Darlowo

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Introduction

Darlowo is a town in the West Pomeranian Region, at the south coast of the Baltic Sea, north-western Poland, with 14,931 inhabitants. In the Middle Ages Darlowo was a part of the Dukedom of Pomerania together with Slupsk, Koszalin, Kolobrzeg, Szczecin, Wolin, Kamien Pomorski, Stargard, Wolgast and Greifswald. From 1275 part of Poland and then from 1308 - Margraviate of Brandenburg and after a few years one again the Dukedom of Pomerania and from 1390 - Poland. Darlowo was a member of Hanza. In 1382 in Darłowo Eric of Pomerania was born. He was later known as Eric III King of Norway and Eric VII King of Denmark and Eric XIII King of Sweden (his burial took place also in Darlowo and it is possible to see his sarcophagus in St. Mary's church). Later the city found itself in Prussian and German states, and after the World War II in Poland.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Old Town with the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes built in 1352 (see: Szczecin, Ueckermünde and Slupsk)
  • Sea coast with Darłowo Lighthouse

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Getting There

By Plane

AIrports in Szczecin-Goleniow, Gdansk, Poznan and Bydgoszcz.

By Train

Trains to Slawno and then to Koszalin and Szczecin or Slupsk, Gdynia and Gdansk.

By Car

Regional roads in the town and country road Szczecin - Gdansk in the area with crosses in Koszalin and Slupsk.

By Boat

Sea harbour in the town.

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Keep Connected

Internet

In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.

Post

Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.

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