Poland is a country of immense beauty: the Baltic seacoast, the lake districts bordering Lithuania and Belarus, the ancient forests of the middle country, the Carpathian mountain ranges to the south. Most visitors are drawn to Kraków, which rivals Prague in medieval splendor. A three-hour train ride south of Warsaw, this romantic baroque city (undamaged during World War II) is a treasure trove of Polish art and architecture. One of the unexpected pleasures of a trip to Poland is the excellent quality of the food in the country’s restaurants. Gone are the days of drab austerity.
To phone hotels in Poland, dial 011 (international access) + 48 (Poland code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
Six hours ahead of New York (EST).
The climate of Poland is quite consistent, although it is generally cooler as you move east and south. Winters are long, and summers are showery. July is the ideal month for a visit.
Warsaw, Tel. (48) 22-504-2000. Consulate: Kraków, Tel. (48) 12-424-5100. A U.S. consular agent is located in Poznan, Tel. (48) 61-851-8516.
Polish złoty (PLN). Fluctuating rate valued at PLN3.89 = US$1.00 as of August 2021. Some hotels quote rates in euros (€); €1.00 = US$1.17 as of August 2021.