Gdansk, Poznan or Wroclaw
Replies: 15 - Last Post: May 4, 2012 3:05 PM Last Post By: malterno
Apr 15, 2011 4:33 AM
So we have decided we want to go somewhere in Poland for Easter (we live in Berlin). Flights are too expensive now, so our option is the train. Krakow seems to be the city to visit, but I don't think we have enough time for it (too far, too many things to see there). So we have three options: Gdansk, Poznan or Wroclaw. Which one you would recommend? Any other options (maybe Szczecin)? We are not so much into art, we love historical sites, flea markets, and nature.
Apr 15, 2011 6:51 AM
greetings from a fellow Berliner. I don't know Gdansk, but between Poznan and Wroclaw I'd choose Wroclaw. The historical center is a little bigger and I found it more beautiful.
But since you have four days, you could easily divide the time between the two. Or do Poznan and Gdansk which I hear is also very pretty. Szczecin on the other hand is not a big tourist destination, as the city center suffered heavily in the war.
Two years ago I did a very rushed four-day tour through Poland which I quite enjoyed. On friday I went from Berlin to Wroclaw (changing trains at Poznan, 5-6h in total). On saturday morning I continued to Krakow (5h) where I stayed two nights. On monday I went back to Berlin, changing trains at Warsaw (9h). But I was traveling alone and I enjoy train travel very much (you get to see a lot of the Polish countryside that way, even though it's not that different from Brandenburg), so I don't know how much that would be your sort of thing. I was also considering going to Gdansk for a regular weekend, but it's just not feasible with the train connections being so slow, so I never actually went there.
Hope that helps somewhat.
Apr 15, 2011 11:05 AM
2I suggest Poznan, Gniezno and Biskupin.
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Biskupin has a reconstruction of a late Bronze and Early Iron Age Fort. Museum gives history.
Apr 15, 2011 12:36 PM
3Wroclaw and Gdansk are both good options, Poznan is the closest to Berlin but I didn't find it as interesting as the other two. Krakow is clearly the best place to head for as a first-time visitor to the country, but Wroclaw would probably be my next choice.
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Apr 17, 2011 12:40 AM
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Apr 18, 2011 6:07 AM
7There is a lot of traffic around Easter, so trains and roads can be busy.
Take that into acount.
Moreover remember that some places can be closed at that time.
I think that Poznan, where I live, is the least interesting place out of those three, but is closest to Berlin.
I wld recommend Poznan, Gniezno and Torun, as someone mentioned.
Torun is absolutely beautiful, don't miss it.
Gdansk and seaside can be particularly busy: it is almost May and shortly after Easter there is a long weekend in Poland, so a lot of people can be in Gdansk.
Apr 19, 2011 2:09 PM
8Thanks for the reminder, gocha_123, I did take it into account, but I can't book the Polish train tickets only. If I go to Poznan prob I'd have to go to Slubice 1st, and there might not be train tickets to Poznan, which means I'm stuck in Slubice. I'd rather get stuck in Szczecin instead, there seems to be more things to do. Since I can't book tickets, I can't book accomodation either (I might not be able to reach Gdansk in one day). Or maybe I'm just being too pessimistic..
Apr 21, 2011 3:15 PM
9Gdansk is really worth a visit. We were there in march and albeit cold and windy with a touch of snow, by the time you get there it would have warmed up. The old town section is fabulous, and the walk on the beach and the wharf is a pleasure. As well check out the amber in the store(s) and open markets there - some good deals......
Apr 26, 2011 6:51 AM
May 2, 2012 11:38 AM
May 2, 2012 1:08 PM
12#11 First of all: Polrail is just a travel agency that resells Polish Railways tickets at a slightly inflated price. Polish Railways tickets for national journeys can be booked online at http://bilet.intercity.pl with no surcharges. Places can (and need to) be booked on Express, Intercity and 1st class of TLK (long-distance) trains. 2nd class TLK seats cannot be booked ahead, it works on first come-first served basis.
There are many trains from Wrocław to Poznań throughout the day. See http://rozklad.pkp.pl for timetable and prices.
Wrocław airport is not near the train station. There is a regular public bus service to the main train station (Wrocław Główny). More details can be found at the airport website.
May 2, 2012 1:09 PM
there's a direct and well frequented train connection but it's rather slow (about 3 hours). Plus, you'll need about an hour from Wroclaw airport to the train station. I guess you should be able to make the 14:55 train, arriving at Poznan at 18:45. You can find the full schedule at www.bahn.de
There might also be a bus connection -- try following the links on http://wikitravel.org/en/Wroclaw
Hope that helps.
May 2, 2012 1:32 PM
14http://www.e-podroznik.pl is the website for Polish bus timetables. However, there are very few bus connections between Wrocław and Poznań - the buses go no faster than the trains.
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