Top 10 Things to Do in Poland
Poland is a country between a rock and a hard place and has suffered terribly for this geographical inferiority. I was fortunate to study here in 1998, in Wroclaw. Beer was fifty cents and train tickets were hand written (those were the times!). With the signs of communism slowly fading, there are a variety things one must see, smell, hear, say, and taste while passing through. Here is a list of my top 10 things to do in Poland.
- See. Warsaw rising museum. Great museum about the Polish revolt against the Nazis in 1944.
- Learn. Polish is not the easiest language but there is one world that proves to be a catch all. Prosze (pr: Pro shay) means please, thank you, that one, this one, excuse me- a real Swiss army knife of a word and a staple.
- Drink. Have a refreshing pint of Zywiec, the national beer of Poland.
- See Hel. On the Northern coast not far from Gdansk is the city of Hel. It’s an unassuming little coastal town but now you can say, you’ve been to Hel and back.
- Eat. One of the main stays of the Polish diet is pirogies ruskie -potato, onion filled little dumplings smothered in sour cream and bacon fat.
- Get Real. Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps; a sobering experience you will never forget (Krakow is the landing pad for this trip).
- Go Religious. The holiest of wholly is the Black Madonna in Czestochowa, the most sacred place in Poland.
- Take in History. Visit the last remaining piece of the Warsaw Ghetto wall hidden in a private apartment courtyard.
- Drive. Poland is beautiful by car, take in the scents, sounds, and views of the many bright yellow rape seed fields all along the country side.
- Krakow. See the beauty of this city and learn how it was spared from destruction during WWII.
Poland is best in the warmer months as the beautiful yellow rape seed field are in full bloom and you can visit Poland’s tiny sliver of coastline eat Gdansk.