Good to know before you come
What is the administrative status of Poland?
Poland (Polish: Polska [ˈpɔlska]), officially the Republic of Poland (Polish: Rzeczpospolita Polska,[a] [ʐɛt͡ʂpɔˈspɔlita ˈpɔlska]), is a unitary sovereign state in Central Europe.
It is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions,
covering an area of 312,679 square kilometres (120,726 sq mi)
mostly temperate climate.
Population of over 38.5 million people,
The sixth most populous member state of the European Union.
Is it safe in Poland?
Yes. At this moment we are one of the safiest countries in Europe with the lowest rate of criminal affairs. However, locking cars and keeping an eye on private items are recommended.
What is the capital of Poland?
Warsaw (Pol. Warszawa).
The metropolis stands on th
e Vistula River in east-central Poland and its population is officially estimated at 1.760 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 3.101 million residents, which makes Warsaw the 9th most-populous capital city in the European Union. The city limits cover 516.9 square kilometres (199.6 sq mi), while the metropolitan area covers 6,100.43 square kilometres (2,355.39 sq mi).Warsaw is an alpha global city, a major international tourist destination and a significant cultural, political and economic hub.
With a nominal GDP of $233 billion (PPP), it is the wealthiest capital city in Central and Eastern Europe alongside Berlin. Moreover, its historical Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Is the English language spoken in Poland?
In Poland the official language is Polish. However, Polish society is well educated in foreign languages, among which English is primary. You can easliy communicate in English in big or medium cities, as well as in popular tourist centres. Usually restaurants' staff are communicative in English.
You might have some difficulties to communicate in English in small cities or at the countryside, as well as on the eastern part of the country. but even if you fail to communicate for the first time, try on, and you will surely be understood.
Do I need a Polish entry visa?
If you are citizen of a Shengen Zone no visa is required. Only a valid national ID or a Passport. All of the EU countries are in the Shengen Zone. Otherwise, better check at the official Polish Embassy or Consulate for current requirements.
Are there any fees to Polish National Parks?
Most of the Polish National Parks have tickets. But don't worry, traveling with 2Poland all the entry fees are included in the total price.
Do I have to leave tips for services?
It depends on you. It is not however a common custom in Poland. There shouldn't be any tips added to your bills in restaurants or bars. None should bother you if you don't leave any tip.
Is summer very sunny in Poland?
It is. Unfortunately, the weather in Poland has been changing for some years. Rapid and violent storms are observed more often than some years ago. It is very crucial for you to prepare for such situations, especially when camping outdoors. Wye provide all the necessery knowledge for our tourists before the trip.
Is winter snowy and frozen in Poland?
Not anymore. Only the highlands of our country is occupied by a true winter with heavy snowing, and frosty air. Lowlands' and at the seaside temperature is much higher, very oftenly with the average of 4-5 C. Winters are more rainy than snowy there.
Is Poland gay-friendly?
Yes, mostly gay people can feel comfortable, especially in big cities. But you need to realize that Polish society is conservative and Poles obey traditional gender relations.
Can I pay in GBP/EUR/USD in Poland?
It depends on the service you pay for. There is very strict fiscal law in Poland, so you need to pay in PLN. But in some informal transactions any of these currencies can be accepted. Apart from that there are planty of cash dispensers and exchange kiosks. 2Poland's staff will always help you to legally exchange the currency.
Is wildlife dangerous in Poland?
Not in general, however, when traveling with 2Poland you will have a chance to meet some wild animals.
During our trips to Bieszczady, you can meet wolves. They are dangerous predators, especiallly when roaming the wilderness in herds. The
Gray Wolf (
Canis lupus) has its habitat in Bieszczady, so be careful if you meet one. Keep the safe distance, do not provoke them or try to cuddle, otherwise they might become aggressive. Just step back and move a different route.
Tatry Mountains as well as Bieszczady are home of the
Brown Bear. It is extremely dangerous animal when distracted or angry. In search for food they don't affraid to tresspass human domains, even in the building area. Sometimes they enter tents or ransack thrash bins. If You happen to meet a bear, do not run away! They will take you for a prey and run after you. They are heavy but fast. Slowly step back or wait until a bear go off.
Eropean Viper/Adder (locally Zig-Zag Viper) is the most dangerous snake in Poland. It's vnomous but its bites are not lethal, yet very painful. It habitates mainly eastern parts of the country, widespread in Bieszczady. Not aggressive unless disturbed or alarmed. It is very easy to recognize as its body is covered with zig-zag-like pattern. It is found in a variety of habitats, including: chalky downs, rocky hillsides, moors, sandy heaths, meadows, rough commons, edges of woods, sunny glades and clearings, bushy slopes and hedgerows, dumps, coastal dunes, and stone quarries. It will venture into wetlands if dry ground is available nearby and thus may be found on the banks of streams, lakes, and ponds.
Ticks are very dangerous, because of their size. Barely visible in base form, patiently await for their feeders in medium size grass, small bushes or lawns, almost everywhere. Their bites are painless, but the side effects might be even lethal if a tick is not removed quickly and properly. They stick to the skin with their jaws and suck blood as long as they need, then just fall off. If you haven't dealt with them previously, do not try to get rid of them for your own. Go directly to the nearest hospital to make sure they are removed from you body properly, or ask our tour leader for assistance. Incorrect removal may leave the head sticked to the skin so that the rest of the tick's body rebuild in short time. It can also make the tick puke and inject all the digested poisonous blood back to your boody. Anti-tick repellents are available in every chemist's store or pharmacy in Poand. Take also a shower and look closely at your body in search for ticks. They usualy bilte thin and soft skin.
Mosqiotos are not that dangerous. In Poland they don't spread any diseases or bacteria that might affect a human body. Their bites are gentle, and you can easily feel them end react before they start sucking your blood. Bite areas are itchy for several days. You can hear them buzzing from a couple of meters. It is always good to have some anti-mosqito repellent with you during our trips.
Wasps and hornets - these are insect you should be aware of. Expecially hornets which are much bigger in size than wasps and their bites are very painful. Wasps are very common in every city, park or forrest areas. Wasps are very aggressive. Do not try to get rid of a wasp by intense hands waving, it will sting you for sure. It is better to try to run away from them a few steps. Don't try to kill them with a bare hand - 99% you are stung. Their stings are painful and it takes at least 5 days to cure. Wasp can sting several times in a row, so it is not wise to kill them on your body.
Hornets are more common in rural areas as they usually hunt for bees. Under any circumstaances do not approach them. When distracted they might become aggressive. Their bites are very painful. After a hornet bite it is good to call the doctor as there might appear some allergic reaction which might cause strong organism disorder.
Do 2Poland's Tours meet the responsible travel requirements?
Yes, we care about the way we use Poland's nature and people in order to provide touristic servies. You will find more details in ABOUT section.