Poland: Dorota Goetzen

DMC Poland

We chat with Dorota Goetzen, of Poland Pops, about this vibrant and surprising destination. Born and raised in Warsaw, Dorota splits her time mainly between the dynamic capital of Poland and the historic Krakow. However, if you ask her what her favorite city is, she will without hesitation speak about the alternative and creative atmosphere of Lódz with its unique post-industrial places turned into conference centers, hotels, and restaurants.

 DB: “What are your favorite traditional meals? Where do you recommend trying them while visiting Poland?”
If you come in Poland, don’t miss the basis of the Polish cuisine: “Pierogi”, the Polish raviolis. You can find these stuffed raviolis in every restaurant menu of the country but in the capital go to “Pierogarnia” restaurant, which offers extensive stuffing options. I like to recommend a cooking workshop to learn how these traditional raviolis are made, it’s a nice activity for Incentive groups. And of course, when exploring Warsaw, you must taste the traditional Vodka! There are so many good addresses in town where you can try quality Vodka, some bars even make their own liquor in-house. I would say that a tour at the Vodka Museum followed by a Vodka tasting is a must-have experience.
DB: “What is the best winter activity for groups in Poland?”
We have an old Polish tradition: “Kulig” – a horse drawn sleigh ride. This ride can be organized in our Tatras National Park during daytime or in the evening with traditional torches.  It’s a magical experience for groups, it’s like traveling into time, a campfire can be set up and the participants can connect around, enjoy a typical evening with a folklore show, taste several traditional meals and beverage.
DB: “What is the best “something different” activity for Incentive groups in Poland?”
The Wieliczka salt mines, it’s an extraordinary place, hidden from the world located 135 meters underground. The temperature is remaining at 15 degrees all year round, this incredible mine can be visited and used for events. It’s very unusual and There are several venues that can host from 25 up to 400 pax.