Hello again everyone,
It's been two months since I last requested your help, and I've come a long way.
The basic framework of my trip is complete. All accommodation is booked and paid for.
Background about myself:
- I'm an American male solo traveler in my upper-20s taking my second trip to Europe.
- I enjoy architecture, history, food/drink and natural beauty. I am particularly fascinated by 20th century history, but older architecture.
- 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.
What I'm looking for now are the specifics. I have questions below -- but let's go over my itinerary first.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
Arrival in Warsaw (3 nights)
-- Flight scheduled to land at WAW at 1:55 p.m. local time.
-- Find Airbnb in Srodmiescie, perhaps do the Royal Way walk if I'm functional enough.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
First full day in Warsaw
-- Chopin Museum (necessary because it's closed on Mondays)
-- Royal Way Walk and Royal Castle (free on Sundays, but not open until 11 a.m. in October)
-- Warsaw Museum (if time permits)
-- Museum of the History of Polish Jews (closes at 8 p.m. on Sundays according to Rick Steves guide)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
Second full day in Warsaw
-- Warsaw Uprising Museum (opens at 8 a.m. on Mondays)
-- Lazienki Park
-- Neon Museum (only open 12-5 p.m. so may be a tight fit)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Depart Warsaw for Malbork, then on to Gdansk (3 nights)
-- Morning train to Malbork (2.5-3 hours)
-- Malbork Castle (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in October)
-- Afternoon train to Gdansk (30-45 minutes)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
First full day in Gdansk
-- Gdansk Walk
-- Town Hall
-- St. Mary's Church
-- Solidarity Center (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in October)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
Second full day in Gdansk
-- Museum of the Second World War (open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in October)
-- Possible side trip to Sopot, Westerplatte or more Gdansk-centric sights (Artus Court, National Maritime Museum, etc.)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Depart Gdansk for Torun (1 night)
-- Morning train to Torun (2.5 hours)
-- Torun Walk
-- City Hall Museum and Tower
-- Gingerbread Museum (open until 6 p.m.)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
Depart Torun for Wroclaw (3 nights)
-- Morning train to Wroclaw (4.5-5 hours)
-- Wroclaw square and town hall
-- Cathedral of St John the Baptist
-- Raclawice Panorama
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
First full day in Wroclaw
-- Churches of Peace at Swidnica and Jawor
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
Second full day in Wroclaw
-- Ksiaz Castle or Jelenia Gora
-- Possible Wroclaw spillover (Szczytnicki Park, Ostrów Tumski, Centennial Hall)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
Depart Wroclaw for Krakow (4 nights)
-- Morning train to Krakow (3.5 hours)
-- Royal Way Walk
-- St. Mary's Church
-- Main Market Square
-- St. Francis Basilica
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
First full day in Krakow
-- Schindler's Factory Museum (open until 8 p.m.)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
Second full day in Krakow
-- Auschwitz (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
-- Maybe Nowa Huta in the evening?
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Third full day in Krakow
-- Wawel Hill, Cathedral and Castle Grounds (open until 4 p.m.)
-- Wieliczka Salt Mine (open until 5 p.m. in November) or Schloss Pless
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
-- Flight departs from KRK at 10:40 a.m.
- Has anyone been to either Ksiaz or Jelenia Gora? Are they worth it, or should I just make up time in Wroclaw?
- Sopot, Westerplatte or more Gdansk sights?
- How long for Churches of Peace if traveling by public transit?
- Wieliczka Salt Mine or Schloss Pless?
- Where is Lady with an Ermine?
- Any other general comments or concerns about my itinerary? Let me know.