LR1234 wrote:1. I would visit the silesia centre as there are loads of restaurants there and shops. (tell the cab driver the big Tescos/silesia centre)
2.I went to Auschwitz as I felt I should go as its not often one travels to Poland.
I would take a Polish/English phrase book with you as to be honest most Polish people do not speak English and it is almost impossible for them and for you to guess what eachothers saying, The words are too different.
Zloty is the money and it was pretty easy to work out after a while. I think I did tip 10% (don't know what the standard is)
Good luck! x
Badger wrote:I want for a walk on the first day and I found there was not much within walking distance. The small arcade attached to the hotel was good though. I thought the Italian restaurant was very good and there was also a pizza hut at the back of the hotel.
I never got the chance to go but I believe Marek, the driver, is normally willing to drive people through to Krakow for the day. I heard that is very good!!!
LR1234 wrote:Its a train journey followed by a cab from the station. There is a tourist office in the centre (not too far from the Qubus) they will give you train times.
There is a coach option that goes straight from Katowice to Auschwitz but I didn't fancy being stuck on a coach for an hour but that might suit you better x
Jaguar wrote:You can rent a car for 100 zlotny and drive to Auchwitz. It's close and easy to get to.
I found an english speaking cabbie - he is taking me and Lorna tomorrow for the day. He's charging 300 zlotny for the whole day, so we have a driver and guide.
I know Marek does it as well, but Marek will be finished with Euromedic at the end of April.
Took a cab to Silesia shopping center - 17 zlotny
Jayne and Rick swear by a restaurant close by called Patio - going to try it tonight
Hang out in the Sky Bar on the roof of the Qubus Hotel
Apparently a great outing is to a nearby coalmine museum.
Krakow is 90 minutes - 2 hours away by train - don't know if I can face going and returning same day.
that is pretty well everything
mila77 wrote:Hi all,
Another place worth visiting while staying in Katowice is "Wieliczka" salt mine. It used to be the oldest salt mine in Poland and now it is a kind of museum with many undeground chambers filled with salt sculptures. It is really breathtaking and it is on the UNESCO's First World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage. There are guided tours in many languages but I am not sure if the place is wheelchairs-friendly.
Wieliczka is located just 10 km from Krakow center so if you plan to visit Kraków you could also go there.
Here is the link to Wieliczka website (English version), where you can check what to expect there
http://www.kopalnia.pl/site.php?action= ... 6&level=27
Wish you all nice stay in Poland
Jaguar wrote:The cabbie's name is Greg, his cellphone is 510 873 062.
He hangs out in front of the Qubus with all the other cabs, but you can call him and he will be there in a flash and meet you on the front stairs.
By the way, they drive on the right here, and traffic isn't heavy, so i can see that it's quite easy, although I've been told not to drive in Krakow, way too complicated, with little streets etc.
Jaguar wrote:Auschwitz is incredibly powerful. There are no words to explain the experience, it's a very personal thing and I suspect that most of us respond to different triggers - the thing is it is a non-stop assault on all of your senses and everything you know about the holocaust.
You really should use one of their guide/interpreters, they are excellent and take groups through the camps (Auschwitz and Birkenau).
Be forewarned - the camps are as is - they are NOT wheelchair friendly, although you can get a bumpy ride around outside the buidings (trust me that is good too) But going inside is difficult as their are no ramps.
I would not be surprised if there are special guided tour options, but I didn't see any.
Greg the cabbie brought us to his house on the way back, and to a little Polish restaurant - nothing special, but definitely authentic!
Users browsing this forum: No registered users