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What has changed (travel-wise) after Poland's joining the Schengen zone?


AngelNC 2 | 85  
24 Jun 2008 /  #1
Has anyone recently traveled to Germany? How often do they stop cars at the border? Tell me about your experiences.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
24 Jun 2008 /  #2
How often do they stop cars at the border?

There isn't one. But there might be police on either side of what was the border. They will only stop you if they are bored or looking for something specific.
Bratwurst Boy 5 | 10,335  
24 Jun 2008 /  #3
How often do they stop cars at the border?

What do you want to smuggle?
OP AngelNC 2 | 85  
24 Jun 2008 /  #4
Was glaubst du, was wuerde sich lohnen? LOL

I'm going to Germany soon and wonder what to expect at the border.
Puzzy 1 | 150  
25 Jun 2008 /  #5
What has changed (travel-wise) after Poland's joining the Schengen zone?

- The Germans coming to Poland dump surreptitiously tones of rubbish into our woods. They used to do the same thing in Czechia but, it seems, the Czechs have taken care of the problem.
OP AngelNC 2 | 85  
25 Jun 2008 /  #6
Explain yourself
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
25 Jun 2008 /  #7
The Germans coming to Poland dump surreptitiously tones of rubbish into our woods.

Are you sure its the Germans...its usually Poles from the towns i see doing this.....I would have thought the German waste disposal services would be pretty good , and it would not really be on to load up your car with rubbish and drive it all the way to Poland......
Lukasz K - | 103  
25 Jun 2008 /  #8
I don't want to sound germanophobic or so, but I heard today on the radio that throwing rubbish by Germans into the forests along the border is a serious problem. Forest service has for collected 80t of rubbish fom forests around Gubin since Poland joined Schengen zone.

They do it becouse of the same reason as Polish - disposing waste costs...
And they don't have to drive so far if they live in Guben or Eisenhuttenstadt or so...

Lukasz
Jukrek - | 58  
25 Jun 2008 /  #9
German slatterns,

even private persons are coming form there and are throwung their German rubbish in our beautiful forests.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
25 Jun 2008 /  #10
German rubbish

If its true...then the Germans ought to be made to clear it up....
southern 75 | 7,096  
25 Jun 2008 /  #11
They used to do the same thing in Czechia but, it seems, the Czechs have taken care of the problem.

You mean they placed everywhere servants to collect the rubbish immediately.
Kowalski 7 | 621  
25 Jun 2008 /  #12
Nothing ever happens on the border these days but you can get stopped by customs and usually it is happening when you're way into Germany. They'd look for smuggled cigarettes mostly, police would have their reasons to stop you, too. Never on the border though.

News bite on waste dumping in Poland:

france24.com/20080526-euro-zooming-poland-europe-rubbish-germany-waste
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
25 Jun 2008 /  #13
Now the police/customs officers can stop you according to the general rules, i.e. when they have a grounded suspicion of a crime, not because you're crossing the border.
jaworgirl  
26 Jun 2008 /  #14
I was stopped at the border last week, crossing into Germany from Poland in the Nysa Valley near Zittau. Usual stuff... passport, driving licence, car documentation. Odd really... we get a Schengen border and yet it took three times as long to cross as in the pre-Schengen days.
OP AngelNC 2 | 85  
27 Jun 2008 /  #15
throwing rubbish by Germans into the forests along the border is a serious problem

I haven't been into the woods along the border but I was quite a few times around where I live in Mikolajki and before around Lublin and Siedlce area and I must say that I haven't seen so much trash in any forest before in my entire life. I wonder who's responsible for that. In Lubelskie probably Ukrainians and around here it must Russians.

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