Travel guide to Poland.
Are you considering visiting the beautiful country of Poland? Well, Poland might just be one of the best places to visit in Europe. It has 14 sites that have been preserved by the UNESCO and it has wonderful places to visit that most people overlook but if you were to travel the country, you are going to confirm that it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the entire continent of Europe.
Most people who visit Poland normally visit Krakow and a few of them spend a day or two in the capital and then call it a trip to Poland. But the fact is there is more that Poland has to offer. The people are lovely and welcoming, there are historical sites, beautiful coastlines and not forgetting the unique cheap beer. Most people are well-educated and they do love a good party! So when you get there, don’t be in a hurry to leave, take your time and give it the time it deserves.
Top 5 things to see and do while you are in Poland.
1. Visit Auschwitz concentration camps.
This is one of the death camps that was used by the Nazis during the Second World War. The place has been preserved as a national museum and it is open for anyone who wants to visit. You will not be required to pay even a single dollar in order to visit the museum. However, if you want to make the tour even more meaningful, be sure to use a guide but you will be required to pay a few dollars as an appreciation for the good services he or she is going to provide to you.
2. Krakow is a must.
One of the top destinations in Poland is a must visit while you are in the country. Almost everyone who visits Poland always finds his or her way to Krakow and you should not be left behind because the second largest city in Poland has much to offer. Enjoy the magnificent view of the medieval architecture found on the castles, get to eat good food at very affordable prices and not forgetting the beer that is in plenty and at very affordable prices. There is just so many things to do in Krakow and your visit to Poland will not be complete if you leave without setting a foot in this elegant and historical city.
3. Visit Wroclaw.
Wroclaw may not be as famous as Warsaw and Krakow but that does not mean it is short of things to see and do. This small city is inexpensive and it competes with the heavyweights when it comes to beautiful sceneries and excellent architecture. The good thing about this small city is it has everything to offer and it is not crowded as the other cities.
4. Make your way to Bialowieza national park.
This park is arguably the largest forest in Europe and a place you definitely place to be if you are going to be touring Poland. The forest covers over 3000 square kilometers and stretches all the way to the Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus border. It is a preserved heritage site by the UNESCO and it is the only place you can be sure of seeing the European Bisons living in the wild. The admission to the place is just 6 PLN per head but if you want to make the best of your trip make sure to use the help of a guide and that may cost you up to 200 PLN, it will be worth it though.
5. Explore Warsaw.
The capital also have got to offer and it should not be left behind while you are exploring the country. If you are a person who enjoys knowing more on history, you are definitely going to love being in Warsaw. Visit a museum in the city and get to understand the heroic struggles of the heroes of Poland during the Second World War. You should also look forward to seeing the castles in the capital, although recently reconstructed after they were destroyed during the war, they still have that old feel. You are definitely going to love the mix of new and old in the city.
Typical costs in Poland.
Accommodation in Poland is quite affordable and if you don’t mind sleeping in a twelve bed hostel, you will just be required to pay a small amount of 25 PLN per night. For the 4 and 5 bed hostel the average cost is about 45 PNL per head. If you don’t do crowds and you prefer having a room all by yourself, then be prepared to pay about 100 to 150 PLN depending on the room you decide to go for.
If you will be travelling with your tent, there are plenty of campgrounds in the country and you can expect to pay about 20 to 25 PLN per night on a campground. As for the shared hostels, they have a kitchen so if you prefer cooking your own food, you can go ahead and do that. If you want an entire apartment, be prepared to pay between 150 and 250 PLN. For a shared hotel, you will be required to pay up to 95 PLN.
The food in Poland is very affordable and if you want to save even more money from your food budget, you can be sure to eat with the locals. The local milk bars offers traditional and sweet food for only 25 PLN. But if you are looking for fast foods like pizzas, you can be sure to find some at an estimated price of about 20 PLN and below. For a meal on an average restaurant, expect to pay about 50 to 60 PLN. For a week of groceries, prepare yourself with about 80 to 100 PLN.
For a 3 hour ride from Warsaw to Krakow on a train, it will cost you about 45 PLN. And if you want to use a train from Warsaw to Gdansk, it will cost you around 65 PLN and it is a 5 hour ride by the way. As for travelling within the cities, you can use bus and the bus fare is about 4 PLN and a one day ticket of 20 PLN if that’s what you prefer. As for a taxi, it will cost you about 6 to 8 PLN to travel around short distances within the city. If you want a personal guide, you can get one for 30 to 40 PLN per day.