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    Poland Listeni/ˈpoʊlənd/ (Polish: Polska; pronounced [ˈpɔlska]), officially the Republic of Poland (Polish: Rzeczpospolita Polska; pronounced [ʐɛt͡ʂˈpɔspɔʎit̪a ˈpɔlska]), is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. The total area of Poland is 312,679 square kilometres (120,726 sq mi), making it the 71st largest country in the world and the 9th largest in Europe. With a population of over 38.5 million people, Poland is the 34th most populous country in the world, the sixth most populous member of the European Union, and the most populous post-communist member of the European Union. Poland is a unitary state divided into 16 administrative subdivisions.

    Many historians trace the establishment of a Polish state to 966, when Mieszko I, ruler of a territory roughly coextensive with that of present-day Poland, converted to Christianity. The Kingdom of Poland was founded in 1025, and in 1569 it cemented a longstanding political association with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by signing the Union of Lublin, forming the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth gradually ceased to exist in the years 1772–1795, when the Polish territory was partitioned among Prussia, the Russian Empire, and Austria. Poland regained its independence (as the Second Polish Republic) at the end of World War I, in 1918.

    Two decades later, in September 1939, World War II started with the invasions of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union (as part of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact). More than six million Polish citizens died in the war. In 1944, a Soviet-backed Polish provisional government was formed, which, after a period of conflict, falsified referendum and elections, gave rise to a satellite state[16] of the Soviet Union, Polish Republic (Rzeczpospolita Polska), renamed to the People's Republic of Poland (Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa) in 1952. During the Revolutions of 1989, Poland's Marxist–Leninist government was overthrown and Poland adopted a new constitution establishing itself as a democracy under the name Rzeczpospolita Polska, often referred to as the "Third Polish Republic" (III Rzeczpospolita).

    Despite the vast destruction the country experienced during World War II, Poland managed to preserve much of its cultural wealth. There are 14 heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage and 54 Historical Monuments and many objects of cultural heritage. Since the end of the communist period, Poland has achieved a "very high" ranking in terms of human development.

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    ICE YACHTING:

    Sailors have always been known as a hearty breed. But now we can also think of them as diehard creatives committed to their sport. Frozen lake? No problem. When you need to sail, you just need to sail. And thus, a new sport is born. Something akin to a sailboat on a large pair of ice skates, ice yachters glide across large frozen landscapes at record speeds. The sport dates back centuries in Europe, but today's modern clubs have come into great popularity in a variety of winter-heavy locations in North America as well. These days there's serious competition arising among annual regattas from Canada and the United States to Poland, Russia and beyond.

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    A huge country with relatively few tourists, Poland is a great place to explore. Poles are very warm people and their food is delicious. Krakow is the tourist's favorite, but Wroclaw is nice city as well. Warsaw is quite unappreciated. And there are plenty of other historic cities to visit as well as mountains for hiking and skiing in the south.

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    One of the undiscovered and most underrated destinations in Europe. Friendly people, great boutique hotels, great prices. The last real value in Europe.

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    Wonderful prades and lovely people

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    狗屁狗屁!!!!

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    Wraclaw Gowry train station

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    poland is a huge country.

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During the last century, Poland has gone through the ringer in terms of national catastrophes and hardship, from the horrors of WWII to domination by the iron fist of the Soviet Union; yet, miraculously the country has risen like a phoenix from the ashes to reconstruct its culture and economy, and is now a top travel destination. Poland’s rich natural beauty surprises many first-time visitors. The Dunajec River Gorge not only presents captivating views and sheer rock faces rising hundreds of feet, but also impressive rafting and canoeing. In northern Poland lies the Masurian Lakeland, where over 2,000 lakes create a mosaic of natural beauty where visitors can enjoy a variety of nature of activities or stroll around the historic town of Mikolajki. Check out the epic ruins of the Teutonic Order’s Malbork Castle, the largest brick gothic castle in the world. Similarly, the cities of Krakow and Wroclaw have fantastic historical centers dating back to the medieval period, must sees for any traveler. For an authentic Polish meal try out a bar Mleczny (milk bar), where members of all Poland’s social strata enjoy cheap, delicious food together. ... read more

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