About Kraków v 1.0

Kraków

Note that parking is limited in central Kraków – within the area once surrounded by the city walls. Kraków is the only major Polish city to have escaped World War 2 unscathed, so it is original … but it was not built with cars in mind. There are, however, car parks in the surrounding areas, just a short walk from Wawel.

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From Nowy Sącz, buses and trains run to Kraków – typical for Poland, buses are faster and cheaper.

The Kraków Barbican was formerly the main city gate and was originally surrounded by a moat which spanned 30-metres wide from the city walls. Wawel, the heart of old Krakow. The Cloth Hall, on the largest maret square in Poland – Kraków’s Rynek

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Wawel

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The Schindler Factory Museum, the Rynek Underground Museum and the Church of Saints Peter and Paul

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Wawel, the Royal Castle and Wawel Cathedral and Kraków’s own leaning tower … the town hall tower leans by 55cm – pushed by a strong wind in 1703! Walk, cycle or take the river bus along the Wistula river, or have a drink or meal on one of the floating bars and restaurants.

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Restauracja Alrina is on an 1889 Dutch barge, moored on the Vistula

Explore Krakow from above (the tethered hi-flyer), tram, electric buggy …

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krak tram

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… Segway, Trabant (tours of communist-era Nowa Huta) or take a river cruise with Piotrus Pan to Tyniec or Bielany

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Tyniec

Kambi

Bielany

For anyone coming through or past Kraków – driving, flying or catching the overnight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw and then travelling down to Kraków on the Inter-City Express (one of the few trains in Poland we’d recommend over a bus!) – we’d recommend a couple of nights in a city hotel. Kraków can be reached by bus or train from Kamionka Wielka in about the same time it takes to drive – 2.5 hours – but that journey can make for a long sightseeing day. Alternatively, travel up to Kraków one morning and spend a night there before returning to Kamionka Wielka the next evening.

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Added 31.7.13

If you find yourself on Tadeusza Kościuszki, keep an eye out for number 88 – the Monastery of the Norbertine Sisters.

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The baroque Church of St. Augustine and John the Baptist (open during mass only) can be entered through the 13th century Romanesque portal beneath the tower or through the outer courtyard.

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