My Travels in Poland

"Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and Pomerania"

By: Nicholas Newman 9 September 2012 warsaw

 Mariacki church in Krakow

 

Poland is full of history, from London it is only two hours away by plane, not counting tiresome airport procedures and just sixteen hours by direct intercity train via Berlin. There is much to see and do in Poland including sailing along its Baltic coast, canoeing along its extensive river and lake system and visiting its extensive network of historic monuments, museums, castles and forests.

More to follow later.

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Hotels 

 

 

JB Hotel ### 

31-752 Kraków, Nowa Huta 

ul.Ujastek Mogilski 7 

 

phone: + 48 609709833 

fax: + 48 12 68 07 154 

 

e-mail: jb@hoteljb.com.pl 

http://www.hotelpl.com/en/hotel_krakow/hotel_jb 

 

Review: A great quiet place to stay, good food and very helpful staff. Also, convenient for both the airport, Krakow historic city centre, train station and Nova Huta. Bedrooms have very comfortable beds with plenty of room. Ideal for people on holiday or business. Hotel breakfast are well worth getting up for, the choice of freshly made dishes is impressive. Staff speak good English.

 

 

Novohotel Warsaw Centrum 

ul Marszalkowska 94/98  

00-510 WARSAW 

POLAND 

Tel (+48)22/5960000  

Fax (+48)22/5960647  

E-mail H3383@accor.com 

Hotel Manager : 

Mr. Mario von Hoes 

http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3383-novotel-warszawa-centrum/index.shtml  

 

Review: Right in the heart of Warsaw, within sight of Warsaw main station and impressive Palace of Culture and Science. Convenient location for business and visiting Warsaw's historic city and main football stadium. Staff are a mine of useful and practical information about this interesting city. Facilities include a gym with sauna with spectacular views of this city on top of this hotel tower.   Staff speak good English.

 

Hotel ** JANTA 

83-425 Dziemiany, ul. Wyzwolenia 29 

 

Tel. +48 58 688 01 47 

Tel. +48 58 688 06 00 

Fax +48 58 688 05 47 

 

e-mail: kontakt@hoteljanta.pl 

http://www.hoteljanta.pl/en/nasz-hotel/ 

Review: A nice family run country hotel in the middle of Poland's forested lake district. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Hotel has a sauna and a great restaurant, the food served is plentiful and a joy to eat. In fact it is a great place to hold a wedding reception. I enjoyed staying in one of the log cabins it operates not far from the main hotel, over looking a beautiful lake. Convenient for both local bus and train services. Staff speak good English.

Trains in Poland

http://intercity.pl/en/

Connects all major towns and cities in Poland and neighbouring countries. 

Trains to Poland

http://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml 

For train service linking London and Poland. 

Things to see 

Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/wieliczka.html 

Review: This salt mine is certainly a lot more interesting than Disneyland. The mine's guide will lead you through a maze of mysterious underground tunnels that link together a series of caverns full of interesting salt sculptures, chapels and monuments. It is well worth seeing. On Sunday you can even attend a church service deep underground in a spectacular chapel carved out of the salt. There is even a statute of John Paul the Second on display. Well worth seeing! Guides available to take tourists arround mine in a variety of languages including English, French, Czech, German and Russian.

 

Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow http://www.wawel.krakow.pl/en/index.php?op=2 

Review: The heart of Poland's historic, religious and cultural centre. The castle offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding countryside. It is also has an incredible storehouse of paintings, carpets and antiques. Well worth a visit!

 

Warsaw Royal Castle in Warsaw http://www.zamek-krolewski.pl/ 

Review: This largely rebuilt castle that was destroyed during World War Two. It is also the historic home to Poland's political elite, and location of the country's first parliament and the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. It is also has an incredible storehouse of paintings, carpets and antiques. Well worth a visit!

 

Malbork Castle in Malbork http://www.zamek.malbork.pl/index.php?lang=en 

Review: One of Europe's largest castle's, similar in size to England's Windsor castle, full of many interesting stories and history. A great place to visit.

 



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