Polish or Kashubian are generally first languages, and English & German are often second.
Do people speak English and other major languages in Gdańsk?
Everyone who finished high school after 1989 should be able to speak at least basic English. Also, Gdańsk is visited by many German tourists so you should be able to communicate in German in some (more expensive) shops and restaurants in the tourist areas. Some people, especially over 40, speak, or are able to understand, Russian.
What's the currency in Poland?
Polish złoty is the official currency – although Poland is in the European Union, it has not adopted the Euro yet. One US Dollar is approximately 2.90 złoty, and one Euro is about 4.10 złoty. You can find the current rates here: . The rates used at the exchange offices or in banks are always lower than the official one - you will get less zlotys for each euro or dollar.
Yes, credit cards are accepted by a very large number of shops, restaurants, hotels etc. Two most popular card types in Poland are Visa (including Visa Electron) and MasterCard (including Maestro). American Express, Diners Club and JCB are much less used by the Polish people, but they are also widely accepted. If you need some cash from your card, finding an ATM shouldn't be a problem in Gdańsk.
Summer clothes are recommended, such as a T-shirt and jeans, although warmer clothes, like a jumper/sweater, may be needed at night. Taking a raincoat is also recommended as rainshowers are quite common.
What electricity and telecommunications does Gdańsk utilize?
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What types of accommodation are available?
All the accommodations you may desire and can afford. From five star hotels to student hostels or even camping sites. Please avoid sleeping in the streets with sleeping bags: we know it will be summertime but we don't want to have problems with the police.
Countries from which visas are not necessary are listed at this page. If your country is not on that list, please contact the nearest Polish diplomatic or consular office for detailed information on getting a visa. You will find a full list here. A few countries have specific visa requirements: they are listed here. You can find the visa application form here.