Poland in a Nut Shell

  • Eat! – Pierogi. Small, delicate dumplings filled with either savoury choices of hearty meat, pickled cabbage (sauerkraut) and mushrooms, or sweet with berries and cottage cheese.
  • Drink! – Wódka! Poland is famous for being the birthplace of vodka, so you know the saying… when in Rome Poland!
  • Wear! – In Poland traditional dress consists of folk-style skirts and embroidered waistcoats, worn on special occasions such as weddings.
  • Beware! – The air kisses! The Polish are very friendly when it comes to greetings, and will do three air-kisses on alternate cheeks. Practice makes perfect to avoid any unfortunately placed smackers!

Introduction to Poland…

With breathtaking scenery, some of the world’s finest vodka, hearty cuisine, exhilarating hiking and good value backpacker hostels – it’s time to include Poland on your itinerary. The country’s capital is Warsaw, and is steeped in history and spectacular architecture. And we can’t write about Poland without mentioning the food… hearty bowls of meat and potatoes for just a handful of change. Backpacker friendly? Yes! 

Poland Basics:

  • Currency: Polish złoty
  • Capital City: Warsaw
  • Main Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Main Language: Polish
  • Telephone Code: +48
  • Time: GMT+2
  • Emergency Numbers: General Emergencies: 112, Ambulance: 999, Fire Brigade: 998, Police: 997

Polish Language Essentials:

  • Hello: Cześć
  • Thank you: Dziękuję Ci
  • How are you? Jak się masz?
  • Can I have the bill please? Poproszę rachunek?
  • Please: Proszę
  • How much? Ile
  • Good bye: Do widzenia

Poland Visa Information:

Poland is part of the Schengen group – meaning that holders of a C-type Visa are free to travel throughout all the Schengen countries in Europe. Find out more information and eligibility requirements here.


The weather in Poland is fairly temperate – meaning quite cold winters and warm summers with plenty of rain throughout the year.

5 Random Facts about Poland:

  1. There are more winners of ‘World’s Strongest Man’ from Poland than any other country in the world.
  2. Poles are the third biggest beer drinkers in Europe – after Germany and the Czech Republic.
  3. The Polish do pizza back to front. Instead of on the base, the tomato sauced is served on top of the cheese!
  4. They eat their bananas the same way as gorillas – peeling them from the blossom end and holding them at the stem.
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