A Cracker in Krakow

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I arrived in Krakow around 2 pm after almost 15 hours by bus. Just changed busses in Budapest, basically hopping from a bus to another. Surprisingly I wasn’t tired at all as the buses were comfy and only a few passengers so plenty of room to stretch, and spent most of the trip sleeping.

 

I checked in the Flamingo Hostel, right in the heart of Krakow in the main Square, a great hostel who was just celebrating 3 years of existence and there were throwing a party that night.

 

Quick tip: Krakow’s Old Town Square is the largest in Europe.

Adam Mickiewicz in the Old Town Square

 

My next connection to Warsaw was quite easy, there are several trains running between the two places every day but my biggest worry was how would I get from Warsaw up till Tallinn. It was on a Saturday afternoon and all the travel agencies in Krakow were already closed, the next day wasn’t lookin good either. So I just booked tickets on the net with EuroLines, a bus company which I will basically use throughout all my travels in the Baltic countries.

 

With all my connections till Tallinn completed it was time for the Flamingo party, which started with cake and drinks in the hostel’s common room and finished in a club with tequila shots and plenty of polish lager. It was great fun, I met a lot of people but by midnight it was time out for me as the long travel, the little sleep and some pints finally caught up on me.

 

The next day I went with some of the fellow travellers from Flamingo on a free tour of Krakow.

Eros Bendato by Igor Mitoraj me and the tour guide
The guide was great and took us to see basically the main sights in Krakow, even visiting a flea market near the Kazmierz, the Jewish quarter. Ended the tour with a quick snack that you a have a to try while in Poland: Zapiekanka - a halved baguette  topped with mushrooms, cheese and pretty much any other topping you want and trust me you have plenty to choose from.

 

Around 7 PM I hopped on a train to Krakow which was very crowded as it was quite cheap but would also arrive in Warsaw in decent time - the price was around 10 euros.

 

Advice for Krakow: careful when exchanging money. Some places have commission on every transaction, or some only display the some exchanging prices when you exchange over, lets say, 500 euros.

 

kamja says:
Ps. I absolutely love Kazimierz an the neighbourhood. It's such a characteristical place.
Posted on: Nov 21, 2010
kamja says:
I didn't know that the Old Town is so big. Krakow is one of my favourite among Polish cities. That's what the old town should look like. I hope you enjoyed zapiekanka.
Posted on: Nov 21, 2010
sylviandavid says:
I love your tips... very useful....
Posted on: Feb 19, 2010
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Krakow Hostels review
Flamingo Hostel
Located in the heart of Krakow’s old town square, Flamingo was best hostel in the world in 2007. Beds are very comfortable; the kitchen isn’t tha… read entire review
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