thats good idea to visit new places!
If you will be in Cracow you have to see also:
Zakopane (in Tatry mountains)
Wieliczka (salt mine)
Lovely city is also Wroclaw!
My fav in Poland is Gdans- it is near the Baltic Sea!
Have a nice trip!!!
The best place to change money is at the Kantor exchange shops.They give the best exchange rate.If you have a credit card with a 4 digit pin number you can get money from any bankomat cash point.Altho i was charged 1.50GBP per transaction.
Try to get notes smaller than 100 or 50Zl.Trying to pay for 5Zl beer with a 100Zl note will not make you popular with bar staff.
Corpus Christi Procession
Throughout Poland, whether in a remote village or a major city, the religious holiday of Corpus Christi is celebrated. It is scheduled on the actual day, as opposed to the US, where we often move holidays to a Monday regardless of the date in order to give 3 day weekends. In 2009 Corpus Christi was celebrated on Thursday June 11 and we made certain we were in Krakow's beautiful square to observe the traditional procession. The day begins with a Mass at the Cathedral at Wawel Castle, which could last 2 hours with all those who come for communion. After the mass the procession begins to move throughout the square stopping at 8 different junctures for prayers, readings, and music. Children dress in traditional costumes and throw flower petals along the way in front of the sacred statues and chalice with the celebrated hosts. (communion wafers-body of Christ) There are monks, nuns, priests, and legions of others from near and far who take part in the procession. They complete the procession at a temporary outdoor alter in front of St. Mary's church at the north east corner of the square. Thousands of people crowd the square to observe, pray, or photograph the spectacle... which is a very serious observance for the Poles. I wished I could have been in two places at once so that I could have also seen the procession which took place in grandfather's little village of Kolbuszowa, but I'm very glad I was able to see the beauty and elegance of the people here in Krakow on that wonderful sunny day. Gosia tells me it usually rains on that holiday, but the rain didn't come until later in the afternoon, so everyone was happily sunburned.
Hopefully you will be as fortunate to be able to observe one of these magnificent processions one day.
I have so many photos of the procession that I will do at least one Travelogue of photos...which I hope you will review and enjoy.
On Easter Monday there is a very ancient Easter tradition called “Smingus-Dyngus” – water fights. This tradition is slowing down a little because of not responisble teenages and chuligans pouring water on eldery people and passing by cars, This day is great on good weather. Girls very rarely walk on the streets dry. Usually they dont complain :-) More wet you are more guys are interested in you we thought.
One week later, an interesting event takes place in Krakow. The hero of the festivity is “lajkonik” or a man disguised as Tatar, riding a peculiar kind of hobby horse. The custom dates back to the 17 th century. The legend says of an unexpected Tatar foray on the Krakow province in the 13 th century. A brave young raftsman, having gathered a group of companions, defeated the invaders and returned to town wearing the colorful outfit of a Tatar khan. During the Tatar attack, the legend then follows, a Tatar arrow struck in the throat a Krakow trumpeter, who from the spire of the church of the Holy Virgin tried to alarm citizens of the danger. Since that time, Krakow bugle-call, sounded every hour from the tower of the church, breaks abruptly.
I advice going to a game in Krakow. Football game of course. The reputation of Eastern-European supporters is... well negative to say the least. Which doesn't mean it's dangerous to go to a game. But exciting- definatelly. The club which should offer you the most is of course the national champion- Wisla Krakow. For someone from Western Europe it's not too expensive (tickets at about 10-20€ for UEFA Cup games- getting a ticket for a normal league or Polish Cup game is almost impossible), but the price will be adequate to the conditions :). The stadium is well renovated, but still with no roof (only over 1000 seats) and only about 10,000 capacity. But the atmosphere is great... (at the end of 2006 should be rebuilt to 22,000 or even 30,000, all with roof... :P). I advice the more expensive seats- there's more space (even when "full-house") and you can admire the shows prepared by fans on the cheaper side... /like this next to the text/
General thought: Polish supporting has changed lately and became more civilised, which is a good sign... but some small incidents still happen, fortunatelly once in a bluemoon here after/before Wisla games. If this won't satisfy your extreme apetite, you may still go to a game of Cracovia... in a Wisla shawl :P (or to a Wisla game in a Cracovia shawl:))
/this equals suicide to those who don't know:P/
This photo comes from the largest fansite: www.wislakrakow.com (by Mati), where you can find loads of galleries (my advice watch those made against strong opponents, like Legia Warszawa, Lech Poznan, Groclin Grodzisk, Amica Wronki and most of all Cracovia). It was made during the recent Krakow derby (first one in 8 years) between two most antagonistic teams in Poland (in Krakow even artists and officials are divided to Wisla and Cracovia) and the conflict, called by locals The Holy War, is ongoing for 98 years now. The site is also in English. For Wisla:
Tickets would be nice :)
This round there were no one-time tickets as it was all for the season-ticket holders, but from spring there should be some. To get a ticket go to the fanshop "Wislacki Swiat" next top the stadium some two- three days before the game. Get your ticket and a one time ID (or a permanent one if you got a photo and occasion to go to other games) which is OBLIGATORY. Any other gadgets like shawls, flags, jerseys and so on are also there (and in most souvenir shops in the centre, but in the shop they're even two times cheaper). that would be all. but my advice- don't wear those all over the city, better put on just before the stadium as you may fin "unkindness" from the Cracovia fans.
no idea, I support Wisla :P