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Visit to Kazimierz Dolny , Poland


baki 6 | 11  
17 Jun 2007 /  #1
So, I will be attending a summer school of medievistics in Kazimierz Dolny in August. Can you tell me more about this town? Is it nice? Expensive? Any special things I can see while being there? Thank you in advance!
spiritus 68 | 666  
17 Jun 2007 /  #2
Hi Baki,

It's a beautiful little town. If you check the "Photos from Poland" post in this Vacations thread you will see a photo I took when I was last there.

It's no more expensive than any other Polish town. Although it is a tourist area it's mostly Polish tourists who visit so prices are not high.

The market square is small but very charming and there are many nice walks in and around the town.

There's an English language website here kazimierz-news.com.pl/wersjaa.html
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
17 Jun 2007 /  #3
i was there this time last year - beautiful place
slwkk 2 | 228  
17 Jun 2007 /  #4
Any special things I can see while being there?

Well, when you get bored, you can always visit Lublin, it's only about ~50km from Kazimierz. I make this distance by bike every summer, so it's not so far (but there are also buses which can take you to Lublin) :)

Prices are medium high (when comparing to Lublin for example, but like sb said before... Kazimierz it's rather tourists' town so that kind of prices are normal).

Oh, and there is also Naleczow, but I'm not sure if it will be interesting for you, for me it isn't... but I was there so many times so my opinion is subjective.
polishmeknob 5 | 155  
20 Jul 2009 /  #5
Merged: Kazimierz Dolny: An afternoon is enough.

I was rather disappointed by Kazimierz Dolny, Poland.

It is rather quaint in it's own way, but the museums are a rip-off (most everything thing there is, actually) and the hordes of tourists didn't make it any better. The castle is OK, as are the churches, but beyond that there really isn't that much.

The musicians are awful. The rooster bread is actually really good. The few restaurants I've been to there are very nice. U Fryzjera has really good food, but the service is terrible. Can read further here.

Are there any other towns "off the beaten path" that are worth a visit?
ukpolska  
20 Jul 2009 /  #6
I wouldn't recommend going there in tourist season at all TBH, and I live ten mins away from there.
The only time that we go there are in the first week of August as they have a film festival there and that week it is fantastic

Lots of things going on including a dance party in the castle which is cool and street theatre.
More about it here
redakcja.pl/Tekst/Pop-Sztuka/530871,Dwa-brzegi-2009-festiwal-filmu-i-sztuki---kazimierz-dolny-.html

Oh by the way knob, I would much prefer to live here in the country than where you do in that disgusting grey hole called Warsaw lol
polishmeknob 5 | 155  
20 Jul 2009 /  #7
disgusting grey hole called Warsaw

Yeah, Warsaw is tad gray. It's not too bad though.

I quite like the Polish countryside. I'm actually yearning for a small place in the country. A dzialka is probably the closest thing in the near future.
plk123 8 | 4,150  
20 Jul 2009 /  #8
kazimierz dolny is awesome.. not sure what your problem is.. hmm
polishmeknob 5 | 155  
20 Jul 2009 /  #9
I highly recommend this thread on the Polish countryside. I didn't write it, and I don't really agree with it, but I found the discussion in the comments quite interesting. It gets quite sharp and quite angry at some points.

kazimierz dolny is awesome.. not sure what your problem is.. hmm

I didn't say that it was bad, I just though that an afternoon was enough. I was also inquiring about other such towns, ones that might be hidden and off the beat track.
plk123 8 | 4,150  
20 Jul 2009 /  #10
you did say more negative things then positive..
sobieski 107 | 2,128  
20 Jul 2009 /  #11
From what I have heard (But then I live in that grey hole called Warsaw, which I happen to find a nice place to live) Sandomierz and Lubliń are supposed to be very nice.
Jihozapad  
20 Jul 2009 /  #12
It is rather quaint in it's own way, but the museums are a rip-off (most everything thing there is, actually) and the hordes of tourists didn't make it any better. The castle is OK, as are the churches, but beyond that there really isn't that much.

Sounds just like Krakow to me (awaits hate mail, lol) - I'm going back there soon just to check if it wasn't just me, but I've been there enough times, and all have left me... unimpressed. Whereas I've been to Wroclaw and Warsaw countless times, and still never want to leave. Guess it might just be me though! lol
polishmeknob 5 | 155  
21 Jul 2009 /  #13
you did say more negative things then positive..

So?
Ziemowit 13 | 4,204  
21 Jul 2009 /  #14
Kazimierz Dolny.

It depends what you are looking for. Most tourist are weekend tourist and hover around the market place. If you stay beyond the weekend, the town becomes completely different. There are lots of galleries where you can contemplate and buy the paintings (the choice is enormous). You can always stop and chat with painters whom you meet in the town and vicinity. There are also lots of walking paths around. You can take a boat to the other side of the Vistula and walk for an hour to nearby castle in Janowiec (the only privately-owned castle in Poland in the period of the People's Republic). While we were there last year, a film was turned out in the town all the day and I was taken some splendid photographs by my wife in the middle of several young women dressed and hair-dressed in the style of the 1960s! Also, concerts and other performances in the church were held almost every Saturday (we attended one marvellous one by Anna Szałapak). Some seasonal bookshops where you can spend hours looking at what they have in stock.

It's not a good place to come for one afternoon only. We stayed there two weeks and avoided the market place and its vicinity in the weekends as much as we could. We were staying in a nice and friendly bed-and-breakfast surrounded by a vast garden run by the same family since 1919. It was just within a 15-minute walking distance from the centre - far too long for a weekend or afternoon tourist to disturb the nature and the silence there. Strangely enough, we haven't heard any musicians playing in the streets of Kazimierz Dolny.

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