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Just got Back

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Just got Back

Just returned from a short stay in Krakow. Had a superb time with really good weather - sitting outside in t shirts drinking nice cold Polish beer - not bad and most unexpected!

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Stayed at the Hotel Matejko on Plac Matejko. Nice clean and comfortable. Decent breakfasts and really handy for bus/train stations. Couple of minutes stroll to Barbican and up to main square and lived up to good previous postings

Got the bus in from the airport and the train back. Inexpensive and clean and comfortable. If there is only a couple of you and it is daylight hours - why would you not use the train. It is a 200 metre walk from the airport terminal. You pass the bus stop on the way!

Go to Auschwitz by Public Transport. It is extremely easy to do. The bus leaves every 20 minutes from the D8 in the bus station and costs just 9 zloty each way. Entrance is free, Buy a guide book for 3 zloyts and there is a free shuttle service to Birkenau and back. You can save a huge amount of money. Is it better - personal choice. Undeniable though is that it is cheaper by a considerable margin and very easy.

Salt Mines - same as above. Worth a visit but use public transport. Costs aboy 18 zloty return and 63 zloty for the guided tour. You have control when you go and can avoid the crowded afternoons. Again- very easy and cheaper.

We used restuarants recommended on this site - thanks folks. Ate at Pod aniolami and at Miod Malina. Both on Grodska. Good food, excellent service. You can get a good three course meal and a drink for about £20 or so. Or just buy a pizza at the Malina. A beer and a pizza can cost you just about £7.00 upwards. We also ate at Wierzynek on the square.

We tried to eat local dishes where we could and we were not disappointed. Depends what you want. These were nice relaxing restaurants. I would strongly recommend that you stick your head around the door the night before or in the morning/afternoon and book. They are good so they are popular.

The town feels safe and is well policed.

The people - you cannot characterise a whole nation from a short trip. However, the people we met were friendly and helpful. English is fairly widely spoken or enough to make yourself understood and the people we encountered were happy to take the trouble to speak in English or to try to help through (friendly) gestures!

Overall. A good trip and worth a few days of anyone's time.

Jurneyman

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1. Re: Just got Back

Nice report...thanks for taking the time and effort to tell us your experience. Good info on prices for my trip in June ta very much

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2. Re: Just got Back

Our local experts are not big fans of Wierzynek :(

There are literally dozens of similar, expensive places that will serve you with much more interesting food.

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Food was fine. We used it on recommendation and weren't disappointed but I wouldn't argue with the point you make about alternatives and I certainly wouldn't argue the toss with a local expert.

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I still enjoy Wierzynek - pick the traditional dishes and try the game and I have found you won't go wrong. Also its not just the food but the experience as a whole - from the escorting to the table, to the white gloved waiter and flourish of covers as they are removed from the dishes. It's not something that I often get to do in the UK so it's worth doing it in Krakow.

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5. Re: Just got Back

That's true. In Wierzynek you pay mainly for the service, not the food :) If that's what you expect, you will not be dissapointed.

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Thanks for the tip about taking the bus to Auschwitz and where from. With regards to the Salt Mines where do we find the bus? We are going on Monday and it sounds like we are going to enjoy this trip.

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7. Re: Just got Back

I guess it will be the same bus station - the name of the town is Wieliczka.

The official page of Sali Mine:

www.kopalnia.pl/home.php…

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8. Re: Just got Back

We got the bus from by the main post office. Not sure of the name of the road but I am sure that you will get directed from your hotel if you ask. There is a bus service from the bus station but our hotel reception told us that the mini bus from the post office was cheaper.

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Many thanks for that info. Actually staying at same hotel, Matejko.

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10. Re: Just got Back

Decent hotel.

If you are arriving by public transport then go into the Galleria on the lower level. Go straight ahead until the Saturn shop is on your right by the exit. Don't exit, turn left and go to the escalator with the water feature. Go up one level and you will see the Benetton shop. Exit there. Cross the road and carry straight on ahead. The hotel is lime green and you can see it at the end of road you are now walking on (on the left hand side) - it is about 2 -3 minutes walk from the gallery.

Have a good time

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