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a week in krakow

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a week in krakow

I am an older female thinking of spending a week in Krakow. I like to just roam on my own or take a couple of half day tours to see various places. Is a week (7 nights) too long of a stay? Are there sidewalk cafes where one can sit and people watch? If I stay in the old town, are most "attractions" within walking distance (under a mile)?

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1. Re: a week in krakow

Hi.

If you like calm sightseeing, relaxing in cafes etc. Krakow is definitely a good place for you. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants, historical monuments and people are also wonderful. You can make day or half-day trips to Auschwitz, the Wieliczka salt mines. You can also visit Zakopane - spend there a night or two.

When are you planning to go there?

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2. Re: a week in krakow

I'm absolutely with rocking_pony. Krakow repays a visit with a wealth of things to see and do. You could start with a 1hour electric buggy tour to get your bearings, then there are a selection of guided walks, carriage rides, Trabant tours of 50s/60s Krakow, river cruises, the balloon if it's flying ... Plus places to relax and enjoy the passing folks and views.

Auschwitz and Wielizcka are both tiring and the former can be emotionally draining - give yourself more than half a day for a half-day tour as you may just wat to relax after doing either ... for sure don't try to do both on the same day! At Auschwitz you will also visit by shuttle Berkenau. At the mine, the start is 380 steps down, then there are 400 more on the tour well worth visiting, but exhausting!

Zakopane could be worth a couple of nights - work on about 3 hours to get down there by coach. Not sure when you're visiting, but adjust for weather!

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3. Re: a week in krakow

It depends when you come. If it's during the summer months, Krakow is a great place for sitting outside with a coffee or beer and watching the world go by. In winter it's a bit more difficult at it tends to be bitterly cold and you won't want to spend much time outside.

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I Don't think a week is too much. Krakow is a beautiful city steeped in history with lot's to do and see. You could even take a 2 day trip to see Zakopane or to go see Auschwitz or the salt mines. There's also the shindler factory, the cloth hall in the main square. St Mary's church. You could take a walk down the Wisla river. There's a very nice shopping center next to the train station. Various other museums, the Jewish district . kosciuszko mound . Many pubs restaurants and cafes. Walking tours, trabant tours. There's a list for you to start. Hope this helps

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5. Re: a week in krakow

Thank you for your input. I hope to go in the summer, but I don't like hot weather. I have read that the temperature in the summer averages around 71 degrees is that true? That is what I would call perfect for me.

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7. Re: a week in krakow

I would say Krakow is more 30°C - 35°C in the peak summer, i'm sure a local will know better than i do

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Temperatures are hard to predict, we can have cool summers as well as hot. But I would say that in July it's usually from low 20s to low 30s centigrade. Temps as high as 35C are of course possible and there usually are two or three days with this high temperature in July - it's not very common to be that hot for the whole summertime - if it's above 32 for more than 2-3 consecutive days we usually say it's a heat wave and people are asked to stay at homes as much as possible. This year's summer was extremely hot with a lot of heat waves and storms (it was 30C in April!!!).

You can check weather/temperature history from the previous years here: http://www.wunderground.com/ (Local Weather -> History Data -> choose Krakow and date, for example July 2011).

I would say that the best time for visit is May and first half on June or also September - children are at school then so there are not so many queues to monuments and the weather is usually very good.

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