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POLAND TRAVEL GUIDE
WHAT TO EATPierogies, bigos (or Polish hunter’s stew of meat and sauerkraut), kotlet schabowy (breaded pork cutlets), sour cucumber soup, jellied carp, grilled oscypek (smoked cheese), pickled herring, a variety of kielbasa sausages, golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls), choldnik (cold beetroot soup), makowiec (poppy seed pastry cake) and paczki (Polish doughnuts).
WHAT TO BRING BACKSalt from the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a bottle of bison grass vodka or Polish beer, jewellery made with Gdansk amber, a Wawel dragon figurine, a Polish folk instrument like a bird-shaped vessel flute or an album of Polish folk music, hand-embroidered linen, hand-made Kaszubka dolls and traditional Polish sweets like krówki (a kind of caramel fudge candy).
FUN FACTPoland is a land of plenty. Not only is it home to one of the largest lake districts in Europe (Masurian Lakeland with about 2,000 lakes!) and thousands of the continent’s last bisons (found in the Bialowieza Forest), but it’s also where you’ll find the world’s largest castle. That’s right, Poland’s Malbork Castle takes that title with its 44 acres located about an hour from Gdansk. Built in the 13th century by Teutonic knights, this Gothic architectural masterpiece includes 3 palaces, chapels, towers, an armoury, countless out-buildings and more!
IMPORTANT INFOFor more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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