A travel journal
to Krakow by Scubabartek
Quote: Krakow, the historical and cultural capital of Poland has only recently been appreciated for all it has to offer. Here is my two cents worth of why I think it's one of the greatest cities!
1) Market Square, Mariacki Church & Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) - Krakow's heart, also happens to be the largest medieval city square in the world. History, souvenirs, cafes, restaurants and pigeons: all your heart desires witin a walking distance.
2) Wieliczka Salt Mine - officially on the UNESCO's World Heritage list. An underground salt mine that's been operational for almost 1000 years. All the rooms and halls inside have been sculpted out of pure salt! Phenomenal acoustics!!
3) Oswiecim-Brzezinka (Aushwitz-Birkenau) Concentration Camp - not for the faint of heart, but an important place to go if you want to experience some history.
4) Wawel Hill & Castle - the home of Polish Kings and Queens. So much to see, so little time. There is the Royal Chambers and the Armory, and the Treasury, and the Dragon's Den, and the Virtual Wawel Tour... See it all!
Go to Wierzynek Restaurant on the Market Square. You will dine in the oldest and one of the finest quality restaurants in Poland, yet end up paying what you would at a cheap restaurant in the US or Europe.
Mariacki Church Tower - when you go visit the Mariacki Church talk to security / curator, and ask him if you could go up the tower and see the famous firefighter play the 'Hejnal' on his trumpet. If you play your cards right, for a little 'incentive' he'll let you climb the tower.
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Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000
Hotel Polski Pod Bialym Orlem
17, Pijarska Street
Note on prices: while this restaurant would be completely out of the range for an average-earning Pole, it proved to be amazingly affordable for a couple foreign tourists like ourselves. For your information: our total bill came up to 187 zlotych (at the time's exchange rate that came up to $46). At $23 per person we each had: a soup, main dish, dessert, soda, cappucino and a beer. Being a lover of fine-dining I call it a bargain!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000
Rynek Glowny 15
Krakow, Poland 31-008
+48 (12) 424-9600
Attraction | "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2000
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum
Ul. Wiezniów Oswiecimia 20
48 33 844 8100
Attraction | "Wawel"
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Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral
Kraków, Poland 31-001
(+48 12) 422 51 55
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Wieliczka Salt Mine
10 Danilowicza Street
Attraction | "Sukiennice (Cloth Halls)"
Main Market Square 3
Krakow, Poland 31-042
+48 12 422 1166