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cushty1

Warsaw/Krakow other lovely towns?

by cushty1 »

Hello, we are from Minneapolis and my Polish husband and I are visiting Poland. We land in Warsaw and stay from September 11-14. We pick up a car in Warsaw on the 14th return it to Warsaw on September 24. We have ten days to drive and go at a leisurely pace. We are driving to Krakow. I want to spend some time there. What other lovely towns in Poland can we explore? We love the idea of seeing castles, lovely villages/town squares, and scenic views.

Would it be practical to visit the Czech Republic for a few days to explore that area? Will we have enough time to visit and or is that too much? We are happy to stay in Poland if that is not practical.

We are open to spending some time in the area close to Krakow as we will be driving back to Warsaw to return our car.

We are very open at this point.

Please advise. We appreciate any help. We have driven in the U.K. before and this is our first experience on the continent. We have bought an international license.

Unfortunately, despite his proud Polish blood, my husband speaks no Polish. We hope we will to get by speaking English.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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kurka

RE: Warsaw/Krakow other lovely towns?

by kurka »

good direction: Southern Poland has much more to be visited than the North. However if you went northbound from Warsaw, a must-choose option is Malbork and Gda?sk. However look out for outdated info on websites about tourist offer, discounts, etc. Ex. current free tourist card in Sopot.

From Krakow you have two options:

West - ex. thorugh Opole, Brzeg to Wroc?aw. Furthermore every small town in Dolnoslaskie region around Wroc?aw is a little gem.

East - ex. Jas?o, Limanowa, Biecz, Baranów Sandomierski. There's less straightforward info to plan your route around this corner of Poland, but also a lot to discover.

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jerseyhiker

RE: Warsaw/Krakow other lovely towns?

by jerseyhiker »

Don't expect anyone outside big hotels in major cities to speak English. You must learn the pronunciation guide  and basic sentences.

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Bagbabe53

RE: Warsaw/Krakow other lovely towns?

by Bagbabe53 »

I am also working on a trip to Poland, and have found it helps to google  "sample itineraries for Poland." There are some skansens around the country, which are open air museums of old peasant homes and other buildings showing how Polish ancestors lived. One of them mentioned at the Polish Origins company (which operates tours and provides guides and researchers) is at Sanok. Zakopane is a mountain resort town a few hours south of Krakow which is supposed to be lovely. I would also look at Tripadvisor. com under Poland, and "Things to Do." They also have forums. When you get to the big cities, you can likely arrange for guides and forays into the countryside through a hotel concierge as well.

 

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Bagbabe53

RE: Warsaw/Krakow other lovely towns?

by Bagbabe53 »

One other thing--- in other countries where I've traveled in Europe, it helps to carry a small phrase book everywhere with you. God forbid you have a breakdown (happened to us once in Germany out in the middle of nowhere) while driving. It helped so much to go tto he section of the book on auto care. Even though we spoke good tourist German, being able to point to automotive terms in English and German helped so much! The mechanic also pointed at questions and words in German with English next to them. All went well. Apps for translation are great, but if cell coverage is spotty, the book will come in handy.

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cushty1

RE: Warsaw/Krakow other lovely towns?

by cushty1 »

Thanks everyone for their responses. Appreciate the suggestions. Some great ideas. Will definitely be pursuing some of these ideas.

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