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Czech Republic and Poland ranked as second and third most welcoming countries in the world

Warsaw, Poland – According to, based on its 2018 guest experiences reviews, the Czech Republic and Poland respectively rank as the second and third most welcoming countries in the world.

For the seventh annual edition of the Guest Review Award, over 700.000 properties registered on the accommodation booking website received an award for great guest experiences. In total, the top countries that have received the most awards are Italy (over 100.000), Spain (46.000) and France (45.000), followed by Germany and the United States.

But based on the shares of top rated properties, also revealed the most welcoming countries in the world: the Czech Republic and Poland are only outranked by Austria, that takes the top spot and is crowned friendliest country on Earth. The rest of the top 10 most welcoming countries on the planet is made up – in the right order – of New Zealand, Taiwan, Romania, Hungary, Ireland, Serbia and Greece.

Note: This ranking is solely based on customer reviews of properties registered on

Apart from friendly locals, both Poland and the Czech Republic have a lot to show for, and it’s not surprising that cities like Prague and Krakow have been attracting huge numbers of tourists year over year: not only do both countries rank among the safest in Europe and the cheapest in the EU, but they also, more broadly speaking, offer an incredible quality of life, both for short-term travelers and long-term expats, unmatched almost anywhere else in Europe.

Whether you travel to Poland and the Czech Republic to taste their amazing local food or their surprising home-made liquors, to stroll through the cobblestone streets of Bohemia’s old Medieval villages or wander off in the untapped wilderness of Poland’s north-east, to idly watch the sunset in Prague’s most beautiful parks or tour the region’s numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, you’ll always find friendly people willing to help you along the way.

According to Booking. com, the most welcoming destinations in the world are Goreme (Turkey), Slunj (Croatia), Eluanbi (Taiwan), Niaga on the Lake (Canada) and Lake Tekapo (New Zealand).

The e-commerce travel website pointed out that nearly three-quarters of global travelers consider that friendly locals are one of their top priorities when choosing a destination for their next trip.

Founded in 1996 in Amsterdam, is now one of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world. It employs over 17.000 employees in 70 different countries worldwide.

30 comments on “Czech Republic and Poland ranked as second and third most welcoming countries in the world

  1. Aida Negron

    Your information is greatly appreciated due to the fact I’m planning my vacations 2019 and Poland is om my list!!
    Thanks so much!!!

    • You will find the young people very welcoming indeed. Do not expect the same treatment from anyone that remembers communism. We loved Poland, be sure to visit Krakow!

      • People remembering communism (if there was any in Poland) are simply less competent in English. But hospitality was always priced in Poland, as a saying goes: guest in the house, God in the house.

    • Krakow invites 🙂

  2. Morgan LeBlanc

    That was my thought when spent two weeks in Poland and Czech Republic. People are wonderful, the food delicious and the scenery incredible. I will be back in 2019!

  3. Hank Deneski

    Having spent 2 weeks touring Poland in Sept. 2017, I fully understand the ratings. We toured the Highlights of Poland, visiting 10 cities and did not have a bad experience in any of them. Clean, Hospitable, great food and very little language barriers.
    Planning our next trip which will be a much longer stay and more on our own

  4. That’s true. I Love Poland 🙂

    • Wojtek

      I can see at yourself because I am polish. I hate poland, but I don’t speak in other languages so I can,t escape. Catholic Poland is horrible. Go to Czech but never to Poland. It is the cheapest, but the worst. Only Ukraine is cheaper.

      • Tourist

        Don’t tell lies, man. Poland is a beutiful, welcoming countr and stays on top with the number of non-residents visiting the country once again.

      • Austria ??? You must be kidding !!

      • Qba the Pole

        Poles always loved to complain:) It is our smalltalk.

  5. Sanaullah Khan

    I chek in the YouTube very beautiful country my dreams I come I m impress

  6. Have been to five of these, and all have been welcoming. I might add the Republic of Georgia too, where people are very friendly and welcoming.

  7. It is Prague on the pic??

  8. greetings from Katowice

  9. Krisek

    Ja bardzo ciesze sie z takiej opinii. Kocham swoj kraj – sadze jednak, ze jeszcze powinnismy nad goscinnoscia popracowac!

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  11. Very interesting, thank you for sharing😊

  12. Austria top – excremental but totally agree that Poland and Taiwan should be in there.

  13. Wanda M Urbanski

    Poland is tops in my book for safety, ease of travel and welcoming people. What a wonderful travel destination and not only Krakow but Warsaw, Poznan, Torun, Gdansk, Wroclaw….This report makes me want to visit Austria, as well as the other countries on the list! (Agree that the Czech Republic, Hungary and New Zealand belong here.)

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  16. Gregor

    Then learn other languages and escape man!! Maybe to Czech Rep.?? 🙂
    But seriously, do not pay attention to Wojtek, Poland is a great country to visit with fantastic people.

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  18. You must be kidding me. From my own experience, Poles turned out to be the unfriendliest people I”ve ever met. They can’t stand other people’s religious beliefs either. So, at all cost I would avoid Poland and its people.

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