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Poland motorhome country guide
Poland is a slightly smaller than Germany so is a big country but has a 22 million less people than the UK. Poland’s most visited site is something that it inherited from its neighbour. Auschwitz is a few hours’ drive from Germany and from there you head to Krakow, Poland’s prettiest town, where there are four campsites to choose from. From Krakow visit the Royal Wieliczka Salt Mines. There are 350 miles of tunnels and salt statues to marvel at, visit www.kopalnia.pl for more information. Poland is best visited during summer because it is very cold and snowy during winter. Skiers and mountain enthusiast can head to Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains.
Campsites, Motorhome Stopovers and Offsite-Parking in Poland (free wild camping)
There are 500 campsites in Poland rated at 1-4, most are open May to September with few open all year. Polska Federacje Campingu i Caravanning, www.pfcc.eu lists campsites on the website and publishes ‘Polskie Campingi/Polish Campsites’ available from larger campsites or tourist information centres in larger towns. Also look out for Polska Mapa Campingow as it shows the campsites on the map and contains site details. There are no Motorhome Stopovers, although Bord Atlas lists a few farms that accept motorhomes. Offsite-Parking is not allowed in national parks or by the beach, although it may be possible in other parts of the country, it is not recommended.
Driving your motorhome or campervan in Poland
The main roads are generally good, with country lanes being of varying standards. Motorways have a toll charge. There is generally a hard shoulder, which slow vehicles pull into to allow overtaking. Avoid driving at night as the hard shoulder/overtaking lane is used as a footpath by pedestrians clad in black, which can lead to scary situations. All vehicles must use headlights both night and day, always. LPG is available at some fuel stations.