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We encourage you to take our services into advantage and invite you to visit beautiful places located in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship. In many respects it is an extraordinarily attractive area. There are wonderful accommodation facilities, unique environment, delicious cuisine, rich folk culture and a vast array of tourist attractions.
Clients from different corners of Poland, Europe and the world have already relied on us while visiting the region and were simultaneously willing to present their creative skills during their stay. If you want to join the team of our artists, please send us your portfolio: email@example.com. The best candidates will be recommended and invited by us to present their skills during numerous sport and cultural entertainment events taking place in our region.
The main area of our activity is the territory of Pomerania an Kuyavia, however, at your request, we can also organize sightseeing in other places in Poland. As the region is located centrally, the distance to other corners of our country is not long.
Polish people are hospitable and willing to get to know other cultures – You are welcome to visit us!
Poland is an unsolved mystery and the time spent in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship is a perfect occasion to get to know this beautiful area and its virtues. Thousands of years ago a glacier shaped the landscape of the area leaving chains of hills and acclivities as well as valleys, rivers and lakes surrounded by vast forests behind. Kuyavia is one of the oldest parts of Poland. There are numerous historic monuments entered in the UNESCO List of Cultural Heritage.
Folk culture develops well, characteristic Kuyavian embroideries, folk dances, craftsmanship, painting, sculpture and music are very popular. Smells, colours and tastes create the real image of Poland. We encourage you to try regional specialties, outstanding Polish sour soup, borscht, bigos (traditional Polish stew made of sauerkraut), traditional beer and Polish mushrooms. The places described below are just a part of many unusual tourist attractions of Poland. It is believed that there is no other place in the whole world which inspires more than this country and its inhabitants.
POLAND is the HEART OF EUROPE.
Presented places are just some of the many amazing tourist attractions of Poland. Life is an adventure, come experience one of them with us – welcome!
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Poland is one of the biggest countries of Eastern Europe, the Member State of the European Union since 2004. It is a country with rich history and huge national heritage. After the Accession to the European Union Polish people were awarded a chance to get to know the culture and customs of other nations as well as to exchange experiences and get to know varieties which can perfectly connect nations.
Without any doubt, Poland is a part of European heritage which is worth exploring and a visit in this country can be just the beginning of exploring the whole Europe.
Area of Poland: 322 575 km2
Location: Poland is situated in the Central Europe and is bordered by: Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast). Its northern border runs along the coast of the Baltic Sea.
Capital city: Warsaw (population figure: 1.7 million)
Political system: parliamentary republic with parliament-cabinet system basing on the separation of powers.
The biggest cities: Warsaw, Cracow, Łódź, Poznań, Wrocław
Population figure: over 38 million. Poland takes the sixth place in the European Union in terms of population.
Time zone: in winter, i.e. from the last Sunday of October till the last Sunday of March Central European Time CET applies (UCT+1). On the last Sunday of March clocks are turned 1 hour forward (summer time) in relation to CET (UCT+2).
Units of measurement: metric system applies. Basic units of measurement include, i.a.: 1 meter (1m = 100cm), 1 kilogram (1kg = 100g) and 1 second. The temperature is measured in degrees Celsius (degrees °C), the atmospheric pressure in hectopascals (hP), and speed in kilometers per hour (km/h).
International organizations: Poland is the Member State of the European Union (EU), the Schengen Area, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United Nations (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization (WTO), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and many other.
Languages: official language is Polish, which belongs to the group of Indo-European and the subgroup of West-Slavic languages. It is considered one of the most difficult languages in the world. In tourist spots you can usually communicate in English, less frequently in German and Russian.
Weather conditions: Poland is situated in the sphere of temperate climate with four full seasons of the year. Spring is the time with temperatures above zero, however, tourists visiting Poland in this time of the year should be prepared for a weather mix – from severe winter to warm weather. In summer the temperature varies between 25°C and 35°C. From May till the end of September sunny days are to be expected, however, it is not a rule. In autumn it can be rainy, but the golden Polish autumn is absolutely unusual and will certainly be remembered for long by every tourist. In winter it can be frosty with temperature falling 15°C below zero at daytime and intense snowing. Then, one should have a warm jacket, winter clothes and shoes.
Currency: the official medium of payment is the Polish Zloty. In many places payments with credit or charge cards are possible. 1 Polish Zloty (PLN) = 100 groszy.
Calling code: +48, Internet domain: .pl
Transportation: In bigger cities there is a developed infrastructure of public transportation, including mainly buses and trams. In order to use these means of transport one has to buy and punch a ticket, which can be bought in ticket machines, shops or from the driver. Transport between the cities is possible with trains or buses. The speed limit on the roads is 50 km per hour in built-up area. In the country there are 15 airports – the biggest one is the Warsaw Chopin Airport.
Smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol and other stimulants: Smoking tobacco is allowed in specially designated areas, e.g. in restaurants, pubs, cafes, clubs. Smoking is totally prohibited in public places, such as: bus stops, shops, schools, hospitals etc. One can drink alcohol in restaurants, pubs and places of similar kind, whereas it is prohibited in public places, which can be punished with a fine. Possession and consumption of other stimulants is subject to imprisonment.
Festivals: during the festivals enumerated below the majority of banks, institutions and shops in Poland is closed.
- a) National holidays:
- January the 1st – New Year
- May the 1st – Labour Day
- May the 3rd – May the 3rd Constitution Day (anniversary of adopting the Constitution of May the 3rd 1791)
- November the 11th – Independence Day (anniversary of regaining independence in 1918)
- b) Church holidays:
- Easter – Sunday and Monday (movable feast)
- Corpus Christi Day – Thursday of the ninth week after Easter (movable feast)
- August the 15th – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Feast of the Polish Armed Forces
- November the 1st – All Saints’ Day
- December the 25th and 26th – Christmas
Polish society has a vast range of national features and values which distinguish them among cultural variety of Europe and the world. First of all, Poland equals people. Customs and behaviour patterns of Poles may be a little astonishing, especially for a foreigner experiencing it for the first time. Below some of them:
Greetings: In the past it was considered to be in good taste when a man kissed a woman’s hand while greeting and saying farewell to her. Today it is a rather archaic custom, however, still practiced, although not as often as in the past.
Getting onto first-name terms: A foreigner visiting Poland should not overuse the pronoun “you” (Polish “Ty”). Poles usually address strangers and the elderly using the polite form of address “Mister/Miss” (Polish “Pan/Pani”). Should you do otherwise, you may be considered impolite. It is believed to be appropriate when the proposition to get onto first-name terms is put by a person enjoying a higher status in the hierarchy, i.e. a woman to a man, an elderly person to a younger person.
Family: In the past family used to be an integral part of the life of every Pole. Today family values are still important, but families are started later.
Cuisine: Polish cuisine encompasses many specialties, not necessarily light, however, very tasty, such as: dumplings, bigos, tripe, sausages, cheese and soups of various kind. Polish people appreciate home-made foods and have been promoting healthy foods for some time.
Free time: Most frequently Polish people spend their free time actively and outside. Jogging, cycling, horse riding, Nordic walking and many other forms of physical activity have become very popular.
Hospitality: In the West of Europe Poland is known for its hospitality and a tendency to welcome the guests very sumptuously. The hosts prepare abundant tables and none of the guests is allowed to leave until they are full. Recently, barbecuing has become very popular. During summer almost everyone does it everywhere – in the garden, on the lawn, at the lake.
Religion: Many foreigners think that Polish people are devout Catholics. To a great extent it is just a stereotype. For many people the times of ardent Polish godliness have already passed, however, one cannot deem it common atheism. Over 90 % of polish people admit they are Catholics although they call themselves “non-practicing believers”. The fact is that the Church in Poland plays a significant role in many spheres of social life.
When you come to Poland, please take the following with you:
- A valid identity card
- Necessary visas – if you need them
- Insurance policy of a reliable insurance company
- Contact data of a diplomatic-consular post in Poland
- Medicines if you need them
- Good mood 😉
- Buy an insurance policy which is adjusted to your needs and plans
- Consider extending the policy with the costs of medical transport
- Consider buying a civil liability insurance policy
- Always have the number of your insurance policy and phone number of the insurer with you. Consular care does not include the costs of medical help.
Coming to Poland
Since December the 21st 2007 Poland has been the member of the Schengen Area – an area without control at inner borders – which encompasses 28 European countries.
Entry requirements for the citizens of the EU
If you are a citizen of the European Union the only thing you have to bring with you in order to be able to cross the borders of Poland is a valid travel document (passport) or a document confirming identity and nationality (so-called identity card). Nevertheless, if you want to go abroad during your stay in Poland, you had better take your passport with you since to be able to visit countries which are not Member States of the EU – including some of Poland’s neighbours – you need to submit your passport and sometimes a visa.
List of countries whose citizens may travel to Poland without visas
Entry requirements for citizens from outside the EU
Generally, citizens from outside the European Union need to have a visa to be able to enter Poland. However, there are many countries which do not have this requirement. Poland belongs to the Schengen Area, thus, you can apply for a Polish visa and travel with it through the whole Europe (excluding Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and countries from outside the EU). To enter the territory of the Schengen Area countries, citizens from outside the European Union must have a valid travel document (passport) and a visa, if it is required.
They also have to fulfill the following requirements:
- Justify the purpose of travel and the conditions of the stay;
- Possess sufficient means for subsistence during the stay as well as for return to the country of permanent residence or transit to a third country which the person can enter or be able to legally obtain the above mentioned means;
- Cannot be on the list of people who were refused entry;
- Cannot be deemed as people who can violate the public order, safety or international relationships of one of the Schengen Area countries.
Visa application shall be filed in the competent consular post, according to local jurisdiction. The applicant shall contact the competent post in order to obtain the application form and get information concerning the fee and visa granting procedure. The applications are examined up to 15 days as of the date of filing all the necessary documents.
Contact details of Polish diplomatic posts
Types of visas:
- ”A” – airport transit Schengen visa – valid only for people travelling with plane, does not allow the holder to leave the transit zone of the airport.
- “C” – short-term Schengen visa – enables the holder to stay on the territory of the Schengen Area up to 90 days within 180 days since the first entry.
- “D” – long-term national visa – issued for the period of up to one year, enables the holder to travel through the Schengen Area up to 90 days within 180 days.
Prolongation of a visa is admissible only under exceptional circumstances. If you want to stay in Poland longer than stipulated in your visa, you should file an application for temporary stay permit. Entry requirements for citizens from outside the EU into the territory of the Schengen Area are defined in the Community Code on Visas.
Some simple steps how to obtain a visa:
- Find a Polish consulate where you can file your application. You can use the browser at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.mfa.gov.pl
- Read all the information related to the visa application at the consulate’s website carefully and follow all instructions.
- Arrange a visa meeting at the consulate. In the majority of cases you will have to register at the website: www.e-konsulat.gov.pl
- Prepare all necessary documents, including: application form, travel document (passport), biometric photo, health insurance, a document confirming the possession of sufficient means for subsistence, documents stating the purpose of the stay. The specificity of required documents may differ between the consulates, thus, it is best to check the information at the website of the consulate where you want to file your application.
- File all documents together with printed and signed application form and pay the visa fee. The application will be examined within the period of up to 15 days.
Consular posts in Poland – detailed information:
- Diplomatic missions in Poland A-F
- Diplomatic missions in Poland G-L
- Diplomatic missions in Poland M-S
- Diplomatic missions in Poland T-Z
- Consular posts in Poland
A document confirming the possession of sufficient means for subsistence of the foreigner during their stay in Poland and for their return to their mother country / country of residence can be an INVITATION. Having received the invitation the foreigner must apply for a visa in order to be able to enter the territory of Poland. The invitation can be submitted while applying for a visa or during border control. Invitations of foreigners are registered on request of the inviter. The inviter files a motion to enter the invitation into the Register of Invitations kept by the Voivodship Office competent over the place of residence.
An invitation can be issued by:
- A Polish citizen living in Poland;
- A citizen of the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland with the right to stay in Poland or the right of permanent stay;
- Other foreigner who has been legally and continuously living in Poland for at least 5 years or possesses permanent stay permit or stay permit for long-term EU-resident;
- Legal person or organizational unit without legal personality that has its seat in Poland (for instance, a firm or non-governmental organization).
For the purpose of information source materials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs available at the following websites have been used: www.msz.gov.pl and www.migrant.info.pl. The European Center is not liable for updating the information, for the course of proceedings and the result provided by consular institutions and posts as well as the contents of websites connected via links with the service www.centrumeuropejskie.eu. Information provided here is not binding, but is of selective nature and for information and reference only.
The Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship has a diversified accommodation infrastructure, starting with exclusive hotels through historic castles and land manors adjusted to the needs of the guests, cosy boarding houses, recreation centers and hostels, to agritourism farms and campsites. Tell us about your preferences and we will find accommodation which meets your expectations.