So many questions, I know…

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      2. What about him? This post isn’t about him or his opinions. It’s about me and mine. To hide behind a troll mask and yet insult my family is quite cowardly. If you wanted to know, not only would you have read this post, but you would also have read my blog. Sad!

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  12. Stunning country, brimming with history, feels like you have warped back in time.
    In terms of food, expect it to be traditional as the OP well described.
    The scenery is breathtaking.

    Very traditional, church is highly influential.

    In terms of safety, highly rated, and a phenomenal experience.

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    1. Thanks so much Ania! Poland is indeed not as developed as say, the Czech Republic or West European countries of course, but that is what makes it so charming. Especially in smaller towns and villages, of which there are plenty! ‘Love Polish food especially my favourite – pierogi!

      Keep on reading for more on East European travels or elsewhere! Just follow the link here. 😀

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  13. Hi hi…
    Im Indonesian and i am really intersted to visit Poland and Hungary next April-May for next year, alone. Sorry for saying this but I realized that due to my country of origin and situation, sometimes I got a bit pessimist to go europe as i heard that we usually got a “different” treatment. But i have to ask as im planning to go there alone, will asian tourist received well Poland? My mom said yes, as long we behave well, but she traveled loooooooong time ago. I am really want to come and visit Poland. And im really sorry if my question offend someone in here.

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    1. Thanks so much Maria!

      Your question doesn’t offend me in the least. I’m a person of colour myself and understand what your concerns are.

      Visiting Poland & Hungary is not going to be an issue. I’ve been travelling to Poland for over 20 years, and the people have been nothing but nice and friendly. Poland is monocultural so they will stare if you look different and you happen to be in a small village (which I always happen to be in…!) however, if you just smile and say hello, they’ll do the same. And certainly, in big cities like Warsaw, Danzig and Krakow, you’ll just be 1 other tourist in the crowd. Nothing new. As for Hungary, they get millions of tourists plying from Austria and Slovakia all the time for daytrips, etc, as the distance between them is just 4 hours!

      April / May will be the beginning of the mid-season, but you won’t be alone. And you certaintly won’t be the only Asian tourist in town! Check out some of my links here:
      https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/im-going-to-budapest-prague-and-taking-the-train-yay/
      https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/if-youre-looking-for-a-cheap-holiday-the-polish-baltic-sea-is-pretty-alright/

      For more details on both Hungary, Poland and any other East European country, go to my country page. Here

      And of course, if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. Ask away! 😀

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    1. Thanks very much for linking my article. Sadly, the stereotype is alive and well. And yes, I’d be more than happy to help the Tourism Authority in Poland. If only they would ask! I have written these articles because I have always enjoyed travelling to Poland, and still do. 😀

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  14. Hi. I know this is an old article, but I was searching Google and this appeared. I’m an American and I don’t speak any Polish (dzień dobry is about the only Polish word I know lol). I am wondering if communication is a problem for non-Polish speaking people. Is it easy enough to communicate with hotel staff, train station attendants, etc. in English?

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    1. Thanks so much Matt! My article will stay up as long as people find it useful. And judging by all the comments that I get on this very same topic, they do!

      Not being able to speak Polish is not an issue in large international cities like Warsaw, Danzig, and Krakow. However, you might have some difficulty in smaller towns or villages for trains and bus stations for example. But ask around, there will always be at least 1 person somewhere, who speaks English. And have what you want written down in Polish. Very useful! 😀

      I was once at a very small train station, and they didn’t take cards or speak English or German. A lady in the queue (line) helped, and even paid for my ticket, as there were no ATM machines either! On our fishing expedition, nobody spoke English or German either, but when I bought my ticket, they found a young girl who translated what I wanted, and told the captain. It wasn’t a problem. They just took my son (who was 6 at the time), and showed him how to fish. Talking in Polish throughout our 8 hour fishing expedition. It was perfectly fine.

      Don’t worry. You’ll have a great time, but as ever, if you have further questions, or need a little more reassurance, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m always here and keep tabs on all my posts! 😀

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      1. Thanks for you quick response, I’m really enjoying your blog.

        That’s reassuring that language isn’t a huge barrier. When I go, I may visit some of the large international cities, as well as some rural areas (Masuria). My Grandfather was raised in the Masuria area in the 1920s and 30s (this was part of Germany at that time). I visited once when I was about 9 or 10 but I would like to go back and explore more. I spent a week there on the farm where he was raised and only went into town (Mikolajki) once. The other two weeks I spent in the town my great-uncle lived (Fürth, Bavaria, Germany). Maybe I will explore that area another time.

        I’m also wondering what I will do when it comes to mobile data/GPS. Will I be able to access the internet to find my way around or am I SOL if I get lost (lol)? It looks like the company Orange has coverage even in some of the more rural areas.

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      2. Thanks very much Matt!
        I’m not an expert on telecommunication 😉 however, my German husband says that the best thing to do is to google Polish pre-paid mobile plans that include data. And then take it from there. They’ll definitely be cheaper than Orange…!

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  15. Great post, I’d like to add my two cents 🙂 if somebody is a Christian, a nice place to visit is Lichen (which is like smaller version of Vatican IHMO) or Czestochowa.

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  16. Just got here and I’m happy to explore a bit and see some of what you mentioned! I’ve already had an elderly man kiss my hand and an elderly lady who didn’t speak a word in English help us at the grocery store. We understood enough hehe :-p

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    1. Thanks so much Israel!

      I’m very pleased that you like my post. Cracow is a lovely city. You’ll like it!

      p.s. Thanks for letting us know re age limit. I wasn’t aware of that, but I guess if anyone has any concerns at to who qualifies for insurance, please contact World Nomads directly! 😀

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  17. Hi there,

    I am Nirjan Wagle and i am from Nepal. I am a bachelor student of management faculty of Tribhuvan University in Nepal. I want to come Poland for work so how it would be for Nepalese in Poland. Can you tell me the minimum income and living expenses in Poland for Asian? I want to be in touch with you so here is my contact details..

    Nirjan Wagle ( facebook)
    +977-9812099016 Cell phone num/ IMO/Viber

    Please contact me!
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading Nirjan!

      Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how to get work. Generally, if you’re not a member of the EU, you usually can’t work at all, or need a special visa in which to do so! I strongly recommend that you contact the Polish Embassy either in Nepal or in India.

      Good luck!

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  18. For those who have poor English and may misunderstand the part about camps so just to clarify it was the Germans killing the jewish and polish people. Yes the camps are in Poland but were used for killing polish people. It would be nice if the photo included polish names (out of respect) of those killed by the Germans as I can see you are trying to confuse people. If your friends think that you are strange because you want to go to Poland for that reason then maybe question why? It wasn’t them who killed. It was there grandads’ generation who killed not them. Past is past. Everything is forgiven. Peace, but let’s learn from the history, be nice and dont confuse people. Nice article otherwise.

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    1. Thank you for your comments. I hope that readers are intelligent enough to know that Poland is not Nazi Germany. My post is about Poland, and you can’t write about Poland without mention of the concentration camps. Germany is the same. There is no getting around it. The past is the past, and in order to ensure that we don’t mess up the future, we have to reflect and remember the horror of Auschwitz. If not, such situations will happen again, and the signs are already on the wall…

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      1. I have never said don’t write about the camps. I have the feeling we are taking about two different matters so imagine.. if you could misunderstand my comment then what about those who have poor English… Intelligence has nothing to do with having great English so please don’t create confusion again. I asked about the photo and the way of writing… The bottom line is: You know exactly what I am talking about. Past is past but the truth is the truth. There’s too many people out there believing that ‘the camps are polish’ because polish people killed and not the germans. Yes move on, I agree with respect please. I am not here to start another war. If you support the truth you will be happy with my commemts clarifying for those who perhaps may not truly understand your way of writing or at least in the future please try to get a good photo resembling the truth in order to avoid confusion. Still, I like your article otherwise. Peace.

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  19. gr8 pics! i love them! And have you seen Szczecin? It is located in the north of Poland as well as Gdańsk. Beautiful city, with good accommodation and great philharmonic. Nearby is the Dana Hotel, which is also a historic building. Totally Worth seeing

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