It's official: I'm going to Poland.
Flight tickets are purchased and the general outline of the trip is being developed.
What I need from you fine folks is help with the details.
First, let me provide some background:
- I'm an American male solo traveler in my upper-20s taking my second trip to Europe.
- I'm arriving in Warsaw on Saturday, October 19 and departing from Krakow on Saturday, November 2.
- I enjoy architecture, history, food/drink and natural beauty. I am particularly fascinated by 20th century history, but older architecture.
- I know it's probably going to be cold and dreary in Poland in late-October, and that's OK with me. I am curious if the leaves will still be changing during my stay, however.
- I'm a budget traveler when it comes to accommodations (Airbnbs, public transportation, etc.), but I don't mind splurging a bit for a great restaurant or sightseeing experience.
Feel free to ask me for more details about myself.
Let's talk itinerary. Here's what I've compiled thus far:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
Arrival in Warsaw (3 nights)
-- Flight scheduled to land at WAW at 1:55 p.m. local time.
-- Find Airbnb, then wander around Warsaw in a jet-lagged daze, perhaps do the Royal Way walk if I'm functional enough.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
First full day in Warsaw
-- Royal Way Walk and Royal Castle
-- Chopin Museum (I'm a huge fan of his)
-- Warsaw Museum
-- Lazienki Park
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
Second full day in Warsaw
-- Museum of the History of Polish Jews
-- Warsaw Uprising Museum
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Depart Warsaw for Malbork, then on to Gdansk (3 nights)
-- Morning train to Malbork (2.5-3 hours)
-- Malbork Castle
-- Afternoon train to Gdansk (30-45 minutes)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
First full day in Gdansk
-- Gdansk Walk
-- St. Mary's Church
-- Solidarity Center
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
Second full day in Gdansk
-- Museum of the Second World War
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Depart Gdansk for Torun, then on to Poznan (2 nights)
-- Morning train to Torun (2.5 hours)
-- Torun Walk
-- City Hall Museum and Tower
-- Gingerbread Museum
-- Afternoon train to Poznan (1.5-2 hours)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
Full day in Poznan
-- Old Market Square/Town Hall
-- Church of St. Stanislaus
-- Cathedral Island
-- Imperial Castle
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
Depart Poznan for Wroclaw (1 night)
-- Morning train to Wroclaw (2.5-3 hours)
-- Wroclaw square and town hall
-- Ostrów Tumski
-- Szczytnicki Park
-- Centennial Hall
-- Cathedral of St John the Baptist
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
Depart Wroclaw for Krakow (5 nights)
-- Morning train to Krakow (3.5 hours)
-- Royal Way Walk
-- St. Mary's Church
-- Main Market Square
-- St. Francis Basilica
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
First full day in Krakow
-- Wawel Hill, Cathedral and Castle Grounds
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Second full day in Krakow
-- Schindler's Factory Museum
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
Third full day in Krakow
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Fourth full day in Krakow
-- Possible day trip to Zakopane (weather may be a factor) or Wieliczka Salt Mine
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
-- Flight departs KRK at 10:40 a.m.
A few questions I have:
-- What do you think about the allotment of nights, particularly for Poznan, Wroclaw and Krakow? Is 2-1-5 the best strategy? Could I drop a night in Krakow, do without Zakopane/Wieliczka, and add a second night in Wroclaw?
-- What's the best site for purchasing Polish train tickets? I've been using this Polrail site thus far for time/price estimates.
-- Rick Steves doesn't include anything about Poznan and Wroclaw in his guidebooks. Are there other sites in those cities that I didn't list on my itinerary but should be considered?
I'm excited to hear what you folks think!