Braniewo

Braniewo is in the Warmia-Masuria area of north-east Poland.

The church was rebuilt from scratch in 1979 after being destroyed in World War II. Facing the tower are war-scarred buildings with patched bullet holes.

Understand

The nearest sizeable town to three Poland-Kaliningrad border crossings, Braniewo is somewhere that many travellers will pass through, if not actually visit. The opposing Russian town is Mamonovo.

Get in

The bus station is next to the train station, though not all local buses serve the station.

By train

The railway station is on four lines. North leads to Kaliningrad; in summer, there is one train per day in each direction. East leads to Olsztyn and eventually Warsaw. The line south heads to Elbląg and on to Gdańsk. The defunct coastal line west doubles as a just usable footpath to Frombork - the old bridges may be too much for some.

By bus

There are regular buses to Elbląg which run via Frombork. They leave from the stop on ul. Koścuiszki, the main street that heads to the station, not the station itself.

There are four daily buses to Kaliningrad, they do leave from the station. In the other direction, the buses from Kaliningrad head as far as Gdańsk.

Get around

On foot. Unless you're heading to the border as it's quite far.

See

Hammer and sickle monument in the Soviet War Cemetery

Rebuilt old church, old houses, river. A little way out of town on the road to Frombork is a Soviet war cemetery (Cmentarz Żołnierzy Radzieckich). There is a bus stop opposite, make sure the driver knows you want the cemetery and look out for the concrete red star on the left.

Buy

Russian rubles and groceries. Groceries are cheaper in Poland than in Russia.

Sleep

Despite a dearth of online options, there is a healthy hotel scene.

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