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Welcome to Poland

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Poland is a country offering a wonderful variety of experiences. With roots dating back to man’s earliest times, many of the towns and cities have a distinctly mediaeval appearance, and the country’s architecture has drawn inspiration from a variety of cultures. 
Fairy tale buildings abound and jostle for space with Gothic palaces, sturdy stone forts, wooden churches and even Art Nouveau influences. Whether you love to explore old buildings or yearn for modernity you will find an abundance of choice in Poland.
One thing all visitors agree on is that prices in Poland are extremely low, and when you choose JiveHippo.travel for your holiday in Poland you can stretch your holiday funds even further thanks to a generous reward programme offering savings of up to 75% over standard prices.
Most visitors are aware that Warsaw is the capital city, but the country offers a huge choice of top-quality destinations including 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites of interest. From beaches to mountains, the country offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities along with a host of outdoor pursuits and cultural activities, making it an increasingly popular holiday destination for Europeans.
Most visitors head for Warsaw which boasts a carefully reconstructed mediaeval town centre and more museums than you could hope to explore in a single visit. The city offers a glimpse into life during the German occupation along with statues and study centres dedicated to its Jewish population. 
Head for Krakow to see the largest market square in Europe covering an astonishing ten acres. Historic buildings jostle for space with a buzzing cafe scene where you can stop and soak up the atmosphere between shopping and visiting the many churches including the famous Basilica and Wawel Cathedral and Royal Castle. Brave visitors head for the city’s underground experiences including Rynek Underground Museum and the rather more scary Lost Souls Alley. 
No visitor to Krakow should leave without paying a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. With a history dating back hundreds of years, the mines feature statues and even rooms, carved entirely from the rock salt. Visit the incredible underground chapel created from salt and reputed to have the finest acoustics of any building in the whole of Europe.
Head for Gdansk to see the Dutch influence over the city’s architecture and a host of museums, including one dedicated to childhood toys and another celebrating the country’s maritime heritage.
More active types will want to head further afield to Zakopane, which boasts stunning scenery that can be viewed from a vertiginous cable car ride. In winter months this is one of the country’s top skiing resorts but at any time of the year it offers plenty of outdoor activities with mountains to climb and some serious views to take in. 
Lodz is a former industrial centre with a more utilitarian feel although, like many other Polish cities, it also has an old quarter full of historic buildings and museums. 
Poland is a country of contrasts - close to the border with Lithuania is an area known as the Polish Lake District, offering spectacular scenery and the opportunity for a host of outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and water sports. To the north of the country are the famous ‘moving sand dunes’ which are constantly on the move thanks to the winds that blow in from the Baltic Sea.

Climate

Poland has a temperate climate similar to that in the UK. Summers tend to be hot and the winters cold, although there can be wide variations in seasonal temperatures. In general the Baltic beaches are suitable for typical summertime beach pursuits, while most years the mountainous regions offer a good covering of snow suitable for winter sports activities.
Summer temperatures tend to reach around 30 degrees making the Baltic beaches an excellent choice for a cheaper than average sun, sea and sand holiday. The ski season tends to run from December to March when the snow is at its best.

Getting Around

Polish public transport is excellent. Every city has a bus network, some also have a tram and a trolleybus system.

Warsaw is the only city to have a train.

Most public transport operated daily from 5am umtil 11pm and can be crowded during the rush hours.

If you are looking for a taxi, they are easily available and not expensive.

Health

If you need to visit a doctor while you are visiting Poland, you will find that the medical facilities are inexpensive to those in the UK and of very good standard.

Both doctors and nurses are very well qualified but may not speak very good English, so you may need a translator.

Before leaving the UK you should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card entitles you to state provided medical treatment.

If you do not have your EHIC then you will need to show your travel insurance and have accessible funds to be able to cover any treatment that you may need.

Language

The language of Poland is Polish, which is a Slavic language having a number of similarities to Russian. Visitors to the main tourist areas will have little trouble in finding their way around and making themselves understood, but it can be helpful to take along a Polish phrase book to familiarise yourself with some basic words and phrases.

Money

Although part of the European Union, Poland has retained its own currency, the zloty, which is used throughout the country. One hundred ‘grosz’ (gr) make up one ‘zloty’ (zl). Zloty coins come in 1, 2 and 5 zlotys with the notes in demarcations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. 
In some of the major cities euros are accepted as a form of currency. ATM machines are widely available throughout the country and there are plenty of places that will exchange currency although it is important to shop around in order to find the best rate of exchange as prices can vary.

Safety

Most of the time, tourists in Poland do not face many difficulties.

Always be alert to the possibility of petty theft and street crime. Tourists may be seen as targets for theft so always safeguard your belongings.

Theft often occurs at the rail stations and on the train services.

Time

Poland are under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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