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Folk Culture

Zakopane

It is a winter capital of Poland. The town is situated about 106 km from Cracow. The main road which leads to it is called ‘Zakopianka’. Apart from the possibility to practice winter sports and traversing picturesque walking trails of Tatra mountains, Zakopane delights tourists with a unique cult...

Dunajec Rafting

The rafting season in this area starts on the first of April and lasts till the thirty-first of October. Still, as Pieniny National Park is greatly covered in deciduous forest, the best time to make the rafting is in autumn when colourful leaves create artistic landscapes. The journey starts in S...

Kazimierz Dolny

Kazimierz Dolny is one of the most beautifully small towns in Poland often called the town of lovers or the town of artists. It has lots of picturesque sites and historical buildings. The main attraction is the market square and neighboring monuments, such as St. John the Baptist and St. Bartholo...

Szymbark

Szymbark is situated about 50 km from Gdańsk (less than an hour trip) and you see the upside down house there. The house stands on its roof and you enter it by the window. In the house you move on the ceiling and you make a journey to Polish Communist era as all the furniture come from then. Of c...

Zalipie

It is situated about 110 km from Kraków (1h 30 min drive) and 80 km from Kielce (1h 40 min drive). Zalipie is called “a painted village” as it is famous for its folk art painted houses. Currently, there are 20 painted houses there, also a painted health centre and a fire brigade headquarters. Tra...

Ethnographic Museum

One of the oldest ethnographic museums in Poland located in Warsaw at 1 Kredytowa Street. The museum was founded in 1888 and houses over 80,000 objects and about 120,000 archives. The largest permanent gallery is called “Time to celebrate”. The visitors can see their national costumes, festive cl...

Ethnographic Museum of Mazowsze Region in Sierpc

Ethnographic Museum of Mazowsze Region in Sierpc is situated 102 km from Toruń (about 1h 40 min drive) and 132 km from Warsaw (about 1 h 45 min drive). This open-air ethnographical museum has the area of more than 60 hectares and the exhibition covers 10 farmsteads, an inn, a smithy, a windmill, ...

Sweets of St. Martin

Sweets of St. Martin are connected to Poznań. On the 11th of November in Poland we have not only Independence Day but also everywhere people buy special St. Martin crescent shaped buns to commemorate St. Martin’s Day. The home of all festivities is Poznań city. The event in Poznań changes every y...

Nativity Scenes

Szopai Bożonarodzeniowa is a shed constructed with live animals inside. It is also traditional for school children to organize nativity plays before Christmas free days off school. One of the most interesting nativity scene custom was born in Kraków in the 19th century. Every year Historical Muse...

Folklore show

Polish folklore combines the tradition and culture of our country. The performance of the folklore group is a combination of unique dances, singing...

Corpus Christi Holiday

Corpus Christi Holiday is always held on Thursday after octave of Pentecost. It is a holiday of the Holiest Sacrament and also the opportunity to p...

Śmingus Dyngus

Śmingus Dyngus comes from 15th century and at the beginning it was a folk celebration. Śmingus Dyngus tradition says that boys and men should pour ...

Easter Saturday

Celebrations start on Palm Sunday when specially prepared palms are blessed in church. They are made from live and dried plants and are handmade or...

All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day is held on the 1st of November. Preparations to this holiday usually start about 2 weeks in advance when people visit cemeteries to...

Polish Christmas

Things you may not have known about Polish Christmas: 1. The most important day for us is the 24th of December – Christmas Eve. 2. We spend three ...

Meal on Christmas Eve the 24th of December

Meal on Christmas Eve the 24th of December is Christmas dinner that should start traditionally when the first star appears on the sky. All family g...

Christmas sweets

Christmas sweets are gingerbread cookies which should be prepared about 2-3 weeks before Christmas. On Christmas Eve dinner table we find poppy see...

Easter

Things you may not have known about Polish Easter: 1. Preparations for Easter start a week before Ash Wednesday. On Thursday we have a Doughnut Da...

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is Easter Palms preparation. Palm Sunday date depends on Easter date and it is Sunday just before Easter Sunday, which can be between t...

Kuchnia Polska - Polish Cuisine

The most popular Polish dishes are: dumplings, cabbage roll, pork chop, minced chop, bigos (often translated into English as hunter's stew) , meat ...

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