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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 …
... John Paul II lived in Krakow.
After the walking tour, I went on my own to explore Street Art. On the map proivded, there were a few spots identified. they were disappointing. I walked nearly the whole afternoon.
Nonetheless, the things I passed by along the way made it worthwhile. I passed by the Jewish qarter. I passed by a handicraft shop where I bought acouple of handmade earrings. Crocheted in bright yellow and then in ...
... for free, the crypt and bell tower require tickets. Castle - at the far end there are steps leading down to what is said to have once been the cave of a dragon (!). To add to the effect, there's a flame blowing dragon outside the cave, also considered a child magnet, it's definitely a tourist attraction. If that isn't enough, you can get fluffy green dragons by the stall load every few metres around the ...
... esh ch - figure that one out. We scrubbed the grot off and napped once in our hotel rooms. Claw, Gruz and I went out for dinner while Michael continued his sleep. The town squares were full of life and I think there's a music festival on and there were people dancing and the buildings and lane ways were lit up - a lovely atmosphere. Now, we are sitting in our hotel bar about to eat some ice cream with hot cherries. Off to Auschwitz tomorrow. It's forecast to be a warm 32degrees, ...
That's what the locals call the Cloth Hall, which sits in the middle of the old city market plaza. It dates from about 1410, if I read one thing correctly. It has always been a market place for local Polish artisans, farmers, and other citizens to bring their products to market.
The first picture shows it is a long narrow building. The central hall ...
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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.