Facts about Poland

Poland has stunning landscapes with beautiful wide sandy beaches and dunes, stunning lake districts, vast lush forests and mountains. The wide Baltic beaches and behind them the soft sand form dunes. Between the Baltic coast and the rest of the country is a belt of lakes, while bordering Poland to the south is a belt of mountains. These are the Tatra Mountains and the Carpathians.

What to see in Poland?

Poland has 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more than 100 castles including Malbork Castle which is the world’s largest of its kind, the castle was built by the Crusaders in 1276.

Not far from Krakow is Auschwitz, the site of the infamous concentration camp. About an hour’s drive from Krakow is the concentration camp, where more than a million Jews and many Poles were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. Both Auschwitz and the much larger camp at Birkenau are preserved and are open to visitors. The museum’s visitor center is located at the entrance to Auschwitz. Auschwitz was only partially destroyed, and many of the original buildings stand to this day as a gloomy testimony to the history of the camp.

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    Questions and answers

    The language of Poland?

    What language is spoken in Poland?

    In Poland, the official language is Polish. Most younger people speak English very well. Many of the older generation speak German.

    How many inhabitants does Poland have?

    The total population of Poland is approximately 38,500,000

    What is the capital of Poland?

    The capital and largest city of Poland is Warsaw

    When did Poland join the EU?

    Poland is a member of the EU, the country was admitted on 1 May 2004

    Is Poland part of Schengen?

    Poland has participated in the Schengen cooperation since 21 December 2007

    Is Poland a member of NATO?

    Yes, Poland has been a member of the NATO Alliance since 12 March 1999

    What time is it in Poland?

    Poland has a time zone of UTC +1. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.

    Can you drink tap water in Poland?

    There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.

    When is the best time to travel to Poland?

    When is the best time to holiday in Poland?

    Poland has a temperate climate. With its location close to the Baltic Sea, the weather in the northern part of the country is less extreme than the central and southern parts of Poland. The best time to visit Poland is spring and summer. However, this is the time when most rain falls.

    Spring is a pleasant season with a few showers, and the flowers are in full bloom. Autumn is also a good time of year when the weather is pleasant. The winter is cold with many parts of the country covered in snow. The ski season in the Tatra Mountains starts in December and lasts until the beginning of March.

    Is it safe to travel in Poland?

    It is safe to travel in Poland which has low crime rate as long as you take the same precautions as you would do in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.

    The only thing you need to take care of is, like all places where there are tourists, pickpockets. Apart from these pickpockets, there is nothing to fear.

    Family holiday with children in Poland

    If you need to take children on holiday to Poland, here is a link to experiences for children and families.

    Website – Family vacation – Poland with kids

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