By Mark Baker, Kit F. Chung

With the stunningly attractive structure of Krakow, the cultural sights of Warsaw, the somber Holocaust museums, astonishing mountaineering within the Tatra Mountains, and the beach inns of the Baltic Coast, Poland deals a number points of interest to fit each traveler's tastes. Frommer's Poland offers specified maps, completely researched studies of respected lodgings, eating techniques, and recommended itineraries that let readers to tailor a holiday uniquely suited for their wishes, all written with Frommer's depended on insider standpoint and outspoken reviews.

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Though some cities, like Kraków, do have specially marked bike lanes, traffic is heavy, and the lanes are not that well maintained. Getting There & Getting Around Most Polish cities have excellent public transportation systems consisting of buses, trams, trolley buses, and in Warsaw, a small metro. See separate city listings for public transportation details. Though each city’s system differs slightly, the overall idea is the same. 50 zł per ride, validate the ticket in machines on entering the tram or bus, and keep the ticket until you get off.

Pl. DECEMBER New Year’s Eve, Kraków. New Year’s Eve brings thousands of revelers to Kraków’s main square to celebrate with fireworks and live music. Large screens help the crowds see all the action onstage. eu. What to Pack Poland is a modern European country, and there are no special packing needs. Rest assured that anything you might forget at home is fairly easily obtainable once you arrive. A couple of items which might come in handy include a good mosquito repellent if you’re planning on traveling in the summer (plus lotion to take the itch out of the bites) and an eye mask, since many hotels and pensions for some reason lack heavy curtains to block out the early morning sunshine.

The jury is still out on whether shock therapy was good or bad, but it’s generally credited with promoting high rates of growth, albeit at a high social cost. Politically, however, the country stagnated. Lech Wał¶sa’s early stint as president (1990–95) proved to be disastrous—he was a much better labor leader than national leader— and since then, Poland has lurched left and right without finding a stable middle. The high point of the post-Communist period came in 2004, when Poland, along with seven other formerly Communist states, joined the European Union.

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