Poland – Part 1 (Wroclaw)

wroclaw - stary miasto

 

I’ve been to Poland so many times that we’re past the point of counting. When not visiting family, I go back to old haunts where I used to run rampant as a child. During Steve’s and my trip, we hit up Wroclaw on our trek from Prague to Krakow and had a wonderful 24 hour period in this South Western City.

Transport: PolskiBus

This was a shot in the dark, but we read couple trip advisor review and bit the bullet as transport can be tricky in central Europe. This bus was large, comfy with wifi and rest facilities on board. We made one stop during the trip and arrived in Wroclaw’s main station a few hours later. Highly recommend- very cheap (I think we paid approximately $20 per ticket) and worthwhile!

Where we stayed: The Granary La Suite

granary

 

The Granary – La Suite Hotel

Wroclaw City Center
Mennicza 24
50-057 Wroclaw

(T):  + 48 71 395 26 00

e-mail: granary@granaryhotel.com

 

 

Aside from the fact that the hotel was hard to find, its a gem! A quaint boutique in a former 16th century granary, the rooms are chic and spacious with large bathrooms with whirpool tubs. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the Old Square, and has excellent access to all the restaurants and shops there. We didn’t eat at the hotel: however, per the reviews, it boasts a fusion based menu (beware that it can be pricey).

Where We Would’ve Stayed: Absynt Apart Rynek

absyntul. Rynek 20/22, Wrocław

Renting an apartment in Poland is one of my favorite parts of visiting the country. You can often rent spacious apartments on the cheap. I would’ve booked this place had we been in Wroclaw more than 24 hours. It’s right on the Main Square, has plenty of room for either accompanying travelers (couple’s holiday anyone?) and has very reasonable rates. Definitely a reason to return to Wroclaw soon!

Where we ate: Pierogarnia

pierogarnia

As Steve learned when he married a Polish-American girl, you cannot go to Poland and not eat pierogi. This restaurant (part of larger chain) is right on the main square and offers some of mascots of Polish cuisine from schamltz to kotlety. We sampled the regular pierogi and then split some of the baked ones with various meat fillings (similar in consistency to the British pasty) and we very pleased.My go to pierogi are the ruskie (potato and cottages cheese filled) topped with carmelized onions, but you also can’t go wrong with the sweet cheese ones either. Pair it with the local brew Zamkowe and people watch from the outdoor patio. Bliss!

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