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The White Eagle

The White Eagle is the oldest of Poland’s national symbols. It is its emblem, its coat of arms. Its origins are both legendary and historical. Well over a thousand years ago, the three legendary brothers: Lech, Czech and Ruś, leaders of their Slavic tribes, were wandering in Central Europe looking for a place for permanent […]

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Amber in Poland

Amber Myths and the History of Amber briefly touch upon ancient beliefs about amber, once called elektron by the Greeks (our English word for electricity). An important trade and communication hub, the amber road linked… By no means definitive… Amber has fascinated humans for thousands of years. Helen Myths of Amber pendant intaglio „Thousands of […]

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Bear in Poland

In historical times, the brown bear occurred in all Poland. Preserved by law as a royal game animal, only kings and nobles could hunt bears. However, the species was persecuted at every opportunity in ruthless ways. In the 18th century, bears were perceived as a pest and special traps were set to kill them. They […]

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Wolves in Poland

Wolves in Poland The wolf has been protected throughout Poland since 1998. Now, according to official data, there are about 1,200 wolves in whole Poland. Before 2001, data on wolf occurrence and numbers in the country were provided by hunting inventories, which frequently overestimated numbers by as much as 100%. Since 2001, a regular large-scale census […]

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Eurasian lynx

Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) is the third biggest large predator in Poland. The body mass of adults ranges from 15 to 35 kilos. Lynxes inhabiting lowlands of the country have a fawn-coloured coat, with more spotted limbs, while Carpathian lynxes have more or less bright red fur with significant spots of different size and shape. […]

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Polish Culture

Polish Culture Alternative Names Polanie, Polen, Poliane, Pologne, Polonia, Polska, Republic of Poland, and Rzeczpospolita Polska Orientation Identification. Polanie was derived in the tenth century from the name of a Slavonic tribe near Poznan. It means dwellers or people of the field, meadow, or plain. There are five Polish regional cultural traditions with associated dialects. […]

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Why study in Poland?

Why study in Poland? For students who come to study in Poland, this may be the beginning of a fascinating adventure of discovering Europe. There are many reasons to study in Poland, here you can find some of them: 1. Tradition of academic education Poland’s traditions of academic education go back to 1364. 2. High […]

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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Some 14km southeast of Kraków, Wieliczka (vyeh-leech-kah) is famous for its deep salt mine. It’s an eerie world of pits and chambers, and everything within its depths has been carved by hand from salt blocks. The mine has a labyrinth of tunnels, about 300km distributed over nine levels, the deepest being 327m underground. A section […]

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Gorce

The Gorce Mountains (Polish: Gorce [ɡɔrˈt͡sɛ]) are part of the Western Beskids mountain range spreading across southernmost Poland. They are situated in Małopolska Province, at the western tip of the long Carpathian range extending east beyond the Dunajec River for some 1,500 kilometres (930 mi). The Gorce are characterized by numerous ridges reaching in all […]

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Kraków

Krakow is a shining gem in the centre of Europe. It’s a city both firmly rooted in its long and deep history, and yet a city embracing modern lifestyle, culture and comforts. Nestled in the rolling hills beside the Vistula River in the south of Poland, it’s the beating heart of Polish cultural life. To […]

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Poland nature

Nature Poland’s landscape sweeps down from the mountain ranges in the south through a varied landscape of wooded plains, forests, innumerable lakes, protected marshes and shifting sand dunes. The primeval forest in Bia ł owie ż a is unique in Europe; while the lakes and mountains attract visitors from all over the world, keen to […]

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List of national parks of Poland

There are 23 national parks in Poland. These were formerly run by the Polish Board of National Parks (Krajowy Zarząd Parków Narodowych), but in 2004 responsibility for them was transferred to the Ministry of the Environment. Most national parks are divided into strictly and partially protected zones. Additionally, they are usually surrounded by a protective […]

BIALOWIEZA

Białowieża National Park

Białowieża (byah-wo-vyeh-zhah) National Park (Białowieski Park Narodowy) was established in 1921 and is Poland’s oldest national park. It covers an area of about 105 sq km and is part of a bigger forest known as the Białowieża Forest (Puszcza Białowieska), which straddles the border between Poland and Belarus. The national park is famous for two […]

TATRY

Tatra Mountains

Tatra Mountains, the highest mountains in Poland are the only part of Carpathians, that present extremely Alpine characteristics, it means there are five climatic-vegetation belts in the mountains. However, Tatra Mountains differ from the Alps for sure in respect of their lengthiness. At similar peak heights (circa 2300 metres) the mountain range is very short […]

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Poland

GEOGRAPHY Poland is located in the very centre of Europe. With the total area of 312,679 km² (120,728 sq mi) it’s the seventh biggest country on the continent. Polish population is over 38,5 million people. The capital city is Warsaw (around 2 million inhabitants). Poland borders 7 countries: Germany on the west, Czech Republic and […]