We are visiting Warsaw for a week and will have access to a car. Our expat host had requested he take a day trip out of Warsaw. Suggestions? Close enough that we won’t spend the day driving, different enough to be worth a trip since there’s more than enough we could do just in Warsaw. Thanks for advice!
Kazimierz Dolny is a good choice (if you had more than one day, I would say Zamość). Basically, I would pick a smaller town that requires more than one train transfer, which would otherwise be a pain. I wouldn't bother driving to a major city (Gdańsk, Łódź, Krakow, Lublin, etc) because trains make that too easy (and faster).
Yes! Thank you - that is exactly what I want, a place that would be much more difficult without car. Any particular suggestions there? I will look up and can also wing it, but wanted to reposed and thank you quickly.
It's a very small town - if you spend half a day there, you won't miss anything.
Toruń may be a good option too, it's about 2:30 hr northwest of Warsaw by car. In the center of Toruń is a charming walled medieval old-town. Its medieval architecture managed to escape bombing in WWII, and has thus been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Toruń is also the birthplace of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, one can visit a museum dedicated to him as well as his 15th century house.
"Close enough that we won't spend the day driving." How about Modlin, if you want to see a historical site not far from Warsaw.