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Weekend break in Krakow

A May 2007 trip to Krakow by fionademp

Castle tower Photo, Krakow, Poland More Photos
Quote: A weekend of eating and drinking in Krakow including a trip to Auschwitz.

Weekend break in Krakow

Overview

Castle tower Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Krakow really shocked me. I was expecting an industrialised, grey city with bad food. What I found was a wonderful vibrant square with a wide variety of wonderful food, good places to drink, and excellent clubs along with some brilliant slices of history. I visited in May and experienced wonderful weather which really helped the fell of the square which was buzzing, surrounded by restaurants and cafe's and beautiful architecture. There are lots of places to visit close to the main square such as the Jewish quarter or a trip to Auschwitz. There is also a wonderful river near-by or you can just sit at one of the cafe's and watch the world go by. Quick Tips: Try to choose a time of year when the...Read More
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We hired apartments in Krakow using www.warsawshotel.com/krakow-hotels.htm  we went for two, two bedded apartments between 10 people. The apartments I stayed in was Szczepanski 5. It’s in a really good location, just off the main square but still in a quiet spot. It overlooks an enclosed courtyard and is incredibly secure. The main gate to the courtyard is operated by a key code and the apartments have three locks, bit of a nightmare when drunk. The apartment contained one double room, a room with two twin beds, and a sofa bed. There is a fully equipped kitchen including a fridge. The bathroom has a good shower and includes towels and a ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2007

La Fontaine

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Restaurant

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La Fontaine is a French restaurant just off the main square in Krakow. It is quite upmarket, serving what I would call à la carte food. There is a seating area outside which is beautifully lit up and very romantic and downstairs there are winding cellar rooms with little cubbyholes. We sat downstairs and received impeccable service. The menu is largely meat with some fish. Probably not the best place if you are vegetarian. There is a set menu for 64zl, which includes a starter, main course, and dessert. We received an appetizer from the chef before our starter, a good start I thought. I went for the tapas selection to start, a little scary as it’s a selection from the day, meaning you don’...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2007

La Fontaine
Ulica Sławkowska, 1
Krakow, Poland 31-014
+48 12 431 0930

North Fish Restaurant

Restaurant | "North Fish "

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North face serves fish and fish alone. It’s a good place to stop for a quick bite to eat. We went for a late lunch and took advantage of their meal deals that include a fish sandwich in ciabatta, with a drink and fries. All for a very reasonable 10-15zl depending on which deal you have. There is some seating inside but we choose to sit outside on the square. Service is generally pretty quick although the service could do with some improvement. Not the best food in Poland but if you’re in a hurry it serves a purpose. Only serves fish though not seafood don't be misguided about this.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 31, 2007

North Fish Restaurant
25 Rynek Glowny
Krakow, Poland
+48 (12) 431-1987

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum

Attraction | "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp"

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A trip to Auschwitz is a depressing sight on holiday but an essential visit. We organized our trip over the internet £30 each before leaving. The trip included a private minibus, which picked the seven of us up from our hotel and dropped us home. There are loads of companies, all at different prices, and you can book whilst in Poland or before you go. It takes around an hour from Krakow to reach Auschwitz with tours starting at Auschwitz I. On arrival, your tour operator should sort out entry and place you in a tour group. Our tour started with a video using footage made by the Red Army during the liberation. The film is very graphic and lasts around 15 minutes. It is not advised to take children unde...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2007

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

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Kazimierz is home to the Jewish quarter of Krakow. Once a vibrant area housing over 60,000 Jews the Jewish population has dwindled to around 100 due to the effects of the war. If you are looking for Jewish history, be sure to visit the eastern side, as the western side is predominantly catholic. There are three remaining synagogues within the quarter. Two are now museums and one remains a practizing synagogue. The Remu'h Cemetery is attached to Krakow’s only active orthodox synagogue. You can visit both the synagogue and the cemetery during the day from 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday. The entrance to the cemetery contains plaques, many of which will bring tears to the eyes. The plaques I was able to read i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2007

Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)
Dajwór 18
Krakow, Poland

Carpe Diem Pub

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Carpe Diem was recommended to us in a local restaurant and I’m so glad it was. What a fabulous club. It has a variety of rooms, the main bar room, the dance floor and a couple of seating areas. We spent most the night either seated in the small gangway room, with a motorbike and sidecar in it, or on the dance floor. Good selection of rock music with some dance thrown in for good measure. Dance floor can be pretty cramped and very hot but it has a great atmosphere and people are friendly. Drinks are the usual Polish cheapness; to be honest I can’t remember how much but know it was cheap. Watch out at the door, we got asked for ID, despite being 30, we didn’t have any and paid 50zl for two p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2007

Carpe Diem Pub
ulica Florianska 33
Krakow, Poland 31-019
+48 12 421 1451

Music Bar 9

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We first headed to Music Bar 9 during the day and were the only people. Loving the music and relaxed atmosphere and outside seating we went there after dark to find a completely buzzing bar. The music here is great if you like classic rock. They do play a mix but they played potentially the best half hour of music here that you’re likely to hear anywhere…well in my opinion. It gets really busy at night so don’t be surprised by having to wait ages on a drink as they normally only have one or two bar staff on. We used this place as a pre dinner drinks venue so I'm not sure what it gets like later in the night, but it certainly took our fancy. I won’t go into drink prices, as they are pretty ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2007

Music Bar 9
ul. Szewska 9
Krakow, Poland
+48 (12) 4222546

Frantic

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I went to Frantic after a long night out so I don’t remember too much of it to be fair. I can’t tell you what the music was like, or about the dance floor as I didn’t dance but it was the friendliest place we went to. Loads of people got chatting to us from all round the world. At one point I was chatting to an English bloke, next minute a German bloke then an American. They do these great things for getting beer in a group. It is a bit long plank of wood with beer glass holes so one person can get lots of beers and carry them in one go. Impressed by the little things me. You might have trouble getting in here as a big group of blokes as the guys in front of us got turned away. Think it wa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2007

Frantic
Ul. Szewska 5
Krakow
+48 (12) 4230483