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POLAND

POLISH TOURIST ORGANISATION

Republic of Poland
Area:
312,000 sq km

Location:
Central Europe. Poland borders on Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia. It’s northern border – 500 km long – runs along the Baltic Sea coast.

Population:
38,000,000

National emblem:
Crowned white eagle

Flag:
White and red

Official language:
Polish

Capital city:
Warsaw

Major cities:
Gdañsk, Katowice, Cracow, £ódŸ, Poznañ, Szczecin, Wroc³aw

Warszawa

Climate:
Temperate. The average temperature in July is 19°C (67°F), but there are many days in summer when the temperature rises to 30°C (86°F). The best conditions for practising winter sports are between January and March.

Club – RKS Radomsko, 33 matches in national squad

Club – Eintracht Frankfurt on Main, 22 matches in national squad – 5 goals

Żelazowa Wola. The house where Frederick Chopin was born F Warsaw. Chopin’s Monument in the Łazienki Park G

Club – Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 43 matches in national squad – 6 goals

Club – Liverpool FC, England, 21 matches in national squad

Poland has always been a fascinating country thanks to its eventful history, artistic heritage, cultural traditions, variety of landscapes, and the hospitality of its inhabitants. Millions of visitors have already been to Poland, but to many people it still remains a destination to discover. Old Polish cities boast many historical monuments which prove that cultures of West and East intermingled on our country’s territory for centuries. Each of those cities is worth a visit. Very attractive are short weekend breaks with rich cultural and entertaining programmes. Every year Poland plays host to a growing number of congresses, business meetings and incentive tours. More and more foreigners in search of professional treatment come to Polish health resorts. Poland has become an important venue for watchers of rare bird and mammal species. Here everyone will find something interesting, even tourists with the most particular requirements. Poland is 1000 years old. It had its ups and downs, periods of rapid development and years of devastating wars. Ten centuries of statehood left an enormous cultural heritage, many outstanding monuments of architecture, including castles, palaces, churches, country manors and burgher houses. Visiting all those sites would certainly become an unforgettable experience to lovers of history, architecture, painting, sculpture and applied art. One can also admire original monuments of technology.

Club – Pogoń Szczecin, 4 matches in national squad

Warsaw. Castle Square F Club – Legia Warszawa, 17 matches in national squad –3 goals Cracow. Cloth Hall G

CITIES AND CULTURAL HERITAGE Fascinating is the history of Warsaw, Poland’s capital. Especially interesting are the changes and transformations it went through during the last years. Carefully reconstructed after the war time total destruction, the Royal Castle is the most important symbol of national heritage. Next to the castle spreads the Old Town with its medieval urban layout. Its narrow streets and the Old Town Square are lined with beautiful period houses. This atmospheric area is full of little cafés, restaurants, shops with souvenirs, museums, art galleries and street stalls selling paintings and drawings. Thousands of Varsovians and tourists fill the Castle Square and the Old Town Square, especially on those days when they host artistic shows, music concerts or performances of folk groups. Cracow was the country’s capital during the medieval and Renaissance times, the periods of Poland’s greatest political, cultural and economic development. The Royal Castle and the Cathedral on the Wawel Hill are the treasury of national mementoes. Tourists visiting Cracow would never miss the Royal Chambers with the world’s largest collection of tapestries, the Crown Treasury, the interiors of the Cathedral which witnessed most of the royal coronations or its crypts which are the last resting place for most of the Polish monarchs. Youth from all over the world is especially visible among thousands of foreign visitors coming to Cracow every year. Cracow attracts them thanks to the special ambience of the Old Town where each house is a historical monument; its colourful Market Square offers a wealth of historical mementoes and museum collections. While in Cracow, one must not miss Wieliczka with its famous salt mine started in the medieval times and still in operation; old and the most attractive sections of the mine are open to visitors.

Gdańsk used to be one of the wealthiest Hanseatic ports on the Baltic coast. Its prosperity is best represented by the burgher houses in the Long Market (Długi Targ), town hall, Artus Court, and many other historical buildings. A splendid panoramic view of the city enfolds from the tower of St Mary’s Church. Every year Gdańsk hosts many artistic, cultural and sports events which attract thousands of people from all over the world. Dating back to the Middle Ages is the most original Dominican Fair, today combining trading traditions with cultural events. The major tourist centre on the Polish sea coast is known as the Tri–City, a conurbation of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia. Ferries for Sweden set off from here, and here flock the trippers spending their holidays in the resorts located on the Hel peninsula, along the Gulf of Gdańsk, and in the Kashubian Lakeland.

Gdańsk. Long Waterfront on the Motława F Warsaw. „U Dekerta” restaurant G

Club – Panathinaikos Athens, Greece, 15 matches in national squad – 10 goals

Club – Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 70 matches in national squad – 2 goals

POLISH NATIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION Established in 1919 FIFA member since 1923 UEFA member since 1954 Address: 00–080 Warsaw, ul. Miodowa 1, tel./fax + (48–22) 827–12–11, 827–06–75, fax 827–07–04; www.pzpn.pl President: Michał Listkiewicz Registered players: 290,927 Clubs: 11,300 National squad wears white shirts, red shorts, and white gaiters. ACHIEVEMENTS: Champion Olympic Games 1972 (coach: Kazimierz Górski) 3rd 1974 FIFA World Cup (coach: Kazimierz Górski) 2nd Olympic Games 1976 (coach: Kazimierz Górski) 3rd 1982 FIFA World Cup (coach: Antoni Piechniczek) 2nd Olympic Games 1992 (coach: Janusz Wójcik) Qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals: 1938 – France, 1974 – Federal Republic of Germany, 1978 – Argentina, 1982 – Spain, 1986 – Mexico OFFICIAL DELEGATION OF THE POLISH NATIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCAIATION FOR THE 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP FINALS President of the Polish Football Association (PZPN) – Delegation Head: Michał Listkiewicz PZPN Vice–President: Zbigniew Boniek PZPN Vice–President: Eugeniusz Kolator PZPN Vice–President: Henryk Apostel PZPN Secretary General: Zdzisław Kręcina Administration Managers: Marcin Stefański, Władysław Puchalski, Piotr Cichecki Contacts for Press: Mirosław Kulesza, Tomasz Smokowski Sponsors’ Delegate: Andrzej Placzyński Security Officer: Paweł Błasiak Administration Manager/Computer Engineer: Jacek Pawlak Head Coach: Jerzy Engel 2nd Coach: Władysław Żmuda Coach Assistant and Data Bank Manager: Edward Klejndinst Coach for Goalkeepers: Józef Młynarczyk

Olympique Marseilles, France, 64 matches in national squad – 1 goal

Club – FC Kaiserslautern, Germany, 36 matches in national squad – 1 goal

Club – Widzew Łódź, 11 matches in national squad

Club – RC Lens, France, 35 matches in national squad – 1 goal

Club – Energie Cottbus, Germany, 29 matches in national squad – 10 goals

National Squad Director: Tomasz Koter National Squad Manager: Wiesław Ignasiewicz Physicians: Stanisław Machowski, Jacek Kwarecki Biochemist: Ewa Rudnicka Masseurs: Artur Frączyk, Krzysztof Leszczyński Cook: Robert Sowa Coach Observer: Andrzej Zamilski MEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM – PLAYERS: GOALKEEPERS: Jerzy Dudek (Liverpool FC, England), Radosław Majdan (Pogoń Szczecin), Adam Matysek (RKS Radomsko) DEFENDERS: Michał Żewłakow (Excelsior Mouscron, Belgium), Marek Koźmiński (Ancona, Italy), Tomasz Wałdoch (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, Germany), Jacek Zieliński (Legia Warszawa), Jacek Bąk (RC Lens, France), Tomasz Hajto (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, Germany), Tomasz Kłos (FC Kaiserslautern, Germany), Arkadiusz Głowacki (Wisła Kraków) MIDFIELDERS: Tomasz Rząsa (Feyenoord Rotterdam, Holland), Jacek Krzynówek (FC Nuernberg, Germany), Radosław Kałużny (Energie Cottbus, Germany), Arkadiusz Bąk (Widzew Łódź), Piotr Świerczewski (Olympique Marseilles, France), Bartosz Karwan (Legia Warszawa), Maciej Murawski (Legia Warszawa), Paweł Sibik (Odra Wodzisław) STRIKERS: Emmanuel Olisadebe (Panathinaikos Athens, Greece), Paweł Kryszałowicz (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Maciej Żurawski (Wisła Kraków), Marcin Żewłakow (Excelsior Mouscron, Belgium), Cezary Kucharski (Legia Warszawa)

Club – Legia Warszawa, 51 matches in national squad – 1 goal

Club – FC Nuernberg, Germany, 22 matches in national squad – 1 goal

ENDOWED BY NATURE Poland was lavishly endowed by Nature and many of its treasures managed to survived untouched by the damages and transformations of human civilisation. There are still many areas in Poland where Nature has its way. Most of them lie within the boundaries of national parks and strict nature reserves. Some parts of the country are sparsely populated and covered by old forests and large complexes of woods. Poland is becoming more and more popular with nature lovers who can find here rare natural attractions and watch nature in its unspoilt state. Our country’s offer of spending leisure time in this way is getting richer from year to year.

Rock climbing in Podzamcze F Marina in Masuria G

OFFER FOR EVERONE In addition to visiting historical monuments, admiring Nature or resting on the Baltic beaches, Polish travel agents offer quite ample and diversified programmes of spending your leisure time. The greatest number of options has been prepared for the enthusiasts of active rest. More and more popular is the offer of equestrian centres which invite for “holidays in the saddle”, daily horse rides, excursions in horse–drawn carriages and cross–country tours on horseback. Cycling trips are also very popular. Bikes for rent are available. There are many well–prepared and signposted cycling trails, some of them making part of international cycling routes. They are all quite safe, running along roads with little traffic, through sparsely populated areas or picturesque forest paths. The newest cycling offer includes paths leading along old and idle railway lines. Sailing can be practised off the seashore and on inland waters. Numerous marinas have also other water sports gear for hire. Especially exciting are kayaking trips which can last a few days or even a week or two. Very scenic are the kayaking trails running along the watercourses of such beautiful rivers as Brda, Krutynia or Czarna Hańcza. Kayaks can be rented on the spot and the participants can use comfortable accommodations of riverside hostels.

Biking along the Eagles’ Nests Trail F Kashubian lakes G

Poland’s picturesque and diversified landscapes invite visitors for longer hikes. Beautiful are the mountainous regions with their dense network of well–marked hiking trails. Young and inexperienced tourists can enjoy hikes along easy trails and use youth hostels or mountain shelters for overnight stays. Experienced hikers can avail themselves of the offer prepared by travel agents who specialise in high mountain hikes, mountain climbing, cave exploration, and the like.

Club – Ancona, Italy, 41 matches in national squad – 1 goal

Club – Feyenoord Rotterdam, Holland, 8 matches in national squad – 1 goal

Club – Excelsior Mouscron, Belgium, 16 matches in national squad – 4 goals

Castle at Golub–Dobrzyń F Knights’ tournament G Club – Excelsior Mouscron, Belgium, 24 matches in national squad – 1 goal

HOSPITALITY IS OUR TRADMARK In Poland tourists will find luxurious hotels, mid–range outlets and many comfortable pensions in holiday centres. For moderate price, they all offer decent accommodations and good catering service. There are also tourist spots with extraordinary hotels occupying historical buildings adapted for the needs of tourism. For example, a castle at Książ near Wałbrzych, Hunter’s Lodge at Promnice near Tychy, castle at Baranów Sandomierski, palace at Kadyny, Bishop’s palace at Pułtusk, palace at Sieniawa, castle at Rydzyna, and many manors in the Wielkopolska region and southern Poland. While planning your journey to Poland, one or two stays in such places is certainly worth considering. No other place can offer you such a special atmosphere as an overnight in a castle chamber; you will appreciate the ambience of dinner in a palace dining room and enjoy the warmth of a cosy manor salon. Hospitality of your hosts, solemn atmosphere of castles and palaces, and relaxing comfort of country manors will make your stay quite a memorable one.

Practical Information credit card should be reported: tel. +(48-22) 515-31-50 or 515Where to stay? 30-00 (open 24 hrs). The official Polish currency is the zloty Polish Reservation System of Tourist and Hotel Services: (PLN) divided into 100 groszy. Coins in circulation: 1, 2, 5 www.discover-poland.pl zlotys and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 groszys. Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, Rooms can be booked through Internet: 100 and 200 zlotys. www.hotelsinpoland.com, www.polhotels.com, www.hotelspoland.com, www.polhotel.pl Souvenirs? Youth hostels: tel. +(48-22) 849-81-28, Shops with regional souvenirs, local handicrafts, contel./fax +(48-22) 849-83-54; www.hostelling.com.pl temporary and antique art are found all around the Students hotels and camping-sites: country. tel./fax +(48-22) 810-60-50 Foreign visitors willingly buy amber and silver jewellery, paintings on glass by folk artists, laces and tablecloths from Payments Koniaków and Bobowa, articles made of natural colour Money exchange can be best effected in banks or exchangeleather, Polish contemporary paintings and graphic art, artisoffices. Credit cards are accepted in shops, travel offices, airtic furniture and pottery. lines agencies, fuel stations, etc. There is no limit on the use of credit cards – they can be used round the clock. Loss of a

GB 2002 Editor: Polish Tourist Organisation; Text: Jan Wysokiński, Zbigniew Antczak; Graphic layout: Monika Ugrewicz; Photographs: POT and PZPN Archives; Translation: Jan K. Milencki; Map: Indeed Poland ISBN 83-7336-095-6

Polish Tourist Organisation
PL 00-928 Warsaw, 4/6, Chałubińskiego St. ph.: +(48 22) 630 17 36, 630 17 31 fax: +(48 22) 630 17 62, 630 17 42 e-mail: pot@pot.gov.pl www.pot.gov.pl