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Poland is a fairly large state located in Central Europe. Poland ranks ninth in Europe in terms of area (312.7 thousand square kilometers), and its territory is comparable to that of Germany and Italy.
In the north of the country there are many plains, which are complemented by a large number of lakes and swamps. The southern part is predominantly mountainous - the Sudeten Mountains and the High Tatras (Beskydy) are located here. On the north side it is washed by the Baltic Sea. It shares borders with 7 states: in the west with Germany, in the south-west with the Czech Republic, in the south with Slovakia, in the south-east with Ukraine, in the east with Belarus, in the northeast with Russia and Lithuania. Since May 1, 2004 Poland is a member of the European Union. Since December 21, 2007, the country is part of the Schengen area.
The climate in Poland is relatively moderate. In the middle of summer, the average temperature is about 19 C, while the maximum on some days is + 30 degrees and up to 40. The coldest months of the year are January and February. In the winter season, snow lies in the mountains for a long time.
The state language in the country is Polish, although the majority of the population speaks either Russian or English. Russian is known mainly by the adult population of the country. Youth - English. Poland is a mono-national country in which Poles (97%) live, as well as Germans, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Roma, Lithuanians, Slovaks, and Jews. The share of all ethnic groups, apart from Poles, is 1.3% of the population or less. The largest cities in Poland are Warsaw (the capital), Lodz, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Szczecin, Lublin and Katowice. The national currency of the country is Polish zloty. All payments in the country are made only in national currency.
There is nothing interesting in Poland and there is nothing to do there. There are a lot of sights in Poland, which is worth Warsaw alone with its "old city". This country has a large number of ancient castles and medieval cities. Here you can have a good rest, sit in a cafe, drink delicious beer, which is a good competitor to Czech beer. Poland has just wonderful beautiful nature, so you are guaranteed a pleasant and useful stay. You will 100% find something to do in this country and you will not even have time to see all the sights.
It is quite dangerous to travel on Polish trains. Well, this is a completely stupid delusion. European trains are among the safest in the world, and the service is also excellent there. In Poland itself, new modern electric trains run at high speed. If you are worried about traveling from Russia to Poland, then it is also in vain. The Moscow-Warsaw train travels only 18 hours, in a compartment or SV carriage time will pass unnoticed. If you are afraid of thieves, then in addition to the lock, the compartment also has a chain on the door, so this myth disappears.
It is better not to meet with Polish customs officers. Another fairly common misconception. In fact, all Polish border guards and customs officers are quite friendly and polite. The only thing is that the Belarusian customs will have to stand for some time while the wheels of the train are changed, since in Europe there is a different gauge. Here you can even take your passport for the entire time of the stop in order to put a stamp.
When entering Poland, you must register with the police. Not certainly in that way. Registration is only required if you plan to stay in the private sector. If you have booked a hotel room, or you are staying in a student residence, registration will take place automatically. You should be aware that in this case, no marks should be made in the passport.
Poles do not like Russians and hate Russian. On the contrary, Poles are always glad to Russians. You will not find in this country hostile attitudes and frowns towards Russians. Moreover, as mentioned above, the entire older generation of Eastern European countries learned Russian, even young people remember some rhymes and Russian songs that they were taught in kindergarten and primary grades. So the careless attitude towards the Russian language is also just a myth.
You can't buy anything of high quality in Poland. In fact, Poland is full of good shops and boutiques, where you can buy quality goods from well-known world brands, as well as Polish manufacturers. In addition, things in Poland are relatively inexpensive, so you can even go on a shopping tour here and combine sightseeing with shopping.
In Poland, one city is similar to another. This myth was most likely invented by those who have never been to Poland and know about this country only by hearsay. Each city has its own history, sights, nature and atmosphere. For example, Warsaw was destroyed during the war, and besides the Old Town, there are almost all new buildings here. Krakow is predominantly a student city, which has survived in a medieval form. Music festivals are held here, and the largest indoor water park in Europe is located. There are also resort towns in Poland - for example, Sopot and Polanchyk. So, as you can see, every city in Poland is unique and original.
Poles are smug and arrogant people. There are also such. As in any other country, there are both good and bad people. However, most Poles are still quite friendly and helpful people.
It is dangerous to walk alone in Poland. There is some truth in this statement. The crime rate in this country is still high, so at night it is better not to walk alone in unfamiliar areas of the city. It is also not recommended to carry large amounts of money and documents with you. However, walking around the cities of Poland is no more dangerous than, for example, walking around Moscow.
Polish is ugly and funny. This is not true at all. All Slavic languages are beautiful and melodic. Perhaps many people think so due to the large number of hissing sounds, but you should listen carefully to the language, and you will definitely like it. The Polish language is very similar to Ukrainian and Belarusian, the only difference is that Polish is written in Latin, while Ukrainian and Belarusian use Cyrillic.