Poland Holidays - Travel Guides & Travel Tips

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Poland Holidays - Travel Guide, Travel & Travel Tips

Are you thinking of going on holiday to Poland? In Poland you can expect not only a beautiful landscape, which can be found in many national parks, but also a very friendly and fun-loving people. If you want to travel to Poland, there is a suitable destination for every taste.

Although the area of Poland is smaller than that of Germany, there are many national parks and outstanding sights in the country that can fill more than just a Poland vacation.
On a short getaway, you may not get the chance to enjoy every place worth seeing and pay the same attention to every important monument.
Therefore, it is advisable to focus on the things that appeal to your interest. Those who go on holiday in Poland to enjoy nature will experience untouched and wonderful nature, especially in the south of the country and in the north-east in Ermalnd-Masuria. Above all, a wide range of water sports is offered there.
However, if you are interested in Poland's metropolises, you will find them all over the country. Above all, Warsaw in the east, Kraków in the south and Lodsch in central Poland enchant with their range of sights and their lively population.
If you decide to holiday in Poland, you can expect a lot of events and festivals every year, covering every area and guaranteeing a wonderful stay.

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facts and figures for your Poland Vacation

  • Area: 312,685 km²
  • Population: around 38,115,909
  • National language: Polish
  • Population density: about 122 inhabitants / km²
  • Capital: Warsaw with 1,707,981 inhabitants and an area of 517.90 km²
  • License plate: PL
  • International dialing code: 0049 to Germany, 0041 to Switzerland, 0043 to Austria
  • Emergency call: police 997, fire brigade 998, emergency service 999
  • Form of government : Parliamentary republic
  • President: Bronisław Komorowski (since December 2010)
    Prime Minister: Ewa Kopacz
    Special holidays: March 23 (Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day), May 3 (Constitution Day of May 3, 1791), August 15 (Polish Army Day), November 11 (National Day)
    Local currency: 1 zloty (PLN) = 100 groszy
    Time Zone : Central European Time
    Religion : 90 % Roman Catholic
    Administration of the country: 16 voivodeships (Polish administrative districts)

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The history of Poland

  • 966 : Birth of Poland by Duke Miesko, baptized by the people
  • 1791 : First constitution in Poland. This is also the first constitution in Europe
  • 1792 : Division of Poland after defeat in the Russo-Polish War
  • 1793 : Second partition of Poland
  • 1795: Third partition of Poland by Russia and Prussia (so-called tripartition of Poland)
  • November 11, 1918: Proclamation of the Polish Republic, but without army and borders. Head of state
    becomes Pilsudski.
  • 1934: Non-Aggression Pact with Germany is signed
  • September 1939: Germans invade Poland
  • 1943: After a failed uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto, the “Lublin Committee” is formed. Beginning of Communism-Stalinism in Poland.
  • 1945: "Potsdam Agreement" (Expulsion of Germans from Poland)
  • 1980: The Solidarnosc trade union, the main opposition movement in Poland, is founded under Lech Walesa
  • 1994: Poland becomes a member of NATO
  • May 2004 : Poland will EU-Member

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culture information for your Poland Vacation

The Polish national anthem, officially recognized in 1926 and composed by Jozef Wybicki, is entitled 'Poland is not lost yet' and draws on the history of years of oppression by the Polish state.
Marked by World War II, there are now many historical memorial sites across the country, such as the Plaszow concentration camp in Kraków and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
The latter is even on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as are numerous inner cities, such as those in Kraków, Warsaw and Thorn.
A total of 13 objects are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Poland has produced a number of writers. Poems about the Polish victories by Henryk Sienkiewicz or Adam Mickiewicz, who is considered the “Polish Goethe”, are probably the country's best-known writers.
But Jan Matejko also made his name in Poland as a history painter.
The composer Frederic Chopin, who comes from Żelazowa Wola, is known worldwide for his compositions and Copernicus is also considered one of the most famous astronomers of the time.
Are you curious about going on holiday in Poland and music lover? More than 40 jazz events take place in Poland every year, more than in any other country. The most famous, the "Jazz Jamboree", takes place in the Palace of Culture in Warsaw.
Polish cuisine is considered to be one of the best. National dishes such as beetroot soup (Polish Barszcz) with pierogi, bigos or flaki are a must for every lover of good food.

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provinces in Poland

Greater Poland Voivodeship

The "Greater Poland" (Polish: Wielkopolska) voivodeship describes the area around the provincial capital "Posen" (Polish: Poznan), which with its 600,000 inhabitants is one of the fifth largest cities in Poland.

Greater Poland is located in central Poland and, with 3.3 million inhabitants, is not only the most populous area, but also the second largest province in the country at 30,000 km².
The transitional climate in this region changes from temperate to continental. While you have to reckon with an average temperature of 18-22 degrees Celsius in summer, it is -5 degrees Celsius in winter.
The "Basilica of All Saints Mary" in Stary Lichen is the largest church in Poland. It is also the eighth largest church in Europe and therefore very popular. The city of "Kalish" is known for its buildings from the baroque era and boasts of being the oldest city in the country. The provincial capital of Poznań in particular invites visitors with its "Route of Kings and Emperors" tourist offer. Visitors will have the opportunity to get to know Polish culture and history in the place where it began. Gniezno is famous for its cult of "Saint Adalbert", whose sarcophagus still lies in the cathedral and gives the city the name "Church City".
The castles of Rogalin and Kornik with their parks should not be missed on a holiday in Poland. Especially the "Greater Poland Lake District" and the national parks such as the "Greater Poland National Park" are very popular with their water sports and a frequently chosen travel destination.

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Kraków - Lesser Poland

The southern Lesser Poland Voivodeship (Polish Województwo małopolskie) has an area of 15,108 km² and has 3,279,036 inhabitants. The most famous resident is probably Pope John Paul II from Wadowice.
Kraków is not only the provincial capital with 756,441 inhabitants, but also the third largest city in the country. In addition, Kraków is one of the most valuable Polish cities in terms of culture and art. The beautiful Market Square (Polish: Stary Rynek) with the "St. Mary's Church" is particularly popular. Interesting is the "salt mine" in Wieliczka, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At a depth of 130 meters you have the opportunity to walk along underground lakes and admire artistic altars made of salt.
For nature lovers, the "High Tatras" offer beautiful places for hiking and mountaineering. In addition, the healing air in Zakopane is well known. Attention winter sports enthusiasts on holiday in Poland: Zakpoane is not called the winter capital for nothing, because not only are the world championships in ski jumping held there, but there are also wonderful skiing opportunities there.
A quiet carriage ride followed by a hike on the "Giewont" is also recommended. This offers a beautiful panorama of the city, but requires a certain level of physical fitness.
If you haven't felt enough nature during your holiday in Poland, then a raft trip on the Dunajec between the Pieniny Mountains is a wonderful opportunity.
The Auschwitz (Polish: Oswiecim) extermination camp is historically important.

Opole

The provincial capital of the same name, "Opole", is located in the Opole Voivodeship with 130,000 inhabitants.
All sights are located in the old town and are therefore easily accessible on foot.
The "Cathedral of St. Cross” is highly regarded by the Polish population, as it is where the tomb of the last duke of Poland, John the Good, is located.
Especially on the Annaberg you can let the culture travel with you on holiday in Poland.
Since it is a symbol of Silesia's incorporation into Poland, it is also the country's most important welfare site.
Today, the "Silesian Uprising Monument" built there reminds of the amphitheater that was used for mass rallies during the Nazi era.
It is also interesting to look at the fragments of the "Relic of the Holy Cross" in the city's cathedral.
The open-air museum in the Bierkowice district is exciting.
Anyone who is on holiday in Poland and is interested in architecture should pay particular attention to the wooden architecture of Opole. Examples of this architectural style are compiled here, with which, by the way, 75% of all churches in Poland were also built.

Pomeranian Voivodeship

The Pomeranian Voivodeship (Polish Wojewodztwo pomorskie) is the northernmost province of Poland with 18,310 km² and 2,215,100 inhabitants. The provincial capital Danzig (Polish Gdansk) has about 455,717 inhabitants. Together with Gdynia (Polish: Gdynia) and Sopot (Polish: Sopot), it forms the Tri-City. There are not only the most famous seaside resorts on the coast but also the largest ports on the Baltic Sea.
Gdansk in particular attracts many visitors with the "Marienbasilika", the largest Gothic brick church in the world and the most famous organ in the world.
Approximately 40% from Pomeranian consists of forests, which offers beautiful places for recreation and diverse sports opportunities, such as hunting, horseback riding or hiking in the picturesque countryside of Poland.
The castle complexes in Marienburg, which are the largest in the world, are also interesting.
In addition to the numerous sights, tourists can expect a lot of festivals, concerts and open-air events.
The soul, however, is the Kashubian region, which not only contains over 100 lakes, but also has an interesting culture.

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Masovian Voivodeship

The Masovian Voivodeship (Polish: Masowsze) describes the area around Warsaw, the provincial capital of the voivodeship and the capital of Poland.
With 35,597 km² it is not only the largest area in Poland but also the most populous with 5,188,488 inhabitants.
Mazovia is also known as the "Manchester of the East" because it is more conspicuous for its many factories than for its nature.
Despite this, the largest nature reserve in Poland, Kampinowski National Park, is located in this area.
In addition to foxes, elks and other animals, you can go on wonderful hikes there and in "Zelazowa Wola" you can visit the birthplace of "Frederic Chopin".
In "Plock" it is worth visiting the "Masovia Museum" on the "Cathedral and Hill". It can also be wonderfully combined with a guided tour of the adjoining cathedral and the "Plotzker Bronze Gate", which is decorated with impressive panels depicting scenes from the Old Testament.
Every year on Corpus Christi, a folk parade takes place in “Lowicz”, in which the residents walk through the streets in traditional costumes and celebrate.
The trademark of the voivodeship are pollarded willows, as they can be found everywhere on the road, and many houses are still thatched today.

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Sights information for your Poland Vacation

Poland has many beautiful and historically important sights to visit tourists arrive very well and are often visited. To make your holiday in Poland unique, we give you an overview of the most important ones here.
The Bieszczady Mountains in the Subcarpathian Mountains are a paradise for every nature lover with their beautiful views and fauna.
But the "Masurian Lake District" with over 3,000 lakes also offers a perfect holiday destination, as you can not only enjoy quiet moments there, but can also make use of the many water sports opportunities. This is also offered by the Tatra Mountains, which, in addition to the city of Zakopane, also have the largest mountain range between the Alps and the Caucasus. The most important Marian pilgrimage site in Poland is in Czestochowa, Poland, where the “Black Madonna” is also located. Kraków is one of the liveliest cities due to the many discos and bars, but also has many churches, castles and cathedrals that are worth visiting during a holiday in Poland. Historically important and interesting is the concentration camp in Auschwitz, which was the largest Jewish extermination camp with 1.5 million victims and is still a reminder of the cruel crime.
Wroclaw is called “Polish Venice”, which is a beautiful city built on islands and connected by bridges.
The architecture in Gdansk in the Pomeranian Voivodeship is intoxicating. There is also the largest Gothic church in Poland. Also in Pomerania, Marienburg, with the largest fortress in Europe belonging to the German Order of Knights, is worth a visit.
Finally, the capital of the country, Warsaw. If you are on holiday in Poland, you cannot avoid paying a visit to the capital. Impressive buildings such as the Kulturpalast await you there. But the beautiful old town, the Jewish ghetto or the palaces also tell the story of the city and captivate everyone.

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National Parks information for your Poland Vacation

There are 23 national parks in Poland, which are almost evenly distributed across the country. There are four national parks each in Lesser Poland in the south and in Podlaskie in the north-east. Together they all add up to an area of 314.973 ha, making up only 1 % of the Polish landscape.
Seven of them are recognized by UNESCO as biosphere reserves, such as the oldest park "Bialowieza".
If you decide to vacation in Poland, you can expect not only picturesque views of mountains, lakes, forests and river areas, but also game reserves with wolves, deer and wild horses.
The entrance fees are usually very low and associated with very short waiting times.
However, it is advisable to find out about the regulations beforehand, as camping and hiking are not allowed in all places.
The largest national park "Biebrzanski" is located in Podlasie. Canoe and boat trips through Poland's largest swamp area are particularly recommended.

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Important cities for your Poland Vacation

Warsaw (Warszawa)

With approximately 1,707,981 inhabitants, Warsaw is not only the capital of the country and the Masovian Voivodeship, but also the largest city in Poland, which forms the transport and commercial center Warsaw between history and modernity.
In the modern center of Warsaw stands the “Palace of Culture”, which is of great importance to the country as a gift from the Soviet Union and offers many tourists a good orientation point. In numerous cafes, museums and theaters you can slowly escape from the hectic everyday life. The main shopping street “ul. Marszalkowska” invites you to go shopping.
Jewish traces can be found almost everywhere in Warsaw on a holiday in Poland, starting with the "Warsaw Ghetto" and the associated "Jewish Historical Institute", which contains valuable documents from the ghetto and extermination camp. In addition, many monuments, such as the "Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto", which became known through Willy Brandt's knee fall in 1970, or the "Umschlagplatz Monument" with the engraved names of the victims, symbolize the suffering the people had to experience during the Second World War .

Things worth seeing historically can be found in the old town, such as the "Schlossplatz", which commemorates King Sigismund, who declared Warsaw the capital of the country. The first constitution in Europe, which is exhibited in the royal castle, also attracts many visitors. Things are exciting in the Historical Museum. In the "Brick Cathedral of St. John" is the tomb of the author of "Quo Vadis", Henryk Sienkiewicz.
The birthplace of "Marie Curie", which is located in the new town, is very often visited by tourists.
As an aid, the city offers a street, the "Königsweg", which includes most of the sights.
In "Lazienki Park" you can relax after a long day and enjoy the nature of Warsaw.

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Kraków (Kraków)

With 756,441 inhabitants, Kraków is the second largest city in Poland and the provincial capital of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
The sights are spread over the main market square, the university district and the Wawel.
The Main Market Square is the largest medieval square in the world and attracts many visitors because of the "St. Mary's Church". Every hour a trumpet sounds from the tower and the 14 meter high altar depicting the six joys of Mary is an artistic masterpiece. There is a beautiful view of the city from the Town Hall Tower, which is located in the tower halls, which are equipped with a picture gallery of well-known Polish artists.
On the "Ulica Florianska" stands the Florian's Gate, a part of the former fortifications, with the largest barbican in Europe and three high towers. Art lovers on holiday in Poland can admire works by Da Vinci and Memling in the “Kolekcja czartaryskich”, which is located next door. The University of Kraków not only has a very interesting museum, but also boasts of former students such as Copernicus and John Paul II.
The "Wawel" is exciting because the legend of a dragon vanquished by a shoemaker and in front of it a metal dragon that spits fire is told.
The largest bell in Poland can be found in the Sigismund Tower in the Wawel Cathedral, which, with 18 side chapels and the royal tombs, is an experience for every tour.
A visit to the Royal Castle is also recommended. There you can admire the king's sword of all kings, a treasury and royal apartments.
You can make yourself comfortable in the most beautiful cafe in Kraków, the "Jama Michalikowa".

Wrocław

With 640,000 inhabitants, Breslau (Polish: Wroclaw) is not only the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, but also the fourth largest city in Poland.

The Church of Mary Magdalene contains the so-called "Jewel" of the city, one of the most beautiful Romanesque portals in Poland. If you walk along the Oder, you will come to the Jesuit Church and the Vinzenz Church, which with their icons and orthodox chants form an excellent contrast to the Gothic interior.

The round building of the town with its "Round Painting of the Battle of Raclawice" from 1794 is the attraction of every trip and also the National Museum next door attracts many visitors because of its beautiful Silesian sculptures.
The "Church of the Holy Cross" on the Cathedral Island, with its tombs of old dukes, and the "Cathedral of St. John the Baptist”, one of the most important basilicas in Poland, are also very interesting to look at.
Holidaying in Poland means visiting many churches. Even if the degree of saturation has perhaps already been reached in view of the churches in Wroclaw, a visit to the chapels "Marienkapelle", "Kurfürstenkapelle" and "Elisabethkapelle" should not be missed.
Outside the center is a Jewish cemetery that is one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Nature lovers can relax from sightseeing in Wrocław's green spaces, which also give the city the name "Green City".
In the Szczytnicki Park there is a Centennial Hall, which offers a grand finale to a visit to Wroclaw with an opera performance.

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Poznań

The city of Poznań has around 600,000 inhabitants and is centrally located in the Greater Poland Voivodeship.
The main attractions are in 3 different but within walking distance districts of the city. In the Old Town (Polish: Stary Rynek) is the Town Hall, one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Central Europe. Every noon, two rams jump out of the astronomical clock there, as they played a saving role in the history of Poznań by alerting the town's residents to a fire. There is a historical museum in the town hall itself. The square "Plac Wolnosci" shines not only with its National Museum, in which there are well-known works of Western European painters, but also with its "Raczynski Library". It is one of the most beautiful neoclassical buildings in Poland.
Also worth seeing is the street "Ulica sw. Marcina", which is also called "Hauptstrasse". There is the Palace of Culture, where Kaiser Wilhelm II also resided, and the "Poznań Uprising Monument", which commemorates the 1956 workers' uprising against the communist regime.
In the oldest part of the city, the Cathedral Island, stands the Poznań Cathedral. The Gothic basilica not only contains tombs, such as that of the Polish ruler Mieszko I, but is also highly regarded for its golden chapel.
Nature lovers spending their Poland holidays here can relax after the city's cultural challenges in the Wielkopolska National Park and admire a beautiful area consisting of 16 lakes and mixed forests.
We recommend the tourist route "Route of Emperors and Kings", which focuses on the history of Poznań and offers the opportunity to experience Polish culture and traditions where they began.

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Gdańsk

With 455,717 inhabitants, Danzig (Polish: Gdansk) is the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship and at the same time the commercial city of Poland.
The "big mill", one of the largest medieval mills in Europe, and the "St. Catherine's Church" are the main attractions of the old town.
There is not only the tomb of the famous astronomer Jan Hevelius, but also a monument dedicated to him.
Through the "Golden Gate" in the legal town, which looks like a Roman triumphal arch, you come to the "long alley".
With old town houses of all styles, it is the most beautiful street in Gdańsk.
The "Historical Museum of the City of Gdańsk" is located in the right-wing town hall, which has an 80-meter-high tower.
25 well-known pictures adorn the interior of this museum, which is also known as the "Red Room".
The heart of the city is the "Long Market" with its Neptune fountain. Street musicians gather there every day and this square is also highly regarded by tourists.
Also interesting is the "Golden House" that can be found there, which is decorated with antique statues of e.g. B. Cleopatra is edited.
Those who vacation in Poland and spend it in Gdansk are often drawn to the port. All streets lead to the harbor quay, which is symbolized by gates such as the "Green Gate", "Brotbänkertor" or the "Women's Gate". It is advisable to go through the Frauentor into "Frauengasse", as this is where the fifth most important historical church in Europe, the "Marienkirche", is located.
In addition to a visit to the crane gate with its shipping museum, you can take the opportunity to relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants on the harbor quay and be entertained by disguised pirates or fortune tellers.

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Olsztyn

Allenstein (Polish: Olsztyn) is the largest city in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship with 167,000 inhabitants.
Through the "High Gate" you enter the small old town, which leads directly to the "Castle of the Warmian Cathedral Chapter". There is not only a regional museum (Polish Muzeum Warmii i Mazur), but also an amphitheater that is always used for performances in summer.
In the castle courtyard there are stone figures that are supposed to commemorate the Prussians, who gave their name to the voivodeship.
There is also an exhibition dedicated to Nicolaus Copernicus, the city's most famous person.
His apartment, with its astronomical equipment and doodles, and a planetarium built for his 500th birthday are also highly sought after and interesting to look at.
Especially in the summer months, many tourists are drawn to the city's lake region. Surrounded by forests, it is an excellent recreation area with its eleven lakes.

Lublin

With 351,345 inhabitants, Lublin is the capital of the Lublin Voivodeship of the same name. It is also one of the largest cities in eastern Poland.
The most beautiful sights are located either at the "Lublin Castle" or in the old town, which are located on two hills opposite each other.
Art lovers have the opportunity to visit the Trinity Church with many Byzantine frescoes inside the castle, which are also considered the "jewel" of the city.
There is also a very interesting regional museum.
The landmark of Lublin, the “Krakow Gate”, is located in the old town.
Historically worth seeing is the concentration camp "Majdankek", in which today there is a memorial and a museum.
Are you planning your Poland holiday in Lublin? A visit to the "Dominican Church", which has a peculiar vault shape, can be rounded off very well with a visit to the "Cafes pod Czarcia Lapa".

Kielce

Kielce is the capital of the Holy Cross Voivodeship with 205,655 inhabitants.
The city is not pretty, but it is a good starting point for trips to the Heiligenkreuz Mountains.
The “Castle of the Kraków Bishops” has not only a sanctuary, but also a national museum. Art lovers can see a gallery of paintings by well-known Polish painters there.
The main building is the most famous example of the Vasa style and even surpasses the "Warsaw Castle" in beauty.
In the "Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary" there is a monument in which Polish and international weight and area dimensions are depicted on a marble tablet.
One of the most beautiful buildings in Kielce is the Gothic cathedral.
A 4-day dance course is offered annually in April, which is conducted by teachers from all over the world and is taught in several dance styles.

Nature and wildlife information for your Poland Vacation

Polish people are very proud of their flora and fauna. In Poland, people speak not only of “pristine nature” but also of “animal reintroduction” into the wild. Anyone on holiday in Poland should therefore also experience nature up close.
"Bartek", the most beautiful oak tree in Poland, is located in the Voivodeship of Heiligenkreuz and is estimated to be over 600 years old.
The large number of oak trees throughout the country is the heart of the poles, the most famous oak brothers are "Lech", "Czech" and "Rus".
Ojcow not only has a 20 meter high rock, which is also called "Hercules Club" because of its club-like shape, but also over 400 caves. The most beautiful stalactite cave "Paradise Cave" (Polish Raj) can be found in the Holy Cross Mountains. There they have the unique opportunity to admire the bones of mammoths and saber-toothed tigers and to see the pea stone, also called "cave pearl".
The last primeval forest in Europe is in the "Bialowieski National Park" and is therefore also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are a total of 23 national parks in Poland, which give the almost extinct animals in Europe such as the wolf, bison, lynx or elk the opportunity to live in the wild. In addition, more than 25 % of all migratory birds coming to Europe breed in Poland. You can observe this especially in the Biebrza swamps in the moorland of Poland. Autumn and winter are the best times to do this.
A similar spectacle can be found in the town of Zywakono, which is home to over 200 storks. The best diving is in the 113-meter-deep “Hancza Lake” and mountaineers vacationing in Poland are offered a hike of 28 highest mountains in Poland, including “Sněžka” and “High Tatras”. The country's longest beach in Świnoujście serves relaxation, and its lighthouse promises a beautiful view.

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Activities & Excursions information for your Poland Vacation

Depending on interests and preferences, the question of leisure opportunities arises for everyone who wants to go on vacation in Poland. If you value a metropolitan atmosphere, then metropolises such as Warsaw, Kraków or Lodsch are recommended. With a large number of discos, bars and restaurants, night becomes day there and the old town can quickly be transformed into a dance floor. Nature lovers on holiday in Poland can enjoy the untouched nature of Poland, especially in the 23 national parks, most of which are located in the south and north-east of the country, and experience animals in the wild that do not have the opportunity to exist in Europe.
Water sports, such as surfing, sailing or diving, are very popular with tourists, thanks to the many lakes and the sandy coast. The pride of the country is ski jumping. International competitions are held in Zakopane every year, but football and volleyball are not neglected either. Poland is the host of the 2012 European Football Championship.
A large spectrum of European art styles is represented in Poland, which is not only reflected in the architecture, but also in many works of art by well-known Polish painters. Noteworthy here are the works of art by Jan Matejko, Jozef Chelmonski and Jacek Malczewski, which are exhibited all over the country.
Many interesting and amusing festivals and events are held annually.
The best known are the jazz festival "Jazz-Jamboree" in Warsaw and the "Heineken Open'er Festival" in Pomerania. Internationally renowned artists perform there every year, such as Fatboy Slim and Snoop Dogg.

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Eating and drinking information ffor your Poland Vacation

Poland has several national specialties. The most important are "flaki", which consists of tripe with a spicy broth, which is eaten with bread, or "bigos", which consists of sauerkraut, cabbage and meat. In addition, so-called "Piroggen" (Polish: Pierogi), flour bags filled with meat and cabbage in "Barschtsch" (Polish: Barszcz), are a must.
In addition to the perschtsch, the "Zurek", a sour cream soup with bacon, is one of the most popular soups in the country.
The Christmas dinner, which consists of 12 courses, is particularly famous in Poland. It should be noted that a homeless stranger is always covered. First, opladen are distributed, which are shared during the exchange of Christmas wishes. This is followed by perch, pierogi, bigos and fish. No meat is allowed on this day, which is why the bigos is also without pieces of meat. For dessert one usually eats a "Kutnia", wheat grains in poppy seeds, as well as honey and gingerbread. A drinking compote made from dried fruit is drunk with it.
However, the most popular drink in Poland is vodka. The best varieties include "Wyborowa", "Grasowka" and "Zubrowka".
In addition to vodka, people also drink a lot of beer, such as “Zywiec”, “Tyskie” or “Lech”. The toast is "Na zdrowie", which means something like "To your health".

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Climate and best travel time information for your Poland Vacation

Poland lies in the transition zone between the oceanic climate and the continental climate. This means that in summer mostly average temperatures of
16 °C to 19 °C occur. The winters, on the other hand, have an average temperature of 0 °C to -5 °C. In the north-east, these values can fall to – 30 °C in winter. This offers many winter sports opportunities in the mountains.
However, the most popular travel months are from May to autumn of the year, as the landscape there is blooming and beautiful to look at.
Air masses from the Atlantic cause cooling, rain or cloud cover in most cases in summer. This also means that the winters are characterized by thaws and high rainfall.
The northern and western parts of Poland, such as Pomerania, Greater Poland and Lubusz, have wet winters and cool summers, while the east around Mazovia has mostly cold winters and dry summers.

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Arrival information for your Poland Vacation

There are many ways to get to Poland. The most popular option is to travel by car. Border crossings are not only in Germany, such as in Görlitz (Zgorzelec) or Forst (Olszyna), but you can also get to Poland via the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the countries to the east. There are a total of seventeen German-Polish border crossings. For the crossing you need a green insurance card and a national license plate number.
A slower option is to take the bus, but it is also probably the cheapest. With 50 euros it is possible to start a Poland holiday by bus from any major city in Germany, but you sometimes have to take travel times of 15 to 20 hours into account, but that depends on the destination.
With the Airplane you can get to almost every major city in Poland. If this is not possible, domestic connections via Warsaw must be used.
With a flight time of one to two hours, it is the fastest method.
It is also possible to use the “Eurocity train” or the ferry several times a week.

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Entry requirement information for your Poland Vacation

On December 21, 2007, Poland officially joined the Schengen area. This means that any EU citizen can enter Poland without a passport to holiday in Poland. However, it is recommended to carry an identity card with you, as the federal police are still authorized to carry out checks should public order, health or safety be endangered. Since March 29, 2008, there has also been no passport control for air traffic.
A residence permit is required if the immigrant stays in Poland for more than 90 days in a six-month period. However, this must be applied for at the latest 45 days after entering Poland without a visa at the respective voivodeship.
For persons from third countries, a valid Travel document and visa must be presented. The application must be made at the required consulate. In addition, every person entering the country must be able to justify their stay and be able to show that they have sufficient means of subsistence.
Carrying a green insurance card is not mandatory, but it is recommended in any case, as it facilitates processing in the event of a claim.
When entering the country with a motor vehicle, it is important to note that in Poland driving with dipped headlights is mandatory during the day and violators will be severely penalized. You are also expected to carry your driving license and registration certificate I with you. For this purpose, it is required that the motor vehicle is equipped with a national license plate, which means the so-called "D-plate" for Germany.
250 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco may be imported duty-free. You are also allowed to bring 1 liter of wine and 1 liter of spirits with you.
If you want to go on holiday in Poland, you do not need a special vaccination, but depending on your destination, it is advisable to consult a doctor about vaccinations, as is the case e.g. B. would be advisable in a wooded area with regard to ticks.

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Poland Travel Guides & Travel Tips – Embassies and consulates information for your Poland Vacation

Embassy of Poland (Germany)

At the Alteburger Mühle 6
50968 Cologne
Germany

Phone: 0049 221 34 99 11
Fax: 0049 221 34 99 10

Leipziger Platz 2
Berlin 10117
Germany

Phone: +49 30 206 226 70
Fax: +49 30 206 226 730

Embassy of Poland (Austria)

Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 42b
1130 Vienna

Phone: +43 (1) 87015-100, 87015-0
Phone office: +43 (1) 87015-128, 87015-134
Fax: +43 (1) 87015-136

Embassy of Poland (Switzerland)

Elfenstrasse 20a
3000 Berne 15
Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0)31 358 02 02
Fax: +41 (0)31 358 02 16

Diplomatic missions in Poland

German embassies in Poland

ul. Jazdów 12, 00-467 Warsaw

Phone: +48 (0) 22 – 58 41 700
Fax: +48 (0) 22 – 58 41 73

Office Hours : Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri: 7:45am-11:00am
Tue: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
Zwycięstwa 23
80-219 Gdansk
Tel: +48 (0) 58 – 340 65 00
Fax: +48 (0) 58 – 340 65 38

Stolarska 7
31-043 Kraków
Phone : +48 (0) 12 – 424 30 00
Fax.: +48 (0) 12 – 424 30 10

Podwale 76, 50-449 Wrocław
Phone: +48 (0) 71 – 377 27 00
Fax.: +48 (0) 71 – 342 4114

Strzelców Bytomskich 11
45-084 Opole
Phone: +48 (0) 77 – 423 2720
Fax.: +48 (0) 77 – 453 1963

Austrian Embassy in Poland

ul. Gagarina 34
00-748 Warsaw/Warsaw

Phone: 0048-22-841 00 81-84
Fax: 0048-22-841 00 85

Embassy of Switzerland in Poland:

Aleje Ujazdowskie 27
00-540 Warsaw

Phone +48 (22) 628 04 81/82
Fax +48 (22) 621 05 48
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 09.00-12.00

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