Piotrkow Trybunalski

Travel Guide Europe Poland Piotrkow Trybunalski

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Introduction

Piotrkow Trybunalski is a town in central Poland with 73,670 inhabitants. It was one of the most important towns during a few centuries of Polish history. The adjective Trybunalski in its name indicates that the Crown Tribunal sessions were held in this town (see also: Lublin and Grodno). The oldest railroad line in Poland connecting Warsaw, Czestochowa and Vienna ran through the town. Piotrkow Trybunalski was the site of the first Jewish ghetto of World War II set up in Poland occupied by Nazi Germany. It the same time it was also the area of action of the Home Army (in Polish: Armia Krajowa).

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Sights and Activities

  • The Old Town with the Market Square, a few churches, the castle built in the times of the king Casimir III the Great and one of the oldest train stations in Poland.

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Getting There

By Plane

The airports in Lodz, Warsaw, Radom, Katowice and Wroclaw in the area.

By Train

Train line from Warsaw to Czestochowa and Katowice - direct trains to Warsaw, Bialystok, Elk, Olsztyn, Lodz, Gdansk, Gdynia, Czestochowa, Opole, Wroclaw, Legnica, Jelenia Gora, Zielona Gora, Katowice, Raciborz, Bielsko-Biala, Zywiec, Krakow, Tarnow, Rzeszow and Przemysl.

By Car

Piotrkow Trybunalski has one of the most important cross-roads in Poland - connections to Warsaw, Lodz, Poznan, Wielun, Wroclaw, Czestochowa and Katowice, Kielce, Radom and Lublin.

By Bus

Buses tomany Polish cities, including Kielce, Lodz, Poznan and Szczecin.

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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 caf├ęs, 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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