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Gdansk OR Poznan for a weekend?


new-expat  
2 Jul 2009 /  #1
I'd like to spend next week-end (coming from Warsaw) in one of those cities but don't know yet which one to choose...

Which one would you advise me and why ? Is there anyone nice willing to take for a drink or a tour ?

Thanks
magdalenaG 2 | 67  
2 Jul 2009 /  #2
No contest ... Gdansk.
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254  
2 Jul 2009 /  #3
Pah, plenty of contest, Poznan is far nicer!

And Gdansk is/was flooded..
dnz 17 | 710  
2 Jul 2009 /  #4
I would recommend gorzow, Don't you think Delphian?
OP new-expat  
2 Jul 2009 /  #5
I was just told there's a kind of music festival this week-end in Gdansk... so there's a risk for it to be crowded, don't you think ?
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254  
2 Jul 2009 /  #6
I would recommend gorzow, Don't you think Delphian?

Well yeah, if you want to experience a city where all the women between 18-30 have left... ;)

(still plenty of 14 year olds and 40 year olds going about!)
niejestemcapita 2 | 561  
2 Jul 2009 /  #7
interesting you say that about Gorzow....I was there for some time in 1997/98...returning this year to visit people, I was struck by the difference in the city..how much quieter and fewer folks about..
Harry  
2 Jul 2009 /  #8
I'd like to spend next week-end (coming from Warsw) in one of thoses cities but don't know yet which one to choose...

Gdansk is a nicer city but I'd recommend Poznan, particularly this weekend. The first problem with Gdansk is that this weekend Europe's biggest music festival is taking place near it. Although the city won't be much more crowded, the hotels will be and the trains will be even worse. The second problem is that the railway line to Gdansk is being upgraded at the moment so the journey takes about two hours longer than it used to and pretty much every single train is late too.

Poznan is a cracking city for going out but a crap city for eating.
PGH1 6 | 9  
6 Jul 2009 /  #9
Regarding rail travel to Gdansk we're thinking of getting train along coast from Szczecin in early Septemebr - is that part of the line also affected by rail works?

Also when we get the train do you have to book ahead?
scarbyirp  
6 Jul 2009 /  #10
Quite simply, Gdansk
pgtx 30 | 3,158  
6 Jul 2009 /  #11
yeah... Gdansk for sure...
MEB3968 4 | 11  
6 Jul 2009 /  #12
The second problem is that the railway line to Gdansk is being upgraded at the moment so the journey takes about two hours longer than it used to and pretty much every single train is late too.

While I haven't been to Poznan yet, I just came home to the states from visiting Gdansk/Sopot a few days ago. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time sightseeing both cities. I'll try to post some pics later. The weather held up nicely while we were there so my girl and I were able a couple of days on the beach too. I would definitely put Gdansk/Sopot/Gdynia on your destination list.

Unfortunately, traveling from Warsaw to Gdansk and back by train was a nightmare. We left Warsaw early last Sunday morning and it took us close to 6 hours to get to Gdasnk. Like Harry said, they were doing track work all along the route which slows the trip considerably. Our trip back to Warsaw (that Wednesday) was even worst. It had rained heavily that morning and I guess there was flooding along the tracks. We were supposed to take the 3:40pm train out but they had shut down the trains and the railway people did not know when they would be running again. My girlfriend and I were stuck at the train station and thought we would have to spend an extra night in Gdansk. Well after a 2 hour delay the trains were running again. But there were long, frequent stops all the way back to Warsaw. I even took a picture at one especially long stop (over an hour) of the railroad signals which were red most of time. So after all this, we didn't get back to Warsaw until after midnight. A very long, exhaustive trip home indeed.

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