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... of anyone ever being there. It seems to want to wipe out the presence of millions of people, just like it did during the war. It's where everyone first arrived and where, for most, the decision as to whether they lived - at least for a short time - or died straight away was made within minutes. Birkenau is huge and cold and the barbed wire fences seem to go on and on into what feels like infinity. You see ...
... arrived with their furniture they had to leave most of it in a big square. This square now has a very poignant monument consisting of many single empty chairs, most facing the death camp. We saw where Schindler's factory was and also the area where Spielberg filmed the movie "Schindler's List".
The Hollywood version was not quite accurate, but close enough. We took ourselves out to the Wieliczka salt mine, about ...
... gas. It was quite hard to see the rooms full of shoes, eyeglasses, suitcases and clothing. The worst was the rooms the children's clothes and shoes and the full room of human hair and the hair cloth that was made from the hair, they almost made me physically sick.
I was happy to leave that building.
In Block 6 (Everyday Life of the Prisoner) they outline what the prisoners went through. Many died from overwork, starvation, sadistic ...
... most of which were led there as soon as they arrived at the camp. I’ll put descriptions of everything on the photos, but be prepared, as it’s very confronting. Shortly after that there was a 20 minute break, and onto the shuttle bus to take us to Birkenau, which is about 3 times the size. We stood in the area where thousands of people came on a train, and were sent either to the camps to work, or to the gas chambers. There was ...
... bathrooms were interesting. The shower head didn't work right so when I showered I just took off the head and used it like a garden hose. It wasn't a fun experience, but you have to expect these things when staying at cheap hostels. It makes you appreciate coming back home to your own bathroom at the end of the trip. Anyways, after we cleaned up we went to bed pretty early because we'd have to get up early again.
The next day we visited the Auschwitz concentration ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Batory Krakow
We spent three nights here in early March, paying 55 euros per night including breakfast. It exceeded our expectations. The hotel is attractively decorated with spacious rooms furnished in a homey, light pine style. Very comfortable beds. A lot of care was obviously taken in creating this hotel. The staff were helpful and always congenial. There is an elevator.
Having previously stayed at the Regent, we wanted to stay in a different part of Krakow purely to try experience different areas. We chose Batory because of location, price and reviews. Its located to the east about 10 minutes from centre on foot and about 10 to Kazimierz but with excellent trams just a couple of minutes away. Its not the prettiest of hotels from the outside but inside its clean, nicely decorated and warm. The staff, all of them, were so helpful and friendly. We were greeted in the restaurant every time and meals were excellent. We had dinner there first night, a lovely meal and excellent value, indeed cheaper than many of the places in the centre. Only complaint was that while smoking is not permitted in bedrooms, its ok in the restaurant it appears. Breakfasts were wonderful, great range of meat, cheese, bread, etc. Our room was small but perfect, clean and nicely fitted out. Phone, tv, hairdryer, good shower, plenty of towels and bottles of mineral water every day. We walked everywhere in a matter of minutes - castle, bus station, etc. from the hotel. For the price it offers excellent facilities and location it was a perfect base for us.
Perfect location and good value for money
This hotel was ideal for our needs. It was clean and good value for money. The bedroom wasn't massive but spacious enough for us as it really was just a base for our trip. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The breakfast choice was good as was the evening menu, however the restaurant lacked atmosphere, particularly in the evenings when you want the lights dimmed a bit.
The best thing for us was the location as it was a few minutes walk from the main square but quiet as it is on a residential street. Plus, in the other direction a few minutes walk will take you to a great new shopping centre.
Loved Krakow and would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Krakow is an excellent city! We have recommended it to all our friends and plan a second visit in March this year. The Hotel Batory was pleasant with great food (mushroom soup very tasty) and friendly staff. Unfortunately the hotel was very busy; large groups of elderly tourists and school kids... not great if you're a young couple on a romantic holiday. Our room was ground floor, at the end of a long corridor and the room was dark. We asked for a quieter room away from the terrace but there was nothing available. Nevertheless, we settled in and had a great time. Our verdict; nice hotel, good for group bookings and excellent food.
Home from Home
The Batory Hotel was above our expectations. The Staff were friendly and extreamly helpful and made us feel special. Hotel was very clean and the rooms were comfortable and of a good size. The food was plentiful and of a high standard. We were able to arrange tours from the hotel and the Old Town was within walking distance. We stayed a week and had a wonderful holiday. Krakow is an unforgetable city we hope to return to some day as there was so much to do and see.
Myself and my two friends stayed here for 2 nights. We booked a 3 bed room in the guesthouse and were given a room with 5 beds. So we had plenty of space! The room itself was spotless. Its only 5 minute walk from the train station and within walking distance of all the sights. The breakfast was lovely and plentiful. You can book the Auschwitz tour at reception and the bus picks you up there. Would recommend this hotel.
A Great Value!
We just returned from a great trip in Poland and Krakow was definitely a highlight. We spent three nights at the Hotel Batory and found it comfortable and hospitable. We found that it was strictly non-smoking in both the rooms and the restaurant, however, if you sit at the outdoor patio, it seems that everyone is smoking!
We had a great traditional Polish meal the first night and the breakfast spread is delightful. It's very close to Krakow's stunning town square. The guarded car park is a nice feature.
No A/C, but the ceiling fan kept the room cool.
All in all, this was a great stay at a great price. Highly recommended!
Having taken the advice of other "TripAdvisors" I duly booked for the Batory Hotel. I enjoyed my stay although things must have changed since the non-smoking public areas as smoking was rife in both the restaurant and bar which bothered me a bit but not enough to put me off.
Having recently returned from a vacation in Krakow - staying at the Hotel Batory - I can strongly recommend the Hotel as one of the finest in which I have ever stayed.
beutiful guesthouse, gorgeous decor, spotlessly clean, very comfortable, above standard breakfast buffet. Really was a very enjoyable place to stay, good living area with satellite t.v and comfy sofa and eating area.
would highly recommend it..especially since was only €40 per night for the guesthouse incl. breakfast! and about 5 minutes walk to the very centre of Krakow!!