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25 things we love about Poland

By Rachel Rodriguez, CNN
updated 7:45 AM EDT, Thu June 5, 2014
To celebrate Poland's 25 years of independence, readers shared their favorite things about the country. The most famous person in Poland is arguably <a href='http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1140033'>Pope John Paul II</a>. From posters to personal shrines, Poles find ways to remember the first Polish pope. To celebrate Poland's 25 years of independence, readers shared their favorite things about the country. The most famous person in Poland is arguably Pope John Paul II. From posters to personal shrines, Poles find ways to remember the first Polish pope.
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25 things we love about Poland: The pope
2. Untouched nature
3. Coffee
4. The greatest generation
5. Krakow's Market Square
6. Wieliczka Salt Mine
7. Oscypek cheese
8. Masurian Lake District
9. Dedication to art and history
10. 'Picture-perfect' Zakopane
11. The 'painted village' of Zalipie
12. Frederic Chopin
13. Its resilience
14. Vistula River
15. Przystanek Woodstock
16. Ice cream
17. Its history of diversity
18. Poznan's Stary Rynek
19. Kaszubia
20. Its sense of humor
21. Unexpected beauty
22. Sunsets
23. Sopot Molo
24. Hidden castles
25. The people
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • View readers' 25 favorite things about Poland above
  • Add to the list via CNN iReport

(CNN) -- It's the land of Pope John Paul II, Frederic Chopin and really good cheese.

To celebrate Poland's 25 years of independence, June 4, 2014, we asked readers to share their favorite things about the country.

Don't pay attention to the outdated stereotypes. From gorgeous town squares to wise octogenarians to the uniquely Polish sense of humor, the list above is bound to make you start planning a trip to Poland this year.

See all submissions for the best things about Poland in English and Polish via CNN iReport and Polish news network Kontakt24.

CNN's Daphne Sashin, Christina Zdanowicz and Matthew Ponsford contributed to this story.

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