Visit Poland – 10 Things That Will SHOCK You About Poland

Visiting Poland can be a very rewarding experience and sometimes even a shocking experience for tourists and travelers. Whether you are visiting the capital Warsaw, seeing Krakow or Gdansk or just skiing in The Tatras Poland has a lot to surprise the everyday traveler. Here are our 10 Things That SHOCK Tourists about Visiting Poland.
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84 Responses to “Visit Poland – 10 Things That Will SHOCK You About Poland”

  1. JTN 1970

    Jun 04. 2017

    🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱

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    • David White

      Jul 18. 2017

      Karol Orlowski  Have you seen the price of housing in the UK?

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    • A ka

      Jul 18. 2017

      mowi sie, ze wystarczy znac okolo 500 slow, zeby moc sie dogadac po angielsku, a przecietny brytyjczyk zna okolo 1000 slow, ale to juz kpina, ze sa tacy glupi (niektorzy sa, i to juz nie zart…)

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    • Monika Kawa

      Jul 20. 2017

      A kto powiedział, że wszyscy musimy znać język angielski ? Proponuję nauczyć się rosyjskiego, jest o wiele łatwiejszy.

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    • Adrian Franczak

      Jul 20. 2017

      Monika Kawa Z racji ze anglia miala najwiecej kolonii przez co ten jezyk jest jezykiem miedzynarodowym i nie tak ze wymagam tego tylko od polakow, niemiec rosjanin hiszpanin tez powinien znac jesli chce miec jakas pozycje inna niz zapierdalanie lopata na polu

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    • sergey morosov

      Jul 20. 2017

      Да пусть на любых языках говорят, только честно и непредвзято. Просто европейцы более воспитанные. образованные и культурные нации в целом, чем там, “on the other side of the pond”

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  2. MEsfer1234

    Jun 09. 2017

    I mean the Polish face is a logical response.. you try laughing while ur sandwiched between Germany and Russia lol

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  3. Paul UK

    Jun 10. 2017

    We love the Polish people in UK, they’re very friendly and integrate well, work hard too!

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    • Geoffrey Harris

      Jun 22. 2017

      Unlike the muslims. You want immigrants. Take some Poles, Russians, Germans, Irish but NOT MUSLIM!

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    • SuperManBoy1

      Jun 23. 2017

      Geoffrey Harris Irish aren’t really immigrants in the UK

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    • Andy Wood

      Jun 24. 2017

      OffPH.wnr Do I sense brainwash leftist liberal nazi ?

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  4. Shrodree

    Jun 10. 2017

    The most shocking thing:

    no black people.

    seriously.

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    • Lovciam Cię

      Jun 26. 2017

      Shrodree Yeah, thats kinda scary, we’ve got like 20 black people in here Xdxd

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    • EY

      Jun 27. 2017

      there are just some countries that function better without being race mixed

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    • neckojezioro123

      Jul 15. 2017

      wrong – there’s 12.5-13% of blacks in US not 20% like you stated

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    • neckojezioro123

      Jul 15. 2017

      you’re big dummy…tell me when was the last time you’ve heard about someone (perhaps white catholic/christian ) that killed somebody in the name of Jesus? Just because somebody is of christian faith and go and commit a crime doesn’t mean that person was motivated by christian religion/ Jesus’s teachings, whereas when it comes to islamic terrorists that’s exactly the case – their only motivation is to spread violence in the name of mohammed or islam in general.

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  5. Anna Polak

    Jun 10. 2017

    Like a hint. Don’t ask Polish how they are. Because they will really tell the truth. And in Poland we love to whine so…

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    • Mack Galus

      Jun 23. 2017

      Just respond that you are fine, or I’m not good if your not hahaha easy? Jak sie masz? Jak leci? Co slychac? Bosheee!

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    • filozof71

      Jun 23. 2017

      And we call “smalltalk” the English habbit to answer always “OK” 🙂

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    • Bork Lensar,Mayor of Suplex City,Kekistan

      Jun 24. 2017

      How many Polaks does it take to change a lightbulb?

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    • Piotr Nowak

      Jun 27. 2017

      “Polaks” lol

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  6. Eikichi Onizuka

    Jun 10. 2017

    I don’t understand 1 thing. Does it mean other countries ppl walk with smile like retards all time?:D I like your Video but this thing is lie. Ppl in Poland got same reactions and faces like ppl in all the world. And trust me I was in few countries;3

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    • Mimi P

      Jun 21. 2017

      Eikichi Onizuka 😂 true!

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    • sweet dreams

      Jun 26. 2017

      I heared and read the same stuff about germany too before coming here from middle east, they said the germans are very frank which makes them sometimes sound rude to you. but it wasnt like that people seem totally normal here, at least in NRW its not like that. wait! before anyone calls me a muslim refugee, I came with visa and Im an athiest 😀

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    • Natalia J

      Jul 01. 2017

      well I live in poland and I agree with the polish face thing

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    • Henri M

      Jul 02. 2017

      this expressionless face is a typically Slavic thing and also common in the Baltic states and to a maybe lesser degree in Scandinavia and most of northern Europe. I also agree that it’s not a universal thing if you compare to for example Latin countries, India, Thailand etc. where a smile is a part of the interaction.

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  7. ildikousa

    Jun 11. 2017

    Shock # 3: “it got leveled by the Nazis”. It got leveled by Germans. Who are Nazis? Have they miraculously appeared around 1939 and then disappeared in 1945? Where did they come from and then where they returned to? Are they on a mysterious Nazi planet? Or Naziland? Landed on Earth with their spaceship and then flew back? No, they were Germans…

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    • David White

      Jul 18. 2017

      ildikousa   “Holocaust”…………….Aaaaaah! Hahahahahaaaaaaaaa!

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    • ildikousa

      Jul 18. 2017

      David White Hmm, you know what, maybe it had to do with Poland’s Partitions and what has been done to Poles during those long, long years, don’t you think? Read history books about the times from before 1920.

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    • ildikousa

      Jul 18. 2017

      David White And this “Aaaa hahaha” is your answer to what?

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    • David White

      Jul 18. 2017

      ildikousa  Why don’t you reply directly to my comments? I would see them much sooner…..The “Holocaust” is a joke and a lie. That’s why I laughed.

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  8. Zuzia Podpora

    Jun 11. 2017

    Co ludzie mają do mojej twarzy? Dlaczego miałabym uśmiechać się bez powodu?

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    • sai

      Jul 19. 2017

      Mikołaj Dunst niestety twoja teoria jest błędna x”D

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    • Monika Kawa

      Jul 20. 2017

      Wcale nie jest błędna. Rzeczywiście my Polacy w gronie znajomych jesteśmy weseli, lubimy się śmiać, a gdy jesteśmy sami to nam smutno. Nikt nie lubi samotności.

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    • sai

      Jul 20. 2017

      Monika Kawa W takim razie nie jestem polakiem 😉

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  9. Xerdoz

    Jun 11. 2017

    Poland doesn’t want cultural enrichment. Good for them. Keep atleast a few countries European. Rest of Europe is doomed.

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    • Jan Saddam

      Jul 19. 2017

      Reevix Wystarczy ONE ….

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    • Maryam Kim

      Jul 19. 2017

      Kacper Kryger, so, most muslims are extremists? How do you know this? How do you know most of them support terrorists? If you’re going to talk like an authority on the subject, give us some proof, not just your opinion.

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    • Xerdoz

      Jul 19. 2017

      So most muslims aren’t terrorists and extremists? How do you know this? How do you know most of them don’t support terrorists? If you’re going to talk like an authority on the subject, give us some proof, not just your opinion.

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    • Reevix

      Jul 19. 2017

      Links to scientific research are 10 comments over yours. Nice try Xerdoz ;))

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    • Maryam Kim

      Jul 19. 2017

      Zerdoz, that’s weak. Answer the question. Someone made the claim and I asked them to substantiate it. Like answering a question with a question.

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  10. HFJEfde

    Jun 11. 2017

    Not many tourist?!

    “Poland ranks as the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world”

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    • David White

      Jul 05. 2017

      EY  Poland IS in the EU.

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    • HR

      Jul 09. 2017

      Steve Hong Kong is not a good example due to the flocks of mainlanders who are storming the city for shopping every day. They are counted as “foreigners” which blurred the statistics. Among these 26,7 millions the vast majority are smuggles from China.
      16,7 million for Poland is not that bad.
      In 2015, Japan was visited by 19,7 million and more than 50% were from China/Korea (so probably main reason was shopping). Only 1 million Americans have visited Japan in 2015.

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    • Mia_ mi

      Jul 18. 2017

      Arthur Gaski I’m in Poland right now

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    • Jan Saddam

      Jul 19. 2017

      HFJEfde Jak się szarańcza zjedzie to trzeba uciekać w jakieś spokojniejsze miejsca Kraju ! 😀

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  11. William Heacock

    Jun 11. 2017

    thank you Poland for standing up to the muslims 🇵🇱💪

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    • Bob Buitenhuis

      Jul 22. 2017

      Ly 😀

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    • Firey Flower

      Jul 22. 2017

      William Heacock what complete and utter bullshit, Poland has done no such thing, but there were protests agains the moron Trump

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    • Firey Flower

      Jul 22. 2017

      William Heacock but Trump is a saint with a halo above his head! Ha!

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  12. dzeikobb

    Jun 12. 2017

    The only shock I get about that video is how inaccurate and outdated it is.
    1. There is no such things as Polish face. People have facial expressions just like everone else in the world. You can see people smiling, being happy and enjoying themselves as well as people busy with their own stuff which doesn’t mean they are in a gloomy mood.
    2. Poles are not that religious anymore. The mass attendance is rapidly decreasing and young people mostly don’t care about religion at all. Religious ceremonies are mostly matter of family traditions like wedding or first communion and have little to do with personal beliefs.
    3. Yes, Poland was heavily affected by the World War II, but don’t expect a postapocalypctic landscape with ruins everywhere. We got over that. Not the whole of Warsaw was leveled in the war. 1930s residential districts of Żoliborz, Mokotów or Saska Kępa have emerged rather intact and you can still find streets full of pre-war bourgeoise buildings around Lwowska, Koszykowa or Hoża street. There is also bohemian district of Praga under process of gentrification or Wola where modern skyscrapers border 19-century factories.
    4. Polish is difficult, but it’s not like it has nothing in common with other Indo-European languages. Many words have common roots (like English wisdom and Polish wiedza) or derive from Latin, Greek, French, German or English.
    5. Polish cuisine is so much more than cabbage and potatoes. What the author of the video described is served at the cheapest bars attended mostly by elderly people. There is a growing food truck market and breakfast markets with fresh products. You can see more vegan restaurants in Warsaw than anywhere in London or Amsterdam. The neon-decorated Night Market at Warszawa Główna has been one of the hottest food events in the country.
    6. Poland is the 17th most visited country in the world by foreign tourists. Over the past 15 years Poland was visited by 220 million tourists, 16 million tourists visited in
    2014 alone. There are 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited by millions of tourists every year.
    7. You can get from Gdańsk to Warsaw in roughly 2 hours by train and 2 hours from Warsaw to Kraków. There are also fast airline connections between major cities.
    8. The economy of Poland is the sixth largest in the EU. Poland is ranked 20th worldwide in terms of GDP and classified as high-income economy by World Bank. The largest component of its economy is the service sector (62.3.%), followed by industry (34.2%) and agriculture (3.5%). So when you think of Poland as a farmland, you are wrong.
    8. The standards of service are comparable to Western Europe. The service is usually polite, smiling and professional, unless, again, you are in a cheap bar attended mostly by elderly people.

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    • Sara Grant

      Jul 16. 2017

      Gabriela Lenartowicz / tak – zgadzam się z Tobą, Gabrielo…ja też jestem tego przykładem 😄

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    • Gabriela Lenartowicz

      Jul 17. 2017

      Sara Grant ooo bardzo się cieszę 😄 miło się z Tobą pisze ^^

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    • NYer79

      Jul 17. 2017

      dzeikobb: The fact that you used the term “bourgeois” tells me you’re likely an irreligious or atheistic leftist hipster who would be tickled pink if Warsaw ever became another multi-culti muzzie & african ghetto like London, Marseilles, and Stockholm. And you should respect your elders who have preserved your polish culture for *you*.

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    • NYer79

      Jul 17. 2017

      YouTube Name: I agreed with your comment, wholeheartedly. That dzeikobb cuck probably wishes Warsaw had a muslim mayor too.

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    • karri2

      Jul 21. 2017

      What about dzeikobb’s comments? They are quite accurate.

      Yes, service in Poland ranges from really amazing to very rude. It’s not totally uncommon to walk to a grocery store and get a frustrated “hmph” sound if you don’t speak Polish or don’t understand something on the very first time. I’m aware of one incident where my friend had had enough of this at one point and completely exploded at the cashier telling her she can’t treat customers like utter s***t. I can’t say I recommend that approach in any way (it wasn’t very bright), but I can see where that was coming from. On the other hand, as I said, Poles can be so friendly, understanding and talkative.

      95% of service will ask you for smaller change every time you give cash, so here’s a pro tip: use Paypass whenever possible. Saves weeks of your life.

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  13. marcin wal

    Jun 12. 2017

    Śmieszne że on myśli że w Polsce wszystko jest tanie. Szkoda tylko że dla ludzi z poza Polski.

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  14. that feeling when june comes

    Jun 13. 2017

    dude I’m dead inside, what expression am I supposed to have

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    • The Redstone Engineer

      Jun 20. 2017

      The face that doesn’t show happiness, amger or sadness.

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    • Radosław Bałtrukiewicz

      Jul 12. 2017

      As a Pole i wish You to be as happy as possible. But please dont swim drunk in city fountains anymore ok?

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    • ifyoungmetr0 d0nttrustyou

      Jul 19. 2017

      Bida w kraju my g

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  15. cookiekiller

    Jun 13. 2017

    lubię słyszeć od obcokrajowców że język który umiemy jest bardzo trudny bo wtedy można poczuć się tak fajnie i w ogóle, że ja znam a inni wielkie zdziwienie xD

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    • Jan Saddam

      Jul 18. 2017

      cookiekiller Ala jak może być trudny skoro od małego dziecka posługuję się nim i zawsze uważałem,że jest ŁATWY !!! 😀

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    • Max Hofman

      Jul 19. 2017

      Bo słuchałeś go całymi dniami prez wiele LAT od rodziców i stawałeś sięstopniowo lepszy. Chyba nikt nie chce poświęcać 10 lat żeby nauczyć się jednego języka.

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    • Jan Saddam

      Jul 19. 2017

      Max Hofman Nie słyszałeś o czymś takim jak SARKAZM ???

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  16. Bjørn Gryttingsodegård

    Jun 18. 2017

    I love Poland!

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  17. m27ny

    Jun 23. 2017

    You are funny and you got everything right except “prosim” that is in Czech not polish, sz in polish is like sh in English.

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    • Wolters World

      Jun 23. 2017

      +m27ny I guess the locals were just happy I got dwa piva right and said that’s ok.

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  18. U Wot

    Jun 28. 2017

    Best thing about Poland is the lack of Muslims.

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  19. Antonius Raja

    Jul 03. 2017

    Poland looks so pretty! Greetings from Indonesia! We have the same flag! 😂 🇮🇩 🇵🇱

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  20. portretstewardessy

    Jul 05. 2017

    Dziękuję for that vid man! – Polish girl living in the US 🙂

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    • Wolters World

      Jul 05. 2017

      +portretstewardessy you are very welcome. Big travel hug from the wolters family

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