Poland travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your Poland travel guide

Why visit Poland?

Europe’s 9th largest country…with a population of more than 38 million and a territory of 120,000 square miles, Poland occupies the fertile flatlands between the Carpathians in the South and the Baltic Sea in the North. Its central location, with Germany as its western neighbour, and Russia as its eastern one, gave cause to a millennium of wars, devastation, and hard-won victories. From the small duchy of Poznan in the 10th century to a kingdom twice the size of France in the 16th century, to the oblivion of the state in 1795, Poland’s rebirth of a republic, three times smaller than before, was by no means smooth sailing. It has been rocked by two wars and struggles for better living conditions, resisting communist rule.

Its tough history has forged a strong, resolute people. Famous citizens include Nicolaus Copernicus, the brave 16th-century scholar with his heretic theories about space and our place in it; Frédéric Chopin, composer of immortal piano music; Marie Curie (Sklodowska), twice-Nobel-Prize winner; Pope John Paul II; and Lech Walesa, the charismatic union leader of Solidarity, which managed to dent the powerful communist regime and speed up its demise.

A land of hearty food, traditional dishes include pierogi (meat-stuffed dumplings), bigos (stewed cabbage and meat), zurek (sour-rye soup), and excellent vodkas. Shoppers will enjoy seeking amber, the petrified resin of conifer trees submerged by the sea up to 50 million years ago and known as "Baltic Gold," silver, leather, woodcarvings, dolls, and beautiful linen. Modern, dynamic Warsaw; fascinating, medieval Krakow; thousands of glistening Mazurian Lakes; and the Bialowieza Forest Reserve, where the European bison still roam free—all this is Poland, one of the most dynamic new members of the European Union.

Weather and climate in Poland

When is the best time to visit Poland?

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To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Poland.

 June

 

 Warsaw

 January

 -1 °C

 February

 1 °C

 March

  6°C

 April

  13°C

 May

 18°C

 July

  23°C

 August

  23°C

 September

  18°C

 October

  13°C

 November

  6 °C

 December

  2°C

 


Poland food and fun facts

Food specialities of Poland

Pierogi (meat-stuffed dumplings), bigos (stewed cabbage and meat), kiełbasa (Polish sausage), golabki (meat-stuffed cabbage leaves), red beet clear soup, zurek (sour-rye soup), and vodkas.

Fun facts

  • The name “Poland” originates from the tribe “Polanie”, which means “people living in open fields”.
  • The majority of the people in Poland follow Roman Catholicism.
  • In 1989 Poland held its first free elections in more than 40 years.

Things to consider before visiting Poland

How to call Poland: Country code

The country code for Poland is 48. When calling to Poland from overseas, dial your international access code (+44 from the UK), followed by the country code, area code, and phone number.

Poland’s currency

The official currency of Poland is the Polish Złoty (PLN).

1 POLISH ZLOTY (PLN or zł) = 100 Groszy
● Banknote denominations: Złoty - 10, 20, 50, 100, 200
● Coin denominations: Groszy - 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50; Złoty - 1, 2, 5

Shopping in Poland

The following budget guidelines are just approximate values or starting values for meals and are per person.
Actual prices will vary widely by restaurant and city within a country but below are some averages as
provided by our experienced personnel.


● The approximate cost of a soft drink/mineral water/coffee is PLN 6-7.
● An average lunch consisting of a salad or sandwich and a soda or water starts at approximately
PLN 25-30.
● Dinner at a mid-range restaurant with dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage starts at
approximately PLN 60-70.


Soft drinks and mineral water are often as expensive, or more expensive, than wine or beer.
Shopping specialties: “Baltic Gold” amber, silver, leather, woodcarvings, dolls, embroidered linen.

When and how much to tip in Poland

For restaurants and taxis, 10-15% is a reasonable amount. Tipping in Poland is very common, since gratuity
is rarely included in the bill.
Beware that in Poland, if you pay for the bill with more than the amount owed and simply say “thank you” or
“Dziekuje” (in Polish), it means you do not expect any change back. Tip hotel staff PLN 3-5 for room service.