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Location: Warsaw

Day 1 - 10 May 2018

Warsaw Chopin Airport

Warsaw, Warsaw Chopin Airport
Warsaw, Warsaw Chopin Airport
Warsaw, Warsaw Chopin Airport

Content: Our first day in Poland, we landed in Warsaw airport. We rented a car to a hotel. We booked our hotels in advance. The airport was good enough. Poland is a big country with lots to see, but we chose some major cities to visit due to time limits. We planned to start with Poland's capital, Warsaw.

SleepWell Boutique Apartments

Warsaw, SleepWell Boutique Apartments
Warsaw, SleepWell Boutique Apartments
Warsaw, SleepWell Boutique Apartments

Content: We reached the hotel, which is located in the centre of the city. The room was excellent with a flat-screen TV and a fridge. The staffs were friendly and helpful.

Saxon Garden

Warsaw, Saxon Garden
Warsaw, Saxon Garden
Warsaw, Saxon Garden
Warsaw, Saxon Garden

Content: We went to Ogrod Saski or Saxon Garden, for an evening walk. The climate was good and comfortable. The park crowed with many local people spending time with their families. We saw lots of chestnut trees, old statues, and a big lake inside the park. On the other side of the park, we found Unknown Soldier’s Grave, which is a military memorial for unknown soldiers who have given their lives for Poland.

SleepWell Boutique Apartments

Warsaw, SleepWell Boutique Apartments

Content: We returned to hotel after our dinner from nearby restaurant. The rooms are simply furnished.

Location: Warsaw

Day 2 - 11 May 2018

Hala Mirowska

Warsaw, Hala Mirowska
Warsaw, Hala Mirowska
Warsaw, Hala Mirowska

Content: After breakfast, we began our trip from Hala Mirowska. It is the oldest market halls in Warsaw. It is a red brick building. There are many things to buy. The Hala Gwardii is the small hall connected to it. It is the perfect place to find meat, spices, and other ingredients. We headed towards Carmelite Church.

Carmelite Church

Warsaw, Carmelite Church
Warsaw, Carmelite Church
Warsaw, Carmelite Church
Warsaw, Carmelite Church

Content: After a short walk, we reached Carmelite Church. It is also known as the Church of Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. The structure of the church was impressive. The church is located next to the Presidential Palace.

Gosciniec Polskie Pierogi

Warsaw, Gosciniec Polskie Pierogi

Content: For lunch, we went to Gosciniec Polskie Pierogi. The food was tasty and fresh. They served foods quickly with a reasonable place. We ate delicious dumplings and apple pie drink. These are their signature dishes. The interior of the restaurant was excellent.

The Royal Castle

Warsaw, The Royal Castle
Warsaw, The Royal Castle
Warsaw, The Royal Castle

Content: On the way to The Royal Castle, we stopped at St. Anne’s Church. From the top of the church, we saw the entire Old Town. Then we saw Castle Square on the right side of the Royal Castle. It is a monument created to remember King Sigismund III. The Royal Castle is the landmark of the city. It was an eye-catching building painted with brilliant orange-red color. We learned about Polish kings and their lives after visiting the place.

Old Town Market Square

Warsaw, Old Town Market Square
Warsaw, Old Town Market Square
Warsaw, Old Town Market Square

Content: We reached Old Town, which is very near to The Royal Castle. It was a picturesque place in the city. It is a perfect place to hang out, relax, and shopping. We wandered around the streets. The streets are surrounded by beautiful buildings and palaces. We took a walk around the main campus of the University of Warsaw. We took many memorable photos of the streets. We enjoyed the place. The place was filled with lights. We found many jewelry shops. It was an excellent place to experience Poland's culture and heritage.

Folk Gospoda

Warsaw, Folk Gospoda

Content: We headed to Folk Gospoda, which is located far from the Old Town. It was suggested by the driver. It is one of the best traditional Polish restaurants around. The ambiance was great. We ordered a special pork dish and soup. The pork ribs were super tender and juicy. It was delicious. We headed towards our hotel.

Location: Warsaw

Day 3 - 12 May 2018

SleepWell Boutique Apartments

Warsaw, SleepWell Boutique Apartments

Content: After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and headed towards Warsaw Central Station. The hotel front desk arranged a dropping service with a polite and friendly driver. On the way, he took us to The National Museum.

The National Museum in Warsaw

Warsaw, The National Museum in Warsaw
Warsaw, The National Museum in Warsaw
Warsaw, The National Museum in Warsaw

Content: Warsaw is especially famous for museums, The National Museum in Warsaw is one of the best. It is recommended to reserve at least 3 hours to visit the entire building. It was a three-floored complex filled with lots of artworks, sculptures, paintings, and photographs. Polish Design Gallery was amazing which was filled with thousands of paintings. We saw The Numismatics Room in which coins dating from contemporary times are preserved. Gallery was amazing which was filled with thousands of paintings. We saw The Numismatics Room in which coins dating from contemporary times are preserved.

Warsaw Central Railway Station

Warsaw, Warsaw Central Railway Station
Warsaw, Warsaw Central Railway Station
Warsaw, Warsaw Central Railway Station

Content: The driver dropped us to the railway station. We had enough time to wander around the station. We brought our tickets to Gdansk. The station was well equipped with the necessary facilities. We ate some food from the cafe outlets in the station. The platforms are underground, below the main hall. The escalators and lifts make them easy to access. There is a Biedronka supermarket, where we got snacks and drinks.

Location: Gdansk

Day 3 - 12 May 2018

Five Point Hostel

Gdansk, Five Point Hostel
Gdansk, Five Point Hostel

Content: We reached Ghansk and checked in to the hotel. Gdansk is a colourful city in the Poland. Five Point Hostel is set in the centre of the city. The rooms are bright, simply furnished, and include a safety locker. We had dinner from the hotel and a night of comfortable sleep.

Location: Gdansk

Day 4 - 13 May 2018

Drukarnia Cafe

Gdansk, Drukarnia Cafe
Gdansk, Drukarnia Cafe

Content: We started our day with coffee from Drukarnia Cafe. It is located in the Old Town with a cool atmosphere and friendly staff. It was the ultimate place for coffee lovers.

St. Mary's Church

Gdansk, St. Mary's Church
Gdansk, St. Mary's Church
Gdansk, St. Mary's Church

Content: We walked for a while and our next destination was St. Mary's Church. It is also known as Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is one of the largest brick churches in the world. We climbed up to the church to view the city. The stair was quite narrow.

Dlugi Targ

Gdansk, Dlugi Targ
Gdansk, Dlugi Targ

Content: We reached our next destination, Dlugi Targ. It is also known as Long Market, which is a hub area situated in the middle of Long Lane. We strolled down to the streets. It was a small and compact place but there are several spots to visit along the way. We start from Golden Gate and walking towards the waterfront.

Golden Gate

Gdansk, Golden Gate
Gdansk, Golden Gate
Gdansk, Golden Gate

Content: Golden Gate is also known as Zlota Brama in Polish. It was the most famous attraction in the city of Gdansk. We took many photos in front of the gate. Then continue walking along Dlugi Targ streets towards Neptune's Fountain. It was another major attraction. It is a bronze sculpture dedicated to the sea god Neptune. It was located in front of Artus Court. There are several cafes and restaurants are available to take a break.

Hard Rock Cafe

Gdansk, Hard Rock Cafe
Gdansk, Hard Rock Cafe

Content: We ate lunch from the Hard Rock Cafe, on the way to Green Gate. It was a spacious restaurant but the food was not up to our expectations. We ordered a burger which was very dry and not good.

Green Gate

Gdansk, Green Gate
Gdansk, Green Gate
Gdansk, Green Gate

Content: We reached Green Gate, which was the end of Dlugi Targ Street. It was located between the Long Market and the River Motlawa. We got several photos on the backdrop of the amazing architectural building. Then we moved towards the riverbank.

Motlawa River

Gdansk, Motlawa River
Gdansk, Motlawa River
Gdansk, Motlawa River
Gdansk, Motlawa River

Content: We spend some time exploring the waterfront along the Motlawa River. While walking along the riverside we saw a huge crane called Zuraw. It was used hundreds of years ago to load cargo into ships. On the way, we stopped at many spots to enjoy the landscape. Some major spots that we passed are St. Mary's Gate, the National Maritime Museum, and Straganiarska Gate. We got several nice snaps. There are many restaurants and cafes available. We had dinner and returned to the hotel.

Location: Gdansk

Day 5 - 14 May 2018

European Solidarity Center

Gdansk, European Solidarity Center
Gdansk, European Solidarity Center
Gdansk, European Solidarity Center

Content: We had lavish breakfast from the hotel and started our day from the European Solidarity Center. We saw Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers. We learned about the events that led to the solidarity movement. We saw hall E that is a mock-up of the famous round table complete with TV cameras and name badges. There is a special hall opposite to the ticket desk. It contained Polish-themed exhibitions.

Pierogarnia Mandu Centrum

Gdansk, Pierogarnia Mandu Centrum

Content: For lunch, we went to Pierogarnia Mandu Centrum. It is a restaurant specialising in dumplings, one of the Polish national dishes. We were in a queue for 30 minutes before getting a table. We tried 4 dumplings with soup and salad. One of the best we tried was traditionally cooked dumplings with white cottage cheese, potatoes, and onions fried in bacon. The service and food were excellent and worth for money.

Museum of the Second World War

Gdansk, Museum of the Second World War
Gdansk, Museum of the Second World War
Gdansk, Museum of the Second World War

Content: After lunch, we headed to The Museum of the Second World War. They handed out a free map with our tickets. The museum covers the events that led up to WWII and the impact the war had on Poland. From the exhibitions, we learned how Polish people affect after World War Second. The most striking exhibit in the museum was the Holocaust section with its hundreds of Jewish faces.

Five Point Hostel

Gdansk, Five Point Hostel

Content: After dinner from a nearby restaurant, we returned to the hotel. There are numerous pubs and restaurants around the hotel. The food was quite good.

Location: Gdansk

Day 6 - 15 May 2018

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport

Gdansk, Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport
Gdansk, Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport

Content: After checking out from the hotel we headed towards Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport. It was a clean and modern airport with two main terminals. There was a large queue for security screening. We boarded a flight to Krakow.

Location: Krakow

Day 6 - 15 May 2018

Krakow City

Krakow, Krakow City
Krakow, Krakow City
Krakow, Krakow City

Content: We reached Krakow which is another most popular city in Poland. We booked a car from the airport to the hotel. Krakow is composed of so many unique attractions. It is also known as Poland's former royal capital.

Mint Luxury Apartments

Krakow, Mint Luxury Apartments

Content: We reached the hotel, it took 30 minutes from the airport. There is no front desk but staffs are always there for any help. The apartments are newly renovated and clean. The toiletries are available in the bathrooms. The rooms are spacious with essential things at a reasonable price. We spend remaining time at the hotel.

Location: Krakow

Day 7 - 16 May 2018

Wawel Castle

Krakow, Wawel Castle
Krakow, Wawel Castle
Krakow, Wawel Castle

Content: We started our day from Wawel Castle, located at the Southern edge of Krakow. We reached before opening time to avoid the crowd. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site and a museum. It is a massive complex with many chambers. We saw State Rooms and a private apartment. We came to know about kings and queens through the paintings exhibited in the walls. We saw the Wawel Cathedral. We climbed very steep and wooden steps for the view over Krakow from Sigismund Bell Tower. We saw Wawel Dragon, a fire-breathing dragon statue below the castle.

Historic Old Town

Krakow, Historic Old Town
Krakow, Historic Old Town
Krakow, Historic Old Town

Content: From Wawel Castle, we walked up towards the historic Old Town. We saw two historic churches in Krakow, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and St. Andrew’s Church, one of the oldest buildings in Krakow.

Vegano Cafe

Krakow, Vegano Cafe
Krakow, Vegano Cafe
Krakow, Vegano Cafe

Content: It was an excellent place for vegan foods. The ambience of the cafe was great. They presented dishes in attractive ways. We had a vegan style sandwich which is rich in veggies and sauces. They presented it with fries. The taste was awesome and juicy.

Main Square

Krakow, Main Square
Krakow, Main Square

Content: We reached Main Market Square which was the largest medieval market square in Europe. The square is surrounded by many restaurants, most of them offered outside dining areas. While walking around the Main Market Square we saw artists, musicians, and entertainers.

The Cloth Hall

Krakow, The Cloth Hall
Krakow, The Cloth Hall
Krakow, The Cloth Hall

Content: Our first spot at the Main Square was The Cloth Hall. It is a huge hall filled with several merchants selling their products. It was claimed as the world's oldest mall. We shopped some unique souvenir products but it was expensive. Below the Cloth Hall we saw Rynek Underground Museum. It is a fascinating museum detailing the history of the market and the city of Krakow.

St. Mary’s Basilica

Krakow, St. Mary’s Basilica
Krakow, St. Mary’s Basilica
Krakow, St. Mary’s Basilica
Krakow, St. Mary’s Basilica

Content: We saw a Gothic Mary’s Basilica Church opposite the hall. It was one of the most important churches in Krakow. The building has two unmatched towers. The ceilings are decorated with bright blue stars. The most important feature of the church is the trumpet signal played every hour.

Florian’s Gate

Krakow, Florian’s Gate
Krakow, Florian’s Gate

Content: We ended our trip at Florian’s Gate. We took a short walk from Florianska Street to Florian’s Gate. It was just a short walk but very pleasant through the scenic streets. It is the most attractive place in the city.

Cyrano de Bergerac

Krakow, Cyrano de Bergerac
Krakow, Cyrano de Bergerac

Content: We had dinner from a French restaurant near Florian’s Gate. It is a perfect place to hang out. We saw many couples enjoying a romantic dinner. We start with onion soup and roasted beef salad. The meat was perfectly cooked. The foods were amazing taste and great for the price. After dinner we headed to hotel.

Location: Krakow

Day 8 - 17 May 2018

Oskar Schindler’s Factory

Krakow, Oskar Schindler’s Factory
Krakow, Oskar Schindler’s Factory
Krakow, Oskar Schindler’s Factory

Content: We set this day for a short trip to Schindler’s Factory. The former Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory now acts as a museum. It is the most important and unique exhibition to visit in Krakow. Originally the factory was used to produce various enamelware objects. Now Schindler's Factory Museum tells the story of Krakow under Nazi occupation. Formerly, the museum was owned by a German businessman-Oskar Schindler. We purchased tour tickets online, so the guide helped us to know more about the place.

Kazimierz Visit

Krakow, Kazimierz Visit
Krakow, Kazimierz Visit

Content: From the factory, our guide took us to Kazimierz. We walked to Ghetto Heroes Square. It was at the heart of the Jewish Ghetto. Before entering Kazimierz our guide took us to a restaurant for lunch. Then we crossed the Vistula River to reach Kazimierz. The district is also known as the Jewish Quarter. Originally the place is the major center for Jewish lives but during the Second World War, it was virtually destroyed. Now it was used as film locations. We saw Old Synagogue which is very old used by Jews for worship.

Plac Nowy

Krakow, Plac Nowy
Krakow, Plac Nowy

Content: It is the primary marketplace of the Jewish quarter. The rotunda was surrounded by several shops. It was a perfect place to eat and drink. There are many small boutique shops around the streets. Everyone around us seemed to be eating a long pizza stick. There are many lovely bars and restaurants to take a break. We were engaged in shopping. We saw many local people in the market. We end our day with drinks and dinner from the Kazimierz.

Restauracja Polska

Krakow, Restauracja Polska
Krakow, Restauracja Polska
Krakow, Restauracja Polska

Content: For dinner, we entered into Restauracja Polska- one of the best restaurants to taste real Polish foods. It was very small but the interiors are brilliantly decorated. We were impressed by the taste of the food.

Location: Krakow

Day 9 - 18 May 2018

Mint Luxury Apartments

Krakow, Mint Luxury Apartments

Content: There is no front desk but staffs are always there for any help. They helped us to arrange transportation for the day. We had simple breakfast from the hotel and headed towards our first destination of the day. We booked Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum guided tour that was best decision.

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Krakow, Auschwitz-Birkenau
Krakow, Auschwitz-Birkenau
Krakow, Auschwitz-Birkenau

Content: Our tour guide picked up from the meeting point. On the way, we heard many stories about the place that added our trill. Simply Auschwitz-Birkenau is like the Holocaust where millions of Jews and Polish people were killed during the Second World War. It is a UNESCO-protected site that tells about the condition during World War II.

Auschwitz I

Krakow, Auschwitz I
Krakow, Auschwitz I
Krakow, Auschwitz I

Content: The main entrance gateway to Auschwitz leads us to an exhibition. The exhibition is loaded with the collection of personal belongings of its inmates. We saw piles of glasses, dolls, shaven-off hair of the murdered, etc. It creates a terrific situation. We saw another dark room where the humans of unwanted categories for medical experiments were kept. Our next visit to the concentration camp of Auschwitz was more terrific. Each wall of the camp was tattooed with camp numbers. We can see heaps of cans with Zyklon B gas stored within the exhibition. Our guide claimed that block 10 was known as the Angel of Death. We learned about the thrilling stories about the place and inmates.

Birkenau

Krakow, Birkenau
Krakow, Birkenau

Content: Our guide was very informative, he took us to Birkenau. It was very quiet. It is the actual death-camp part of the complex. There are five crematoria located in Birkenau. We saw the gas chambers with their high chimneys of brick. The guide said that the examination of each prisoner was made very carefully. The starch marks of prisoners in the chambers melt our hearts. Our whole day was emotionally drained. We strongly believed that visiting this place was a very important part of the tour.

Location: Krakow

Day 10 - 19 May 2018

Wieliczka Salt Mines

Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mines
Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mines
Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mines

Content: The half-day was dedicated to Wieliczka Salt Mines. We booked a guided tour to learn about the history of the salt mines. It was one of Poland's oldest historical monuments. We experienced the surreal beauty of the mine. There are many chambers carved out of salt. We walked about 2 km through the mine. We started our walking tour from Danilowicza Shaft to cover the most impressive parts. We saw many mining tools and technology, salt lakes, and numerous majestic chambers and chapels. Our guide said that the water from salt lakes are denser than the Dead Sea. We had an amazing experience. We visited the Chapel of St. King which was another popular attraction. It was the heart of the mine which is filled with beautiful sculptures, carved in salt. After a short break, we headed to the underground Cracow Saltworks Museum. We saw many original wooden machines to lift salt. The place was beautifully preserved in the salty underground environment.

Tao Thai & Sushi

Krakow, Tao Thai & Sushi
Krakow, Tao Thai & Sushi
Krakow, Tao Thai & Sushi

Content: It was a perfect restaurant to try Thai and Japanese specialities. We learned to eat with chopsticks. It was taught by one of the staff. The restaurant was well furnished with an amazing garden. The staffs were very kind and friendly. The shrimp soup and Thai salad were excellent. In the salad, we got bits of mangos and tomatoes.

Mint Luxury Apartments

Krakow, Mint Luxury Apartments

Content: We reached the hotel to pack our things. Our ten days trip came to an end. We got admired in the beauty of the cities. From our experience, Poland was the most attractive place for perfect holidaymakers. When we think about European countries then our first option will be Poland. Now it was very close to our hearts. It was a remarkable spot for food lovers.

John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport

Krakow, John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport
Krakow, John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport
Krakow, John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport

Content: We checked out of the hotel and reached the airport earlier. We got a late-night flight only so we needed to wait for some time in the airport. The airport has seats with armrests so that we could wait there. Free Wi-Fi was available, it was very helpful to us. We purchased some drinks for friends from Duty-Free shops. The airport was equipped with a smoking room.