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What is the ugliest city or town in Poland?


delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
29 Jun 2012  #31
Or, I would if bmi hadn't cancelled the service

BA picked it up, straight to the hell that is T1 at Heathrow ;)

the aforementioned family friends have made a fortune from running pharmacies and dry cleaners around Bielawa/Wałbrzych

I'm not surprised, people always need services - and I reckon in such areas, there's going to be a fairly high rate of hypochrondria.
g60edition 6 | 175
29 Jun 2012  #32
Makow podhalanski. The place always looks grey and depressing even in the summer months and the buildings look tired,Abandoned.half built houses and nowt to do there.Damm I feel depressed thinking of the place.
gdyniaguy 1 | 281
29 Jun 2012  #33
Most Polish cities outside of the town squares are pretty nasty. They arn't helped by very lax planning permission and the amount of roadside advertising. In the UK cities can have ugly estates but on a whole planning permission is tighter then in Poland so doesn't allow the same to happen.

Take a look at Malbork (not the castle) as an example of ugly polish towns!
g60edition 6 | 175
29 Jun 2012  #34
. In the UK cities can have ugly estates.

|You are right there.I live not from from Portsmouth and that place is the pits.Ok there is lots to do.But the planners seem to let private money build a nice retail outlet and housing and neglect the old shopping areas.

As for housing estates,Buckland and Sommers town are depressing run down.
gdyniaguy 1 | 281
29 Jun 2012  #35
Run down in one country is a different kettle of fish as run down in another. Take a look at a beautiful little seaside town like Sopot...walk 10 yards from monte casino and it's a right sh@thole.

maps.google.com/maps?q=sopot&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&hl=pl
Seaside towns in the UK are in a better state then Sopot. Take a look at tourist city centres....London/Warsaw, York/Krakow, Durham/Torun... the UK's stricter planning permission is the difference.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
29 Jun 2012  #36
Seaside towns in the UK are in a better state then Sopot.

Bwaahahahaha...oh Hudson, you're such a laugh!

There is nothing in Poland comparable to the rundown hellhole that is New Brighton, for instance.
gdyniaguy 1 | 281
29 Jun 2012  #37
really? Obviously you don't travel alot in Poland. And if you do you fail to open your eyes! yellow crumbling blocks, rutted roads, crumbling pavements, mile after mile of beautiful roadside advertising, crumbling or delapidated buildings... or this?...

maps.google.com/maps?q=new+brighton&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&hl=pl
got anymore instances...

maybe the reason why poland isn't streetmapped totally by google yet is that the Polish government doesn't want people in the west to see that it resembles rural albania in parts!
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,671
29 Jun 2012  #38
the rundown hellhole that is New Brighton,

where is that? Do you mean Brighton,UK?
gdyniaguy 1 | 281
29 Jun 2012  #39
New Brighton is the other side of the mersey from Liverpool.

Ouch! Clench my heart, that cut deep! OK, you are entitled to your opinion but I think Wrocław is beautiful.

The majority of the beautiful Polish cities were built by foreigners in Poland. Poles arn't known for their non-concrete building skills or bulding skills at all.
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
29 Jun 2012  #40
From big cities, it's hard to beat Szczecin ;)
yvonne_w - | 1
30 Jun 2012  #41
In my opinion the ugliest city in Poland is Bytom

Bytom is the ugliest city in Poland
sobieski 107 | 2,128
30 Jun 2012  #42
Sosnowiec and Gliwice....
Horrible places...
OP john123 1 | 20
30 Jun 2012  #43
It's easy to judge a place on its magical Rynek and stare miasto. Having lived outside of the old town in Krakow and travelled around the city, I certainly would not say Krakow is beautiful. Some of those streets close to the Rynek - Krowoderska and Dluga spring to mind - are ghastly, even compared to streets in Lodz and Warsaw.
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
30 Jun 2012  #44
In my opinion the ugliest city in Poland is Bytom

Couple years ago there was a joke in the radio. When you win the contest the prize will be a holiday in Bytom ;)
I don't remember who invented that.
blaahdy blah
30 Jun 2012  #45
Personally i have a severe dislike for Wałbrzych

Tell you what is a truly magnificent city but the people are some of the most scummy and that's Kłodzko, it has the old fort at the top of the hill, beautiful old cobble stoned walk ways, some really nice architecture and a river which runs through. But the people of Kłodzko are something else, if that part of Poland wasnt German less than 70 years ago you could swear that it was the kind of place that Poland sent the dregs of society for centuries and they just inbred. Weird
4 eigner 2 | 831
30 Jun 2012  #46
What is the ugliest city or town in Poland?

Warsaw
pawian 159 | 9,543
30 Jun 2012  #48
What is the ugliest city or town in Poland?

Gdańsk:
milky 13 | 1,657
30 Jun 2012  #49
Most Polish cities outside of the town squares are pretty nasty.

i agree,,a lot of towns in the east are real shith0les,not sure about the rest.
4 eigner 2 | 831
30 Jun 2012  #50
Gdańsk:

you must be kidding, man. Why don't you show some other pics? To me, it's the nicest town in Poland, followed by Wroclaw and Krakow.
pawian 159 | 9,543
1 Jul 2012  #51
What is the ugliest city or town in Poland?

Krakow: :):):):):):)
milky 13 | 1,657
1 Jul 2012  #52
I'm not sure ugly is the word,destroyed or wrecked would be better suited.
blaahdy blah
1 Jul 2012  #53
no poor would be the most appropriate.
milky 13 | 1,657
1 Jul 2012  #54
poor

maybe, but destroyed or wrecked would account for the unfortunate geography/history and imperialist rape.
gdyniaguy 1 | 281
2 Jul 2012  #55
How long will they keep blaming others for the state of the cities? The Poles are unable to devise a decent planning policy when it comes to the aethetic look of towns and cities.. FGS have you seen the bright blue plastic room tiles and the awful polish salmon pink paint schemes?

If you buy a house in England you look at the area and how it looks. In Poland it all look in a right state. It's Planning not poverty to blame!
Hipis - | 227
2 Jul 2012  #56
It pains me to say it but I have to agree with gdyniaguy here. The advertising hoardings, the (lack of) planning, some of the paint jobs on the renovated blocks (yeeurggh). No lessons have been learnt from the Communist driven post war concrete block building spree. The headlong rush into capitalist post Communist era hasn't done anything to refresh the thinking of the town planners when it comes to development. The war and Communist architecture blighted many Polish towns and cities and it's going to take time and billions of Złoty to change things.

Back to the topic though. Chorzów is very grim; Płock outside the Stare Miasto is horrendous; Gdynia's only saving grace is the harbour area and Kamienna Góra; agree about Malbork, the town is a hell hole. I'm not going to nominate a town for most ugliest bit I'd like to nominate Poznań as the most disappointing place I've visited in Poland. Outside the Stary Rynek it's just a mad, traffic congested, big city. I was expecting something like Wrocław or Kraków but the Stare Miasto is small considering how big a city it is and I didn't find it as interesting or as nice as I do Wrocław or Gdansk.
tabrett 2 | 26
2 Jul 2012  #57
Take a look at Malbork (not the castle) as an example of ugly polish towns!

agree about Malbork, the town is a hell hole

Can I ask when was the last time you visited Malbork? I live about 10 mins away from there and it's not ugly in my opinion, it has changed A LOT in recent years and has improved a great deal
Hipis - | 227
2 Jul 2012  #58
I was there 6 days ago. The town centre is small but very tidy however outside of that it's just a typical small, communist style reconstructed town.
Harry
2 Jul 2012  #59
Has anybody nominated Radom yet? The place would need a serious amount spending on it for renovation and beautification before it could even get close to the level of an utter sh!t-hole.
Hipis - | 227
2 Jul 2012  #60
I think Radom has been mentioned. My housemate has family in Radom and even he agrees it's a sh1thole :D


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