Definitively a frugal option, as this place is quite affordable from a German point of view, and obviously much less crowded than southern countries.
And an exotic one as well.
A quick survey among Woodpeckers mates and colleagues showed that about 20% of them have already seen Thailand, but only 5% have seen Poland.
Did I like it?
Difficult to say.
Our round trip first took us from Rügen to Kolberg / Kolobrzeg (former German resp. Polish name) a famous beach destination at the Baltic Sea.
The fine sanded and calm beach stretches out for more than 200km+ on Poland’s northern coast (no typo – due to the geology of the Baltic Sea, virtually all of Poland’s coast is beach.)
This is fantastic for beach lovers, however I personally prefer a little bit variety, e.g. some hills or mountains or cliffs plus little bays next to the sea, instead of endless flat lands.
Next we continued to Danzig / Gdansk.
A fantastic city, that beat all our expectations! A lovely old Hanse city, perfectly renovated and with a vibe and historical flair than will take you in its ban for sure, should you visit it.
Plus very affordable food in excellent restaurants on the river front, the historic place etc. Very good quality at very frugal prices – Woodpecker spent great parts of the days in fish restaurants, at prices half what you’d pay in Munich. Makes sense to take advantage of good value, as eating out at this prices strikes me quite ok. Thus, a frugal autumn/winter with much less restaurant thrills back at expensive home will be easy to stand!
We took a historic excursion by boat to Westerplatte, a little island where the Nazis started WWII on 1st September 1939, probably one of the saddest and most stupid moments in the history of my country and whole Europe.
Driving south toward Breslau / Wroclaw was kind of a bore and where exhausting, as the highway network is still quite limited in Poland. Landscape is flat, flat, flat, most villages or towns we passed did not seem interesting. No match to countries like Italy or France or Germany, where you stumble over beautiful spots or sights with every step you take. I guess the more hilly area in Poland’s South-East might be different…
Breslau / Wroclaw again was beautiful!
Especially the lovely town square, which we hit on a sunday. All the city seemed to meet up there in a way that radiated a quite southern atmosphere. Buildings and streets again form a very harmonic ensemble – you get to ask yourself why modern cities are never able to match this harmony.
Have we somehow lost some sense for this on the way?!
All in all it was a nice an affordable trip, very interesting to get to learn a bit more about our neighbor, and the cities very beautiful.
However, Poland is not a southern nation, so weather was a bit mixed, and even colder than average in Germany. Plus the countryside is a bit uniform.
So I guess next year we will be heading south again 😉
I’d recommend to visit the cities Danzig, Breslau (and Kraków probably) directly, or as a short trip, should you have the opportunity. You will not regret it.
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