Travel to Poland (Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan) – Episode 885

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Travel to Poland - Warsaw, Krakow and Posnan (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sharon Kurtz from about her recent trip exploring the culture and food of Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznan.

Sharon says, “It is a beautiful country. It’s a blend of history that goes back to the tenth century. And then it has sad history, World War II, and then they were occupied by the Soviets and got their independence in 1989. And some people seem to have this feeling that they’re gray and it’s sad and dark, and nothing could be further from the truth.  It’s vibrant and it’s really an exciting place to go in Central Europe.”

Here’s a recommended itinerary for visiting Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznan in Poland:

Day 1-3: Warsaw

  • Start your trip in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.
  • Explore the reconstructed Old Town Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which showcases the resilience of the Polish people after World War II.
  • Visit the Old Town Square fountain with the mermaid sculpture, symbolizing strength and protection.
  • Explore the Chopin Museum and enjoy a classical concert in Łazienki Park.
  • Dive into Warsaw’s history with visits to the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
  • Enjoy the vibrant modern cityscape, including skyscrapers and bustling city life.

Accommodation in Warsaw: Consider staying at Hotel Verte, a Marriott property with a rich history, a palace reconstructed after World War II.

Day 4-6: Krakow

  • Take a 2-hour train ride to Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland.
  • Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, filled with well-preserved medieval architecture.
  • Explore Kazimierz’s historic Jewish quarter, known for its synagogues, cemeteries, and vibrant atmosphere.
  • Visit Saint Mary’s Basilica and experience the haunting trumpet call played from its tower.
  • Discover the majestic Wawel Castle and its Gothic cathedral.
  • Delve into Krakow’s poignant history with a visit to Schindler’s Factory and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto.
  • Consider a one-day Auschwitz and Krakow Salt Mines tour.

Accommodation in Krakow: Consider staying in centrally located accommodations to explore the city’s attractions easily.

Day 7-9: Poznan

  • Travel to Poznan, the oldest city in Poland, known for its rich history and vibrant culture.
  • Explore the colorful Old Town Square and witness the daily spectacle of mechanical billy goats butting heads at noon.
  • Visit Cathedral Island to see the oldest church in Poland and the graves of early rulers.
  • Experience the interactive Enigma Museum, showcasing Poland’s contributions to World War II code-breaking efforts.
  • Indulge in Poznan’s culinary delights, including the famous Saint Martin’s croissant with its unique legend.
  • Enjoy the lively atmosphere of Poznan’s nightlife and cultural offerings.

Accommodation in Poznan: Choose accommodations near the Old Town Square to immerse yourself in the city’s historic charm.

Additional Tips:

  • Embrace Poland’s diverse culinary scene, from traditional pierogies to Michelin-starred dining experiences.



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Show Notes

Sharon K Kurtz
Old Town, Warsaw
Mermaid of Warsaw
The Fryderyk Chopin Museum
Frédéric Chopin Monument, Warsaw
Warsaw Rising Museum
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
The Warsaw Rising Museum
NYX Hotel Warsaw
Hotel Verte, Warsaw
Bib Gourmand – The MICHELIN Guide Poland
Butchery & Wine – Restaurant – Warsaw
Dyletanci – Restaurant – Warsaw
elixir by Dom Wódki – Restaurant – Warsaw
Muzeum Polskiej Wódki
Royal Castle, Warsaw
Frédéric Chopin
Copernicus Science Center
Things to do in Krakow: 3-day Itinerary
St. Mary’s Trumpet Call
Wawel Castle
Restauracja Pod Nosem – Kraków
Albertina Restaurant & Wine – Krakow
Szara Restaurant
Poznań Goats
Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island), Poznań
Enigma Cipher Centre
St. Martin’s croissant
Muga restaurant – Posnan
Pierozak Restaurant – Poznan
Tasting Poland’s Culinary Explosion


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

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