Close to 9 million Americans say that they have Polish heritage. More and more are discovering their roots by traveling to Poland to experience the Baltic Sea, the Tatra Mountains and everything in between.
From windsurfing, biking and kayaking during the summer to skiing, snowboarding and hiking in the winter, Poland has everything you need to spend an active vacation in the heart of Europe.
You’ll also be able to unwind and relax in Poland’s many spas and resorts. So whether you’re into big-city hotels, cultural festivals, and music concerts or picturesquely located manors, farms, and rural vineyards, Poland has everything for your journey of self-discovery.
Discover Family History in Poland
Finding out about our family’s history often begins by dusting off our old photo albums. We see our grandparents and great-grandparents in foreign towns and landscapes; we remember stories told by our moms and dads about their journey to America; we can almost smell the traditional food that they cooked during the holidays.
These memories make us feel at home and that is the same feeling you’ll have when visiting Poland.
As you are discovering ancient cities that were the historic capitals of kings, hiking through breathtaking national parks, or tasting beer at one of the many microbreweries, one thing will always be there during your entire trip: Polish hospitality. This hospitality is legendary and is linked to delicious cuisine.
Anyone who has been to a Polish wedding can attest to the spirit of culinary delights mixing with tradition, laughter, and festivities. In the mountains or by the sea, in the tranquil countryside or busy cities, the magic of flavors and tastes will make your trip to Poland unforgettable.
Exploring the country of your ancestry will give you a chance to practice saying dzień dobry (jane-doh-brih, good morning), jak sie masz? (yahk shay mahsh? how are you?), and na zdrowie (nah zdroh-vyeh, Cheers!). And although you’ll be greeted with smiles and friendly responses, if you want to stick to English, that will work too.
According to the EF English Proficiency Index for 2021, out of 112 countries and regions in the world, Poland ranks 16 in terms of English skills – ahead of Switzerland (ranked 25), France (31), and Italy (35).
For centuries, Poland has been at the crossroads of different cultures. You can learn about its past and people by exploring some of the best and most interactive museums in Europe.
After taking in this rich history and flourishing culture, you can relax on the boulevards, beaches, and promenades along the banks of the beautiful rivers that flow through Polish cities.
Getting Around Poland
Moving around the country is simple and convenient with a network of trains and flights between cities and towns.
With direct flights from Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Newark, you’ll be in Poland in a few hours. The flight is just an hour longer than if you were traveling to London.
Whether you are looking to increase your fitness, reduce stress, or simply indulge yourself with luxury spa treatments, there is plenty to choose from in Poland.
A bracing coastal breeze helps to restore fitness and a stroll along the edge of the Baltic Sea, where the waves break, can be enormously revitalizing due to the increased levels of oxygen and iodine which leave your brain, skin, and muscles feeling rejuvenated.
Poland has the highest-quality hotels in the world. They are new, affordable, and will make your stay an unforgettable experience. The Polish Złoty remains the country’s currency and Poland is not in the eurozone.
So whether you’re sightseeing, shopping for gifts and souvenirs, staying in chain or boutique hotels, or dining in acclaimed restaurants, Poland gives you the most bang for your buck.
Take a trip to discover your roots and you’ll come home enchanted by Poland’s hospitality and your Polish heritage. To get started, go to www.poland.travel/en