The Eastern European country of Poland stands on the Baltic Sea. Its capital city is Warsaw and other major cities include Krakow, Gdansk and Wroclaw. If you drive a hire car in Poland you may notice that the north is generally flatter and the south more mountainous, leading down to the Tatra range. Poland has one of Europe's greatest densities of lakes and is crossed by major navigable rivers like the Vistula. Wherever you go, you'll find that despite the strife Poland has endured, the country takes great care of its national heritage - that's why you'll find 14 World Heritage Sites across the country.
The former capital of Krakow is sometimes called Europe's most beautiful city. It certainly is packed with wonderful old buildings and has a welcoming atmosphere. If you have a hire car in Poland you can drive between Krakow and Warsaw in half a day. The capital has its attractions too, including a well-restored Old Town. The historic riverside city of Wroclaw is another favourite of visitors. Between these cities, Poland is a land of castles, lakes and forests. But one of Europe's most tragic tourist sites is also in southern Poland. The Auschwitz Concentration Camp has now been turned into a sobering museum visited by more than a million people every year.
Polish traffic drives on the right side of the road. Drivers overtake vehicles on the left except if it's a tram, which must be overtaken on the right. You can drive on tram lines but only if there's no tram around. Wearing seatbelts is compulsory. The speed limits are complex: on a motorway the limit is 140kph (87mph) and 100kph (62mph) on a dual carriageway. 'Express roads', normal country roads and three-lane roads each have different limits. In residential zones you must stick to 20kph (12mph) and in built-up areas there are different limits for day and night. Police can issue on-the-spot fines for those observed breaking regulations.