Does anyone have any broad information on travelling to Poland. I am interested in exploring the post communist era and contemporary life.
I am an Australian born Polish artist and film maker with a deep interest in communism and the state of general living since the changes of the Eastern countries. I intend to travel through to Poland and Germany primarily including Romania and all other locations surrounding. I have many relatives to visit for the first time and would like to go soon before the elders pass on. I am also very keen to participate in the contemporary art scene in Poland and Germany in particular - if anyone has any info or connections please pass on. Many thanks, Dan.
Haven't been personally Dan, but we did get a Polish-Australian living in Warsaw to write some travel safety advice for WorldNomads. Hope it helps in a little way.
Phil almost 9 years ago
You can skim through this blog from my visit to many cities in Poland...it is one of my favorite places.
Bon voyage! almost 9 years agoAnswered by Janet E. Dore via Travellr.com
One surprising place is Kalwaria Zebrzydowska south of Cracow. It's a 1 hour bus ride from Cracow, which tends to be full of tourists, but Kalvaria is 100% Polish (means Calvary) and emphasises the very strong connection with the Catholic Church. From there you can visit Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains on the border of the Czech Republic. All places are quite free of the ever present north American tourists. If you want a local stay contact Ryszard Zurek at email@example.com. He rents an apartment for Polish people but is a great host. His family is a tragic story of Poland starting with his grandfather losing his life at Katyn, then he has family stories of the Nazis and the Communists which put into perspective the 40 years of Polish trauma in the 20th C. We met him in Iran and he invited us to visit and were so glad to have had the opportunity of seeing the real Poland. Oh yes, and don't forget Auschwitz, or Oświęcim, a must ! Also, you can take Soviet era tours of Cracow - all very kitsch. almost 9 years agoAnswered by Mac Benoy
As an Australian born Pole visiting family, my cousin showed me many places such as Wroclaw, Katowice, the salt mines of Wielicza (incredible...), Zgorzelec, the Owl Mountains & Krakow. He also dropped me off on the "Communism Tour" in Krakow, which was both Kitsch and actually really educational. Nova Huta was Stalin's showcase city just outside of Krakow.
Don't forget to read Norman Davies books on Poland to compliment travel books, these provided strong context to the people and country. The villages along the Czech border were very enjoyable also. almost 9 years ago