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any suggestions for where to go in Poland?

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1. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

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Im going to Krakow for 2 weeks shortly and want to travel round the country. Any suggestions where to go or what route to take?

2. Posted by rxqueen (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

firts of all check this site: www.krakow.pl/en

it's worth to visit auschwitz. most of people who visit auschwitz only go to auschwitz I, while it is worth to see auschwitz II (birkenau). birkenau is much bigger, and not to many tourists bother to go there so it is quiet there. and birkenau is lonly 20 minuts walk from auschwitz. you can get there from cracow by bus (goes about every hour), it will cost you about 8-10 zlotys one way. id you want to see both auschwitz and birkenau you will need at least 5 hours. and travel from cracow to auschwitz takes exactly 1,5 hour (off-peak).

it's also worth to see wieliczka salt mine
www.kopalnia.pl/home.php?action=&id_language=2&
but i don't know how to get there coz i've never been there.

you can also go to warsaw, it takes 3 hours by fast train and one way ticket cost about 80 zlotys

and you have just have to go to zakopane and stay there for at least 2-3 days!!! http://www.zakopane.pl/articles.php?topic=30

any questions? mail me. i'm visiting both cracow and zakopane in 3-4 weeks.

zakopane is a must!

3. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Cheers rxqueen, I appreciate the help.

Im leaving tomorrow morning - will definately check out Zakopane and Auschwitz/Birkenau.

Ive heard theres a Church of Skulls somewhere on the Chech border - Is that worth seeing?

Also Ive been told that Warsaw is not worth a visit - do you agree?

If possible id like to cross the border to Slovakia - is this possible via the (tara?) mountains?

Cheers,

Mark

4. Posted by rxqueen (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

i don't know about that church.

about warsaw. well, it's not a must. only castle is worth seeing but you can visit wawel (castle in cracow) instead of going to warsaw.

yeah it's possible to cross mountains. do you want to go by car or train or what? if by car i think (but im not sure) it is best to cross boarder in Lysa Polana/Tatranska Javorina. in slovakia it is worth to go to stary smokowiec or kosice.

the weather is horrible in poland now. be sure to take umbrella and warm clothes

5. Posted by AaronL (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hey there, personally my highlight was Lublin, small town but covered in history the old town is like some big film noir mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, you can easily let a two or three days slip past you in an absolute chill get your batteries recharged ready for the bigger experiences like Krakow, Birkenau and Warsaw.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2007, at 9:47 AM by AaronL ]

6. Posted by PeteW27 (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

"Recommend" sounds a bit wrong, but Auchwitz 1 and 2 are a must, but certainly not for the faint hearted. Go to 2 and try not to have Schinder's List's music and images playing in your head and in front of your eyes.

On a much brighter note, the Salt mines near to Krakow are brilliant and amazing. If you get the chance, I have crossed the border to Slovakia as the person above recommends, it is amazing, almost as good as the Alps. You may also wish to consider crossing the other boarder and heading off to Olomouc in Northern Moravia-Czech Republic. It's about 6 hrs by train.

7. Posted by rxqueen (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

AraonL I live in Lublin and I never liked my town :P

You may have problems crossing boarder in Lysa Polana, I think they closed it for today because of broken trees on the roads.

Last night in Poland was horrible. The wind was so strong that I thought it was end of the world. Four people were killed

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

As well as already mentioned, i personally think Wroclaw is a really cool city, and the smaller towns of Zamosc and Torun are highly recomended as is the castle at Malbork. The tri-city Gdansk-Gdinya-Sopot area isn't too bad either, although it's more of a summer destination, the same as much of the NE of the country.
Poznan has a nice centre, whilst Lodz, Rzeszow and Bydgodgsz are all perfectly pleasant if you happen to end up there, but aren't really must sees, especially in just a couple of weeks.

9. Posted by susanh (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

We traveled in Poland last summer. It is such a beautiful country. Both the cities and countryside are delightful. Wroclaw and Torun are both worth visiting, as is Krakow.
Zakopane should be great now after all of the snow.
Have a wonderful trip.
Susan

10. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Thanks for the replies everyone, Poland was ace!

Visited Auschwitz, Zakopane, Krakow and Poprad (SLovakia). Had a great time.