The Baltic Sea (called by a few countries as “East Sea”) is a sea enclosed by 9 European countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Sweden.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It’s a mine, so you can visit typical “things” you would expect to find in a mine.
On the other hand, it’s like a museum, with many exhibitions made of salt, there is even a chapel.
It’s located nearby Cracow, so definitely visit the mine while being in Cracow.
For details, check the official website of the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Vodka apparently seems to be a Polish or Russian traditional alcohol;
well, there is some truth in it…
But there are other alcoholic drinks also popular in Poland,
of course variety of beers,
and mead (Polish: miód pitny what literally means a “drinkable honey”).
I think, mead should have a position number one, it’s a Polish traditional alcoholic beverage, introduced already in Middle Ages.
When your’e in Poland, try mead!
Check maybe the wikipedia website for suggestions which one to choose.
Cracow (in Polish: Kraków) is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland,
and I highly recommend you to go there!
Just be aware, that since some years, Cracow is a very popular tourist destination, it maybe overcrowded, so maybe it lost some of its charm (?).
Anyway, if you’re bored with Cracow, go to nearby Oświęcim (very importnat place, known for known for being the site of the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp) and Wieliczka Salt Mine;
or a bit farther – go to mountains.
Winter can be magical,
but often is also “dirty and muddy”.
People usually joke in Poland, that winter surprised people who clean the streets,
i.e., roads are not prepared, because who expects to have snow in January = in the middle of winter… 😉
Poland has a typical continental climate, with 4 seasons, i.e., spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
The north part of Poland (coast) has rather oceanic climate,
and in the south (mountains) the weather is slightly different;
but in general we have 4 seasons.
Actually, as a child, I thought that each country has 4 seasons, and in each country are mountains, sea, forest, lakes, desert – just everything in different proportions. 😀