Poland - Tourism, travel, and recreation





The main tourist attractions include the historic city of Cracow, which suffered little war damage; the resort towns of Zakopane, in the Tatras, and Sopot, on the Baltic; and the restored Old Town in Warsaw, as well as the capital's museums and Palace of Science and Culture. Camping, hiking, and soccer are among the most popular recreational activities.

Foreign visitors to Poland must have a valid passport. Citizens of over 30 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, may stay up to 90 days without a visa.

The number of tourists was approximately 17.4 million in 2000 and tourist receipts amounted to $6.1 billion. There were 60,853 hotel rooms with 120,280 beds and a 40% occupancy rate.

In 2000 the US government estimated the cost of staying in Warsaw at $249 per day. Elsewhere in Poland, daily travel expenses were estimated to be between $143 and $229.

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