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Is this the most beautiful village in Poland? The painted houses of Zalipie

October 15, 2016

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For the past year I’ve stumbled upon blog posts titled “the most beautiful village in Poland” on various blogs and portals. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the village was close to the city my family lives in, Krakow! I had no choice but to to check if Zalipie was worth all the hype.

Zalipie is know for its hundred years old tradition of decorating the houses with colourful flowers and plants. It was started by Felicja Curylowa who first decorated her home for Catholic feast called Corpus Christi, held in the beginning of summer. The other ladies in Zalipie liked the idea and painted their houses as well. It’s not a forgotten custom though, every year a competition for the most beautiful house is held with more than 100 people taking part! The rules of the contest are harsh though, as contestants have to remove the previous year’s designs from their walls.

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Top 5 reasons to visit Kraków

April 14, 2015

krakow_what_to_seeBeing the most important city in Poland, Kraków attracts millions of tourists yearly. Why do they come here and why should you? Here are my reasons:

Kraków has long history and a multitude of attractions

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Settled in 10th century, Kraków is one of the oldest towns in Poland. The 500 years when Kraków was the capital is though to be the golden age of the country, when the most prominent buildings were built, the most beautiful artworks created and a great cultural progress was made.

It also resulted in numerous monuments (some say it’s over 6 thousand!) and every visitor will learn the city is full of history. From the organization of medieval towns, to communism in Poland, Kraków can feel like time travel.

The choice of restaurants and cafes is huge

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The centre of Kraków is the Main Market Square and it’s said the number of cafes and pubs per kilometre² is the largest in the world. I can confirm that not even the locals know all the spots and the new ones are created almost every week.

Poland is cheap

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Though the prices have risen the past couple of years, Poland is still so much cheaper than most European countries. You can get a full meal in a nice restaurant for about 10 dollars and a beer is only 2 dollars. 30 dollars per night get you a very decent hotel in the city centre.

People speak English very well

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Kids in Poland start to learn English in kindergarden and most young people speak the language fluently. Compared to France or Italy, it’s a paradise for English speakers so don’t hesitate to ask for directions or even start a conversation at a bar. Just be careful with what you’re saying in public transport, as most of the people actually understand you.

Kraków is not that big

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It’s easy to explore the city on foot so if you like hiking you’ll surely appreciate it. Most of the attractions are close to each other so you can not only visit most of them in just a weekend but will also have time to explore Kraków’s surroundings and distant districts.


Interested in reading more about Kraków from insider’s perspective? Check out my book Kraków for Adventurers and learn about the most interesting attractions, the tastiest restaurants and the best spots. 

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Kraków for Adventurers – the first Book of Wonders

March 31, 2015

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Finally I’m sharing what I’ve been working on the past couple of months.

Kraków for Adventurers is the first book I wrote about the city I’ve been living in for the past 20 years: Kraków, Poland. As I despise travel guides for throwing useless information, uninspiring places and ugly photos at you, I decided to make the change myself.

Kraków for Adventurers contains the essence of what I love and hate about the most important city in Poland. You can find my favourite spots, cycling routes, cutest cafes and most inspiring places. Me and Milosz tried hard to make the book a visual adventure as well and are proud to say it’s pixel perfect.

But most of all, this guide is for people like me, who love to explore, taste and feel the city. Who are not afraid to go off the beaten path. For the Adventurers.


Kraków for Adventurers is in English. It contains my photos and texts, maps, ideas for spending your time in the city and a ton of useful info. It will be constantly updated.

An interactive version is available on iTunes, static PDF can be bought here.

Check out BooksOfWonders.com because you know, it’s just the first book.

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