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Poland Travel Guide
Gdansk is a large city and an important seaport on the Baltic Coast in the north of Poland. It was the birthplace of Solidarity which ultimately brought an end to Communism across central Europe. The city was a member of the Hanseatic League and many of the old, elaborate buildings have remained or been restored. The main tourist area is centred around the streets of Ulica Dluga and Dlugi Targor (Long Street and Long Market) where you can find the Neptune Fountain, the Town Hall, the Torture House, Prison Tower and the main city gates at either end. There are also several churches, museums and monuments worth visiting as well as Baltic Sea beaches close to the city.
Lech Walesa Airport is 12km north-west of the city centre. Public buses run regularly and cost around 4PLN, the Airportbus shuttle is a direct service costing 15PLN but only runs a couple of times a day. Official taxis should cost 50-70PLN depending on the time of day.
RHF Hot Tip? Heineken Open’er Music Festival (early July)
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Katowice lies in the south of Poland at the heart of one of the largest conurbations in Europe. It has many parks, squares and music venues and is surrounded by forests and hills. Its architecture is mainly Renaissance and there are numerous Art Nouveau buildings of note. The main tourist area is centred around the Market Square and surrounding streets. There are several churches, a cathedral, museums, galleries, theatres and an abundance of bars and clubs as well as the giant communist-era Spodek multi-purpose arena which stages large events throughout the year. The city is also one of Poland’s most important business centres. Poland’s second city, Krakow, is close enough to transfer from Katowice airport as an alternative.
The airport is 30km north of the city centre. Local buses cost around 8PLN. The airport buses that run direct to the city cost around 25PLN. Taxis are around 125-150PLN. There is currently no train service although one is planned.
RHF Hot Tip? Rawa Blues Festival (early October)
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Poznan is one of Poland’s oldest cities and is located in the west-central area of the country on the banks of the River Warta. Poznan is considered one of the wealthiest cities in Poland and is home to many large European companies. Stary Browar has won an award for best shopping centre in Europe and along with Galeria Malta and the Hotel Bazar combine to make the city a retail hotspot. The old town houses most of the cities wealth of historical buildings as well as its many bars, clubs and restaurants. Must-visits are the beautiful medieval old town square and town hall, Cathedral Island, St Peter’s and St Paul’s Cathedral and the Emperor’s castle. There are a huge number of bars, restaurants and hotels to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets.
The airport is just 5km west of the centre making it easily accessible and relatively cheap to transfer. Buses run regularly. Taxis should cost around 30-35PLN. Poznan is an important railway junction making major European cities such as Berlin, Warsaw and even Moscow very accessible.
RHF Hot Tip? The International Theatre Festival (end June-beginning July)
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Warsaw is situated in the east-central area of Poland and is the country’s capital city. The city strides the Vistula River and is an important economic, business, tourism and leisure centre with a rich modern history. Summers are pleasantly warm, or even hot at times, whereas winters are bitterly cold. Large skyscrapers sit alongside a UNESCO World Heritage listed old town with buildings from the renaissance, gothic, baroque and neo-classical periods scattered in-between. From the Royal Route with its fabulous palaces to the Royal Castle and Market Square of the old town, the museums and galleries to the fabulous shopping, bars, clubs and restaurants Warsaw is a thriving cosmopolitan city with plenty on offer for a short-mid stay city break.
Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is located 10km south of the city centre and is served by train, bus and taxi. The transport infrastructure throughout the city is very good and includes a new Metro network. Bus journeys cost around 3PLN one way.
RHF Hot Tip? Old Town Jazz Festival (August)
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Wroclaw will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016 and is the former capital of the region of Silesia, located in south-western Poland. Situated on the River Oder it is Poland’s fourth largest city and has a rich and varied history. Heavily influenced by its wonderfully mixed heritage, this is a beautiful city with plenty to explore around every corner. The medieval town hall, St Elizabeth Church and St Maria Magdalena Church all sit in the stunning Rynek central square which is one of the biggest in Europe. The fabulous Cathedral of St John the Baptist is one of the highlights on a group of islands on the river. There are also gardens, parks, museums and galleries as well as the beautifully lit Wroclaw Fountain. The old town is home to plenty of bars and restaurants for the night owls.
The airport is 10km south-west of the centre. Buses are frequent and cost around 3PLN into town. Registered taxis cost around 30-50PLN. The transport infrastructure around the city is very good.
RHF Hot Tip? Wroclaw Christmas Market (December)
Avg Monthly Highs? J 3/F 4/M 9/A 14/M 20/J 23/J 25/A 24/S 20/O 14/N 8/D 4
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