Most of the newer, modern trains within Poland are fabulous (as can be seen from the first photo) although don’t expect the same standard from Wroclaw into Germany (if our trip from Wroclaw to Dresden was anything to go by);  however, it still ended up being very enjoyable, as although impossible to purchase a better seat (1st Class seats aren’t a great deal more  but luggage room/service etc usually makes it worth it) we struck up a long & interesting conversation with a Danish backpacker and the journey (quite a few hours) felt much shorter.  We learnt a lot about Education, Policitics etc in Denmark and she asked us a lot about Australia – a place she wants to visit.  An impressive, intelligent and articulate  young woman (just 19) and left us feeling that Australia could learn so much from the Scandinavian Education systems.

An easy arrival in Wroclaw with a short taxi trip from train station. Again we loved our choice of hotel – PURO…a modern hotel running lots of innovative workshops, “festivals” etc.  Unusual to find such a super modern hotel in an Old Town.  The only problem (which might be addressed they said as feedback was given) was our initial reception in a very unusual lobby – looks/feels more like a computer lab!  Fortunately, only our initial dealings with one of the reception staff was unpleasant/unwelcoming but after that things improved even if we were also a bit disappointed with the very small room.  Super modern rooms too but perhaps too sterile for those who like the place where they stay to reflect the culture &/or history (in this case the Old Town location).  At first it felt like one of those hotels where you could have been anywhere in the world. However, as the 4 days passed we noticed that by hosting various events (in the lobby which opens onto a beautiful courtyard/garden) they do bring a vibrancy and Polishness to their hotel.  More about beautiful Wroclaw – “the cultural capital of Poland” later…