We are doing an overnight in poland from Lviv- which of these towns would be more interesting for a short stay? Love history, old town architecture, etc..
2 distinct choices....premysl has a bigger historic area and is much older.....it has its charms as its built into the side of a hill.....but the town overall suffers from being so close to the almost hermetically sealed border that restricts the flow of trade (as you no doubt will see soon)....so its depressed, and the hotels are awful....i really wanted to like this place but it was futile.....there is a very unique over the top castle/park/palace complex of krasiczyn nearby...its one of the top 5 in all of poland..
at night the square is filled with lage groups of high school kids.... but few of the local bourgiose....that should tell you something........ the best reason to stay in premysl is that nearby is the hugh historic castle/palac/park complex of krasiczyn....its simply amazing....it has the most ostentatious display of zgrafitto you will ever see....you can also stay there but certainly check it out.......rzeszow is a newer city and is the properous city in the region....so it has a very nice and well cared for town square and surrounding buildings.....excellent hotels and restaurants....somewhat near is the excellent park/palac/castle complex of lancut....its hugh and certainly in the top 5 castle/estate complex in all of poland
Thank you Casey! Excellent advice. Is still a tough choice. Of course there is always Zamosc as well.. Anyway, i appreciate your help!
funny you mentioned zamosc, because i went there after lwow and przemysl.....and i was so happy to be there after przemysl.....what a breath of elegant fresh air...but it would be such a long trip from lwow.....1 hour to the border....3 hours crossing if you are lucky.....then the long trip to zamosc....its further than you think.....stay in przemysl if you really want to visit krasiczyn....its a one of a kind place.....but after the ukraine or przemysl,(and you will know what i'm talking about) if you need to really feel like you are in the west again, stay in rzeszow
maybe an hour to rzeszow.....google krasiczyn and see if its worth it too you
Thank you again!
Hotel Trojka in Przemysl is a little out of town but very good quality accommodation. Przemysl is a pretty little town and a great base to explore the old Austrian forts that ring the city and the old wooden Ukrainian Orthodox churches. Lovely rynek. Market stalls on the weekends. Some great places to eat or have a drink.
Thanks for the info on the hotel. I saw the Trojka, but wasnt sure how to get back and forth to the town center, as we won't have a car... any idea? Thanks again for the advice!
The hotel staff are wonderful and will happily phone for a local taxi to collect you and take you into town, if there is not already a taxi in the hotel car park.
In town during the day it is easy to find a taxi to take you back to the hotel - there are usually taxis around the rynek and other shopping areas, as well as the train station. They all know Hotel Trojka.
At night time there may not be as many taxis sitting around, but it's not impossible.
On our first night in Prezmysl, it was midweek, we dined a little later than usual and the town centre was very quiet by the time we finished our meal. After a short stroll around the rynek, we decided to call it a night, only to find there were no taxis around. We walked into a restaurant (not the one we'd dined in), explained that we were stuck, and one of the waitresses called a taxi for us. It arrived within five minutes. I can't remember the cost of our taxi rides, but it was not expensive.
By the way, if you do visit Prezmysl and want a unique Polish experience, ask to visit 'the stork doctor'. There is a family of local vets who rescue and rehabilitate injured storks. The young vet (nephew of the original stork doctor) speaks English though he is a little self-conscious about it. But he was very welcoming and told us they would welcome tourists (we only found out about it through a relative in Prezmysl, who was amused by our fascination with storks (we don't have them in Australia!). It is a great opportunity to see these magnificent creatures close up. They also rescue other wildlife (injured owls, squirrels, deer). It's all very ethical and above board - they have environmental approval and work in partnership with a university.