Holiday in Poland - need advice
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Aug 7, 2013 1:08 AM Last Post By: mallory
Jun 27, 2013 12:11 AM
Holiday in Poland - need adviceHi, I'm planning go to Poland next month. I heard polish people don't speak english, the trains are horrible and the weather is unpredictible. Is that true?!!! I'm little scared. p.s. and what about food? Is this the only one good thing in PL?;) Please, asnwer if you're foreigner who visisted Poland. Regards
Jun 27, 2013 1:26 AM
1People who work in the tourist industry, those with higher education and, in general, most people below the age of 30 speak at least some English. If you need to communicate with someone who doesn't - eg little old ladies behind the counter at train stations in remote locations - a big slice of patience normally does the trick. I spent a lot of time in Poland in the past two years and never had any problems. As for the trains, they are often late, and the "mandatory" seat reservation on longer journeys often turn out to be worthless because someone else will already have taken your seat, but other than that they are quite comfortable and not horrible at all. The food is great, especially if you take the trouble to seek out traditional Polish eateries - but of course it is not the only good thing in Poland. I don't want to be impolite, but I'm a bit confused as to why you have decided to go to Poland when you seem to know nothing that attracts you to the country. If you'd care to elaborate, it might be easier to give you better advice.
Jun 27, 2013 9:45 AM
2I agree with the other poster, why are you going to PL if apparently it is such a nightmare country?
I have been to poland twice, once for several weeks. I love Poland. I would go back in a heartbeat.The people are friendly, the food is good, there is a great vibe there, and there are some interesting place to see, both from a historic perspective as well as nature. The trains are not a nightmare, whoever told you this is is extremely sheltered and probably has never traveled outside of England or Germany. The trains are typical trains for former communist bloc, they can be crowded, so if it bothers you then pay the small charge to upgrade to first class. First class just means less people here.
You will find plenty of people who speak english - under 30 and tourist locations just like everywhere else in Europe.
Jun 27, 2013 3:13 PM
3Back in the days of the USSR soviet people told jokes about the news of Radio Yerevan.
The Yerevan Radio was asked: "Is it true that in Moscow, Mercedes cars are being given to citizens?"The Yerevan Radio answers: "Yes, but it is not Moscow but Leningrad, not Mercedes but Ladas, and not given to but stolen from."
There is some truth in what you were told, but it's far from the whole picture!
Most Polish people don't speak English, but there are many who do speak(especially in the tourist industry and young people).
Most trains don't have much high standard, but it's far from horrible. I'd still prefer a train than a bus, but it's up to you how you travel. Why don't you rent a car?
Weather is unpredictable all over Europe. It's not the Sahara, where you are assured sunshine and no rain for the next 10 years.
Polish cuisine is not that great, but who knows it might be axactly your taste. If not you can always eat foreign food almost anywhere. Italian, Chinese, you name it.
Jun 27, 2013 3:47 PM
Jul 1, 2013 7:27 AM
5I'm not a foreigner but I'll answer anyway.
Yes, a lot of things are bad in Poland. We even sometimes eat people here, especially the ones who
don't speak our language. Travelling should be hassle free, if you might be scared all the time, why worry? So If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't come here
Jul 3, 2013 4:42 AM
6I am a foreigner and went to Poland, and to be honest, was fearful, just like the OP.
Having now experienced 10 days there, I can say it WAY exceeded my expectations. I found it not too hard to go city to city or around cities. It was cleaner, safer, nicer and richer than I had imagined.
The food, entertainment, accommodation and people were all much nicer than imagined too.
Do go, and you will enjoy, I can assure you.
BYW , I visited Krakow, Warsaw, Chorzele, Piltutsk, Torun and Poznan
Jul 3, 2013 4:43 AM
Jul 8, 2013 12:52 AM
8I have a good memories form Poland. Especially people are friendly and it`s not true that they don`t speak English! most of them can give you (for example) advice (on the street ). The most beautiful in Poland are monuments (i think) especially Krakow and Wroclaw! One thing that is the true is the weather- unpredictable! one day sun like in greece, tomorrow rain
Jul 10, 2013 10:48 AM
9Just left Warsaw. It would help if you stated where in Poland you were going and what your traveling standards are. There are all kinds of accommodation from 5 star to hostels and below. We never had a problem with only speaking English. The one time we tried to speak to an older lady who spoke very little English, hand gestures and my charades skill came in handy. Or google translate. We only took buses from place to place and used the metro. A piece of info for you if you plan to travel much in your life. Find the good where you go. Take it for what it is and don't expect to find everything you want. You will always find what you need. I've been to 80 countries and I have craved reece cups (chocolate and peanut butter candy bar) in almost every one. But, honestly, they normally have much better chocolate in those countries anyway. On a side note, I got much better service in Poland than I ever did in London and Paris. Plus it was cheaper.
Aug 7, 2013 1:08 AM
10where exactly and when are you coming? I might be able to show you around Warsaw if it's on your itinerary and if you don't smoke. let me know
one thing to avoid - don't take any taxi from the airport. that's a total rip-off! in warsaw buses from the airport are available round the clock and much cheaper. I guess the same rule will apply to other cities
ah, I'd say most ppl under 40, not 30, will speak English. and what's your first language? ppl might speak yours...
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