The signature piece of Krakow's nightlife is the string of cellar pubs around Old Town Square. Many of these were discovered in the last hundred years and have been remodeled as bars, restaurants and concert halls. I toured a number of these with a group of expats from my hostel and I'm...more
Krakow's Old Town Square is one of the largest in Europe. In the middle is the Cloth Hall Market, where you can pick up many reasonable priced souvenirs. Around the periphery are many pubs and restaurants. This is an excellent spot for photo ops with tourists and birds, not unlike Piazza San...more
When I backpacked Europe for three months, I looked everywhere for locally-made, reasonably-priced souvenirs. Most of the things I brought home came from here. I bought a wooden chess set for about five dollars, a men's wooden vanity box for the about the same. The jewelry sellers specialize...more
Krakow's town center is composed of a number of historic buildings set in a grand square. The main building is Cloth Hill Market. Cloth Hill Market is one of the best places to buy souvenirs in Europe. Salesmen hawk various homemade Polish handicrafts. I bought a wooden chess set for the...more
Krakow has one of the largest town squares in Europe. In the center is the Cloth Hill Market, which is packed with purveyors of reasonably priced wooden handicrafts as well as Baltic amber jewelry. I bought a chess set here for $5 and I played three games on a stone bench with an old man who asked me for a...more
Krakow was the medieval capital of Poland and is the nation's cultural heart. It's also one of the more unspoiled corners of Europe. It's worth a few days of your time to check out of the cellar bar scene and take a day trip to Auschwitz....more
A fellow traveler with whom I was sharing a room at Dizzy Daisy Hostel treated me to dinner here during one of my four nights in Krakow. It was a fairly standard English pub set in the streets around Old Town Square.
On one of the four days that I was in Krakow it rained rather heavily. to stay dry I ducked under a covered portico of the tower where I was treated to uncommonly good violin music played by gypsies. I gave them a few coins and went on my way.
Unfortunately, due to centuries of oppression and occupation, the grandeur of ancient Poland is often forgotten. During the 17th century the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth was one of the largest states in the world. A Polish general helped break the Ottoman siege of Vienna. Wawel Castle is a...more