How to Plan A Perfect One Week in Poland Itinerary

BEST PLACE TO SEE IN POLAND IN 7 DAYS

Though Poland is a beautiful country, it rarely is very high on the bucket list of many – but it should be! With one week in Poland, you can see some of the best places in the country. This busy yet not stressful Poland itinerary helps you discover the country.

Poland has beautiful towns and cities, a lot of history, beaches, and is quite affordable compared to many Western and Central European countries.

Also, getting around via public transportation is quite easy. So if you haven’t added Poland to your bucket list, then you should. 

And if it is on your radar already and you are wondering about a fun Poland itinerary, then this post is perfect for you.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR POLAND ITINERARY

Though Poland has many interesting places to visit and see, this itinerary won’t cover all the beautiful places to visit in the country. Hopefully, this post will help you create a Poland itinerary where you can see some of the best places – this post also covers travel tips.

Gdansk view from Town Hall
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Find out:

  • When to Visit
  • How to Get Around in 7 Days in Poland
  • Where to Stay
  • More Poland Travel Tips
  • Places to Visit in One week s Poland

Let´s start with the travel tips for your Poland trip!

Best Time to Visit Poland

People flock to Europe mostly in July and August – but I don’t think it is actually the best time to visit. Like the rest of Europe, Poland gets quite busy (especially the tourist hotspots), and it might even get quite hot.

Here in Europe, we can never really rely on the weather. It can be rainy in the summer months but nice and warm in spring and autumn.

Thus, I don’t like to promise you nice weather – but in general, I think late May and June or September and early October are the best months to visit in Poland.

Also, I visited Warsaw in the winter – and loved it. Sunny days, beautiful Christmas Markets, and a lot of festive decorations. This could be another good time of year to visit Poland.

How to Get Around Poland

Getting around Poland is actually quite easy – though it is one of the largest countries in Europe, you can easily get around by public transportation.

I got around mostly by train while in Poland and loved it – prices are reasonable, and public transportation is extensive and reliable. You can use it for this itinerary without any hesitation as you can get to the places mentioned here easily by train.

While there are buses, I recommend trains. However, buses are often even cheaper (though much slower).

Also, within the cities mentioned on this Poland itinerary, it is easy to get around on foot. By public transportation, a car is not really needed (not needed at all, actually).

Of course, you could also rent a car and explore Poland at your own pace. But, whether you drive or take the train, the cities are quite spread out, and you need to plan in enough travel time.

However, I also enjoy taking trains because, even though the views are not always scenic, you can see more of the country than if you fly.

Accommodations in Poland

Accommodations in Poland offer, from a German perspective, great value for the money. 

You will find Airbnbs, hostels to mid-range hotels, and luxury hotels in the places mentioned in this itinerary. I stayed in hostels and mid-range hotels and always felt I got great value for my money.

However, if you travel during the high season, it might be advisable to book in advance to get the best deals. You should get good deals in the shoulder season even if you don’t book very far in advance.

How to Arrive in Poland

Poland has several international airports – for this itinerary, you could fly into Warsaw, Wroclaw, or Gdansk (and getting to the city center by bus is quite easy and affordable).

If you arrive by train from other parts of Europe, you can also start in any cities as they are well connected to other parts of Europe (also from Berlin).

What to Eat

Poland has an interesting cuisine. However, if you are health conscious or don’t eat (many) animal products, the Polish cuisine can be challenging.

It includes many meat and fatty foods and dairy products (life expectancy in Poland is one of the lowest in Europe, and the cuisine surely doesn’t help). However, more and more restaurants pop up that are vegan or offer vegan dishes and more healthy food in general.

Often, prices in those restaurants are higher than in regular restaurants (especially when it is organic food). Still, luckily, there are different cuisines, so most people can find something they like. And even though it is more expensive, it is still affordable compared to countries in Western Europe.

Is Poland Expensive?

Poland is – compared to Western or Central Europe – very affordable, and you get a lot for your money.

And while Poland is quite modern, you can’t pay everywhere by card. Restaurants and tourist attractions often do accept credit card payments, but not always. So, always have some cash with you (especially if you tip room service) and change some of your money in Zloty.

What to Pack for Your Poland Itinerary

Polish people, especially women, do like to dress up! So, you don’t go wrong if you like to dress up, too. However, since the cities mentioned here also have cobbled-stoned streets, I suggest wearing comfy shoes that allow you to walk easily.

Dress in layers – weather can change quickly (at any time of the year). Check out my winter packing guide or check out my summer packing guide if you visit in the summer.

Security Tips for Female Solo Traveler

I visited Poland twice on my own and once with a group – each time was fun! Exercise common sense and avoid side streets – especially at night. Pickpocketing might be common, so keep your valuables always close to you.

Other than that, I did feel I had to be extra careful and felt quite safe. Even as a person who is not Polish and looks like a foreigner (as racism could be a problem, but I don’t think it is in these big cities mentioned here).

Royal Route should on every Warsaw itinerary
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THINGS TO DO – 7-DAY POLAND ITINERARY

You can start your trip in Wroclaw, Warsaw, or Gdansk, as this Poland itinerary will cover these three cities (plus Krakow at the end as an alternative city to visit).

Wroclaw (1,5 Days)

This one week in Poland itinerary one starts in Wroclaw, and I strongly suggest spending 2 days in this beautiful city that is also very rich in history.

City centre, Market square tenements, Wroclaw a must-see in 7 days in Poland itinerary
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Travel Tips for Wrocław

Like Gdansk and Warsaw, it is easily reachable via train. It may be less famous and not as big as the other two, but it is still charming.

It was actually the first Polish city that I had visited myself, and it somehow reminded me of my hometown of Bremen (Germany) with the pretty buildings. Though many buildings were destroyed in World War II, they have been rebuilt, and I can’t even imagine how this colorful city looked a few decades ago.

Most of the attractions are in the old town, so getting around on foot is the best way to explore the city.

You could also use public transportation – buses and trams – to get around.

Wroclaw is located in the west of Poland – on the Oder River – and the country’s fourth biggest city. It is also an important industrial, commercial, and educational hub. I actually visited it as a kind of university exchange program, and thus, it is a lively and lovely city with quite some beautiful places to explore.

With this itinerary, you won’t get the chance to see each and every sight, but it is enough time to discover the main of Wroclaw´s attractions.

Things to Do and See in Wroclaw

  • Market square 
  • Town hall
  • Salt Square
  • Witches Bridge
  • Ossolineum
  • Ostrow Tumski Wroclaw

Of course, also watch out for the dwarfs in Wroclaw! Once you are there, you will know what I am talking about. I think 1.5 to 2 days is a good amount of time to spend in the city before exploring more places in Poland.

Warsaw (2 Days)

From Wroclaw, you can continue your journey to Warsaw – Poland´s capital. By train, it takes about 4 hours (the same amount of time if you drive).

Old town in Warsaw a must do in 7 days in Poland
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Warsaw Travel Tips

I know, I know: Warsaw doesn’t have the best reputation, but I can assure you that the city is pretty and colorful and not boring at all.

With about 1.8 million residents, Poland’s largest city is located in east-central Poland and stands on the Vistula River – and is such an underrated city.

This colorful capital is a great place to visit. Its reputation isn’t the best – even my Polish friends here in Germany dislike Warsaw (though some of them never went, and it is more hear-say). 

However, when I visited and talked to two female travelers I met there, both told me they liked Warsaw much better than, say, Krakow, for example. 

Since I have not been to Krakow, I can’t compare, but Warsaw really exceeded my expectations, and it is also a place full of history.

2 days in the city is just enough to explore the city center and visit some museums.  I have a detailed post on how to spend 2 days in Warsaw, including many travel tips on how to get around, where to stay, and more.

I recommend staying in or near the old town so you can explore the main sights on foot. However, you will probably need public transportation for day 2 (to see the museums). Public transportation in Warsaw is quite good, and you can rely on it – it is also quite affordable. 

Barbican in Warsaw
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Things to Do and See in Warsaw

  • Royal Lazienki Museum and Park
  • Royal Route
  • Old Town Observation Tower
  • Royal Castle and Castle Square
  • Old Town and Old Town Square
  • Chopin Museum & Concert 
  • Palace of Culture & Science
  • Multimedia Park
  • Uprising Museum
  • Warsaw Ghetto
  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Warsaw Ghetto
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Gdańsk (2 Days)

Another place you should add to your one-week Poland itinerary is the beautiful city of Gdańsk. It is quite a train ride (or drive) from Warsaw, but it is well worth it.

Must-see in Gdansk, street
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Gdańsk Travel Tips

Gdansk is much smaller than Warsaw but still so rich in beautiful sights and buildings – I probably would say that Gdańsk is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.

The main street was heavily destroyed in WWII – but it was rebuilt and looks absolutely stunning! 

Long Lane is surely a highlight in Gdańsk – but there is much more to see, and with two days in Gdańsk (and around), you can see what the city has to offer.

And like the other places mentioned here, it was severely damaged during World War II and has a lot of historical sights that tell you about the time.

Gdańsk was the city first attacked by Germany, and Westerplatte – near Gdańsk – is where the war started.

Beautiful houses in Gdansk, Poland
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For some time at the beach – even in the colder months – I highly suggest visiting the Baltic Sea, which you can easily reach from Gdańsk.

Long Street in Gdansk on an early morning
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Most sights are located within walking distance, and you can easily walk to many attractions – you will, however, need to take a train to get to Sopot, and to get to Westerplatte, you can take a boat.

If you do visit Westerplatte and Sopot, you can easily fill two days in Gdańsk. However, as beautiful as Gdańsk, I thought that staying there for 5 days was a bit too much. Despite all its beauty, there are not that many places to visit. But 48 hours is a perfect amount of time to spend in Gdańsk and around (3 days if you‘d like to spend more time at the beach, but the Baltic Sea is not like the Mediterranean Sea – the water is colder).

Most beautiful buildings in Gdansk
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Things to Do and See in Gdansk

  • Long Street/Dluga Street and Long Market
  • Main Town Hall
  • Fountain of Neptune
  • Long Riverfront (Dlugie Pobrezeze)
  • The Crane
  • Mariacka Street
  • St. Mary Church
  • World War II Museum
  • Westerplatte
  • Sopot

Check out my 2-day Gdansk itinerary to find out more.

Sopot Beach in Gdansk
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Krakow (1,5 Days)

As mentioned, I have yet to visit Krakow myself. I have heard many great things about the city. Still, on my recent trip to Poland, I actually heard a couple of solo female travelers saying they liked Warsaw better than Krakow as it is less touristy and has more attractions and places to visit.

ONE WEEK IN POLAND ITINERARY, Arzo Travels
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Either way, Krakow, the second biggest city in Poland, is much closer to Warsaw and Wroclaw than Gdansk. If the ride all the way up to the north of Poland does bother you, then you might consider visiting Krakow instead of Gdansk. Personally, I absolutely loved Gdansk and am more than happy I did not miss out on it.

So, up to your if you want to skip Gdansk and head to Krakow instead and spend 2 days there (my suggestion is to visit Gdansk).

Extra: Auschwitz (1 Day)

One main reason that I would suggest visiting Krakow over Warsaw is the proximity to Auschwitz.

Auschwitz was the biggest concentration camp in Europe – a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany – where more than 1.1 million people were killed during World War II.

It is now open for visitors. People can learn about the horror and how the people, including women and children, were murdered.

You could visit easily from Krakow, but even from Warsaw, a day trip is possible.

I once visited a concentration camp, and I can say this: it is intense. While I haven’t visited Auschwitz (yet), I am sure it is not easy to digest. But Poland and its people were some of the most affected by World War II, and though it is also about beautiful cities and towns, it is also about history, especially about World War II.

CONCLUSION: ONE WEEK IN POLAND ITINERARY

I hope this Poland itinerary has helped you find out about the best places to visit and see – in quite a short amount of time.

7 days in Poland is surely not enough to see the main sights and places, but this itinerary allows you to see a lot while not getting stressed (at least I hope so). 

Safe Travels, Arzo
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