Krakow, Poland

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What to See

Auschwitz Birkenau

DIY Tour to Auschwitz
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago

Saw a lot of fliers for tours to Auschwitz ranging from 90-140 zlotys (USD$30-45). But getting to Auschwitz is easy (although time-consuming) from Krakow. If you decide to go yourself, the RT bus fare is only 20 zlotys, and the trip takes about 1hr 40 mins. You can get the ticket on the bus or at the Krakow Regional Bus Station. Buses run frequently to/fro. For more information about the concentration camp and museum, go to: http://en.auschwitz.org. There is no fee to enter.

What to Do

Crazy Guides Communism Tour

Take a Trip Back to Communist Poland
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Take a Trip Back to Communist Poland

This fantastic tour drops you off in Communist Poland, circa 1940s til the fall of communism in 1989. In an old Trabant, you are taken to the district of Nowa Huta, Stalin's "gift to Krakow" as well as an old communist-styled apartment, where you are welcomed with Polish vodka and pickles. Goes down smoothly! Great history lesson by the crazy guys at Crazy Guides. Check them out: http://www.crazyguides.com/.

Where to Stay

Apartments/Flats

Krakow, Poland where to stay when you are there.
by Packardca about 6 years ago
Krakow, Poland where to stay when you are there.

Don't look for a hotel right away when you are planing to go to one of the most beautiful cities in the world! When you go here why not live a little more comfortably? You can rent an entire flat for around 40 dollars USD. Also this flat can be right next to old town! You will find apartments/flats just look for accommodation like this is the whole hostel thing is not your cup of tea.

What to Eat

Local Specialties

Vodka & Pickles
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago
Vodka & Pickles

Nice fiery shot and a little something to line the stomach. It's not as strange as it sounds--maybe you've had gin with olives--and it's quite tasty (if you like pickles). When in Poland....

Restaurants

Polish Milky Bars
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Polish Milky Bars

These subsidized restaurants serve up traditional food and are open to everyone. The pierogis were the best I had anywhere in Krakow and at only the fraction of the price. Look for "Bar Mleczny" (pronounced mil-lech-knee) signs anywhere in the city. The closest milky bar to the old town is at the intersection of Grodzka and Senacka.

Traditional Polish Diner In the Walled City
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Traditional Polish Diner In the Walled City

It's hard to believe you can find a no frills, traditional Polish restaurant within the old city. Hidden at the back of a courtyard, it's easy to miss, unless you know where to look. U Stasi is located at 16 Mikolajska near Green Way vegetarian restaurant. Turn in where you see a sign for Pizzeria Cyklop and walk toward the small, open kitchen at the back. Enter to the right. The restaurant is bare bones but the food is so good. You can get dumplings, porridge, and other hearty meat dishes here for between 4-18 zt.

Where to Shop

Food Markets

Open Food Market
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Open Food Market

The Open Food Market near Slawkowska and Basztowa just outside the city wall is a decent-sized open air market where locals do their grocery shopping. You can get fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheese, chocolates, even sunflower seeds! If you cook while you travel, stop by and grab some fresh produce here.

General Advice

Getting Around

City Spy Maps for Backpackers
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago

If you see one of these at your hostel, grab one. They are quite good maps made specifically for backpackers. Top hostels and other businesses listed are by invitation only. You can view (and print) their online maps at http://www.cityspy.info. The map for Krakow was especially accurate.

Stuff to Know

Guide to Krakow
by Jerseyboy88 about 3 years ago

I highly highly recommend staying in the Kazimierz district in Krakow (the old Jewish quarter). The district offers a rich cultural background and the best food in all of Krakow. Any eatery/restaurant here is superb (particularly any pork dish) and very cheap for backpackers. If hostels aren't your thing, apartments are also unbelievably cheap (Airbnb) and convenient.