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Poland – travel tips, advice and info you need

Poland can offer so much, from mountainous areas in the south, excellent for skiing and hiking, through the surprisingly beautiful cities such as Krakow, Gdansk and Zamosc to the National Park Białowieża Forest and Mazurijska lakes in the north.

When to visit Poland

This country is of such size that one can visit it throughout the year, but most people visit mainly when the weather is warmer, from May to October. The peak of the tourist season is in July and August, when schools and universities are on vacation and most employees take their vacations too. Most theaters are closed in July and August. If you want to avoid crowds, the best time for visiting Poland would be in late spring and early summer (May to mid-June). These are pleasant warm periods, ideal for sightseeing and activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and canoeing. The climate is generally moderate and that government of the ocean in the north and west of the country slowly passes into continental, which is moving towards the east and south. Summers are generally warm with an average temperature of 17 to 20 ° C. Winters are cold with an average temperature of about 3 ° C in the northwest to -6 ° C in the northeast.

What to see in Poland

Poland has a rich cultural heritage in almost all areas. The former textile city of Lodz is also known for the origin of such film giants as Roman Polanski and Krzysztof Kješlovski. Torun is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and Warsaw of Marie Curie and Frederic Chopin. Gdansk, the largest port, also known as the place where in 1980 created the Solidarity movement of Lech Walesa, who brought the country out of communism and introduced democracy in 1989. Hospitality, which Poles are proud of, is reflected in the regulations governing the stay of foreigners in the territory of the Polish. Every foreigner is allowed to cross the border, regardless of origin, religion, social or political point of view. Polish authorities will still prevented from entering the country to all those, who are suspected of terrorism, illegal smuggling of arms or ammunition, human trafficking or to undermine the country. Depending on the purpose of residence, foreigners can stay in Poland on the basis of: a valid passport whose validity exceeds for at least 3 months of the date of the planned departure from Poland; resident visas; a temporary residence permit; a permanent residence

For citizens of those countries which the Republic of Poland has signed bilateral agreements with on the abolition of visas only a valid passport is enough for crossing the border. An alien must show at the request of the border authorities the funds necessary to cover the cost of entry, stay and departure from the country. This can be cash in the Polish currency (Polish Zloty) or in convertible currency, valid credit card or travel check. For each day, the alien should have an equivalent amount of 100 zlotys, a child up to 16 years of age – appropriate 50 zlotys. Yet this amount for an adult should not be less than 500 zloty (1 euro exchange rate is about 3.5 zlotys), and for children up to the age of 16 – 300 zlotys. In addition foreigner who enters the territory of the Republic of Polish should have to cover the cost of treatment amount of 300 zlotys for each day of stay. When crossing the Polish border, the alien should hold a civil liability insurance for the entire stay, popularly called “green card”. Poland is a part of a widespread system of green cards. Insurance is best to buy in your country, because it is considerably cheaper than when it is purchased at the border. A green card is the protection of civil liability of owners of vehicles or their drivers in the event of damage to third parties in connection with vehicles in traffic. Insurance guarantees that in case of causing damage the insurance company is to pay damages to the injured, not the perpetrator of the accident. Major cities have an airport with good connection to the international airport in Warsaw. Malopolska Voivodeship and Silesia have a good network of roads, which cannot be said for other provinces. Yet tourism infrastructure is considered to be acceptable, especially in major cities and tourist centers. Warsaw is the capital of Poland, symbolized by 30 theaters, a 10 kilometer long street of Pulavska, the royal castle and old town. The old town is an example of the architectural development in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque period.

Getting around Krakow city

Krakow is a city in the southern part of Poland, over the river Vistula. Today it has about 750,000 inhabitants and is the administrative, cultural, educational, industrial and tourist center of the region, which is visited by up to 4 million tourists. The old town was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Magical student center of Europe and the former capital of Poland, also spelled Cracow, is one of the most attractive destinations in Europe among young people, a city in which one third of the population are students. Resourceful tourists should consider buying a Krakow Tourist Card – a piece of plastic that allows you to drive for free on the city trams and buses, both day and night. Best of all, it provides you with free admission to 30 museums in Krakow. There are dwo-day and three-day tourist passes, valid until midnight on the date printed on the card. You shouldn’t miss Auschwitz (Auschwitz) – the most notorious German concentration camp during World War II. It is located at 70 kilometers from Krakow. Thousands of tourists a day visit this museum. From the bus station in Krakow buses regularly depart to Auschwitz, to which you travel for about an hour. At the entrance to Auschwitz once stood a sign reading “Arbeit macht frei”, which translated from German means “Work

Getting around Torun

The ancient city of Torun in also located on the Vistula River, in northern Poland. There are more than 200,000 inhabitants. Torun is one of the oldest cities in Poland. The medieval old town of Torun is the birthplace of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. It is located about 180 kilometers northwest of the Polish capital Warsaw. This beautiful little town in the north is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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