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A January 2008 trip to Krakow by Slug

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral Photo, Krakow, Poland More Photos
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Krakow Places

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Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral Photo, Krakow, Poland
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I last visited Krakow over a decade ago and the city immediately captivated me with that sense of an almost forgotten and slumbering grand past. Those huge merchant houses dating from the fifteenth century when Krakow was the capital of Poland, stood slowly crumbling and peeling, while the cobbled streets were underused and dark. I enjoyed Krakow because it wasn’t pretending to be anything, and because it most certainly wasn’t pandering to the tourist perception of tidy, cute and preserved in aspic.For my recent visit, I was anxious for Krakow; would the massive influx of tourism and cash over the last 10 years have changed the atmosphere of the place? Would Krakow now be a mass of burger ba...Read More

Hotel Wyspianski

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Hotel Wyspianski Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Krakow’s Wyspianski Hotel is just around ten minutes walk from the main train station, so assuming you aren’t too heavily laden with luggage, it means you don’t need to pay for a taxi from the airport. Unfortunately, the Wyspianski Hotel isn’t in one of those beautiful Krakow buildings; instead, it is a bit of a concrete monstrosity, built in the early 1960s. There are around 160 rooms on six floors in the hotel and a roomy lobby, with about a dozen sets of tables and chairs. The hotel bar is nothing to write home (or to igougo) about. It just lurks in the corner of the lobby but makes a convenient place to meet. Check in was effective, but not super friendly. We were offered an up...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 14, 2008

Hotel Wyspianski
ul. Westerplatte 15
Krakow 31-033
+48 (12) 422 95 00

Galicia Jewish Museum

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Galicia Jewish Museum Photo, Krakow, Poland
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For all its charms, Krakow is still under the dark shadow created by the inhuman and atrocious crimes of the Nazis. Auschwitz is around 30 miles away, and Krakow lost over 90% of its pre-war Jewish population of 65,000 during the war. To me, it seems almost disrespectful not to spend at least a little time thinking about the dead, and pulling out the lessons of history. This time around, we visited the Galicia Jewish Museum, with its contemporary look at the Jewish past in Poland.Entrance to the Galicia Jewish Museum is 12 Zloty (around £3 or $6). My first thought was that it was inappropriate to have to pay for entrance to a Jewish memorial, but the Galicia Jewish Museum is a tin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2008

Galicia Jewish Museum
Ul Dajwor, Kazimierz, Krakow
Krakow

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral

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Attraction | "Na Wawelu"

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral Photo, Krakow, Poland
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I love looking at old tapestries, so one of our Krakow "must see’s" was the Castle (the former Royal Palace) at Wawel Hill. The Royal Apartments (14 ZL, £3, $6), and the Staterooms (19Zl, £5, $10) are priced separately. If you are keen to explore all of the Wawel area, you can also visit the Oriental pottery display, the cathedral, the Armoury and the Dragon’s Cave. You need to buy separate tickets for each attraction. Our tour focussed on Wawel Castle, which was built in Italian form almost 500 years ago. Unfortunately, the Castle suffered very badly at the hands of the warring Swedes and Austrians. The latter ransacked the palace and turned it into an army barrack stronghold. In ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2008

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

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum

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Attraction | "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp"

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Memorial and Museum Photo, Krakow, Poland
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One of the more important Krakow decisions for any visitor is around Auschwitz. Should you visit? On the two occasions we have visited Krakow, we have been two minded about visiting Auschwitz. On the one hand, we wouldn’t want to turn the death camp into some "must see" tourist venue, on the other, is ignoring the place even worse? In the end, we decided we had a sad duty to pay our respects to the deceased and give the place a little bit of purpose. Perhaps we would learn a little from Auschwitz.In practical terms, Auschwitz is just a little awkward to visit from Krakow. Either you can go on a tour, which to me turns the visit into something of a distasteful tourist circus, or you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2008

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