Krakow Travel Guide

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    Street Scene in Krakow-The Past and The...
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Krakow Things to Do

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  • Wawel Castle

    I passed 4-5 times in front of the Smok Wawelski, down the Wavell Hill, expecting to film the Dragon's sculpture when breathing fire but each time my camera was ready "Smok" as he is called in Krakow ceased spurting fire to start again when I was out of reach ! A nasty beast not only devouring sheep but also showing sexual harassment (as it is now...

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  • Auschwitz

    I have been many times in Poland, almost always in transit in my way to Spain overland, staying for one or two days in cities such as Warsaw and historical Cracow. The last time that I crossed Poland was in the year 2009, when I was coming from Lvov, in Ukraine. Then I visited a place that was impacting and didactic at the same time, teaching me...

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  • Wieliczka Salt Mine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A World Class Attraction: "The Salt Mine of Wieliczka" Note: Temperature in the Wieliczka Salt Mine stays uniform 15 degrees Celsius, i.e. 59 Fahrenheit, round the year. Except it's closed on January 1, Easter Sunday, November 1, December 4, Christmastide (i.e. December 24-25), and December 31. April through Octobervisitors may see the...

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Krakow Hotels

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  • Sodispar Service Apartments

    After finding Sodispar online I was impressed by what they seemed to offer, and the price at which...

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  • Wielopole

    This hotel was very pleasant. The rooms were comfortable, the staff friendly and english speaking....

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  • Wentzl

    Superb hotel with a superb location, right on the Maket Square. The rooms are very comfortable -...

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Krakow Restaurants

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  • In the Jewish Quarter

    4 out of 5 stars

    As soon as I entered Ariel, I was charmed by the atmosphere. A small gift shop at the front of the restaurant offers a nice assortment of gifts, soulvenirs and post cards. The food and service were excellent. The art work exhibited on the walls here is quite good. They encourage you to come in the evening when they have live music in one of...

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  • Wierzynek

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you want traditional Polish food that is excellent in taste, combined with style and glamour then this is the restaurant to visit. Not one of your cheapest, therefore this is a place where you go to treat someone or be treated.

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  • Bar mleczny

    4 out of 5 stars

    There are many milk bars in Krakow, and though the food is cheap, it's also delicious. Obviously, they have milk, but also yogurt drinks and other dairy products. Aside from dairy, they have perogies (of course!), meat dishes (such as schnitzel), salads, soups, etc. At the one where I went, food was served cafeteria-style - all you have to do is...

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Krakow Nightlife

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  • In Kazimierz - around Plac Nowy

    There seemed to be plenty of locals and it seemed like every 3rd person was on a laptop! Mixture of geeks, students and tourists taping away on their keyboards. Seemed like this place was an 'any time' of day place and pretty laid back. French and Brazilian music make the place even more French. Lots of books and magazines in different...

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  • Prozak

    This place is just off Starowislna, at it's junction with Sienna. There are several sections within this club, each playing different kinds of music, so there will always be something playing for everyone! The decor is very funky, with a lot of space to sit down, as this place is very big from inside. It is both long and wide, creating a great...

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  • Paparazzi

    This place serves great drinks, and at relatively good value for a tourist haunt. The decor is really funky, with photos of all sorts of celebrities, particularly supermodels, pop-stars, etc slapped all over the walls. Layout of the place is good, allowing you to huddle together in groups in several corners. In proportions, it's a narrow but deep...

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Krakow Transportation

  • By bus

    Kraków has a good system of transportation by bus. The yellow coloured buses are operated by MPK, Miejskie Przedsiêbiorstwo Komunikacyjne S.A. Buses to other towns have different colours (blue in most cases). Tickets can be bought at kiosks, ticket machines and MPK ticket offices. Prices: Single trip - PLN 2.50 Night ticket - PLN 2.50 Group of...

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  • Taxi, taxi

    Just got back from Krakow and used Bobs taxi service for five of us. Speedy, efficient service and very reasonably priced. Just email or phone him- he couldn't be more helpful. Extremely knowledgeable about history, great sense of humour and absolutely dependable. My Dad said he really made his holiday. Don't hesitate just book with Bob it's so...

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  • By tram

    Krakow has an extensive network of trams. You can buy tickets at kiosks or aboard the trams themselves. Just make sure you validate it in the yellow box once onboard. There are also buses and taxis. So, you can get around quite easily.

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Krakow Shopping

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  • The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)

    The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) is siad to have been the first shopping mall in the world. Nowadays it functions as a kind of market for tourists. All kinds of Polish crafts and souvenirs are available here. The original Cloth Hall was built in the 14th century, but destroyed by fire in the 16th century. Directions: The Cloth Hall is located right in...

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  • Galeria Krakowska

    Galeria Krakowska situated alongside the Railway station has everything to offer with upmarket shops, eateries, WC,s and a Carrefore store. Don't leave krakow without trying one of the unbelievable yummy ice cream dishes available at the 4D ice cream eatery - very reasonably priced. Amber jewellery Not cheap

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  • Empik Megastore

    The Empik megastore in the main square has a huge selection of books,cd's and cpu games.Upstairs it is more like a library,you can select a book and sit down a read it before you decide to buy it or not.

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Krakow Local Customs

  • 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 Okocim brewery when having lunch at the restaurant Europejska located on the north-west corner of the Rynek Glowny market. This beer tastes like a...

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  • 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 events and celebration contributes attraction of city. I was watching a very interesting cultural presentation of group I think is from Peru.

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  • "Matura" maturity examination...

    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 old grouped in front of the St. Anne (SW Anny) church. Inside, the church was also full of these young people attending a mass. All the boys were wearing a black suit, white shirt and black...

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Krakow Warnings and Dangers

  • Tourist information offices

    I find that Krakow have a great system that support information web about main attraction toward the visitors. At least five touristic offices I saw around Old town. And add to that and many simple outdoor presentation in square and near Krakow main train station with mostly information about cheap accommodation. I find it that very touristic...

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  • No naughty fun or drunken debauchery...

    Unlike Euromeet 2009, which was held in a party country (Portugal), in a town by the beach (Cascais), Euromeet 2010 was much more low-key when it came to party antics and laugh-inducing moments. Polish culture is still very conservative, and the laws reflect this - even though there was a fountain in the Main Market Square, Claus and DAO did not...

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  • Wheelchair accessibility

    Many places in Krakow are not wheelchair-accessible, and we noticed this because there was a VTer in our group who uses a wheelchair (Winfried - RhineRoll). Most of the buildings had steps to get in and stairs once you were in, but no ramps and very few had elevators. As we are VTers and love to help each other out, it wasn't a problem for us to...

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Krakow Tourist Traps

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine

    Wieliczka caters to about 1 000 000 tourists a year (thats a VERY large amount) - during the summer months they average about 6000 tourists a day... by my rough calculations that equates to about 75-100 people per tour. Way too many for my liking! Go in Winter - we were there in January, and our tour group consisted of 11 people... very pleasant!...

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  • Tourist information offices

    Tourist information offices are good source of information of course. But they also provide very expensive day trips, as I find out. I spend some time in Krakow during my organized tour trough Eastern Europe and this offices was one of mandatory stop on our walking tour trough Old town. We wont to go to Auschwitz complex and ask for tour guide....

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  • Krakow in a golf cart

    You will see these golf carts parked around Krakow near the tourist sights. They offer city tours, but you have to look carefully as some of them are quite expensive and don't really go very far. Please remember, Krakow is NOT very big, you can easily walk.

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Krakow What to Pack

  • Umbrella is a Must

    An umbrella is a must as Poland's unpredictable weather always includes some wetness. In addition, make sure you make so you can dress in layers since some days can be mild whilst other can be cool and during the colder months, very cold indeed. take along all prescriptions and make sure you have enough. It may not be as easy to refill as in...

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  • Rough Guide to Poland

    On my second visit to Krakow, which was already my 6th visit of Poland, I felt the need to buy a good guide book, as this trip also covered some smaller Polish cities.So I finally decided to get myself "The Rough Guide to Poland - 7th edition". It includes approximately 40 pages about Krakow and the surounding region. I found the guide quite...

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  • In Your Pocket Guide - Krakow

    In Your Pocket Guide - Krakow (33, 34, 35)I must admit that I am a huge fan of the "In Your Pocket" guides. They are usually an excellent resource for information about travels to Eastern or Central European cities. I got my first Krakow "In Your Pocket" guide in 2004 at the airport in Warsaw. In 2010 we got the guide at the 6th VT Euromeeting....

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Krakow Off The Beaten Path

  • Auschwitz

    Harrowing as it may be, a trip to Auschwitz is almost reason enough alone to visit Krakow. The entire complex, about 50km from Krakow, has been preserved as a museum to honour those who died in the Holocaust. It's estimated that 1.1 million, mostly Jewish people, died at Auschwitz alone. It's a figure that most humans can't contemplate, and can...

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  • A large mound of excitement

    I''m not sure how many folk visit Krakow's mounds. They are a curious phenomenon, originally suspected of being burial places of kings, and more recently thrown up as monuments to national heroes (for example Tadeuz Kosckiusko).Take a tram from the centre up to the Salvator terminus, then walk up the tree lined road (or wait for a bus) to the mound...

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  • Wieliczka Salt Mines

    A visit to the Salt mines is a must. I just loved it, but at times did feel a bit closterphobic. You descent into the mines climbing down 300 odd steps, but it is well worth it. The historic Wieliczka salt mine has been continous from the Middle Ages, constructed on nine levels, these excavations strech for 300 kilometers and reach a depth of 327...

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Krakow Sports & Outdoors

  • Football

    KS Cracovia Krakow is the oldest sports club in Poland. It was established in 1906 and won the first Polish football championships in 1921. Cracovia promoted to the first football league in 2004 after 20 years in lower leagues. The club has a strong hostility towards Wisla Krakow. It is tradition that Cracovia's first and second team play a...

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  • Skiing

    We are really lucky here in Krakow that the closest ski slopes are only 40 minutes driving from the city. They also have lights and are open till 10 pm or even longer if there are at least 5 skiers on the slope. One of the places that are not too far from Krakow is Spytkowice. It's on the way to Slovakian border called Chyzne. In Spytkowice there...

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  • Go-carts

    There's something exhilarating about a spin round the go-kart track in the old tramshed in Kazimierz! Zl 15 gets you a very generous (when it's quiet at least) 8 minutes, and the adrenalin rush you get from throwing the little kart round those tight bends is terrific. A lap or two will get you used to the track and then - whoosh! I hoped to get...

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  • The Market Square (Rynek Glowny)

    Krakow is fabulous in any season. I have visited in holiday season, summer, and spring. The Cloth Market is the centerpiece of the historic square...untouched by wars. It's the purest part of Poland as far as architecture is concerned. The Cloth Market is filled with vendors who sell a miriad of merchandise and soulvenirs. The shops and cafes...

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  • St. Mary's Church (Kosciol Mariacki)

    Upon entering the BASILICA OF THE HOLY VIRGIN MARY from the Market Square, you come across the Vestibule (1750-53) in the shape of the Tomb of Jesus. Entering from Mariacki Square (enter here to purchase tickets) you will notice the Penitents' Hoop which was placed on the heads of sinners. Of course, a few of us had pictures taken with the hoop...

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  • Wawel Castle

    The originally Gothic WAWEL CASTLE or ZAMEK WAWELSKI, was built by Casimir II the Great and consisted of a number of structures situated around the central courtyard. The Gothic structures were severely damaged in a fire in 1499. It was rebuilt in the 15th century in a Renaissance style as it is this present day. Situated on a limestone hill...

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