Have not cycled there, but just spent 10 days visiting a friend who
lives in Gostyn, near Poznan and studying at Katowice University.
The area around Katowice reminds me of England in the 1950s with
the atmosphere tainted by coal dust due to large number of coal
fired power stations - you can even taste it! Auschwitz concentration
camp is near here and a visit will really move you.
Zakopane in the Tatra mountains is a must if you like snowboarding
and skiing - there was plenty of action on the slopes at Easter.
I enjoyed a brief visit to Krakow, interesting city with a marvellous
large square with cafes and cake shops. The castle and cathedral
overlook the river Wisla, noted a cycle path running alongside it.
Nearby a trip down the Salt Mines at Wieliczka is unique
Poznan was my favourite stop, I thought the square in the centre
was prettier than Krakow with it multi-painted houses and city hall.
There is also a good modern commercial zone with plenty of
interesting shops. Also the university gives the city a bit more of a
Poland and Poznan has excellent travel connections with
Europe - trains, buses and trams are cheap and clean, low cost
airlines fly from UK for as little as £35 each way and the cost of
living is 3 to 4 times cheaper than UK! Two of us travelled from
Poznan to Berlin on an intercity express - four hours journey for £26
total! The railway offers discount tickets within the last half hour of
departure if seats are available.
Bicycles can be transported in luggage carriage or compartment
purchasing ticket for bicycle transportation. In case train does not
have luggage compartment, bicycle can be transported in first
vestibule of the first carriage or in the last vestibule of the last, under
own supervision. Bicycle dedicated carriages are run in trains Ex Tatry, Ex E. Malinowski.
For cyclists, the landscape is relatively flat, open farm land with lots
and lots of birch forest in between. I believe the north east of Poland
has many lakes and is very pretty. The local roads appeared good
with little traffic on them. The main highways had many heavy
trucks - mostly cross continental.
Did not see much evidence of campsites and tourism outside of the
larger towns and cities. Accommodation is very cheap a nice room
can cost from £4 per person upwards a night, so maybe no need to camp. Examples of accommodation at Zakopane, a very touristy centre, where prices are higher thsn elsewhere in Poland.
I saw plenty of local cyclists (rovers in polish) and again there was a cycle shop in each large town I visited. The language is really difficult to understand, but young people are keen to speak English.
There are plenty of cash machines in the towns and cities for credit card tourers.
Poland on the internet
Maybe one day I will return on the bike.