I am new to this fourm and this is my post because I plan on visiting Poland next week. I am an American guy who just graduated college in California and I am on a backpacking trip throughout Europe. I have an apartment that I can stay in Krakow for a week already booked but I have been hearing great things about Gdansk. Now I already have a girlfriend so I am not looking for like a one night stand or anything, but I find it easier to meet ladies than men and in which city do you think it would be easier to find a nice girl to show me around the city? I know Polish girls are supposed to be gorgeous (I guess I will find out) but where will they be more fun? I know Krakow is supposed to be great but I am from the beach and love the beach and I hear beaches in Gdansk are great. Which city has better nightlife this time of year? Where will I have more fun for the 1week+ i will be in Poland?
Krakow is more international and student-like. Gdansk looks cute, but it is small and from my experience the discos and rests close early (I was there 3, 4 years ago). Sopot is nice, but most parties are private. However I had a great beach party somewhere and they played 'We Are the Champions' with Polish lyrics. :P
Maybe start in Krakow, then three days Sopot and then home. :-)
Krakow is more party feeling, and also more tourists. The Poles are also more "tired" of the tourists there.
Gdansk (area around) have good beaches (but maybe not like in CA). Gdansk is a nice city and surrounding area (incl. Sopot) is nice as well. Probably a little more quiet city than Krakow. But more and more tourists discover Gdansk.
I would probably recommend Krakow (if you only gonna visit one of them). If you really miss the beach, the area around Gdansk/Sopot is better of course. But some tourists have got rather bad reputation in Krakow (running around drunk and more or less naked).
ok thanks guys, since I already have the apartment in Krakow I will definitely stay in Krakow. And yeah I hate when tourist (especially Englis speaking) run around hammered and acting like fools. It gives the rest of us a bad reputation. thanks again for your advice!