The history of Poland dates back to the 10th century and is more than a thousand years old, full of battles, royal intrigues and the construction of countless castles. Fabulous medieval castles and impressive ruins shape the country to these days. Far away from the big cities, we find finely crafted old wooden churches that are hidden in the middle of the green hills. Beaches and cliffs, thousands of lakes and wonderful mountain ranges enchant everyone who comes here.
Citizens with permanent residence in the EU are allowed to enter Poland without a visa and passport. The travel document used should be valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel.
The national currency is the zloty (PLN). One euro corresponds to approx. 4.64 złoty (as of March 22, 2021). The money can be exchanged at banks or in exchange offices. Payment by credit or debit card is possible in cafés and restaurants.
Polish food is mostly based on local ingredients such as pork, duck, cabbage, mushrooms, beetroot and onions, which are combined and cooked to perfection. Poland is also a perfect travel destination for sweet dishes: cream cakes, apple strudel, pancakes and dumplings filled with fruit.
Polish is spoken in the country. The Polish orthography is based on the Latin alphabet, which has been expanded to include letters with diacritical marks. German is also spoken in western cities of the country and on the Polish Baltic Sea.
Religion: The dominant religion in Poland is Christianity. The Roman Catholic Church is by far the largest denomination with a following of 87% of the population. There are also Orthodox and Protestant churches in Poland, as well as a relatively small minority of Jews and Muslims. Note: In Poland there is a general ban on alcohol in public. Smoking is also prohibited in public places, in buildings and on transport. Exceptions are places provided for this, such as special smoking areas or bars.
Before you travel to Poland, the Federal Foreign Office recommends getting vaccinated against measles, TBE, rabies, hepatitis A and B. If you have any further questions, please contact your doctor.