Post # 1
My husband will be needing to travel to Poland iN November and we made the decision that I would go with him as a vacation. So part of my question is if you had any recommendations of things to do in Krakow, Poland.
We will also be taking an extra week (or two!) and will travel somewhere else by train. What other countries should we go to? We will probably only make it to one or two other countries. England and Ireland are out because we are looking to travel by train. Let me know where you’ve been and why I should go!
Post # 2
Germany and Austria are both lovely! Friends and I did a Euro trip about 5 years ago in December-January and out of the 7 countries / 8 cities we went to, Munich and Vienna were my favourite 🙂
(We did Paris > Munich > Vienna > Prague > Copenhagen > Malmo > Hamburg > Amsterdam > Paris)
Post # 3
sboom : that sounds amazing! I have heard such good things about Austria but it really seems like there isn’t much hype for it compared to other European countries! Thanks for sharing!
Post # 4
Just wanted to say we’re going to Poland in December! Fiance has a work conference. We’ll be in Katowice & Warsaw. We’d like to take a trip somewhere else too, but only if we can find a cheap flight. I’ve only been finding flights for about $180 (per person). That’s too high for us right now! We only have 8 days, and don’t want to spend 12+ hours on a train, either.
Post # 5
i voted for italy if its not too far. you cant go wrong w pizza pasta and hisorty
Post # 6
First, you could consider other cities in Poland: Gdańsk, Warsaw, Wroclaw, etc.
Outside of Poland, I think I’d cast my net to places within an overnight train ride away from krakow and/or from one stop to the next: Krakow-Lviv-Bratislava-Budapest-Vienna-Brno-Prague-Dresden-Berlin as example.
If you only add one week I would not go as far as Italy, Greece, France, etc. That would not be a satisfactory train time to actual trip time ratio for me. YMMV though.
For detailed info on train travel visit http://www.seat61.com, it might be helpful.
In Krakow: things to do/see: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Nowa Huta, Schindler Museum, Empty Chairs Memorial in Ghetto Heroes Square. Kazimierz is great fun to go out in at night, great restaurants & bars, cool vibes. Alchemia (chill bar/small music venue) is worth the hype.
Post # 7
Spain. Spain Spain Spain Spain.
Sorry, I’m biased. I did a study abroad there in college and absolutely fell in love. The people are wonderful, food is amazing, the history is incredible… And the coast is gorgeous, too.
Darling Husband and I have both been there separately (several years apart) and DREAM of vacationing there one day. For what it’s worth, Darling Husband was in the navy and has been to several places in Europe. He like Greece a lot but Spain and Scotland are his favorites.
Post # 8
Just to let you know, you can get a train to London. The Eurostar goes under the channel and is a really fast and convenient service. It’s about 2 hours to London from either Paris or Brussels.
Post # 9
Italy!! It is truly beautiful – the scenery is wonderful and the food amazing. You cannot go wrong. Austria is a less popular destination as it is not really typically touristy but it is stunning and it is on the way to Italy!
Post # 10
If you want to travel by train I would suggest you explore places near to Poland and don’t bother with southern Europe.
Also in November the Christmas markets might be starting up which are beautiful.
My first choice would be Germany. I love the country. It is beautiful, the people are lovely and the beer is great. You could probably get to Berlin very easily which is a great city to explore. Loads of history and the contrast between east and west. Leipzig is also not too far away and somewhere I would like to go.
You could also go to the Czech Republic. Again I am sure Prague is easily accessable for you. We spent a really nice few days there a few years back. Lots to do and see. We also went to a spa twon near the Czech German boarder called Karlovy Vary which was great. We stayed in this weird but beautiful health spa hotel and explored the town.
Austria is beautiful. I have never been in the winter but a few times in the summer. If you’re not ski peope I would say stick to the cities and explore those.
Post # 11
Germany/Austria would be soooo lovely that time of year with the Christmas markets! That’s my vote! Don’t miss Salzburg or Munich, they are a tirolean dream. We went on a trip last year to Salzburg and then took a bus to Munich for Oktoberfest (though you can take the train, too!) and it was one of the best trips we’ve taken yet
Post # 12
I’d go to either Germany or Austria/Switzerland/Northern Italy depending on what you are interested in.
Lugano is in Switzerland and is RIGHT on the border with Italy. They speak Italian and the food is Italian. It’s very beautiful. It’s possible to do the Gotthard panoramic train ride to Luzern (German speaking) accross the Alps which is also stunning. Not sure if it runs all year round.
If you prefer city breaks then Vienna is nice (worth going to the Schonbrunn palace). Obviously Berlin is great for history. And I agree that the Christmas markets are lovely.
I think Spain is starting to get a bit far away from Poland in the time you have available.
Post # 13
I have bween to every place on your list, and my favorite place BY FAR, is Budapest!
Post # 14
Germany, Austria and Czech Republic are great in November with Christmas markets! Weather will be unpredictable but it wouldn’t ruin the trip. I wouldn’t do Greece in November (Tourism shuts in Greece out of season).
Post # 15
I’d recommend Germany since it’s close by! I mostly stayed in Munich which was a facinating town full of old architecture and history.