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No 7 Karmelicka Street, Krakow, 31-135, Poland
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Good antique shopping in Krakow?

by Jenmarlin

Hi! I'm going to Krakow on Saturday with my friend, and we're both interested in the best antique shopping in Krakow. We both like 30s-70s stuff, but anything is interesting, flea markets as well as the best antique stores.
Can anyone help out with where we should go for the best antique shopping? Particular streets?

Re: Good antique shopping in Krakow?

by evaanna

I can't help you with the address, but I just want to make sure you know the regulations - you are not allowed to take out of Poland any antiques produced before the war.

Re: Good antique shopping in Krakow?

by sphynxxs

If I recall it right, there are some antique shops in ul Grodzka - that´s the street from the old town to the Wawel, and if you buy there you should be able to get the necessary receipt that you are allowed to export your purchase (it is forbidden to export antique stuff from the time before 1945). If you like flea markets where you can also get some old stuff, try Plac Nowy in Kazimierz, even if you do not find anything you might enjoy the atmosphere

Re: Good antique shopping in Krakow?

by Jenmarlin

No, I didn't know that – thank you so much!

Travel Tips for Krakow

Outside the city centre

by deeper_blue

Unfortunately after I met the guy at the train station (see tourist trap) I missed out on the chance to see the Salt mines and the Auschwitz museum. No more than 2hrs away located at Wieliczka and Oswiecim respectively.

Krakow History

by queensali

HISTORY:
9th C The Wislanie (a Slavonic tribe) inhabit a fortified town on the Wawel
1025 Boleslaw the Brave crowned as the first King of Poland
mid-11th C Wawel becomes the residence of the Polish kings
1241 A trumpeter is shot by an arrow while warning of the Tartar raid; a Krakow raftsman kills the Tartar Khan
1333-70 Reign of King Kazimierz Wielki (the Great)
1364 King Kazimierz III the Great (1333-70) founds the Krakow Academy; Council of Monarchs
1491-95 Copernicus studies at Jagiellonian University
1495 Jews moved to Kazimierz ghetto
1501-06 Reign of King Alexander
1504-36 Wawel Castle assumes its present shape
1506-48 Reign of King Sigismund I the Old
1548-72 Reign of King Sigismund II Augustus
1569 Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania unite as the Republic of Two Nations
1572 King Sigismund II August dies heirless - end of Jagiellonian dynasty; beginning of Polish Baroque period
1609 King Sigismund III Wasa leaves to take up residence in Warsaw
1655-58 Swedes invade Poland and pillage Krakow
1683 Jan Sobieski breaks Turks siege of Vienna
1703-21 Swedes at war with Poland again
1772 First partition of Poland
1776 Austrian occupation of Krakow
1794 General Tadeusz Kosciuszko incites revolution
1795 After the third partition of Poland, Wawel is used as an Austrian barracks for almost a century
1815-46 The region enjoys limited autonomy as a free city - the Republic of Krakow
1846 Krakow is incorporated into Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia
1868 Galicia is granted autonomy within the empire
1905 Austrian army departs from Wawel Castle
6 Sep 1939 Nazis invade the city
1940 Planning for Auschwitz concentration camp begins
Mar 1941 Nazis relocate Jews to ghetto in Podgorze district
14 Mar 1943 All of those still in the ghetto are murdered or transported to camps
1945 Auschwitz is abandoned as Soviet Army approaches
1999 Poland joins NATO
2000 Krakow is one of the nine European Cities of Culture

St Mary's Tower and Hejnal

by ZiOOlek

Also known as the Watch Tower, Wake, Alarm or Bugle Tower, it is the only tower in the world at which a bugle has been played every hour for six hundred years for the entire world to hear. To see and to hear these wonders one must climb 239 steps, to a floor 54 m above ground level. The trumpeter takes just two and a half minutes to ascend the tower but visitors do not need to hurry. At the top they will be heartily greeted by bugle players - members of the fire service, perhaps the last magicians of Krakow...

Bugles have always been played from Krakow towers and gates to announce the beginning and the end of the day. Travellers had to stay outside the city walls if they were caught by night near Krakow and wait until the gates were opened at sunrise.
What were the tunes played from the city's towers and the Royal Castle of Wawel? We will never know. It is only known that the tradition of the bugle call began in the late 14th Century, when Krakow saw the influx of Hungarians, and queen Jawiga, the future wife of king Jagiello was about to ascend the throne. It came here and stayed to resound in Krakow's skies forever. It was probably first played by Hungarians, and later, when the guards of the Wawel and St Mary's were changed, was taken over by the Poles.

Designated feeding pigeons point :-)

by matcrazy1

There is a feeding pigeons point (correct English name or just my next neologism? :-) located in northern part of eastern side of Main Market Squre just by flower market and close to Basilica.

You are allowed to feed pigeons there but with exclusively specially prepared pigeon's food sold there - it costs as I remember 5 zl (PLN) = over $1/1 euro. It's said that this food make their pops less harmful for old buildings - I don't know.

Find the Schindler factory

by puerto_lover

Unexpectedly, we decided to walk across the river to find the original “Emalia” factory that Schindler used to make his enamelware at the outbreak of WWII. It's not too difficult to find especially if you have a map !

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