Poland

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Travel Info

Travel info

Tourism

14 million tourists visit Poland every year, Poland ranks 14th in the world as a tourist destination

Visas

Not required for EU citizens.

Visas are required for citizens of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

US, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens do not need visas for stays of less than 90 days.

For more information visit www.mfa.gov.pl

Major cities

Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lublin

Top tourist attractions

  • Bieszczady mountains
  • City of Czestochowa
  • Gdansk (Danzig)
  • Krakow (Cracow)
  • Malbork (Marienburg)
  • Masurian lakes
  • Oswiecim (Auschwitz)
  • Tatra mountains
  • Warsaw
  • Wroclaw (Breslau)

Activities

The Polish mountains are an ideal venue for hiking, skiing and mountain biking and attract millions of tourists every year from all over the world. Baltic beaches and resorts are popular locations for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and a broad-range of other water-themed sports.

Surface

Poland consists mostly of lowlands, the lowest point - the village of Racki Elblaskie 1.8 meters below the sea level

Climate

Poland’s climate is influenced by a continental climate from the east and a maritime climate from the west. As a result, the weather is changeable, with significant differences from day to day and from year to year.

Average temperatures: January - on the coast and the West from 0 to -1°, North-East from - 4,5° to - 5,5°, in the mountains (South)  - 7°. July - on the coast 16,5° in the South 19°.

Taxes

Poland’s VAT is calculated at three levels: zero (books, press, some basic food products); 7% (most food); and 22% (fine food, hotels, restaurants, petrol, luxury items). The tax is normally included in the advertised price of goods and services.

Public holidays

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 6 January - Three Kings Day (The Epiphany)
  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • 1 May - International Workers’ Day
  • 3 May - May-3rd-Constitution Day
  • Pentecost
  • Corpus Christi
  • 15 August - The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • 1 November - All Saints' Day
  • 11 November - National Independence Day
  • 25 December - Christmas Day
  • 26 December - Boxing Day

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Source: www.wikipedia.org