Krakow Journals

Krakow in November

A November 2008 trip to Krakow by caromeow

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral Photo, Krakow, Poland More Photos
Quote: We visited Krakow in November, definitely not the tourist high season, which I was glad for. We spent three days exploring the lovely city and the nearby salt mines.

Pod Wawelem

Restaurant | "Good But Touristy Place to Eat"

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The restaurant is just across from the Wawel Hill. It's in the back of a hotel, so it was kinda tricky for us to find the entrance at first. You can go through the hotel or through an entrance on the left side.We only went to this restaurant because a man in a beer costume in the main square gave us coupons for beer - buy one get one free. When we got to the restaurant it seemed like a well-oiled tourist-trap machine. So we were a little nervous. We were first directed to the coat check, which costs 1 zl. per coat. Then we were seated. Our waiter spoke very quickly, some memorized English introduction I guess. We ordered our beers and then mulled over what to do next. Living in...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 29, 2008

Pod Wawelem
Ulica Sw. Gertrudy 26-29
Krakow
+48 (12) 421-2336

Bar Vega

Restaurant | "Cheap Vegetarian Canteen!"

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I read about Bar Vega in my Let's Go guide, and it was just around the corner from our apartment, so we gave it a try. The food is already prepared, which I didn't know from the descriptions I had ready about it, but it was pretty good and cheap. I tried some bulgar dish and my boyfriend had some vegetarian goulash. Nothing to write home about, but if you're vegetarian and on a budget, it's a good place to go. Dishes were mostly between 7 and 9 zloty.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 29, 2008

Bar Vega
Ulica Gertrudy 7
Krakow
+48 (12) 4223494

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "A Fun Day Trip"

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Open: 1. April to 31.10 7:30am to 7:30pm2. November to 31. March 8:00am to 5:00pmIn order to see the mines, you must take a tour. English tours are 61 to 64 zl depending on which month you go, or 46 to 49 for a reduced price ticket (children 4 to 15, students with student ID card). Children under 4 years old are free!**If you want to take pictures, you need to pay 10 zl and they will give you a badge to put on your shirt. The tour guide will probably notice if you don't have the badge so I wouldn't recommend trying to get away with picture-taking without it.web site: www.kopalnia.plCheck the web site for tour times in various languages. Tours...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 29, 2008

Wieliczka Salt Mine
10 Danilowicza Street
Krakow, Poland

Polskie Smaki

Restaurant | "A Quick and Affordable Taste of Poland"

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web site in English: http://www.polskie-smaki.pl/en/Contact.html(I swear, when we were there the sign said they were open just til 9pm, but according to the web site it's open til 11!)After our not-so-wonderful experience at the much-recommended Pierogarnia, we came upon this "little" restaurant. Like the Pierogarnia, Polskie Smaki offers self-service Polish food at good prices (about 7 to 9 zlotych for an order of pierogi, which is generally 8 or 9 pieces). Most other dishes on the menu seemed to be around 10 zl. Drinks between 2 and 5 zloty, and soup about 3 or 4 zloty. The service seemed much friendlier than at Pierogarnia. There is a more easily viewable menu (in Poilsh and in En...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2008

Polskie Smaki
ulica Sw. Tomasza 5
Krakow
+48 (12) 429 38 69

Pierogarnia

Restaurant | "Maybe Not the "Best" Pierogis in Town..."

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Both of our guides listed Pierogarnia as the place to go to try pierogis, but we left unimpressed. On the plus side, this tiny "restaurant" (more like Polish fast food?) is now open 24 hours. However, I wouldn't call it a restaurant. It's self-service and there are only four or five tables to sit at. It's tiny and if it gets busy you can feel a bit rushed. Also, your food is served on styrofoam plates with plastic utensils. The only choices of drink are about five flavors of Cappy juice or a drink called Kwas, which looks like beer but is not! I gave Kwas a try but it was possibly the worst thing I've ever put in my mouth. The pierogi were not bad, but I think we had better ones elsewhere,...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 19, 2008

Pierogarnia
ulica Slawkowska 32
Krakow
+48 (12) 422 74 95

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "What to See at Wawel Hill"

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Wawel Hill is one of the first things you'll read or hear about when you look into visiting Krakow. On a map it looks like Wawel Hill is outside of the city, but it's really not. Krakow is very tiny and Wawel is no more than ten minutes' walk from the center. Maybe less.There are several attractions at Wawel Hill, so you can pick and choose what to see or go ahead and see it all! There are lots of signs around the city directing you to Wawel, but you can't miss it when you come upon it. It is indeed a hill, surrounded by a wall. There are two entrances, just walk around and find them, or follow the crowd. Dogs, luggage and food are not allowed inside the walls. There is a place to check yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2008

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

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Krakow is a pretty small town. We didn't realize just how small til we arrived. If you look on the map, you can see the center (Stare Miasto) is surrounded by a ring road. It's incredibly easy to walk all throughout this center, not to mention beyond. Our first evening, we were wandering around Kazimierz (the Jewish quarter), and decided to walk across the bridge to the other side of the river. It's not far at all from the center! I was surprised and I think this may have influenced my choice of accommodation. I remember thinking some hotels or apartments looked out of the city but actually the city is very small so keep this in mind when you are booking your accommodation!Also, we never u...Read More

Old Town Apartments

Hotel | "Apartments: A Cheaper Alternative to the Hotel?"

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It took me a good three days just to make a decision on where to stay. Do we want privacy? Do we want breakfast included? Is it worth 150zl a night to have a private room in a hostel, with shared bathroom facilities? Should we just do a shared room and pay a bit less? or pay a bit more and get the privacy and comfort of a hotel?Eventually it was the last minute deals from Old Town Apartments that swayed me. What's the difference, anyway, between a hotel and an apartment, other than the free breakfast? Well, I guess I didn't think about the staff that's always on hand when you need something in a hotel... still, I was pretty happy with our choice. I would definitely recommend an apartment i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2008