Day 3. Exploring Wroclaw

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, we checked out of our room and stored our luggage until late afternoon. The Ibis Styles Wroclaw Centrum had been a good choice for our short break and its location near the railway station and the airport bus terminus provided us with easy access to public transport. …

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Day 1 & 2. Wroclaw, Poland – a short break

Day One After enjoying recent visits to Gdansk and Warsaw we decided to spend a weekend in Wroclaw, Poland's fourth largest city. Ryanair were offering low cost flights from Leeds-Bradford Airport on a Friday evening, enabling us to enjoy two full days in south western Poland. Our flight departed on time and in a little …

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Day 3. Lazienki Park, Warsaw

We woke to heavy overnight snow which was surprising for late March, leaving the city looking beautiful in the sun. We started the day with a visit to the Museum of Life Under Communism located on the left bank of the river in the Praga district. To get there, we took Tram 22 from Centrum. …

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Day 2. Wilanow Palace Warsaw

After enjoying the Ibis Hotel Warsaw Centrum buffet breakfast, we were ready for a busy day exploring more of Warsaw's attractions.  Our first stop was at the Royal Lazienki Park which was only a 15 minute walk from the hotel.  It's the largest park in Warsaw and was designed in 17th century Baroque style. Just …

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Day 1. A Weekend in Warsaw

We arrived in Warsaw the previous evening on a Ryanair flight from Leeds-Bradford Airport.  Our flight departed promptly at 16.10 arriving into Modlin, Warsaw's second airport.  Transferring into the city centre was very easy with tickets costing 19zl (£3.95) per person, available from a machine in the baggage hall.  A regular shuttle bus service then …

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Day 1.  A weekend in Gdansk, Poland

A few weeks ago we noticed that Ryanair was offering bargain priced flights to Gdansk, and as we'd enjoyed our previous visit to Krakow, the opportunity to visit a second Polish destination seemed irresistible. Our flight departed Leeds-Bradford airport promptly at 9.30 a.m. taking just two hours over to Lech Walesa airport.  The airport is …

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Day 2. Exploring Gdansk

After a leisurely breakfast in our hotel we strolled along the riverside promenade known as Long Bridge admiring its historical granaries and huge crane gate.  The Żuraw Crane is one of the finest intact medieval cranes in Europe and, interestingly, it also acted as a city gate and defensive fortification.  It was built to hoist …

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Day 3.  Visiting Sopot and Gdynia from Gdańsk

Gdansk and it's nearby sister cities of Sopot and Gdynia are collectively known as Tricity, so after breakfast we set off to Gdansk Glowny station to embark on our journey.  Trains in Tricity are operated by SKM and have a distinctive blue and yellow livery. Tickets need to be bought either from the SKM desks …

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Day 4.  Malbork Castle from Gdansk

I'd read about Malbork Castle and was eager to visit whilst staying in Gdansk.  It is the largest brick built castle in the world and was constructed in the thirteenth century. Malbork lies 69km from Gdansk and is easily accessible by train with numerous services daily.  It's on the main line to Warsaw, so tickets …

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Day 5. Oliwa, Gdansk

On our final morning in Gdansk we took the SKM train to the suburb of Oliwa, located 5 km to the north of the city centre.  Single tickets cost 3.8 zl (80p) for the short journey to this prosperous neighbourhood. Leaving the station, we headed to the main road from where it was only a …

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