Travelling Poland with kids

February 12, 2013 in Accomodation, Attractions, Basic Information, Children, Food, General, Polish Matters, Transport, Travelling Poland

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Most uf us, parents, obviously travel with kids. And when we select a country to visit, we really need to know that the little ones will be safe and enjoy themselves in the process. As Poland may still seem quite exotic to many of you, I’d like to share some of my thought and observation on travelling to Poland with kids.

 

I probably won’t spend too much time on explaining on how to get here, as I already did in a few posts and I will shortly write another one on means of travelling to Poland in general. It’s probably enough to say that whether you fly, drive or take train – travelling to Poland with kids is not different from travelling with them to any other European country. That said, remember that it is obligatory to have children seated in appropriate child seats when travelling by car.

Of course, it is important where you will stay. There are tons of hotels in Poland, starting with expensive 5 start world known brands and finishing up with small, private, Polish ones. Of course, there’s also a bunch of hostels but you probably wouldn’t be chosing those when travelling Poland with kids, as they, as any hostels, mainly offer shared accomodation.

If you’re looking for a hotel, I recommend you take advantage of the services of Booking.com – it’s a hotel serach engine I always used to use when planning all my trips. Most hotels (in fact, probably all the main ones which you are likely to choose) are “children friendly”. By that I mean that the children genrally get either a discount or stay for free (in most cases it’s free for kids up to 3 or 4 years old, provided they don’t require an additional bed, as if when they sleep with parents or you bring your own, foldable child bed).

In addition to that, very many hotels offer special restaurant dishes for children, a playground either outside or indoors and the oversight of qualified child-sitters so you can enjoy your meal or relax in the lobby or spa while your child is safely playing in the children zone. Yes, they really do make your stay in Poland with kids quite a nice experience.

Another thing is, of course, food. As I mentioned above, most hotel restaurants will have menus suited for children, but so will most other restaurants I know or happen to visit once in a while. Many of them not only provide you with a menu designed for kids, but they will also have special baby-seats available as well as some toys (in most cases, the little ones get crayons and paper to draw and a baloon or two).

The food as such is good and if your child suffers any food allergies, be sure to tell the waiter – in most cases they will be able to prepare something that may not be in the menu, but suit your specific requirements. You can eat in Poland with kids – safely and in a fun way.

Finally, the most important question seems to be whether it is worth to travel Poland with kids. After all, this isn’t Egipt, right? No sandy beaches, beautiful lagoons and such – so why bother? Many people might not know it, but Poland offers quite a big variety of possible attractions as we have pretty much all that nature can give (although in a smaller scale that the famous countries out there).

So, there is a sea with beautiful sandy beaches and fantastic hotels nearby, with spa and other attractions also for adults. There is the Mazurian lakes, which offer great option on hiking in woods, swimming in the lake, water skiing, yachting and other water sports. There are the mountains in the south, which are great for hiking in the summer and excellent for skiing in the winter. With the slopes not as difficult and ski passes significantly cheaper than in the neighbouring countries this is something to consider. Have fun in Poland with kids!

For more posts on parenting, raising children in Poland and everything else on Polish kid stuff please visit my other blog – Polish Dad!