Krakow: City Guide (Blue Guides Series)

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One of Europe’s "cities of culture" in the year 2000 and already on UNESCO’s world heritage list, the Polish city of Kraków is an increasingly popular vacation destination.

For centuries, Kraków has rivaled the great Central European cities of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. A huge number of attractions from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods are located in and around this ancient city.

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Overview

One of Europe’s "cities of culture" in the year 2000 and already on UNESCO’s world heritage list, the Polish city of Kraków is an increasingly popular vacation destination.

For centuries, Kraków has rivaled the great Central European cities of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. A huge number of attractions from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods are located in and around this ancient city.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393321388
  • Publisher: Blue Guide
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Blue Guide
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Acknowledgements 8
How to use the Guide 9
Highlights 9
Practical information
Planning your trip 11
When to go 11
Entry requirements 11
Polish tourist boards 11
Tour operators 12
Polish embassies and consulates abroad 12
Consulates in Krakow 12
Customs 12
Currency and banks 13
Health and insurance 14
Disabled travellers 14
Getting there 15
By air 15
By rail 15
By coach 16
By car 16
Where to stay 17
Recommended hotels 18
Pensions 21
Private rooms 21
Student dormitories 21
Youth hostels 22
Camp sites 22
Getting around 23
Maps 23
Public transport 23
Driving 24
Car hire 24
Taxis 25
Eating and drinking 25
Regional cooking 27
Drinking 27
A standard menu 28
Restaurants 32
Cafes 37
Late-night eating 39
Late-night bars and clubs 39
Telephone, postal services 42
Internet 42
Cultural events and festivals 43
Events calendar 43
Cabaret 45
Cinema 46
Music 46
Theatre 47
Amusement parks 48
Zoo 48
Botanical gardens 48
Museums and galleries 48
Churches 51
Shopping 51
Sport 58
Polish language 60
Additional information 66
Public holidays 66
Tourist information offices in Krakow 67
Visiting the rest of Poland 68
Travel agents 69
Crime and personal safety 70
Emergency telephone numbers 70
Useful websites 71
Newspapers 71
Laundry 71
Toilets 71
Cloakrooms 72
Time zone 72
Electric current 72
Background information
Krakow's history and culture, by Pawel Pencakowski 73
Further reading 87
The Guide
Walks around the Old Town
1 The Market Square 89
2 North of the Market Square [similar] ul. Florianska 103
3 South of the Market Square [similar] ul. Grodzka 108
4 South of the Market Square [similar] ul. Kanonicza 114
5 Wawel 118
6 The Old University Quarter 130
7 Around the Planty Park 134
Walks beyond the Old Town
1 Jewish Kazimierz 140
2 Christian Kazimierz 144
3 Podgorze 147
4 Along the Vistula 148
5 East of the Market Square [similar] ul. Kopernika 151
6 Nowa Huta 151
7 The Rakowicki Cemetery 155
8 The New University Quarter 156
9 Salwator, the Kosciuszko Mound and Przegorzaly 156
Beyond the city
1 The Wolski Forest, Bielany Monastery and the Villa Decius 160
2 The Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec 163
Days out from Krakow
Auschwitz-Birkenau 165
The Salt Mine in Wieliczka 167
The Pieniny Mountains 169
Lanckorona and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska 170
The Ojcow National Park 172
The Castle in Nowy Wisnicz 173
Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains 175
Glossary 182
Index 187
Maps and plans
Krakow Old Town (Stare Miasto)
Kazimierz and Podgorze
Ground plans
St Mary's Church 95
Wawel Hill 119
Wawel Cathedral 124
Town plans
Central Krakow 100
Kazimierz and Podgorze 142
Zakopane 178
Area maps
Nowa Huta 153
Salwator and Przegorzaly 157
The Tatra National Park 179
Wolski Forest, Krakow 161
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