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Polish National Tourist Office ( Official tourist site.

Warsaw Voice ( Polish current affairs.

Warsaw Tourist Information ( Official Warsaw tourist website.

Visit Kraków ( Official Kraków tourist website.

Top Tips

  • Parking can be a pain in many Polish towns – follow signs to main tourist car parks and walk into the centre rather than wasting time cruising narrow one-way streets hoping to find a space.
  • Make your first stop the town's tourist office and ask for a street map. It's the easiest way to make sense of the often random medieval layouts of many Polish towns.
  • Jaywalking is an offence in Poland – if caught by the police you will have to pay an on-the-spot fine (up to 100zł). Cross roads only at pedestrian crossings when the lights are green.
  • Some of Poland's most popular sights, including Warsaw's Museum of Jewish History, Kraków's Wawel Castle and Auschwitz I, have strict security checks. Make things easier by taking only a small handbag – backpacks, Swiss Army knives and multitools must be deposited in lockers.

What to Take

  • Passport
  • Wallet
  • Debit/credit card
  • Driving licence
  • Phrasebook
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Standard European plug converter (two round pins)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Sat-nav device (if renting a car)
  • Clothes
  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat and shades
  • Tissues
  • Umbrella
  • Padlock
  • Pen
  • Something to read

What to Wear

Poland is not a particularly style-conscious destination, though there are some undeniably trendy places in Warsaw, Kraków and Gdańsk. For most occasions, casual dress – shorts, tees and jeans – is sufficient. One exception to this would be visiting churches, where more modesty (trousers for guys and covered shoulders and longer skirts or trousers for women) is called for. For dinner at a tablecloth place or at a more formal concert or opera, a sports coat and trousers (as opposed to jeans) is usually a good choice for men, and a dress or skirt for women. A waterproof coat and sturdy shoes are a good idea in any season.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Check the validity of your passport
  • Make any necessary bookings (for sights, accommodation and travel)
  • Check the airline’s baggage restrictions
  • Inform your credit/debit card company
  • Organise travel insurance
  • Check if you can use your mobile/cell phone
  • Find out what you need to hire a car