Junior Hotel

Skotnicka 272, Krakow, Southern Poland, 30-394, Poland
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Krakow to Cluj (Romania)

by iZm

Hi there fellow VTs,

I'm visiting Krakow in August (probably for 3 days, 8, 9 and 10) and from there I'd like to go to Cluj, Romania. The problem is that I can't seem to find good, solid info about the possibilities of transportation. So, can any of you help me out as you've done so many times in the past?

Many thanks in advance,


Re: Krakow to Cluj (Romania)

by leics


will give you the timetables of all European trains.

You can get to Cluj, but it takes a long time (19+ hours) and you need to make a reservation (you can do this in Krakow).

For fares (and timetable, though the link does not always work) look here:


For online fare purchase:


Re: Krakow to Cluj (Romania)

by iZm

That's pretty much all I need, leics, I just submitted a form in The PolRail Store asking for prices. Thanks to you, I should now know something in the next 3 working days.

Once again thanks a lot for the info :)


Re: Krakow to Cluj (Romania)

by leics

You're welcome. Hope you have an excellent trip!

Travel Tips for Krakow

Should I be taking someone who...


Should I be taking someone who has never been to Krakow before, I would take them to The Ark, a church in Nowa Huta. It looks like the Biblical Ark from a distance.When you get inside there is the gigantic figure of Jesus on the Cross in his last throes of agony.He is in a true spasm! This brought tears to my eyes. By the way, the Tabernacle contains a stone from the Moon. (Gift from the USA) The 'Stations of the Cross' viewed by going to the balcony are very unusual! They must be studied! Do go into the Chapel that is reached from the sidewalk on the 'Outside'. An artist that accompanied me ,literally cried as she viewed the foyer with the Pietas in alcoves! This was but the entrance to Father Kolbe's Chapel. What is inside is beyond description! A true memorial to this sainted man! Just being there brought tears to my eyes! There is more to Krakow than restaurants and places to stay; do become aware of the 'people' and what THEY treasure, then you will be aware of the 'soul' of Poland. You will be moved by the courage and depth of this country! My best memory of Krakow which I try to repeat whenever I visit is.......Sitting in the 'Big'
Marketsquare at a table facing the St. Mary 's Church Towers, and waiting for the Trumpeter to begin his Hejnal. I have before me a big dish of Hortex Ice Cream and a Gin and tonic. (What a combination!) What Joy!

Krakow's leaning tower (700 yo)

by matcrazy1

Krakow has its own leaning tower as well. In fact, the 70-m-tall (230 ft, about 25 storeys) Town Hall Tower at the city’s Main Market Square (SW part) leans just 55 cm (22 inches) - only 55 cm. It's not Pisa. Were Polish architects more genious then Italian? Yet the reason of the above 55 cm is unusual – a strong wind did it in 1703.
It must had been real hurricane, I suppose. There was a very strong wind a few months ago in Krakow and... nothing bad happened with the tower. Worse with the Cloth Hall: smart (wiser then local politicians, I suppose) wind destroyed awfull commercial tables, so they will never more be seen there since that haha.

The massive Gothic tower had been built of stone and brick by the end of the 13th century and got its first clock in 1524. Several fires weakened the Town Hall Tower during the ensuing 150 years, so its west wall has been supported since 1680 by a mammoth buttress reaching up to the third floor. In 1685 the Town Hall Tower was heightened for 6.5 m. Its present baroque roof dates back to 1686.

The tower once adjoined Krakow's splendid 13th-century Gothic Town Hall that was pulled down in the 1820s.

Vast cellars under the Town Hall Tower used to contain the city dungeon with a torture chamber as well as a popular beerhouse, and now they have been turned into a cafe and a theater - better to have good credit card before you go downstairs :-).

For lower budget tourists (and gym enthusiasts): you can climb the tower up its 100-step narrow and steep stairs enjoy the PANORAMIC VIEW from the top. Sorry, no lift till now - but it's not Eiffel Tower. You may also see the exhibition of the City of Krakow Historical Museum pertaining to the history of the municipality.

Crackin' Krakow Sylwester!

by johngayton

New Year's Eve here in Krakow centres around the main square where Polsat (a Polish TV company) set up a pretty substantial stage featuring several top Polish bands. From about 9 pm onwards the square is a chock solid with revellers from all over the city with all the local bars doing a roaring trade. At midnight the New Year is suitably toasted in, accompanied by fireworks, and then the local taxi drivers make a killing ferrying the drunks (myself included of course!) back out to the suburbs. I was quite fortunate in that my adopted bar Vis-a-Vis is right in the thick of it all and despite the 100 zloty bill for a midnight round of whiskies for my immediate company a good time was had by all.

Excellent evening and despite the copious quantities of alcohol was actually a lot more civilized than I would have expected, especially compared to, say, London.

Link below has a really good youtube vid.

Forbidden Polish flags!

by matcrazy1

Polish national flag is simple: white stripe above the red one. Haha, change position of the coulors and will see the flag of... Monaco and Indonesia.

Nowadays Krakovians hang their national flags out in some national holidays like Independence Day (11 Nov) and 3 May (Constitution Day - Poland had the world's second constitution - 1791, USA - 1787).

Before 1989 (Soviet communism collapse) we had 22 June holiday instead - anniverary of creating Soviet communist government in Poland in 1944. We didn't like it in Krakow - was it a local custom?

It was forbidden to hang out Polish flags either on 3 May and on 11 Nov. Haha, I remember that my father hung the flag on official holiday 1May (Labour Day) and he... forgot to leave it till... morning 4 May hehe. And believe me, although it was forbidden by communist authorities, he was not alone!

Amon Goeth's villa ( at Plaszow camp)

by Bavavia

On top of hill......walk through camp, down little dirt road on right, turn right..... or go on the street where front of house is located, 22 Helltma street. Now occupied by an old lady i heard who has not kept the place up...


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