Osteuropa & Russland
Lower Silesia (Wroclaw)
Upper Silesia (Katowice)
Little Poland (Krakow)
Great Poland (Poznan)
Crucis Sanctae (Kielce)
Western Pomerania (Stettin)
is Poland's capital... an amazingly friendly blend of Soviet and European with easily the best food anywhere on the continent (Italy can keep its pasta and pesto etc, it doesn't compare to a good portion of periogi). Getting around is easy as well. If you're a student or have an ISIC card the metro, trams and buses cost about 8p (UK)!
… 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.
… 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!!
… Krakow is nice but far too touristy, ignore the hoards of tourists and head for Warsaw.
… 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 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.
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