A July 2006 trip
to Krakow by Liam Hetherington
Quote: Krakow—an ideal destination for a weekend city break.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2006
Ulica Sw. Agnieszki, 1
Krakow, Poland 31-071
+48 (12) 421 8520
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 19, 2006
Rynek Glowny 6
Krakow, Poland 31-042
+48 (12) 4238300
Restaurant | "Sioux"
Rynek Glowny 22
Krakow, Poland 31-008
+48 (12) 421-34-62
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2006
Kazimierz Dolny, Poland
(+4812) 4310 129
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2006
Ul. Wielopole 15/1
+48 (12) 4230521
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2006
Dunajec Gorge Rafting
ul. Florianska 53
+48 (12) 4218465
Attraction | "Club Roentgen"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 19, 2006
Plac Szczepański 3
12 431 11 77
Attraction | "Stag Parties"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 20, 2006
Krawkow Stag Parties
This is a local club for local people, despite its location. The beer is cheap. People seem to have their usual seats in the alcoves and niches off the main bar. The club room is entirely undecorated, save for some camouflage netting over the DJ booth. Black-clad youths pogo and sway. The usual chat-up tactic seems to be for a girl to violently swing her head and whack you with her ponytail. I'm still finding hairs in my mouth 5 days later. If you are into your rock and want to meet like-minded locals, I'd imagine that this is the place for you. I wasn't that impressed myself (I like my music and poppier). Mind you, we got in for free and the beer was cheap, perfectly fine for just one before you head elsewhere!
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 20, 2006
Carpe Diem Pub
ulica Florianska 33
Krakow, Poland 31-019
+48 12 421 1451
In two words, 'Christmas markets'. These are a big deal throughout Central Europe (even Manchester, my hometown, has imported a 'European Christmas Market' to fill our squares!). Krakow has the real deal. The eastern side of the Rynek fills up with festive merchants. Food stalls sell potent mulled wine, schnitzel in a bun, chocolates, and candies. Local craftsmen sell decorations and gifts: baubles for your tree, intricately carved nativity scenes and cribs, scented candles. They even have the fir trees for you. The air is redolent with the scent of cinnamon, frying meat, perfumes, hot wine, sawdust, and pine. With your hands wrapped around a mug of something warm, you don't notice the cold.
When I visited in 2004, they also had a stage set up, upon which schoolkids performed their traditional songs and dances in brightly coloured costumes, to the obvious and vocal enjoyment of a mixed crowd of Poles and tourists.So. It's December. You've got no idea what to buy for Grandma or Dad. Take a trip to Krakow. Get them something handmade and traditional from a forest of little wooden chalets as the snow drifts down. Perfectly magical. Try being a grinch now!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2006
Rynek Glowny Central Square
Attraction | "Rynek Glowny (Market Square)"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2006
Market Square (Rynek Glowny)
At The Center Of The Old Town
Attraction | "Wawel"
Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral
Kraków, Poland 31-001
(+48 12) 422 51 55
Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)
Attraction | "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2006
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum
Ul. Wiezniów Oswiecimia 20
48 33 844 8100
Manchester, United Kingdom