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There are no direct flights from South Africa to Poland. You can fly 1-stop to Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Katowice or Wroclaw. For cheap flight bookings to Poland:
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Fly from Johannesburg to Warsaw (WAW) with Qatar Airways (via Doha), Emirates (via Dubai), EgyptAir (via Cairo), BA (via London), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), KLM (via Amsterdam), Air France (via Paris) or Swiss (via Zurich).
Fly from Johannesburg to Krakow (KRK) with Etihad/Air Berlin (via Abu Dhabi & Berlin), SAA/Lufthansa CityLine (via Munich) or Lufthansa (via Frankfurt).
Fly from Johannesburg to Gdansk (GDN) with Etihad/Air Berlin (via Abu Dhabi & Berlin), SAA/Lufthansa CityLine (via Munich) or Lufthansa (via Frankfurt).
Fly from Johannesburg to Katowice (KTW) with SAA/Lufthansa CityLine (via Munich) or Lufthansa (via Frankfurt).
Fly from Johannesburg to Wroclaw (WRO) with SAA/Lufthansa CityLine (via Munich) or Lufthansa (via Frankfurt).
Fly from Cape Town to Warsaw (WAW) with Qatar Airways (via Doha), Emirates (via Dubai), BA (via London), KLM (via Amsterdam) or Air France (via Paris).
Fly from Durban to Warsaw (WAW) with Emirates (via Dubai).
Poland is part of the Schengen Area, so you are probably going to want to apply for a Schengen visa. You can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria at 012-430-2631/2 or email@example.com. Their physical address in South Africa is 14 Amos Street, Colbyn, Pretoria. Note that they are closed on Polish public holidays.
Keep these contact details handy in case you lose your passport, or something happens in Poland requiring embassy assistance.
Physical address: IPC Business Centre, 6th Floor, UL. Koszykowa 54, Warsaw
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number : + 48-22-622-1031
Polish is the national language however English is spoken in tourist areas. The younger generation generally knows basic English.
The currency used in Poland is the Złoty.
Places of interest in Poland include:
Kraków, which recently celebrated its 750th birthday, offers a taste of medieval Poland. This former royal capital boasts a well-preserved downtown with its tasteful mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau architecture. You’ll be hard-pressed to absorb the huge collection of monuments, ancient buildings, and artwork. Kraków is also a modern city with top-notch accommodations, bars, restaurants, and more.
Małopolska is an eccentric place off the beaten path. Its cobblestone towns, museums, castles, ancient forest, palaces, and cafés are highlights of this vibrant region, as are the national parks established by aristocrats as far back as the 16th century. The area’s 19 ethnic groups, rich history, and religious significance (pilgrims venture here to see the Black Madonna painting) combine to make Małopolska a fascinating place to visit.
Pomerania is the beach destination for vacationing Poles and Germans. The Baltic Sea boasts fine white sand beaches and lively seaside towns with their many beer gardens. The city of Gdańsk provides insight into the area’s history of conquest and merchant activity with its mix of Polish, Slavic, and Prussian architecture. The city is also known for its red brick churches, cafés, impressive museums, and waterfront entertainment.
Warsaw is the capital and the heart of Poland’s renewal. The Old Town and the Royal Castle hint at the city’s past while the energetic New Town is the place to go for art openings, street festivals, a hip music scene, and several remarkable museums such as the Warsaw Rising Museum. New museums that focus on Chopin and Jewish history are also worth seeing.
The warm weather from May to October usually brings the highest number of tourists. Poles tend to take their vacations in July and August so the Baltic beaches, Warsaw, and other tourist areas tend to get crowded at this time. Mid-May to June and September to October are quieter while still warm enough for sightseeing and outdoor pursuits. The rest of the year is colder making adventure activities less pleasant, though Poland’s cultural life still offers incentive to visit.
You may either want to time your visit to Poland to coincide with a public holiday and join in the fun, or avoid the date so as to avoid additional travel costs (and possible crowds):
6 January (Epiphany)
1 May (Labour Day)
3 May (Constitution Day)
15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
1 November (All Saint’s Day)
11 November (Independence Day)
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