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Gdansk by motorhome

Gdansk by motorhome: breathe the history of Europe in 20 things to see and do!

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Gdansk by motorhome: an unforgettable experience! This city is, for many, one of the most precious jewels in Poland. As you enter this port city, you are captivated by its historical importance and its vibrant present linked to tourism.

For us, it has been the most beautiful city we have visited in Poland, the one we liked the most, with that I tell you everything.

Did you know that it was here that World War II started? Did you know that it is the capital of amber, freedom and solidarity? 

Everything has passed through Gdansk. He knew the splendor and lived the misery of war in his own flesh. Gdansk is one of those cities that welcomes you with open arms and what its people describe as the city of freedom.

You have to come!

Gdansk on our route through Poland by motorhome
What to consider before going?

On your trip to Poland by camper, motorhome or on your own, you should get to know Gdansk, the "pearl" of Poland for many and also for us. Gdanks breathes sea air, freedom and solidarity, You can see that in its streets and in its people, it is surely the place in Poland with the most open and progressive people in the state.

Gdanks is the capital of the Baltic Sea in Poland, but it is also the capital of amber, a very famous resin fossil in the city, from which you will surely take a souvenir like us.

Gdanks was also formerly called the barn of Europe And it is that in the old town you will still see many old barns now converted into houses, offices and hotels. They say that most of the wheat in Europe was stored and sold.

We discovered all this and much more, which we will now tell you, thanks to the fact that we toured Gdanks with one of the official Spanish-language guides in the city. Ela, an open and charming place that opened the doors of Gdanks to us and led us to fall in love with its corners and secrets.

Our top 1 recommendation before going: hire an official Spanish-speaking guide

Therefore, if there is something we want to recommend before visiting Gdanks, it is that you hire, if you can, an official Spanish-speaking tourist guide who can accompany you one morning around the city. It is easy, in the same tourist offices writing by mail or in situ they provide you with contacts. But I also leave you here the mobile of Ela, who was our wonderful guide in Gdanks, and that you can contact her by whatsapp: 00+ 48 501 893 260.

For us it was vital in our trip. Ela, not only taught us the essentials and secrets of Gdanks, without having to plan or have headaches, but she also made us meet someone local who helped us solve cultural doubts, learn Polish words, remove prejudices and make friends. that we will remember as a wonderful experience forever. So don't hesitate to hire her or another guide, a great way to get to know a city like Gdansk.

Sincerely, we prefer an individual guide than the impersonal crowded tours that there are, which also do not have flexibility in schedules and do not adapt to the rhythm of our family.

Another recommendation: the Santo Domingo Fair

If you go on vacation to Poland in July or August, we recommend that you make your visit to Gdansk coincide with the city's Santo Domingo Fair.

La Gdansk Santo Domingo Fair takes place the last week of July and the first two of August annually.

It really is a precious time to see it. As you will see from the photos below, we coincided with the fair and it was a success.

The entire historical center of Gdansk is full of handicraft stops and cultural and gastronomic attractions, a pleasure to walk through its streets in those moments that we want to recommend you.

Historical notes: understanding Gdansk

Origins

It is said that the first documents found about the city date back to the XNUMXth century. Gdansks was a fortress city that facilitated trade in Europe, a free city.

First belonging to the Duchy of Pomerania, then the Teutonic Knights occupied it and gave it the name of Danzing.

Danzing always had a lot of autonomy as a city due to its commerce. When in 1440 he joined the kingdom of Poland, he maintained that autonomy.

Occupations

Later there were many who occupied Gdansk later. It belonged to the Republic of the two nations (Poland and Lithuania), the Kingdom of Prussia and the German Empire in World War I.

World War II

Gdanks has indelible traces of World War II and that is why before explaining anything else I will expose you some things you should know before visiting the capital of the Polish Baltic Sea.

During the Second World War it was devastated by the Russians, the city was totally destroyed and what we can see today is the same city as before the war but rebuilt, although on the horizon you will still see a building as it was after the war.

Although many historians now believe that World War II began with a bomb attack on Wieluń, the symbols of the event are: the bombing of the Polish military depot at Westerplatte by the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein and the attack on the Polish post office building in Gdansk. That is why it was also one of the reasons why the World War II Museum was established in this city.

The Fall of Eastern European Communism

Another important historical note is that in Gdansk the Solidarity trade union movement was born, which was the one that led the anti-communist democratic opposition in Eastern Europe that brought down the Berlin Wall.

Gdansk, in the background on the hill demolished buildings of WWII
Gdansk, in the background on the hill demolished buildings of WWII

20 things to see and do in Gdansk

If you travel to Gdansk, be sure to plan a walk through the old town and stay for a minimum of two days. There are not many cities in Poland that are as beautiful, full of life and rich in magnificent monuments as this one and be sure to check out some of the following places in the city that we liked the most.

1 The Market and Long Street ((Długa and Długi Targ in Polish)

In Gdansk everything revolves around the Long Market and Long Street. It is the busiest place for people in Gdansk. A bustle of people, restaurants, shops and historic manor houses full of sculptures and decorative details that you would not see for a whole day.

In the long street you will find the house called Uphagen House of an old merchant that you can visit inside.

There is no corner of this square and street that is not worth stopping to contemplate.

2 The Town Hall

At the junction point between the Mercado Largo and Calle Larga you will find the old Town Hall, currently open to visitors. At the top of its tower you can see a life-size sculpture of the King of Poland Sigismund II, although seen from a distance it seems very small.

Currently the town hall can be visited, it was rebuilt after the war and its great interior is in the red room, decorated with an impressive Venetian painting that explains the symbolism of Gdansk very well. The general admission costs 12 PLN, the reduced 6 PLN and the familiar 20 PLN. On Tuesdays, the entrance is free for all the public.

3 The Fountain of Neptune, the symbol of Gdánsk

In front of the old town hall and at one end of the Long Market, we find one of the most important symbols of Gdansk, the god Neptune on a fountain.

4 The golden door 

To enter the Long Street and Long Market you must go through this gate, one of the most important in Gdansk and where the royal route began.

5 The prison tower and torture chamber

Before going through the royal main gate to the long street, we found a large brick tower. The tower of the old prison and torture chamber. Before here was the amber museum.

6 The green door

This gate, although not very green, is the oldest in Gdansk and is the one at the end of the Long Market and that leads to the city's river walk and quay. Today the headquarters of the Gdansk National Museum is located here.

7 The medieval crane gate of Gdánsk, an icon of the city

We follow the route and turning left from the green door we follow the river walk until we reach the big crane and its door.

Gdánsks is also the city of gates, and it is that to enter its historical case it surrounded itself with walls and dozens of gates. A door for everything, one for cows, another for people, etc ... Well, one of the doors that you should not miss, apart from the door where the tourist office is (near the train station) and The others that I tell you, is the gate called the water, the one of the historic medieval crane of Gdánsk from the XNUMXth century, an icon of the city.

8 Gdansk St.Mary's Cathedral with an amazing astronomical clock

St. Mary's Cathedral is the largest brick cathedral in the world and also houses the tallest tower in Gdansk. You can climb its bell tower and contemplate one of the best panoramic views of Gdansk from 82 meters high.

This Gothic-style basilica, today Catholic but formerly Protestant and originally Catholic made by the Teutonics, was devastated in World War II and when they rebuilt it, not having enough money, they painted it all white and did not recover the colorful and beautiful frescoes it housed. Today luckily they are recovering the interior paintings, so we already want to go back to Gdansk and see the complete restoration of the cathedral finished.

The Cathedral of Santa María is beautiful, very large and houses surprising secrets. The first that surprised us was its astronomical clock, very similar to the one in Prague but located inside the basilica.

Entry to the basilica costs PLN 4 and the tower PLN 5.

9 The most beautiful street in Gdansk: Mariacka street

They say that it is the most beautiful street in Gdansk and the truth is that we are not disappointed, it is beautiful. A little street where all its houses have beautiful terraces and in them today there are shops full of amber. A lovely walk.

10 The Bridge of Bread, in Polish Brotbruke: Gdansk's Bridge of Lovers

The so-called Lovers' Bridge is located on the Radun Canal and connects Kovalsk Street with Kozhenn Street. A beautiful corner of the city of Gdansk, where nearby you have a small park to walk around and where you will see an old mill. Here the lovers of the city seal their love with a padlock on the bridge.

11 The Hevelius Monument Park: rest, soak and learn the history of Hevelius

Next to the bridge of lovers or Pan we find this beautiful park. At the end of the park we find the sculpture of Hevelius, one of the most famous people in Gdansk, a great astronomer and inventor called the father of lunar topography and a great inventor of astronomical telescopes.

In the park, apart from the Hevelius sculpture, you have corners of interactive water fountains for the little ones and also in the central building in front of the sculpture you will see a large mural astronomical map.

At the end of the park you will see a very nice old building, it is an old town hall of Gdansk.

12 Visit the amber museum and buy some amber souvenir

Right next to Hevelius Park, next to the canal we find the Gdansk Amber Museum. There you will find thousands of pieces and sculptures made in amber and discover the origins and work of Gdansk amber.

I advance you that you will surely end up buying some amber in Gdansk, so a tip, better than in the street stalls, buy it in a store that you trust. Our guide advised us very well and explained that depending on where they sell you plastic and not amber if it is in a street stall.

Amber is a fossil resin and has a special smell, it is used above all in jewelry. Now, they also explained another utility to us. It is used as a kind of alcohol with rosemary, pieces of amber in alcohol use it as a product for bumps and muscle and joint pain, hence, you will see that they sell empty bottles with small pieces of amber.

13 Stroll around the Motlawa River and cross to Olowianka Island

Just when we cross the green door at the end of the Long Market we can start our river walk around the Motlawa river that forks and creates an intermediate island in the middle of Gdansks where the old granaries of the city are located and where we can see the famous Gdansk waterwheel. .

This river walk is called Dlugie Pobrzeze in Polish. 

The walk is not wasted, it is beautiful to see those pointed houses that look like dolls' houses and that were actually barns of the city in the past. Seeing the boats and sailboats on the river is also spectacular. 

There are several sailboats and boats that make a cruise for tourists, for a long time we could not do it but it must be very nice to see the city from the perspective of the river.

Finally, a note, to cross to the island of Olowianka where the Gdansk Philharmonic is also, you will have to cross a bridge that can be lifted every 30 minutes, so you may have to wait.

14 Gdansk Maritime Museum

You can visit the Gdansk maritime museum with 3 different locations. One next to the medieval crane bridge and two on the other side, on the island of Olowianka. On the island are the headquarters of the SS Soldek Museum Ship and an old barn. Next to the medieval crane there is the headquarters with 3 not very large floors of temporary exhibitions and an exclusive playroom for children.

15 Museum of the Second World War

A museum that this time we did not visit, as it is not recommended to see it with children, but nevertheless if you go with teenagers or only adults we advise you to see it. 

It is located in a modern glazed building that only impresses in it.

Advice on Tuesdays the entrance is free and the cost of hearing aids is € 1, although this is only available in English and not in Spanish.

16 Gdansk European Solidarity Center

You can see in this center a museum, a library and a research center of the Polish city of Gdańsk, dedicated to preserving and exposing the trade union struggle and the message of the Solidarity organization. A place where the memory of what was the anti-communist democratic opposition of the Eastern European Solidarity trade union party is preserved

17 Gdansk Beach

Everything and that Gdansk beach is further from the historic center than Sopot beach, you can go and enjoy the sand and Baltic Sea. It is located 16 km from the center, that of Sopot at 10.

18 Visit and dine in the old industrial neighborhood turned into trendy places

Quite far from the center and old town of Gdansk is a totally different neighborhood. An area that housed old factories now converted into cultural and art centers of the city. A neighborhood that now houses a good number of the best modern restaurants in Gdansk. Although it is far away, it has one good thing and that is that it has many large parking lots. 

That is why we decided to visit this neighborhood, we go with the idea of ​​eating in the best restaurant in Gdansk according to Tripadvisor, called Eliksir. We had not yet celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and it was a good excuse to do so. Gdansks is an elegant city so with the children we wanted to enjoy a good restaurant with creative and innovative food. 

It was the first creative food restaurant for the little ones and to our surprise it was better than expected.

19 Oliwa Park and its interior cathedral

If you are looking to walk among nature and find peace among the crowd, this is your place. Here you will also find the Oliwa Cathedral, a beautiful place.

20 Cycling through the parks and cycle paths of Gdansk

Cycling through Gdansk is very easy due to its many cycle lanes between parks and gardens and through access routes to the main attractions of the city.

It was our favorite mode of transportation.

 What to see in Gdansk if you go with children?

If you are traveling with your children, you should not miss a walk through Dluga Street, Long Street, as well as a tour of the Motlawa river promenade, where you will find a historic merry-go-round, rising bridges, pirate sailboats and the Gdansk waterwheel. You can also give them a tour of the Oliwa Parke, which is a beautiful park that is full of natural attractions or the Havelius Park with its most central interactive fountain that I am talking about above. Also behind the Cathedral of Santa María you will find another of these interactive floor fountains that will have a great time.

Regarding museums, surely the maritime museum with its headquarters to see the great ship can be interesting for children, although I must say that it was not as spectacular as we expected. What we do not recommend at all with children is to see the World War II museum.

In addition, to enjoy a relaxing experience you can go to Sopot and its beaches, which are only 15 kilometers from Gdansk. Fun is always guaranteed on the beach. I leave you here the link to post about Sopot.

Where to park and spend the night in Gdansk by motorhome

Gdansk by motorhome is easy, like all of Poland. The University of Gdansk has a large Camper Park next to the University Sports Area which is 10 minutes by bike from the Old Town.

The cost with Wi-Fi, all services for motorhomes, toilets, dishes for washing dishes and with good shadows is about 15 euros 24 hours a day.

To access you must go to the reception of the sports center, in front of the soccer field, next to the Camper Park, there you must pay for the days you will be and they give you a key to enter and exit. At the exit you must return the key.

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To finish ... Useful travel guide to Poland by motorhome

Know a minimum about Poland. Poland guide by motorhome

We make it easy for you, here is a small guide to Poland to do it in a motorhome or camper van with everything you need to know.

Language and words you should know

Language

In Poland, Polish is spoken as an official language, a language that Spaniards find it difficult not only to pronounce, the mere fact of reading it is already a drama. Experts say that it is one of the most difficult languages ​​in the world. They have letters that we do not have, all including names are declined and there are up to 7 declensions and finally they join endless consonants without not a vowel in the middle.

English and German is the one spoken only in the most touristy places, but the truth is that it is little spoken compared to other European countries.

That is why we recommend that you download the Google Translator app and its Polish dictionary before going to Poland.

Words to know in Polish

SPANISH / POLISH / PRONUNCIATION

Thank you / Dziękuję / llinkuye (and if you want to thank not only you, then: "llinkuyeme" which is something like we thank you, everything is declined :)).
Good morning / Dzień dobry / Gin Dobre (sometimes colloquially they just say "Dobre" to greet you good morning)
Goodbye / Do widzenia / dobidzeña /

Yes / Tak / tak /
No / Nie / ñe

Enjoy! / Smacznego! / smachnego /

Kawa / kava / coffee
Water / Woda / wedding
No gas / Nie gaz / ñe gas
Wine / Wino / wine
Beer / Piwo / pivo / (if you want two or three beers you must decline and it says "piva", for four beers it is said in another way etc ... hehehe)
Ice Cream / Lody / lodi
Sinks / washcloth / washcloth

"Funny" words in Polish that you will learn quickly:

Dog in Polish is said "Feet"

Monk in Polish is said "Hen"

Road or highway in Polish is said "Drug"

Water is said in Polish "Wedding"

Yours in Polish is said "Fuck", so do not be scared if someone says "fuck me" it is a declined variant is not an indecent proposition hehehehehehehe

Lord in Polish is "Pan"

 
Population, regions and geography

Population 

The census amounts to almost 39 million inhabitants.

Area

312 6964 km2, the ninth largest country in Europe

 

Highest peak in Poland

The Rysy in the Tatra Mountains 2503 meters high.

Political geography: regions

Poland, with its capital in Warsaw is divided into 16 voivodeships or voivodeships (województwo), 380 districts (powiat) and 24787 municipalities (gmina).

The voivodeships, regions, are the following:

Poland regions map in motorhome

VoivodeshipCapital or Cities
In SpanishIn Polish 
Greater polandGreater PolandPoznan
Kuyavian and PomeranianKujawsko-PomorskieBydgoszcz / Toruń
Little polandLesserKrakow
LodzLodzLodz
Lower SilesiaLower SilesiaWroclaw
LublinLubelskieLublin
LubuszLubuszGorzów Wielkopolski / Zielona Góra
MazoviaMazowieckieWarsaw
OpoleOpoleOpole
PodlachiaPodlaskieBialystok
PomeranianPomeranianGdansk
SilesianSilesianKatowice
SubcarpathianPodkarpackie ProvinceRzeszów
Santa CruzswietokrzyskieKielce
Warmia and MasuriaWarmia-MazuryOlsztyn
Western pomeraniaWestSzczecin
Currency and prices

Currency

Zloty (PLN)

€ 1 = PLN 4,5

Currency exchange and commissions

The best option to make everything cheaper: payment by card

In most places in Poland you can pay with a card, they pay up to a beer with a card. That is why we recommend that you use whenever you can your card and paying in zlotys when asked by the datafano. This is how it will always be cheaper for you.

We have been using the Evo bank card for 15 years, with which you can withdraw money at all ATMs in Spain and the world without commissions (if they charge you it is because the ATM's bank charges it, it changes ATMs).

With the Evo card, we do not charge any commission for currency exchange when you use the credit card.

With other banks, you should take a good look at the issue of commissions to the currency exchange and to get money, they usually take between 3% to 1% the one that less.

Withdraw money at ATMs or exchange houses

 To withdraw money from ATMs in Poland, I recommend those of the PKO blue logo, they give the best change, the Santaders who give the worst change, they gave us a lot. In addition, at the ATM you always select the Cash Withdrawa optionl (best exchange guaranteed) so that it will be cheaper for you.

To change currency there are also Kantor offices from Poland is the one that gives the best change, they are giving about 4,40 for 1 Euro.

Prices

Prices in Poland are generally lower. Above all, it is noticeable in the restoration, museum tickets and entertainment venues. Gasoline and supermarkets are also slightly cheaper but pennies and maybe not so noticeable.

Some examples: 1 euro ice cream, 1 waffle € 1,80, a 1/2 liter beer: € 1,70; A plate of meat à la carte in a restaurant: from € 4 to € 6 and in an elegant or luxurious place at € 10 maximum, 1 kg of chicken breasts € 3 at the supermarket, museum tickets between € 2 to 5 (The great World Heritage attractions are more expensive but also cheaper than in Spain).

Documentation and health

Documentation 

If you are from the European Union

  • Valid DNI, also for minors
  • European sanitary card

And optionally, we recommend travel insurance to cover medical expenses since in Poland the European health card applies, but it has a co-payment and you also have to advance the money in many cases, and then request the return of the part in Spain. 

To avoid complications, we contract Iati Getaways, which is a travel insurance that also covers Covid and is special for motorhomes and campers since it covers theft inside the vehicle, liability and accident insurance for the pets we carry and even a replacement vehicle . I leave you here a 5% discount for those who hire him as Kucavana readers. click here! and they will apply the discount automatically.

Covid requirements

See the current measures always updated on the official page Re-Open UE

Typical meals

Typical Polish gastronomy

Polish gastronomy is a true delight forged between the modernity of its cities and the rural life of 40% of its population. You can find flavors of a great diversity, modern and creative cuisine but also traditional and that varies according to the region where you are.

On your trip to Poland by motorhome you will find very very good and very cheap restaurants. The usual thing is to eat from the menu (dishes are around € 3 to € 6 on average) and choose a starter and then a main, which are usually more than considerable in size or, as a friend says, they are grandmothers' rations. Just to tell you that many times we asked for the leftovers to take away, something that is very normal there, and that we ate and dined with a great meal. 

The typical dishes that you cannot miss:

  • Zurek Soup -> In Poland you will see soups of all kinds. You will observe soups even in the soup. Many go inside the bread, as something curious. The most typical is this Zurek, which is like a stew broth with garlic, sausages (kielbasa) and boiled eggs. But apart from this you will see soups of everything you can imagine, and sometimes as strange as some may seem to you, they are all delicious even in summer!
  • Rosól Soup -> Children's soup :). A broth with thin noodles.
  • Pierogis -> My favorite food, that before going to Poland I already made it in my kitchen. They are like a kind of empanadas made with soft pasta like those of Japanese gyozas and filled with many things. The most typical of potato or meat.
  • Kielbasas -> Sausages of all kinds. Normal and as sausage, spicy and milder. Spicy you have the krakowska or the wiejska or the mysliwska. 
  • Golonka -> Roasted knuckle
  • Kotlet schabowy -> Battered pork chops accompanied by fried cabbage and potatoes usually.
  • Bigos -> cooked like ours but with sauerkraut and sausages.
  • Dumplings -> Potato paste stuffed into sundries, usually a large meatball
  • Placki ziemniaczne -> French fry pancakes, many times they come with meat with sauce.
  • Golabki -> cabbage leaves stuffed with meat and stewed in a sauce.
  • Pulpety -> meatballs
  • Ryba smażona -> fried fish
  • Krokiety -> They are not croquettes as you might think, but crepes stuffed with meat or cabbage closed like a roll, breaded and fried.
  • Placek zbójnicki (or placek po węgiersku) -> Our favorite food. A goulash type beef stew inside a kind of potato pancake ... delicious! At La Guarida del Lobo it was the best we ate of the whole trip!

Typical snacks that you cannot miss:

  • Nalesniki -> Like cheese-filled crepes
  • Chleb -> the bread that is eaten with everything made with rye flour and a symbol of luck in Poland and that is usually put in restaurants with lard for you to spread if you want.
  • Ogórek -> pickled gherkins eaten all the time
  • Ob wargenek -> Bread donut sold as a snack.
  • Oscypek -> the famous sheep cheese with a peculiar flavor from the Polish mountains, which you will find in pierogis or in delicious cheesecakes (sernik).

Typical desserts and sweets that you cannot miss:

  • Papieska kremówka -> the cream-filled puff pastry cake that was Pope John Paul II's favorite
  • Sernik -> Cheesecake
  • Szarlotka -> Apple pie, which is usually served hot and with vanilla ice cream. Our favorite dessert.
  • Jagodzianka -> Bun stuffed with blueberries that is typical of summer, in winter they do not
  • Paczek or Paczusie ->  (pronounced "ponchki") Some buns stuffed with jam, the most typical of rose jam, very rich
Typical drinks

Typical drinks

The national drink is undoubtedly the beer (Piwo if it is one or remember if you order two or three Piwa). They have a thousand varieties of national beers and they serve you half a liter. Fortunately, the alcohol content is not very high. The most common brands are the Pearl, Tyskie or Lech. The ones we liked the most are the ones with a Goat and the Bison drawn, so surely easier to remember 😛

He too vodka National is a drink that no good Pole forgets after meals, in fact there is a debate between whether vodka is Polish or Russian, be careful what you are going to say to a Pole about it hehehe

On the other hand, if you like the wine, national production you will not find too much. On the contrary, the cider and in them you will find variety.

Finally, if you are coffee growers, you are in luck. Coffee (Kawa) you have something for all tastes and everywhere. My favorite was the "ice coffe with cream", that's how I asked for it in English and that's how they served me a glass of coffee with cream or vanilla ice cream or ice inside and generous and sweet cream on top, a delight, which I became fond of in Poland and that I will remember my whole life for sure.

Rules and tips for driving in Poland

Poland by motorhome: camper friendly country but with its peculiarities. Legislation and what you should know

Driving a motorhome in Poland

Driving on the roads of Poland It is easy but at the same time it can be somewhat tedious. Polish they drive like in SpainEven sometimes I would say that they are more polite than us, although they are rude and in a hurry there are everywhere. Now drivers are not the problem, there is something you need to know. The Poland's road infrastructures are at extreme, or they are excellent highways or they are roads, that if you suffer from your motorhome or camper, you can prepare yourself to suffer. There are a lot of minor and not-so-minor roads that are in pretty bad shape. Many are under construction and surely in a few years this will have improved a lot. Now, for the moment it is what it is. 

Most of the roads are patched, with holes and no hard shoulder or painted markings. They are not narrow, nor do they normally have steep slopes, but they are in poor condition. They are roads that for a motorhome make you have to go very slowly if you do not want to get home without a motorhome. To do 60 km, think that it will take at least an hour, except you go from big cities to big cities where there are good highways and highways (but with very very minimal payments, the most we have paid have been 3 euros) of three lanes and new ones.

A trick: do not trust the GPS, take a good look at google maps and if you see a main road or highway pull for it, even if it is more kilometers and turn more.

But above all, driving on Polish roads implies respecting the country's highway code:

Speed ​​limits on highways:

  • Urbanized areas - up to 50 km / h (60 km / h after 23:00)
  • Out of town - up to 90 km / h
  • Urban helmet - up to 20 km / h
  • Fast dual carriageway - up to 110 km / h
  • On fast single carriageway - up to 100 km / h
  • Dual carriageway with at least two lanes in each direction - up to 100 km / h

Obligations on the road that you must take into account:

  • Mandatory to always circulate with the lights on
  • The amount of alcohol allowed in the driver's blood is 0,2 mg / l
  • If you are a motorhome of more than 3500 kg you must have the active TOLL road to circulate on Polish roads.

    viaTOLL is an electronic road use charging system in Poland. Further information:  http://www.viatoll.pl/en/home

Overnight in a motorhome or camper in Poland

Stay overnight and do motorhome or van services in Poland

If the vehicle is well parked and without camping the overnight stay is allowed as a general rule throughout the countryWe have not seen any sign of prohibited motorhomes in the whole trip. However, in some natural parks or coastal areas the stay of the vehicle at night may be restricted and they put chains closing the accesses.

Although, remember, power staying overnight does not give you the right to camp on your own, something that we explain below and that is prohibited throughout Poland.

To spend the night, apart from being able to do it in any parking lot, you have enough private motorhome and camping areas that are cheap there. In these places, you can also camp. 

As they do not exist in Poland they are free municipal motorhome areas as we know them in southern Europe.

In addition, you should know that the camper areas (as there they call motorhomes, vans or any home vehicle) many times they do not have emptying services gray and / or black water. And even in some very basic campsites, more in the south of the country, it also happened to us that they did not have gray casts.

Trick solution for services: obviously search areas and campsites with all services and if we have nothing nearby, look for a Car wash (on the map we leave you some point) or a motorway service area with the sign "wc bus" and there gray and black drains where the buses. Above all, never ever pour water where you should not, remember that it is our future as a collective that we play for ourselves wherever we go.

Regulations on camping in Poland

Camping in a motorhome or camper in Poland

La wild camping is not allowed, Same as in spain. Camping is in fact prohibited and strictly controlled, especially in nature reserves and on the coast. If the police catch you camping, you can be fined up to € 120. As in Spain, we ask you to comply with the rules and never ever camp outside a campsite or private motorhome area or specifically regulated camping areas, which are the only places that allow it.

We remind you that camping is taking out an awning, taking out a table and chairs or taking out any element of your vehicle that causes it to exceed its perimeter.

For this, in Poland you are in luck, you have many private campsites and camper parks at a very good price. One good thing about Poland are the Prices of its campsites that average around € 15-20 per night for 2 adults + 2 children + 1 dog + 1 motorhome.

Official tourism website of Poland

Poland Tourism Website:

https://www.polonia.travel/es

This entry has 2 comments

  1. Clare

    Your page is really great, thank you! We are now traveling through Poland in our motorhome & have just spent two days in Gdańsk- a truly beautiful city!

    1. Kucavanera family

      Thanks so much Clare! 🙂 I hope you are enjoying Poland as much as we do. It's really beautiful, we fell in love.

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