Large country in northern Central Europe, with Warsaw as the capital.

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Tipping in Poland: saying “thank you” when the waiter collects your money

I read that while tipping in Poland is standard, you should not say "thank you" to the waiter when he takes the cash if you are expecting change. Otherwise, he will assume that the amount overpaid is ...
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Where can I go looking for amber in Gdańsk, Poland?

I've read that one can find amber easily in the beaches in Gdansk. I believe it, but how to get to those beaches? Will anyone be offended if I go there and spend one hour looking for amber?
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Safety in Warsaw Poland

Just want to be prepared, with no intention of judging or whatsoever, I have some questions about safety in Warsaw: Is it safe to stay in a dorm? I've read some reviews where the person get robbed ...
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Are there any analogs of the Malbork castle in Poland or Germany?

Some time ago I was in Malbork castle and was amazed by its size and beauty. I want to know - are there some castles similar to the Malbork's, may be not so famous. I'm interested in castles in Poland ...
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How to visit Malbork Castle from Gdansk?

I'm wondering how I can visit Malbork Castle if I'm visiting Gdansk. Wikitravel says that Malbork is 1.5 hours from Gdansk by train, but doesn't say how much the train is and if it's allowed to go ...
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How to cope with disgusting fellow travellers?

This summer I was in Krakow. We stayed in a hostel and did an organized tour from there. We visited Auschwitz concentration camp. We were a group of approximately 10 people and unfortunately some of ...
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Where can I see dolphins in central Europe, near Poland?

I live in Poland and I would like to take my children to some place where we can see dolphins. There is no such place in Poland so I would like to know where they are near south-western Poland (...
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Is it possible to get a visa for Kaliningrad in the neighboring countries?

I am planning to visit Northern Poland and then Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. I am thinking of going into the Russian state of Kaliningrad as well. I've read that compared to Russia proper it is ...
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How to get from Gdańsk ferry terminal to Gdańsk railway station?

I will take a ferry from Nynäshamn (Sweden) to Gdańsk (Poland), arriving at 13:00. I have a train from Gdańsk at 13:57. According to Google Maps, it's approximately 8 km from the ferry terminal to the ...
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How to get from Wroclaw airport to city center?

What are the options to get from Wroclaw airport (Ryanair flight) to city center? What's the cheapest option?
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How to visit Wieliczka salt mines and the Auschwitz KZ from Krakow?

I'd like to visit Wieliczka salt mines and the Auschwitz KZ. Is it possible to visit both places the same day? How much time should I stay in each place? What trains/buses have to take from central ...
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US Citizen in Poland more than 90 days in a 180 day period

From what I understand, it is legal for a US citizen to spend up to 90 days in Poland, leave for one day, and re-enter for another 90 day period. Sources I called the Polish embassy in New York and ...
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Entering using American passport and leaving using Polish Passport

I flew out to Poland in August entering Poland using my American passport because at the time I only had one passport. You can stay in Poland for three months without a visa. During my three months, I ...
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Is it easier to unlock my phone and have it activated with a local provider in another country or to buy a local pay and talk phone?

I'll be traveling around Poland for six weeks and I want to keep in touch with friends and the people I'll meet during my stay. I the SIM card with the phone I currently own now, which is a samsung ...
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What are the standard border checks when traveling between Warsaw and Berlin by various types of transit

I know that there is always a passport check when traveling by air. Is that the same case when traveling by train, bus, and car?
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Help remembering name of hotel in near Łódź, Poland?

This summer I was in Poland. We drove around by car and visited several small villages. I some help to remember the name of the village and the hotel we stayed in. I have only some very vague hints: ...
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How to get Auschwitz-Birkenau from Wroclaw?

I would like to know how to get Auschwitz from Wroclaw without going first to Krakow by public transport? The idea is to get up early in Wroclaw, visit Auschwitz and go to Krakow to sleep. One ...
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Crossing sea border between Poland and Sweden

I'm going to rent a sail boat in Poland this summer to go to Sweden (Gotland island) and back to Poland. I and all crew have Schengen visas. Both of these countries are in the Schengen area. Is it ...
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Rent a car in Poland without a credit card

This summer I tried to rent a car in Warsaw without a credit card. It wasn't an easy task and it took my hours of talking until I could convince them that it is possible. However, I had to pay the ...
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How can I get from Krakow to Prague?

I am looking for transportation from Krakow to Prague. The only requirement I have is that it's limited in time, so I can plan it. Hitch-hiking is not a possibility. I don't care much about the ...
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Mobile networks in Poland

I am preparing my trip to Poland and would like to know in advance which mobile operator should I buy. Could you please give me links to mobile operators sites, so I could compare prices? Is there ...
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Travelling to Poland alone at the age of 17

I'm headed to Poland from Copenhagen Airport by myself later this month. I am 17 and thus counted as a minor. Do I need any sort of notarized letter? I have confirmed that no permission is needed to ...
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Is it necessary to book bus tickets from Gdansk to Kaliningrad in advance?

Is it necessary to book bus tickets from Gdansk to Kaliningrad in advance, or is it enough to buy tickets at the station just before the departure? If they need to be booked in advance, where would ...
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Visiting Auschwitz just before World Youth Days

I will be travelling to Kraków, Poland soon, and only just realized that the world youth days (WYD) are taking place there as well. Apperently, the WYD end the 26th, but the Auschwitz camp site is ...
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What is the fastest way to go from Warsaw to Moscow via Lithuania and Latvia by bus/train?

I will start from Dresden (Germany). I definitely want to visit Poland, and especially Warsaw. Then I have to go to Moscow to catch the train to Beijing, and I have to bypass Belarus. So what is the ...
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Traveling by train over night in Poland, what's the difference between a 6 person couchete and a 6 person cheap couchete?

I am planning a trip in Polish rail. While doing some simulations to find out the best option I was presented with an overnight train that has the following options besides others: 6 persons couchete ...
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Morning-after pill availability in Poland

I am going to visit Poland for some time, and I was wondering if there is ANY kind of morning-after pill available without medical prescription in Poland? I am in Germany right now and they made it ...
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How to leave UK ASAP? (EEA National, But No Travel Document)

Not planning to return, 17, Polish, no ID, no passport. Need to at least enter the Schengen zone (because it has no checks. - True?) Where most likely can I leave with maybe just driving license or ...
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Is the polish railway system very fragmented?

I just want to book tickets from Zgorzelec to Wroclaw. I spend my whole night on it, yet in vain. It seems that this country has many railway companies and they do not cooperate at all------you ...
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Where can I get a student ID in Poland (Wroclaw) using my American Student ID?

I am a student in America and I have just traveled to Poland. There are a lot of trams here and tickets are cheaper for student tickets then for normal tickets. I have my American student ID card but ...
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Map of hiking routes in the Polish Tatras?

Is there a map with hiking routes in Polish Tatras, preferably in English, with enough quality to be read, available on the Web? I found a few maps but all of them are either too small or, when large ...
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How to go from Warsaw Modlin airport to Warsaw?

I checked the airport website, there seems to be a train but it's not very clear to me. Specially not knowing the names of the stations. How can one get from Warsaw Modlin airport to Warsaw?
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Where to exchange money in Wroclaw

I'm arriving to Wroclaw airport (Ryanair) next April, where should I exchange most of my money? In the airport, in the city or in another city?
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Can I travel to Poland to my husband without a Schengen visa or residence card?

I'm a South African living in Britain with my husband who is Polish. My visa has expired already, and I have not applied for my residence card yet. My husband has travelled to Poland to be with his ...
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Is there a website for the Tatra mountains Polish shelters?

I am trying to look for the Tatra mountain shelters. I want to check location, prices, and maybe do a reservation. Is there a website?
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How much would it cost to take a train from Krakow to Prague, Prague to Munich, Munich to Hamburg, and Hamburg to Warsaw?

I was thinking about purchasing the tickets at the local stations. I wanted to spend three weeks in Poland and a week in Prague, Munich, and Hamburg. I set aside $300 for each train itinerary but I'm ...
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What is the best money exchange place to exchange dollars to PLN in Poland

I am looking for a place to change dollars to Polish zloty and I wonder where the best place to do such exchange is. I am looking for exchange places in following cities (or nearby): Wroclaw Krakow ...
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What are the prices of coffee in Poland compared to USA

I live in USA but I'm traveling to Poland for the summer. I am wondering what are the prices in USD of coffee in Poland.
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Where can I find a good, printable map of Kraków (Poland)?

Where can I find a good, printable map (PDF) of Kraków (Poland)? I find Google Maps not very suitable for a printable format. Being a road map, it's very much focussed on car travel and not so nice ...
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Speed limits for drivers with less than two years experience in Germany and Poland?

I am from the Republic of Belarus and in our country there is a speed limit on the motorway for new drivers is 70 km/hr, while for drivers with more than 2 years' experience it is 110 km/hr. I am ...
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Going to the city during long layover at Warsaw Chopin Airport

In a couple of days I'll be flying with LOT airline with a transfer in Warsaw Chopin Airport. I have about 12 hours between my flights (as scheduled) - I am arriving at around 10 am and my next ...
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What is the most campsite-dense route between Belgium and the Tatras?

We would like to hike in the Tatras this summer. Due to our kids we can't drive there in one go and would probably like to just take the easy route. Google maps gives us three options. Given that we ...
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Is a visa to Poland required for a Russian spouse of a Polish citizen?

I am a holder of a Russian passport and my husband is a Polish citizen. We both live and work in the UK. I have received my family member of EEA national card, good for 5 years. We would like to ...
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Is it possible to hike the Carpathian Mountains as a 2 or 3 day trip staying in Poland?

I'm going to Warsaw to study for quite a while, on the 29th of September. My dad will be accompanying me for the first few days (nine to be precise). He's a fan of hiking, mountains and lakes in ...
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How to get from Lviv (Lvov) to Krakow by train on the cheap?

There is a direct train 051 from Lviv to Krakow; yet it is quite slow (9+ hours for the entire journey), expensive (it seems that tickets start from 60EUR); while the reservation is compulsory, there ...
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Mobile internet in Poland not working

I am visiting Poland and want to get mobile internet. I bought 3 SIMs (Orange, Plus, T-Mobile) - all starter kits for 5 PLN. I guess they all should work (at least the T-Mobile starter says "activate ...
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Is it possible to enter Kaliningrad via Poland and leave via Lithuania?

When entering the Kaliningrad Oblast via some specific entry points, EU citizens can get a visa for 72 hours at the border. This information can also be found on an official site. Now I would like ...
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Cycling safety in Romania / Poland

My friends and I are planning a cycling trip for this summer. We usually do this once a year and often go to the Alps (Austria/France/Switzerland/Italy) but this time we would like to go somewhere ...
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Can I buy pressure cookers and mixer grinders in Poland?

I am from Kerala, India. I am going to Poland (Krakow) next week for long term stay. In our style of cooking, pressure cookers and powerful mixer grinders (for grinding rice, red chillies etc, not for ...
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Dealing with money for a trip to Poland and Slovakia

I'm going to be traveling to Poland/Slovakia and perhaps Germany/Austria for 11 days In a couple of weeks, and am not sure how I should deal with money, as Poland does not use the Euro, but the other ...