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1. Posted by dnelnash (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

We would like to get input on our upcoming Poland trip. We will have 9 full days in Poland and are planning 3 days in Warsaw and 3 days in Krakow. We are considering spending 3 days in either Wroclaw or Gdnask. Suggestions? Thoughts?

Thanks!

2. Posted by Kathrin_E (Respected Member 181 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

You cannot go wrong with either, that's the good news. Wroclaw is a fascinating city. I have not been to Gdansk yet but it is high on my wish list.

I spent a month in Wroclaw and am currently in the process of writing a big blog here about it, in case you want to have a look: http://wroclaw-kathrin-e.travellerspoint.com/

3. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 825 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I think you're right with your first two choices - both Warsaw and Krakow have lots to see. Three days in each sounds right to me.

Gdansk is maybe a bit far out, giving you more travel time overhead. It’s a nice enough town but unless you are particularly interested in seeing the shipyards, or the seaside at Sopot, I don't think it has any draw over and above any other Polish city.

I've not been to Wroclaw yet but a friend came back very enthusiastic.

4. Posted by dnelnash (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w 1 Star this if you like it!

Thanks Kathrin and Andy for your comments!

Kathrin, I will check out your blog.

Your responses have helped me with our decision.

Safe travels to your next destinations!

5. Posted by Kathrin_E (Respected Member 181 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I see that your map has changed? ;)

Whichever choice you'll make, you will get to see a very interesting city. While I do have that certain affection for Wroclaw, I am sure that Gdansk is just as great. Certainly one could write a similar amount about Gdansk, too.

What time of year will you be going? This may influence your decision. Gdansk has a sea climate and the possibility to hop over to the beach, which would be great in summer. Wroclaw's climate can be very unpleasant in high summer, boiling humid with temperatures of 35 °C, so if it's July or August then I'd vote for Gdansk.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2017, at 00:28 by Kathrin_E ]

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7. Posted by dnelnash (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Kathrin,

We are going in July. A little hear doesn't bother us, but relief from the heat could be nice as well. We are trying on different routes and will decide soon. Do you have recommendations for someone to show us in the city in Wroclaw? Your blog is great!

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 850 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I'm currently in Gdansk, traveling with a friend; and we both love it here. The war-ravaged city has been lovingly rebuilt and is simply gorgeous. There are many fine restaurants. Tomorrow, we are going on a daytrip to nearly Malbork to see the giant castle originally built by Teutonic knights. We previously spent three days in Warsaw; and will be leaving Friday for three days in Krakow before crossing the border into Lviv, Ukraine.

Poland has some fast modern trains. The journey from Warsaw to Gdansk took about 2.5 hours. Our fast train from Gdansk to Krakow will take 5 hours. If you're over the age of 60, PKP (Polish Railways) offers a 30 percent discount.

Poland today is different than the Poland I visited several years ago. I've been impressed with the changes. My friend and I agree that it's a destination well worth visiting. It's a relative bargain, too, compared with much of the rest of Europe. We plan to be back.

9. Posted by dnelnash (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Thanks, Berner256. You just made our decision more difficult - in a good way!

A couple of questions:

Did you buy your train tickets in Poland or in advance?
Do you have suggestions on where to stay in Gdnask and Warsaw?

Your insights are much appreciated!

10. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 850 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I bought our tickets in Poland at train stations. It was easy. I used both credit cards and cash to make purchases. Check PKP's Web site for fares and timetables: http://www.intercity.pl/en/

If an agent at the station doesn't understand English adequately, he or she will point you to the PKP travel bureau where you can buy tickets. Or you can go there first.

We did not buy tickets online as Polish Railways apparently does not open sales more than 30 days in advance. We're currently on a 70-day trip and did not have Internet access much of the time.

We traveled from Vienna to Warsaw in a PKP carriage. The fare was 39 euros for the 7-hour trip, bought online in advance from Austrian Railways (OBB). I frequently buy OBB's discounted "Sparschiene" tickets for domestic and international travel. On the fast train from Warsaw to Gdansk, the TV monitors indicated that PKP offers similar discounted fares on international routes.

PKP offers several types of fare reductions, so check them out to see if you qualify.

In Warsaw, we rented an apartment near the main train station (Centralna) and used the efficient public transportation system to take us where we wanted to go. There is a huge shopping center next to Centralna that has a Carrefour supermarket. In Gdansk the train station is near the Old Town where we are staying in a hotel next to St. John's Church. It's a new hotel (2014) in a building that dates back to the 1500s. You'll have many choices for accommodations, a far cry from when I last visited Poland several years ago. Prices are very reasonable (some might say inexpensive).

If you want the names of the places, send me a private message. Hope this helps.

Poland

4 stops on this trip

  1. Warsaw, Poland
    03 Jul-03 Jul
  2. Kraków, Poland
    03 Jul-06 Jul
  3. Gdańsk, Poland
    07 Jul-09 Jul
  4. Warsaw, Poland
    10 Jul-13 Jul