It seems ages ago that I booked my trip to Poland, but next week I’ll be heading to Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk. I haven’t worked out all the things I plan to do yet, but there’s a couple of must sees that are on my Poland bucket list:
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Some people at work (and my nan!) really recommended the Salt Mines, and the hostel I’ve found runs trips to explore the caverns of salt creations. I’m looking forward to checking out the saline lakes and there’s even an underground chapel – a bit different to the usual things I do on my trips!
One of my favourite things about traveling is hearing suggestions of places to go from people who have actually been there. I’ve heard great things about the beach resort of Sopot, which is only a short distance away from Gdansk and a popular summer destination for Polish holidaymakers. I’m not sure if I’ve really got time to visit but hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze it in…
I’ve given myself plenty of time in Krakow, partly so I can get up into the mountains of Zakopane. I can’t wait to head up and see the stunning mountain lakes, and it’ll be the perfect place to spend a relaxing day in the middle of my trip – no doubt I’ll have been enjoying the Polish vodka I fondly remember from my last trip by then! My hostel also runs trips there, which saves having to check out bus routes and things – sometimes it’s ok to be lazy, isn’t it..?
This has been on my actual bucket list for a long time, and I don’t think anyone should visit Krakow without going to Auschwitz. I think it’s so important that we don’t let the horrific events of the war be forgotten, and even though I’m well aware it’ll be a sombre and thought provoking day I wouldn’t miss it for anything.
So that’s my Poland bucket list! I’m also looking forward to just sitting around in the Krakow old town sipping a hot chocolate, and exploring some of the museums in Warsaw. If you’ve got any other tips of things I shouldn’t miss, please leave me a comment!