According to cachedhealth, Poland (Polish: Polska) is a country in Europe bordering Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The capital of Poland is Warsaw (Warsaw). A number of major cities in Poland are: Krakow, Łódź, Wrocław, Lublin and Poznań. There are still a few islands off the coast of Poland, of which Usedom (shared with Germany) and Wolin are by far the largest and best known.
Poland is known for its many old towns, 23 National Parks and the city of Łódź where you will come across approximately 180,000 Jewish graves. In Poland you can do excellent winter sports. This is best done in the months of December to April in the towns of Bukowina Tatrzanska, Bialka Tatrzanska, Poronin and Szczyrk. Poland is also known for the Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. Around 1.1 million people were killed here around the Second World War. This site has become a world heritage site and is visited by many tourists and relatives every year. See cellphoneexplorer for top 10 sights in Poland.
Where is Poland?
Travel information of Poland
Official name: Republic of Poland
Area: 312,685 km²
Capital: Warsaw (Warsaw)
Country code: PL, POL
Population: 38,282,325 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 2,499 m (Rysy)
Distance (Amsterdam – Warsaw): 1,095 km
Flight time: approximately 2 hours
Current status: All trips to the border with Ukraine are discouraged.
Current color code: Green and red. Due to this status, a partially negative travel advice
is in effect for Poland.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Poland that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the Poles, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Poland. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Poland?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Poland at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Poland has a temperate climate. The temperatures are around 20 to 25 degrees in the summer months and around 5 to -5 degrees in the winter months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Poland can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Poland can be found at Climate info.
June, July and August are the best months to travel to Poland. In these months you have the best chance of pleasant temperatures.
Polish is the official language in Poland. In addition, German is also spoken.
Do you want to translate from or to Polish for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Poland: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Poland: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Polish Embassy in the Netherlands: polamb.nl.
Polish consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Poland, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
In Poland, payments are made with the Polish złoty (PLN).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Poland can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Poland are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -45% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (60% cheaper), food (44% cheaper), imported beer in catering (53% cheaper), cigarettes (44% cheaper) and public transport (72% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Poland it is customary to tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 10% is given.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Poland is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Poland can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Poland you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Poland.
There are toll roads in Poland. An overview of all toll roads in Poland can be found on ANWB.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Poland.
In Poland you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity in Poland can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Poland can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Poland can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Poland end in.pl.
Official websites of Poland: poland.pl and poland.travel.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Poland is 0048 or +48.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Poland? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in Poland’s Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Poland.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Poland.
Holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Poland can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Poland in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Poland, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Poland?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Poland. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and World Heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Poland can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Poland can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Poland? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and medicines, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Poland, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Poland, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Poland? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the WilWeg.nl website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, accommodation, scholarships, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Poland.
– Alcohol: Buy from the age of 18, drink at all ages.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.2.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…About 95% of the Poles are Catholic?
…About 35% of Poles live outside the country’s borders?
…The first floor in a Polish elevator bears the number 0?
…Poland has won 17 Nobel Prizes?
…The Polish alphabet has 32 letters?
…People in Poland have a TV channel about the Pope?