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Moving to Poland with my work - which town should I choose?


New Guy  
7 Apr 2008 /  #1
Hello! Im moving to Poland with my work, but i get to choose which area of Poland i live in. I was thinking maybe somewhere outside warsaw or in the west of Poland, but i wanted to ask;

Can anyone recommend any good towns i should look at?

Preferably i'd like somewhere with restaurants, bar's, nightlife! It can be somewhere well known, or maybe not!

Thanks for any suggestions!
Jova - | 172  
7 Apr 2008 /  #2
Gdańsk, Sopot, Gdynia! :) Great in the summer. If you like the seaside... Beautiful beaches.
tornado2007 11 | 2,274  
7 Apr 2008 /  #3
Preferably i'd like somewhere with restaurants, bar's, nightlife! It can be somewhere well known, or maybe not!

Sounds like Krakow to me :) its a sure bet, you'll have lots of fun and find what your looking for there. Although Jova is write the places she mentioned are good for beaches too
gdj67 15 | 154  
7 Apr 2008 /  #4
Sounds like £odz would be up your street, but what's wrong with Warsaw?
G
hello 22 | 891  
7 Apr 2008 /  #5
I suggest Warsaw. Krakow is more tourist oriented while in Warsaw you can have both business and pleasure.
mamaye 2 | 38  
7 Apr 2008 /  #6
only POZNAŃ.
gdj67 15 | 154  
7 Apr 2008 /  #7
I suggest Warsaw. Krakow is more tourist oriented while in Warsaw you can have both business and pleasure.

Couldn't agree more.
Makdaam - | 30  
7 Apr 2008 /  #8
Preferably i'd like somewhere with restaurants, bar's, nightlife!

Poznań, however be prepared to get something far from the city centre...
I heard Wroclaw is great too, never spent much time there though.
Kowalski 7 | 621  
7 Apr 2008 /  #9
Take Szczecin on border, sleep and work there then drive/take train 1 and 1/2 hour to Berlin, Germany for fun.
:)
plk123 8 | 4,149  
7 Apr 2008 /  #10
Hello! Im moving to Poland with my work, but i get to choose which area of Poland i live in. I was thinking maybe somewhere outside warsaw or in the west of Poland, but i wanted to ask;

Can anyone recommend any good towns i should look at?

Preferably i'd like somewhere with restaurants, bar's, nightlife! It can be somewhere well known, or maybe not!

Thanks for any suggestions!

what kind of stuff beside restaurants and such do you like. those things are in every city.. mountains? sea? open country? close to other countries? what other things do you fancy?
Easy_Terran 3 | 312  
7 Apr 2008 /  #11
somewhere with restaurants, bar's, nightlife!

Wroclaw or Krakow.
Wroclaw - beautiful, I love that city!!
OP New Guy  
8 Apr 2008 /  #12
Hey! Thank you for all your helpful suggestions. I think i will visit the towns suggested on my next trip and make a decision. Hopefully everyone in Poland is as nice as you guys!

what kind of stuff beside restaurants and such do you like. those things are in every city.. mountains? sea? open country? close to other countries? what other things do you fancy?

Yes i like open country and mountains, the sea is not so important.
magic690 1 | 7  
9 Apr 2008 /  #13
Sounds like Warsaw suits your purpose. Good for business, good for nightlife, and everywhere else you might want to go is convenient by plane, car, or rail.

Start there and move later if you fall in love with the mountains...which you probably will.
gdj67 15 | 154  
9 Apr 2008 /  #14
is convenient by plane, car, or rail.

Not strictly true - It takes 7 hours to get to Zakopane by road or rail.
bajka - | 71  
9 Apr 2008 /  #15
Poznań, however be prepared to get something far from the city centre...

Why, they have some new appartments in the city centre ? Have you ever been there! If so, then how about lately ?
LwowskaKrakow 28 | 431  
12 Apr 2008 /  #16
Can anyone recommend any good towns i should look at?

Krakow of course ! It has everything you can dream of in terms of life quality, architecture, restaurants, job opportunities, open minded and multi lingual highly educated inhabitants and it has many connections to all the major spots in Poland + international links to loads of countries by Air, railway etc.

I think that Warsaw is great too but sad enough the city was 90 % destroyed during the 2nd War so it is not visually beautiful like Krakow.

I heard that Wroclaw is very nice too and smaller.
ranjit 1 | 11  
15 Apr 2008 /  #17
wroclaw is great and it has a vivrant nightlife scene maby this is because it has a large university there. Lots of foreiners are moving there. also you have mountians and sking 1 1\2 hours drive south.
aarrgghh  
24 Apr 2008 /  #18
Take Szczecin on border, sleep and work there then drive/take train 1 and 1/2 hour to Berlin, Germany for fun.
:)

Or better still just rent a flat in Berlin. No need to come to miserable Poland at all then :)

If you are under 28, then Warsaw, Poznan, Torun, Gdansk should be OK. If you're over 28 then forget it. The night life is very much geared to the very young. All the older folk sit at home and do absolutely nothing but watch TV and drink, so you'll have a very difficult time meeting new friends.

If over 28, then Kraków is a far, far better idea, as life doesn't end at 28 (probably more like 35). Can't say much about Wroclaw, but I think it's on the up and perhaps even slightly more Westernized now than Krakow.

If you're over 35 and still unmarried then I think the only thing for it is to go to Berlin (or basically just don't come to Poland.)
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
24 Apr 2008 /  #19
If you're over 35 and still unmarried then I think the only thing for it is to go to Berlin (or basically just don't come to Poland.)

lol. I guess everybody over 35 in Poland has their cemetery plot reserved already and all they do is walking around with rosary in their hands...hehehe.

(what a moronic statement you've made, arrgghh)

I hear Wroclaw is it.[i][/i]
aarrgghh  
24 Apr 2008 /  #20
I guess everybody over 35 in Poland has their cemetery plot reserved already and all they do is walking around with rosary in their hands...hehehe.

Well I was exaggerating a little for effect. Perhaps not rosary in their hands, but children or vodka bottle... When the children leave home, then they reach for the rosary, cos there's nothing else to do except watch TV.
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
24 Apr 2008 /  #21
nothing else to do except watch TV.

1. How do you know?
2. Is the TV any good?
3. Children in their hands (let's make it arms)...an enjoyable view.
4. Vodka bottle...well, just a life style for a few bums.

So, New Guy - don't get discouraged. Go to Poland, visit the cities, chat with people and form your own opinion(s). :)
aarrgghh  
24 Apr 2008 /  #22
How do you know?
2. Is the TV any good?

How do I know? Cos you never see Poles outdoors actually smiling. They never seem to have learnt how to do it (without the assistance of alcholhol.)

And the TV is utter crap. (Well actually it's all just American; the home produced stuff is execrable.)

Well you can waste your time coming here to form your own opinion, or visit another country where the people have a sense of humour... and save yourself a few years.
Magdalena 3 | 1,837  
25 Apr 2008 /  #23
Cos you never see Poles outdoors actually smiling.

They don't need to smile just to make YOU happy. From reading your posts, I am beginning to think it might be you who is having a problem. BTW, I have been to several European countries (Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, the Czech Republic), and as a casual observer have not been able to detect any great mirth within the general populace either. It's only when you start actually interacting with people on a one to one basis that you can really see what they are. And most of them DO smile. But not indiscriminately. BTW, have you ever been to Finland or spoken to Finns?
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
22 May 2008 /  #24
Another good thread, it could raise awareness of Polish cities.
scottie1113 7 | 898  
22 May 2008 /  #25
I live in Gdansk and wouldn't live anywhere else in Poland because of the sea. If that's not important to you then any of the cities suggested above should be fine.

Night life ends at 28 or 35? Ha! I'm a 60 year old American (don't look a day over 59) and I'm out a lot. It's not about age; it's about attitude.

Smiling on the streets isn't something I've seen in any country I've ever been in. It's only when you meet people that you experience warmth and humor. It's the same the world over.

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