Destination Poland

Overrun countless times by marauding aggressors, subjugated to overbearing foreign rule for centuries, and now told their beloved vodka can be made from anything, the Polish nation has endured more than most. Yet Poland, a country crushed flat so many times it has become indestructible, is shaking off the last vestiges of forced slumber and rushing with great abandon into a modern 21st century. This massive land in the heart of Europe has become the epitome of a changing continent. Now a member...

Around Komancza

Scattered around Komancza are some of the finest Uniat and Orthodox churches in Poland. You'll find the first good example in the village of Rzepedz, 5km north of Komancza and 1.3km west of the main road. This unusually light-coloured wooden structure, with a bell tower in front and topped with three onion domes, dates from 1824 and is now a Uniat church. The key is kept by Slawomir Jurkowski at Rzepedz 26, about 500m from the church, though you might try peering through the keyhole to admire...

Dangers Annoyances

Poland is a relatively safe country to travel in, but it does have its fair share of crime. Always keep your eyes open and let common sense prevail. Problems mostly occur in big cities, with Warsaw being perhaps the least safe place in Poland. Take care when walking alone at night, particularly in the suburb of Praga, and be alert at Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central) train station, the favourite playground for thieves and pickpockets. Other large cities appear to be quieter, but keep your...

Conversation Essentials

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Local International Carhire Agencies

Avis ( toll-free 0801 120 010 www.avis.pl ul topuszariska 12a, Warsaw) Budget ( in Warsaw 022 650 4062 www.budget.pl Terminal 1, Warsaw-Frederic Chopin Airport) Europcar ( in Warsaw 022 650 2564 www.europcar .com.pl Terminal 1, Warsaw-Frederic Chopin Airport) Hertz ( in Warsaw022 650 2896 www.hertz.com Terminal 1, Warsaw-Frederic Chopin Airport) Local Rent-a-Car (Map ppSS-9 022 826 7100 www.lrc .com.pl ul Marszalkowska 140, Warsaw)

Mazovia Podlasie

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The Carpathian Mountains

Effectively the eastern extension of the Alps, the Carpathians Karpaty stretch from the southern border with Slovakia into the Ukraine. They make up the highest and largest mountain range in Central Europe and form Poland's most scenic and rugged region. Indeed, their wooded hills and snowy mountains are a beacon for hikers, skiers and cyclists. And because of its remoteness and relative inaccessibility over the centuries, this 'forgotten corner' has been able to preserve its strong regional...

Budget

Dom Wypoczynkowy PTTK Rzymianka s 018 471 2227 www.halka.ibd.pl ul Dqbrowskiego 15 per person without with en suite 40 45zt The PTTK Rzymianka offers only very basic but comfortable accommodation in 26 rooms. It's up a quiet street about 300m northwest of the tourist office. Hotel Kasztelanka 018 471 2945 www.granit .cstnet.pl ul Pitsudskiego 33 per person 50-70zt B This comfortable and very friendly 33-room hotel is housed in a pretty, vaguely Art Deco building facing Park Zdrojowy, a bit out...

Sweden

Polferries www.polferrles.pl Operates the Ystad Swinoujscie 490kr to 540kr, seven hours, daily , Nynashamn-Gdansk 560krto 670kr, 18 hours, daily and Ronne-Swinoujscle 250kr, 5 hours, Saturday only routes. Stena Line www.stenallne.com From Karlskrona to Gdynia from Skr290, 11 hours, dally . Unity Line www.unltyllne.pl From Ystad to Swinoujscie Skr470 to Skr790, seven to nine hours, daily .