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What are some of the "must do" activities when visiting Poland?


Chevy454 1 | 15
14 Oct 2011 #1
Hello party people of Poland,

My name is John I'm a 28 year old male from Miami, FL USA. I would like to extend my hand in greetings to you fine folk and make a few friends to discuss your country. I will be visiting one of my best bros I served with in the Army, that is studying at The Medical University of Lublin for a couple of months then traveling to Russia to visit my friend in Kazan, but will be in Poland for the majority of my travel. I wanted to know from you Poles on here what are some of the "must do" activities? For example, if you were coming to Florida, I would say you would have to visit a theme park, visit the Everglades and see an Alligator, if you're a women go to South Beach Miami and take your top off while sun tanning, if you're a man go to South Beach Miami and view the women taking their tops off while sun tanning, watch the Sunrise on the beach then watch the Sunset in the Everglades, stay away from neighborhoods like Hialeah, Opa Loca, and Liberty City because they are renowned for putting European/Japanese tourist in trunks of cars after robbing them and just leaving them in there.

Thank you and I hope to learn a lot about your country!
John
gumishu 11 | 5,740
14 Oct 2011 #2
a must do? - 1. visit Kraków + Wieliczka salt mines 2. vistit Zakopane and the Tatra mountains - a two day trip is preferrable 3. go to Białowieża and see the European Bison
PWEI 3 | 612
14 Oct 2011 #4
If you are already in Lublin, you absolutely must visit Zamosc, it's stunning (and has hardly any tourists).
hythorn 3 | 580
14 Oct 2011 #5
Krakow and Zakopane would be enough for any trip

you can add a trip to Auschwitz if you think you can handle it

using Krakow as a base you can do a day trip to Warsaw or Katowice by train if time allows

using Lublin as a base you can indeed do Zamosc , perhaps ever Kazmierz Dolny and it is very easy to get to Warsaw
Wedle 16 | 496
14 Oct 2011 #6
John

What time of the year will you be visiting Poland?
PWEI 3 | 612
14 Oct 2011 #7
If you're in Lublin, go to Majdanek.
If you're in Zamosc, stay an extra night and do a day trip to Belzec.
Both of those camps are far more powerful than the Disneyland that Auschwitz has been turned into.
hythorn 3 | 580
14 Oct 2011 #8
What time of the year will you be visiting Poland?

a good question, as the gentleman is from Florida and may not be used to freezing his gonads off in the midst of a Polish winter

Both of those camps are far more powerful than the Disneyland that Auschwitz has been turned into

you are no doubt referring to the Donald Dachau studio that is Auschwitz
I found Birkenau to be more powerful than Auschwitz

Majdanek is rather grim and feels cold irrespective of what time of year you visit it
but if you are in Lublin in any case, it is just a hop skip and a jump from the centre

wrap up warm
Polsyr 6 | 769
14 Oct 2011 #9
Go check out the wolves in Masurian Lake District :)
ASG - | 5
14 Oct 2011 #10
It depends where in Poland you will be. I would definitely recommend a trip to Kraków. If you will be near the Baltic I would say visit Sopot and see the "crooked house" and the upside down house in Szymbark. I would also check out the old city old Gdańsk. There are also a few castles to see in the area.
catsoldier 62 | 595
14 Oct 2011 #11
Speak a little Polish, well worth the effort.
pawian 179 | 16,135
14 Oct 2011 #12
=Chevy454]if you're a women go to South Beach Miami and take your top off while sun tanning, if you're a man go to South Beach Miami and view the women taking their tops off while sun tanning,

Why don`t you say sincerely you are looking for addresses of nudist beaches in Poland?
OP Chevy454 1 | 15
14 Oct 2011 #13
What time of the year will you be visiting Poland?

February I will be leaving Miami returning in late May. Hopefully it won't be too cold!
scottie1113 7 | 898
15 Oct 2011 #14
Hopefully it won't be too cold!

Probably not more than -20C, maybe a balmy -10. You do the math.
Kazikowski 17 | 101
15 Oct 2011 #15
Well that's the thing with Poland, essentially anywhere you go (cept maybe the east but I haven't been there) has got plenty of places to visit and things to do. I don't think the tourism industry is built up so well as it is here in Australia. But! Go anywhere in Poland and you'll be happy. Can't go wrong.

I also recommend 'Hel' at the tip of the peninsula (Must see Schleswig-Holstein). Also Wilczy Szaniec, A.K.A Wolf's Lair, A.K.A Hitler's Bunkers.

There are castles everywhere and anywhere you go, so lots of interesting history.

Even if you just go exploring into the forest, your bound to find something of interest, or at least have an adventure.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
15 Oct 2011 #16
What are some of the "must do" activities when visiting Poland?

Get a pizza...and put ketchup on it....
OP Chevy454 1 | 15
15 Oct 2011 #17
P.S. Since a lot of you are saying Krakow how is the public transportation in Poland? I'll be based in Lublin and do plan on leaving Lublin to explore around.

using Lublin as a base

you absolutely must visit Zamosc

I googled Zamosc and it does look lovely.

Majdanek is rather grim

Auschwitz is on the top 3 things to do. Visiting a few other camps are on the must to do list also.

Do you know of any Polish military museums that you would recommend?

Speak a little Polish, well worth the effort.

Yeah man I hear what you're saying! Thanks for the intell.

Why don`t you say sincerely you are looking for addresses of nudist beaches in Poland?

Brotha man I hail from a tropical paradise If I wanted to get butt booty naked in public I could spread my Cadillacs wings and fly fly away to the beach and oil myself with a light coat of baby oil man and glisten all day in sun wearing my birthday suit but I'm on my trip to the mother ship trip man want to go do the old timer thing this tour around Europe see Castles and witness cultural events.
isthatu2 4 | 2,703
15 Oct 2011 #18
Do you know of any Polish military museums that you would recommend?

It has to be the Muzeum Wojsko Polskiego in Warsaw, Polish Army museum, simply fantastic collection :) That and the Warsaw Uprising museum,also,surprise surprise in warsaw :)
OP Chevy454 1 | 15
15 Oct 2011 #19
Probably not more than -20C, maybe a balmy -10. You do the math.

Yeah that is shorts and tank top weather there.

The first time I ever seen snow was when I was 20 it was -27F and I was on mountain top in South Korea thinking about leaping off the side of it.

Get a pizza...and put ketchup on it....

Not even stoned dude!
isthatu2 4 | 2,703
15 Oct 2011 #20
You need both the weed and the ketchup to eat a Polish pizza :)
Unfortunatly Ive only ever had access to ketchup in Poland......those Pannini style things are nice though,the ones in the underground shopping bits in warsaw anyway :)
OP Chevy454 1 | 15
15 Oct 2011 #21
It has to be the Muzeum Wojsko Polskiego in Warsaw,

Good info isthatu2 thanks

Have you been to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw? The Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza?
isthatu2 4 | 2,703
15 Oct 2011 #22
Yes. a moving place, though a warning to anyone who has served in Western forces and not seen Polish parade drill before....when they slow march they mince like the biggest queens in a pride parade :)

But, its even more moving there when you realise that the huge public square you are in was a Palace untill WW2.

My guide round warsaw was from a Home Army family so I got to see all the "cool" places in Warsaw, the only one I missed was,and I dont know if it is still there, a pre WW2 Armoured Steam Train !
OP Chevy454 1 | 15
15 Oct 2011 #23
You need both the weed and the ketchup to eat a Polish pizza :)

Just noticed you are a Brit. What kind of food did you like the most while you were in Poland?
isthatu2 4 | 2,703
15 Oct 2011 #24
Haha,erm, ahhh,well, Its different, I can say that :)
Dont get me wrong,the food can be great, the fresh produce is amazing its just that "Polish " food is, I think its politest to say, a taste you develope over time :)

Pierogi of most fillings is a safe enough bet, Bigos, a nice home made one, just eat and ask about the ingredients later (unless you are a big fan of,cabbage).

But you will find all sorts of foods in Poland. with the imigration to my part of england Ive started buying quite a few Polish made products on my weekly shop.

Now, just to be clear, Im not a fussy eater,but, the sort of "national food/recipies" in Poland are those designed for a country that gets like Siberia in winter ,so lots of fats etc.

Nothing will kill you though, I just dont want to come across to neg' about Polish food as its like all foods,just a matter of tastes :)
OP Chevy454 1 | 15
15 Oct 2011 #25
Yeah pretty open minded with food. I can eat it all even ate dog once and that is one of the most Un-American things you can do feel bad about the occasion damn near as bad as cannibalism eating mans best friend tasted like crap too. I can't handle Indian food though with all that curry they put in everything. The friend I'm visiting in Lublin he's a 2nd generation American of Indian descent and I went to visit him once for about 10 days in North Carolina and all 10 of them days his family made me eat breakfast and dinner with them no if's and's or but's before I went to sleep there I had to eat a meal and when I woke up there I had to eat a meal. I value that about their culture and appreciate their generosity but Indian food is something I'd have to spend 20 years getting use to.
pawian 179 | 16,135
15 Oct 2011 #26
=Chevy454]even ate dog once

oops. I will advise my neighbours to watch their dogs while you are in Krakow.
hythorn 3 | 580
15 Oct 2011 #27
oil myself with a light coat of baby oil man and glisten all day in sun wearing my birthday suit

that conjures up a mental image that I am not entirely comfortable with

in any case, I confirm that the military museum in Warsaw is one of the best in the world
and you ought to go to the Jewish cemetary, you can walk amongst the thousands of Jewish graves and ponder

the tomb of the unknown soldier does not warrant a special visit

Kazimierz Dolny is a bus ride from Lublin and is a must see
you are American, it is full of old buildings, it will blow your mind
Foreigner4 12 | 1,768
15 Oct 2011 #28
Find out if Krakow Wisła or Krakowia teams are playing each other, get a good seat and DO NOT wear colours associated with either team.
hythorn 3 | 580
15 Oct 2011 #29
and prepare to be caught in a cross fire of flares, stadium seats, coins, unidentified airborne detritis, blowpipe darts, ball bearings etc

wrap up warm and bring a helmet
Foreigner4 12 | 1,768
15 Oct 2011 #30
whoa, whoa, whoa, "get a good seat" means you avoid the cross-fire. Anticipation, it's more than an old song.


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