A magnificent country placed in Central Europe is Poland. It borders the Russian Federation, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and the Baltic Sea. The climate of this country may be defined as moderate, with cold winters and hot summers. It is mostly situated on a plain, having mountains only in its southern part. Polish is the official language, spoken here.
Country is very old, it was formed around 10th century. Poland is closely bound with theatre and music that is why it is a home place for a multitude of opera houses and theatres. During the World War II Warsaw, the capital of this beautiful country was destroyed. After the war it was reconstructed from the draft. There are several places of interest here, that definitely worth mentioning: the Lazienky Palace with its open air theatre, Chopin’s monument and of course Royal Castle of Warsaw. The second largest city in Poland is Krakow, which is a witness of medieval era.
Like any other country, Poland is full of customs and traditions. The locals are very friendly and welcome outsiders with an open heart. To greet someone a handshake will do. In hotels, cabs and restaurants tipping is usually 10-15%. Social functions and fine restaurants call for more formal dressing. When at a formal dinner, wait till the host gestures to start the dinner. Smoking is banned in public places. It is traditional to bring flowers if going to visit somebody.
One can reach Poland by a variety of means. The national rail company Polish State Railways (PKP) in collaboration with Eurocity, provides routes to the majority of key European countries. A car-sleeper service is provided from the border of Holland to Warsaw/Poznan. Principal routes link Warsaw with such cities as Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Berlin and Cologne. All the routes from West European countries pass through Slovak Republic, Czech Republic or Germany.
In case one prefers comfortable air trips, LOT Polish Airlines, national Polish airline provides its services. Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is the largest airport in the country. It situates at 6 miles southwest of the city. Poland collaborates with such airlines as: Lufthansa, Ryanair, SAS, Aeroflot, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Swiss Air, British Airways, Easyjet and El Al. Ferry services, connecting Poland to Finland, Sweden and Denmark, are provided by Pol Ferries.