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Poland, an underappreciated country

5 day trip to one of Europe's most underrated countries.

by andrea clavijoAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropePoland4 days / December 2019

Highs & Lows

Auschwitz and The Warsaw Rising Museum


Itinerary Overview

Poland is one of the world’s most underrated destinations. Having gone through so much over the years, it is country with so much history to offer, as well as incredible sites to get to know. Apart from the sightseeing aspect, it is also worth mentioning that it is an affordable place to visit, so it’s perfect for people on a budget, including students like myself.

I visited the country for 5 days in total at the beginning of winter, during December 2019. The weather was much better than I expected since it never rained, and temperatures didn’t go below – 2 ºC. Firstly, we arrived at Warsaw where we spent 2 nights and 3 days, which was all we needed to explore the city and eat the best burger ever. Afterwards, we took a train to Krakow, where we had the opportunity to visit some of which I consider to be the most important sites in the world, including what used to be the Auschwitz Nazi Concentration Camp.


I couldn’t be happier we went during Christmas season since everything was decorated accordingly and we got to experience an amazing holiday vibe!

  • 2 Nights: Warsaw
    Museums and Christmas Market
  • 2 Nights: Kraków
    History and food

Q & A

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We tried renting a car to go from Warsaw to Krakow, but it didn't work as well as expected. Use the train instead!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Book everything ahead and have a structured traveling plan. If you don't, you may miss out on several opportunities and sites.

  • Packing tips?

    Pack accordingly for the season. Even though running around with a huge bag is not ideal when traveling Europe, I find it hard to "travel light" during winter.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Plan ahead! We didn't have the train tickets bought in advance and we had to run to get to each place on time.

  • Any surprises?

    Poland's history is amazing! Don't miss out on what this country has to offer. Prices were also a gratifying surprise since everything, even "expensive restaurants" are quite affordable.

  • Booking details?

    Anything can be booked through the internet. I strongly recommend staying at an Airbnb since there at plenty of affordable options and hosts usually give you local recommendations themselves.


  • Airbnb - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/44172685?adults=2&location=Ciasna%203%2C%20Warsaw%2C%20Poland&check_in=2022-12-07&check_out=2022-12-08&source_impression_id=p3_1667396819_SRlpCanKDxxIKs0d

  • Airbnb - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17153485?source_impression_id=p3_1667357120_4B%2Fu0rpNcR%2BF8PFA