is a fairly large state, located in Central Europe. Poland occupies the ninth place in Europe in terms of the area of the territory (312.7 thousand square kilometers), and its territory is comparable with the territory of Germany and Italy.
In the north of the country there are many plains, which are supplemented by a large number of lakes and marshes. The southern part is predominantly mountainous – here are the Sudeten mountains and the High Tatras (Beskids). From the north side it is washed by the Baltic Sea. It borders with 7 states: in the west with Germany, in the south-west with the Czech Republic, in the south with Slovakia, in the southeast with Ukraine, in the east with Belarus, in the northeast with Russia and Lithuania. Since May 1, 2004, Poland is a member of the European Union. Since December 21, 2007 the country is part of the Schengen area.
The climate in Poland is relatively moderate. In the middle of summer, the average temperature is about 19 C, with a maximum in some days + 30 degrees and higher to 40. The coldest months in the year are January and February. In the winter, the snow lies in the mountains for a long time.
The state language in the country is Polish, although the majority of the population speaks either Russian or English. The Russian knows mostly the adult population of the country. The youth is English. Poland is a mono-national country in which Poles live (97%), as well as Germans, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Gypsies, Lithuanians, Slovaks, Jews. The share of all ethnic groups, in addition to the Poles, is from 1.3% of the population and less. The largest cities in Poland are Warsaw (capital), Lodz, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Szczecin, Lublin and Katowice. The national currency of the country is Polish zloty. All payments in the country are made only in national currency.
In Poland there is nothing interesting and there’s nothing to do.
In Poland, there are a lot of attractions, which is one Warsaw with its “old city”. In this country a large number of ancient castles, medieval towns. Here you can have a good rest, sit in a cafe, drink a delicious beer, which makes good competition to the Czech. In Poland, just a wonderful beautiful nature, so you have a pleasant and useful holiday. You 100% will find what you occupy in this country and do not even have time to see all the sights.
It is quite dangerous to travel in Polish trains.
Well, this is a completely stupid delusion. European trains are among the safest in the world, besides the service there is also at an altitude. By Poland, there are new modern electric trains that go at high speed. If you are worried about traveling from Russia to Poland, then it is also in vain. The Moscow-Warsaw train travels only 18 hours, in a coupe or SV car the time will pass unnoticed. If you are afraid of thieves, there is also a chain on the door in addition to the lock, so this myth disappears.
It is better not to meet Polish customs officers.
Another common misconception. In fact, all Polish border guards and customs officers behave quite friendly and polite. The only thing at the Belarusian customs house will have to stand for a while, while changing the wheels of the train, because in Europe the other size of the railway gauge. Here you can even take your passport for the entire time you stop to put a stamp.
When entering Poland, you must always register with the police.
Not exactly. Registration is only necessary if you plan to stay in the private sector. If you have a hotel room booked, or you stay in the student hostel, the registration will be automatic. You should know that in this case, in the passport should not make any marks.
Poles do not like Russians and hate Russian.
On the contrary, the Poles are always happy with the Russians. You will not find in this country a hostile attitude and gloomy views towards the Russians.Moreover, as mentioned above, the Russian language was taught by the older generation of Eastern European countries, even young people remember some rhymes and Russian songs that they were taught in the kindergarten and primary school. So negligent attitude to the Russian language is also just a myth.
In Poland, you can not buy anything qualitative.
In fact, in Poland there are a lot of good shops and boutiques where you can buy quality products from well-known world brands, as well as Polish producers. In addition, things in Poland are relatively inexpensive, so you can even go to a shopping tour and combine sightseeing with shopping.
In Poland, one city is like another.
This myth is most likely invented by those who have never been to Poland and know about this country only by hearsay. Each city has its own history, its sights, its nature and atmosphere. For example, Warsaw was destroyed during the war and in addition to the Old Town there are almost all new buildings. Krakow is a predominantly student city, which has survived in medieval form. There are music festivals and the largest indoor water park in Europe. There are also resort towns in Poland – for example, Sopot and Polyanchik. So, as you can see, every city in Poland is unique and original.
Poles are self-satisfied and arrogant people.
There are also such. As in any other country, there are good and bad people. However, most Poles are still quite friendly and sympathetic people.
It’s dangerous to walk alone in Poland.
There is some truth in this statement. The level of crime in this country is still high, so it’s better not to go alone in the unfamiliar areas of the city during the dark. It is also not recommended to carry large amounts of money and documents. However, walking around the cities of Poland is no more dangerous than, for example, walking around Moscow.
Polish is ugly and funny.
This is not true at all. All the Slavic languages are beautiful and melodic. Perhaps, it seems to many because of the large number of hissing sounds, but you should listen carefully to the language, and you will definitely like it. The Polish language is very similar to Ukrainian and Belarusian, the only difference is that Polish is written in Latin, and Ukrainian and Belarusian use Cyrillic.