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    Can anyone reccomend stop overs in Poland, visiting Aushwitch area next week, Ok to Leipzig, but on pot luck after that. Any advice would be very useful. thanks.
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    I'm off that way this saturday will update my post "I'm heading east" with any news or try expidia hotel search seems to have lots of info also there's a few things now listed on google earth... but who know what they are...

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    If you are visiting Auswitz, give yourself a good few hours and take the guided tour. A very moving experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakar Gal View Post
    If you are visiting Auswitz, give yourself a good few hours and take the guided tour. A very moving experience.
    Between the Auschwitz main camp and the far far bigger Birkenau (about 2 miles away and connected by a regular shuttle bus) IIWY I would allow the whole day. I have the name and Co-ordinates for a very smart but not expensive hotel in the town at home - I'll post them up later tonight.

    We spent the entire day there and even then we didn't see everything.

    One tip for you. If you can don't wear your bike gear, because there is a lot of walking involved - especially at Birkenau.
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    While in Krakow this summer I stayed in the Classic hotel. If you’re looking for a good location hotel to see Krakow I don’t think you will do better. It has secure parking (it shares an underground very secure car park with next-door Campinile Hotel. Unfortunately there is a charge for use of the car park but that seems to be the norm in Krakow).

    http://www.booking.com/hotel/pl/hote...907a0fba5a486;

    http://www.booking.com/hotel/pl/camp...b907a0fba5a486

    http://www.booking.com/city/pl/krako...FQd3MAod0yA9MA

    I used this site to book the hotel, found it excellent for finding accommodation both in Krakow and anywhere else.

    If you do use the above hotels you will be nearly next-door to this bar and will be sharing the car park with the owner Toms ZZR1400. Tom is from Dublin and is very keen to promote the bar as biker friendly. Its not the usual tacky Irish bar scene and as a source of info for things to do and see in the city, Tom is A1.

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    As already mentioned about Auschwitz get the guided tour (€26) and plan for at least a 4 to 5 hour visit, if not the whole day. The tour covers both Auschwitz and Birkenau with a transfer bus between each included, its excellent. Also there is very secure parking for your bike, go to the official car park, its free for bikes (I arrived in the car park with a bunch of young Slovakian bikers all wearing WW2 black German helmets. It seemed strange given where they where). There are official looking lads in hi-viz vests will try to wave you into private paid car parks, ignore them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman View Post
    Can anyone reccomend stop overs in Poland, visiting Aushwitch area next week, Ok to Leipzig, but on pot luck after that. Any advice would be very useful. thanks.

    Stayed in the Hotel Chopin in Krakow. Clean and while you pay for parking out the front of the hotel it's watched by 24 hour security.

    Its just a short walk to town center.

    We parked up for a couple of days there and got the local bus to Aushwitch.
    Worth getting the guided tour there.

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    PS. Read this guys blog. Its brilliant. Its what got me to finally make my trip.

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...ghlight=poland

    PPS the bar I mentioned above. Allegedly its Nigel Kennedy’s local (he now lives in Krakow).



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    If you have time a good return route is to go south into the tatra mountains and then west through the czeck republic before either coming up germany or onwards through austria switzerland and france.
    Accomodation in poland is plentifull and cheap. I found the best value was at small places away from the town centres. My experience is that often the old hotels in city centres used to be state run and still have staff who are determined to ensure you are miserable (and ripped off)

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    There should be no problem finding accommodation in Poland, as it would seem most of the population is over here.

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    Head south Zakopane and Tatras

    agree with the above, if you've got the time head south to mountains and Zakopane - about 3 hours from Auschwitz. Slovakian side of border is excellent.

    Sound like you will also be passing Colditz on your way down - that was worth a visit

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    I visited the Harz area of Germany, Nordhausen, Colditz, Church of Bones nr Prague, Auchzwitz, Tatra mountains (Zakopane), Spissky Hrad in Slovakia, Lake Balaton before heading back through Austria to the BMW Biker meeting in Garmisch in July.

    I can recommend a biker only B&B in Bad Lautenburg (see www.harzbiker.co.uk) which is run by an English couple. Nordhausen (where they made the V1 and V2 rockets) has a small museum, and you can get a guided tour into the mountain tunnels where the rockets were manufactured at 1100 and I think also at 1400 each day (except Monday). Guess which day I went there?

    Colditz Castle has a Deutsch Youth Hostel where I stayed - about 20 euros a night, however there is also a B&B in a cul de sac at the foot of the main square below the castle. Not too much of the wartime interior remains in the castle as it was used as a hospital for many years, however you can spend a couple of hours doing the guided tour & looking at the exhibits.

    Pensjonet Janosik in Zakopane, £50 for 3 nights B&B was also rather good value. Lovely street market and the restaurants are also good value.

    There does not appear to be too much in the way of accommodation in Auschwitz itself, with the town itself being unappealing and dominated by chemical industry. I arrived late evening after a long ride and struggled to find anywhere to stay as there only appeared to be 2 hotels in town and one was fully booked. I ended up in a polish travel lodge type hotel (clean & comfortable, lovely receptionist) which was just opposite the main gate / car park to the Auschwitz museum. I paid 160zloty (£32) for single room. I left my bike gear at the hotel when I visited the museum next morning. I do not have the address or contact number. There is also a cash machine opposite the hotel or you can exchange £'s at the museum itself.

    Most people seemed to arrive @ Auschwitz in coaches from Krakow. The Auschwitz 1 camp was rather congested when I was there as the guides (there are english speaking guides) took everyone to the same main points of interest. After a couple of hours I broke off from the tour and visited many of the exhibits at my own pace; there is certainly a lot more to see than the guides take you too. I then made my own way to the Birkenau camp which is shown in the photos previously posted. I spent a good 6 hours looking at both sites. The attached links give some idea of the history & events at the camp:
    http://www.remember.org/auschwitz/aus.php?id=2
    http://www.auschwitz.org.pl/html/eng/start/index.php

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    HOTEL GALICJA in Oswiecim or as the Germans renamed it Auschwitz. Highly recommended - the owner is a biker himself. N50 02 16.6 E19 14 40.9

    If you're going to the Wolfs Lair in North East Poland, near the Mazurian Lakes I found the gorgeous HOTEL DWOREK N54 04 27.9 E21 28 34.0 which cost me about £25. Amazingly, there seemed to be just 4 of us staying there.

    Generally, I found hotels easy to find. The only problem I had was in Warsaw, where there happend to be a big conference on in the city and I couldn't get a room in about 12 I rang.
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    http://www.staypoland.com/map.htm

    brilliant website for info on places to stay... no idea if it's any good but there's loads of stuff to look at

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    Gee Thanks Guys

    Wow, what a fantastic response, I have booked a hotel in Auswitch, and have lots of bedtime reading to fill my nights up till I leave on Monday, all curtesy of this Forum. Most of the people I have contacted reckon Margaret & I are in for a life changing experience and were looking forward to it. Will try 7 communicate what happens on the trip to you all. Just have to sort this fuxxing stand thingy out now! Reg

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    if you see some rough looking scruffer sleeping in a ditch on a blue and black HP with luggage made by "Blue Peter", It's probably me I'm also off on the early ferry.

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    Hotel GALICJA

    Quote Originally Posted by Taff View Post
    HOTEL GALICJA in Oswiecim or as the Germans renamed it Auschwitz. Highly recommended - the owner is a biker himself. N50 02 16.6 E19 14 40.9

    If you're going to the Wolfs Lair in North East Poland, near the Mazurian Lakes I found the gorgeous HOTEL DWOREK N54 04 27.9 E21 28 34.0 which cost me about £25. Amazingly, there seemed to be just 4 of us staying there.

    Generally, I found hotels easy to find. The only problem I had was in Warsaw, where there happend to be a big conference on in the city and I couldn't get a room in about 12 I rang.
    Stayed there over night,excellent hotel.Bike parked in the garage . Good facilities ( had a massage ) they have a spa,large room, good food. Especially breakfast...eat as much as you can set up
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