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Krakow Tourism

Krakow being one of the largest and oldest cities of Poland, is a perfect place for a cheap and easy weekend getaway from Germany. One can opt for the free walking tours for their old town krakow tour and it is totally worth it. The main sightseeing spots of the Old town include the St Mary's Basilica, Rynek Glowny, old university building, John Paul II sites and finally the Wavel Castle.

The oldest and second largest city in Poland, Krakow is stunning to the core and is encapsulated by a fantastical atmosphere. Architecture is all-pervading and is a brilliant amalgamation of fragments of the present and the golden past. The places that are a must visit here are Wawel royal castle,Rynek glowny, Wieliczka salt mine and the cloth hall. While the cityscape will strongly remind you of Budapest and a little bit of Prague, perhaps because of the essence of European cities. One can rent a car in Krakãw, and explore further afield in the former royal capital. In fact, at the Royal Wawel Castle, a 16th-century palace that is a national landmark for Poles, you'll see the old state rooms and private apartments of the Polish monarchy.

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Currency in Krakow

Credit card can be used with most large shops, restaurants and tourist attractions now accepting them; however, it is advisable to carry cash when leaving the main tourist areas for smaller purchases.

Shopping in Krakow

While Krak„w cannot be considered a shoppers' paradise in the traditional sense, its artsy reputation makes it a great place to pick up antiques, artwork and jewellery. If one wants to buy Cracovian souvenirs, head to the Cloth Hall in the centre of the main square. In Poland, many shops close early on Saturday and take Sunday off altogether. Open air market like Plac Targowy is of great interest. There is no particular season for shopping though. Old Town, Szambelan(Krakow) offers a unique shopping experience where you can buy an array of unique souvenirs in the form of wines, moonshines, vinegars, as well as beautiful handmade glass bottles of all shapes and sizes for your special gift.

Nightlife in Krakow

This ancient Polish capital Krakow proves to be something of an alcoholic's paradise. There is a fantastic selection of pubs and bars, often housed in attractive subterranean cellars, which will serve you their finest piwo (beer) for around PLN 8 a time. These types of places attract a young academic crowd, relatively free of tourists, and are great places to savour a pre-club beer. If though you prefer something a little less studenty and a bit more swanky, then Boogie Bar and Shakers Club are the upmarket joints that are aimed at the money crowd. Achemia,Bunkier cafe and Mostowa art cafe are some of the best.

Language of Krakow

The official language of Poland is Polish, although you will find English, German and French spoken to some degree in popular tourist areas. Outside these areas, it is advisable to carry a Polish phrasebook. Some commonly used words in Polish are witaj (hello), dziekuje (thank you) and prosze (please).

Krakow Customs

When meeting or greeting Polish people, it is customary to do so with a simple handshake rather than by kissing or hugging. If you see a line of shoes outside the front door, you should always remove yours before entering. When dining out in Poland, it is not customary to leave a tip, although as in most countries, you will find it is greatly appreciated. When paying for the bill in a Polish restaurant, the waiter will take a 'dziekuje' (thank you) as a sign that you do not expect the change; to avoid this potentially expensive cultural difference, you should use the polish word 'prosze' (please) instead. There is no particular dress code in Krakow.

Religion of Krakow

The religions in Krakow are diverse and are a land for religions of the world. Krakow has around 120 churches and some are still in making. Most synagogues of Krak„w were ruined during World War II by the Nazis who despoiled them of all ceremonial objects. Many synagogues underwent major restorations and serve religious and tourist purposes. The major religions followed here are Jewish and Christianity.

Daily Budget for Krakow

Krakow is one of the best hidden gems in Europe. Itês basically a cheaper and less fancy version of Prague. Krakowês cheap alcohol, accommodation, and food has made it a popular destination for budget travelers. For budget travelers: PLN 45-48 whereas for Luxury travel: PLN 75-80.

Exchanging Money in Krakow

Currency exchange offices are spread throughout the city, while all major banks also offer a competitive exchange service. ATM machines generally accept all major credit cards and can be found across the city.

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How to Reach Krakow

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One can get to Krakow by flight,bus and train. Though one can not reach Krakow directly, one needs to board bus or train from Warsaw.

How to reach Krakow by flight

There are many flights that fly to Krakow though they generally stop on Warsaw or European cities like Munich, London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague or Berlin.

How to reach Krakow by road

Most people arrive to Krakow and leave it by car or coach thanks to the cityês abundant road connections. One can rent a self driven car from Hertz and booking can be made online. Also companies like europcar,sixt and kayak give cars on rent.

How to reach Krakow by train

One can easily board express train from Warsaw to Karkow Glowny, the station located in old town. The train takes 3 hours for a one way journey. Also, one can catch a nonstop train departing to Krakow from Tarnow, located 90 minutes away. Szczecin, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Przemysl, Poznam and Bydgoszcz are nearby cities and train can be boarded from these stations too.

How to reach Krakow by bus

To get to Krakow, one can catch as bus from Warsaw bus depot to Krakow. The bus journey takes 10 hours and has numerous stops in between.The bus journey takes 2.5 hours, if one is in Slovakia and needs to go to Krakow because bus journey from Slovakia to Krakow is faster and cheaper than by train.

Local transport in Krakow

Getting around in Krakow is pretty easy. There is no subway in Krakow and bus lines are operated by municipal company. One-way ticket for a municipal bus or a streetcar (tram) is PLN 3.8. You can buy it at newsstands and from ticket machines at downtown stops and in some buses and tram cars. Drivers sell 60-minute tickets worth PLN 5. Immediately after boarding you should put the ticket yourself through the ticket puncher and keep it till you reach your destination. Special pass: The prices of unlimited-travel passes for all municipal buses and streetcars have been set at PLN 15 for a 24-hour ticket, at PLN 24 for a 48-hour one, and at PLN 36. Taxicabs are plentiful and relatively inexpensive in Krakow _ within the city boundaries the fare should not exceed PLN 130.

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What are the top hotels in Krakow?

There are 3235 in Krakow which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Krakow are Apartament Jonek, Blueberry Apartments, Luxury Apartments Mondrian Old Town, Apartament Nadwiślańska, Apartament Mateo, Apartment Zegadłowicza. You can see all the hotels in Krakow here

What are the places near Krakow?

The top places near to Krakow are Auschwitz which is 52 km from Krakow, Warsaw which is located 252 km from Krakow, Budapest which is located 293 km from Krakow, Vienna which is located 331 km from Krakow, Prague which is located 393 km from Krakow

What are the things to do in Krakow?

The top things to do in Krakow are Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auchwitz-Birkenau Concentration campsæ, (Zamek KrÑlewski) Royal castle , Main Square, Kazimierz, The cloth hall. You can see all the places to visit in Krakow here

How much does a package cost for Krakow?

The packages for Krakow start at INR 47593 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best way to reach Krakow?

One can get to Krakow by flight,bus and train. Though one can not reach Krakow directly, one needs to board bus or train from Warsaw.
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What is the local food in Krakow?

Polish daily diet of choice has been traditionally rich in proteins and even richer in starch. On the Krakow tables the former usually materializes in red meat, eggs, cheese, and sausages, whereas the latter as bread, potatoes, and various noodles, pies and dumplings. There are three main meals in Poland: the morning sniadanie (a breakfast), the early afternoon obiad (a dinner/lunch), and the early evening kolacja (a supper). In breakfast, bread topped with slices of any kind of sausage or cheese or ham, or spread with jam, is most popular. But it can be as well scrambled or soft-boiled eggs, oatmeal or hot frankfurters. Lunch is a two-course exercise, where a soup precedes a meat dish with potatoes. Nowadays beef and_even more readily_poultry tend to replace traditional pork for the main course. Obiad is a two-course exercise, where a soup precedes a meat dish with potatoes. Nowadays beef and_even more readily_poultry tend to replace traditional pork for the main course.
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What is the best time to visit Krakow?

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September - November) offers the best time to visit Krakow. The pleasant weather makes it an ideal period for sightseeing, with the added advantage of fewer tourist crowds. These two seasons are the best time to consider if you wish to avoid the chill of the winters or the brunt of the summers. Winters get unusually cold but are an excellent time to consider if you want to participate in winter sports such as skiing. Summer (June - August) is the peak season for tourism, and you can expect to run into large crowds at all sites of tourist attractions. It is also the season when Krakow hosts some of its best festivals. The fares for travel and accommodation skyrocket during the peak season. On the other hand, the winter months from December to February constitute the low season for tourism in Krakow, except for Christmas and New Year’s time. One highlight of Christmas in Krakow is the snow-covered Main Market Square that makes for a unique experience. The mesmerising beauty and cheap fares often outweigh the bitterness of winter. Although it shouldn’t come as a surprise if public transport is disrupted during the snowy days.
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