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“Who Knew that Krakow was so Beautiful?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Krakow's Historic Centre

Krakow's Historic Centre
Krakow, Poland (Kleparz)
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Ranked #1 of 133 attractions in Krakow
Type: Historic Walking Areas
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The 13th century merchants' town is home to Europe's largest market square and offers numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with magnificent interiors, 14th century fortifications, ancient synagogues, Jagiellonian University and the Gothic cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried.
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“Who Knew that Krakow was so Beautiful?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

I havent been everywhere so please take with a grain of salt but Krakow center reminds me just a bit of Pamplona Spain and a little like Quebec. The shops, the food, the people, the atmosphere, the things to see and do, the weather, I could not have asked for a better place to sit, drink a bit of wine and watch the people go by. It was great.

Visited September 2013
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“Krakow old town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

The most beautiful old city, wonderful churches, castle, cloth market. Huge square surrounded by old buildings and with many cafes and restaurents with excellent food. Everything is in easy walking distance and there is always something interesting to see. I would go back again

Visited September 2013
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“Not Golf this time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Took golf buggy tour - excellent. Able to stop when requested reached places taxis couldn't. Introduced to a Polish delicacy forgotten what its called but very tasty and so cheap - again in Jewish district - similar to Pizza but on fresh crusty bread, choice of toppings (great choice).

Visited July 2013
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“What a great place for couples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I couldn't think of any negativity for Krakow Historic center. The people the food the country is nothing but great. Go there and you will see what I mean.

Visited September 2013
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“Krakow, probably the best city in Poland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I went to Krakow for a meeting and managed to see some parts of thecity. The Krakow card is valid for 3 days and allows one to use the public transport with no charge to pay and allows one to visit most selected museums.
The city centre in Krakow is classically European. There are a number of pricey restaurants here but if one wishes one can also purchase food from the bakery which sells quite a bit to keep one going. There is an old church, there is an old shopping centre (Cloth Hall)in the square which sells fur and such to keep one warm in the bitter winter cold. Also interesting is that buildings have some kind of a metallic barrier on sloping roofs ....to prevent ice in winter from crashing on those walking on pavements...this is never seen in UK.
The various attractions are nicely listed here:

Krakow's Historic Centre
Church of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki)
Polish Aviation Museum
Wawel Cathedral
Oskar Schindler's Factory
Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius
Galicia Jewish Museum
The Planty
Church of St. Andrew (Kosciol Swietogo Andrzeja)
Rynek Underground
Wawel Royal Castle
Royal Chamber Orchestra
Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow)
Corpus Christi Church (Kosciol Bozego Ciala)
St. Florian's Gate (Brama Florianska)
Jewish District (Kazimierz)
Ulica Florianska
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)
Of these I visited St Florian's Gate which is of historic significance as all Royalty came through these gates for their coronation possibly in the Church of the Virgin Mary. There are shops galore but nothing is cheap here...it costs the same as anywhere in Europe! English is spoken haltingly though main tourist centres and bus stations its spoken fairly well.
The tram service is good and one needs to know where one is going and ask for the right direction.
I visited the Oskar Schindler Factory which has his table, hat, etc.....even if one has the Krakow card they have to issue a ticket.....that is a very slow process, one lady prints the ticket, another hands it to you and a third lets you past the barrier....a relic of communist Poland! This makes the queue long and frustrates tourists...there is little need for this red tapism.
There is the Jewish District which sufferred terribly during the Nazi occupation.....there are Jewish restaurants and regular visitors from Israel.
One can go Auschwitz from here......its called Oswiekm.....a bus takes about 1.5 hrs from Krakow to get there. The bus station is just close to the railway station, past the subway and up; onece there one has to go to the basement area to get this bus. If late you might very well need to stand all the way to get to Auschwitz....after 3pm entrance is free as the busloads of tourists have gone. It is an eerie place where so many killings occurred, would help if you went with some one or a group, in the evenings the eeriness is more. The organised trips are a bit more pricey and the tour guide talks and talks, some like those and some do'nt. There is is the entrance sign "Arbeit mach frei" ....work makes you free....something found on all the concentration camps. It is Auschwitz one most organised killings occurred and in Auschwitz 2 (which I did not go to) was a bit disorganised to cope with vast trainloads of arrivals to be either worked to death or killed. This is NOT a tourist attraction....a visit here is for silent contemplation and prayer.
I just did not have time to see the Wavel Castle or the Rynek underground.
Most Polish people are nice and quite helpful but one has to be cautious with pickpockets and remember this country has not been in contact with ethic dark people and there is a risk of incidents. For people from UK....if one buys a tranche of billets or tickets one need to swipe this on entering the tram or bus, failing which fines maybe imposed. It is a beautiful city and scenic in summer when its warm and lovely.

Visited May 2013
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