Lonely Planet Pocket Krakow (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet Pocket Krakow (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Pocket Krakow (Travel Guide)

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Closer to the centre, the Old Town has many charming cellar bars and restaurants, and one of Kraków’s newest museums is Rynek Underground, built directly beneath the main square. Entry is strictly limited by demand, so a guided tour will not only increase your enjoyment of this excellent museum but also ensure you get in.

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Located in Podgórze, MOCAK is one of Poland’s newest major art galleries and a snapshot of Polish contemporary work. This is a good addition if you’re a fan of Tate Modern, for example, and visiting Schindler’s Factory at the same time. An excellent photographic gallery exploring themes around Jewishness in light of the area’s deep history and the impact of the Holocaust. Don’t be put off if this all sounds too weighty, the pictures are well curated and speak for themselves. See our Two-Day Kraków Itinerary for more information. Popular among pilgrims, John Paul Tour features places that shaped pope John Paul II. This Krakow tour covers pope’s hometown of Wadowice with a museum established in his family house and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska where he often prayed as a young cleric. It ends in Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki, major shrine of Faustina Kowalska, canonised by the pope. During this tour, our knowledgeable and English- speaking driver tell you all interesting facts from the life of Karol Wojtyla. For confectionery gourmets, in this town they also serve the best cream cake in Poland. Two of the biggest reasons to visit Kraków are not actually in the city itself. And less well known to visitors is the stunning variety of surrounding countryside, much of which can be seen within a day.Kazimierz remains one of Kraków’s liveliest and loveliest districts. Retaining the soul of Jewish Kraków, it is home to some pretty buildings, cobbled streets, and numerous interesting attractions. Kazimierz is also one of the city’s best areas for food and drink. Many tours also include some excellent museums in Podgórze, on the other side of the river. Walking tours of Krakow are available in several options. We also offer city tours by electric car or private van. You can choose which district you want to visit and how many hours you want to spend on sightseeing the city with a professional English- speaking guide. Krakow Old Town and Kazimierz Jewish quarter are the most popular among walking tours of Krakow. An interesting option for Krakow tours by electric car or private van is visiting two or three districts in one day. It is a good way when you do not have enough time for long sightseeing. Podgorze district, where Jewish ghetto was located or Nowa Huta, an ideal proletarian city of socialist-realism is also worth visiting. Most travellers want to see these places while they are spending their time in this amazing town. Krakow tours to hidden treasures of the region When you walk around in Krakow, there are plenty of opportunities to find venues in the city. Often you are handed leaflets offering Chopin piano concertos or jazz concerts that take place at smaller venues.

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We also offer tours from Krakow to the so-called winter capital of Poland – Zakopane . Superb skiing conditions in winter and a variety of hiking trails in summer is what makes Zakopane a number one holiday destination all year long. Zakopane is a real treasure of Tatra Mountains with interesting local customs and folklore, located only 100 km from Krakow. It is the best place for people who like a lot of activities. Each year, many new attractions are created there. The journey takes just 3 hours. We can also offer you comfortable airport transfers directly to Zakopane. KrakowDirect offers a wide variety of Krakow tours to the most popular tourist destinations. Our tours in Krakow are the best way to see all of the most interesting landmarks in the most comfortable way possible. You can book your chosen tour a few days before your stay in Krakow or take advantage of a free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance.

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Tyskie Brewery Tour is our special trip to a 400 years old brewery in Tychy. Tours from Krakow to Tyskie Brewery combine traditional sightseeing of the brewery with learning about brewing process and beer tasting. These few hours can be a real treat for beer lovers. Sometimes an organized group can get some free samples of new tastes. The guided tours are the best way to get this experience. We provide you an English- speaking guide too. It’s Poland’s Westminster Cathedral, the absolute focal point of the country’s religious history, crowning place of kings and queens and architectural overseer of the famous Cracovian gothic skyline. Kraków is an excellent city for shopping and souvenirs, especially as prices can be remarkably low. You’ll find the same brands as in other European countries, but the real fun is in exploring the shops for uniquely Polish specialities. Although originating in the Baltic regions to the north of Poland, Kraków became an important centre for amber due to its location on the Vistula river, the main trading route for the precious material. There are amber shops all over the city, full of beautiful and imaginative items crafted from fossilised tree sap. Wawel Hill is the ancient nucleus of the city, perched on a limestone bluff on the banks of the Vistula, with a magnificent 14th-century castle. One of Kraków’s absolute must-see highlights, you could spend the whole day here. I personally recommend this excellent guide to the Wawel Royal Apartments. Wondering where to stay in Krakow before you book your hotel? See our comprehensive guide to the city's most convenient areas for visitors.

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Don’t miss the castle Wawel on a hill in the center of Krakow, next to the River Vistula. That’s where you see the first signs of the establishment of the city in the 9th century.Kraków’s Old Town is relatively free of traffic which makes cycling an excellent way to get to know the highlights. Informative tours are available covering every conceivable area, duration, and aspect of history. This 4-hour tour covers a lot of highlights and includes insurance. Or let an electric bike do the hard work for you. Wieliczka Salt Mine is also worth a visit. It is possible to get to the mine either by bus or car, but you can also choose one of the guided tours running several times a day from Krakow center and directly to the mine. Tours are arranged with guides in different languages, so be sure to get a seat on a trip in a language you understand. Rynek Główny is 40,000 sq ft of cafés, museums, landmarks, and hotels is punctuated with some of the most magnificent architecture the city has to offer. A private walking tour is an ideal way to get the inside story on this astounding square. At the Old Town Hall tower and on the Main Market music is free and can be enjoyed, with a glass of beer in one of the nearest restaurants. In the city, you can also find hosts offering “Polish evenings”, with traditional Polish cuisine and folk dance and music.

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Take a walk in the local marketplace. In Krakow, there are marketplaces in every part of town. You can buy everything that is needed in an ordinary household, and it is also where you can find supplies for a picnic in one of Krakow’s many parks. Encircling the famous Old Town of Kraków, this pleasant and quiet park is a veritable sea of green in the summer months, awash with flowering beds and towering pines that sway in the breeze. It’s a great place to stop for lunch or even explore by bike. Plan your Kraków visit with our comprehensive Kraków map to explore Kraków’s attractions, restaurants, sightseeing and hotels. A 2-hour drive south of Kraków, Poland’s outdoor activity capital is nestled deep below the sharp peaks of the high Tatras. If you are using the map on your phone, open the Visit Kraków map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.

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The Old Town is the heart of the city and is surrounded by parks and green areas. The district is built around the large marketplace where the first “shopping mall” is still active. Today you won’t find your daily necessities, but all sorts of souvenirs and bargains for tourists. Next to the shopping mall is also a tower, which is actually the old town hall tower. It was planned to demolish the tower along with the old town hall, but the tower was spared. Each category is on a different layer, which can be switched on and off. So you can just see the Hotel or Restaurant pins, for example.



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