Poland Amin Mohamed
poland • Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic
Music • Music is a way of life in Poland. Many visitors delight in the Polish Opera, which designs shows to suit both adults and children. According to Poland's official travel website, the country is home to more than 180 musical groups, including performance groups, opera companies and ballet troupes. The National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw ranks among the most well-known. Poznan's Arte dei Suonatori orchestra specializes in ancient music, to the delight of connoisseurs across Europe. In addition to permanent performance halls and theaters, a number of festivals held throughout the year honor composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. • Music thrives everywhere in Poland, from accordion-wielding buskers to city-center nightclubs. The country plays host to around 30 jazz festivals each year, as well as numerous open mic nights in cities such as Krakow and Warsaw. In June, fans of traditional music attend the Festival of Polish Song held in Opole or the Festival of Folk Bands and Singers in Kazimierz Dolny.
Polish art has a sometimes-dark underside that hints at the country's turbulent past, on display at the Contemporary Art Museum in Szczecin or the Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Painting and National Museum in Krakow. The Centre of Drawing and Graphic Arts in Kalisz features temporary exhibits that include works by the Kalisz-born artist, Tadeusz Kulisiewicz. The Fabryka Trzciny, a former marmalade factory, has been transformed into one of Warsaw's leading art centers.
Festival • Poles maintain a keen interest in the arts, holding nearly 300 arts festivals per year. First held in 1961, the Krakow Film Festival, the country’s oldest, occurs in May. In the same month, the Juvenilia student carnival launches throughout the country, with concerts, parades, dancing and masquerades. Krakow hosts a Jewish culture festival in June. All Saints’ Day on November 1 has Poles flocking to the cemeteries to visit dead loved ones.
Best foods • 1-Pierogi " Pierogi / Pierogies "
Language • Polish language is one Allchtah languages in turn belong to the family of the largest linguistic Western Slavic languages are deployed in Central Europe; especially in Poland, where the Polish language is the official language, it is also one of the official languages of the European Union. • Unlike many of the Slavic languages that are written in the Cyrillic alphabet; writes the Polish language in the Latin alphabet, with the addition of nine distinct characters carrying other plastic signs, the Polish alphabet.
Popular tourist destination • People have lived upon the site of Wawel Castle since the Paleolithic Age. The castle itself was first built in the 14th century, at the command of Polish monarch Casimir III the Great. The Gothic castle is home to the only preserved piece of the Polish Crown Jewels, the legendary sword Szczerbiec coronation sword. Decorated with symbols and floral patterns, the blade is notched to hold a small shield, giving the sword its nickname, the Jagged Sword.
Sports • Poland's sports include almost all sports, in particular: track & field, basketball, boxing, fencing, football, American football (Gridiron), handball, ice hockey, swimming, volleyball, and weightlifting. The first Polish Formula One driver, Robert Kubica, has brought awareness of Formula One Racing to Poland. Football is the country's most popular sport, with a rich history of international competition. Poland has made a distinctive mark in motorcycle speedway racing thanks to Tomasz Gollob, a highly successful Polish rider. The Polish mountains are an ideal venue for hiking, skiing and mountain biking and attract millions of tourists every year from all over the world. Cross country skiing and ski jumping are popular TV sports, gathering 4–5 million viewers each competition, with Justine Kowalczyk and Kamala Stoch as the main attractions. Baltic beaches and resorts are popular locations for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and a broad-range of other water-themed sports.
Famous Polish Athletes • 1-Grzegorz Lato, footballer (born 8 April 1950 in Marlboro, Poland) - Lato is the all-time cap leader for the Polish National Football Team. He was the leading scorer at the 1974 Fifa World Cup, where he won the Golden Shoe after scoring a tournament best seven goals. Lato's playing career coincided with the golden era of Polish football, which began with Olympic gold in Munich in 1972 and ended a decade later with a third place finish at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, a repeat of the Poles' impressive finish at the 1974 championships in Germany. Lato retired from professional football in 1984 with 45 international goals, a record that stands to this day.
What do you need to know for safe travels? • Walking around is generally safe in city centres. Every modern city has pickpockets, so use common sense, especially in public transport or train station areas. Keep an eye on your belongings when travelling on a bus or train. • Don't display any bags, valuables or your car radio if you leave your car parked in the streets. Use guarded parking lots whenever possible. • Avoid the Praga District of Warsaw; especially at night. • Walking around alone in residential Communist-era block neighborhoods is also not recommended, as they are frequented by bored teenagers and hoodlums. • It is illegal to drink alcoholic beverages in public, though it's often done by the locals.
What do you need to travel abroad? • Completed application form. • Two passport size photographs. • Valid passport or travel document. • Evidence of your immigration status in your country of residence. This proof of status should be endorsed in your current or previous passport. • Please indicate whether you require a single entry or a multiple entry visa. • For multiple entry tourist visa you can supply details of your travel plans (it could be a copy of your booked tickets from Travel Agent) or invitation from friend / relative in Poland. Invitation should be entered into the register of invitations in a Regional Office. • Persons traveling on business should produce a letter issued by the company or organization they represent. For multiple entry visa you have to supply a letter of invitation from your Polish partners. Self employed person should produce an invitation from the business partner from Poland. • Transit visas are issued to passengers who enter and leave Poland en route to another destination in less than 48 hours and should have a visa of the country of destination in the passport.
What are some things to look out for as far as safety? • Most visitors to Poland experience no difficulties. But you should be alert to the possibility of street crime and petty theft, and that foreigners may appear to be lucrative targets. Keep valuables and cash out of sight, especially in crowded areas and tourist spots where pickpockets and bag snatchers operate.
- Medical Tourism • Poland is leading European destination of medical tourism. After joining European Union on 2004 the private sector is booming. New clinics, best doctors and top quality standards have led to popularity of so called medical tourism. Visitors from other countries are traveling to have medical procedures done in Poland. Most popular procedures include dental treatment, plastic surgery and spa. Popularity of medical private sector is driven by internet. Among clinic’s websites there are also directories and listings of medical providers. One of such portal is Medical-Tourism-Poland.com offering free of charge solution of tailored medical needs. The portal identifies the best hospitals, doctors and healthcare providers and promotes their medical services. Polish surgeons, doctors and dentists perform the same procedures as western doctors with top quality and savings of 50-70% can be made
If you feel your life is in danger, you should call the Emergency phone numbers:- • Ambulance: 999 • Emergency: 911 • Emergency (dialling from mobile phone): 112 • Fire: 998 • Police: 997 • Road Assistance: 981
Currency • The unit of currency in Poland is the Polish Zloty (Zl)*. 1 Zloty = 100 groszy. Notes are in denominations of Zl 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. The new coins are in denominations of Zl 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 groszy.