- Going to Poland in a few weeks, what's it like?
Fantastic, according to Polish people 🙂
It has lovely white sandy beaches apparently but the thing I’d most like to see is Bialowieza National Park. It’s the only place you can see pristine Western European wilderness – the closest you’ll ever get to seeing what stone age Britain was like.Posted 4 years agoValleyboy123Member
I went a few years ago on a work trip, stayed in krakow it was brilliant, great city loads to do and see, great food for a pittance and very nice people. Also went to Warsaw which was a great experience.
I went about 10 years ago, may have changed a bit by now but at the time the food was almost all organic and the buffalo grass vodka was about 12p a shot!!!
Can get **** freezing though
CheersPosted 4 years ago
Wieliczka Salt Mine. And Auswitch. And Vodka. And locals. And general all round nice place to visit. Apart from the food- if my missus’ memory serves.Posted 4 years agospud-faceSubscriber
Krakow is ace! I was there for a couple of days last month, planning on going back at some point to finish off the bits i missed. The salt mine is impressive (quite dear though, but can’t remember quite how much). We did a bike tour of the city that was frankly a bit shit, as it got too bogged down with the stop-start. Much better to hire bikes and get yourself a map – hooning along the side of the river in the blazing sun was great (probly a bit nippier now though). There’s a basement jazz club in one of the main squares that’s worth going to, it was a welcome alternative to the myriad pub crawls that set off from the main square; great music, decor and the most wildly extravagant barman i’ve ever seen – even ordering a glass of tapwater got the full cocktail flip/crush/spin/ignite treatment.
It’s not that cheap, but cheap enough (restaurant meal, 4/5 pints and entry to the club was about £25) considering it’s a city centre. no doubt you can do cheaper by exploring a bit.
The radio krakow studios had a gig on in their courtyard while we were passing – weird folky kate bush-y type thing (this is a good thing) that was presumably free, as no-one stopped us wandering in to watch – no idea whether that’s a regular occurrence, but worth checking.Posted 4 years agorazorrazooMember
Krakow is great, been twice. Take a walk up to the Wawel ( the big castle thing). Loads of interesting churches and things you can drop into if you walk round the city. Also has the largest city square in Europe iirc. Lots of cellar bars. Genuinely the cheapest European city I have been to.Posted 4 years agoRichPennyMember
From Krakow I would take the train or a polski bus (google it) to Zakopane to see the tatra mountains. Take a horse drawn carriage to Morskie Oko otherwise you’ll have a long hike. Maybe visit one of the hot spas over the border. We hired a wood cabin for about £10 a night, but my wife is polish so found a good deal. Drink the honey liqueur they make in the mountains. Do not eat flacki!
We also visited the salt mine and wawel castle, both very interesting. Saw a Chopin recital in one of the grand houses on the main square, that again felt like a special experience.
Molgrips, I have been to bialowieza as that’s the region my wife is from. It is a truly beautiful place.Posted 4 years agoSquidlordMember
Warsaw…Lovely looking city
Really? I think it’s one of the ugliest places I’ve ever been to. I’ve not seen the (reconstructed) old town though, I admit.
Poor Warsaw – blown up by Nazis, rebuilt by Communists. The place never had a chance.
Krakow on the other hand is lovely.Posted 4 years agoKunstlerMember
I’m going to Krakow on Tuesday.
Just wondering what to pack, whether wise is it like here?
I was with some one today who was over there in what she called a heatwave (well, 20 deg C) last week. It’s usually full on winter by now.
We cycled passed a house where Chopin had stayed (I think). It seems in Polish his name is pronounced ‘shoppin’. Free fact.Posted 4 years agoPigfaceMember
A small town near the German border was awful, like being in a zoo and we were the exhibits, two very unpleasant incidents. The rest of the place was great, Tatra mountains, Warsaw, Krakow all nice, the driving is insane and seeing naked hookers on the side of the road was an eye opener.
Preferred the Lit, Lat and Estonia.Posted 3 years agoMidnighthourMember
I know a UK chap who married a polish girl. He finds it hard to communicate with her family due to language (they have only been married a couple of years), but the family are very friendly and welcoming to him, as are all the people he has met there.
He loves going to visit. He told me winter is particularly good as you get to walk along beaches looking at frozen sea then get to head into a nice food place or bar for a warm up.
I can remember him commenting that the older buildings are very nice in the cities too. He thought it was a lovely country, with super people.Posted 3 years ago
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