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Krakow

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 21:20
by Woodbine
Thinking of going next year - any tips?

How many days do you think it would take to see all of the sights? I think we'll probably do Auschwitz too.

Will I starve from lack of veggie food? (Doesn't seem too bad according to Google.)

Re: Krakow

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 21:58
by islandhopper
Woodbine wrote:Thinking of going next year - any tips?

How many days do you think it would take to see all of the sights? I think we'll probably do Auschwitz too.

Will I starve from lack of veggie food? (Doesn't seem too bad according to Google.)
I went a couple of years ago with a friend who has to keep a low protein diet (including of course no meat) and it was a bit troublesome. In no way impossible though and I imagine that side of thing is improving all the time.
5 days would probably be nice. It's an incredibly beautiful city just to hang out in.

Do you like mines? Do you like salt? If so you might also like to visit the nearby salt mine. It's literally finger-licking good (if you touch the walls a lot and like the taste of salt).

Re: Krakow

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 22:11
by Carys
My family's from Krakow on my Dad's side... not that that gives me any unique perspective given that I've only been there once.

I visited the Salt Mines too - the statue of Pope John Paull II was a particular highlight in creepy religious tat. I went to the Royal Castle and St Mary's tower too, both of which were beautiful. I didn't make the day trip to Auschwitz because I'd already visited Dachau in the past and I wasn't keen to repeat the experience - that said, I believe several members of my family died there, so maybe I should have gone?

In terms of the vegetarian diet, I found it a little difficult but not impossible. To be honest, it's just such a gorgeous city I mostly just wandered around and drank (coffee or vodka, never both at the same time).

Enjoy!

Re: Krakow

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 22:18
by islandhopper
Yeah - basically it's difficult to find vegetarian food, but it's never a chore searching because of how beautiful the place is (apart from when your feet are aching and you're starving).

Auschwitz is certainly a remarkable experience for better or for worse. It's most definitely worth getting a tour guide because they, understandably, don't have big colourful signs up everywhere explaining it all.

Re: Krakow

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 22:43
by Woodbine
According to Google it has a couple of veggie restaurants, and it reckons that most places have a veggie option but I find that hard to believe! Hopefully it won't be like my friend who went to Prague and claimed he had to subsist on omlettes for the entire stay, although when I investigated going there there seemed to be loads of veggie options!

I've just Googled the salt mines and they look ace, especially the underground chapel bit! I'm mad for all that kind of stuff, so thanks.

How long do you think we'd need for looking around all the good bits at a leisurely place and doing Auschwitz too? Four days? Five?

Re: Krakow

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 23:18
by islandhopper
Well you're talking a good bit of a day for both the salt mines and Auschwitz as they're a little out of town. I think I was there for 4 days but that didn't leave much time for just hanging about. Which is my favourite thing to do really.

Re: Krakow

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:22
by Carys
Four days was about right for wandering plus a day out to the salt mines, so I'd say five days if you're going to visit Auschwitz too.

Re: Krakow

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 17:40
by cuppie
Being a vegetarian shouldn't be a problem, as Krakow's a pretty big touristy city. But I don't know what vegetarians do in the country in these parts, or in places where tourists don't go. I need to do some research but I'll be darned if the bread doesn't taste like ham and the ice cream like chicken sometimes.

Re: Krakow

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 08:03
by RITH
Nothing to add really, but another YES to the salt mines.
Also indeed get a guide when visiting Auschwitz.

What else did I do? We visited the Philip Morris tobacco plant, for some reason. Interesting, disgusting, but not necessarily something I'd say you should do.

I had the best time just wandering around the amazing Old Town.

Re: Krakow

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 14:44
by sarahluv
my mum's been a fe times. she got me lovely silver jewellery and rather oddly beautiful tights! i'll ask her if the vodka factory she went to was in krakow. i think she may have hotel contacts too...

Re: Krakow

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 20:34
by Woodbine
Five days it is then - thanks all for your suggestions. I might be back in a couple of months when I'm wondering where to stay.

Re: Krakow

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:16
by photojonny
I'm going next week! Any more tips?