Hip Guide to Poland

One of the recent countries to join the European Union, Poland is undergoing a huge transformation, now that it has thrown off decades of communist programming. From it’s medieval city centers to modern skyscrapers and vast countryside, the new Poland has so much to offer the visitor. Whether you come for a historical tour, a religious pilgrimage, or a taste of Polish culture, you will find a warm welcome in Poland. The Hip Guide to Poland offers highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.

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Health Care in Poland for Travellers

If you work in Poland, you can easily bocome part of their Public Health Care system, by making deductions from your salary. Of course, you must have your work permit in order to become eligible. However, Eastern European medicine is not exactly up to Western standards, but can deal with the basic emergencies.

Here is a list of Hospitals, Doctors and Pharmacies of note:

Warsaw

Health Info Line (Information about health services)
Phone: (022) 26 27 61 or (022) 26 83 00

24-hour Service and Ambulance
ul. Hoza 56
Warsaw
Poland
Phone: (02) 628-2424

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Banking in Poland

Banking in Poland is relatively easy for tourists with plastic. Just walk up to any ATM and get some zlotys, making sure they aren’t the old ones. Zlotys with dates earlier than 1995 are basically worthless.

Even though Poland has joined the European Union, it in not yet part of the European Monetary Union, and does not use the euro. The Polish would like to take the next step as soon as possible.

It is quite difficult to establish a bank account in Poland without residency, and this is even harder to obtain. So here is a list of the… Continue reading

Emergency Telephone Numbers in Poland

Warsaw
Police emergency 997
Fire emergency 998
Ambulance 999
Police headquarters (022) 26 24 24

Krakow
Police emergency 997
Fire emergency 998
Ambulance 999
Police headquarters (012) 21 00 20 or (012) 10 71 15

Directory assistance (all of Poland): 913

Using the telephone in Poland can be a challenge, unless you are in a classy hotel. Working public telephones are few, especially in Warsaw. You must buy a prepaid telephone card to use the public phones, and this must be done in ADVANCE of your wanting to make a call. The machines do not take coins.

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Too Much for One, Not Enough for Two

“Too much for one and not enough for two,” can be said about magnums of wine in France, and about half-liters of Vodka in Poland. Drinking in Poland is more than the national pastime; it’s part of the way of life here, and a rebellion from life itself. So don’t ever buy a half-liter of vodka in Poland. It is best to buy at least two liters.

Unbelievably, you can thank eighth-century Moroccans for alcohol; it was first distilled there. In the eleventh-century a vodka-like spirit was being created from wine in Italy, to the Italians it was known as… Continue reading

Ancient Architecture of Krakow

Krakow was the capital of Poland for centuries, long before Warsaw even came into existence. Krakow’s buildings survived World War Two virtually untouched, unlike poor Warsaw. Other atrocities were reserved for Krakow, but we are thankful the city remains as it was, a gem and a joy to visit.

Considered by most Poles as the Cradle of the Nation, Krakow (or Crakow) is on the banks of the River Vistula. The city was founded in 966, on a hill named Wavel above a large bend in the river. From this commanding view the royalty ruled Poland.

Krakow’s Old Town Cloth… Continue reading

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