Brief Information About Poland

Our beautiful neighboring country Poland is a versatile travel destination – from the more than 500 km long Baltic Sea coast to the mountains of the Carpathian Mountains and the Tatra Mountains in the south of the country.

Map of Poland

Masuria is one of the most popular travel destinations in Poland. The region, rich in forests and lakes, is an excellent travel destination for cycling holidays, but also, for example, for combined boat and cycling trips. Small towns like Rössel (Reszel), Heiligelinde (Swieta Lipka), Sensburg (Mragowo), Nikolaiken (Mikolajki) and Lötzen (Gizycko) tell of an eventful history.
In addition, the larger cities of Poland are also interesting and culturally rich destinations. For example the old Hanseatic city of Danzig (Gdansk) with the mighty St. of course the capital Warsaw (Warszawa). Warsaw in particular conveys two very opposite sides to visitors – the modern metropolis Warsaw, but also the city’s past are omnipresent.

Entry requirements
According to Countryaah, Poland belongs to the Schengen states and the European Union. Germans need a valid passport or identity card to enter the country. Children need their own passport (with photo), an entry in the parents’ passport is no longer accepted.

ATMs are particularly common in cities and tourist centers. To be able to withdraw money, you need a credit card or an EC card with the “Maestro” symbol. International credit cards are common. But you cannot necessarily pay with it in all hotels or in smaller shops, this is especially difficult in rural areas. It is therefore advisable to always have enough cash with you.

Time zone

Depending on the region, a warm temperate climate with a maritime or continental influence.

The official language is Polish. However, tourism workers often speak and understand English. German is also understood in many places.

Telephone / Internet
The international dialing code is +48 according to Allcitycodes.
WLAN is often available in hotels, but also in public places in larger cities.

Electricity & mains voltage
The voltage is 220 to 240 volts, 50 Hz, so that all devices can be used without problems. As a rule, two-pin plugs are used.

Emergency numbers
Police 997
Fire Brigade 998
Ambulance 999

ARRIVAL by plane
Poland’s largest airport is located near Warsaw. Warsaw is served by the Polish LOT, among others, but also by Lufthansa, Eurowings and Wizz Air. Other international airports are located in Krakow, Gdansk, Katowice, Wroclaw and Poznan.

ARRIVAL by land For
those who live in north-east Germany, arriving “by land” is ideal . It is around 600 km from Berlin to Warsaw, around 500 km from Berlin to Gdańsk, and around 700 km from Masuria. The motorways in particular, but also many country roads, are well developed in Poland. In some areas (e.g. Masuria) the streets are sometimes small and narrow, so you need a little longer for a set stage.

The following applies to traveling by car …
The petrol prices in Poland are relatively cheap by our standards. The fuel names are not necessarily identical to “ours”. It is important to choose the correct octane number, 95 stands for super, 98 for super plus. “Unleaded” means “lead-free”, it is sometimes indicated by the addition of an “E”.
Maximum speed in urban areas: 50 (at night 60) km / h
Maximum speed in rural areas: 90 km / h
speed highways / national roads: 100-120 km / h Maximum speed motorway: 140 km / h
Light during the day: all year round
alcohol limit : 0.2
Obligation to carry: Warning triangle
(information without guarantee, please inform yourself about the relevant provisions before departure)

Best travel time
In summer, Poland is ideal for a holiday close to nature or a beach holiday. The Baltic coast or the Masurian lakes are particularly suitable for swimming from June to September. Active travelers and cyclists can also choose the long, mild autumn as their travel time, when the temperatures are still moderate, it is not too hot for activities.
Winter sports enthusiasts also get their money’s worth in Poland. Especially between December and March there are favorable conditions for winter sports in the mountains.

The European health insurance card should be carried with you as proof of EU-wide insurance coverage. A private international travel health insurance is also recommended.
Medical care in Poland from the medical side as well as with regard to pharmacies corresponds to the European standard.
Vacationers who are dependent on medication should stock up on essentials beforehand. In addition, good sun protection as well as mosquito and tick protection belong in the first aid kit.
Before traveling, you should get advice about a vaccination against the tick-borne disease TBE (early summer meningoencephalitis).

Holidays and memorial
days In addition to Christmas, New Year, May 1st and Christian holidays with changing dates such as Easter, Pentecost or Ascension Day, the following holidays apply:
January 6th Epiphany
May 3rd Constitutional Day
August 15th Assumption Day
01 November All Saints Day
11 November Independence Day

Embassies & Consulates General
German Representation
Jazdow 12
00-467 Warsaw
Tel: +48 225841700
Emergency Call: +48 605682347

Austrian Representation
Jurija Gagarina 34
00-748 Warsaw
Tel: +48 2284100-81 / -82 / -83

Swiss Representation
Aleje Ujazdowskie 27
00- 540 Warsaw
Tel: +48 226280481

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