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Krakow, Poland

A May 2006 trip to Krakow by Mandan Lynn

Wawel Castle Photo, Krakow, Poland More Photos
Quote: The second (and favorite!) half of my trip was spent in Krakow.

Krakow, Poland

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Overview

Wawel Castle Photo, Krakow, Poland
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I left Warsaw hungry for atmosphere. Warsaw is a lovely city, but much of the physical history was lost during the war and the uprising. Since so much of what surrounds you in Warsaw is 60 years old, at best, it's hard to find that sensation you get when visiting a place like Versailles—a place that is still like it was at its beginning.I found all the atmosphere I wanted in Krakow. And that's why we travel, I guess, isn't it? To come across those places that connect us at the soul with countless people gone before us. Krakow did that for me. I love that city.Wander around Old Town. I could have done this for days. It's fantastic.Quick Tips: Auschwitz and the Wieliczka salt mines are both sh...Read More

Green Way

Restaurant

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I eat meat, but I still enjoy a good vegetarian dish. This restaurant is excellent. There is limited seating and it feels a bit crowded at times, but no wonder—the food is delicious.Go in, order your food (from an English-language menu, if necessary), claim a seat, and wait until your order is called. Don't forget to return your tray to the counter on the left before you leave.You can find lots of good things to eat here for less than 10 zloty, from soups, enchiladas, pitas, and cabbage steaks to fresh orange juice. I highly recommend the pakora and samosa. The main dishes come with coleslaw-like salads; if you don't like them, just ask that they be left off—it'll even knock a little off the price. If...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2006

Green Way
ul. Mikolajska 14
Krakow, Poland
+48 0 12 431 10 27

Babcia Malina

Restaurant

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Another happy, homey little restaurant serving traditional Polish dishes. You can find all the usual—soups, salads, pork cutlet, nalesniki, and, of course, pierogi. What makes Babcia Malina special is that you have the option of ordering roasted pierogi—crispy and flaky instead of mushy. It costs a little more, but it's well worth it.

Prices stay under 15 zloty. Vegetarian options are available. The menu is in English. Again, return your plate to the counter before you leave.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2006

Babcia Malina
ul. Slawkowska 17
Krakow, Poland
+48 (12) 422 76 01

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial8:00am - 7:00pm daily (June, July, August -- closes earlier in the off-seasons, times vary by month)Admission free; tours 26 zloty I highly recommend a guide. Tours are available in several languages; English tours are common and are scheduled daily. All the captions are in English as well as other languages, but having someone to tell you the stories is unbeatable. Furthermore, if you're visiting Auschwitz alone, you'll be glad to have the company of the group. Trust me. The tour takes about 3 ½ hours; you are then free to go spend more time wherever you would like.If you join a tour, the shuttle bus to Birkenau is included. If y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2006

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

Czartoryski Museum

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Czartoryska Museum10am to 3:30pm or 6pm, depending on the dayClosed MondaysAdmission: 9 zloty, 6 for studentsFree on ThursdaysI went to this museum on a Thursday, and several of the rooms were roped off. I don't know if it is like that just on Thursdays, or if there's another reason.There are a few old swords, armour, and saddles which are fairly interesting, but the paintings are the best. You can see some Rembrandt and Da Vinci's Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine—the museum's most famous work.The English captions are pretty sparse, which was disappointing.While I was there, there were two artists painting reproductions of two of the works. It was a lot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2006

Czartoryski Museum
Ulica sw. Jana, 19
Krakow, Poland 31-017
+48 12 422 5566

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Attraction

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Wieliczka Salt Mine7:30am to 7:30pm (April 1 to October 31)8am to 5om (November 2 to March 31)English tour: 60 zloty, 50 zloty for students (slightly more expensive in July and August).10 zloty for permission to take pictures or video.The tour takes about 2½ hours.There are salt mines all over the world. What makes this one special is not only that it's among the oldest, but it is also filled with magnificent salt sculptures created by the miners. It has been a tourist attraction for centuries, and has hosted such visitors as Copernicus, Pope John Paul II, and Goethe.The most beautiful chamber in the mine, the Chapel of the Blessed Kinga, can be reserved for...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2006

Wieliczka Salt Mine
10 Danilowicza Street
Krakow, Poland

A Night at the Theatre

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I hadn't intended on seeing any plays while in Poland because I couldn't find any English language shows currently running. However, I stayed with a Pole who is studying theatre, and he was heading to a show on Thursday night, so I decided to join him.It was the first time I'd ever seen a play in a foreign language. I wasn't sure what to expect. I only know a handful of Polish words, some of which weren't likely to show up on stage. I knew I wouldn't be able to follow the story.The play was Jean Genet's The Maids, a play I, as a theatre student myself, probably should have read by now, but haven't. I am familiar with other works by Genet, so I knew I was in for a good story, whethe...Read More