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Poland - tips?

Hi, will be making a trip to Poland around the Sept/ october period and am looking to fellow well travelled EFers for tips!

Some specific questions that I have at the moment:

1. Would like to cover Warsaw and Krakow with a trip to Auschwitz in between. Is 5 days for everything do-able? (and yes, I hear that Krakow is prettier etc but no, I cannot ditch Warsaw!)

2. Whats the best way to get from these two cities? trains? rental car?

3. Is it possible to explore both cities on foot for sightseeing? Or is public transport a must?

Finally, any recommendations / your experiences with accomodation, restaurants in both cities will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Poland - tips?

I travelled through Poland by train - it was fine. We took night trains so it wasn't a problem that they were slow.

We didn't bother with Warsaw but Krakow was really nice, as was Gdańsk.

We really enjoyed hiking in the mountains around Zakopane, a lovely alpine town south of Kracow and easily reachable by bus from Kracow.

Depending on what you plan to do in Warsaw, a couple of days there, a day set aside for Auschwitz (by bus from Kracow) and a couple of days around Kracow should be plenty of time.
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Hi, will be making a trip to Poland around the Sept/ october period and am looking to fellow well travelled EFers for tips!

Some specific questions that I have at the moment:

1. Would like to cover Warsaw and Krakow with a trip to Auschwitz in between. Is 5 days for everything do-able? (and yes, I hear that Krakow is prettier etc but no, I cannot ditch Warsaw!)

2. Whats the best way to get from these two cities? trains? rental car?

3. Is it possible to explore both cities on foot for sightseeing? Or is public transport a must?

Finally, any recommendations / your experiences with accomodation, restaurants in both cities will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys!
I'm from Poland and anserwing your questions...
1. 5 days-not much, especially for Krakow so what I can suggest: 2 days in Warsaw, 3 days in Krakow or (if you have a direct fly to Warsaw-1 Warsaw, 2-4 Krakow, 5-Warsaw)
2. By car it can take around 4-5 hours; train: 2,5-3 and costs around 40chf
3. Use public transport: I'm from Warsaw, I don't know public transport in Krakow but in Warsaw you can buy 3day ticket for public transport for 16pln=>5-6chf

If you have any more questions, feel free to prv me
I hope you'll have a great time there
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Re: Poland - tips?

Thanks guys - very helpful so far. Keep 'em coming!!

new-bee, train from Warsaw to Krakow seems to be the way to go then!
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Thanks guys - very helpful so far. Keep 'em coming!!

new-bee, train from Warsaw to Krakow seems to be the way to go then!
Yes and no... You have to remember you will be in Poland, not in Switzerland so forget about Swiss punctuality BUT a lot of roads are repaired now, there is a lot of works after winter so it's more secure to go by train-you can avoid traffic and you won't get lost
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Indeed at the moment train is the only way to go.....i have just returned from a trip to Krakow....went there by car and regreted it...:-)
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Re: Poland - tips?

I just got my bookings done - to Warsawa ( Berlin-Warsaw Exp. ) arriving on September 2nd morning.

I too am planning to visit Oświęcim ( aka Auschwitz ) via Kraków ( midnite elcheapo TLK train from Warsawa and thereafter by early morning bus ) enroute to Ostrava hl.n. CZ.

I am tempted to spend a day or two at this place belonging to a member enroute to Gdańsk.

Would anyone know the cost ( and the frequency ) of the bus ride from Kraków to Oświęcim and back ?
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Re: Poland - tips?

If you want to travel fast but do not care if you will miss the landscape of gorgeous country side, you can also catch a flight from Warsaw to Cracow which takes you about 45min and return costs about CHF65. You can check the details on their home page: www.lot.pl

If I were traveling there for fun the following destinations would definitely be on my to do list:

- Warsaw's Old Town, museums and shopping,
- Cracows's Wawel Castle and multiple historical places,
- Czestochowa's medevial church and surroundings,
- Wroclaw charming city,
- Oswiecim Auschwitz memorial place of WWII victims in concentration camps,
- Gdansk and Gdynia shipyards,
- Malbork's Teutonic knights castle,

There are so many interesting and historical places to see in Poland but with your limited time I would do Warsaw, Cracow, Oswiecim first traveling by plane WAW-KRK (Warsaw-Cracow) and use buses/trains in the south of Poland to move around. Btw: south of Poland can be as charming or even more than Swiss alpine regions and in places almost identical. Leave north of Poland for some other time or if you really like it extend your stay for a couple more days.

Here is a snapshot of what you will experience (I already start envying you ):



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Re: Poland - tips?

The salt mines in Wieliczka close to Krakow are also worth a visit. Pryrzjemnejy zabawy!
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Re: Poland - tips?

One more thing. If your trip itenerary starts from visit in Cracow and its splendid surroundings and the next destination will be Oswiecim here is a tip:

Go to this website and take a train (type in entries from KRAKOW GLOWNY to OSWIECIM and your time of departure). It takes about 1h40 minutes to get there: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/query.php?q=en/node/146

Optionally, buy ticket from the main train station in Cracow (Krakow Glowny) and ask for Oswiecim bound. IMHO it should be the most cost effective way to get there. There should also be buses and coaches to get you there, but that's whole different story and let me work on it first to get you more info ...
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Would the learned members agree that 10-12 hours from 9.30am KRK Ballice Airport to the Salt Mines and back to KRK Glowny station is enough ?
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Would the learned members agree that 10-12 hours from 9.30am KRK Ballice Airport to the Salt Mines and back to KRK Glowny station is enough ?
According to the link I provided above it takes only 23min by train to get you from KRK Glowny to Wieliczka. KRK Balice airport is not that faraway add max 45 minutes by shuttle bus (with all delays and if you miss the bus) or by train it takes only 15min (KRK BALICE to KRK GLOWNY) so 10-12 hours in the area is more than enough and you can safely sip beer in the restaurant while waiting for ordered bigos meal.

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Podziękowania!

I am looking forward to this extended visit to PL. With prices so low as this from Gdansk from Wizz Air, proceeding to Aarhus, DK to conclude the holiday and return to CH is made so affordable.
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Re: Poland - tips?

Found a page that might help fellow visitors to Poland with some simple words and statements to get by.

http://www.zem.co.uk/polish/basicvoc.htm

and some rail tickets that might be interesting:
http://www.polrail.com/sections/trav...ons.html#PKPIC
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Re: Poland - tips?

Beautiful weather in Warsaw today. Took the 180 Bus, using the 24hr integrated ticket ( 12 PLN or CHF4 ) that passed through the Swiss Embassy.

Got a haircut, haven't had it this cheap for ages - 25 PLN wash, cut n blow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_...cience,_Warsaw

Next stop Krakow and Gdansk.
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I too am planning to visit Oświęcim ( aka Auschwitz ) via Kraków ( midnite elcheapo TLK train from Warsawa and thereafter by early morning bus ) enroute to Ostrava hl.n. CZ.

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You are going to Ostrava? ONe of my most favourite places in the world is in Northern BOhemia - Teplice nad Metuji Skali. I have been several times, to explore and wander around the sandstone forations, staying at the only little pension inside the National reserve - Potaka something. It's a little paradise. ( just in case you have the tie to explore there. :-)
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Next stop Krakow and Gdansk.
If you liked Warsaw so much (strangely enough), Krakow and Gdansk will just blow your mind.
I know these cities very well (lived in both for a long time), so if you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to ask me.
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Re: Poland - tips?

Ostrava another trip enroute to Vilnius. Warsaw was a stop over, on the Jan Kiepura train from Berlin.

It was the annual Daschund Day here.

Visited Nowa Huta.
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There is a great LOT offer ( got mine at PLN385 all incl. WAW-ZRH rtn 20kg ) - First Minute Fares for next Summer. It is about half price from Poland to Zurich ( change country to PL ) than it is the other way around.

http://www.lot.com/web/lot/promotion-list

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Re: Poland - tips?

If you do not mind travelling on a bus, there is a portal that offers voucher ( pretty affordable ).

http://www.kupbon.pl/cala-polska/autokary-i-busy/ in PL ( use Google Translate )

It is supported by 5 bus carriers.


The new entrant in Poland is Polskibus: http://www.polskibus.com/en ( PL and EN ).
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