Best Western Premier Krakow Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Opolska 14a, Krakow, 31-323, Poland
Best Western Premier Hotel- Krakow
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london to krakow?? anyone?

by mags73


I am looking for someone who will be flying to Krakow in March or April from London. I need to buy my mum a ticket to go home. She is 75 years old and only speaks polish. She is afraid to travel by herself and I just want to ensure she does not get lost or boards a wrong plane! Please if there is someone who would be able to sit next to her on a plane and point her into the right direction that would be much appreciated !!!!

Re: london to krakow?? anyone?

by leics

Mags, whichever airline your mother is using will help if you contact them beforehand and explain the situation. Tell them her age, that she is a first-time flyer, that she is very nervous and so on and so forth.

You'll be with her until security in the UK, I assume. So write down for her what she needs to do once she has gone through: watch the destination boards, go to the gate when they tell her to, listen to announcements, look for the signs etc etc.

Tell her (or write) exactly what will happen when she boards the plane, so that (unlike me) she is not terrified by the pinging of call buttons. I did not know they existed and thought it was a signal for the staff that something was awry! Tell her that she may feel pushed back into her seat on take-off, that her ears may feel funny, that everyone stays belted in until the plane reaches cruising height, that there may be a little bumpiness sometimes and that's safe, that she may feel the plane is going far too fast to land but it really isn't!

Then you can write down what will happen in Krakow ( a small airport): follow everyone else, go through passport control, follow everyone else, get your bag, follow everyone else out into Arrivals (where someone will be meeting her?).

Give her a note written in English and Polish which a) explains that she speaks no English and b) has the questions she might want to ask written on it e.g. where are the toilets, can I have a cup of coffee etc etc. Ask her what questions she might have.

The chances of finding anyone to help online are slim, but the above are things you can do which will both help your mother and make you feel happier about her journey (which will, I'm sure, be absolutely fine).

Re: london to krakow?? anyone?

by margsch

Try and get a direct flight if that is possible. If she has to change planes somewhere make sure she knows what to do. There will be numerous Polish people on the plane with her so she could also ask her fellow passengers or staff in the airport for help regarding where to wait and so on.

Re: london to krakow?? anyone?

by leics

I'd guess she will be flying Easyjet from Luton? If so, then not only is she likely to be on the plane with other Poles but she will also most likely find that at least one of the cabin crew on that route speaks Polish. In my experience with Easyjet & other budget carriers there is usually at least one member of the cabin crew who speaks the appropriate language, often a native makes dealing with passengers who have no or little English so very much easier).

Travel Tips for Krakow

St Mary’s Church

by Ash59

St Mary’s Church (known as Mariacka Bazylika) stands in the main square of Cracow and sports two splendid towers. The tallest of these is 81 metres high and the shortest is 69 metres high. The Hejnalica bugle call tower (the tallest tower) has an interesting history. In medieval Europe, watchmen announced the coming of dawn to city inhabitants but also warned them of imminent danger. This tower was the watchtower that served Cracow.

Built in the 15th century, the tower’s upper part was given the form of an octagonal “tip”, creating what is now the highest workplace for buglers in Poland. It was from high that the bugle call is sounded every hour to the 4 corners of the world. With a melody of only 5 notes, the bugle call is broken off abruptly. This is said to commemorate an event in the 13th century, when one of the guards spotted the Tatar hoards approaching Cracow. His alarm call was abruptly ended a Tatar arrow which pierced his throat. Nowadays, the melody also breaks off quite unexpectedly, as if someone had suddenly interrupted the bugler’s playing.

The view from the top is spectacular. You can see Wawel Castle, the people sitting on and standing around the steps of the statue of Adam Mickiewicz in the main square, the Cloth Hall across the main square, Florian Gate and the countryside around Cracow.


by Ben-UK

The medieval walls which encircled Krakow were demolished around 1807 but they have been replaced by a beautiful walkway called the Planty.

It's a good, long walk which takes you completely around the city - enjoyed by dog-walkers, skateboarders, roller-bladers and cyclists -- none of whom were in sight when I took the attached picture near the Wawel Castle.


by LoriPori

It's good to know a little information about the town or city you want to visit. I've come up with what I call LORIPORI'S KRAKOW TIDBITS. Hope they're helpful.

230 Volts AC, 50 Hertz
European type connections, sockets/plugs are used.
Hans and I always bring along a converter and a set of different plug adaptors when we travel.

1 Zloty (PLN/zl) = 100 GROSZ (gr)
Coins - 1 gr 2 gr 5 gr 10 gr 20 gr 50 gr 1 zl 2 zl 5 zl
Notes - 10 zl 20 zl 50 zl 100 zl 200 zl

Money Exchange Offices
Krakow has numerous Kantors. I found most to be very competitive and most offered fair rates. Shop around. For example, I received from 3.02 to 3.10 zl for my Canadian dollar.

The little stagecoach in Rynek Glowny Square offers postcards and has stamps for sale. There is even a post box handy nearby.
Postcards to Europe 3 zl
to North America 3.20 zl
to Asia 3.50 zl
to Australia 4.50 zl

Dzien Dobry - Good Morning/Afternoon
Dobry Wieczor - Good Evening
Dobranoc - Good Night
Do Widzenia - Good Bye
Prosze - Please
Dziekuje - Thank You
Jak Sie Masz - How are you?
Milego Dnia - Have a nice day!
Nie Rozumiem - I don't understand!

The 12th Jewish Culture...

by tojavicky

The 12th Jewish Culture Festival will take place from the 22nd to the 30th of June 2002. The 12th edition of the Festival is going to have a very exceptional meaning. It will be dedicated to the traditional and contemporary Jewish culture and art of Jerusalem, New York and Krakow. Jerusalem is the cradle of Judaism, the main source of the Jewish culture and art. New York as the biggest Diaspora amongst all cities in the world is a center of Jewish Culture where the elements of traditional and contemporary culture alternate with each other in a very creative way. Krakow is a historic city of Jewish and Polish significance. The city of creative Jewish presence which for seven hundred years has made and indelible mark in Kazimierz, the Jewish town in the heart of Krakow. The 12th Festival is going to be a cultural journey in time between Krakow, Jerusalem and New York.
I just want to tell you that you can't miss it if you are in June in Kraków, especially the concert at the end of the Festival on Szeroka Street. It's realy incredible experience, belive me because I took part in this Festivel last year.
The Provisional Schedule 12th Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow you will find on

Notebook or internet cafe?

by matcrazy1

Get a notebook (with Polish-English dictionary on CD, guide and maps of Krakow on CD or buy them in Krakow) - remember about 220V (230V soon) voltage and European plugs (check my Poland's page for more).
If you don't have any notebook you can go to any of numerous internet cafes (look at the pic; Rynek Glowny = Main Market Square), some operates 24h haha - specially for very addicted VT-ers.


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