Poland

Key Country Facts

Population: 38.53 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

Bigos, a popular traditional polish dish, is a stew made from ingredients such as Polish sauerkraut, cabbage, different types of meat such as pork belly and kielbasa, dried mushrooms, onions, garlic, and spices

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Błędów Desert, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum , Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica

In Poland, the capital is Warsaw. About 38.53 million people live here (2013) and the official language is Polish. The dominant religion is Roman Catholicism. Poland’s top exports are vehicle parts, cars, seats, furniture, and passenger and cargo ships. The time zone is 5 hours ahead of EST.

A unique fact about Poland is that it has a desert called Błędów Desert, often called the “Polish Sahara.” It was created over time as a result of human life as well as from natural sand deposits; over time, the amount of water in the area lessened until the land became desert area.

In many cities in Poland, travelers can visit the Main Market Square to see various historic sites, restaurants, and shops. One lovely city to visit is Krakow, where thousands of people have visited St. Mary’s Basilica. The stained glass and architecture are absolutely astonishing. A quirky place to visit in Krakow – but not for the faint of heart – is the Lost Souls Alley, a series of scary puzzle rooms that will leave your heart racing to get from room to room.

For those who are interested in WWII history, take a tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to learn more about the tragedies of the Holocaust. The museum is packed with information and tours are accessible in multiple languages, plus travelers get access to historic documents and tours the camp facilities that were lived in during the war.

A fun dish to try is Bigos, a popular traditional polish dish. It is a stew made from ingredients such as Polish sauerkraut, cabbage, different types of meat such as pork belly and kielbasa, dried mushrooms, onions, garlic, and spices. It is cooked over several days and served with potatoes and bread. A true treat to enjoy!

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