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Things to consider: data roaming is very expensive you're charged for incoming calls in roaming you're charged local cost + roaming surcharge for outgoing If you have a sim-free second phone, your best option is to buy local sim. Pay-as-you-go (called pre-paid here) are very popular and inexpensive in Poland. You can get them as low as 5PLN ($1.60 ...


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city bus, line 406 - ticket 2.40 PLN (~0.56 €) night bus, line 249 - ticket 2.80 PLN (~ 0.66 €) taxi - less than 50 PLN (~ 12 €) If you are taking 406 day bus and want to get to main market square, quit bus at "Renoma" stop and follow Świdnicka street. If you want to get to train or bus station, quit bus at "Dworcowa" stop (the last one).


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The tour group can't and won't do anything unless what they're doing is illegal, or the guide is really passionate about something. The one thing you can try sounds painfully obvious, but hey, if it works... Try saying something to them. It sounds like a whinge, but some people just don't consider what they're doing or realise they may be being offensive. ...


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Nobody will be offended. It is a common practice among children to search for amber or shells. However I would not expect too much. Amber can be easily mistaken with other rocks and if you ever find something it would be rather of a small size. The beaches along the whole coast are easily accessible and I can hardly believe in the existence of hot spots.


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It's possible to do both in one day, but I wouldn't recommend it - it's a lot to take in, and makes for a very long day. There's so much to see in Krakow old town, that it's worth spreading them out and spending your down time on a city tour or just walking around trying random foods in old restaurants or seeing the performers in the main square, or just ...


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Poland is now in the Schengen border-free zone so there should not be any border check at all. As noted in the comments, you will still need a valid ID to fly, but that is generally true even on domestic flights in Europe. It is purely for the sake of air security. That said, it is always best to have your passport when flying within Schengen as it is the ...


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Well, I think it is true :-) Not every time but it depends on the waiter. It happened to me also and I am Polish. So just in case, hold the 'thank you' for a while ;-)


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Actually there is no direct connection between Zgorzelec and Wroclaw, you will have to go from Zgorzelec to Wegliniec and there hop on a train to Wroclaw, both trains are operated by the same local railway company "Koleje Dolnoslaskie". (You can buy tickets here https://www.kolejedolnoslaskie.eu/en) All of the polish railway companies (there is just a ...


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You may be able to make a Eurail Pass work for you. Oh so dear but oh so wonderful global pass Regional passes here eg Germany Poland here Eureka! - There are "Select Passes" allowing 3 or 4 or 5 countries of your pecification. These were not shown in the general menu. Eurail 2013 routes map PDF download. Large and impressive. Regional Passes: ...


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I've stayed in Warsaw for a week as a tourist last year and slept in many dorms in central/eastern Europe. Is it safe to stay in a dorm? First of all: check the reviews of the dorm you've selected (there are many websites to do that). It'll give you an idea of the "risk" encountered. Security may vary a lot depending on the location of the building. ...


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This is the case in most Central European countries, surely in Czech Rep. and Slovakia as well. The reason is that, usually, you tip when you pay, so it goes like this: Customer: Bill, please. Waiter (brings the bill): It's 158, sir. Customer (gives 200 bank note): One hundred seventy. Waiter (gives back 30): Thank you, sir. Customer: Thank you. The ...


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The proper way to leave a country where you are stuck without travel document is to get an emergency travel document from your country's embassy/consulate. Having to wait a month to get one when there is apparently no doubt regarding your identity and citizenship is unheard of for me, the Polish diplomatic service seems completely dysfunctional. I am not a ...


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If you want large castles in Germany, try 10 Largest Castles in Germany If you're willing to travel a little further afield to Lithuania, there is Trakai Island Castle. It's not in Poland or Germany I know but it's architecturally similar. According to wikipedia, the castle is sometimes referred to as "Little Marienburg (Malbork)"


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The website is great for train schedules. It shows the quickest trip to Malbork from the main station in Gdansk is 53 minutes, and 8 zloty is about 2 Euro. Malbork castle is huge so allow a few hours, and it is well worth getting a guide because there is so much you will miss otherwise. A guided tour takes about two and a half hours.


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Would you believe, Wikipedia has a list of dolphinariums! I won't list them all, but basically there are several in Germany (Allwetter Zoo Münster, Duisburg Zoo, Tiergarten Nürnberg) and Lithuania is also pretty close, depending where in Poland you are (Lithuanian Sea Museum, Klaipėda) - but I'll leave it to you to check out the list.


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Sleeping in dorms / hostels Relating dorms specifically in Warsaw I can't answer but I have stayed in all kind of dorms and never had any trouble. Of course you hear stories and strange things really happen. I remember a guy once, in the next room, whose belongings were stolen. This was classified as a safe hostel by the reviews. In the end it's up to you ...


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I am not sure how much of this is possible now, but: You should file a police report for your lost passport (even if its expired). Take the police report to the Polish embassy and ask for an emergency travel document. Don't ask for a replacement passport (which may take longer). You should also provide some proof of your Polish nationality; but start off ...


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Show your Polish passport to border guards anywhere in the EU (in Poland but also in Germany, UK, etc. should you go there in the future), you won't get any question and the rest (like the entry stamp you have in your US passport) doesn't matter anymore. Paperwork aside, you certainly cannot be arrested or punished in any way for being in Poland as a Polish ...


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The ticket prices for Malbork castle you can find here. There are a lot of different tickets available, for example, with or without guide, only the interior or also the exterior building, etc. When we were there this summer, we went through the whole castle inside and outside without a guide. It took approximately 2 hours. We arrived in late afternoon. So ...


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In big Polish cities be prepared to pay around 10 PLN, which is about $3, in Starbucks and similar for a black coffee. In McDonalds you will pay around half of it. It goes down to around $1 in smaller cafeterias outside of the city center. But as usually, it highly varies.


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I did some checks on prices for you. Prices are from Bahn.de. Please verify this yourself as well. Krakow - Prague: $37 (this one's from Rome2rio.com - Bahn wouldn't give it up) Prague - Munich: $120 $87 Munich - Hamburg: $200 $102 Hamburg - Warsaw: $200 $102 (possibly cheaper possible, since these are ICE train) Total: CAD$328 A 5 day Eurail Select ...


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After somebody mentioned Rome2Rio.com on another question, I've gotten a lot of great use out of it. It doesn't demand a date from you, and it's not limited to air. It will combine all sorts of transportation to give you different options and different prices. http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Krakow/Prague However, sometimes it tells me I can go from A to B for ...


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My suggestion is not in a country around the Baltic Sea, but near the Mediterranean Sea. It is even not a castle per se but a fortified city. Anyway, it is big, old and very impressive. So let me introduce the Cité de Carcassonne. (picture from Wikipedia)


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From quick search, I found out, that (as EU citizen) you can get 72-hours visa to Kaliningrad at the border. You can get 72 hours visa only at 3 points: - Kaliningrad airport, if you arrive by plane - Russian-Polish border (Bagrationovsk and Mamonovo). Another way is to get your visa in Poland is in consulate in Warsaw, but that may take longer.


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In Germany, the Zoos of Nürnberg and Duisburg have Dolphin exhibits/shows (another one in [Münster] will be shut down this fall). The one in Nürnberg is probably closest to you and also seems to be the largest. But note that there's considerable controversity about whether keeping Dolphins in indoor pools constitutes animal abuse, given that even the largest ...


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Speaking of Poland, where I live, I'd say there's nothing to worry about regarding safety. No wild tribes living in the forests, no pirates and no horse stealers gangs are there nowadays :) Of course if you leave your expensive bike outside without any lock, it can happen that someone will pay more interest to it and eventually take it, but I'm sure it's ...


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No, no one is going to be offended; In fact, it is a common practice, as already mentioned. Random facts: The best time is just after the storm, especially during winter. I've heard some people go early in the morning for a search. Never underestimate the place. Sometimes you can find a lot of amber in crowded-looking part of beach. There are even some ...


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In Your Pocket has a mini-guide to Malbork, including all the info you need about getting there and back, what to do/see, etc. It's comprehensive.


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Malbork is the reportedly largest castle in the world, so searching for a larger one may be futile. It stands at the confluence of two warring groups: the Germans, specifically the Teutonic Knights, and their opponents, the Baltic peoples. I can't say much more about the German castles than has been said in another post. But I urge you to look at the other ...


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Found an option in Frombork, castle where Copernicus worked. Main building: Copernicus tower: In the castle is situated the Copernicus museum



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