Krakow Journals

Krakow, poland's best kept secret

An August 2000 trip to Krakow by RJMorris

Quote: The beauty of Krakow is hard to sum up.... so read the journal!

Krakow, poland's best kept secret

Overview

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The market inside the sukiennice (Cloth hall). Simply walking around the beautiful town centre. The castle, including it's mythology about the dragon. Nearby are Birkenau and Auschwitz. Finally, an unexpected highlight was the Salt Mines about 30 mins from the city centre.Quick Tips: If approached by representatives for a hostel at the train station, avoid them unless they specify that it is in the city centre. Also, if inter-railing take care on the train into Poland as the border checks are stringent. My best tip is to read about the city before visiting, read the myths and legends and history, as it is fascinating.Best Way To Get Around: Walking is the easiest thing, as the city c...Read More
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My experience at Auschwitz was very emotional, and affected me much more than i thought it would. Seeing the sign ('Arbeit Macht Frei'), and seeing photos of people who had been held prisoner in the camp made the experience deeply personal. There are various exhibits to see held in the houses used before as accomodation. In truth Auschwitz is a very difficult place to visit, and an even more difficult place to write about. It is hard to capture the level of emotion which is induced simply by seeing the buildings and by realising that the camp is actually very pretty. Nonetheless I have not regretted visiting Auschwitz, and would urge everyone to do the same, regardless of their pesonal connection with...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 18, 2002

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum
Ul. Wiezniów Oswiecimia 20
Krakow, Poland
48 33 844 8100

Cloth Hall/Sukiennice

Attraction | "The Sukiennice"

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The Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) is worth visiting to appreciate the beautiful building, but a walk around and through the building reveals a wealth of small shops and craft stalls, many of which sell unique handmade crafts, such as carved wooden toys or silver or gold jewellery. It is possible to pick up a bargain, and some beautiful gifts, because, as with many Eastern European countries, prices are relatively low. As much of the merchandise on offer is unique to poland, and some unique to Krakow, it is the perfect place to pick up mementoes to remind you of your trip.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 18, 2002

Cloth Hall/Sukiennice
Main Market Square 3
Krakow, Poland 31-042
+48 12 422 1166

Bochnia Salt Mine

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Attraction | "Salt Mines (I can't remember the name)"

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I cannot stress strongly enough just how much i enjoyed visiting the salt mines. Although it took a little effort to get there, it was well worth it! We had to take the bus from Krakow, which proved to be easier than we thought it would be, although it was still quite difficult! The main bus-station is well-laid out, but we had some trouble understanding which stop we should be standing at. My tip here is to just ask as many people a possible. When we arrived at the Mines there was quite a long queue to get in, so take some water with you, althoughyou can purchase icecreams from a little cafe nearby! Although the entry-price is not particularly cheap, it won't break the bank, especially as most other ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2002

Bochnia Salt Mine
Bochnia
Krakow, Poland