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Rent a car in Poland, and you can easily explore this unique country's many beautiful areas. To get out and go hiking and paddling in the countryside, your best option is to rent a car. Poland is the perfect setting for a road trip, with fascinating historical landmarks, natural beauty, and bustling cities.

It's your choice: Where to go in Poland

Officially known as the Republic of Poland, this central European country is the sixth largest in Europe by population size, with just over 38 million people living there. The country boasts a wealth of interesting historic sites stretching all the way back to AD 966. The main airport in Poland is Warsaw's Chopin Airport (WAW), where direct flights arrive from major UK cities such as London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. British Airways, Ryanair, and easyJet all offer direct flights to Poland daily from London, with flights to Warsaw taking 2.5 hours. There are cheap flights from London to several cities in Poland, especially outside the peak season.

Things to do in Poland

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau to see a poignant memorial to the many people killed in at the WWII concentration camp. This moving experience is a must when visiting Poland. Parts of the camp have been preserved as they were found, and there are several exhibits of articles left by the occupants. Walk around on your own or take a guided tour. Drive to the Carpathian Mountains to hike, ski, and bike. Hikers will love the isolated Bieszczady region of the mountain range, which is in the southeast of the country. Here, you'll find a range of hiking paths to suit all fitness levels, and you may even spot local wildlife such as lynx. In the northeast, you'll find Masuria, a vast area of interlinked rivers and lakes. Spend a few days sailing, kayaking, and exploring this scenic region.

Important info about Poland

Poland is very flat, except in the southeastern section occupied by the Carpathian Mountains. Head to Białowieża Forest, where herds of endangered European bison roam wild. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has remained largely untouched by humans. Go there to see what Poland looked like before it was settled. Spend time in the Polish cities of Warsaw and Krakow to view historic architecture at the Palace of Culture and Science and Wawel Castle. Wander around Krakow's former Jewish district, Kazimierz, where the events depicted in Schindler's List took place. Poland has a temperate climate, but the winters can get very cold. If you're planning to drive to the rural areas, it may be a better idea to time your visit for summer or spring. However, if you travel to the beach in winter, you'll be treated to the unusual sight of sand covered in snow.

Weather in Poland
Facts
Country Poland
Language Polish
Currency Złoty
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +48

Good to know

In Poland, drivers stick to the right-hand side of the road. There are several roundabouts, which can challenge drivers from countries that drive on the left side. Remember to keep to the right in the traffic circle, and give way to traffic coming from the left. Poland has very strict alcohol limits for drivers, of 0.2 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood. It's best to leave your rental car at the hotel if you plan on drinking. Also remember to keep some Polish currency, the złoty, with you at all times. In some parts of the country, especially rural areas, not all restaurants or shops have card machines available. It's compulsory to drive with dipped headlights during the day, and spot fines may be issued to anyone not complying with this law. Also, radar speed traps are very common in Poland, so make sure to stick to the speed limit.

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Our tour suggestion for Poland

Take a scenic drive through Poland to discover this interesting country. Head to the city of Wrocław and venture through the nearby Karkonosze Mountains and the pretty parts of Lower Silesia. Spend a day exploring the Wroclaw's Old Town before driving to Jelenia Góra, an ideal stopping point before seeing the Karkonosze (or Giant Mountains) and the surrounding villages. In the morning, drive to Karkonosze National Park – the mountain views along the way will surely have you stopping for photos. The next stop is Kłodzko, and village with a strong Teutonic feel and one of the most remote places in Poland. The final day of driving takes you back to Wroclaw. The entire drive will take about five days, depending on how often you stop to explore the fascinating attractions along the way. Remember to take a back-up map of Poland if you want to see the small villages off the main road, and to pack warm clothes if you're travelling in winter!

What to taste in Poland

Like all European countries, Poland has a distinct cuisine that it's proud of. Pierogi, possibly the country's most famous food, resemble ravioli and are traditionally filled with potato, cheese, cabbage, mushroom, or meat. You'll even find sweet, fruit-filled pierogi served with cream. You'll probably get the chance to try kapusta, the Polish version of sauerkraut, a fermented cabbage dish with vinegar and spices. It's found everywhere in Poland and is used in place of salads. For a heartier meal, dig into bigos, or 'hunters stew', a thick concoction of meat, tomatoes, cabbage, and other vegetables. Traditionally, it was made with whatever a hunter was able to catch that day. You'll love placki, potato pancakes topped with mushrooms, sour cream, green onion, and sometimes bacon, and gołąbki, a typical family meal in Poland. These cabbage rolls are stuffed with mincemeat, chopped onions, and rice, and served with a thick tomato or mushroom sauce.