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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There are no experience-related difference to speed limits in Germany (where I live), and neither are there in Poland, according to all sources I've looked at. I think the Belarusian regulation is rather unusual.


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You really don't have a problem here. What you need to do is simple. But I'll explain why before A US citizen DOES NOT NEED A VISA for tourist or business visits to Schengen so Karlson's answer is partly wrong. You will be granted admission to the national territory of the Member State, AND to the Schengen 'area of freedom and security' simultaneously ...


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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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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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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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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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There is such custom, but it's not very strict rule and even many people in Poland doesn't know about it (but waiters probably do know). It's quite natural, because when you give money and say "thank you" ("dziękuję" in polish) it looks like transaction is ended. But if you give money and say nothing, expecting for something, then it may look that you are ...


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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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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 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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In general in Poland specialized currency exchange offices (kantor) are much better than banks. I would guess that in bigger cities you will get a better deal, you should shop around and compare rates in different offices (so probably Wroclaw or Krakow). Google shows the average exchange rate at a given moment, so you are pretty much guaranteed that you ...


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Almost always. Getting a SIM in European countries shouldn't be too hard, as there's usually an airport kiosk or something of the sort that sells SIM cards. If not, just pop over to your city's local mall or shopping street and there's bound to be a carrier store (Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile, etc). The rates offered by the local SIMs is usually a tenth or ...


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The only international student ID I am aware of is ISIC and in Poland you can get one in one of the places listed on their Polish web site: http://www.isic.pl/index.php/gdzie-mozna-wyrobic-karte.html I don't know if they will be willing to issue you with a card based on your American student ID though. It might depend on local branch managers ...


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I am afraid there is not such a thing as national Polish student ID. There are only the IDs of respective Polish universities which you need to be enrolled to (or be a part of student exchange program) in order to get one. However, from my observation - they will accept foreign student ID (and some international cards like ISIC or Euro26) in most places - ...


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A quick Google search got me to Orange Smile's website with Krakow city guide. The map is pretty detailed and is in image form already so you can print it easily. Since I've already been to Krakow, I can tell you that this map is quite adequate if you plan on visiting major attractions and explore the city center.


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You can check public transport on site http://trojmiasto.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en I made a direct link to your connection; you can change the time, date and places of start and end (by right-click). It's very important wheter your journey will be at weekend or on a workday. At workdays buses and trams runs more often. Anyway, I think that in your case a taxi ...


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Yes, but it is not very strict rule. Obviously if you give 100zł note, paying lets say 50zł bill, no one will assume that you're leaving that much of a tip even if you happened to say thank you. However, if your bill is 90zł and you give 100zł saying thank you, it's more than likely that this will be interpreted as keep the change. General practice is that ...



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