Krakow Journals

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An October 2003 trip to Krakow by Red38Man

Quote: Krakow—a MUST destination for the serious traveler.

Kracow, Krakow, Cracow, Krakova, etc.

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

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We traveled via train from Vienna to Krakow, which was a wonderful way to see the countryside, although a bit on the slow side. The train passes through Katowice (Auschwitz) on the way into Krakow. The city of Krakow is home to Pope JP II, and is a great way for a traveler to be introduced to Polish culture (in fact, the Poles bill Krakow as the Polish cultural hub). One can opt to fly into the international airport, but transportation issues abound in Poland, and the airport is a ways out of town, as opposed to the train station located at the edge of the old town.Quick Tips: Be prepared to speak some Polish phrases! While most Poles appear to be anxious to learn English, a bit of local ...Read More

Polonia

Hotel | "Polonia Hotel"

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Located across a busy square from the train station, this hotel has been recently refurbished. Five minutes walk from old town square; a local market a few blocks away (everthing from food to underwear). Our room (285 pln/nite, or about $75US,for a double w/full bath) was on the top floor facing the train station. We had a great view (could see the Europejski—smaller tourist hotel across the square), clean accomodations, etc. English is somewhat spoken at reception, but everything is very friendly. Breakfast was an extra 17 Zlotys per person per day but well worth it. Nice selection of Polish continental-style food at a buffet table. We made our reservations via e-mail and found th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 7, 2003

Polonia
UL BASZTOWA 25
Krakow, Poland 31156
48-124221233

Cloth Hall/Sukiennice

Attraction | "Craft Hall"

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In the center of the main market square is the Craft-hall. A beautiful building itself, the interior is lined with stalls of vendors hawking everything from amber to t-shirts. This is a great place to shop for amber (native to northern Poland), and it comes in all shapes/sizes. Pricing is VERY CHEAP, considering how expensive amber is in the US. The same can be said for garnets. If you are purchasing, be aware that most vendors will give a 5-15% discount if you pay in cash (although they will not come forward with this information, unless you ask). Most will accept credit cards and Euros; US Dollars are popular and, amazingly enough, the vendors will do ALL conversion calculations freely and quick...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2003

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