Poland is a real natural wonder infused with an eclectic, tradition-rich culture. The country’s coast embodies long beaches scattered with amber stones, mountains with spectacular snow-capped peaks and a mainland covered with forests full of rare flowers and fauna and breath-taking lakes. A charming sense of past glory and lively optimism is found in Poland’s cities. These features make Poland an exhilarating and unforgettable holiday destination.
Facts & Figures
Official Name: Rzeczpospolita Polska (Republic of Poland) Location: located on the Baltic sea in Central Europe, east of Germany Area: 312,679km² Capital: Warsaw Population: 38 million Religious and ethnic groups: 95% Catholic, 2% Orthodox, 0.5% Protestant/ 96% Polish, 1% Silesian, 1% German Language: Polish (official language) Geography: Flat land with mountains along the southern border. Highest point: Rysy (2499m) Time zone: Central European Time, (UTC + 1) Politics and economy: Parliamentary Democracy, GDP: 427 billion EUR (2015) Currency: Zloty (1€ = 4,2 PLN)
Arrival and departure
Visa: Vaccinations: In general, vaccinations against tick-borne Encephalitis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and possibly Rabies are recommended. Transport: For inland travel, the extensive rail network is recommended. The road infrastructure is also good allowing for an affordable and vast bus service.
Climate and best time to travel
The climate is moderate with cold winters and mild yet stormy summers. Average winter temperature: -3°C (Lowest temperature of -6°C in January) Average summer temperature: 17°C (Highest temperature of 22°C in August) Water temperature: (Baltic Sea) max 17°C in August
The best time to go for a beach holiday is between May and September. In the winter, the low temperatures create many opportunities for winter sport.
The most beautiful holiday regions
Greater Poland – country castles and home to the oldest city in Poland Jizera Mountains – waterfalls and bizarre rocks Baltic Sea - deep inland sea, the largest brackish water sea in the world Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship – situated in northern Poland
Public holidays and celebrations
New year’s day (1st of January), Epiphany (6th of January), Easter Sunday (first Sunday after the Passover full moon), Easter Monday (the day after Easter Sunday), Labour Day (1st of May), national holiday (3rd of May), Corpus Christi ( falls on the Thursday 10 days after Pentecost), Assumption day (15th of August), All Saints Day (1st of November), Independence Day (11th of November), Christmas day (25th of December), Boxing Day (26th of December)
Is the tap water drinkable? Since the taps in Poland are mostly all outdated, the tap water is not drinkable. Instead, bottled or boiled water should be used.
Do I need an adapter? Not all of the plug sockets are suitable for a standard European plug, therefore you may need to bring a special adapter for Poland.
In Poland there are the following speed regulations: Motorway: 140km/h Highway: 90km/h Towns and Villages: 50km/h
In Poland it’s compulsory to use dipped headlights or daytime running lights day and night all year round.
Top tips and discoveries
Krakow A lively history flows through one of the oldest cities in Poland. The oldtown which was mostly undamaged by the war is colourful and vibrant and definitely worth a visit. The historic Jewish quarter is also full of life and attracts both locals and tourists alike.
Those seeking relaxation need look no further than just outside of Krakow. Opened in the 13th century, the Wieliczka salt mine provides a healing atmosphere in the salt microclimate and hot caves, in which various wellness treatments are offered. Danzig For centuries, Danzig was the commercial gateway of Poland, as well as the country's most magnificent seaport. Still today it’s perceptibly unique culture and atmosphere is characterized by tolerance, which is visible in the cityscape. The lavishly decorated townhouses lining the narrow streets and the closeness of the Baltic Sea make Danzig into an exciting, cosy and picturesque adventure.
Masuria The Masurian Lake District, with its lush green scenery, is covered with thousands of lakes that give visitors the magical sensation of time standing still. With a view of the water, endless skies and little bits of land, it’s easy to feel as if time has slowed and transcended into a deep serenity.