While in Krakow, I took two chartered tours - one to the Camps and one to the Salt Mines. Both were full of multi-cultured folk and both had excellent tour guides. In the coach to the Camps, we were a silent, somber group, comtemplating what we were to see, very little conversation among us and afterwards on the way back to our hotels, the same type of atmosphere prevailed, respectful, meditative broken by quiet talk about what we had seen and had it had affected us.
The second trip was just the oppostite. It was a happy, laughing crowd of us that set off for the salt mines and many of us made friends in the group. It was a very tired but noisy coachfull that made our way back that evening after experiencing a fun day of new advertures.
The two journies have remained in my memory as well as the people with which I shared each. Both were wonderful in their respective fashions, the mines were magical and the Camps, well, the Camps are forever engraved on my heart.
ST. ANDREW CHURCH
Right next door to Sts. Peter & Paul Church and located at 56 Grodzka Street is the Romanesque, 11th century ST. ANDREW CHURCH or KOSCIOL SW. ANDRZEJA. The Church was built between 1079 - 1098, making it one of the oldest buildings in Krakow. Its present architectural facade is from the XII and XIII century. Its wonderful Baroque interior is from the 17th century.
We love Kebab!!
If we're more hungry and precel is not enough, Krakowians eat Kebabs! We eat it as a sanwich,without chips, just with a lot of salad and picant souse.. really tasty and if you're in a hurry you can just take it away and eat on you way, although I do not recommend it - I think all the pleasure dissapears then - almost everywhere where you can buy kebab you will also find a nice place to eat it and enjoy your meal.
The price - 6 ZL what is 1,40 EUR.
Made of bricks
There are a lot of underground cellars in Krakow. Many of them serve as somewhat secret interiors of restaurants, pubs, bars etc.
Usually their walls are made of red brick - local custom? Hmm... not only in Krakow, I think.
Park Wodny Aqua Park
For something a little different, you can take a bus to the Aqua Park, about a 15 minute ride from central Krakow. Complete with pools, several water slides, a lazy river and jacuzzis, this was a pleasant way to wrap up a full day of sightseeing.
Open from 8 am to 10:30 pm every day
We took bus 152 from the planty park side of ul. Basztowa to the Brzechwy stop right in front of the water park. The brochure also lists buses #125, 128, 129, 132, 138, 142, 425, 501, 502, 611, 612.
Rates are by the hour (range between 8-16 zl per hour, see website), lockers are provided. Be sure to bring a towel and your bathing suit!