Recently visited Krakow in Poland on a three night stay as a treat for my wifes 50th birthday. We stayed at the hotel Benefis which is situated across the river from the Wawel Castle but only takes 10 minutes to reach the main square.The hotel is small but very clean and modern and the staff were very friendly and helpful. It is also worth mentioning that if you like walking then you can walk for miles in either direction along both side of the river. It was very rewarding walking from the hotel along the river to visit the Schindler factory museum. After the visit we took a tour of the Jewish quarter and Ghetto in a large golf buggy and the driver was very helpful and informative with a wealth of knowledge about the city of Krakow but in particular the jewish area with plenty of camera stops relating to places where the film Schindler's List was filmed.
The stay would not have been complete if we had not taken the excursion to Auschwitz and Birkeneau which were the two main concentration camps where over a million jews perished. It was very sad and sombre during the whole of the three hour tour but we cannot emphasize how important we believe that everyone who visits Krakow should go to see these camps to understand what those poor people went through.
Overall Krakow is a beautiful city with plenty of good restaurants (Pod Walalem and Yummies just to mention a couple) that we ate in and the food and drink were of very good quality and value.
We definitely want to go back to see places that we did not have enough time to see on this occasion such as Wawel Castle itself and the salt mines of Zakopane.