Touring Poland, One Vodka at a Time - Page 4
LOT-Polish Airlines: Find nonstop flights to Warsaw departing from New York and Chicago. The airline also has regional flights from Warsaw to Gdansk and Rzeszow, the closest airport to Lancut. (212.789.0970)
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Hanza: Situated on the Motlawa River, this hotel is near the heart of old town Gdansk. Rates start at about $237 for a single to $400 for a suite, many with views of Old Town or the water. The on-site restaurant offers delicious traditional Polish dishes. (48.058.305.32.27)
Hotel Jan III Sobieski: Rooms start at about $112 for a single at this 400-plus-room hotel in Warsaw's business district. The brightly colored exterior of the hotel, which was built during the fall of communism, caused a controversy as the city's boldest new building. Some people loved it, while others found it garish. The inside is modern and upscale. (48.22.579.10.25)
WHERE TO EAT
Hotel Hubertus: This hotel, located about two miles from Starogard Gdanski, has an excellent on-site restaurant, specializing in meat and game dishes, that is worth the trip. (48.058.56.309.82)
Restaurancia Rycerska:This medieval-style restaurantcomplete with knight's amourserves up pierogi, roasted pig, and duck dishes. (48.022.831.36.68)
WHAT TO DO
Lancut Distillery Museum: Reservations are recommended to tour the oldest distillery in Poland as well as the vodka museum. Organized tastings are available.
Lancut Castle Museum: The largest and richest aristocratic home in Poland, this 300-room structure is finished in Baroque and Rocco style, with an impressive art and carriage collection.
Wilanów Palace: King Jan Sobieski III commissioned this summer house at the end of the 17th century for his French wife, Queen Mary. The king, who won the Battle of Vienna and checked the Ottoman expansion into Western Europe, is a national hero, and the grounds include lavish gardens.