It's a lovely city to walk around. Take comfortable flat shoes because most of the old town streets are cobbles.
This is a beautiful, small, and easy city -- the best one in Poland! You can easily discover the whole city by walk just in one day. Its cobbled narrow streets are full of life; you can find shops, fast food restaurants, hostels, bars, and clubs every other minute, but in spite of this Krakow hasn't lost its essence nor its charm. You can't miss a visit to Kazmierz, the old Jewish district -- it's a must!
Krakow is one of the best cities in the world to party in and see. It has lots to see, lots to do, and lots of nice places to drink and party. Every day of the weekend you can go out and people will be out someplace, you just need to know where to find it. The people are helpful and friendly and I always want to come back.
Krakow itself deserves almost two full days to be enjoyed at its best. The main market square is wonderful, especially magic in the evening. During the day, there's a great market where you can find local cheap handicrafts. In the centre of the square there is also a covered gallery with a large choice of amber jewelry. You should use Krakow as a base to visit Oswiecim (Auschwitz) in one hour and a half of train journey -- one of the top spots of our European trip.
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It's a great place -- very picturesque, good opportunities for day trips to other nearby places and cheap restaurants, accommodation, bars and clubs. Get the Krakow "in your pocket" guide (available at Empik department store on main square). It's updated every two months and is crammed with details on the best bars, clubs, restaurants, day trips, and sightseeing with detailed maps.
The food was good and cheap and I found the locals in the small pubs very friendly.
Great place, atmosphere like no other! The market square (Rynek) is wonderful in summer evenings. Definitely go there! Lots of clubs and fun.
I did visit Krakow in December and I was freezing. However, even so it was a very nice experience. Covered by snow, Krakow looks very beautiful and classy. Wawel Castle was free when I visited there (maybe because it was near Christmas?). The best experience in December is the Christmas Market at Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square). The stands (that are in the shape of wine barrels) sell quite nice mulled wine.
If you visit Krakow for the first time you will certainly want to return. The people are among the friendliest anywhere in the world and in winter, when it snows, it's like being in a fairytale.
Visit Krakow in December and you will miss the tourists and get to see the real city. It is beautiful, most days were clear, and you can walk or take the tram everywhere if you are close to Rynek Glowny. Go see the Zoo (outside of town), hike -- there are maps of hiking trails available at any tourist center, go to Wawel Castle and the Krakow National Museum (they have a Rembrandt and a da Vinci as well as tons of other amazing art), and get to know the tiny little shops. If you try to learn any Polish at all -- prosze, dzienkuje, dobranoc, etc. -- people will help you and won't treat you any differently than the locals (for the most part =) ). I cannot recommend Krakow and Poland itself more highly.
You cannot miss going to Krakow. Really amazing city, many things to see and visit. I loved just wandering along the streets. Although if you go in December you may get frozen (believe me). Nightlife is good yeah, but don't go to the typicsl clubs foreigners go, you'd miss the best... Let local people recommend you where to go. Oh, a funny thing, pubs are always hidden at the end of corridors and things like that... pretty curious. Krakow it's defintely worth a visit!
Krakow is a wonderful and magical city, especially at night in the summer. Food is cheap, fresh, and good quality, and people are friendly (except for bank staff). For a solid evening meal, check out Me Kong restaurant just off the north side of the main square.
Krakow is pleasant and I found the people to be friendly. The market square (Rynek) and the Castle (Wawel) are beautiful places to see. There is an English pub called The John Bull near the Rynek and many other places for travellers, but check the clientele before you commit to buying a drink or staying, some places are where locals go to enjoy themselves and you may get a frosty reception.
Krakow is nice but far too touristy, ignore the hoards of tourists and head for Warsaw.
Krakow is incredible. The nightlife is magnificent, the people are really nice, and incredibly remains relatively cheap.
Krakow was not the best place we visited on our three-week trip. We found the people unfriendly for the most part, and only found one nice looking area of the city.
Don't go in summer, it's full of dumb tourists. Go in spring or autumn instead.
Krakow is my favourite place to go in the summer! If you have never been to Krakow in the summer you should go this year! The atmosphere is great in the main square in the evenings and the clubs are the best!!
The parties and clubs in Krakow are great. The city has a great atmosphere and very friendly people.
Don't miss the Saturday night parties in the center of Krakow!
Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and a magnet for tourists and travelers. The city is made up of 18 districts, with “District I Stare Miasto“ (including the Old Town) in the very center. Central Krakow is extremely tourism focused, with little else going on. If you want a taste of the rest of life in urban Poland, head out of the center and visit areas around the city as its neighborhoods are diverse. To see the work of communist designers visit Nowa Huta for a large scale planned neighborhood. For greenery visit Zwierzyniec, on the west side, and stroll through the lush forest and hills.
Most Krakow hostels are located in the Old-Town, many near the Main Market Square. This area is great for seeing the central tourist attractions and just a short walk from the main train station (Krakow PKP - the bus station is right behind it as well). It's also easy to get here from the airport via local train. Be careful if taking up anyone offering hostel beds at the station, as always with strangers you run the risk of getting ripped off, or they may try and convince you that your hostel is now closed (which we assure you, it most likely isn't). There are also hostels in Krakow outside of the center, for instance in Podgórze, the area of the World War II Jewish ghetto. These tend to be more low key, though it's best to check reviews and choose a place according to your party spirit or desire to sleep.
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