Travel Blogs from Krakow
... Polish. We then all headed out to the city centre at the Wawel Castle, here we walked around the castle and into the old town city centre where we took some pictures and headed to an Irish bar for some ore drinks, yes Australians in an Irish bar in Poland! Lol. They also played John Farnham which made us giggle. We the headed not a club called Shakers, it was much better than the one in Melbourne. Here a beer cost 3 zloty, and my flat 7up cost 7 zloty... ...
... Moment'. The leg looked like it belonged to a ten year old...I really couldn't bare it. I moved as quickly as possible, now close to tears, while still taking as many photos as I could. When I looked at it a second time, I felt a lot calmer. I still don't know why that prosthetic made the whole situation hit home, I have no sisters and I am (I think) not a girl. But it did. That's all I know. Onto Auschwitz II, or Auschwitz-Birkenau. This was ...
... their bodies were scavenged over to look for gold fillings before cremation, once cremated their ashes were used as fertilizer.
After a short break we took a bus from Auschwitz to Birkenau (Auschwitz II). The first thing that struck me here was the sheer size of the camp. All that remained of most of the barracks were the foundations. In Auschwitz the barracks were brick building where here they were mostly wood, which made it ...
... were forced into the ghetto the conditions were so crowded that the residents were force to throw their furniture into the square to make room for each other.
The chairs are a memorial to the ghetto & its victims & each chair faces the death camp that was located only a few miles away. Its just one of many interesting memorials in all of Poland & again it gives an impression of emptiness.
In the corner of the square is the site of a pharmacy that ...
... the whole mine, almost everything from walls, floors and ceilings were salt.
The most impressive room was the underground cathedral carved entirely out of salt which was a huge room with high ceilings and intricate decorations everywhere including the beautiful alter area and chandeliers, all of which was made from salt. You really have to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eden Hotel Krakow
My husband and I ave just come back after spending two nights at the Hotel Eden and all I can say is thank you to everyone who recommended this hotel - it was excellent!
What can I say about this hotel. This was my second visit and every time I go it surpasses itself. The staff are absolutely fantastic, Nothing is too much trouble, they organised a restaurant booking (there were 20 of us)in a fabulous place, transfers to Auschwitz and the airport, and again we were a large group which is no mean feat. They were charming at all times and even put up with 14 teenagers who I must admit did behave very well. To sum up the students thoughts of this hotel we stayed at the Hilton Stanstead the night before we left and all of the group said they would not return there as they would prefer to stay an extra day at the Eden. I would personally recommend it to anybody, and no wonder it is number 1 on the Trip Advisor site.I am returning in 6 weeks time with my family and then hopefully in the summer and october (for another school visit). This place will always be my first choice. Ye Olde goat inn, the breakfast the rooms the location are all outstanding, but what makes it for me is the staff, thankyou for making our visit another wonderful experience.
What a great hotel! The first part of our trip to Krakow was spent near the Rynek (Market Square) in the hotel Saski, and the last 3 days in the Jewish Quarter. I highly recommend spending at least a few days in the Jewish Qtr with another few days near the main square as the Jewish Qtr is a good half an hour walk from the main action. Anyway, our room was spacious since we were on the 3rd floor. Our rooms reminded me of my childhood house with the attic dormers, etc. Many amenities abound here: free internet, a just okay, but free breakfast, a wonderful bar in the basement (Ye Olde Goat), and the Salt Grottos. We sat on "reclining beach chairs" in a chilly room on top of a floor filled with Dead Sea Salts and just inhaled the therapeutic aroma. Whether or not this works, well, it doesn't matter. We felt better. We also had the option of in-room massages! Take advantage of this, please! A one-hour massage (on a table the masseuses bring in) cost $40 U.S. or 120 PLN. Well worth it! All in all: loved it and would definitely come back if I'm in Krakow.
New year at the hotel eden
we arrived at the eden hotel on december 31st, it's only a short journey from the airport by taxi. it was a particulary cold snowy day and we were delighted to find the hotel so warm and welcoming. our room was spacious, very clean and had everything we expected well stocked minibar etc. the staff throughout the hotel were exceptionally helpful and friendly nothing was too much trouble any time day or night. the hotel is located in kazimierz which is a delightful district fulll of quaint bars and eateries, also within easy walking distance of the town centre. all in all we had a wonderful stay in krackow and would certainly return to hotel eden on our next visit. susan + freddy, edinburgh, scotland.
I stayed 4 days, between September 30th and October 3rd, and had a wonderful time in Hotel Eden. Although I booked a single room, they provided me with a very wide and elegant double room in the attic, which made it a pleasure to come "home", after a day of touring around! The bathroom was quite big (and clean), too.
We stayed at the Hotel Eden in Krakow in June 2005 for 3 nights on the second leg of our mini-tour of central Europe. The hotel is located within the historic, bohemian, slightly tatty but all the more beautiful for it Kazimierz area of the city- by far the best area to stay in my opinion.
While my last visit was Nov 2004 ,I have stayed at this hotel several times in the past at different times of the year. The staff are very friendly and the owner is a mine of information on most local tourist issues -particularly on the historical sites in Kazimierz and surrounding area. The location is ideal for visiting the historical sites in Kazimierz and former ghetto area across the nearby river. Schindlers List was filmed in the area and many of the film locations are walking distance from the hotel . The famous Castle and Market square of Cracow are in walking distance or a 5 minute tram ride. For me personally , the main attraction is actually staying in Kazimierz since many of the buildings and streets churches and synagogues were untouched by World War II and it is possible (with the aid of local museum photographs) to get a feel of the ambience prior to World War II.
This is a wonderful, relatively small hotel in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Highly recommend! The room we had was charming, with a small balcony overlooking the old Jewish cemetery. Because of the popularity of the district, I would suggest asking for a room that is not facing the street. The hotel had all necessary amenities in the room and the people who work at the hotel were terrifically helpful with information. Breakfast was lovely and certainly one of the most complete we had on our travels. Probably the only tiny complaint would be the coffee--instant only! As a side note, I believe it is the only hotel that is actually run by a Jewish family.
Great little hotel
we just stayed in the Eden in may o5. I choose this property based on size and reviews. the hotel is really clean and the beds are very comfortable. the bathroom was large and the shower was great after the one we had in Spain. the rooms are on the small size. we found the staff really helpful & the room includes a buffet breakfast. they have 2 computers and free internet use. the location is great a 15 minute walk to the old town. we had supper near the hotel each night & there are lots of bars and restaurants nearby. i would definitely stay t here again. Paul Canada
Bargain hotel in quiet location
This small hotel is situated in the historic old Jewish district of Kazimierz a short tram ride from the old centre of Krakow. Its is on a very quiet street overlooking a small square. Our room was spacious and clean. The buffet breakfast was fairly basic but with copious smoked salmon. The staff are very helpful and there is even an apparently little used pub in the basement. Within easy walking distance are numerous bars and restaurants. Apparently the hotel is the only one in Krakow to offer truly Kosher food. Evening meals must be booked in advance, so not needing Kosher food we ate elsewhere.
Booking through ---travelpoland--- gave us a rate of about 60USD for the room per night, so it was a real bargain.