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Travel Blogs from Krakow
This morning we went to Wieliczka, a salt mine which is on the UNESCO heritage register. It only stopped being a working salt mine in the late 90s and is an amazing place. Alan and I went there 10 years ago but decided to revisit it with Viv (Mal decided not to go). We went 150 metres into the bowels of the earth by hundreds of steps into a mine …
... day I took myself off the The Schindler's Factory Museum, which was the historical account of Krakow during WW2. It was very interesting although the exhibits had lots & lots of reading which was a bit taxing on my brain after a while, but I did learn a lot! I wish I had paid more attention in history class at school!
The plan for our last day in Krakow was to comb those market ...
The Franciscan church is located across the street from the house where Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul) lived when he was bishop, then archbishp of Krakow. It was interesting finding out more about his life, as he is much beloved in Poland. Not only was he a religious leader (albeit too conservative for many modern Catholics) but also an inspiring and influential voice against the Communists who controlled Eastern Europe from the ...
... were cast under. Then came the hall of photos of the victims, men women and children. These original mug shots were taken by the Nazi's, and now these are hung together in a moving exhibit. Each photo details their names, dates of birth, occupation, where they came from, and finally date of death. The stares in every photo is haunting. The next exhibits were the most moving of all, piles of human hair (to be used for products by the third ...
... too either, but none-the-less so much information to take in and as our guide said, we need to learn and remember what happend to avoid the same thing happening again.
We arrived back in town mid afternoon and heading to the Jewish Quarter to stroll around. First stop a funky little bar with found with a beautiful view to reflect on the morning with each other before moving on to happier topics of conversation.
The Jewish quarter is so very different to the main ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ester Krakow
Went expecting an average hotel and were very pleasantly surprised. Room on the top floor with large skylights. Minamilist furniture and very smart bathroom, kept spotless. Staff were extemely friendly and helpful. Cold buffet breakfast served from 7:30 till 11.
Lots of restaurants and bars close by, quite lively in the evening and an easy walk into the centre.
Sue & Jonathan (London)
Wir sind gerade von einer Wochenendreise im Hotel Ester zurückgekehrt und können es unbedingt weiterempfehlen. Es ist nicht luxuriös, aber sauber, ordentlich und die Angestellten sind freundlich und effizient. Das Frühstücksbüffet war ein Genuss. Das Hotel hat eine ausgezeichnete Lage inmitten des jüdischen Viertels, das nachts sehr belebt ist. Zum Marktplatz sind es zu Fuß ca. 15 Minuten. Man könnte ein moderneres Hotel in der Innenstadt finden, aber dieses hier hat Charakter. Uns wurde gesagt, dass Krakau in der Zukunft das "neue" Prag sein wird. Ich würde auf jedem Fall vorher noch hin fahren! Die Restaurants sind nach westeuropäischem Standard sehr günstig, allerdings wird sich dies wohl auch ändern. Der Marktplatz ist der größte in Europa und wirklich beeindruckend. Ein Besuch nach Auschwitz / Birkenau muss sein, das ehemalige KZ ist jetzt ein staatliches Museum und der Besuch dort war sehr traurig, aber unvergesslich.
Ausgezeichnetes Hotel in historischer Lage, für Jedermann empfehlenswert
Wir sind zu dritt für zwei Tage dort gewesen und haben es geliebt. Das Hotel wurde kürzlich renoviert und unser Zimmer (16) war picobello, die Angestellten sehr freundlich, die Bar sehr schön und das kontinentale Frühstück ausgezeichnet. In der Nähe des Hotels befindet sich alles was man braucht, Kneipen, Supermärkte, Restaurants, Touren etc., es gibt sogar eine Bank neben dran. Gegenüber dem Hotel liegt eine tolle, kleine Kneipe mit dem Namen Crocodile. Zu Fuß zum Marktplatz geht man ungefähr 10 bis 15 Minuten und um die Ecke liegt ein kleiner Markt, wiederum mit Kneipen und Restaurants. Kazimeirz ist wie eine Zeitreise zurück in die Dreißiger Jahre, eine tolle Erfahrung. Ich hoffe es gefällt Ihnen, wir kommen auf jedem Fall zurück.
I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights along with 2 friends and all of us thought it was excellent, particularly in light of the very low price we paid. We shared a family room (3 single beds) and there was ample space for all of us.
Excellent hotel in historic locale,recommended for all
three of us went for two days and loved the place ,the hotel has recently been refurbished and the room we had (16) was immaculate,nice friendly staff,bar etc was good,continental breakfast was great.Around the hotel is everything you need ,bars supermarkets,restuarants,tours etc,also a bank next door.theres a great little pub opposite called the crocodile.10 to 15 minutes walk to main market square,thers a little market around the corner with bars and restuarants all about the place.kazimeirz by the way is like a timewarp back to the thirties but great.hope you enjoy the place, i will be back
This hotel claims to be 3-star. The room (NO 10) allocated to us was 2 or 1 star. With one side of the bed attached to the wall and my wife who is 58 having in clamber over one side of the bed to get to her side. Facilities in very small room were poor. TV showing only Polish programmes with poor reception, carpets needed cleaning. and even the the bathroom taps were placed too high above the basin.
Not to be missed
Just returned from Hotel Ester on a weekend break.
Highly recommended. Not luxurious but clean, tid and staff friendly and efficient. Most enjoybable buffet breakfast.
Excellent location in the heart of the Jewish quarter which is very lively at night. 15 minutes walk to Market Square.
You could go to a more modern hotel in the City but this one has character.
We've heard that Krakow will eventually become the "new" Prague. I'd go there before it does!
On western European standards it's very cheap to eat out although prices are supposed to be rising. The Market Square is the largest in Europe and very impressive
A visit to Aushwitz/Birkeneau has to be done. It is now a State museum and the experience is a sad one but unforgettable.
I stayed 4 nights with a tour group and so I couldn't leave, or otherwise I would have checked out.
Fine but no frills
Good location on pleasant leafy Jewish Square. Although fairly recently refurbished don't expect it to be modern by western european standards. The room was a decent size and clean, bathroom large with deep bath. But all rather 70ish with floral wallpaper and rather (even though new) dated fittings. No frills like mini bar or safe etc. Nice staff, pleasant dining room and the breakfast was fine. We paid about £43 a night with breakfast which I felt was about right.