Best of Poland – Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow and Beyond

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Best of Poland – Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow and Beyond

A happy couple at Krakow, Poland

Poland was a kind of place that is not spectacular but made me want to come back soon. To this day, I miss having lunch at the Milk Bar with old Polish folks. You could never go wrong with pierogi. It was really easy to experience the ‘real Poland’. We all know it’s not so easy in some places. While visiting Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow and a couple more small towns around the country, I enjoyed every bit of it and had a strong feeling that I have to come back to explore more.

 

For me, Poland is a country of Nicholas Copernicus and Marie Curie: two of the most brilliant scientist of all time. It was great to see the traces of two great scientific mind, all over the country. It was also a very core of World World II. Most of the cities were bombed and rebuilt, parts of the countries were used to rule by different countries, and still we can see the residue of the historical facts around the country.

 

I got into Warsaw and out from Cieszyn, the border town of Poland and Czech Republic. I gathered the best part of the each place in photos. Like any other places, I ate a lot (of course), walked a lot and drank quite a bit!

 

About the photo above It doesn’t really say ‘Poland’, but it was one of the best photos I took in Poland. The happy couple was shooting a wedding photography in the old town of Krakow. I’ve never thought Poland as a romantic place to be, but now I do.

 

 

Warsaw

The capital of Poland, totally destroyed during WWII and rebuilt from the ashes.

 

Warsaw old town

Warsaw old town

Marie Curie's birthplace and now a museum

Marie Curie's birthplace and now a museum

Kopernik: Nicholas Copernicus

Kopernik monument: Nicholas Copernicus

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

Jewish quarter of Warsaw

An old sign from Jewish quarter of Warsaw

Milk bar lunch

Milk bar lunch: mash potato, sauerkraut, and pork kutlet

 

Wroclaw

 

City of gnomes: amazingly charming but very not-touristy,

 

Wroclaw view

Wroclaw view from St. Elisabeth's Church tower

Pierogi

Pierogi for lunch, everyday

Wroclaw square at night

Wroclaw square at night

Beer at Spiz with lard sandwich

Microbrew beer at Spiz with lard sandwich

Stephen enjoying beer at Spiz

Wroclaw town hall

Wroclaw town hall

Gnome

Scholar gnome infront of the university

Barque style church

Barque style university church

 

Krakow

 

The oldest city in Poland, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pope John Paul II.

 

Krakow main square

Krakow main square

Train journey from Wroclaw to Krakow

Laetus Bernatek Footbridge

Laetus Bernatek Footbridge

Grilled Kielbasa

Grilled Kielbasa

Zapiekanki

Zapiekanki: the best hangover food ever

Gołąbki at Milk bar

Gołąbki at Milk bar

Pierogi at Milk bar

Pierogi at Milk bar

Beat soup at Milk bar

Beat soup at Milk bar

Mushroom at Krakow outdoor market

Mushroom at Krakow outdoor market

Kopernik at the church

Kopernik monument at the university church

Jewish Cemetery at Kazimierz - Jewish Quarter

Jewish Cemetery at Kazimierz - Jewish Quarter

Kazimierz - Jewish Quarter

Kazimierz - Jewish Quarter

Jewish Cemetery at Kazimierz - Jewish Quarter

Jewish Cemetery at Kazimierz - Jewish Quarter

An yellow car

 

Cieszyn

A border town between Poland and Czech Republic.

Cieszyn Castle: You can find it in 20 zloty note!

 

Myslowice

 

“Sleep town” of Katowice: visiting friend.

 

Drinking Krupnik (honey vodka) in Poland

Nikiszowiec

Nikiszowiec: coal miners' settlement

Guido - Coal Mine tour

Guido - Coal Mine tour

Guido - Coal Mine tour

Guido - Coal Mine tour with Pawel and Stephen

 

#Disclosure: Part of my trip to Poland is sponsored by a travel company in Poland: Stay Poland due to the partnership between Runaway Juno. However, all the contents are my own.

 

 

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Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

18 Comments

  1. Aggy says:

    I love Poland as much as you! Went to a milky bar too in Warsaw, really enjoyed their authenticity. I also ate a lot in Poland, I guess that can’t be avoided 🙂
    You must visit Poznan,they have a great old town! Glad you enjoyed Poland, Juno!

  2. I was getting towards the end of the post thinking, “OHMYGOD SHE WENT TO POLAND AND DIDN’T TRY ANY VODKA! I’M GOING TO HAVE TO TELL HER OFF!” but YAY for the honey vodka! I drank vodka pretty much every day I was in Poland. My CouchSurfing hosts in Wroclaw gave me no option – and also introduced me to pierogi (mmmmm!) You’re right in saying that Poland isn’t spectacular. It isn’t, not in my book anyway. However, there’s just something about the country that I fell in love with and I know I’ll be back there again.

    If you do make it back there someday, try going up the west next time. Poznan and Gdansk were my favourite cities when I visited. Poznan isn’t really touristy at all but has an amazing vibe to it, and Gdansk has so much history – it was the site of the beginning of World War 2, and the fall of communism in Europe. History galore!

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Tom! Yeah, I’ve heard some good things about Poznan, but didn’t have a time to do that. I’d love to go back to someday and explore northern part of the country. Milk bar was the best option for lunch, no question. I enjoyed every single meal and the encounter with the elderly people. It felt really authentic. Will go back someday!

  3. Looks really nice around there and not just talking about the honey vodka…. why does everyone notice that thou? 🙂

  4. Dean says:

    Poland looks amazing. I would love to visit. Great photos!

  5. Ross says:

    Great stuff. I’m jealous again.

  6. I really loved poring over your photos (agree the first image in your post is pretty amazing!)… Poland looks fantastic! Great food, quaint, charming towns – I had no idea how lovely it was.

  7. Love the photo of the bride looking at artwork. I enjoyed all your street art pics… seems like they have a thriving art scene in Poland. Would love a guest post if you are interested! 🙂

  8. Hi, so nice to hear that you liked Poland, my home country 🙂
    Love the sharpest of the sharpest photos
    xx

  9. m. says:

    You should visit estern Poland. It is much more traditional and historical. You can find real folklor. You need to have much more time for it couse this part of Poland it’s dosen’t got good infrastructure but it is worth to see. It is more ethnical mish-mash than any were else in Poland I think.

  10. Mark Wiens says:

    Great photos Juno. Are the pierogi like mandu?

    • Juno says:

      Yes! They are more doughy but same concept. Ingredients are little different though. Nonetheless, everything in the form of mandoo is excellent.

  11. I’m Polish and I must admit you rocked Poland. I can see you enjoyed the food a lot! I love ZAPIEKANKA as well 🙂

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  13. Yuni says:

    I was in poland last May and i love pierogi too! You should also try Polish chicken soup and cytrynowka 😉 Krakow is my fave town. Have you visited Wawel Castle? Oh i love this castle. Unortunately it is not allowed to take picture there…

    Greeting,
    Y

  14. Oh, what a great post and so many awesome photos! i can see that you became a fan of the milk bars. I used to eat there all the time when I was at uni – cheap and fulfilling!
    I also like Wroclaw. It has an atmosphere! I think it should be advertised as much as Krakow.

  15. Claudia says:

    Poland is one of the places in Europe that I would really like to see. Even more after reading your post and seeing the wonderful pictures!

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