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Poland Travel Itinerary

Here is my Poland 5 day itinerary. I think it's one of Europe's most underrated countries. In this itinerary you will find some tips on how to plan your trip. Enjoy!

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andrea clavijo
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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
Warsaw - Museums and Christmas Market


Museums and Christmas Market

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We started off with the capital of Poland, Warsaw, an incredible yet unknown place by many who visit Europe. We stayed at one of the cheapest, yet comfiest Airbnb I’ve ever been to. To begin with, I want to emphasize on the beauty of this city’s Christmas market, a place in which you feel in the inside of movie and can find multiple little kiosks selling a variety of things; you can schedule yourself to spend an entire evening visiting it, since it is in one the capital’s main squares thus, you’ll have plenty to do even if you go through the stands quickly.


During the second day, we visited The Warsaw Rising Museum, which is a must if you come to the city. After going through every exhibition, I truly have the outmost respect for the Polish people and can’t believe I knew so little about what the country had experienced during and after World War II.


The last day we spent it walking around and getting ready to travel to our next destination. Food, people, and history are absolutely unmatched.

Kraków - History and food


History and food

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Finally, after some hours on a train, we arrived at Krakow. Here, as well as in our last destination, we stayed at an amazing Airbnb, which was located within walking distance of everything we wanted to visit. On our first day, we travelled to Auschwitz by bus; you must have a reservation prior to your arrival at the old concentration camp, since visits are scheduled by the hour. It was a truly heart wrenching experience nonetheless, it is absolutely worth the trip.

Afterwards, we took a recommendation given by our Airbnb host and went to eat at a place which turned out to be a 2-star Michelin restaurant. We were a little scared to even open the menu since we expected prices to be skyrocket high, but it ended up being a reasonably affordable meal for an outstanding quality.

On our last day, we visited the Church in which Pope John Paul II was located before being elected as Pope. It was a beautiful place, and its energy was heartwarming in every way.

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!

  • Tips you would 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