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Did you know…?

Poland has lots to offer, beau­tiful untouched nature (sea, lakes, rivers, forests, moun­tains), inter­esting history and hun­dreds of monu­ments. It has 32 places ins­cribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list and 11 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. But there is much more to dis­cover. Did you know ?

The name of Poland comes from the name of the tribe that inha­bited this land – Polanie. The word itself applies to people who live outdoors.

Life staging in an early medieval settlement

With a land area of ​​312,685 km², Poland is among the 10 largest coun­tries in Europe, sur­passing Italy or Great Britain with its territory.

With the popu­lation of 38.2 million it is a 38th most populous country in the world. Warsaw, the capital, is the largest city in the country.

Poland has belonged to NATO since 1999, and to the European Union since 2004, but main­tains its local cur­rency, the Polish zloty (PLN).

Poland belongs to the Schengen Zone in which 26 European nations have reco­gnized the abo­lition of their internal borders with other member nations for the free movement of people, goods, ser­vices and capital.

Poland is located in the heart of the European continent : it is pre­cisely here that the first cal­cu­lated geo­metric center of Europe is located.

Poland has 17 Nobel Prize winners, 4 Peace Prize winners and 5 Nobel Prize winners for literature.

Wisława Szymborska

Poland is the largest exporter of amber in the world.

The Polish consti­tution was the first in Europe and the second in the world.

Poland is among the coun­tries that consume the most beer, it is esti­mated that an average citizen drinks 99 liters of beer per year.

Chotomów – Corpus Christi procession

Poland is the most reli­gious country in Europe.

It has 9,000 lakes and is the second country in Europe with the most lakes.

Poland saved 450,000 Jews from death during the Holocaust.

Auschwitz-Birkenau

25% of Europe’s storks are found in Poland. During migration, storks leave these areas and travel to Africa. Between the months of March and April, the storks will return to Europe on a journey that takes around 49 days.

90% of Poles have com­pleted at least secondary education.

Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle (Marienburg) is the world’s largest castle built of brick. It is built in gothic style, covers an area of ​​21 hec­tares, and is one of the most impressive of its kind in Europe.

Wieliczka, apart from being one of the most beau­tiful places in Poland, is the only salt mine in the world that has been in ope­ration since the Middle Ages. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the first list made in 1978.

Warsaw is the city of contrasts. Today’s old town is not the real old town from before the war. The ori­ginal was com­pletely bombed in the 1940s and the Poles rebuilt it using spe­cific paints.

Białowieża

The 150,000-hectare Białowieża Forest is the oldest and wildest forest in Europe. Some 800 European bison live there, the hea­viest animals on the continent. The forest is pro­tected as a UNESCO World Heritage and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The typical tra­di­tional not official food is Zapiekanka. It’s a baguette cut in half, topped with cheese and mush­rooms and sprinkled with garlic and mayon­naise… and lots of tomato sauce.

Marie Curie, the woman who dis­co­vered Polonium and Radium, was not French, but Polish. Her name was Maria Skłodowska before she married a Frenchman named Pierre Curie. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two dif­ferent sciences.

Maria Skłodowska–Curie

Poland is among the coun­tries that consume the most beer, it is esti­mated that an average citizen drinks 99 liters of beer per year.

The largest Market Square in Europe is located in Poland -> Krakow.

The founder of the Max Factor cos­metics brand was a Pole – Maksymilian Faktorowicz.

Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw

The second largest clock in Europe is located in the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. It is 6.3 meters in dia­meter and at the time of its opening in 2000 it was the tallest clock in the world.

The President of the Republic of Poland awards a medal to couples who have been married for at least 50 years.

The “Pionier” cinema in Szczecin, in ope­ration since 1909, is the second oldest ope­rating cinema in the world.

Szczecin – Pionier cinema

Poland is one of the largest bus pro­ducers in the European Union.

The 5 zloty coin was reco­gnized in 1996 as the most tech­no­lo­gi­cally advanced cir­cu­lation coin in the world.

Poland is the largest pro­ducer of apples in Europe.

Orchard with apples

Poland has the largest mineral water deposits in Europe.

Gdansk was the first target of military actions taken by the German army in 1939. The exact location of the first battle of World War II was Westerplatte, a small peninsula a few kilo­meters from the city center.

Gdansk is the city where the Solidarity union stood up to com­munism in Poland and ended up achieving the change to a demo­cratic regime in the country.

Gdańsk – Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970

Zamosc – city built on the Italian concept of “a perfect city”, it has kept much of the typical Paduan atmos­phere being one of the best examples of renaissance.

Torun is the bir­th­place of Nicolaus Copernicus, the author of the helio­centric theory of the Solar System.

Wroclaw is the city inha­bited by gnomes – there are more than 380 bronze gnome sta­tuettes scat­tered throu­ghout the city center of Wroclaw reflect the popular Polish tra­dition of “Krasnoludek”, a kind of elf that fights bad luck.

Wrocław

Zabkowice Slaskie has the most inclined tower in Poland. With its 34 meters of hight, it leans 214 cm. But there are 6 other cities that have a similar phenomenon.

From the 11th century until the beginning of World War II, Poland was known as the cultural and spi­ritual center of European Jewry. Many of the Polish Jews gained fame throu­ghout the world.

“Obwar­zanek” (bagel) – is a typical Krakow pastry, which was brought by the Jewish popu­lation to North America and is cur­rently extremely popular mainly in the New York and Montreal areas.

Bagel

In Poland we use power plug Type C.

The best season to travel is April – October and December due to the won­derful Christmas markets and the illu­mi­nation that adorns many cities. However, for lovers of winter sports, the months of December – March are recom­mended to practice snow sports.

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Have you seen those places ?

Poland has lots to offer, beau­tiful untouched nature (sea, lakes, rivers, forests, moun­tains), inter­esting history and hun­dreds of monu­ments. It has 32 places ins­cribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list and 11 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. But there is much more to dis­cover. Did you know ?