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Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!

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Jesus in Warsaw.

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!

Gdansk / Danzig in Poland.

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!

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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.”

Wow!

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339 Comments on “Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!

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  3. I really like to read your blog 🙂 I agree that Poland is great country I could to live there I think. I had only chance to visited in Szczecin few years ago. I saw that someone recommened here Dana Hotel and I can agree with that opinion. I was there because I have business meet there and I spend lovely time, great place to work and live 🙂

    • Thanks so much Mark!

      I’m glad that you like my blog. I have never been to the Dana Hotel so I can’t say anything about it, but agreed, Poland is a very nice country! 😀

    • I have been looking up Poland a lot on the net and It reminds me of Eire in some way. I think I can sense hospitality through photos. LOL I say the sooner the better!!

      • Totally! In this post, I detailed how when we tried to buy our train ticket to Malbork, I found myself needing 30 zlotys more than I actually had, as the train station in Lebork didn’t take EC or credit cards, and neither was there an ATM machine nearby. A complete stranger paid the extra 30 zlotys that I needed. I offered to transfer the money via my bank account, but she absolutely refused!

        If that isn’t hospitality, I don’t know what is! 😀

      • I’m Dutch, and 30 years ago my Irish friend told me he liked my girlfriend because she fixed a broken broom with a branch we found in the forest. He said it reminded him of home and we found out that you have a lot in common. Both nations are fond of singing, dancing and drinking.

      • Thanks very much Jo Ho!
        Ireland is simply just one of the best countries. And the people are lovely. We spent 3 weeks in Ireland 11 years ago, when our son was just 5 years old. He lost his teddy in Galway and was inconsolable. However, the locals remembered us, found it, and kept it for us! 😀

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  8. I love what you wrote. Poland is a beautiful “Old World” country with amazing history, culture, and Citizens. Reading something positive about my homeland puts a smile on my face.

    Thank you,
    Mateusz Zawadzki

    • Thanks very much Mateusz!

      I’m glad that you like my post. Feel free to look around the other articles that I wrote about Poland too. You can go here for easier views!
      Enjoy! 😀

  9. I visit regulary. I must agree with you on all you mentioned. Excellent value, excellent experiences…but you truly missed one, the women have to be the most beautiful of any I have ever seen. For a red hot male Poland cannot be beat.

    • Thanks very much Robert!

      I’m glad that you liked, and enjoyed my article! Feel free to look around the other articles that I wrote about Poland too. You can go here for easier views!
      Enjoy! 😀

  10. We have booked to go to Krakow in December..I’m so excited! if you have any tips they would be gratefully received! We lived in Berlin for 3 years too, just after the wall came down. Wish I had appreciated it more!

    • Thanks so much!

      Krakow will be fantastic. You’ll love it. Poland in the winter is really cosy, and prices are so cheap, you’ll have a feast!
      OMG! I can’t believe you were here just after the Berlin Wall came down! It would have been so cool, but yeah, one never really appreciates a thing until it’s no longer quite close at hand! 😀
      p.s. For Poland in general, check out my other posts here. For anything else in particular, I offer a consulting service. More information about that here!

      • Never existed ridiculous wall in Berlin. Poland was capitalistic Western country, Germany was one country and Iron Curtain was on Eastern polish border.

      • Thank you for your comment Seb.
        I live 10 minutes away from the old Berlin Wall and I have personally visited some of the graves of the people who tried to escape and were killed.

        The Berlin Wall certainly exists!

        p.s. If you would like more information about Poland in general, check out my other posts here. If you would like to visit Poland, please use my booking.com links here!

  11. Well remember I told you … you convinced me to visit Poland? I went to Poznan and Wroclaw in April / May this year 2017 … I’m going again to Wroclaw in December and I already booked for April / May 2018 to Zakopane and Krakow!!! What did you do to me ??? hahaaaa … I fell in love big time with Poland now!! 4 visits in a couple of months!

    • Thanks very much Elinor!

      Indeed I do! I’m enormously pleased that you went to Poznan and Wroclaw and enjoyed it! You’ll love Krakow. And winter in Poland or any other East European country is so lovely. You’ll love it! 😀

      Feel free to use my affilate links (at no cost to yourself) for hotels and travel insurance if you want to! 😉

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  13. Wow, what a nice article about my country 🙂
    I live in Cracow and really recommend that city to you guys 🙂
    Also: Wroclaw, Poznan, Torun (the city of Copernicus – wow, prices there are VERY cheap and the place is famous for gingerbread… uuu you will love it! I love Torun, even though it is a tawn rather than a city), Gdansk, Szczecin, Zamosc (this one is quite interesting), Warsaw, Lublin and Bialystok (to try some delicious cuisine). Ohh.. there are a lot of places to visit 🙂

    Thanks for a nice and funny article!
    R

    • Thanks so much Renata!

      I’m glad that you really liked my article. I enjoyed writing it too! 😀
      As for Cracow / Krakow, I’ve been there many times but before I actually had this blog, so I haven’t written about it! 😉 And if you go to this section, you will see that I’ve actually been to many of the places you’ve described already being that Poznan, Warsaw, Gdasnk & Szczecin, are some of my favourite places! However, I can’t wait to visit Wrocław & Łódź.

  14. There are many beautiful places in Poland. I think that Gdańsk is a city worth mentioning. There is for example impressive old town, a lot of good restaurants and sights. You should also use service visitgdansk.com – you can easily find there good place to stay for night, information about what to do when outside is rainy 🙂

    • Thanks very much Ivone!

      I totally agree! I’ve been to Gdańsk many times, and usually mention it in my articles about Poland. There’s no need to go on any other website as I’m an expert on Poland! 😉 In fact, if you read this, and this, you will see that we I pretty much mention Danzig / Gdańsk all the time! 😀

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  16. I can recommend you to visit Gdańsk: http://visitgdansk.com/en/weekends-in-gdansk and the Second World War Museum. Despite a lot of controversy the Museum of the Second World War has been drawing the crowds since its opening earlier this year so we recommend you visit the museum’s website and reserve tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. With a maximum number of visitors allowed in at any one time, it’s advisable to book ahead.
    To be honest, it is one of the most interesting places, which you can find in Poland. To be honest, it is hard part of history, but worth checking.

    • Thanks very much Aquaja!

      I have been to Gdańsk many times, but I haven’t heard the Museum of the Second World War. Go here or here, for my view on Gdansk. WWII was a terrible event, but it’s very much worth leraning about and contemplating over, so that such a crime doesn’t happen again.

  17. We are very excited to visit Poland, and have been searching for any information, such as safety, areas to stay in, and what not to miss. Information is just not as readily available as other European nations. Thanks for the information posted, I will be checking your other links.
    Thanks!
    Nikki

    • Thanks so much for reading Nikki! It’s always a delight to be told how useful and helpful my articles are, especially for a country that I very much enjoy visiting! 😀

      You’ll find that Poland is more popular among Anglo-American nations, either because we have no initial pre-conceptions about how Poland would be and therefore no biases, or because Poland is connected historically in some way. Sadly, Germany’s history is too close to be completely free of prejudice, and for other West European nations, Poland is still very much “East European” and therefore, not really worth writing about, hence the popularity of my articles. 😉

      If you’d like to see the links in one place, please go here or here.

      And of course, if you require further detailed help, I am available via consultancy here.

      • Poland is Western Europe and everyone treat it this way!

  18. What did they make of a Black woman in Poland, a beautiful one at at that and a rather handsome tall young man ?

    There are thousands of Poles living in my area of West London and the question I would love to ask
    each and everyone of them is how they would react if hundreds of thousands of English, Irish, Chinese, Somali, West Indian, Pakistani, Indian etc turned up in their towns and villages taking all the available jobs because they will work cheap, living 20 in one house, drinking on every street corner.. I wonder how tolerant they would be ?

    Sadly I suspect that I already know the answer to my question… If I turned up in some small town in Poland demanding housing, a job, free medical treatment, driving around in a Merc as if I was drug Baron, drinking, pissing and shitting in the streets (I’ve seen it with my own eyes and not only the men) I rather fancy that someone would take me to the edge of town and my days on this earth would end in a ditch… I once asked someone from Ukraine how many Black people lived in the town where he came from, he laughed and said none and then told me if one turned he would be killed…

    So far as I can tell most of the decent Poles are staying put in Poland leaving the dregs to migrate in their thousands to places such as the UK. Sorry, but I can think of not one single thing we has enriched my country since their arrival. Britain has a rich history of accepting people from all over the world under many differing circumstances, but this most recent invasion of fiscal migrants is most alarming. I can only suspect that the places they have migrated from must have been so bad that fleeing to the UK was their only option, but why they would then choose to turn their new home into the slum they have escaped from is quite beyond me….

    • Thanks for your comment Blake!

      Well, in my experience they were extremely surprised, in some places visibly shocked, but very polite and pretty pleased! In the early days, I had people asking to take photographs with us, and every time we went into a small shop at the Polish seaside, suddenly a 100 people would be queuing up behind us, which I found quite endearing! I’ve been going to that fishing village for more than 20 years…!

      As an economic nation, Poland’s prospects are not as enticing as Western European nations, which is why many Polish people migrate to the UK, Germany, the US, etc. Having said that, they’re obviously taking their money home as in 2015, we met a few people who had previously lived in the UK, and had decided to return, and I was amazed at the new house-building industry, and how fancy some of those homes were!

      Whether we like it or not, the beauty of the EU has been freedom of movement, labour and resources. And if I have the right to move wherever I want (still) in the EU in order to offer my services, why should I begrudge other Europeans from doing the same?

    • I could say the same about the English tourist in Spain but does it mean all of them behave in the same fashion.

    • Oh the glorious Brits, wherever in the world they have meddled, they only imported the very best of British.
      Although I understand your concerns, I have always been wondering why the British take it as their right of birth to work, live or retire in any part of the world they wish, but it’s not ok for other nations do the same? I have visited many countries in the world and I always met the British living/partying there, and yes, sometimes in ‘herds’, and not always behaving in a civilised manner. No offence intended, but the British are not entitled to any special treatment on this planet.

      • Thanks very much for your comment Eva.
        I’m glad that you enjoyed my article! 😉 However, if you read it thoroughly, you’ll see that no entitlement is, or was expected, and that the article is written tongue-in-cheek and means the exact opposite!

    • I think that you live in a very bad place in London, therefore you meet such people and you are also part of them.

      • Thank you for your comment Aneta.
        Is this comment for me or Blake Seven – the person who asked the original above question? If it’s for Blake Seven, you need to direct this comment to his reply rather than mine …

  19. Wow. Thank you so much. I have wanted to visit Eastern Europe every since I was a child (It appears strangely Mystical behind that Iron Curtain, and I wanted to see for myself). Being Australian and therefore being quite insular, I didn’t include Eastern Europe in our recent family holiday to the continent (Well, if you exclude Schwerin that is), as I wasn’t sure about taking my wife and children east the first time I drove around Europe. Now its settled. We are including Poland (and Slovakia and Czechia) as well as Eastern Germany in our next Euro holiday. Time to brush up on conjugating my verbs and German Grammar (and gender) for the next trip!

    I was wondering why you were saying the locals wanted to have their photo taken with you and I guessed it might be your dark skin? My wife had a similar experience in Asia because she is blonde and extremely fair. I had the pleasure of being the spectator, and at times photographer, as she posed with mainly young girls and women throughout our honeymoon.

    • Thanks very much! I’m glad you liked my article. 😀
      Oh absolutely! If you’re in Europe, and you have the time, you should definitely include Eastern Europe. Poland is great, the food is wonderful and prices are cheap. Slovakia is not as nice, but certainly far, far cheaper, and the Czech Republic is a delight. You’ll have a wonderful time. If you have any questions, about any of those countries, just holler. If it’s a little more complicated, feel free to book a proper consultation with myself.

      p.s. Yes, darker skin tones are not common in Eastern Europe, hence the interest and intrigue.Indeed, your wife must have felt like a rockstar, and if you take your children…!

      We went to Thailand with our son, and they kept sending us marriage proposals as he’s very tall for his age, and has skin tones similar to theirs. He didn’t find it so amusing really, as he was just 11 years old…! 😉

      • Poland is Western Europe.

      • It’s funny how nobody in Europe wants to be called “eastern”, as if it was a slur.
        Czechs and Polish (and other nations) like to be called Central Europe which makes sense historically as the countries once comprising Austrian-Hungary. I would subscribe to this and reserve the term “Eastern Europe” to places beyond Polish eastern border.
        Though I guess in those countries they’d pretty much argue the same – that the “East” begins on the other side of the border. 😀
        But to be sure, nobody in their right mind and some sense of geography would ever call Poland “western”.
        PS. This was @Seb aka Sebastian and what came after.
        The reason people don’t answer to right posts, thebritishberliner, is that the link “Reply” appears only under the 1st post in a (potential) thread.

      • Thanks so much Don!
        Indeed!

        I’m aware that many of these lovely nations prefer to be referred to as in Central Europe and in some cases, Nordic!

        Perhaps it’s because I live in Berlin where my friends & colleagues from former East Germany proudly refer to themselves as to coming from “dem Osten” – The East – even though the DDR was not even in Eastern Europe!

        p.s. I’ll try and look into the reply stuff. But generally, unless one writes a “fresh” answer, a reply would generally be under the person who “started” it.

        Thanks so much for your comment. 😀

    • But Poland is not Eastern Europe and wasn’t behind Iron Curtain. Eastern polish border was Iron Curtain!

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      • Greetings, I am so pleased you totally enjoyed Poland. I started going there 2003, and accidentally met family ( my father was Polish, but never returned there after WW11 ) I love Poland, the country, the people, the food …and of course the beer! .So much to visit and see there with a fantastic coastline on the Baltic. I have now got my Polish Citizenship …and also my ” man-cave” there also. I am still meet new family and with my first meetings way back in 2003, much more of my “Polish family” are getting to know each other.
        Kind regards ….
        David

      • Thanks so much for your comment David!
        I like Poland very much too! And the beaches are gorgeous.
        I actually like the Polish Baltic Sea, better than the German Polish Sea. Shh. Don’t tell anyone! 😀
        Good luck with your Polish family, and if you need help with anything, do let me know. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your kind comment Arditya! Poland is a really nice country. ‘Hope you get the chance soon. 😀
      p.s. Where are you based?

      • You’re welcome 😀
        I live in Bogor, Indonesia. Poland is such a beautiful country, been looking for some photos on IG they’re stunning. They have some cool antique trains also *I’m a trainspotter lol

      • ‘Nice one Arditya! Indonesia is lovely. I’ve been a few times, but only to Bali as surprisingly, I seem to be a creature of habit! 😉

        I love travelling by train too, and in Europe, there is plenty to keep you busy! Yep! Antique trains you’ll find aplenty! 😀

      • You should try the overnight train in Java. You can enjoy stunning panorama from your window. Also, there are two old steam trains in central Java, one in Solo, one in Ambarawa available for group tour.

        Yes, I’ve seen a lot from instagram and can’t stop browsing for more pics and videos. If I could go to Europe, I prefer to visit the railway museum or train related activities instead of trapped in a horde of tourists in a popular spot 😂😂

      • Thanks very much Arditya!

        One day, I’ll get to Java too…
        p.s. Trains in Europe are fantastic. Read this for more inspiration!:D

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  29. Hello!
    I found this post informative and I really like the delivery, as if I should be expecting bad news, but it turns out to be good. My father’s parents’ families are immigrants to the US from Poland, so a I grew up within a fairly ethnic atmosphere with a blend of Jewish (Yiddish) and Catholic cultural influences. I would very much like to visit, even perhaps to meet some relatives, but I do have some issues that make me a tad nervous. Like, how accessible are public spaces for disabled folk? I use forearm crutches, sometimes a wheelchair. I am also Autistic and was concerned about how I would be received. I googled “Poland and Autism” but couldn’t find much about how Autism and Autistics are accepted in this large country. I did see from a YouTube video, that they are raising funds for a FIRST EVER all autistic village. And that, is something not even achieved yet in the USA. I do also have Celiacs disease which is so sad because some of my most loved Polish foods have gluten in them! I scoured the net, but haven’t found info for Poles with Celiacs disease and where they can go for food without falling ill.

    Those are my most pressing questions.

    Again, I immensely enjoyed this post, and your other blogs.

    Good day,
    -Hilary

    • Thanks so much for coming by and reading Hilary!

      I’m so glad that I was able to help, and that you understood where I was really coming from. Haw! Haw! Poland is one of my favourite countries, so my article was really quite tongue-in-cheek! 😉

      Most of Eastern Europe is not necessarily wheelchair friendly, but many have wider streets in the city centres and Old Towns. And I’d say that 85% of tourist attractions are wheelchair accessible. Buses & trams, not so much!

      Certainly, Warsaw is. The streets are wide, and the Underground station has only 3 lines. With elevators!

      Autism shouldn’t be a bother either as most locals won’t necessarily notice, and are friendly and open to tourists. 😀

      As for Celiacs disease, I really can’t help you there as Polish food is indeed rather heavy on gluten. Perhaps you might want to go for seafood or vegetarian items instead. Most locals won’t know what you mean, and it will be difficult, but if you take responsibility for what is served to you, it can be done! 😉

    • Hi, Perplexed,
      there’s an official celiacs organization in Poland which has this website:
      https://celiakia.pl/
      And they have this forum which has a category where people share tips for restaurants in various cities which are celiacs-friendly:
      http://forum.celiakia.pl/viewforum.php?f=10&sid=df60b39b781466118b6e2d81bab124ca
      Everything only in Polish, of course.
      However, if you’re really serious about it, I can help you set up a profile there and you could ask there whatever you want to know.
      I don’t feel comfortable leaving my address just like this but I’m filling it below, so the author of this blog will have it and perhaps can send it to you… So to be absolutely clear, thebritishberliner – feel free to send my email address to Perplexed and Perplexed – feel free to write to me!
      Greetings from Berlin!

      • Thank you for your comment Kat! 😀
        If you require further details from Kat, please do let me know and as requested, I will send you her Email privately.

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    • Haw! Haw!
      Thanks so much Victor! 😀

      You’re right. People feel so strongly about Poland. Either they really like it – for example Moi – or they really hate it!

      I’ve been visiting Poland for over 20 years, so I know which side of the fence I’m on! 😉
      p.s. I’ll read the article that you linked.
      pps. Visit Poland one day, and see for yourself…

  31. What u say about my cantry man, poland is nic amd batiful and u say dont come?! What we do to you? nothing! Pleass dnt say what u dont know!

    Sory for bad English

    • Thank you for your comment Janek!
      Don’t worry if you make mistakes in English. it’s perfectly OK. I’m guessing that because your English isn’t advanced, that you didn’t understand my post. It’s irony. If you read ALL of the article, you will see that I wrote the complete OPPOSITE of the title.

      I like Poland very much. I’ve also been going there for more than 20 years, so I know Poland very, very well! In fact, your country should be giving ME awards and medals for the amount of FREE publicity I have given Poland! Read more here: https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/best-of-poland-dumplings-everything-in-between/

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  33. This is the stupidest post Ive ever read. The reason why your nazi german friends dont want you to go to Poland is because their mums and dads set up those German concentration camps in Poland and are ashamed of it now. Clearly you know nothing about eastern Europe and its history.

    • Thank you for your comment.
      However, if you took the time to read further, you’d discover that I know quite a lot about Eastern Europe.
      And it’s history.
      Follow the link!

      Not only that but I actually studied Political Science. My specialization?
      European Politics!

      • Thank you for your comment.

        Here’s more information about Eastern Europe.
        And it’s history.
        Follow the link!

        Note: I actually studied Political Science. My specialization?
        European Politics!

        p.s. If you would like more information about Poland in general, check out my other posts here. If you would like to visit Poland, please use my booking.com links here!

  34. WOW! Your post about Poland and Poles is really amazing. You do not omit anything and write the truth. It’s a very honest post. The only thing I can do, is to recommend to everyone who would like to get to know bettter Krakow, one of the most beautiful cities in Poland, and its surroundings (if you want to know the truth about Aushwitz), stay at the Belle Epoque Apart Residence (https://belleepoquekrakow.com/)

    • Thank you for your comment Anna!
      I’m so pleased that you like my article. I can’t wait to visit Krakow / Cracow once again. 😀

  35. Great post about Poland and Poles is really amazing. Even people in Poland didn’t discover Katowice yet! It was nice to read something like that about My City! I was in many beautiful places around the world and I’m proud of Poland and way it changes.

    • Thanks very much Szymon!

      I’m so pleased that you like my article. I very much like Poland and really have a nice time whenever I’m there!
      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  36. There are billion of people who are viisting where corner of the world but no one visit china because no one know the reason why china is famous for tourism so i must recomanded you to write a blog on tourism in China

    • Thank you for your comment!
      I would love to be able to recommend China however, I’ve only been to Hong Kong (which I absolutely adored), but have never been to China!

      My principles are that I only write about places that I have personally been to, so if I haven’t been there myself, I won’t write about it! If you would like to work in partnership with me as to how to make this happen, I would be more than happy to discuss this, as it’s on my “To Do List.”

      I can be contacted via: victoria@thebritishberliner.com

      Thanks. 😀

  37. I saw the title for this article while doing research for an essay about Poland, and I was about to get seriously offended…

    But, to my delight, everything you wrote in here is extremely clever! All wonderful reasons to visit Poland at least once in your life. I personally spent a few days there last summer and had a wonderful time learning about their history and people. I miss it dearly.

    Perhaps one day I’ll be able to visit again.

  38. Auschwitz is not a Jewish concetration camp. It’s former German concetration camp. But with over 1 mln of murdered people it might be better to say, extermination. Concetration camp is formal German name but it doesn’t match with things that “happened” there.

    • Dear Marcin,

      Thank you for your comment.
      What happened at Auschwitz was horrible and a most terrible crime. One of the worst that mankind has ever encountered.

      And you’re right it was not originally constructed to be a “Jewish” concentration camp but it certainly ended up being the very worse thing to happen to many Jews, or anyone who was unfortunate to have been sent there. When 90 percent of the people that were sent there happened to be of the Jewish faith, I really don’t know what else to call it but a Jewish death camp.

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  40. Poland sucks. Prices are high compared to Canada. Absolutely no deal in 2019 to visit Warsaw or Krakow.

    Ukraine is the place to go, specifically Odesa in the summertime.

    • Thank you for your comment Mike. Now that is surprising!

      Where in Poland did you go? If it’s Warsaw then indeed, you’re utterly right. But Canada more expensive than Poland? How so?
      Spill the beans!

      ps. I haven’t yet been to the Ukraine, but I’m going to Georgia – Tbilisi – later in the year.

  41. Poland is not Eastern Europe! Poland is developed Western country. Central Europe is part od Western Europe and never was communistic.

  42. Poland looks not very attractive imo compared to Slovakia.

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  44. If you travel to Poland, please remember that shops are usually closed on Sundays.
    You can still find some shops to be open (especially smaller ones). You can find these on map https://niedziello.pl

    • Good point!
      Also during the Easter holidays most establishments are closed too!

      My son and I went to Łeba (the Baltic Sea) at Easter, and EVERY shop apart from one, was closed. As well as the National Park, ALL the attractions and even the waffle shops!

      We usually visit in the summer months of July and August, but I wanted to see what it was like in April.
      Not as much fun!

      Back to the summer. Thanks for sharing Maciej! 😀

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  46. I wish I could agree with you, as a Brit who has lived in Poland for 2 years..and can’t wait to leave…. Poland is a beautiful, stunning, and wonderful country..the only problem is the Polish. I’ve lived in many countries but Poland is by far the worst. No country enjoys wallowing in self pity, misery and depression than Poland, no country is so full of self hatred and hatred of just about everything and everybody. They are unwelcoming, racist, homophobic, intolerant, and hypocritical….and they are the open minded ones. They are quick to point out how terribly Poland has suffered,…which is true,..but why then has EVERY Brazilian person I have ever met been so warm, hospitable and open,…despite their country suffering corruption, murder, violence and intense poverty. Go to Poland if you want depression!!

    • I’m so sorry to hear this Paul.
      Sadly, you meet all sorts, as the world is filled with the good and the bad.

      Luckily so far, I have had no cause to express anything other than my own personal experience and for those people – Polish or otherwise, who have issues of intolerance or prove to be against everything I stand for, it is for people like them the reason, why I continue to blaze the trail to discover and experience, whatever the cost.

      The more people like myself go to these countries, the better. As a person of colour; I have never once felt the need NOT to travel somewhere and I never will.

      Thank you so much for your comment Paul, keep the fire burning all the same! 🙂

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