Poland is a multifaceted country where the capital and medieval old
towns have the modern and traditional way of life. Horse-drawn carts negotiate
country lanes in areas where the new millennium appears to have got lost
somewhere down the road.
Situated in the heartland of Europe, it has been both a bridge and a front
line between eastern and western Europe. Today it is the place to go if you are
interested in seeing how a nation builds and reinvents itself.
Poland has a temperate climate characterized by relatively cold winters and
warm summers. Winters become increasingly severe inland from the Baltic coast,
with January temperatures averaging -1° C in the north and going as low
as - 5° C in the southeast. July temperatures range from 16.5° C near
the coast to 19° C in the south. Rainfall varies with altitude, ranging from
less than 20 inches a year to as much as 50 inches in the southern mountains.