Poland, a beautiful country located in Central Europe, is
a greatly underrated touristic destination. Poland is
filled with picturesque landscape and historic
monuments from its glorious past. Among the European
countries, it is one of the most reasonable and affordable
The official language of Poland is Polish, though
English, German and Russian are also commonly
spoken, especially in larger cities.
Some essentials to know before you visit the country…
All travelers need a passport valid for at least
six months beyond the date of arrival in
Being a member of the Schengen Agreement,
there are no border controls between countries
that have signed and implemented this treaty.
UK citizens are permitted to stay in Poland
for up to 6 months without obtaining a visa.
Most of the European citizens as well as
USA, Canadian can stay in Poland for up to 90
days without a visa.
Registration in Poland
Everyone who visits Poland have to register within the
first 48 hours of their stay.
Most of the Hotels do this automatically at their
registration or the reception desks but do make sure
from your end that this procedure is done at the earliest.
Poland is not in the Eurozone and so
have their own local currency unit Zloty
Foreign currency can be easily
exchanged at banks or hotels. However,
banks deduct a flat-rate commission per
transaction, which can be expensive.
In Poland, you will find many kantors
(private banks); they are ideal for
currency exchanges and deal with all
major currencies. They don’t even
charge commission and offer better
rates than banks.
Important phone numbers to keep handy
Emergency (dialing from mobile phone):
Road Assistance: 981
Polish food is definetely worth trying.
Their food is mostly meat-and-potatoes
style, often served with a variety of
Some yummy traditional foods not to be
missed are the dumplings. They are
called 'pierogi' and come with various
kinds of fillings like pork meat, or
cabbage and mushrooms, cheese and
Barszcz, their delicious beetroot soup, is
yet another traditional delicacy, which is
a must try for everyone.
Beverages in Poland
The country is Europe's third-largest beer maker and produces
some great brew. There are hundreds of brands and varieties
of vodka available in Poland.
But remember, there is a strict ban on drinking in public
places in Poland!
Places to stay
You can either choose from various traditional hotels
according to your budget and travel schedule or family-
owned pensjonaty (bed & breakfasts) that can be found in
many regions of Poland.
For people who love to explore the history through
castles, Poland should be one of their top destinations.
Castles, such as the Royal Castle in Warsaw or Krakow’s
Wawel Castle, are the most hot tourist spots.
Malbork Castle is also huge and well-preserved. You are
sure to spend minimum half-a-day exploring this
Other must-see sites
Some of the beautiful cities in Poland that
are worth a visit are Poznań , Kraków,
Gdańsk and Wrocław.
Warsaw’s Old Town Market Place, was
largely destroyed during the World War
II. However, it was reconstructed almost
immediately after the war and is now a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Definitely
worth a visit!
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located on the
outskirts of Krakow, is one of its kinds
and yet another must-see place. Dating
back to the 13th century, the former
industrial site is now a subterranean
museum and has dozens of ancient
sculptures carved from salt.
Poland’s vibrant cities, the lakes and forests from her
scenic countryside and other tourist attractions –
makes this country a must see for all travel
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