I am in the planning stages of a trip to Poland this August. After much reading (Rick Steves', trip reports, etc…) I am beginning to rethink my initial 3 nights per city travel into a 4 nights per city travel. My question is "Should I focus more time staying in one city as opposed to another?
Forgive me; I know this is an "it depends" kind of subjective question, but any advice and/or personal experience from travelers to Poland would be very helpful. I have been to Europe twice, but this will be my first time in Central Europe. While my itinerary will be open, I plan to visit the major sites in each city and would definately consider day trips by rail. My travel philosophy is much more "laid back" than "aggressive" and I enjoy taking my time walking, meeting people, getting outside of the cities and into more rural areas, and eating/drinking locally as opposed to "checking the box" of cities/sights visited.
While I do not want to pre-judge any city, but I am beginning to get the sense that Krakow and Gdansk are more charming than Warsaw, and that is making my think something like 4-5 nights in these two cities and 2 in Warsaw. Also, that their are more day-trip opportunities in Gdansk and Krakow than Warsaw.
I have been relying on a 2011 Best of Eastern Europe RS guidebook for information. I ordered the 2014 book and should receive shortly.