Doug and I traveled to Poland as guests of the CamerImage Film Festival in Bydgoszcz. I’d always wanted to see what Poland was like and had made plans to travel there in the 1980s. with an acting class that I was part of. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our trip because the Solidarnosz movement began and it was too dangerous. The photos in this Poland travel gallery are additional images from my trip.
I am happy to say that Poland today is an excellent destination to travel to. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and it’s wonderfully inexpensive. You can have a 5-star meal for about $30.
After we left Poland we flew to Budapest and did a Christmas market tour that ended in Prague.
For more details about our trip click these links:
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I loved our time in Bydgoszcz because it’s a small town that gives you more of a feel of Polish life. It’s charming and sophisticated with its Old Town Market Square, mystical Gothic Cathedral and stunningly modern Opera Nova opera house. You can walk along the Brda Riverwalk, enjoy traditional Polish food at the Karczma Młyńska restaurant built in 1873, or have a Zywiec beer at a local brewery.
The first thing we saw when we drove through the outskirts of Warsaw from the airport were McDonald’s “Golden Arches” peering out of a field. It wasn’t exactly the greatest first impression. But when we came back on the train from Bydgoszcz to stay in old town we saw how beautifully the city was reconstructed after WWII. During the war, the city was almost flattened. Expert artisans were able to painstakingly replicate it almost exactly how it was before it was destroyed.
We stayed in the delightfully quirky Castle Inn across from the Royal Palace and made use of a local guide to show us around. Because it was winter, we were the only ones who joined the tour but it was still fabulous. She took us to palatial Łazienki Park, the site of the Jewish ghetto, and the Jewish Memorial.
I was completed infatuated with the old city of Krakow. It’s a UNESCO Heritage site and the Market Square is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. It’s also one of the few cities in Poland that wasn’t destroyed during WWII. In fact, it looks almost exactly how it’s been for centuries. You can shop for authentic Polish products from multiple vendors in the cloth hall, enjoy the most amazing desserts at Wedel’s Chocolate store or go for a tour of Wawel Castle.
You may enjoy these Polish inspired recipes
Planning a Trip to Poland
Find a hotel in Poland
- Booking.com – Find a hotel in Krakow.
- Booking.com – Find a hotel in Warsaw.
- Booking.com – Find a hotel in Bydgoszcz
Get the best price on a flight to Warsaw
- Skyscanner – Find the most affordable flight to Warsaw on a search engine you can trust.
Rent a car in Poland
- Auto Europe – This site offers the best auto rates in Europe.
Take a tour in Poland
- Tour Poland – Book a tour on Viator to see the amazing sites of Poland.
- Tours by Locals – Find a local guide to take you on a private and personalized tour.
Don’t forget to buy travel insurance!
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