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A day visit to Krakow

A July 2001 trip to Krakow by JulieHolm

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum Photo, Krakow, Poland More Photos
Quote: We took a day trip to Krakow, primarily in order to visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz. We travelled overnight by train from Berlin the night before and the night after, so we did not have any accommodations.

A day visit to Krakow

Overview

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Krakow in southeastern Poland is a fascinating and beautiful city. Some of the highlights include the Old Town, especially the central square -- the largest in Europe, with its craft hall and beautiful church; the Wawel castle with its museums; and Kazimierz, the Jewish district made famous in the film "Schindler's List" (the Schindler factory still stands in Krakow, though it is not tourable). Quick Tips: Get to the Wawel early, as it closes early. Don't neglect the dragon below. Eat at the Surrestauran Suzfleda, which is fascinating (and has good food). Cloth Hall is a great place to get unique and beautiful gifts and souvenirs, including unique wooden plates. Auschwitz, an easy day trip ou...Read More
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After shopping at Cloth Hall, we headed to Surrestaurant Szufleda, which was really cool. We entered past a row of lit zebra heads, and descended into a cave with letters floating on the ceiling over the lamps.

At one table was a woman sitting on a soft piano which becomes an animal. She was naked and holding a book over her breasts. There was a statue spewing forth an arc of books, and a corner of drawers, all the way to the ceiling. The chairs were black man-shapes (like in a Magritte painting) with silver bow ties and tails reaching down. And the food was really good.

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Surrestaurant Szufleda
Wislna 5
Krakow, Poland

Cloth Hall/Sukiennice

Attraction | "Craft Hall and center of Old Town"

Cloth Hall/Sukiennice Photo, Krakow, Poland
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We moved on to old town Krakow, which is surrounded by a beautiful city park. We walked to the central square where the Cloth Hall sits in the center. This is a huge building full of handicraft merchants. We did a lot of buying here, including a couple of daggars, wooden plates, and some wooden painted barrettes. Old Town Crakow also has a church in the town square, which has two totally different spires. One of them looks like a cluster of little houses.

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

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum

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Attraction | "Auschwitz"

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum Photo, Krakow, Poland
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We arrived in Krakow just after 6:30am. I hit an ATM and we ate some yummy bagel-style rolls while we tried to find information for the train for Osweicim (the Polish name for the town near Auschwitz.) The train to Osweicim was about 1 1/2 hours. As it was 45 minutes to the next bus, we took a taxi to the memorial. When we arrived at the memorial, there was already an English tour forming. We saw the film and then followed a wonderful young woman, who spoke wonderful English through the exhibits, and then the remaining gas chamber. Then we took the bus to Birkeneau, or Auschwitz II, which is the Auschwitz that most Americans know about. There are no words to describe Auschwitz, or the ch...Read More

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

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral

Attraction | "Wawel Hill"

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral Photo, Krakow, Poland
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We had planned to return on the 2:00pm train from Osweicim to Krakow, but a taxi driver offered to drive us in a mini-van in half the time for only $10 each. Too good to be true. The fare ended up being much more than that, but it did get us back quickly.

We had hoped to see the Wawel Castle, but arrived too late to get inside anywhere but the dragon's den. So, after walking around the courtyard, we descended a huge, claustrophobic spiral staircase down to a huge empty cave, which we walked through, and out to the dragon, a huge sculpture that breathed real fire!

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Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral
Wawel 5
Kraków, Poland 31-001
(+48 12) 422 51 55