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Poland in winters

Poland in winters!
The sheer thought of it makes you shiver in cold. Isn’t it?

The day I landed in Warsaw was quite warm according to the locals. The maximum temperature that day was 5 degrees Celsius whereas generally it is between -10 to -15 degrees!
No doubt it was breezy and cold when I stepped out of the airport, but I could manage. The joy of stepping in a new country is always overwhelming. In the afternoon the Sun had also come out to make me smile.
In reality, more than the weather it was the warmth and hospitality of its people which won over that cold.

Here is a photo feature of this beautiful country to show you a glimpse.

What a colorful treat to our eyes! Town square at Warsaw.

I visited three towns in Poland… Warsaw, Krakow and Zakopane. Each of them is unique in its own way, you just can not afford to miss anyone. The first was Warsaw, the capital of Poland.

It was cold and windy with clouds hovering over us. Hands were refusing to come out of pockets, let alone holding a camera steadily. It was not even 5 PM in the evening and the temperature sub-zero. We were standing near the river Vistula. Then I saw the beautiful St. Florian’s Cathedral glowing on the other side of the river. I had to click it with my freezing hands.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier houses an unidentified body of a young soldier who fell during the Defence of Lwów. It is constantly lit by an eternal flame which you can see between the two guards. The changing of the guard takes place every hour daily. On certain state holidays (May 3, August 15, November 11), the 12:00 noon change of guard is done in solemn manner accompanied by some high rank officials. Is it not something similar to our own Amar Jawan Jyoti?

Look at the intricate work in this Church!


Vast expanse of pristine white…. such serene beauty!

Zakopane means ‘covered’ & here’s what it means in winters… covered in snow! Even in sub-zero temperature the town was quite lively; people and children had come out and were enjoying the outdoors. There were a few surprises for me which I’ll talk about later in a separate article.

The highlight and most enthralling experience in Zakopane was 2 & 1/2 hours of Snow mobile…. driving down the slopes of the mountains in that freezing temperature and exploring the real Zakopane! Wait for my post on this ride.


Wawel Castle along the river Vistula in Krakow. Clicked from moving bus.

While Warsaw was about skyscrapers, expensive hotels and big department stores, I found Krakow more historical. Krakow is also more interactive and warm. It is about lively Christmas markets, mulled wines & cheese, cafeterias and street musicians and of course the Castle and Salt museum.

Can you tell me what these sculptures are made of?

Drinks anyone?

A street artist attired in a Polish Hussar’s costume.

So, which photo is your favorite?

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33 thoughts on “Poland in winters”

  1. Nisha ji,

    There are the pictures specially the zig zag cloud close to Moon. Wonderful Wonderful pictures. I am very very happy to watch these.
    Thanks Thanks a lot. Keep traveling, Keep writing..

  2. Must have been a great time in Poland, aside of the cold weather. You got some Great photos and a nice Read.Thanks for sharing…..

  3. Wow!
    I never thought Poland will be so inviting & colorful!

    What great captures & very nice read. Poland was never in my list of places in Europe but your pictures have changed my views. Thanks.

    Looking forward to read your stories.

  4. -15 degrees! I’m shivering in Bangalore’s +12; I’d probably be a block of ice in Poland 😛

    Wish you a happy new year! Hope you have many more amazing travels!

  5. Very cool pics! The snow in photo #3 looks really neat, all the squiggles in it. I’ve never seen that, and believe me, I’ve seen a lot of snow! 🙂

    Happy New Year, Nisha! Blessed be your travels!

  6. Hello Nisha!
    I am very happy that you visited my country and my blog.
    This year, the winter is unusual. There is a lack of snow and frost, snowstorms and blizzard …
    I send greetings from distant Polish.

  7. Jules,
    Thank you very much, I wish you the same.

    Being in Canada, I can understand when you say a lot of snow. It was mountains and mountains covered in snow! Very pleasant scene. 😀

  8. Lucja,
    Your country is amazingly beautiful, never expected that.

    Yes, I heard this year it’s quite warm. A friend told me today that Warsaw is at 8 degree Celsius and no snow. 😀

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