The Municipal Information Center in Opole is located in Rynek 23 (23 Main Square), opposite the main entrance to the Town Hall.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 10:00 – 18:00, Sa 10:00 – 17:00.
The operating system of the Polish emergency medical system (EMS) is similar of the Austrian-Franco-German-Spanish delivery model.
EMS phone: 999 or 112.
Address of the EMS station in Opole: 2-4 Mickiewicz Street.
Primary health care in Opole is provided by the Regional Medical Center – Emergency Department (Wojewódzkie Centrum Medyczne (WCM) – Oddział Ratunkowy), 26 Witos Avenue.
Info 774520711, 774579067, 775413711. WCM provides initial treatment for a broad spectrum of ilnesses and injuries. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from EEA countries and Switzerland is required.
There are also many private clinics offerring specialized med services. Prices are moderate.
A private preschool facility will be available for the kids of ESSLLI participants. The preschool is conveniently located in a nice villa, 50 meters from the student dormitories (and from the ESSLLI site). Address:
Mr. Łukasz Fiebich
Private Nursery School NPAiJ "Przed - Szkolka"
29 Grunwaldzka Street
Phone: (48) 77 453 9870
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
It is open from Monday to Friday from 6:30 to 18:00. Staff members speak English. Home made meals are offered (breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snack). Unfortunately, the kindergarten is not free of charge. The total price is about 50 zlotys per day (circa 12-13 euros) for one child.
Parents who are interested are kindly requested to fill in the enrollment form and e-mail it to the preschool.
Since Poland is not in the Euro zone, in many situations the local currency (zloty) is required.
There are 100 groszy to 1 zloty (PLN).
Banknotes come in 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 PLN denominations.
Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 groszy and 1, 2, and 5 zlotys.
Most hotels accept payment in euro or USD. All major businesses (hotels, shops, restaurants) accept credit cards. Though it can take time to find a place where they accept travellers' cheques, you will succeed in the end. Banks are open on weekdays usually until 3pm - 6pm. Even better exchange rates are available in the numerous private exchange points. Places at airports offer rather poor echange rates. You can check the national bank rates at www.nbp.pl.
Big shopping malls (Karolinka, Turawa Park) are located on the outskirts of Opole. Department stores are situated in the town center in a walking distance from the Esslli site (Solaris - plac Kopernika (Copernicus Square), Opolanin Gallery– Plac Teatralny (Theatre Square)). Supermarkets belonging to the known nets (Tesco, Real, Kaufmann etc.) are localized not far from the center.
Timetable – see SitKol Route Planner. Tickets are sold in ticket offices at railway stations (cash, credit cards accepted).
There are two train carriers in Poland. Tickets sold by one carrier are not respected by the other (but they are refunded).
Polskie Koleje Państwowe SA (PKP SA, Polish State Railways inc.) is the dominant railway operator.
PKP Intercity is a semi-independent division of PKP that operates long-distance passenger trains in Poland. PKP Intercity operates all InterCity trains in Poland as well as most of the country's EuroCity services throughout Europe. PKP Intercity's trains are currently operated under the following two brands: