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1. Posted by stevebouchy (Budding Member, 11 posts) 29 Feb '12 02:20

Hey people. I'm from Australia and am heading to Poland early next year to check out where my family came from. I'm wondering if anyone knows anythin about travelling in Poland? Great places to see? I am particularly interested in war heritage areas. Is being a backpacker in Poland easy enough only speaking English? To be honest any info would be helpful

CHEERS steve

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5556 posts) 29 Feb '12 07:50

Hey Steve,

Haven't been to Poland except for a quick trip by train through the country, but have been reading about a few interesting places as I was interested in going there. I decide to go elsewhere, but there are some great historical towns and cities like Krakow and nearby Auschwitz, Torun, Gdansnk and Malbork.

One nice place which might be interesting for you is Wolf's Lair in the northeast of the country, the former headquarters of Hitler. It's a few hours northeast from Olsztyn or something.
Don't know where you are going to visit exactly and how long your have, but with about 2-3 weeks you can visit a lot of places. Travel by train by the way, by far the best way to go. And use buses to reach a bit off the beaten track places as even the Polish trains don't go everywhere;)

Have fun!
Michael.

3. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member, 403 posts) 1 Mar '12 08:05

Poland is a wonderful place to travel and there is a ton to see and do, but a lot will depend on the time of year that you are there. Train is definitely the way to travel unless you are heading to some out of the way places.

2-3 weeks is plenty of time to get a flavor for the country. I definitely recommend Gdansk, Warsaw and Krakow. If you are there in the summer there are some amazing festivals and places to go. In the winter you've got some ski resort areas and winter sports -( I really like the one in Zakopane).

4. Posted by fraezus (Budding Member, 5 posts) 20 Mar '12 04:52

I can strongly advise Krakow - it's my hometown :) astonishingly beautiful, old city is very tight - everything is in a walk distance, lots of hostels/cheap rooms for rental, and, I guess, low prices for an Australian. You definitely should see Old Town, Kazimierz (Jewish Town incorporated to Krakow in the begginigs of XX century), Podgorze (postindustrial district). Not far away are Wieliczka (beautiful medieval salt mine), Auschwitz (sadly i think i don't have to introduce this place...) and Tatry Mountains (very beautiful, Alps-type mountains with Zakopane - Polish winter capital - not sure if there is that kind of phrase in English, though :P )

About travelling in Poland - you can choose train (but we all complain about them - frequently they're late, veeeery slow, dirty and generally rubbish - if you want to travel by train in decent conditions you have to choose IC - but it's expensive), bus (polskibus.com - cheap, fast, new busses with wi-fi, but runs mostly in night and only between biggest cities) or flight (decent connections beetwen big cities by LOT and OLT Express). Hitchhiking can be difficult, drivers rarely give a lift. At least I am always waiting a long time before I catch something ;)

No problems at all with English - we generally speak it, every young person does, it's obligatory subject in schools ;)
Regards!

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Mar-2012, at 04:57 by fraezus ]

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6. Posted by samanth (Budding Member, 5 posts) 21 Mar '12 03:42

The best places to visit is for Cracow, Wroclaw and tri-city area in Poland: Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot.
In Cracow we have museum about World War II. In Warsaw they have Warsaw Rising Museum. There is also Castle Książ which supposed to be place where Hitler spend his time in Poland. In Sowie Mountains there is Nazi complex "Riese". Germans built there, Gross Rosen, a system of underground halls and corridors.

7. Posted by James120 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 23 Mar '12 02:45

Hi steve, Hi travelers,

I thaink that Poland has had a very turbulent history and is now considered to have the strongest economy of all Eastern European countries since becoming a member of the European Union in 2004. Poland is known for its hospitality; a local legendary proverb says: “A guest at home is God at home”. Poland’s main cities, Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw and Gdansk willingly open the doors of their most beautiful palaces and historic monuments.
you can visit many historical, war heritage areas and more.

Have a nice journey.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

8. Posted by domyn (Budding Member, 3 posts) 23 Mar '12 07:49

Quoting James120

Hi steve, Hi travelers,

I thaink that Poland has had a very turbulent history and is now considered to have the strongest economy of all Eastern European countries since becoming a member of the European Union in 2004. Poland is known for its hospitality; a local legendary proverb says: “A guest at home is God at home”. Poland’s main cities, Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw and Gdansk willingly open the doors of their most beautiful palaces and historic monuments.
you can visit many historical, war heritage areas and more.

Have a nice journey.

You're right. I can also add that the most beautifull landscapes in Poland you can find in Tatra Mountains, Bieszczady Mountains and in Mazury in the northeastern Poland.

9. Posted by michzio (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 9 Jan '13 08:17

Poland is a little boring country there aren't such places like Rome, Paris, London, Vienna or German cities...
there is a little medival architecture in crocow: but just a few one castel one main square about 3-4 square km to visit Warsow is more financial city some 3-4 skyscrapers, old town but smaller then in crocaw, and thay also have palace in Wilanów and nace park Łazienki!!!
Warsaw is greener, more parks, trees etc. they have also wider Vistula river -> bigger bridges, better public transport but for cracow 2-3 days is too much and for warsow 2-3 days also will be done the train is about 2:50h and cost 25euro so you can take two cities...

in poland there are some more interesting places also then just Krakow or Warsaw... ex. Gdansk ! they have sea, also interesitng place is Wroclaw ! very beautifull city many prefer it from Krakow!

10. Posted by eddie123 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 11 Jan '13 12:45

Hi, There are so many beautiful places to see in Poland. Everything depends on how much time you have. In media they usually promote Cracow, The Tatra Mountains- Zakopane, The Salt Mine in Wieliczka. Some go to the capital Warsaw. But you will be nicely surprised to see TriCity- Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. In Gdansk WW2 started and if you are interested in War Stories this is an excellent place to broaden your knowledge. Next to Gdansk there is also Stutthof- Nazi Concentration Camp and Malbork Castle--the largest medieval fortress in the world.
Do not worry about the language. Most people understand it and are willing to help.
Trains--I am not quite sure about them... If I were to travel I would take buses so called polski bus--reliable, always on time, clean with internet on board.
Good luck!