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Zamosc: they say it is the ideal city! 10 essential things to see and do

Zamosc: its old town has the title of one of the 7 wonders of Poland and is also inscribed on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.

It is a unique place, due to its legend of the «ideal city». U.S we visited it after spending a day in the Roztocze National Park, very close to Zamosc and also worth a visit without a doubt.

Your visit is essential!

Zamosc on our route through Poland
What to consider before visiting it?

On your trip to Poland you should visit Zamosc, known as the «Padua of the North». It is the ideal Renaissance city, made to be perfect and to be the seat of the bourgeoisie and aristocracy of Poland. A UNESCO World Heritage city that deserves to be a stop on your route through Poland by motorhome, camper or car.

Zamosc ideal Polish Renaissance town

The peculiar history of Zamosc

This magnificent city, uniformly renaissance, was created thanks to the meeting of two exceptional personalities: a wealthy tycoon (Jan Zamoyski) and a genius architect (Bernardo Morando). People who invented and created a city full of amazing monuments, including the unique cathedral. Not surprisingly, Zamosc is now referred to as the "Padua of the North" and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Morando supervised the construction of the so-called "The ideal city". A city that was created from scratch and invented as a complete and closed unit fulfilling strictly defined tasks, whose urban concept was very popular in Europe at the time. To this day, only a few such cities have survived in the world, and one of them is in Poland.

The assumptions of the «ideal city»:
-It must be on a river to ensure the transport of goods and proper hygiene of people.
-It will be built on two independent levels: the lower level serves for all activities and the upper level serves the nobility and the bourgeoisie so that they can move around the city without obstacles.
-Below these levels there are navigable channels to facilitate communication and transportation.
-The width of the streets must be at least half the height of the adjacent tenement houses.
-It must be beautiful and functional at the same time.

And that's how it was done and it's Zamosc, what do you think?

Honestly, the city is very beautiful, but it is very small, which perhaps disappointed us a little. Of course, what surprised and fell in love with us were the parks and areas around outside the walled city, where there was even a beach on a lake.

Padlocks on the bridges of lovers of Zamosc

10 things to see and do in Zamosc + some extras

1 The perfectly square market

If you visit the Great Market Square, you come across a space 100 x 100 meters, fitting perfectly into the concept of a Renaissance city. At first glance, it may seem huge; Please note that this is because there is no town hall in the center. When you look around, you will notice not only rows of tenement houses, but also restaurant terraces exposed in summer.

Zamosc Market Square

2 The "most beautiful" town hall in Poland

The town hall has wonderful fan-shaped stairs. Its location is surprising: it is located on the side of the market square, not in its center like the other town halls, thanks to which it does not disturb the central axis of the city. Thanks to this solution, the Zamosc market appears to be larger than it actually is and gives the impression of being the largest market in Poland.

The market square of Zamosc

3 Look for the Monument to Jan Zamoyski, the Zamoyski Palace and enter the Cathedral of the Resurrection of the Lord

The cathedral was the apple of Bernardo Morando's eye. He was very proud of her and pampered her in every detail. Thanks to the passion and commitment of the architect, a jewel was created. The cathedral is one of the greatest Polish architectural monuments. In front of it you will see the monument to Jan Zamoysky and his Palace.

Zamosc Cathedral

4 Visit the exhibition of the Arsenal building and the old Powder House and shoot a cannon or a bow

You will learn about the history of the city's defenses at the Arsenal Fortifications and Weapons Museum. During the 3D multimedia projection, you can see all the wars and skirmishes that took place in Zamosc. Also in the backyard, the little ones can fire a cannon or shoot in an arc.

5 Find the bridges of lovers

The place where a small bridge over the train tracks south of the Market Square carries the first locks of the lovers supposedly called Małpi Gaj, but then further on you will find other beautiful bridges over the moats of the walls and with many locks of love as my children call them.

6 Go around Zamosc by walking through the moat and the city walls

Go around Zamosc on the outside of the walls, by the moat. A very pleasant and beautiful walk that will give you beautiful views over this city.

7 Stroll around, do not miss the park with the gondola and the rides with tricycles for the little ones

Next to the city walls you will find a large park, a green area full of peace and also of leisure. A very large park where you will find from gondolas to walk through the canals and lakes that the park has, tricycles that you rent to walk through the park, playgrounds and even a mini farm.

8 Bathe on the lake beach

On the side where the bridges of love are walking further to the outskirts you will find a beautiful lake, and there a beach to suffocate the heat in summer.

9 Listen to the trumpeter who plays from the Ayutamiento tower 

Every day at noon you can hear a trumpeter play from the town hall tower. Play the same song in three directions, the fourth direction, Krakow direction does not. They say it is because of Zamosc's competition with Krakow for being the most beautiful city in Poland.

10 Play in the water fountain

In one of the squares behind the market square, we will find a place for meetings and concerts and attached to it a fountain for games on the ground. A place that in summer if you go with children will be a good stop for sure.

Water fountain for children in Zamosc

EXTRA: Enjoy a good regional meal on one of the terraces of the market square

As you already know, one of the greatest pleasures we enjoyed in Poland during our trip was Polish gastronomy. So it is not surprising that we want to recommend stopping and eating at one of the restaurants in Zamosc.

This time we loved eating regional dishes from one of the restaurants in the market square, a lovely place to eat. We ate at the restaurant called Bohema, which we liked because in its menu it had a special section of regional food, which was what we ordered. Good price and good food. 

By the way, the most traditional dish in the region here is trout, we don't like it very much, but whoever likes it already knows 😛

Does this destination feel like ... yes? 

Well, there are many more things to see in Zamosc such as its synagogue, other churches or its zoo, which despite the fact that we do not like to visit zoos and we omit it, the reality is that it exists and it is unfortunately with a lot of tourist influx.

Eat in Zamosc

Where to park and spend the night in Zamosc in a motorhome

Zamosc has several free car parks at the entrances to the city walls and gates. It is there that we park and spend the night without any problem.

Just one tip if you go to Zamosc by camper or motorhome, it is better to arrive early or late at night, otherwise the car parks fill up quickly.

There are no services for motorhomes in these car parks.

Parking and overnight Zamosc in motorhome

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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
LublinLubelskyLublin
LubuszLubuszGorzów Wielkopolski / Zielona Góra
MasoviaMazowieckieWarsaw
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 EU

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

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