Plock

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Introduction

Płock is a city on the banks of the Vistula river in central Poland. In the 12th century it was the capital of Poland. Its cathedral dating back to that era contains the tombs of Ladislaus Herman (died 1102) and Boleslaus III the Wrymouth (1138), dukes of Poland.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Masovian Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral is one of Europe's finest examples of romanesque architecture.
  • Masovian Museum (Muzeum Mazowiecki), ul. Tumska 8, ☎ +48 24 364 70 70. Tu-Su: 10:00 - 16:00. Closed on M. A collection of Art Deco furniture and paintings 10 zł normal ticket, 5 zł reduced.
  • Stary Rynek, the City Hall square. The City Hall itself is interesting.
  • A castle from the 14th century, rebuilt in the 16th century into a Benedictine abbey.
  • Strolling in the no-traffic area (Ul Tumska to Stary Rynek).
  • Zoo, Norbertańska 2 (Walk past the railway/road bridge, on the main road, walk over the small bridge over the rail tracks), ☎ +48 24 366 05 11. Daily 9:00—17:00. In April and September until 18:00. May-August until 19:00. Interesting collection: lions, many types of miniature monkeys, fish, crocodiles. A bit overcrowded in animals. Cages are small, especially for the mighty sea turtles. 18 zł normal ticket, 12 zł discount ticket.

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Weather

Plock has a continental climate with generally warm summers and cold winters. Average summer temperatures are around 23 °C or 24 °C from June to August, around 21 °C along the coast. Nights are mostly around 15 °C during this time. Winters last from December to early March, with generally temperatures around zero during the day, and around -5 or -6 °C at night.
Precipitation is quite evenly distributed througout the year, although summers does have some wetter weather. Usually there is about 10 to 15 days of some rain or snow during most months. In winter, it is mainly snow that falls.

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Getting There

People travel here by bus. Pex (Polski Express) or Komfort Bus serves the busy main line of the area - Warszawa- Płock- Włocławek- Toruń. Warszawa- Płock seem to be served hourly, journey time is approx. 1 h 50 minutes. Płock-Włocławek is served with somewhat less intensive schedule, approximately a bus is running every two hours or less. There are also multiple bus connections from Kutno.

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Getting Around

Płock has an extensive bus system with most of the town hotspots covered. The timetables and route maps can be found on the kmplock website (in Polish) or at the bus stops. Most of the buses seem to run a few times an hour and from experience they are very rarely late (unlike England), in fact if anything arrive at the bus stop 5-10 minutes before scheduled departure time as they do sometimes arrive a little early and tend not to wait. There are very modern buses on some lines while some have older ones but all are of decent standard. The buses do tend to get busy most days so be prepared to stand (remember that in Poland it is considered polite to offer your seat to elders).

You need to buy the ticket before boarding and they are around 3-4 zł for an adult ticket with concession prices available. They are available at nearly every food shop and easy to get, you need to scan them in the machine once you get on the bus.

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Eat

  • Restaurant Art Deco, Stary Rynek 17, ☎ +48 024 268 5751. Atmospheric restaurant. One specialty is czernina, duck blood soup. Expect 40 zł.

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Sleep

  • Hotel Petropol (Best Western chain), Aleia Jachowicza 49, ☎ +48 24 366 44 40, fax: +48 24 262 4450, e-mail: petropol@orbis.pl.
  • Hotel Tumski Płock, Piekarska 9, 09400 Płock, ☎ +48 24 262 90 60. 4-star hotel.

View our map of accommodation in Plock

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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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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 52.546345
  • Longitude: 19.706536

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