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    Rzeszów  – a brief overview

    Rzeszów is southeast Poland’s largest city. With a pretty Old Town and some impressive architecture, including unique churches and synagogues, it’s easy to while away few days in this relatively unexplored corner of Eastern Europe. Despite being the area’s main metropolis, it’s a breeze to cover the city centre on foot, making it ideal for getting lost and discovering hidden streets and alleyways.

    With plenty of history and some terrific museums and galleries, there’s plenty in Rzeszów to put it right up there with other Polish cultural gems such as Poznań and Wrocław.

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    Old Town

    Old Town
    Rzeszów
    Poland
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    In the heart of the city centre, Rzeszów’s Old Town is the first place you’re likely to come on a visit. With small, pretty streets, impressive squares and striking architecture, it’s one of Poland’s most beautiful urban areas.

    Lubomirskich Castle

    plac Śreniawitów 3
    Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Opening times:
    Various

    This distinctive structure dates back to the 16th century and was home to the Lubomirski noble family. Reconstructed over the centuries, it is Rzeszów’s most distinctive building, easily accessible from the Old Town. It plays host to regular concerts and exhibitions. Check local listings for details.

    Old Town Synagogue

    Bożnicza 4
    Rzeszów
    Poland
    Tel: +48 17 853 2684
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    First built in the 17th century and rebuilt after countless fires, this pretty synagogue is a lasting symbol of what was once a large Jewish community in Rzeszów. Today it is used by the Jewish History Research Centre in Kraków and as such the interior isn’t open to the public.

    New Town Synagogue/BWA Gallery

    Jana III Sobieskiego 18
    35-002 Rzeszów
    Poland
    Tel: +48 17 853 3811
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1900

    The so-called ‘Big Synagogue’ (compared to the smaller one found in the Old Town) was first built in the early 18th century. It was used by the Nazis as a stable during WWII and destroyed towards the end of the conflict. Today it is home to the BWA (Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych) gallery, which is well worth exploring.

    Communist Monument

    Cieplińskiego
    Rzeszów
    Poland
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    This huge monument was built during the dark days of Polish communism, remembering those who had committed ‘revolutionary acts’. Today its grandiose style is a reminder of the tough times endured by Poles during the latter half of the 20th century.

    Ethnographic Museum

    Rynek 6
    35-064 Rzeszów
    Poland
    Tel: +48 17 862 0217
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Thu 0900-1530
    Fri 1000-1730
    Sat 1000-1600

    Anyone interested in Polish social history should head to this excellent museum. Found on the main town square, it has a vast collection of traditional costumes and artefacts, explaining how tradition continues to thrive in the far corner of this beautiful country.

    Rzeszów Regional Museum

    3 Maja 19
    35-030 Rzeszów
    Poland
    Tel: +48 17 853 5278
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Thu 0900-1530
    Fri 1000-1730
    Sat 1000-1600

    With a focus on Polish art from the last few centuries, this pretty museum is Rzeszów’s major cultural attraction. Its home, in an old monastery, is worth visiting even if you only have a passing interest in art. There are also pieces from other European countries, giving the place a more international flavour.

    Bernardine Church and Monastery

    Sokoła 8
    35-010 Rzeszów
    Poland
    Tel: +48 17 853 3495
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    Opening times:
    Various

    A Renaissance period building, this old monastery and church is home to some stunning effigies of the Ligęza family, who ruled the city during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Not to be missed.

    Rzeszów Cellars

    Rynek 26
    35-064 Rzeszów
    Poland
    Tel: +48 17 875 4774
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1900 (May-Sep)
    Sat-Sun 1100-1800 (May-Sep)
    Tue-Fri 1000-1800 (Oct-Apr)
    Sat-Sun 1100-1700 (Oct-Apr)

    Take a guided tour through this fascinating underworld. The 45-minute trip takes you through cellars dating from the 15th century until the last, all connected via a dedicated route. A cool and different way to see a whole new side of Rzeszów.

    Museum of the City of Rzeszów

    Rynek 12
    35-030 Rzeszów
    Poland
    Tel: +48 17 875 4198
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Thu 0900-1530
    Fri 1000-1730
    Sat 1000-1600

    The permanent ‘six centuries of Rzeszów’ exhibition here is absolutely superb. Historical artefacts such as armour, weapons and key documents help tell the story of the town from its beginnings in 1354 right through to its role in WWII. A must-see.

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    Country overview

    One of Europe’s most underrated countries, Poland offers a huge amount for travellers of all stripes, from the wild scenery of its mountainous south, with its great skiing and hiking, to the stunning Old Towns of Cracow, Zamość and Gdańsk, and the wilderness of the Białowieża National Park and the Great Masurian Lakes in the country’s north. Poland’s scenic beauty is as varied as it is extraordinary.

    The Baltic coast has some excellent sandy beaches, as well as the Słowiński National Park with its ethereal forests, bogs and sand dunes. The Cracow-Wielun Upland with its limestone areas, caves and medieval castles is another highlight, while perhaps most beautiful area of all is around the Carpathian Mountains in the far south.

    Geography

    Poland shares borders to the east and northeast with Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, to the south with the Czech Republic and Slovakia and to the west with Germany. To the north lies the Baltic Sea. The Baltic coast provides almost 525km (325 miles) of sandy beaches, bays and steep cliffs; between Gdańsk, and the port city of Szczecin to the west there are many seaside towns offering unpolluted water and some fine beaches, with sunbeds and umbrellas available for hire. These sand and gravel deposits also form the shifting dunes of Słowiński National Park, the sand bars of Hel and the Vistula Lagoon.

    Northern Poland is dominated by lakes, islands and wooded hills joined by many rivers and canals. The Masurian Lake District to the northeast is a patchwork of lakes and forests with Lake Hańcza, the deepest lake in Poland, located here. The longest river, the 1,090km (675 mile) Vistula, or Wisła, rises in the Tatra mountains and empties into the Baltic, cutting a wide valley between the capital, Warsaw in the heart of the country, to Gdańsk on the coast.

    The rest of the country rises slowly to the Sudety mountains, which run along the border with the Czech Republic, and the Tatra mountains, which separate Poland from Slovakia.

    To the west, the River Oder, with Szczecin at its mouth, forms the northwest border with Germany.

    Poland counts almost two dozen national parks, covering an area of 3,200 sq km (1,235 sq miles), and including the oldest, Białowieża National Park, east of Warsaw on the border with Belarus, and one of the largest, Bieszczady National Park, part of the Carpathian mountain range. These parks are home to European bison (the largest mammal in Europe), brown bears, lynx, wolves and even some wild horses. And Białowieża contains a fragment of the forest that once covered Europe prehistoric times, with some oaks dating back half a millennium. Polish forests are largely pine though, accounting for two-thirds of the total.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 38383809

    Population Density (per sq km): 123

    Capital: Warsaw.

    Language

    Polish is the official language. There are a few small German-speaking communities primarily in the southwest. English and, increasingly less so, Russian are also spoken. French is also popular.

    Currency

    Złoty (PLN; symbol zł) = 100 groszy. Notes are in denominations of zł200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. The coins are in denominations of zł5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 groszy. Poland is required under the terms of its accession to the European Union in 2004 to adopt the Euro as its national currency sometime in the future but this is not expected to happen for at least three years.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz; continental plugs with two round pins.

    General business opening hours

    Most offices in major industries open Mon-Fri 0830-1700. Government offices are open Mon-Fri 0830-1630. A few independent businesses may open on Saturday morning.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    National Day: 3. May 2016
    Ascension Day: 15. May 2016
    Corpus Christi: 26. May 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Independence Day: 11. November 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    Second Day of Christmas: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    National Day: 3. May 2017
    Ascension Day: 4. June 2017
    Corpus Christi: 15. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Independence Day: 11. November 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    Second Day of Christmas: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Rzeszów 

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    Rzeszów has a large student population, meaning that nightlife options are plentiful. As with most of Poland, the big focus is on bars selling strong, tasty, cheap beer.

    However, there are lots of places to head if you fancy a dance or a stronger drink.

    Stary Browar Rzeszowski

    Rynek 20-23
    35-064 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Head here for some of the tastiest home brew in Poland.

    Stara Drukarnia

    Bożnicza 6
    Rzeszów
    Poland
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    One of Rzeszów’s coolest pubs, the focus here is on the laid-back jazz, on the stereo and played live.

    Club Akademia

    Piłsudskiego 34
    35-001 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    One for the night owls, this club plays banging tunes until well into the wee hours.

    Chilli Klub

    Mikołaja Kopernika 12
    35-002 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    This is one of Rzeszów’s hottest spots, with an eclectic playlist and decent cocktails.

    Graciarnia U Plastykow

    Rynek 10
    35-064 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    You can’t get more central than this great pub, which has sharp décor to match its impressive drinks list.

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    Restaurants in Rzeszów 

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    Hearty Polish meals are not hard to come by in Rzeszów.

    The large student population also means that there are plenty of cheap eats to be had, as well as a growing number of more internationally flavoured spots to grab a bite after a day’s sightseeing.

    Grzesznicy

    3 Maja 7
    35-030 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Price: Expensive

    Fine-dining joint with super fresh ingredients and creative dishes.

    Loft

    Tadeusza Rejtana 20
    35-315 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Price: Expensive

    One of Rzeszów’s higher-end eateries, Loft is big on fresh, local ingredients and unique dishes.

    Pablo Picasso

    Plac Jana Kilińskiego 2
    35-005 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Price: Moderate

    A spread of Italian and Spanish dishes make this a good go-to restaurant if you’ve had enough of rich meats and dumplings.

    Saigon

    Jana III Sobieskiego 14
    35-002 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Price: Moderate

    A Pan-Asian place, with a focus on Vietnamese dishes in particular.

    Grotesque

    Przesmyk 4
    35-065 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Price: Cheap

    Don’t be put off by the name: this lunch spot is great value and serves mainly classic Polish meals.

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    Rzeszów Run

    10 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Starts from Witolda Šwiadka.

    Runners battle it out in this annual race through the streets of Rzeszów. Usually held around Easter, the race draws huge crowds of clapping and cheering spectators who come out in force to support the adult and youth events. The day usually rounds off with live entertainment.

    Łańcut Music Festival

    21 – 29 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Łańcut Castle, 17km east of Rzeszów.

    For over 50 years, this world-renowned classical music festival has been attracting an impressive line-up of international soloists and ensembles. Concerts take place in the ornate ballroom and rococo palace theatre of 17th-century Łańcut Castle, a 20-minute drive east of Rzeszów.

    Carpathia: International Song Festival

    26 – 28 Mai 2016
    Website

    Venue: Market Square and Maska Theatre.

    Aiming to promote young musical talent, this competition features soloists and groups performing original compositions written especially for the event. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear up-and-coming musicians from across Europe. Don’t miss the opening ceremony, which usually includes a song and dance show staged by Rzeszów’s Vocal Arts Centre.

    Barwy Pogranicza Festival

    Juni – August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Translating as ‘Colours of the Border’, Barwy Pogranicza is a joint, cross-border project between Rzeszów and the western Ukrainian cities of Ivano-Frankivsk and Lutsk. The result is a thrilling international blend of art exhibitions and theatre, music and dance performances.

    Cieszanów Rock Festival

    18 – 21 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Cieszanów, just under 100km east of Rzeszów.

    A classic camping rock festival, this four-day music bash is held in Cieszanów, east of Rzeszów near the Ukrainian border. It’s a head-banging, moshing affair featuring some of Poland’s biggest mainstream and alternative rock bands, with plenty of other distractions including sports and adrenaline rides.

    Goodfest

    27 August 2016

    Venue: Stadion Miejski, Dębica, around 50km west of Rzeszów.

    Featuring a solid line-up of Polish artists and celebrating the best Polish new music, Goodfest attracts huge crowds to hear the latest tunes, and best of all, it’s totally free. The one-day festival takes place in the town of Dębica, a short drive from Rzeszów.

    New Year’s Eve

    31 December 2016

    Venue: Rynek

    Poles love a good party, and Rzeszów is a fantastic place to bring in the New Year. Revellers throng Rzeszów’s illuminated historic market square for the countdown to midnight. The evening kicks off with live bands performing on an outdoor stage and culminates in a dazzling fireworks display.

    International Bienniale of Theatre Posters

    December 2017
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    Venue: Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre.

    This biennial competition displays an extraordinary array of posters promoting theatrical and operatic performances and events. Designers entering the jury-led competition must submit a poster from the previous two years and the resulting exhibition is an eye-catching and thought-provoking show.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Rzeszów 

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    For a relatively small town, Rzeszów is blessed with a number of good hotels, most of which fall into the moderate, business-style category.

    There is plenty of value to be found in every part of the market, with modern places rubbing shoulders with old-world establishments.

    Bristol Tradition & Luxury

    Rynek 20-23
    35-064 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Category: Expensive

    A 5-star spot with slick design flourishes and décor that’s sure to leave you wowed.

    Hotel Rzeszów

    Józefa Piłsudskiego 44
    35-001 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Category: Moderate

    Smart, luxurious rooms mark this city centre spot out from the crowd, and great rates round off an impressive package.

    Hubertus

    Mickiewicza 5
    35-064 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Category: Moderate

    Traditional style is the order of the day at this conveniently located hotel.

    Fryderyk

    Fryderyka Szopena 33
    35-055 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Category: Moderate

    Small, homely and highly rated. Fyderyk is all about old-style Polish hospitality in an Old Town location.

    Hetman

    Langiewicza 29B
    35-085 Rzeszów
    Poland
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    Category: Cheap

    A business-style hotel for budget-conscious travellers, with cosy and spacious rooms.

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    Climate & best time to visit Poland

    Poland’s climate is temperate with warm (often very hot) summers, crisp, sunny autumns and cold winters. Snow covers the mountainous area in the south of Poland (mid-December to April). Rain falls throughout the year. The most pleasant times to visit Poland are late spring and early summer (mid-May-June) and late summer and early autumn (September and October), when it’s still warm but unlikely to be too hot and the crowds of tourists have either not arrived yet or already gone home.
    The added advantages are that you’ll hit the asparagus season in late season and hiking is at its best in early autumn.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +48

    Telephone

    You can buy telephone cards from post offices, newspaper kiosks and hotel receptions for both domestic and international calls.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies; most of the country is covered. You can buy local SIM cards once in Poland and use them in unlocked GSM handsets, with top-ups available at phone shops, newspaper kiosks and some ATMs.

    Internet

    There are many internet cafés in cities and Wi-Fi is available in hotels, hostels and cafés and plenty of other public spaces.

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    Shopping in Rzeszów 

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    Key Areas

    Around the main town square (Rynek), there are a good number of small shops selling traditional Polish toys and handicrafts, perfect for souvenir hunters. The city centre also has a pedestrianised shopping area, centred on 3 Maja, with an array of excellent local boutiques and stores.

    Markets

    Rzeszów has one of the most vibrant flea markets in Poland. It takes place every Saturday and is ideal if you like trawling through bric-a-brac for hidden treasures. Just remember to show up early, as stalls tend to wind up around noon.

    Shopping Centres

    Galeria Graffica (Lisa-Kuli 19) is where you can find leading global brands, as well as luxury items. Pasaż Rzeszów (Słowackiego 16) is also a good bet if you’re looking to pick up high-street treats for yourself or anyone back home.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Poles are friendly, industrious people and foreigners are usually made very welcome. There are vast contrasts between urban and rural life and the Polish peasantry is very religious and conservative, maintaining a traditional lifestyle. Roman Catholicism plays an important role in daily life and criticism or jokes about religion are not appreciated, despite the general good humour of the people.

    Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting; an older man will often kiss a woman’s hand.

    Normal courtesies are observed when visiting private homes, and it is customary to bring flowers, preferably in odd numbers. Fairly conservative casual wear is the most suitable attire, but dress should be formal when specified for entertaining in the evening or in a smart restaurant. Smoking is banned in public places, including railway stations, restaurants and bars.

    Photography

    Military installations including border points should not be photographed.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is normally chlorinated, and while relatively safe may cause mild abdominal upsets. Do not drink water from rivers or lakes even if they look pristinely clean as it may contain bacteria or viruses that can bring on diarrhoea and vomiting. Make use of the public wells for better tasting water; bottled water is available everywhere. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

    Two words of caution – a lot of dishes in Polish cuisine are stuffed or wrapped. Avoid them at a cafeteria or buffet if they look like they have outlasted their shelf life. Also, Poles can be big drinkers and vodka is the national drink. You definitely won’t be able to keep up with your fellow drinkers for long. Go easy and either miss a few turns or sip your drink in stages. Otherwise count on the mother of all hangovers and an upset stomach the next day.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Another one is against tick-borne encephalitis. This is spread by small insects that burrow under the skin and in recent years has become a common problem in parts of central and eastern Europe. Encephalitis is a serious infection of the brain, and vaccination is advised particularly for campers and hikers. Anyone who is considering spending a lot of time outdoors in affected areas should consider getting the jab before they leave home. Two inoculations of the vaccine will protect the recipient for a year while three doses provide protection for up to three years.

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    Visa & Immigration

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