backpacking in europe 2010

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1. Posted by blooregard (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

budget trip around eastern europe!

i planned to go about helsinki (finland), Stockholm(sweden), Copenhagen(denmark), berlin(germany), warsaw(poland). starting and ending at st petersburg (russia). so it'll be like a loop.

but im open to other ideas and places as well!

duration about 2-3 months? what say you?


2. Posted by wicatakala (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you plan to be in Poland I may rather suggest you to go to Krakow (in the south of the country) and Gdansk (north at the Baltic seaside)

From your travel itinerary you've posted I suppose you plan to travel rather in the north so Gdansk would be very convininent for you. Also in terms of transport as there are ferries or flights from there to Scandinavia.

Warsaw is not rather a turist city, Gdansk and Krakow are much more beautiful and have lots of events and places to go then the capital.

Not sure what month you'll be tarvelling - in July there is Open Air Theater festival in Gdansk which I recommend you as it is really fun and spectacular event. Also lots of gigs and other things to see in the summer are present in Gdansk.
There is Grunwald nearabout where a great reconstruction of medieval battle is performed each year - this is also in July.

This is was I got on mind right now. If you can say what dates you plan to be there I may suggest or find something more.

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4. Posted by wicatakala (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you plan to be in Poland for a few days only I recommend you to go to Gdansk or Krakow only, if about 1 week or more go to both cities and you may stop in warsaw too on the way between them as Gdansk in in the north, krakow is in the south of Poland and Warsaw is in the middle of the coutry - travelling by train you will pass through Warsaw on your way from Krakow to Gdansk or from Gdansk to krakow.

Warsaw is worth to spend 1 or 2 days only. There is not too much attractions there apart from the old town with a castle which is quite small, and a royal palace in Wilanow which is on the south suburb. The rets of the city is rather ugly and tiring.

Krakow has a big ancient royal castle and much bigger and more interesting old town. There is also lots of events in the summer, Warsaw is getting empty for the summer rather. You can go to zakopane - which is a town at the bottom of Tatra mountains, with original and local mountaineer's atmoshere.

Gdansk I know better and I definitely recommend it.
I was never bored there in the summer. It has lots of fun, very interesting historical architecture, big old town, lots of places to go and see, restaurants and is cheaper than Krakow and especially Warsaw. Also you may find interesting to go for a cruise to Hel or to any of towns or villages along the Baltic seaside, see the huge medieval castle in Malbork (also on the train way from Gdansk to Warsaw) etc.
Let me know what are you exactly interesting in: historical places, restaurants, walks, nature etc. and I'll try find more information for you. If you like to spend some time on nature or try sailing you may go to Mazury which is a region in the north-east of Poland with lots of lakes and lakeside activities.