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Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
Public transport is well developed in Poland. Buses (urban and suburban) operate all over the country. There are trams and night buses in the large urban centers and the Warsaw metro works from 5 am to midnight approximately. A taxi can be a good means of transport for getting around town and you usually order one by telephone from one of the many companies. Find out on the spot the telephone numbers for calling them (displayed on the roof or the side of taxis) and the different fares charged.
- Maps of Urban Networks
Map of Warsaw public transport (in Polish)
Map of the Warsaw metro (in Polish)
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
Different Forms of Tourism
There are many historic monuments to visit: Wilanow Palace, The Castle and Cathedral of Wawel or Malbork Castle.
Cinemas, theater, ballet and opera, art galleries and museums in the large towns, such as the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow.
Poland is known for its many parks and natural reserves.
Kampinos National Park
Bieszczady National Park
Bialowieza National Park
Slowinski National Park
In Poland there are a large number of churches, especially Catholic ones. There are also Orthodox places of worship.
The Jasna Gora Monastery (Czestochowa) is very well known.
There are many thermal spas in Poland.
front of the country is open to the Baltic sea. There are many seaside
resorts and sand beaches along the coast. The lakes of Mazuria are also a favorite destination for their beaches and numerous water sports.
- Winter Sports
Cross country skiing and skating are practiced almost all over the country.
Alpine skiing can be practiced in some resorts in the south of the country, especially in Zakopane.
- Outdoor Activities
Fishing, hiking, white water activities and equestrian activities.
Glass and enamelware, hand-woven rugs, silverware, handmade jewellery with amber and silver, dolls in regional costumes, woodcarvings and clay and metal sculptures.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Warsaw (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to October
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
The most well known specialties in Poland are the following:
Barszcz: beetroot soup with small ravioli stuffed with mushrooms or meat.
Placki Ziemniaczane : potato fritters
Bigos: cabbage with pieces of meat, prepared over several days.
Szarlotka: apple cake sprinkled with cinnamon.
Makowiec: poppy seed cake
Concerning drink and spirits, the Poles are very fond of vodka and beer; Zywiec, Okocim and EB are the most famous in Poland. There is little Polish wine, so it is preferable to buy foreign wines. Tea is an institution and coffee is sometimes drunk Turkish-style.
- Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- Possible Means of Payment
Places where you can pay in foreign currency are rare.
In shops, restaurants, hotels, and cafés payment is made in cash or by credit card.
- Official Language
The official language is Polish.
- Other Languages Spoken
Polish belongs to the family of West Slavic languages (with Czech and Slovakian).
The most spoken foreign languages are German and English, but it is useful to know a few words of Polish to travel around the country, especially outside large urban areas.
- Business Language
According to the type of company you contact, the geographical location and the sector of activity, it may be difficult to find someone who speaks English. Insufficient knowledge of English and German often makes it necessary to bring in an interpreter. However, the younger generations speak English more and more frequently.
- Getting Some Knowledge
Consult the Expat In Poland website.
- Free Translation Tools
Onet Portail de la Conaissance : On-line dictionary (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Hebrew)
TravLang : On-line dictionary
Leksyka : On-line dictionary (English, German)
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Last Updates: October 2014