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Camping in Poland - are there any laws?


JockScot 1 | 10  
11 Aug 2008 /  #1
Hi all, i am new to this forum and appologise if this question has been posted before! I am thinking about coming to Poland for 8 days in September 2008 but since i have read so much about the wonderful scenery i though about taking a tent instead of booking in to a hotel or hostel and was hoping someone could advise on the law regarding wild camping, i hope to arrive in Krakow and make my way to Slupsk in the north.

Thanks

Steve
szkotja2007 27 | 1,499  
11 Aug 2008 /  #2
Hi Steve - welcome to the forums. Interesting topic.
OP JockScot 1 | 10  
11 Aug 2008 /  #3
Thank You!!! Hope i get some interesting replies and useful advise.
miranda  
11 Aug 2008 /  #4
the only problem I see with camping in September is the weather. It is not that warm anymore but I guess it is worth talking a risk if you are weather proof Scot:).

I don't really think one is allowed to camp outside ot designated areas in Poland unless it is a private property.
szkotja2007 27 | 1,499  
11 Aug 2008 /  #5
weather proof Scot

I know Polish winters are harsh - but can you imagine how we feel reading the threads about the summer temp in Pl ?
It hit a high of 17c here today - woohoo !
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
11 Aug 2008 /  #6
You can camp at my place for free....no rules apart from don,t burn the forest down...I am on route to Slupsk..
polishgirltx  
11 Aug 2008 /  #7
Camping in Poland - are there any laws?

the most important law is to enjoy it and have fun... if you don't, you get deported...
;)hehe
OP JockScot 1 | 10  
12 Aug 2008 /  #8
Hi miranda, As i am a Scot i dont think the weather would be much of a problem and it would feel just like being back home except for the wonderful scenery and nicer looking ladies. I think vodka would help eliminate the weather factor lol

Hi wildrover, I may take you up on that offer and promise to have a bucket of water nearby in case of accidental roving sparks!!

hi polishgirltx, I fully intend to enjoy every part of my journey and see as much of poland as i can whether it be good or bad - it all adds to the experience, life would be boring if it all went smoothly and i am not planning on getting deported but then again i have never been deported from another country so i might give it a try ( only Joking lol)

Thanks

Steve
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
12 Aug 2008 /  #9
wildrover, I may take you up on that offer and promise to have a bucket of water nearby in case of accidental roving sparks!!

Not a problem here..i have a proper place for camp fires , and plenty of indoor room if the weather gets too bad , be happy to join you for some beer and Polish sausage round the camp fire....You will be welcome....
miranda  
12 Aug 2008 /  #10
Hi miranda, As i am a Scot i dont think the weather would be much of a problem and it would feel just like being back home except for the wonderful scenery and nicer looking ladies. I think vodka would help eliminate the weather factor lol

then you are set to go then. I am sure you gonna have a blast. Slupsk is a nice city too and you might consider catching 2 hour train ride to tri- city (Sopot, Gdansk, Gdynia) for a day trip if you are not driving.

I recommend renting a car in Poland, with carrying a tent and all that it would just make sense.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
12 Aug 2008 /  #11
It hit a high of 17c here today

My ex girlfriend was born in cape wrath....gets a bit chilly up that way she tells me....
dtaylor 9 | 823  
12 Aug 2008 /  #12
Are camper vans a big thing in Poland? would be a great idea in this part of the world:)
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
12 Aug 2008 /  #13
Are camper vans a big thing in Poland?

There seem to be quite a few round my part of Poland...mostly from Germany or Holland...
OP JockScot 1 | 10  
12 Aug 2008 /  #14
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wildrove:be happy to join you forsome beerand Polish sausage round the camp fire

The first offeri dont mind but the second offeri will not be taking up!! lol

Steve
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
12 Aug 2008 /  #15
Slupsk is a nice city too and you might consider catching 2 hour train ride to tri- city (Sopot, Gdansk, Gdynia) for a day trip if you are not driving

there are a couple of centralish, beachside camping places in sopot
Harry  
12 Aug 2008 /  #16
Slupsk is a nice city too

Are you mad? It's a sh!thole! I was there the week before last for five days. Admittedly it's a lot better than it was when I lived there for a year (12 years ago) but the word 'nice' is a hell of a long way off!
miranda  
12 Aug 2008 /  #17
no, I am not mad Harry. Are you? If you want to bash Slupsk why don't you create a new thread. I had a good time there, so even if it was a .............. I think that it is people who make the place.
Vincent 9 | 810   Moderator
12 Aug 2008 /  #18
Are you mad? It's a sh!thole

that's a matter of opinion....I have been to SÅ‚upsk also, and found it a charming and lovely place.

I think that it is people who make the place

agreed!

I was lucky enough to visit 3 Polish families, in their homes, and each family treated my friends and I, like royalty.
miranda  
12 Aug 2008 /  #19
I was lucky enough to visit 3 Polish families, in their homes, and each family treated my friends and I, like royalty.

Me too. I have some good friends in Slupsk.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
12 Aug 2008 /  #20
Been to Slupsk a few times..nothing really special about the place...but certainly not a sh*thole...
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
12 Aug 2008 /  #21
Are you mad? It's a sh!thole!

Only when you are there. Otherwise It's just a hole.
Harry  
12 Aug 2008 /  #22
I've also got some very good friends in Slupsk. But those are some of the people who live there, not the place itself.

And having lived there for a year, I think I might just know the place a tiny bit better than a couple of tourists know it.

Been to Slupsk a few times..nothing really special about the place...but certainly not a sh*thole...

Compare it to the places nearby (Bytow, Ustka, Leba, Lebork, Kartuzy, Darlowo, etc), those are special places. But despite Slupsk having the same natural advantages of those places, it's nothing like as nice as them.

Hopefully the ending of the conscript system will further improve the town and they'll be smart enough to keep the current Mayor. The only problem is going to be the attitude of the EU to the SEZ in Slupsk.
OP JockScot 1 | 10  
12 Aug 2008 /  #23
Thanks to everone who posted a comment and suggested places to visit i will certainly try and visit as many places as i can and i think miranda and BubbaWoo were refering to my original question regarding camping rather than the place itself.

I agree it is the people who make the place lovely and enjoyable not the place itself - i have decided to reserve judgement untill i have been rather than dictate my visits on negative comments.

Steve
Siegfried 1 | 100  
12 Aug 2008 /  #24
camping is bad for you!
(but you will have a lot of frags!)

OH SORRY I COULDN'T RESIST!
urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=camping - take a look at second meaning
OP JockScot 1 | 10  
12 Aug 2008 /  #25
I am partial to a bit of camping when i`m with a good woman!!!! LOL Omly one meaning!!!!
Dougpol  
12 Aug 2008 /  #26
No reason not to stealth camp Steve. I mostly use a hammock (mozzie net a must) but tent in winter.
State owned forests are the go, away from the path - and I have had a tent tea leafed in the Tatras - some Gorals have light fingers...

Don't trespass, or if you do, stay out of sight of any housing amd bunk down late, the old rule. I only start fires in huge forests LOL, as am unlikely to get nabbed. Most rangers knock off at 5, after that you should be sweet for a homely smallish fire.

Jealous as hell of your trip.
OP JockScot 1 | 10  
13 Aug 2008 /  #27
Most rangers knock off at 5, after that you should be sweet for a homely smallish fire.

What is likely to happen if i do happen to get nabbed by a ranger - arrested, deported or just shot?
Dougpol  
13 Aug 2008 /  #28
[quote=JockScot]

Lol - a ticking off..........if you treat them with the repect that they merit as custodians of the forests.
Polish rangers are very businesslike but polite, and use a bit of common - make bloody sure you're not nabbed in the Ustka polygon though - or other army land. They still act like communists and can't see it for what it is - a bit of healthy rambling.
OP JockScot 1 | 10  
13 Aug 2008 /  #29
How much (Approx) would it cost to get to Gdansk from Krakow on the train and then from Gdansk to Hel or could i get a train straight to Hel ( i could say i`ve been to hell and back without lying - LOL) and then work my way back to Krakow and camp on the way back.
szkotja2007 27 | 1,499  
13 Aug 2008 /  #30
I think it cost me arond £25 but prices (exchange rate ) has gone up a bit since then. I enjoyed the train journey - great way of meeting people and seeing the country.

Dont think you would get a train all the way to Hel. Stay over at least one night in Sopot, they have a campsite there too.

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