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1. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 9y

HI! I am travelling to Poland next August. I am flying to and out of Warwaw, and will spend 10 nights in the Country. I was thinking about staying in Warwaw, Krakow, Zakopane (near the Tatras) and Gdansk at least. While in those places I was thinking about doing day trips, etc...

I will be getting around by train, but even if I found the polish railways website with timetables, it would really help to get a map with all the possible connections between cities and towns in Poland, so that I can decide where to go, even when I am there.

I haven't got a fixed plan, so any suggestions on what to visit, what I shouldn' miss... etc... foremost on off the beaten track places, would be very very very welcome!

I like hiking, eating,... I would just want to get to know the country, the people, their way of living, getting the taste of it, not just being the typical tourist walking around searching for attractions with a map on my hands (not that this is bad, but just not my picture of travelling)!!!!

Thanks a lot in advance!
Yolanda

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 9y

Krakow is Great! A side trips from there would be to Auschwitz (be sure to also visit Auschwitz II). Also don't miss the salt mines outside Krakow. You can get a local bus there for less than a Euro. They are amazing, there is even an entire cathedral undergraound totally made from salt. Google "krakow salt mines" and check out the Info. and pictures.

In the North, to the east of Gdansk, is the "Wolf's Liar" where Hitler hide out for most of the war.

Although I never got there, between Warsaw & Krakow, you could stop in Czestochowa and see the famous Black Madonna.

Poland's a great country to travel around, and cheaper than Western Europe. Have Fun!

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 9y

Here's a good website with Poland train Info. There are links to the Polish rail site, and then an Euglish version link. Maybe this will help a little:

Polish Rail Info

4. Posted by Maya21 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi
Im Polish.If you have got any questions about my country feel free to email me.I live in a beautiful sea resort at the Baltic Sea called Sopot.We have got here long sandy beaches and its a mecca for all clubbers....Nearby there are two cities - Gdansk and Gdynia.When you visit Poland, Tricity is simply a must !! :)

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 9y

Quoting Maya21

Hi
Im Polish.If you have got any questions about my country feel free to email me.I live in a beautiful sea resort at the Baltic Sea called Sopot.We have got here long sandy beaches and its a mecca for all clubbers....Nearby there are two cities - Gdansk and Gdynia.When you visit Poland, Tricity is simply a must !! :)

I been to the area you live, it's very nice there.

6. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 9y

Thank you all for your help and your words. The railway site was helpful, but it was more focused on train times from London to Poland.

After reading what you have said about Krakow I just can't wait to go there myself. We were thinking about spending at least 2 days, but who knows, if we like it there we may stay longer!!!!

Anyway thanks a lot!!!!
I found a site for the polish railways that may be useful for other travellers also:

POLISH RAILWAYS LINES
http://www.plk-sa.pl/en/

MAP OF POLISH RAILWAYS
http://www.plk-sa.pl/en/00spolka/mapa/plk_mapaPolski.html
(Very useful!!!! When you click on a region, it brings you the map of that region, and then you click again and you got the lines of that part of the region! Really great to get an idea of where you want to go!

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 9y

The Old Town area of Krakow is a Great place to hang out. It's beautiful and has resturants, cafes, etc. A giant square and a very old giant cathedral.

You could do Krakow in 2 butI would think you'd want to plan at least 3 days for Krakow. Auschwitz would be a day trip. The Salt mines would be another day trip. Then a 3rd day you could just spent in Krakow.

8. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 9y

Wow!!!!! I think krakow will be definitely a base then!!! There are so many things I want to see there. I have red wonderful things about Wroclaw and Malbork, plus we are definitely spending sometime in Zakopane, to try and do some hiking routes around the Tatras...

Guess I will have to go back the next time!!!!

Any ideas and suggestions for restaurants in Krakow????

Even if Warsaw is the capital of the country, I have been told that the best food is served (or at least that's what they say) in Krakow, I just love eating and trying new things. If anyone has been to a restaurant serving good polish food (which by the way I don't know what it consistes of), just tell me. I don't need anything fancy, just good cooking and great atmosphere.

Thanks.......... I know I have plenty of questions, and that I am a bit a "pain in the ass"!!!!

Travel100... My partner is photographer also! Well, he doesn't work as it right now but... We are travelling together this time... is great to have someone that looks everything with "other" eyes, other perspectives... He would be (I am!) amazed of all the places you have been and have visited...

Guatemala is one of the places I have always wanted to go in fact... there is something special that attracts me of the country....

9. Posted by kalesin (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Don' t use railways. You can loose youre baggage on station or in carriage. Some trains are dirty and overcrowded. -snip-

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

10. Posted by dirtrock74 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Quoting yolandac8

Any ideas and suggestions for restaurants in Krakow????

Even if Warsaw is the capital of the country, I have been told that the best food is served (or at least that's what they say) in Krakow, I just love eating and trying new things. If anyone has been to a restaurant serving good polish food (which by the way I don't know what it consistes of), just tell me. I don't need anything fancy, just good cooking and great atmosphere.

Hey,

I lived in Krakow for a little while and there was one place I always went at least once or twice a week. It's called U Babci Maliny ("At Grandma Raspberry's Place") and they serve all sorts of traditional Polish meals, home-cooked and very cheap (US $2-3 for a big meal!) in a nice setting, decorated to look like the inside of an old Polish country home. Maybe a bit touristy, but a lot of the university students eat there too. It's located on ulica Slawkowska, which runs right from the main square (rynek glowny) north/northeast toward the Planty (the park that surrounds the center of Old Town) and Plac Matejki. Also, if you like Indian food, there's a good restaurant right on the intersection of ul. Slawkowska and Sw. Tomasza, although I can't remember what it's called. Also on Sw. Tomasza, up the street a little (near the intersection with Sw. Krzyza) is a Brazilian restaurant called "Ipanema" that serves some really excellent and interesting dishes. All of these places are a 5 min walk or less from the main square. Hope this helps!

Lucas