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On 01/02/2021 at 16:06, Romeo said:

Looking at booking Krakow for November. I really wanted to go to Auschwitz but this is a definite no no for Mrs Romeo. I like the sound of the salt mines but saw a couple of people say it's too long/boring towards the end? Is it a set time tour and you can't leave?

No one could class Auschwitz as a fun day out but having been a bit reluctant to go myself I'd say it is the kind of place everyone should visit at some time in their life.  It's very humbling and you'll be better people for the experience.

I enjoyed the salt mines. Tours are in organised groups which you're probably better to stick with during the mine part of the tour. Once our group reached the main hall everyone split up and went their own way. You can skip through the gift shop and cafe but as the Mantis has said there can be a  bit of a wait for the lift.

For both tours we left Krakow around 0930 and were back in the city by lunchtime. 

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I've been to Krakow. We did Auchwitz. We did it on the last day of our holiday.

I'd never say I enjoyed it but it's definitely somewhere I think everyone should visit.

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I haven’t been to Auchwitz but did visit Dachau when visiting Munich. I do recommend going, it’s not a fun day out, but I don’t think that the history or significance of a place is equalled anywhere else I have been. 

In terms of Krakow itself, Oskar Schindler’s factory is there. The castle was worth visiting and there is a cracking cafe called Camelot which has excellent Perogi. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/poland/malopolska/krakow/nightlife/cafe-camelot/a/poi-dri/419815/360295

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1 hour ago, Gaz said:

I've been to Krakow. We did Auchwitz. We did it on the last day of our holiday.

I'd never say I enjoyed it but it's definitely somewhere I think everyone should visit.

I think this sums it up well.  We went there as well and the history is horrific, but I am glad I have seen it. 

The more people that are made aware of what happened in the likes of Auschwitz the better in order to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.   

 

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8 hours ago, Romeo said:

Not sure what to do regarding to his now the Tory c**t Shaaps has said Boone is going anywhere til we are all vacinated.

Well, Poland's vaccine rollout is among the best in the EU so far at least.

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Standing in a gas chamber was a horrific moment and you can only imagine what went through these poor souls minds at the time.  Really if you go to Krakow you must visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, it really makes you think.  Cheer yourself up by doing the Salt Mine the next day.

Lots of great cheap bars just off the main square. Got into a discussion with some Jews one night and the old boy told us he had been in 6 or 7 camps and showed us the number tattoo on his wrist. After Auschwitz it was interesting to hear from someone who had lived through it.

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I went 5 years ago and really enjoyed the trip. I went independently to Auschwitz on a public bus. It might have changed but if you were in before 10ish, you could look around own. After that time you were on a timed and guided visit. If you are into history, the Nazi HQ (and torture cells) are equally chilling and located 15 mins walk from the city in a building on edge of Kraków centre. There’s an old fashioned cafe bar just off main square which had the Free Polish resistance radio station based secretly upstairs.

The main square is large, beautifully laid out and has plenty of architecture, bars, restaurants, street stuff going on. I liked too the one hour classical music concerts in the small but very ornate churches on the square. 
The Jewish quarter is also worth a walk, especially for the market. Alternatively if it’s a lads’ trip, there’s plenty of bars, vodka bars and a ubiquitous British sports bar on the square and plenty of lapdancers if that’s your thing. 
 

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On 04/10/2021 at 20:34, Mitch said:

Booked for January. Going to be stupidly cold, but going to go for it.

 I went in January 2019 and it was fine - lots of snow but not really cold.  We did some of the local guided tours which were great. 

Make sure you try a zapiekanka, a type of Polish pizza. 

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Avoid the cheap beer in those dirt cheap zloty bars in the city centre (there was a chain of about a dozen of them) as it is usually flat. Get the vodka (flavoured options available for the weak) and a slug of herring or another bar snack instead and treat it like a Polish version of tapas. 

If you don't mind either some pidgin English or butchering the Polish language yourself, this place in the Old Town is an excellent place for traditional Polish food and great pint of Zywiec as well. With locals in they'll be battering through their vodka selection from lunchtime as well so don't be shy on that front. 

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