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Poland......Euro Or Zloty?  
User currently offlineTu154m From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 679 posts, RR: 5
Posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Just wondering if Poland has converted to the Euro, or are they still using the Zloty???? I cannot find a firm answer anywhere and both currencies are still listed on the exchanges????? Thanks in advance!!!!!!


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

They're still using the Zloty.


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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

$1 US = ± 2.5 zl (aka PLN)

User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5127 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1671 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 1):
They're still using the Zloty.

They were using the Zloty when I was there in May.

Will they eventually be switching to the Euro?



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21418 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 3):
Will they eventually be switching to the Euro?

Yes. Like all other newcomers to the EU they have already committed to it, but the exact date is not set.


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

Poland is getting a new, more EU friendly government, perhaps it will speed up the process.

The latest Euro-country is Slovenia (from 1/2007), Malta and Cyprus will join 1/2008.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 4):
Yes. Like all other newcomers to the EU they have already committed to it, but the exact date is not set.

Ye-es. That's true. But like any nation, however "committed" they might be by treaty, it isn't going to happen in the teeth of governmental and societal opposition. So don't be under the impression that it's simply on the mantlepiece waiting for someone to say "Oh, we'll do it next Tuesday then".

As Andaman says, a change of government may bring a change of attitude.



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User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

While the zloty is still the currency in use, all shops have the right to accept euros and state prices in euros if they wish. In practice, given the costs of manipulation/labeling/accountancy/conversion, that convenience is limited to large international supermarkets in highly touristic and/or border areas. I used euros in an Auchan in Warsaw, a Géant in Stettin, and in several places in Krakow.

Poland will adopt the euro sooner or later, although rather later than sooner. 2012 is often cited. It could be done quite quickly because the economy is booming and unemployment falling, but up till now a Europhobic government prevented that, so there even isn't any design for the coins ready. The new government is likely to get things moving forward.

Luckily, an increasing amount of places accept credit and debit cards, so currency issues aren't such a big headache in Poland anymore.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 7):
all shops have the right to accept euros and state prices in euros if they wish

That's the same in most place isn't it? Shops can accept seashells if they really want to.

Apart from that I agree!  Wink



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User currently offlineExpress1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

Does anyone know what Poland is like to visit as we are going to warsaw in Feb for the first time.

dave


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17056 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Quoting Express1 (Reply 9):
Does anyone know what Poland is like to visit as we are going to warsaw in Feb for the first time.

It will be really cold in Feb, only thing Í know.



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User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Quoting Express1 (Reply 9):
Does anyone know what Poland is like to visit as we are going to warsaw in Feb for the first time.

Warsaw? Warsaw sucks. Trust me - head for Krakow. There's an abundance of cheap flights there and it's arguably the most beautiful city in Poland (although I'll admit I haven't been to many, but Krakow rules.)

Other than that?

Good stuff:

The women are gorgeous.
Everything is cheap.
The food is way better than you might expect. In fact, it's excellent. Try pierogi, bigos, barszcz, makowiec.
Polish beer is excellent.
Lots of things to see. Read up on the country's history, that way what you'll see will make much more sense.
Spectacular landscape in the south (bland elsewhere). If you can, take a trip on a wood raft down the Dunajec river. It's stunningly beautiful.
In general, very friendly people. Learn a few words of Polish and they'll love you. They're also amazingly quick to invite people they barely know to their homes. Don't refuse if it happens, you'll be treated like a king.

What sucks:

It's cold in winter. By cold, I mean f*cking cold.
Being mentally handicapped and/or alcoholic is apparently a requirement to get a driver's license. Watch out.
High level of petty theft in the cities.
While many young people speak English, there is generally a language barrier. Expect no-one to speak English in the countryside.
The country is big and distances between interesting places quite long. The road infrastructure is in a disastrous state, so don't drive. The rail network is dense but the trains are very slow, except the Intercity ones. The best option is probably to fly between the large cities.
Warsaw. It has its attractions, but overall it's a nightmare of a city. My opinion only.

Hope that gives an idea.  Smile


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
Warsaw? Warsaw sucks. Trust me - head for Krakow. There's an abundance of cheap flights there and it's arguably the most beautiful city in Poland (although I'll admit I haven't been to many, but Krakow rules.)

 checkmark 

I love Kraków. I hope to go back someday.

LH423



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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

Quoting Express1 (Reply 9):
Does anyone know what Poland is like to visit as we are going to warsaw in Feb for the first time.

dave

I lived there for 6 years and enjoyed (most of) it!

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
Warsaw? Warsaw sucks. Trust me - head for Krakow.

Yes and no. Warsaw is great, but Krakow is better to visit. So I half agree.

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
Polish beer is excellent.

Oh yes yes yes. And the vodka ain't half bad; if not the local stuff, but the unheard of imports from Russia/Ukraine that we don't get in the UK.

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
It's cold in winter. By cold, I mean f*cking cold.

-34 was the coldest I had it. This was back in '01-'02 from memory.


User currently offlineBwest From Belgium, joined Jul 2006, 1366 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
Being mentally handicapped and/or alcoholic is apparently a requirement to get a driver's license. Watch out.

 biggrin   biggrin   biggrin 

Lots of Polish drivers in Brussels as well... a disaster as the concept of 'alcohol + driving = danger' hasn't really caught on with them. When you get them out of their car which they just parked around a lighting pole or in the trunk of another car, they're usually quite friendly, but also usually need support to stay on their feet  Smile



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

Quoting Swiftski (Reply 13):
the unheard of imports from Russia/Ukraine that we don't get in the UK.

...because the EU forces them to reclassify it as "combine harvester antifreeze" to comply with Trades Description regulations  Smile


User currently offlineExpress1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1409 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):

Thanks for the info Toast,the reason why i ask is because my wife's friend is Polish they have been friends for years,last weekend she offered me and my wife to stay at her new flat free for a week so we said yes and are booking our flight on the 26th November for the 18th to the 22nd of Feb 08, £94 return for the both of us with Easyjet out of LTN to WAW/EPWA. Yes i know its going to be really cold,hope for snow too on arrival, and a chance of some spotting too.

dave


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5127 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
In general, very friendly people. Learn a few words of Polish and they'll love you. They're also amazingly quick to invite people they barely know to their homes. Don't refuse if it happens, you'll be treated like a king.

ill agree with that! I was sat in a cafe late one night in Gdansk, when i happened to speak to the 2 guys at the table next to us using one of the 5 polish words I know. it turned out they were the owners.... and we got free drinks for the rest of the night!



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1355 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
Warsaw? Warsaw sucks. Trust me - head for Krakow. There's an abundance of cheap flights there and it's arguably the most beautiful city in Poland (although I'll admit I haven't been to many, but Krakow rules.)

 rotfl   rotfl 

Krakow is nice for 6 hours, once you see the castle and old market there is nothing there. Lets not lie to each other, the clubs,bars and city life are much better in Warsaw. For best clubs and bars I recommend Wroclaw these days.

A good joke though Toast.


User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 18):
the clubs,bars and city life are much better in Warsaw.

That I wouldn't know, I haven't spent enough time in either city to be able to compare. I had great nights in both...

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 18):
For best clubs and bars I recommend Wroclaw these days.

I've heard a lot of good things about Wroclaw, I'm hopefully going there next year.  Smile

Quoting Swiftski (Reply 13):
Warsaw is great

I can't argue with someone who has actually lived there, but here are my bad impressions of Warsaw:

Dirty and unkempt. Not everywhere, but the last time I visited (April 2004), heavy rain turned the whole city center into a puddle of mud. Slosh, slosh, splatch.
Fugly. Really hard to beat in the "eyesore per square mile" category.
Chaotic. Hitler must have killed all of Warsaw's urbanists, because the people who rebuilt it after the war clearly couldn't design a birdhouse, much less a viable layout for a major city.
Noisy & polluted. The traffic is insane.
The folks who inhabit Warsaw's central train station would be tucked safely away in padded cells in any other country.
Lots of weird people on the loose in general.
Lots of touts and people wanting to sell you stuff, or conduct a poll, or hand out ads for clubs. "I don't speak Polish" doesn't discourage them.
It's impossible to explain, but the city has bad vibes. It just feels wrong. Can't put my finger on it.

Some good things I can say about Warsaw:

Beautiful Old Town. It's quite small, but it's truly hard to believe that nothing in it is more than 50 years old. It's been rebuilt from complete ruins, but it has the feel of a truly old place, complete with the dampness and patina. Probably the most impressive restoration effort I've seen anywhere.
Very impressive Palace of Culture and Science, the huge building that dominates the city center. Ironically, it was built on the orders of Stalin as a "gift" to Poland, and it's still the most classically elegant large building in Warsaw. I've been flamed for saying so to the locals, so I might just as well douse myself in kerosene and hand you a lighted match, LOT.  Smile
Nice Lazienki Park, with its palace on an island and its peacocks.
Nice Wilanow Palace.
Plenty of damn good bars and clubs, especially near the Barbakan gate.
Lots of beautifully restored churches.
Encouraging signs of economic progress everywhere. Skyscrapers are sprouting all over the city.

There you go. There's no way I could ever live in Warsaw, but I think it deserves a 2-day detour.  duck 


User currently offlineSlz396 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1317 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 18):
Krakow is nice for 6 hours, once you see the castle and old market there is nothing there.

Well, you should also spend a day in Auschwitz. It is about 1hr from Krakow by car and daily tours are organised from there.

A MUST see, so nobody can ever claim again they were not aware of it all...

Mind you, visiting Auschwitz is a very sobering visit, there is nothing fun or enjoyable about it at all. Exactly as it should be: just the cruel facts and story of the place and the overwhelming HUGENESS of the camp site which was used to murder 1.5M people in only a few years.


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1285 times:

Quoting LH423 (Reply 12):
I love Kraków.

Yes,I've been there already. I found it very uncomfortable but the place and castle are really awesome. I couldn't believe that lots of local men staring at me all the time in Karkow but none of the local women staring at me. Am i ugly?

Beautiful celebration in June...lots of parties and lots of people celebrated for the castle anniversary. It's like a fairy tale.

Yes, polish uses Zloty



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User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5648 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1267 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 18):
Krakow is nice for 6 hours, once you see the castle and old market there is nothing there

?????????? It's the perfect place for a weekend break, and you'll never be bored.

Quoting Slz396 (Reply 20):
Well, you should also spend a day in Auschwitz. It is about 1hr from Krakow by car and daily tours are organised from there.

 checkmark  Probably the most interesting (and draining) organised tour I've ever been on.

And also take a trip out to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. That'll take-up an entire afternoon, and is a fascinating and (AFAIK) a unique experience.


User currently offlineCALTECH From Poland, joined May 2007, 2197 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

Warsaw was pretty much leveled in WW 2. In Warsaw, go to the old city it was rebuilt based on photos before the war. At least the communists tried to rebuild Warsaw, Stalins' gift of the Palace Of Culture is a dominant downtown feature. I think it should stay, it is history. 5 1/2 years of war and 50 years of communist architecture and building made for some very bland concrete buildings. The newer buildings being built are very nice looking. Old City, Stare Miasto, is a nice tourist visit, they have some great restaurants and bars. Especially the underground ones, that are in the old dungeons and storage places. The night clubs are insane. Zakopane is a nice town to visit south of Kracow. Berlin has recovered nicely, wonder if some other cities went through what Berlin and Warsaw went through, what they would look like today.


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