Travel Blogs from Krakow
... way but there are tiny elevators that take you down some of the way and up again. I think we walked about 3km on the tour.
Pope John Paul II features in a Krakow as this is where he was born and spent time here as a cardinal. He is a little like the statue of David in Florence, he is everywhere!
After the salt mines we did a walking tour of the town, great way to get into the little alleyways of the old town. We sat and had lunch, traditional polish sausage soup ...
Today we were up early and on a bus as we were headed out to Auschwitz to visit the concentration camp. There are two camps in Auschwitz the original site, which now has a museum intertwined through it, and the second site which Hitler ordered to be built as the first site became to small. Needless to say the second is huge!
We started at the first camp with a guided tour through the museum and buildings. The museum is built in and around the buildings in ...
... chapels and a large functioning Church with salt chandeliers and pulpit. We thought twice about taking the several hundred steps back up and took the lift. Back in Krakow and more meandering through new areas. I ventured to the Engineering and infrastructure Museum. It was a little lame but I did get to check out some classic Polish cars and trams. More walking along the western bank of the Vistula River for a different view of Wawel Castle from up the Western side of the Old ...
... to blue and using various methods to make Jewish women infertile. Next to this is Block 11 which was known as the “Death Block” as it was used as a prison and between Block 10 and 11 was the Firing Wall where over 10 thousand prisoners were lined up and shot. Finally we made our way to the Crematorium while trying to avoid the heavy rain that had just arrived. What surprised me about this camp was that it was pretty much completely intact as all ...
Today Martha and Stephanie and I had an excursion to tour a salt mine. The others decided not to come, but rather opted to take it easy. This salt mine is located about 20 minutes outside of Krakow. This salt mine was in operation for over 700 years, with tunnels that extend for over 300 kilometers. Now the mine is no longer functional, but is instead a tourist attraction.
Most of the rock salt in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Matejko Krakow
I loved this hotel, the location can't be beaten,apart from being very close to the town centre,it is also a five minute walk from the main railway station meaning getting around (inclucing to and fron the airport) is very easy.There is a tourist office on the same square where tours can be booked to Aushwitz and the salt mines etc. if that's what you prefer. The rooms are a good size and our lovely shower room was newly done. The staff were very helpful,the included breakfast very good and plentiful. A big bonus was that the hotel,despite being so central,was very peaceful, and very quiet at night giving us a good nights sleep in the clean and comfortable beds.
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Ich bin von diesem Hotel begeistert. Die Lage ist unschlagbar, es ist sehr nahe am Stadtzentrum, bis zum Hauptbahnhof geht man fünf Minuten, so kann man ganz leicht herumkommen (auch zum Flughafen). Am gleichen Platz ist auch eine Touristeninfostelle, dort kann man Ausflüge nach Auschwitz und zu den Salzminen buchen wenn Sie das gerne sehen möchten.
Die Zimmer sind recht groß und unser tolles Bad war neu renoviert worden. Die Angestellten sind sehr hilfsbereit, das im Preis enthaltene Frühstück war sehr gut und reichhaltig. Ein großer Pluspunkt war, dass das Hotel trotz der zentralen Lage sehr friedlich war. Nachts war es sehr ruhig und so konnten wir in den sauberen und komfortablen Betten gut schlafen.
Just returned from 4 day break in Krakow, stayed at Matejko hotel, excellent location and very very clean. 2 minute walk from Floranska gate and street, which leads directly into the market place. Altho the hotel was given a four star rating, we found it a little basic, but that being said, for the rate we paid, would have no hesitation in recommending it to other travellers
Sehr, sehr sauber
Komme gerade von einem viertägigen Besuch aus Krakau zurück, ich war im Hotel Matejko. Die Lage ist klasse und es ist sehr, sehr sauber. Bis zum Floranska Tor geht man nur zwei Minuten, von dort kommt man direkt auf den Marktplatz. Das Hotel hat zwar vier Sterne aber wir fanden es recht einfach. Aber für den Preis, den wir gezahlt haben, würde ich es ohne zu zögern anderen Reisenden empfehlen.
Lohnt wirklich einen Besucht
Die Lage des Hotels ist fantastisch, in Nähe der Stadt und innerhalb von fünf Gehminuten ist man am Marktplatz. Es gab das übliche kontinentale Frühstück aber es gab jede Menge. Das Zimmer war gut, sauber und ausreichend. Ich fand das Hotel rundherum wirklich schön für einen Aufenthalt.
Really worth a visit
I found the hotel to be in a fantastic location - close to the town - 5 mins to main square
Breakfast usual continental but plenty of it
Room was good - clean and adequate
In all I found the hotel to be a really nice place to stay
Great location, excellent value for money
As this was our first visit to Krakow we wanted a centrally located, average hotel but without spending too much money. What we found with the Matejko was excellent value for money, very clean and in a brilliant location.
The hotel is an easy 5 minute walk from the bus and train stations, just round the corner from the most amazing shopping centre (loads of designer shops in there as well as a H & M and a C & A!!) and only a very easy 5 minute stroll from the heart of the old town.
We had a room on the 4th floor - served by a lift as well as stairs, which although not luxurious, was certainly more than adequate for a long weekend stay. The only criticism of the room is the lack of tea and coffee making facilities - next time I'll take a travel kettle. There is also no mini bar in the room - but with so many bars in the vicinity who wants to drink in their room - just get out into town and enjoy!!
Krakow is a fascinating place - I was amazed at how clean it is. even in the smallest underground bars the toilets are spotless - puts the UK to shame. The people are very friendly, many do not speak much if any English but will try to help all the same.
Eating out is very good and incredibly cheap - there is a MacD's as well as KFC if you like that sort of thing, but the local burgers are excellent and the chicken kebabs are great - try them.
We did a trip to Zakopane on the local bus - it takes about 2.5 hours and costs 15zl - about £3, well worth it.
We'll certainly be going back to Poland, Krakow was fantastic and well worth visiting before the English lager louts discover the cheap beer!
Just back from a three night stay in this hotel, and can definitely recommend it to anyone. Staff were very nice, helpful, and courteous.
The breakfast was very good, and included cereals, fruit juices, breads and rolls, tea/coffee, cold ham, cheese and eggs, and hot cooked sausages.
The hotel location is excellent - just a short walk from the main station, and from the old town square (an excellent little pizzeria on the way down to the square is Vesuvio [in the cellars of the hotel Floryan, ul. Florianska 38] - try it, you'll not be disappointed...)
We will definitely be back to Krakow, and would have no hesitation is using this hotel again (ps room 201 overlooks the square - a twin bedded, excellent room).
We have just returned from a 5 day stay at the Matejko Hotel. Initially we were allocated Room 209, situated adjacant to the building next door, which was in the process of being refurbished. We therefore experienced drilling and banging early one morning. However at our request we were moved to a different room without too much difficulty. Breakfast each morning consisted of the usual cold buffet, which was adequate but rather unexciting. The hotel is very well placed to explore the Old Town and made an excellent base. We noticed that the hotel was placed in the "luxury" category of the Krakow inyourpockect guide which is rather misleading as it a mid priced hotel at best. Overall considering that we paid 50 euro (using travel Poland website) a night this represented value for money.
Very good value
We stayed here in March 2006.Could not fault anything about the hotel.Will be staying here again.Ask for room 305 if available,so much space with a balcony overlooking the square.