Why Visit Poland
HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
Poland features a rich, tragic and long history, with hundreds of medieval castles to check out, cute like towns, excellent museums and some memorials of the WWII, like the Auschwitz – Birkenau Museum.
Poland has and unique mix between mountain ranges and white sandy beaches, unknown to the majority of travelers. Mountainscapes, forests, lakes, idyllic seaside and more. The Tatras (The polish alps) deserve a trip on their own. An excellent destination to enjoy the outdoors.
CITIES & NIGHTLIFE
Polish really know how to party, there is always a reason to celebrate life, (they also drink a lot). It cities offer a vibrant cultural lifes, with a wide selection of bars, clubs and pubs.
You will not be disappointed of polish food. They have an unique and diverse cuisine, with regional treats that will indulge your palate. From the classic pierogies, borscht, and bigos to typical sweets like the jam-filled doughnuts and the poppyseed cake.
Poland is fairly cheap in comparison with other European countries. You can enjoy a long getaway to Poland for less. However, prices in big cities like Warsaw and Krakow will be a little big higher than in the countryside.
What to expect
Polish is the official language in Poland. English it is the second most common language learned and spoken in Poland, with almost 30% of the population speaking it. You can find fluent english speakers in big cities or tourist attractions, however it is recommended to learn some words in polish, specially if you are going to the countryside, poles will appreciate the effort.
In Poland the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Polish Zloty is the currency of Poland. 1 USD equals 4.15 Poland zlotys. Despite being a part of the European Union, Poland does not use the euro or other foreign currencies. They might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, but the exchange rate will be high and it is not recommended. Credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank.
Poland is overall a safe country. Violent crime is pretty much non-existent. However, there is a considerable rate of petty crime like pickpocketing or bag snatching in the big cities, especially in major tourist destinations, in train stations, and on trains, trams, and buses. Be cautious and use your common sense.
Passports & Visas
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Poland for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
Citizens from all other countries (except, of course, european citizens) need to request a visa in advance through the embassy.
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