My wife and I are planning a five day visit to Warsaw for August or September 2014. We've been debating between Prague and Warsaw as of recent, but I think we've become entranced by the beauty and history of Warsaw. A few questions for those who call Warsaw home, or frequent the region.
1. Is it difficult to move around (i.e. shop, order meals, public transport) for non-Polish speaking visitors? Half our friends who have visited Poland say it's very difficult for English speaking only visitors, while the other half say it's no problem in the larger communities. Those who have visited Prague say we'd have an easier time navigating Prague v. Warsaw.
2. Is five days too much time in Warsaw? I was lobbying for Gdansk or Cracow, but have learned five days in either city may be too much. Once we read more about the history of Warsaw, we immediately were drawn in.
3. Is there a good planning tool for visiting outside Warsaw via rail? We would like to day trip one day outside the city to either Lodz or Plock.
We're 28 / 33 years old and looking for the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the history and beauty that is Warsaw. We won't have a rental car, and still considering hotel options throughout the city. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks all - D