Krakow Journals

Krakow - the New Prague, only better

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A travel journal to Krakow by Scubabartek

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral Photo, Krakow, Poland More Photos
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!

Krakow - the New Prague, only better

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Overview

Krakow_collage.jpg Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Some of the obvious places to see: 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. ...Read More

Hotel Polski Pod Bialym Orlem

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Hotel

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The hotel was undergoing a renovation while we were staying there (they were putting in elevators). Rooms were quite simple and small, but nice. Service was very pleasant and spoke several languages (English, German and French at least). The highlight of the hotel was the breakfast: great Polish buffet with sausage, various kinds of cold cuts and cheese, and all the American style items (like eggs, bacon, cereal). And of course there is the LOCATION. The hotel is right across from Florianska Gate (the entry gate to the Market Square), which made all of our exploring very convenient. Check out their homepage at: http://www.polhotels.com/Crac...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Hotel Polski Pod Bialym Orlem
17, Pijarska Street
Krakow, Poland
(12) 422-1144

Restauracja Wierzynek

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Restaurant

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My girlfriend and I went to Wierzynek on our last night in Krakow as a way to say goodbye to the city. It was a wonderful experience. The food was very well prepared. We had rather exotic dishes: wild-boar roast for my girlfriend and a veal steak with wine sauce for myself with soup and salad. It was delicious! For dessert I would highly suggest their ice-cream with fruit and liquor medley. Decor was simple, but very fitting; service well-attired and polite. 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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Restauracja Wierzynek
Rynek Glowny 15
Krakow, Poland 31-008
+48 (12) 424-9600

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum

Attraction | "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp"

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum Photo, Krakow, Poland
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It's an important reminder of Nazi atrocities during World War II. There are two sites to see: Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz 2 (Birkenau). A1 contains the museum, the wall of death, torture chambers and a reconstructed gas chambers and incinerators. A2 contains the living quarters (barracks) of the prisoners. Entrance to both museums is free, and multi-language guides are available. When I went there, I booked a bus tour with Orbis travel agency at Krakow's Market Square.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

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

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral

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Attraction | "Wawel"

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral Photo, Krakow, Poland
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A tour to Wawel Hill and Wawel Castle can take an entire day if you're interested in history. First there is the Wawel Cathedral underneath which most of the Polish royalty has been buried. In the actual castle you can see the Armory, Treasury, Royal Chambers, as well as art galleries etc. There is Museum of John Paul II which is worth seeing. Virtual Wawel video is a must see. And if you have little ones, stroll down to Dragon's Den, to see a statue of a fire-breathing dragon!

Check out their web-site at:

http://www.cyf-kr.edu.pl/wawel/einfomuz.htm

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

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

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Attraction

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Wieliczka Salt Mine is a site to see! I think it is close to 1000 years old and still in operation. The entire mine is made out of salt (obviously) and on a guided tour you can see many sculpted chambers as well as statues, chandeliers and chapels all sculpted out of salt. In this place pope John Paul II held a mass at one time.

Check out this web-site for transportation options and tourist information: http://www.wieliczka.com.pl/english/index.html

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Wieliczka Salt Mine
10 Danilowicza Street
Krakow, Poland

Cloth Hall/Sukiennice

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Attraction | "Sukiennice (Cloth Halls)"

Cloth Hall/Sukiennice Photo, Krakow, Poland
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One of the greatest souvenir stand locations in the world! The old trading hall has been completely restored and repainted and now houses dozens if not close to a hundred souvenir stands, cafes, galleries etc. You can get anything here, but you won't spend a bundle because everything is so cheap. From amber jewelry to hand-sculpted chess pieces. From watercolor artwork from local artists to hand made swords. When you're done shopping inside, swing to the outside of Sukiennice and step into a gallery or a cafe for a nice cup of coffee.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

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