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    • sheilavw
    • By sheilavw 9th Nov 19, 9:45 PM
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    krakow 9th Nov 19 at 9:45 PM
    Looking for advice. I would like to go for a mini break to Krakow and visit Auschwitz. Any hints and tips?
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    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 9th Nov 19, 10:02 PM
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    I was in Krakow for a couple of days recently and strongly recommend it...

    Starting with transfers: the ordinary city bus serves the airport, and the journey between my hostel and the airport cost all of a pound (PLN 4.60): the ticket that I bought from a machine on the bus even included a change of buses on the way!

    I did not go to Auschwitz, nor the salt mines. If you want to do either or both of these excursions then book them in advance or as soon as you arrive. It takes a few days to set up the trip, and arranging it at the last minute can be problematic.

    There are free walking tours (obviously you tip the guide) and they are generally of a high standard. I joined the tour of Jewish Krakow and it was bot interesting and moving.

    Restaurant meals were surprisingly affordable. As a 'splurge' I went to the rather famous Hungarian restaurant and was amazed that such high quality could be had for a reasonable price. On the other hand, alcohol seemed to cost more than I had expected.
    • NoodleDoodleMan
    • By NoodleDoodleMan 9th Nov 19, 10:38 PM
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    There is a train station adjacent the airport - regular service into the city and inexpensive using modern comfortable carriages.

    There are several tour companies that offer various combinations of Auschwitz, the Salt Mines and Schindler's Factory etc. - Google will give you links.

    Make sure you get one with an official English speaking guide for Auschwitz.

    There is also a decent tram network for getting around.
    • maman
    • By maman 9th Nov 19, 10:58 PM
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    We booked an excellent 6 day break with Broadway Holidays :3 days in Krakow and 3 days in Warsaw with a train journey between. I believe they also do Krakow on its own. Our trip to Auswitz was part of the package, collected from the hotel and a guide when we got there. If you do it independently then I think most hotels would arrange a visit from reception.

    It's a small city so although we used trams a little most of it is walkable.
    • Backbiter
    • By Backbiter 10th Nov 19, 1:18 AM
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    We searched Tripadvisor for Auschwitz tours and found a good deal for around 26pp, including all coach travel, entrance fees and a very good English language tour. You can find yours offering both Auschwitz and the salt mines on the same day but I've been told that's a bit much for one day. Both are unmissable, though.
    Krakow is a wonderful city, but I'd also recommend Warsaw.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 10th Nov 19, 1:28 AM
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    There is a train station adjacent the airport - regular service into the city and inexpensive using modern comfortable carriages.
    Originally posted by NoodleDoodleMan

    At the moment the trains are running just once an hour! There is a special airport bus that runs in between each train journey (so there is some sort of transport every 30 minutes) but of course even the most special of buses can get caught in the traffic. The ordinary city buses are likely to be just as quick (depending on your destination); may be at more convenient times; and cost about a quarter as much.
    • wazza99
    • By wazza99 10th Nov 19, 6:05 AM
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    We went a few years ago now with our children we just caught the local bus to Auschwitz, only cost a few pounds if that, i cant the recall the town name its not Auschwitz but easily found. Unless its changed it was free to enter, only a tour costs.
    • Ngozi
    • By Ngozi 10th Nov 19, 12:57 PM
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    Not too much of a travel but very often over looked, if you want to get to the nature, probably skiing in winter but beautiful any other time of year, look at going to Zakopane, easy to get to from Krakow.
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 10th Nov 19, 7:51 PM
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    We went a few years ago now with our children we just caught the local bus to Auschwitz, only cost a few pounds if that, i cant the recall the town name its not Auschwitz but easily found. Unless its changed it was free to enter, only a tour costs.
    Originally posted by wazza99
    Auschwitz is the German name for the town, in Polish it's Oświęcim. Look for buses to Oświęcim Museum. Info on the official site https://visit.auschwitz.org
    • longforgotten
    • By longforgotten 10th Nov 19, 8:07 PM
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    Several years since we went to Krakow.


    Loved the Salt Mines


    Also remember going to a small Art gallery that was just off the square where the Cloth Hall is, which was very interesting.


    Wasel Castle also really good. Had a great cheese sandwich


    Try the cherry vodka !!!!
    • nickcc
    • By nickcc 10th Nov 19, 8:33 PM
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    Visited the salt mines, Auschwitz and Birkenau a couple of months ago as part of a tour of Eastern Europe. You need to be fairly fit if you visit the salt mines as you walk down hundreds of steps and you also have to wait for well over 1 hour for the return to the surface using the lifts. Personally I found the salt mines quite monotonous as each level you visit is much the same as the previous one so would never go again. The only comments I'll make regarding Auschwitz is that the queues are extremely long unless you've pre booked as we did, unfortunately many of the visitors show a total lack of respect and treat the visit as if it were some sort of theme park.
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    • By longforgotten 10th Nov 19, 9:25 PM
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    We went to Krakow for the Christmas market and when we arranged the visit to the Salt mines not many people went. I remember some steps but we also went in lift. The lift was very small but thankfully it did not bother me. It sounds as though the visit may have been very different if it was at a busy time of year.
    • nickcc
    • By nickcc 11th Nov 19, 6:51 AM
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    We went to Krakow for the Christmas market and when we arranged the visit to the Salt mines not many people went. I remember some steps but we also went in lift. The lift was very small but thankfully it did not bother me. It sounds as though the visit may have been very different if it was at a busy time of year.
    Originally posted by longforgotten
    Yes we went in July and it was heaving. In Auschwitz there was even water mist sprays to cool the queuing visitors down, just like Disney theme parks.
    • maman
    • By maman 11th Nov 19, 4:45 PM
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    We went to Krakow for the Christmas market and when we arranged the visit to the Salt mines not many people went. I remember some steps but we also went in lift. The lift was very small but thankfully it did not bother me. It sounds as though the visit may have been very different if it was at a busy time of year.
    Originally posted by longforgotten
    We went at about this time of the year so slightly too early for Christmas Markets and so missed all the big crowds.

    I think the salt mines are worth a visit. It's all steps on the way down but back up in the lift.
    • sheilavw
    • By sheilavw 13th Nov 19, 11:06 PM
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    Thanks everyone for your helpful advice. I definitely want to do a mini break next year. Any hotel recommendations? seems to be lots of local flights which is good
    • Backbiter
    • By Backbiter 14th Nov 19, 12:06 AM
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    https://www.booking.com/hotel/pl/wit-stwosz-krakow.en-gb.html
    Great location. Really nice hotel. Would stay there again!
    • nickcc
    • By nickcc 14th Nov 19, 7:16 AM
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    Thanks everyone for your helpful advice. I definitely want to do a mini break next year. Any hotel recommendations? seems to be lots of local flights which is good
    Originally posted by sheilavw
    We stayed in the Novotel Krakow only 20 minutes from the city centre, really nice hotel but restaurant expensive ( food not included at this stop on our Eastern European tour).
    • maman
    • By maman 14th Nov 19, 1:23 PM
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    We stayed in the Hotel Kossak. We were fortunate to have a room with a view overlooking the river and castle. Probably a 10 minute walk from the centre or a tram if you prefer.
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 14th Nov 19, 10:58 PM
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    We went last year or the year before, early December. Took the train from the airport, and we stayed in the Mercure just outside the old town. It was opposite a mall too, if you want to get indoors and stay warm for an hour or two. We loved it, and really liked the hotel. Breakfast was lovely and the bar was also nice in the evening. Rooms were nice and modern. We didn't do salt mines or Auschwitz, but did go to the Oskar Schindler factory.

    We're going to Warsaw this year to try somewhere different. Hope it's also good.
    • AubreyMac
    • By AubreyMac 15th Nov 19, 12:30 PM
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    If you do the salt mine, do the miners route.


    I did both - the miners and tourist route and enjoyed the miners more.


    As for hotel, I stayed at 'anders by vienna' which is in city centre and right by main station. However, I got a really good deal on that (would be expensive otherwise). Or look for accommodation near anders by Vienna as most attractions is walkable from there.
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