Planty, Krakow, Poland
Planty Park Krakow Reviews
The Planty Aug 27, 2013
The Planty is the long thin park that circles the old town of Krakow. It is a pleasant park, with lots of dappled sunlight through the trees, and is a 4km circumference, roughly speaking. Following the line of the old town walls, which were destroyed by the Austrians, it marks the boundary between the old city and the new. There are several beer kiosks there, and lots of park benches, happy dogs, and fountains. It is also where you can find the Barbican, which is the old city gate. Almost directly opposite the Barbican, it passes under the Wawel castle complex, past a tourist information place, and under the nose of the Wawel dragon statue. If you want to take a picture of the dragon without it being festooned in other people’s children, I suggest you turn up before 9.30am. That’s when I went, and it was already starting to get busy with tourists, children, and people selling tourists small cuddly dragons for the children. The Wawel stretch of the Planty is also where it meets the river, and a good place to pick up boat tours if that is what you want to do.
The Planty is also studded with roads, like spokes in a wheel, so there are stretches that are safer for children and dogs than others. The park skirts quite a busy road between the river and the Katyn memorial, for example, which can be quite busy. Paths are generally shared between pedestrians and bikes, but the busy stretches have separate paths and as people use it as a commuter route, it would be polite not to walk right up the cycle path in front of a traffic jam like the couple I saw. That said, it is a nice jogging route, if you are taking your running shoes with you on your holiday, and it’s a lovely walk to clear a hangover.
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