ABOUT POLAND

GEOGRAPHY

Size: 312,679 km2
Capital: Warsaw
Borders: Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast
(a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north
Currency: Złoty (PLN)
Calling code: +48

SPEED LIMITS
POPULATION

Size (2012 census): 38,544,513 people

Official language: Polish (English and German widely spoken)

CLIMATE

The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
The climate is oceanic in the north and west and becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures between 18 °C and 30 °C depending on a region. Winters are rather cold, with average temperatures around 3 °C in the northwest and −6 °C in the northeast. Precipitation falls throughout the year, although, especially in the east; winter is drier than summer.

TIME ZONE:  CET (UTC+1)
STATE

Poland is a democracy, with a president as a head of state, whose current constitution dates from 1997. Poland is one of the most stable and peaceful countries. The government structure centers on the Council of Ministers, led by a prime minister.

HIGHWAY TOLLS

Detailed information about the highways in Poland and the highway tolls can be found here:

http://www.tolls.eu/poland

http://www.highwaymaps.eu/poland

EMERGENCY PHONES

From fixed phones:
999: Ambulance
998: Fire Brigade
997: Police
981: Road Assistance
986: Municipal Police

Using mobile phones: remember to dial the local code before the number, for example:
22 – 997 to call the police in Warsaw. Emergency calls from phone boxes are free of charge. If you do not know the local code, dial the general emergency number for mobile phones: 112. The operator will request the appropriate emergency unit.

HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

105 Szpital Wojskowy z Przychodnią
Dzrektor lek.med. S. Gaik
ul. Żelazna 1
68-100 Żagań
Tel: +48 68 477 12 00

Drawskie Centrum Specjalistyczne
Dyrektor lek.med. A. Bielicki
ul. B. Chrobrego 4
78-500 Drawsko Pomorskie
Tel: +48 94 363 03 41

Zespół Opieki Zdrowotnej w Bornem Sulinowie
Dyrektor M. Dobrowolski
ul. Orła Białego 5
78-449 Borne Sulinowo
Tel: +48 94/37-331-16

ZAGAN:

Żagań is a town whose unique character has been shaped by significant historical events on the European arena. Throughout the ages, the Palace in Żagań was a meeting place of national leaders and the most powerful men in Europe.

Johannes Kepler, the great German mathematician, physicist and astronomer who discovered the three laws of planetary motion, the refraction telescope and introduced the decimal point in fractions, spent the last two years of his life in Żagań.

Prison camps in Żagań used to confine soldiers from the beginning of the 19th century, including prisoners of various nationalities during WWI and pilots of the Allied air forces during WWII. Żagań is also the site of the famous Great Escape during which the Allied pilots broke free from a Nazi camp in 1944. Only three prisoners managed to escape, the remaining 77 were caught, and 50 of them were executed. The event was depicted in books and films, including the famous 1963 film, The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson. Today, Żagań is the seat of the Allied Prisoners Museum.

Żagań is the seat of 11th Armored Division.

St. Michael’s Fair is the largest outdoor festival in Żagań and a popular tourist attraction. The event promotes local businesses and supports regional culture and traditions. Each year, the festival attracts thousands of local residents as well as tourist from different parts of Poland and the world.

Żagań is also Poland’s off-road capital and a definite must-see for all those who enjoy 4×4 and motorcycle rallies.

The local authorities make every effort to emphasize Żagań’s European heritage and face the challenges posed by a new, united Europe. New projects are launched to expand Żagań’s infrastructure and improve the living standards of the local community.

Businesses searching for attractive investment opportunities can be sure to find a supportive climate, ample resources and comprehensive assistance in Żagań.

BORNE SULINOWO:

Borne Sulinowo – one of the youngest towns in Poland, was “miraculously revealed” on the maps shortly after the withdrawal of the last transport of Russian soldiers in 1992. It is a unique place with a special history surrounded by an aura of mystery.

The modern atmosphere of the town has been formed by the military traces of the past. The former military training ground that neighbours Borne Sulinowo, the vast heathland, the Pomeranian Wall (Pol. Wał Pomorski) and the natural beauty of the terrain all combine to form a one of a kind “tourism training ground”. It is an ideal place for outdoor activities such as: trekking, cycling, and kayak tours. There is also a wealth of military heritage tourism for those who are interested. However, if you are simply looking for a peaceful escape in a beautiful location, Borne Sulinowo is a perfect place.

Welcome to Borne Sulinowo where you are “threatened” only by an abundance of attractions, some of which are presented in this publication.

DRAWSKO POMORSKIE

Drawsko Pomorskie – ,,Wind beneath your wings”

Located upon Drawa river, Drawsko Pomorskie is one of the major tourist resorts in West Pomerania. The city is surrounded by a spotless nature. A varied landscape, large timberland, many river vallies provide to all the tourists many indelible impressions.

The borough of Drawsko Pomorskie it is not only a beautiful landscape and clean environment, but also a perennial history.

Drawsko Pomorskie is one of the oldest cities in Wes Pomerania (city rights was awarded in 1297). Wandering around Drawsko Pomorskie you may find wonderful, historic Churches and sumptuous palaces. Among the forests and fields you may find many early medieval settlements.

For all the guests coming to Drawsko Pomorskie, The City Hall has prepared many accommodation facilities.

One of the most wonderful attractions is a Drawa river canoe trail, which by the way is considered as one of the most beautiful in Poland. Marked walking trails, bicycle trails provide a lot of positive energy to every single tourist.

Drawsko Pomorskie is also an administrative centre. All departments and institution with a district importance are located here.

The city is also known from one of the biggest ranges in Europe. For the past few years allied forces have been practising on that range.