Krakow Local Customs

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  • 1. Dining and Drinking

    Usually I write on VT about museums and monuments. For Krakow I started my comments with one of the best beers I did drink in my life! I discovered the gorgeous dark beer called PORTER from the...

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  • 2. Security At Wawel Castle

    I thought I would mention this, as it's good to know, so you are prepared for it. First time in my life I had to go through security, to visit a museum. I was...

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  • 3. In Poland, it is known as "naive art"

    I was enchanted with this primitive chandelier which hung in the gallery we visited in Kazimierz. They can also be found in the Cloth Market. There are places...

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  • 4. Public events and celebration

    There are very vibrant life all year long on main square in Old town. Besides architectures and historical importance of this square I believe that public...

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  • 5. "Matura" maturity examination celebrations.

    When we were walking on the Planty gardens near the St. Anne church close to the Jagiellonian University colleges we saw a lot of young people about 18-19 years...

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  • 6. Polish bagels

    In many parts of the city, you'll find small kiosks selling what I call "Polish bagels" - it's a bagel, but it's a little bigger and the dough is twisted before...

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  • 7. A lot of priests and nuns

    It is not at all uncommon to see priests and nuns and you will see a lot of them in Krakow. People seemed to routinely treat them with deference. It shouldn't...

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  • 8. Easter

    I make no pretence to knowing much detail about how Easter is traditionally celebrated in Poland. But I found my visit in 'Holy Week' (the week leading up to...

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  • 9. Delicious!

    I don't know if this is a local Krakowian thing or a general-Polish thing, but the most delicious thing I tasted when I was in Krakow was 'oscypek z grilla'....

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  • 10. Obwarzanki

    Obwarzanki are bread rings, flavoured with poppy seeds or salt, sold from small street-side stalls all over Krakow's city centre. The stalls are most often...

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  • 11. Polish beer

    Poland is famous for a vodka-drinking tradition. Nevertheless, there are some popular Polish beers. One famous brewery is Zywiec which was founded in 1852 and...

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  • 12. Public toilets

    It is customary in Poland that ladies toilets show a circle or the words "dla pan", whereas gents toilets show a triangle or the words "dla panow". This can be...

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  • 13. New Years Eve

    Krakow seems to become one of the popular European cities to celebrate New Years Eve. The large medieval Market Square (Rynek Glowny) with its dimensions of 200...

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  • 14. Polish Money

    Even though Poland joined the Euopean Union (EU) on the 1st of May 2004, they don't have the EURO as currency. Poland's currency is still the Zloty. 1 Zloty is...

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  • 15. local guides

    Usually when you visit a major tourist city in Europe you will most likely have a young, energetic guide that speaks your language perfectly and is invariably...

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  • 16. Pod Adamem" - "Bajo Adam" - " Under Adam'

    In the center of Krakow, in the "Market Square" is the " meeting point" for young people under the statue of Adam Mickiewicz He was one the great Romantic poets...

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  • 17. Juan Pablo II / Joun Paul II / Jan Pavel II

    Karol Wojtyla was elected pope in October 1978 while holding the office of cardinal-archbishop of Krakow, so even in Poland it is loved and venerated in Krakow...

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  • 18. El Cuchillo / The knive

    Tradition says that the two towers of St. Mary was entrusted to two brothers. Soon the competition began and both of them wanted to make the tallest tower. The...

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  • 19. Hejnal -

    In the watchtower (Hejnal) of the Church of Santa Maria the watcher saw that the Tartars were attacking , warned the population playing the trumpet until an...

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  • 20. St Mary's Tower and Hejnal

    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...

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  • 21. Debowe Mocne

    Now we start talking about real beers, not just the standard lagers that I had around the city during the day. This Debowe Mocne is brown strong beer full of...

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  • 22. There is no halloween in Krakow

    There is no Halloween in Krakow but there are a few national holidays:1 Jan - New Year's Day1 May - May Day 3 May - Constitution Day 15 August - Assumption 1...

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  • 23. Light a candle or put flowers there

    READ THIS PLEASE!As I said in previous tip some locals put flowers and/or light candles by sad water well in Krakow's Main Square. As for me it's a special...

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  • 24. Baltic Sea amber

    Krakow was located on so called Amber Truck in the past. The truck connected Baltic Sea in northern Poland with southern Europe. Amber was very expensive and...

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  • 25. Mezuzah

    In the Kazimierz Jewish quarter you kan see a Mezuzah at some door posts. A mezuzah is is a piece of parchment in a decorative case inscribed with specified...

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