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As Warsaw is in central Poland, there are many other recommended destinations you can reach with a Warsaw hire car. Berlin is only five and a half hours to the west, Prague, under seven hours and Vilnius in Lithuania a little over six hours.
Flights to Warsaw arrive at Warsaw Chopin Airport from where the city centre can be reached in 20 minutes with a Warsaw hire car.
Warsaw was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War. Its old town was hit the hardest but so painstakingly reconstructed, it earned an inclusion into the Unesco World Heritage List. It now bustles with cafés, shops and restaurants. At the entrance of the old town stands the
Take a stroll round the 76-hectare
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Hard but sobering is a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp 50 miles west of
Toruń, two and a half hours northwest from Warsaw, is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and one of the oldest and most attractive cities in Poland. The medieval part of the city, with Gothic architecture, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and, unlike much of the rest of the country, survived the ravages of war. Classical music fans will want to visit the village of Żelazowa Wola, to see the house where Frederic Chopin was born.
UK visitors can use their UK driving licence to drive in Poland. International driving licences are recognised but not required. The car theft rate is high, so always carry your licence, along with ID (passport) and insurance papers with you.
Drive on the right; overtake on the left. Use of headlights is obligatory, even during the day. Refrain from using your horn – it’s illegal. Poland has a zero tolerance approach to drink-driving, so don’t be tempted by that shot of vodka before hitting the road.
There are few motorways and double carriageways in Poland; if you can’t find one, use minor roads with the help of a GPS device, rather than drive though town with heavy traffic.
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