I'm planning a trip to Eastern Europe in May. I would appreciate any suggestions re sites to see in Poland.
Krakow, Auschwitz, and the Wieliczka Salt Mine just outside Krakow.
Torun, Zakopane (Cyrlla), the Salt Mine near Krakow and KRAKOW !!!!
Thanks to all for the suggestions. Can you recommend hotels?
I arrived in Warsaw expecting the worst, then was surprised to find it a rather clean and interesting city. Even though the old town is a completely rebuilt replica, it's still one of the most charming areas I have seen in any European capital.
For lodging in Krakow, I suggest Hotel Saski. It sits literally yards away from the town square.
See Warsaw.Americans think it's run down but it's the opposite.See the Old Town, it's very beautiful and picturesque.The "New" Town is pretty much the same.Castle Square-very picturesque,you can tour the castle.The Royal Route-it's very beautiful,with statues and old buildings.Great shopping/food.Nowy Swiat (new world)-very beautiful street with designer boutiques and cafes.See the Palace of Arts and Sciences.It's the gothic looking building dominating the skyline.The Warsaw Rising Monument is a powerful place to visit and take a pic or two.Lazienki Park is a must see with the Palace on the Water and historical buildings/monuments.You can ride a gondola on the lake and it has an amphitheater.Peacocks roam freely there in the summer.Also try the beautiful Palace Wilanow just outside the city center.Warsaw is a modern and happening European Capital.
I stayed at Hotel Pod Wawelem. The rooms were comfortable, they had access to the internet in the room and the location was very close to the main square. Their breakfast was included in the price and the selection was very good - the staff was friendly and you may also want to check out their website for certain specials when you book through their website
Aushwitz is a must. There is a big tour comapany called Krakow tours I believe which I believe are one of the biggest one. We chose to go on our own and saved some money but to avoid any issues, it is a good option to go with a tour company.
How long are you going to be in Krakow? If 6 days or so, get an apartment. We paid about $380 for a week at a very nice apt about a block from Rynek Glowny...small kitchenette for breakfast, laundry facilities and a sitting room/bedroom. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim, We will probably be there only 3 days, but I will check out the apt. idea. We will need to do laundry by then and it's much easier in an apt. than a hotel/pension room.
THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR INPUT!