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

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How can I tell if this Polish villa for rent is a scam?

My in-laws booked a villa in Poland for the family vacation, and I found out too late they already paid half of the price by a bank transfer. Apart from the bank transfer itself I didn't find any red ...
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Krakow to Warsaw by train - is it scenic?

I'm travelling from Krakow to Warsaw in October. I have two options, the bus costs $5 and the train costs around $15. I'm ready to spend $10 more in case the route is scenic. But, is it scenic?
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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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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 is the land border between Poland and the Ukraine?

I'm currently in Krakow and am planning on going to Lviv next. Rome2Rio indicates that this is a 6-10 hour land journey either by bus(es) or by train(s). I've heard from another backpackers in my ...
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Travel between Germany and Poland by train

I am a US military service member who's a citizen of Poland, not a US citizen. My command will be visiting Germany. I would like to visit Poland to visit my family, which I haven't seen in about 30 ...
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Should gay people be careful when in Poland? If yes, to what extent?

A group of friends and I intend to visit Warsaw and its surroundings next year. We are members of the LGBT community. Seeing the scale of the 11/11/17 far-right manifestations makes me a little ...
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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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Is there any way to find out what happened to a post card sent from other country? [closed]

Three and a half weeks ago I was in Poland and I sent a letter (actually, a postcard in an envelope) home (in Russia) to my family, but the letter still hasn't been delivered. I know that parcels from ...
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How to handle spending money for extended trip to Europe?

So I'm gearing up for a roughly 6-week trip to Europe early next year (Poland and one so-far undetermined eastern/central European country), but there's one big thing I'm still trying to figure out: ...
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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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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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Polish-Born Canadian entering Poland

My wife is a Polish-born Canadian citizen. She has not carried a Polish passport in over 20 years, nor has she done anything to maintain her Polish citizenship paperwork-wise. Recently, the Polish ...
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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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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 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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Expenditure in Poland - Forex doesn't have Zloty

I have an HDFC Forex Plus Multi currency card. It has Euro and GBP but no Zloty (Polish currency). How would I use it in Poland? I have not found a suitable answer yet so asking again. I am not sure ...
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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 can I get information about bus lines between towns within Poland?

In the country I'm from (Switzerland), the standard way to travel between towns is by train, which is effective and fast. However, from my understanding, it seems that in Poland, aside with a few rare ...
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How to get to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Wroclaw?

I would like to know how to get to Auschwitz from Wrocław without going first to Kraków by public transport? The idea is to get up early in Wrocław, visit Auschwitz and go to Kraków to sleep. One ...
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What are the standard border checks when traveling between Warsaw and Berlin by various types of transportation?

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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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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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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Will a 28-inch suitcase exceed the size limitation in Poland's trains?

I'm to arrive at Warsaw airport October 28. Onwards to Poznan by train. I will stay in Poland for more than four months, almost the whole winter, so I have to take lots of cloths and daily stuff. I ...
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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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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 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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How does excess luggage work on Polish trains?

I booked a seat on the Warsaw-Torun train for tomorrow. The FAQ on the PKP Intercity website says that if you're carrying baggage that won't fit overhead or under the seat, that you need to pay an ...
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Are credit cards widely accepted in Warsaw?

Are credit cards accepted in the museums and restaurants in Warsaw? When used in a restaurant, is there a minimum amount you have to spend in order to pay by credit card? I'm particularly interested ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does this Polish night train have two different numbers?

I'm looking at booking a sleeper train from Szczecin to Warsaw on 9 June 2018, and have found a strange inconsistency in train numbering. On the rail operator's own booking site, https://www.intercity....
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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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What documents are required to enter Poland with a dog from outside the EU?

We are travelling by car from Moscow, Russia to Europe. We will be crossing the Belarus-Poland borders, and a little dog (a yorkshire) is travelling with us. Which documents do we need for the dog?
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Extra luggage ticket on Intercity.pl necessary?

I was about to buy a ticket on intercity.pl and noticed that there is an option to select an "extra luggage" ticket for a few zloty. When do I need this ticket? or: How much luggage can I carry ...
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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 to leave UK as soon as possible? (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 have ...
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Will I be allowed to board if my Schengen visa won't be valid when my flight departs? [duplicate]

My Schengen visa will be valid on 01 July but I have a flight on 30 June at 22:00. Technically, my visa is not valid when I get on my flight but will be valid when I get to the country. My arrival ...
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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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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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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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How to tell distance travelled by rail?

I'm planning a long railway journey, and I wonder what the distance (to be) travelled is for a a particular route. Is there any website where I can find this out, for example, based on stations ...