Poland

Poland, edged by Baltic Sea in the north and surrounded by the Czech Republic, Germany, the Russian Federation and the Ukraine, is a popular European tourist destination.  It offers visitors the opportunity to explore its rich history, culture and natural beauty.

 

Labelled as an indestructible nation, Poland has risen majestically to modernity after remaining under communism for years. The attractions include more than 100 ancient castles, countless timber-built churches, medieval villages and towns and beautiful forests.

 

With a population of over 38 million, Poland is a major hub for Nazi forces during the World War II, now considered as one of Europe’s most modern countries.  Poland is regarded as a safe, friendly country that extends a warm welcome to its tourists.

 

Tourism

 

Not to be missed in Poland for tourists are Wieliczka Salt Mine. The total length of the corridor is 350km of which only 2 km is open to the visitors. One get to see bas-reliefs, extraordinary chambers, chandeliers and a chapel, all sculpted in salt.  The beach resort at Sopot has Europe’s longest pier, 500m/1,640ft.

 

In Zamosc, one should visit the Renaissance-style market square, among the chosen UNESCO sites in Poland. The medieval walled town of Torun is popular for its gingerbread and leaning tower which has a vertical deviation of 4.5 feet. Gdansk attractions include St Mary’s Basilica, the largest gothic church in Poland.

 

Poland’s fourth-biggest city, Wroclaw comprises of a series of islands that boasts around 100 bridges. In 2012, Poland, along with Ukraine, will host Euro 2012, the 14th European Football Championship.

 

Accommodation

 

Most of the major international hotel chains are present in Poland. There are over 150 hostels in Poland which are open throughout the year, during summer season there are around 450 of them open for public. Agricultural tourism is a recent concept that has evolved. These accommodations encourage the concept of living closer to the land. There are over 200 campsites in Poland.

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Food

 

Poland has a distinct cuisine though it has mild influence from the cuisines of France and Italy. Poland is also known for its exclusive hand-made, Oscypek and Bryndza.

 

Weather

 

The climate of Poland is always pleasant – summer is warm, autumn is crisp and sunny and winter is cold. The south of Poland is covered with snow from mid December to April. Poland experiences rainfall throughout the year. The months of May till September are the busiest travel months.

General 
LanguagePolish
Time ZoneCET(UTC +1) summer(DST) CEST(UTC +2)
Dialing Code+48
Electricity230V, 50Hz
Major CitiesCracow, Gdansk, Poznan, Szczecin, Warsaw, Wroclaw
CurrencyZloty
ClothingIt is not too hot in summers but winters get really cold.
 

Health Related

 
Mortality Rate6.66 deaths/1,000 population
Life ExpectancyM 72/ F 80
Patient: Physician ratio400: 1
Hospitals JCI accredited0
Recommended VaccinationsHepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Influenza, Tickborne encephalitis, Diphtheria-tetanus, MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella), Varicella
Other InfectionsLyme disease, Diphtheria, Brucellosis, HIV
 

Tourism Related

 
Population38,192,000
Global Competitiveness4.51
Tourism Competitiveness4.2/7
GDP/Capita12,260
Health and Hygiene4.5/7
Safety and Security4.6/7
Air Transport Infrastructure2.7/7
Tourism Infrastructure3.5/7
Cultural Infrastructure5.1/7
Visa Requirements40/133
Reliability of Police Services86/133
Physician Density56/133
Hospital Beds33/133
Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure103/133
International Air Transport Network92/133
Quality of Roads127/133
Hotel Rooms75/133
Tourism Openness75/133
Attitude of Population Towards Foreign Visitors125/133

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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