Poland Favorite Tips by matcrazy1
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NOTE: 100 POLISH ZLOTY
Favorite thing: .
Polish zloty is worth more and more in recent 2 years especially to US$ (about 15% more to USD).
You can sell (average 11 July 2003):
100 USD (USA) for 388 PLN
100 EUR (Europe) for 440 PLN
100 GBP (UK) for 632 PLN
100 CHF (Switzerland) for 282 PLN
100 SLK (Slovakia) for 10.40 PLN
100 CZK (Czech) for 13.70 PLN
100 JPY (Japan) for 3.18 PLN
100 CAD (Canada) for 278 PLN
Yearly inflation rate: 1.2% - 1.5%.
Check up to-date (real for tourists) daily courses in various cities in Poland:
"Kupno" = buying, purchase
"Sprzedaz" = sale
"Miasto" = city.
Currency converters online:
50 Euro note - reverse
Favorite thing: Poland is going to join European Community (EU) in 2004 and enter EU currency in 2006.
It was the Austrian artist Robert Kalina, the in-house designer of the National Bank of Austria in Vienna, who made the winning designs for the euro banknote design contest.
The theme for the designs for the euro banknotes was "ages and styles of Europe", showing the architectural styles of seven periods from European cultural history.
Beskidy Mountains in Sopotnia Wielka
Favorite thing: The Beskidy Mountains are situated along the borders of the Czech and Slovak Republic.The range forms the northern part of the Carpathians.
The highest peak is Babia Gora (1725 m / 5659 ft.).The vast wooded areas are inhabited by numerous species of wild animals: deer, roe-deer, wild boars, wolves, lynx and wildcats.
look at my Sopotnia Wielka page:
and my Wisla page:
The Mazurian impression
Favorite thing: The Great Mazurian Lakes region in northeast Poland is one of the most attractive and beautiful tourist areas in Poland.
One fifth of the whole surface area of the region is covered by lakes, which are inter-linked by rivers and canals to form an extensive, branching water route system.
These lakes are situated in widely varied countryside, and their banks are full of inlets and peninsulas, islands, and sometimes surrounded by forests.
Favorite thing: My top 3 reasons to visit Wroclaw:
1. The Main Square (Rynek) with its amazing architectural masterpieces, unique atmosphere, hundreds of bars and restaurants, many people to meet, lovely atmosphere;
2. The biggest painting in the world - Panorama Raclawicka - 116 m (380ft) long x 16 m (52ft)high !!! The special, seperate round builing called Rotunda was build to hold this painting masterpiece,
3.The Oder River canals with its old and beautiful bridges,
And the old city is small, compact (easy to walk) and what is most important it's still not over-crowded - Wroclaw is under-rated place on the Europe map.
MORE: welcome to my Wroclwa page
Colorful parade at Florianska Street
Favorite thing: KRAKOW (Cracow) - my surely TOP DESTINATION in Poland. It's a must in Poland.
Magic old, historic city, former capitol of Poland with unique atmosphere, thousands of bars, pubs and restaurants in and around the main market Square (the biggest mediaeval square in Europe). Polish cultural and science capitol.
Thanks to the extraordinary accumulation of cultural wealth, the city was registered as one of the 12 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
On the picture: colorful parade on Florianska Street in the Old Town of Cracow (the Florianska Gate in the background).
MORE: welcome to my KRAKOW page:
Fondest memory: KRAKOW - magic city when I was born and grew up.
The main gate to Auschwitz I concentration camp
Favorite thing: All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was established by the Nazis in 1940, in the suburbs of the city of Oswiecim (you say Auschwitz, we say Oswiecim) which, like other parts of Poland, was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War.
The main gate over which runs the infamous credo "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Liberates). Few who passed through this gate lived.
The overall number of victims of Auschwitz in the years 1940-1945 is estimated at between 1,100,000 and 1,500,000 people.
MORE: welcome to my Oswiecim page:
Polish National Flag
Favorite thing: .
Citizens of the following countries may travel to Poland for tourism and business purposes without a visa (2002):
EUROPE: all European countries except: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova and Yugoslavia;
NORTH AMERICA: USA
LATIN AMERICA: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay
ASIA: Korea Republic, Hongkong, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore.
Citizens of other countries need a visa.
According to UE requirements citizens of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine (and maybe some other countries) will have to get a visa to travel to Poland soon
Note: 20 Polish zloty
Favorite thing: .
Credit/debit cards are accepted (but not always, so ask in advance) in all bigger cities and towns, especially touristy:
- in hotels,
- in bigger department stories, malls, groceries and in some smaller shops,
- in many restaurants,
- in railway and bus stations, airports etc.
- at most petrol stations.
But in remote areas and smaller towns, especially in the east credit cards are usually not accepted.
But there are ATMs there - read the previous tip.
Which cards are accepted?
1. Most accepted are (always, I suppose):
- Visa, Visa Electron, PLUS,
2. A little less accepted are (almost always):
- Eurocard/MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus,
3. Rarely accepted are:
- American Express and Diners Club.
Note: 50 zloty.
Favorite thing: .
Now (September 2002) there are 6702 ATM in Poland, that is about 900 more then in March 2002.
Which cards are accepted?
1. Visa, Visa Electron, PLUS in 99.76% ATMs;
2. Eurocard/MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus in 90.94% ATMs;
3. American Express in 12.65% ATMs;
4. Diners Club in 6.40%.
You can check up-to-date list of the ATMs and cards accepted by them in your destination in Poland. Follow this link:
1. Click on the proper region on the map of Poland;
2. On the next page choose the town/city (in polish language). You will find full list of ATMs with (from the left): name of bank which run ATM, 24h operating (or rarely not), address.
3. If you click on the name of bank you will see which cards are accepted in this ATM.
Must I know Polish language to use ATM?
NO, all ATMs are at least bilingual: Polish and English; some are multilingual (German, French and others).
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