Poland's most beautiful cities
The impressive townscapes of Gdansk, Warsaw, and Krakow bear witness to Poland’s long and eventful history. Richly decorated merchants’ houses, city palaces, and Renaissance-style castles blend with socialist stately homes and the hip charm of modern cities.
Thanks to extensive investments in the Polish railway network in recent years, a train journey to Poland’s most beautiful cities has become more enticing offering us views of the sea and countryside. Be inspired by the following Poland itinerary through this beautiful country!
Price Range: $$
Recommended Days: 7 Days
Riding Hours: Approx. 10.5 hrs
Distance: 1,108 km
Szczecin: The Gateway To Poland
Szczecin, this historic old town, lies nestled on the banks of the river and various wooded islands. Together with the harmoniously lit, artistic facades in the evening, this creates a romantic panorama for you to see.
For convenience’s sake, a red line on the sidewalk leads from the main station to all the sights of the old town, one after the other. The Renaissance castle of Szczecin is the showpiece of this circular loop in the city. Other sights include the town hall and Jacob’s Cathedral, two splendid brick Gothic-style buildings.
At the end of the route, the most beautiful square in Szczecin, Market Square/Stare Miasto, is waiting for you, surrounded by colorful houses and cafés. Take a coffee break and watch the world go by!
Szczecin Główny → Gdańsk Główny | Duration: 4:39-5:01h | Transfers: 0
There are five direct connections from Szczecin to Gdansk daily and is operated by PKP Intercity with a Pendolino train.
Gdansk: City Of Amber
The second stop on the Poland itinerary is the old Hanseatic city of Gdansk, especially known for its amber. As this gemstone helped the city to wealth, we can still see its impact which is reflected in the many late medieval staterooms. You can admire them in large numbers on the town hall square between the Neptune Fountain and the Green Gate.
This view is surpassed by Mariacka Street, which is considered to be the most beautiful street in Gdansk and also boasts numerous restaurants and amber shops. The nearby St. Mary’s Church is the largest brick church in the world.
At night, the district of Sopot is transformed into the nationally famous bar and party district of Gdansk. Here you will find numerous trendy pubs, bars, and clubs.
Gdańsk Główny → Warszawa Centralna | Duration: 3 h | Transfers: 0
Pendolino trains run on our next stop to Warsaw. This express train reaches speeds of 200 km/h and has been connecting Warsaw with other major Polish cities for several years. This train runs hourly.
Elewator Gdansk Hostel
Holiday Inn Gdansk – City Center
PURO Gdańsk Stare Miasto
Warsaw: The Political And Cultural Heart Of Poland
Poland’s capital has developed into a modern and contrasting city. The Old Town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980; its showpiece is the 10 km long royal wing, which connects the royal castle with the two other royal residences.
Lazienki Królewskie Palace is one of Europe’s most beautiful parks and palaces. The Wilanów Palace is considered to be the Polish Versailles. On the way, the boulevard passes numerous smaller city palaces.
The Old Town Market Square is Warsaw‘s most beautiful square and offers a restored 17th-century cityscape. If you’re up for some shopping you’ll have no shortage of options at the Arkadia, one of the largest department stores in Europe.
Warszawa Zaodnia → Kraków Główny | Duration: 2:37 h | Transfers: 0
This route is serviced by PKP Intercity offering hourly direct connections from Warsaw to Krakow.
Krakow: Poland’s Royal City
Krakow is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Poland. The city combines a historical cityscape with the breath of hip and modern metropolises. The winding streets of the trendy Kazimierz district, where cafés and historic buildings line up door-to-door, are a prime example of this.
In the center of this district at Nowy Square, formerly part of the Jewish Quarter, you’ll find a circular building with long lines of people, day and night. Make sure to hop in one of those lines to get a taste of the city’s best street food: Zapiekanka, a baguette pizza.
You’ll find boutique shops along Florianska Street which leads from the city’s gate to the Main Market Square. Here you’ll find the famous Cloth Halls and the Gothic Church of St. Mary. On a hill, the Wawel Cathedral, a 1000-year-old national sanctuary and former coronation site of Polish monarchs dominates the city. Next to the cathedral is the Gdansk Castle and below it the entrance to the famous cave where the dragon Wawel is said to have lived.
If there is still time left on your trip, make sure to take a day tour to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps as well as to the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
End your journey in Krakow, or continue traveling through Poland to other cities and onward to Belarus with this route. Other options are to head south to Slovakia or west to Germany. There is an endless list of European cities to visit by train, so don’t worry… You won’t run out of new places to explore!
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