Krakow Journals

An Historic Gem-Krakow Poland

An August 1998 trip to Krakow by unorthodox traveler

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Quote: Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland and its medieval architecture is basically intact-I immediately sensed being back hundreds of years without the intrusion of the modern world. Krakow was my favorite city during my travels in 1998.

An Historic Gem-Krakow Poland

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My approach to traveling is to find a local person to show me around their city. Over the years I've been pretty lucky and Krakow was no exception.I met a women who lived in this city and volunteered, without any pressure whatsoever, to show me around. For the next two days I had my own personal guide who, of course, spoke Polish and knew her city. What an advantage. The joy of visiting Krakow is that just about everything you want to see is close by, within walking distance. We spent our first day hanging around Rynek Glowny, Krakow's beautiful market square. The 16th century Cloth Hall dominates the center of the square and there is an extensive craft market on the ground floor. Included...Read More
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A cheap place to find a bed in a city where rooms can set you back but you pay another price for staying here. This place was crowded and very noisy. There was a group of teenagers who roamed the halls yelling all night long.

Breakfast is included in the price and I paid only $10 per night. There is also a luggage storage area.

This place is also located near the train station which was convenient.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Dom Turysty PTTK
Ul Westerplatte 15/16
Krakow, Poland
22-95-66

Chimera

Restaurant | "Salad Bar Chimera"

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My new Polish friend and tour guide took me to this place during our first hour in Krakow-a wonderful introduction to good food in this city. This restaurant is located in a cellar with an outside garden. We chose to eat in the garden since it was a beautiful sunny day.

There was a long table of fresh vegetarian salads at a very reasoable price. We paid by weight-I was very hungry and with beers the bill came to less than $10.

There was also a band playing Polish music. The small tables, with candles, created a warm atmosphere for conversations.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Chimera
Ulica Św. Anny 3
Krakow, Poland 31-008
+48 12 423 2178

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral

Attraction | "Wawel Castle and Cathedral"

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Just south of the Old Town is Wawel, a hill with a castle and cathedral. Wawel Cathedral, built in 1364, was for four centuries the coronation and burial place of Polish royalty. 100 kings and queens are interred in the various crypts. There are many beautiful alterpieces inside this cathedral. The Sigismund Chapel (1539) is considered to be the finest Renaissance construction in Poland. We also climbed up to the bell tower, housing Poland's largest bell. (11 tons) The 16th century WAWEL CASTLE is another must see. This castle is famous for its 16th century FLEMISH tapestry collection. we were also impressed with the 17th century Piast coronation sword, called the S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

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

Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)

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Attraction | "KAZIMIERZ"

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This area became the JEWISH QUARTER, home to Jews fleeing persecution from all corners of Europe. At the outbreak of World WarII this area was populated by about 70,000 Jews. During the war the Germans relocated the Jews to a walled ghetto and then exterminated them in the nearby Plaszow death camp. Steven Spielberg's film, SCHINDLER'S LIST, tells the story of the Jews living in the area. The current Jewish population is now around 100. I appreciated seeing a 15th century synagogue which somehow, miraculously survived the war. This is the oldest Jewish building in Poland. Today this building houses the JEWISH MUSEUM. Behind the synagogue is the REMU'H CEMETARY, which has ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)
Dajwór 18
Krakow, Poland

Bochnia Salt Mine

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Attraction | "Salt Mine"

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Visiting this salt mine was a highlight of my visit. This mine is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. We visited three upper levels of this unique mine where you go down a small shaft lift to world of chambers, all hewn out by hand from solid salt. We entered a Chapel of the Blessed Kinga, which is actually a good sized church. Every single thing, from chandeliers to alterpieces, is of salt. The Last Supper, with Jesus and his disciples, are carved from salt. It took over 30 years (1895-1927) to complete this underground temple. It is difficult to imagine that everything is made out of salt. All visits are guided tours and take around three hours. There are bathr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Bochnia Salt Mine
Bochnia
Krakow, Poland