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Kraków No. 109, December 2017 – January 2018
Kraków Holiday Guide
Essential Polish Dishes
Feature Christmas in Kraków
What’s On 16
Maps & Indexes
Arrival & Transport
Sightseeing 66 Old Town - walking tour of UNESCO treasures 70 Wawel - Royal Castle complex 90 Kazimierz - walking tour of the former Jewish district 94 Podgórze - wartime traces and scenic cliffs 102 Nowa Huta - Socialist Realism suburb 110
City Map Old Town Map Kazimierz Map Podgórze Map Nowa Huta Map Street Index Venue Index Features & Categories Index
142 70 94 102 110 144 145 146
Further Afield Wieliczka - medieval salt mine 114 Auschwitz - former Nazi death camp 118 Tarnów - Małopolska’s charming 2nd city 121 iyp.me/polandblog
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Foreword Well sprinkle us with sugar, the holidays are here again! If you’re after holiday magic, there aren’t many destinations better than Kraków, which not only looks the part, but performs it in its own special way. In addition to the giant Christmas fair covering half the market square (p.8), Poland’s ancient capital has a trove of holiday customs and traditions over the next two months to make your visit here feel utterly unique, if not downright foreign at times. As expected, we’ve explained them all in detail in our holiday feature (pages 6-11), so you’ll know just what the heck is going on when you get presents three weeks early, find a fish in your friend’s bathtub, or see devils running around the Rynek. We’ve also been so good as to present you (pun firmly intended) with some specific Polish gift ideas (p.129) for stuffing the stockings of the folks back home. It’s been a banner year for the city and for Krakow IYP as well. In 2017 we created new maps, launched a new miniguide, and created detailed walking tours of the city’s main districts - all in a continued effort to make our content more useful for our readers. In 2018 we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary, so many thanks for reading, and from all of us at IYP: Wesołych Świąt i szczęśliwego nowego roku! (Happy Holidays, now pass the champagne!). A true ‘man without a country’ in the current political climate, Garrett Van Reed is a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who has been living in and writing about Kraków for over a decade. He enjoys exploring his adopted city, unpacking its complex history, and introducing its best attributes to those who visit.
COVER STORY This issue’s cover image of early morning sun on the market square is by Przemek Czaja. Check out his gallery at ul. Kanonicza 5 (I-7) and see more of his images at fb.com/ MadeinKrakow. Act fast for a copy of his 2018 calendar (p.81).
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Christmas po krakowsku The Poles, to their credit, really know how to get the most out of the holiday season, starting it at the drop of December and carolling all the way into February. That’s over two full months of sustained winter wonderland, and through it all enough customs and traditions that we could literally fill page after page of this guide...and indeed we have. Read on to discover all of the highlights of the Christmas season in Kraków. 6 Kraków In Your Pocket
Christmas in Kraków Few places in Europe seem more suited for the holiday season than Kraków, a city which when donning a dusting of fresh snow and viewed through its own cheerful prism of holiday magic, quite convincingly transforms itself into an intricate village of gingerbread houses with candy-cane columns, gumdrop-topped gables and chimneys puffing cotton candy clouds over vanilla-iced rooftops. Give this snow-globe a shake and suddenly the sound of tourist trolleys zipping around blasting pop hits has been overcome by – what’s that on the horse carriages – sleigh-bells jingling? The smells of coalsmoke and pigeon dander have been replaced by caramelised sugar and hot spiced wine. The obwarzanki (Cracovian bagel) vendors are peddling toys and tinselly trinkets. The flower market is filled with wreaths and evergreens. Where that guitarist used to shred obnoxious solos, costumed children are carolling. Where that gold-painted hobo used to stand motionless on a box all day for small change – why, it’s Saint Nicholas himself (doing the very same thing)!
SAINT NICHOLAS DAY With Christmas Day reserved for family and busy with the celebration of Christ, seasonal gift-giving chores have been mostly outsourced to Saint Nicholas (Święty Mikołaj) who really gets the holiday season rolling by coming three weeks early on December 6th - ‘Dzień Świętego Mikołaja’, or Saint Nicholas Day. In Polish tradition, Ol’ Saint Nick (or ‘Mick’ as the case may be) isn’t a portly coke-drinking pipe-smoker who lives at the North Pole, but an actual dignified saint who comes down from heaven in a rather regal purple and gold robe and bishop’s hat, carrying a crosier (you know, one of those staffs shaped like a candy-cane) on the anniversary of his death. In the run-up to Dzień Świętego Mikołaja, eager children write letters to the Saint requesting the one, maybe two (if they’ve been really good) gifts they most desire that year and put the letter outside on the windowsill so the old codger can drop by and pick up their request during the night. On the 6th, Polish children awake to discover Mikołaj’s good graces with a gift under their pillow or next to the bed.
In Poland ‘capturing the holiday spirit’ traditionally denotes an embodiment CHRISTMAS CRIBS of Christian ideals... December 7th marks the 75rd
Annual Kraków Christmas Crib Competition. What on earth is this, pray tell? One of Kraków’s most unique and singular Christmas traditions is the popular creation of ‘Christmas cribs’ or ‘szopki.’ Something of a strange cross between a nativity scene, gingerbread house and dollhouse, ‘szopki krakowskie’ (as the idiosyncratic local variety are called) are the bizarre result of a slowly evolving folk tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. Originally used as mini puppet theatres upon which morality plays were performed during the holiday season, Cracovian szopki gradually became more whimsical, secular and satirical in nature, leading to an ironic ban on them on church property in the 1700s and a prohibition against their construction in the 19th century by which time they had developed into a powerful political tool used in the cafes and cabarets of the Old Town to criticise the occupying powers. Upon Poland’s return to the world map after World War I, Kraków’s szopki tradition was re-embraced, becoming the celebrated custom it is today.
In contrast to some western countries, Christmas in Poland is not (yet) a completely shameless celebration of consumerism. Here, the holiday season doesn’t kick off with slashed prices and stampedes outside department stores, but rather a sobering period known locally as ‘Adwent’ (from Dec. 3-24, 2017), during which Poles are expected to spiritually prepare for Christ’s coming by refraining from indulgences like partying, dancing and drinking, are encouraged to help the less fortunate, and, of course, to attend Holy Mass as much as possible. How strictly these church-established guidelines are followed is entirely up to the individual, and having a look around town you’d hardly guess the holidays were a time of self-restraint and supposed prohibition. But it does go to underline the fact that in comparison to the west, Poland really puts the ‘Christ’ in Christmas; here ‘capturing the holiday spirit’ traditionally denotes an embodiment of Christian ideals.
Indeed, when Kraków decks its halls for the holidays it seems to rather effortlessly embody all the magic that Hollywood has taught us Christmas is supposed to have. It may be without Bing Crosby, but Poland proffers a more than plausible chance for a ‘white Christmas’ – the freshly fallen snow lending a special atmosphere you may not be used to getting in your home country. It’s not all rum-papum-pum and reindeer games, however. Poland has a full calendar of holiday customs and traditions, many of them Catholic in character, that will surely make your experience here a unique, and even at times completely foreign one. We help you get into the local spirit by detailing them below, so you’ll be well-read and ready when you find yourself smitten in mittens beneath the mistletoe.
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December 2017 – January 2018
Christmas in Kraków CHRISTMAS MARKETS
25.11 - 08.01 » THE MARKET SQUARE CHRISTMAS FAIR
One of the season’s most popular highlights, this market pre-dates WWII, but went on an almost 50year haitus until the fall of communism. Half of Rynek Główny is given over to rustic wooden stalls selling all kinds of Christmas ornaments, candies and sweets, knitwear, toys, souvenirs, jewellery, pottery, partridges, pear trees and more. Vendors also dish up hot food, over which families share picnic tables and keep warm with the hot mulled wine (called ‘grzaniec’) dispensed from enormous barrels nearby. And all the while carolling and other random acts of holiday spirit take place on a cultural stage nearby.QI‑5, Main Market Square, www.kiermasze.com.pl. Open 10:00 - 20:00.
23.11 - 23.12 » GALICIAN ADVENT FAIR
While the location might be a bit more prosaic than the touristy-yet-charming-as-ever main market square, it certainly is convenient: get all your shopping done in one place, with the Galeria Krakowska shopping centre just a few steps away, and do it all on your way to or from the train station. Plus there’s an ice-skating rink: and you don’t have THAT on the main square, do you? As for the stalls, expect lots of regional crafts and pretty Christmas ornaments, mulled wine, gingerbread, traditional cheeses, meats, and wintertime snacks. There will also be concerts, and judging from past years, you can expect everything from loud, mediocre rock bands to folk ensembles.QK‑4, Plac Jana NowakaJeziorańskiego, www.gka.net.pl. Open 10:00 - 22:00.
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Popularised as a way for 19th century masons and other craftsmen to make some extra money during the drizzly autumn months, szopki are now made by all walks of life; in fact Cracovian szopki dynasties have developed as generations of the same family build new increasinglyelaborate szopki every year. Using a variety of lightweight materials and covering them with coloured foil, ribbon and other shiny bits, a typical szopka is bright and cheerful and attempts to integrate the city’s topography into the traditional Bethlehem nativity scene. Though called ‘Christmas cribs’ in English, szopki look more like castles or cathedrals (in fact they in absolutely no way resemble cribs), the general rule being that they incorporate recognisable characteristics from Kraków’s architectural and historical monuments. Most szopki are loosely-based off the design of St. Mary’s Basilica, with its landmark spires; however, incorporating elements of other iconic buildings like Wawel Castle, the Cloth Hall and Barbican is also common practice. Generally, baby Jesus can be found amongst the glittering surfaces of the second floor, while the ground floor is tenanted by figures from Cracovian history and legend like Pan Twardowski, Tadeusz Kościuszko or the Wawel dragon. To support this unique folk tradition, the city has sponsored a szopka competition since 1937. This year’s event will begin on December 7th at about 09:30 when crib-makers and szopka specialists will begin gathering on the main market square with this year’s entries, displaying them for the public around the Adam Mickiewicz monumentuntil about 12:00. Everyone is welcome to participate and encouraged to admire the truly bizarre and ornately decorated art-pieces of all sizes, free of charge. From December 11th until February 25th, the szopki are then on official display in the Kraków History Museum’s annual Christmas Crib Exhibition in Celestat. This is serious stuff, so don’t miss your chance to observe this unique tradition.
CHRISTMAS EVE December 24th – or ‘Wigilia’ as it’s called in PL - is one of the biggest feast days of the year and an important time to be with family. As such, though Wigilia is not a work holiday you can expect virtually every shop in Kraków to close early and stay closed until the 27th, so arrange accordingly. On the afternoon of the Eve on Kraków’s main square, free food is given out to the poor and the length and composition of the resultant queues is a bit of a holiday spectacle in itself. In the evening it’s tradition that those gathered to eat the vigil feast together first share the blessed Christmas wafer, called opłatek. In an intimate (and potentially awkward if you don’t speak Polish) moment, each person goes to the others in turn, making a blessing for their happiness in the coming year, breaking off a piece of the other person’s wafer and eating it, then sealing the deal with a kiss (or three) on the cheek. Once that formality is out of the way, and the kids have spotted the first star in the sky, the feast can officially begin. Traditionally, bits of hay are spread beneath the tablecloth in observance of Jesus’ iyp.me/krakow
Christmas in Kraków SAY IT LIKE A LOCAL “Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!” Ve-so-wick Shvee-ont (“Merry Christmas...”) ee Shchen-shlee-vay-go No-vay-go Row-koo! (“...and happy New Year!”)
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The singing of holiday carols (kolędy) is extremely popular in Poland, and the Poles possess a vast, seemingly inexhaustible songbook of ancient tunes traditionally sung this time of year; some may be familiar, but many are uniquely Polish. Unlike in the West, carolling is typically reserved until Wigilia and afterwards continues into the New Year until Three King’s Day (Święto Trzech Króli) on January 6th. Aside from the cavalcade of carols sung in church, carolling outside of church in many cases takes on the form of skits and dressing in costume to a degree. One popular form of carolling are jasełka – nativity plays acted out by children or other community groups, often in school and sometimes door-to-door. A form of carolling more regional to Kraków is the performance of herody – humorous skits acting out the fate of King Herod. In case you don’t know the story: upon being informed by the wise men that the Saviour had been born and fearing he might lose his throne to this new ‘king of the Jews’, King Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in Bethlehem. As children dressed in folk costumes resembling the characters of King Herod, an angel, a bull, a soldier, a Jew, Death and the Devil (and sometimes others) go on to demonstrate, the king was duly punished - the heights of black comedy being reached as Death and the Devil argue over the wicked king’s soul while they chase him around. A bit too dark and boisterous for church, after Christmas you’ll likely see children in strange homemade costumes all over the market square as seemingly every school class takes a turn at carolling on its stage. For more insight into this unique and oddly adorable local custom, the Ethnographic Museum (p.101) has it well covered in a fascinating exhibit. 10 Kraków In Your Pocket
manger pedigree, and an extra place is set at the table in case of a visit by the ‘hungry traveller,’ Baby Jesus himself or a deceased relative (whoever arrives first). Dinner consists of a gut-busting twelve courses – one for each of Jesus’ disciples – and because it’s meant to be meatless, the main dish is traditionally carp, which apparently isn’t recognised as meat by Catholics (fish was Jesus’ favourite vegetable). In the days before Wigilia, large, writhing, mildly horrifying pools of carp can be found on the city’s squares waiting to be purchased and brought home for holiday dinner. During the scarcity of the communist times, it wasn’t uncommon for the carp to be bought early and kept in the family bathtub for several days until it was time for the man of the house to clobber it, carve it and cook it. The dish was then served cold on Christmas Eve. ‘Smacznego!’ (Bon Appetit). Other traditional dishes include żurek and barszcz – the traditional soups, poppy-seed pastries, herring in oil, pickles and an assortment of other Polish salads and sides. The meal concludes with a round of belt-unbuckling, carol-singing and gift-unwrapping after the revelation that during the feast an angel has laid presents beneath the Christmas tree (St. Nick also gets an off-day for Wigilia). Alcoholic abstinence is the Wigila tradition most commonly overlooked, however, at midnight, most families head out in the cold to attend pasterka, or midnight mass. It is on Wigilia that Kraków’s churches also debut their holiday ‘szopki’ - which unlike the rather bonkers local mutation (‘szopki krakowskie’), more resemble traditional nativity scenes centred around baby Jesus in the manger. As you wander the Old Town between December 24th and February 2nd, don’t miss the chance to check out some of these elaborate displays. Of particular note are St. Bernard’s Church (J-8, ul. Bernardyńska 2), which usually has the most expansive and extensively motorised nativity in town; the Pijarów Church (J-4, intersection of ul. Św. Jana and ul. Pijarska,), which has developed a reputation for having each year’s most unconventional szopka on display in its crypt; and Kapucynów Church (I-5, ul. Loretańska 11) where you can see one of the most popular szopka in Poland, dating back to the 19th century.
Nativity scene from the Kapucynów Church (I-5, ul. Loretańska 11)
© Archiwum Kapucynów Prowincji Krakowskiej
Christmas in Kraków CHRISTMAS DAY After another morning mass, December 25th is reserved for visiting family and friends and a continuation of feasting (this time including meat and alcohol). While Christmas Day holds less importance and symbolism for Poles than Christmas Eve, it is still a public holiday and a time for family. Despite the gradual moves by many, particularly the younger generation, away from the Catholic Church in recent years, Christmas is still viewed with more religious significance than you might expect in your own country and even those who might not attend mass on a regular basis still respect the traditions of the holiday period. As such, you can expect the vast majority of bars and restaurants to be closed on Christmas Day and the Second Day of Christmas (December 26th), though some businesses are beginning to break this Catholic code of conduct. If you’re looking for something to do on Christmas Day, St. Francis’ Basilica (p.78, I-6) hosts an annual ‘live nativity scene’ in the field behind the church featuring large crowds, lots of singing children, a raging bonfire and live animals. [Though according to legend animals acquire the ability to speak during Wigilia, as far as we’ve observed it’s back to barnyard banter with this lot the following day.] This year the live nativity actually starts on Christmas Eve and lasts for three days until Tuesday the 26th. Free food and drink (basically dinner rolls and hot tea) is also served within one of the church buildings, and just about everyone in town will be stopping by at some point during the holiday.
NEW YEAR’S EVE December 31st is known locally as Sylwester, and on this last night of the year every bar, club, restaurant and hotel in town will be hosting an all-night New Year’s Eve bash. Unfortunately, you have to pay to play and it’s wise to plan where you want to spend your evening since expensive tickets are required to enter most venues, and therefore pub crawling is not really an option. Your celebratory options are literally limitless, but if it’s the last night of the year and you’re still at a loss, you can always join the masses on the market square and take part in the free shenanigans the city has organised. To combat extreme, borderline unsafe, congestion on the market square, as well as concerns about smog, the city will continue the new format for celebrations established last year: several stages across the city and no fireworks. Free, cityorganised concerts, festivities and inebriated countdowns will take place on the main market square (which hosted 20,000 people last year), Rynek Podgórski (K/L-10), Aleja Roź in Nowa Huta (S-2, map on p.110), and in Tauron Arena (ul. Stanisława Lema 7) from 21:00 until 01:00. Note that though free of charge, tickets are required and must be obtained in advance for Tauron Arena; register online at evenea.pl. For updates and exact details, check out the online programme on the city’s dedicated website: sylwester.krakow.pl/en. iyp.me/polandblog
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THREE KINGS DAY The spirit of the holiday season is nevertheless kept strong across the country until January 6th – Three Kings Day or Dzień Trzech Króli. Mass is compulsory of course, and with the Parliament making Three Kings an official work holiday again in 2011 - for the first time since the communists canned it fifty years ago - there’s no longer any excuse for missing church. After prayers, it’s time join in a Three Kings Day procession - a merry parade of costumed carollers passing out candy, which honours the three wise men who visited Jesus at his birth. This year in Kraków you have three processions to choose from, each led by a different king, or magi. The Red Procession, symbolising Europe, will depart from Wawel Castle at 11:00, after a 10:00 mass in Wawel Cathedral (I-7); the Blue Procession, symbolising Africa, will start depart from Plac Matejki at 10:30 after a mass in St. Florian’s Church (J-4); and the Green Procession, symbolising Asia, will depart from Plac Sikorskiego at 11:00 (H-5). All three processions will make their way to the Main Market Square (I-5), arriving around 11:15 for a bit of baby adoration during a live nativity, and plenty more carolling. Another tradition associated with Three Kings is writing the initials of their names – Kaspar, Melchior and Balthazar – in chalk on the front door or above the threshold of the house. In Kraków this honour is reserved for a priest who visits during the holiday season, blessing the house for the coming year by inscribing the commonly seen ‘K + M + B 2018’ (for a small donation of course). The decorations actually stay up and the Polish holiday season doesn’t officially expire until February 2nd when we suppose Saint Nick sees his shadow and it’s generally agreed that every family should toss their Christmas tree. For more information about specific holiday happenings around this merry ‘miasto’, including the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (fireworks! p.17), head to our Events section (p.16), and have yourselves a merry little Christmas, one and all. December 2017 – January 2018
Arrival & Transport
Kraków Airport | Photo by piviso.com on flickr.com
Kraków is well-connected regarding transport, with a new airport just 17km west of the centre, a recently modernised joint train and bus station on the edge of the Old Town, and some of Poland's better roads connecting it to Katowice, Wrocław and Berlin to the west, Tarnów and Rzeszów to the east, Kielce and Warsaw to the north and Budapest to the south. The city also boasts a comprehensive and easy-to-use public transportation system, which some visitors won't even find necessary thanks to most attractions being within easy walking distance of one another (not to mention walking being one of the best ways to enjoy Kraków). In this section you'll find all you need to know about getting in and out of Kraków, as well as around the city with general ease.
BY PLANE KRAKÓW AIRPORT Located 17km west of the city centre, Kraków Airport was the subject of a one billion PLN investment, which resulted in the opening of a brand-new passenger terminal in September 2015. Boasting the full services and amenities of a modern airport, the new terminal is connected directly to parking and train transport to the centre, and inside you'll find ATMs and currency exchange, tourist information, car rental desks, restaurants and dutyfree shops, a chapel, business lounges and VIP services. Despite increases in volume, getting through check-in and security at Kraków Airport is still relatively speedy compared to most airports. 12 Kraków In Your Pocket
GETTING TO/FROM THE AIRPORT: The best way to get between the airport and Kraków's Old Town is by train; however current work on the rails has resulted in irregular service for the foreseeable future. Trains to the airport typically run at least once every half hour between 04:00 and 24:00, but now some of those connections have been replaced by buses. Check rozkladpkp.pl for exact connections and departure times, as trains and buses depart from different locations. All trains to the airport depart from platform 3 of Kraków's train station, and drop off at the new 'Kraków Lotnisko/Airport' station, which is connected directly to the terminal via a skywalk; journey time is about 20mins. Direct buses depart from the 'Dworzec Główny Wschód' bus stop on the east side of Kraków Głowny (L-3) and drop you off directly in front of the terminal; journey time is about 37mins. Tickets for either are 9zł, and can be bought directly on-board. Be aware that not all buses departing from the airport back to Kraków are direct. Bus 208 makes the same journey once an hour, while bus 252 runs between the airport and 'Os. Podwawelskie' every 30mins with central stops at Cracovia Błonia (G-6), Jubilat (G-7) and Centrum Congresowe ICE (H9). Night bus 902 also makes the trip from the airport to the main station with hourly departures beginning at 23:36. These regular commuter buses all make stops, adding time to the trip, and require a 4/2zł single journey fare, which can be bought from the ticket machine at the bus-stop or onboard the bus. All leave from directly outside the terminal and exact bus times and routes can be checked online at mpk.krakow.pl or krakow.jakdojade.pl. iyp.me/krakow
Arrival & Transport AIRPORT TAXIS: The airport has its own 'Krakow Airport Taxi' service with vehicles waiting outside the terminal entrance. The idea is that this ‘trusted’ service offers a fixed price from the airport to the Old Town, with no monkey business and no night time price hikes. In reality, this service is fleecing people by protecting its ridiculously high prices. If you go more than 15km the 'fixed' price jumps from 69zł to 89zł, so expect to pay 89zł unless your hotel is en route on the outskirts of the city centre. We advise confirming the fare for the 25-35min journey beforehand, and trying to split the cost with other travellers in the same situation. Conversely, fares from the Old Town back to the airport range from only 35-70zł depending on time of day, and whether you call ahead or hail one in the street. Use our Taxi listings (p.15) and you should be able to negotiate a daytime fare as low as 40zł from the Old Town. That's a huge difference.Qul. Kpt. M. Medweckiego 1, tel. (+48) 12 295 58 00, www.krakowairport.pl.
BY BUS KRAKÓW BUS STATION Although somewhat integrated into the Kraków Glówny underground transportation centre, Kraków retains its own semi-separate bus station, located directly east of Galeria Krakowska and the train platforms. Recently ‘modernised’ (codeword for ‘filled with commercial shopping space’), the station comprises two floors with access to two levels of bus departure gates. Inside the top floor of the bus station proper you’ll find ticket windows (open 07:00 - 19:45; tickets can also be bought downstairs at the -1 level 05:00 - 22:00), food vendors, currency exchange (kantor), ATM (bankomat) and information point (open 07:00 - 20:00; Sat, Sun 09:00 - 17:00). When the main hall is closed between 22:00 and 06:00, a separate night time waiting room is available with access to the toilets and left luggage lockers. Those arriving to Kraków by bus will find taxis nearby on both the upper and lower floors, as well connections to public transport nearby. Located within easy walking distance of most Old Town attractions, unfortunately the most direct way to the market square is underground through the Kraków Główny train and transit centre; follow the clearly marked signs for ‘Stare Miasto’ (Old Town) or ‘ul. Lubicz.’ Bus is your best option for travel to Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains, while mini-bus is actually your best option for getting to some popular nearby destinations like Wieliczka and Niepołomice. [Note that many mini-buses leave not from the bus station, but from the bus lot across from Galeria Krakowska at the corner of ul. Pawia and ul. Worcella (K-4).] For short day excursions or bus departures from Kraków to other destinations, the journey planning website e-podroznik.pl is your friend.QL‑4, ul. Bosacka 18, tel. (+48) 703 40 33 40, www.mda.malopolska.pl. iyp.me/polandblog
While Krakow has no underground metro system it does have an integrated bus and tram system which runs from 05:00 - 23:00, with night trams and buses continuing less frequently after that. Check official timetables and network maps online at mpk.krakow. pl (which has English functionality), or figure out how to get from point A to point B via jakdojade.pl - an invaluable navigation site and transport app. Seriously, this service is why we no longer find it useful to print a tram map in our guide. Transport tickets can be purchased from the handy ticket machines (also in English) at major stops, on-board most trams and buses, or from the driver immediately on boarding if there is no ticket machine. Note that the ticket machines at stops take bills and bank cards, but most of those on board trams and buses take coins only, so have some change handy. Tickets are the same for trams and buses, and are timed, allowing you to change between tram or bus lines within the alloted time. The cheapest fare is good for 20mins at a cost of 2.80zł. By our estimation, this is about the time it should take to go 5-8 stops, depending on traffic, and ideal for travel around the Old Town, Kazimierz and Podgórze. If you’re going outside the centre (Nowa Huta, for example), we recommend you purchase a 40min ticket for 3.80zł. 1-hour, 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour, and unlimited weekend family passes for 16.00zł are also options. Note that those over the age of 70 ride for free, as do kids until age 4 (ages must be proven with ID). ISIC and Euro«26 Student cards are valid for transport ticket discounts, but you must carry your ID and be under 26. Most importantly, you must stamp your ticket immediately on boarding the tram or bus in the small machines on-board, even if you bought your ticket onboard. Beware that inspectors regularly travel on the lines handing out costly fines to those without valid tickets, and are notoriously unsympathetic towards tourists. Seriously, riding without a ticket can not only ruin your day, but your entire trip to Kraków. December 2017 – January 2018
Arrival & Transport BY TRAIN KRAKÓW GŁÓWNY TRAIN STATION Following a 130 million PLN modernisation project, Kraków Główny - the catch-all title of the city’s vast underground transportation centre - offers easy transfers between train, bus and tram transport. Of course the Galeria Krakowska shopping mall is also cleverly integrated, and along with modern conveniences like waiting rooms, escalators and elevators, you’ll also find plenty of additional consumer opportunities, including cafes, supermarkets, souvenir shops, bookstores and more. With tunnels, stairs and signs leading off in every direction, it’s all quite confusing (erm, we mean, modern!), but fear not - IYP will help you sort it out.
SERVICES: Pretty much everything the modern traveller could ever expect or desire can be found somewhere inside the sprawling, but spiffy facilities of the Kraków train station. In addition to being fully handicap-accessible, there are also special paths for the blind, plus SOS call boxes if you get lost and can’t find your way out for several days. 24 ticket windows (some open 24-hours), plus several automated ticket machines (in English) throughout the station limit the possibility of long queues. The station is wifi-enabled, there are several waiting areas (including a place for first-class ticket holders to quarantine themselves), a tourist information office (open 07:00 - 21:00), currency exchange, luggage lockers, showers, and dozens of food and refreshment opportunities, not to mention the Galeria Krakowska shopping mall. ARRIVING BY TRAIN: Conveniently situated at the north-east edge of the Old Town, Kraków Główny is within easy walking distance of most Old Town accommodation, making trams and taxis largely unnecessary. If you’re travelling further than you’d care to walk, use krakow.jakdojade.pl to navigate yourself there via public transport; you can catch trams to Kazimierz (number 19 in the direction of ‘Borek Fałęcki’ stops at ‘Miodowa’ (K-8) in Kazimierz, for example) and other parts of the city by following signs underground to ‘Dworzec Główny Tunel.’ Further tram stops are located just outside the station exits. To skip that trouble however, when you disembark your train immediately head up rather than down from the platform and you’ll find yourself on the top floor parking garage where taxis are waiting to whisk you away. 14 Kraków In Your Pocket
If you opt to walk - and we encourage you to do so, wandering into the Old Town is dreamy - you’ll find that getting out of the station can be a bit of a challenge. There are at least four exits and it’s wise to choose the correct one, based on where you want to go. Following signs to ‘ul. Pawia’ will lead you straight into the Galeria Krakowska shopping mall (in the words of Admiral Ackbar: “It’s a traaap!”). Signs to ‘Dworzec Autobusowy’ or ‘ul. Bosacka’ will put you on the east side of the transport complex (further from the market square). If you want to head straight to the market square (do it, it’s only 10mins away!) it is easier to take the stairs down from the platforms to the old ‘Magda’ tunnel, rather than the escalators into the new complex. Once in the tunnel there is a staircase just after platform 1 that will lead you to daylight. If you end up in the new main complex, follow the clearly marked signs to ‘Stare Miasto’ (Old Town) or ‘ul. Lubicz’ to escape. Once outside, cross the plaza in front of the old station building (Galeria Krakowska is on your right) to the Andels Hotel and follow the crowds through the underpass (K-4); bear right and enjoy a stroll through the Planty Park for two blocks before making a left on Floriańska Street at the Barbican (J-4) and you’re on the ‘Path of Kings’ to the market square. You’ve arrived. DEPARTING BY TRAIN: With the train station completely underground, there’s no clear-cut main entrance, but rather several ways to enter. Basically it is directly underneath the train platforms and bus station (L-4), so use those as your geographical targets and you’ll find your way; you can also cut through Galeria Krakowska to get there. Easily accessed by public transport, there are tram stops all around the train station: ‘Dworzec Główny’ (just south of the station, K-5), ‘Dworzec Główny Zachód’ (just west of the Galeria Krakowska and the station, K-4), ‘Dworzec Główny Tunel’ (basically inside the station, K-4, follow signs to the platforms) and ‘Dworzec Główny Wschód’ (just east of the bus station and main entrance to the station, L-3). All of these are perfectly good options, it just depends where you are coming from. Again, your best bet is to have krakow. jakdojade.pl plot your course to the train station from wherever you happen to be in town. Once you’re there, station departures (odjazdy) are listed on yellow timetables, arrivals (przyjazdy) are the white ones; check the timetables online at the Polish railways website - rozklad.pkp.pl - which has limited but effective English language functionality, or try the journey-planning website e-podroznik.pl. If you want a seat on a particular train it is best to book ahead. If in a rush, tickets can also be bought on board the train from the conductor, but expect a surcharge.QK‑3, ul. Pawia 5A, tel. (+48) 22 39 19 757 (from foreign mobile phones), www.rozklad.pkp.pl. Open 24hrs. Note that, due to system maintenance, seat reservations cannot be made from 24:00 to 01:00. iyp.me/krakow
Arrival & Transport BY CAR
CAR RENTAL All you need to rent a car in PL is a credit card and a valid foreign licence or international driving permit. Be aware, however, that citizens from countries that didn't ratify the Vienna Convention (tsk, tsk America, Australia) cannot legally drive on their licences and run the risk of hassle from the police (not that it ever stopped anyone we know from borrowing their girlfriend's car, or renting one for that matter). Enjoy cruising the EU, but don't try leaving it in a rental car.
The Polish Fiat, or ‘Maluch’ - produced in PL from 1972-2000; considered a family car during the communist era.
Poland is one of Europe’s leading nations in road fatalities, a statistic that will surprise few who have had the pleasure of using the roads here. A lethal combination of poor road surfaces, networks unsuited to the volume of different traffic and, most of all, aggressive driver behaviour result in the common sight of accidents and traffic jams around the country. Exercise caution, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, rub those rosary beads and God speed. The speed limit in Poland is generally 50km/hr in cities (60km/hr between 23:00 and 05:00), 90km/hr outside urban areas, 120km/hr on dual carriageways and 140km/hr on motorways. Cars must have their headlights switched on at all times and carry a red warning triangle, first aid kit, replacement bulbs, a national identity sticker and proper registration and insurance documents. Poland also has strict drunk-driving laws: 0.2‰ is the maximum blood/alcohol limit, so forget about having even a single beer. EU citizens may use their home driving licences as long as they are valid (and you have it on you when driving), however citizens of countries that didn’t ratify the Vienna Convention (tsk, tsk Australia and America) will find their licences technically invalid (though this has never been a problem for anyone we know). The A4 highway runs right through Kraków connecting it to Berlin (via Katowice and Wrocław) to the west and Rzeszów to the east (via Tarnów). While points east are currently tollfree, a 10zł toll is paid when you enter the motorway in the direction of Katowice, and again when you exit. Driving around the city itself is incredibly frustrating thanks to frequent roadwork, one-way streets, permit-only streets, and high traffic volume; parking is yet another challenge. As such we recommend you ditch your vehicle for public transportation at the first opportunity. Street parking is available between the large parking signs on the sidewalks, and is free on weekends; otherwise buy a parking pass from the ticket machine (most of which only take coins, of course) or neon-bibbed warden patrolling the area, and place it on the driver’s side of your dashboard. The cost of street parking is 3zł for the first hour, 3.50zł for the second, 4.10zł for the third, and after that back to 3zł. Public parking lots are also marked on the map in the back of this guide. iyp.me/polandblog
A wide range of cars and makes including BMW, Skoda, Kia, Opel and Nissan. All cars are equipped with power steering. Satellite navigation systems are also available. Special rates offered to those who order through the Joka website.QJ‑4, ul. Zacisze 7 (3rd floor, room 7), tel. (+48) 601 54 53 68, www.joka.com.pl. Open 09:00 - 17:00, Sat 09:00 12:00. Closed Sun. Outside of these hours on request. AVIS Internationally trusted service offering a range of vehicles from two-door sedans to luxury mini-vans. Located here near the train station, with a pick-up/drop-off point nearby at the car park above the station (ul. Wita Stwosza 4, by prior arrangement only). Also at the airport (open 07:00 - 24:00, Fri 07:00 - 23:00).QL‑4, ul. Lubicz 23, tel. (+48) 12 629 61 08, www.avis.pl. Open 08:00 - 21:00; Sat, Sun 09:00 - 21:00.
TAXIS Not the dodgy enterprise it once was, taxi service in Kraków is very affordable and reliable. Calling ahead will get you a better fare, but if you hail one from the street just make sure it is clearly marked with a company name and phone number displayed, as well as a sticker demarcating prices in the window. You can expect a standard fare to be about 7zł plus about 2.30zł per kilometre; at night and on Sundays, however, fares increase by up to 50%. Most Poles do not consider taxis a service that necessitates a tip and therefore, if you’re Polish, the driver may not expect one. But double standards being what they are, it’s anticipated that foreigners will leave a tip, in which case 10% is appropriate, or simply rounding up the bill. Uber is also now available in Poland, and those familiar with the service will find Kraków well-covered, however there are some drawbacks. Uber drivers don’t have the same permissions as regular cabbies and may not be able to take you as close to your destination, or get you there as directly; such is the trade-off for cheaper rates. BARBAKAN TAXIQtel. (+48) 12 196 61, www.taxi. barbakan.krakow.pl. ICARQtel. (+48) 12 653 55 55, www.icartaxi.eu. December 2017 – January 2018
Local power couple Stan Wyspiański and Teo Pytko. See the exhibit at the National Museum, p.22.
EVENTS BY DATE 08.12 - 10.12 » KRAKÓW ADVENT & CHRISTMAS CHOIR FESTIVAL
Magnificent choral performances taking place in some of the most prestigious churches in Kraków—the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, as well as the stunning St. Mary’s Basilica. What are they singing? It sounds a lot like Christmas. What more could you possibly want for a picturesque winter’s evening in Kraków?QJ‑5, St. Mary’s Basilica, Pl. Mariacki 5, tel. (+48) 12 422 07 37, Admission free, www.krakow.christmasfestival.pl.
16.12 - 17.12 » KIERMASH VOL. XII: WINTER EDITION
At the heart of Kiermash is the aim to bring all of your favourite things under one (usually curiously atypical) roof. This quarterly event focuses on gathering all the best in local independent creativity, fashion and utility design, all bundled together and packaged neatly in unique spaces across the city that aren’t normally utilised as or associated with traditional shopping venues. Throw in some gastronomic delights care of the Art & Food Bazaar featuring scrumptious snacks and dishes from all over the world, along with a special kids’ zone care of Kraków Łał—and this shopping extravaganza has just turned into a feast for the senses to be enjoyed by all ages. This time around, the space at Forum will feature over 150 stands with unique, hand-picked, and hand16 Kraków In Your Pocket
crafted jewellery, clothing, accessories—and not only. With Christmas just around the corner, you’ll be grateful for a chance to buy that really picky friend of yours “the perfect” present, all the while supporting local talent. What’s not to love?QI‑10, Forum Przestrzenie, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 28, tel. (+48) 515 42 47 24, Admission free, www.kiermash.pl.
16.12, 17.12 » MOSCOW CITY BALLET: SWAN LAKE
This timeless and well-known performance—with its costumes, music, and fantastic story that has been choreographed so flawlessly—needs no introduction. It is with dexterity and perfection that the dancers of the Moscow City Ballet bring Peter Tchaikovsky’s fantasy Swan Lake back to life once more. Briefly, the story is of girls that have been turned into swans and live on a lake of tears—a curse that can only be broken by a prince’s love. But, even if you know the story, the world-class performance by the Moscow City Ballet is enough reason to attend a second time.QH‑9, ICE Kraków Congress Centre, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17, Tickets 125-165zł, www.makroconcert.com/pl.
What’s going on? facebook.com/KrakowInYourPocket iyp.me/krakow
What’s On 18.12 » ALESSANDRO SAFINA
This Italian operatic pop tenor is gracing the stage for the first time in Poland, but he’s been wowing international audiences for nearly 30 years. A lifetime devotee to classical and opera music, and an incredibly talented artist, Safina has had the pleasure of singing alongside heavy hitters such as Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carreras, Elton John, Rod Steward, and Sarah Brightman. What sets him apart is his revolutionary and unique approach to opera music, in incorporating completely different and unexpected genres of music like pop and rock. At this performance, you’ll be able to hear his creative spin on classics like Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Besame Mucho, Vincero, and Memory among others.QH‑9, ICE Kraków Congress Centre, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17, Tickets 159-299zł, www. makroconcert.com.
24.12 22:00, 25.12 12:00, 26.12 12:00 » LIVE NATIVITY AT ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA
If you’re rootless in Kraków on Christmas Day, and looking for something to do, St. Francis’ Basilica hosts an annual ‘live nativity scene’ in the field behind the church featuring large crowds, lots of singing children, a warm, raging bonfire and live animals. [Though according to legend animals acquire the ability to speak during Wigilia, as far as we’ve observed it’s back to barnyard banter with this lot the following day.] This year the live nativity actually starts after dark on Christmas Eve and continues through Christmas Day and all of Tuesday the 26th. Free food and drink (basically dinner rolls and tea) is served within one of the church buildings, and just about everyone in town will be stopping by at some point.QI‑6, St. Francis’ Basilica, Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 5, tel. (+48) 12 422 53 76.
International Cultural Centre Gallery Rynek Główny 25, Kraków Tuesday–Sunday 10.00 a.m.–6 p.m.
14.01 » GREAT ORCHESTRA OF CHRISTMAS CHARITY
It’s that time of year again - the day when literally every single person you encounter on the street will be sporting a red heart sticker (and those who don’t will be endlessly harassed by unnaturally cheerful people with collection boxes). What are they for? They’re proof that you donated to the Christmas Charity to purchase medical equipment for children and seniors in need. Since it began in 1993, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has raised literally hundreds of millions of dollars for the Polish health system. To support the effort dozens of bands will be performing for free around the Old Town all day, and the celebrations conclude with a huge fireworks display at 20:00. Coordinated by volunteers in every city and small town across the entire country, this is a worthy cause, so don’t be a humbug.QI‑5, Main Market Square, www. en.wosp.org.pl.
18.01 - 13.02 » OPERA RARA
One of Kraków’s youngest festivals, Opera Rara began in 2009 as a presentation of operas from the 17th and 18th centuries, performed in their original spirit—on original instruments in their original interpretations. Since then, Opera Rara has expanded into a full-blown, three-week iyp.me/polandblog
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What’s On programme that will stay true to its original concept while also finding room for contemporary operas and vocal recitals. Taking place during Kraków’s carnival season, the festival attempts to capture the festive party atmosphere of this time of year while injecting some high-culture into our everyday life.QTickets 20-120zł, festival pass 70450zł. Available at www.eventim.pl and Empik (Galeria Krakowska, D-1, ul. Pawia 5; open 09:00 - 22:00, Sun 10:00 - 21:00), www.operarara.pl.
26.01, 27.01, 28.01 » QUEEN TRIBUTE
Enjoy a night of Queen’s greatest hits brought to you by the Broadway in Poland company. Expect hits like Don’t Stop Me Now, Another One Bites the Dust, and We Will Rock You performed by the stars of Rhapsody with a Demon from the Rampa Theater, including the talents of Jakub Wocial, Kuba Molęda and Sebastian Machalski and the arrangements of musical director Jan Stokłosa.QTeatr Variete, ul. Grzegórzecka 71, tel. (+48) 12 442 78 02, Tickets 90zł, www.teatrvariete.pl.
07.02 » DEPECHE MODE: GLOBAL SPIRIT TOUR
Following a sold-out show at the National Stadium (PGE Narodowy) in Warsaw, Depeche Mode is definitely feeling the European love—and as a result, they have decided to return to Europe with three more shows in Poland. In February 2018, they’ll be hitting up Kraków, Łódź, and Tricity, and if their last concert in Poland was any indication, it’s going to be pretty amazing. Considered some of the most influential artists in modern music, the only name they have to live up to is their own—and having sold over 100 million records and performed live for over 30 million fans across the globe, it’s fair to say: they’ve got this. QTauron Arena Kraków, ul. Stanisława Lema 7, Tickets 249-559zł available at www.ticketmaster.pl.
RECURRING EVENTS 01.06 - 31.01 » ROYAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
This rather prolific ensemble of graduates from the Kraków Academy of Music perform outstanding, and outstandingly popular, classical music recitals around the Old Town. On even days of the month catch them at St. Adalbert’s Church on the market square, beginning at 18:00.QI‑6, St. Adalbert’s Church, Rynek Główny. Tickets 65zł available at www.cracowconcerts or before the show. (+48) 604 093 570, www.cracowconcerts.com. 18:00.
01.12 - 31.01 » KLEZMER CONCERTS IN ISAAC SYNAGOGUE
These Klezmer concerts are the only recurring and regularly held event at the Isaac synagogue, a 17th-century historical treasure located in the heart of the Kazimierz district. As such, they offer a unique chance to experience authentic Jewish culture at one of the largest and most well-maintained synagogues in the city. The Taykh chorus, consisting of professional musicians, stunningly weave 18 Kraków In Your Pocket
What’s On in aspects of ethnic music, beautifully interchanging elements of Jewish, Romani, and Balkan sounds, perfectly highlighting the multicultural character that defines modern-day Kazimierz as we know it. In December and January concerts are held on Thursdays and Sundays at 18:00. QK‑8, Isaac Synagogue, ul. Kupa 18, tel. (+48) 12 430 22 22, Tickets 40/60zł, www.chabadkrakow.org. Every Thursday & Sunday.
03.04 - 31.01 » CLASSICAL & FILM MUSIC IN CHURCH OF SAINTS PETER & PAUL
A chance to hear a wonderful series of concerts in the breathtaking surroundings of St. Peter & Paul’s. The event begins at 20.00 every Mon, Tue and Thu and one can expect to hear a mixture of baroque, romance and film music all performed by the Cracow City Orchestra.QJ‑7, Church of Saints Peter & Paul, ul. Grodzka 52A, tel. (+48) 12 350 63 65, Tickets 60/40zł. Available at City Information Point (ul. Św. Jana 2, C-3; Open 09:00 - 19:00) and at the venue before the concert begins. (+48) 602 85 09 00, www. newculture.pl. 20:00 Every Mon, Tue, Thu.
New Year's Eve Celebration
VIVO PER LEI, VIVO PER TUTTI 30th, 31st DECEMBER 2017
01.06 - 31.12 » FOLK SHOW IN JAMA MICHALIKA
Jama Michalika - the cult secessionist cafe famous for its Art Nouveau interior - makes an iconic, if slightly ironic, backdrop for these wonderful Polish folk music and dancing performances, which feature local musicians and dancers in traditional folk costumes, and even an appearance by the city’s legendary folk hero, Lajkonik. A full two-course meal of traditional Polish food is included, allowing you to check local colour, cuisine, and art off of your list all in one go. Performances begin at 19:00 on Wed and Sat.QJ‑5, Jama Michalika, ul. Floriańska 45, tel. (+48) 12 422 15 61, Tickets 85zł, available at www.cracowconcerts.com or before the concerts.(+48) 604 093 570, www.cracowconcerts.com. 19:00 Every Wednesday & Saturday.
01.06 - 31.01 » CHOPIN CONCERTS
Enjoy the music of Poland’s greatest composer, Fryderyk Chopin, as performed by pianists Witold Wilczek, Weronika Krówka, Maria Moliszewska, Kazuko Tsuji and others. Concerts begin each day at 19:00 at Chopin Gallery, ul. Sławkowska 14 (I-5). Price includes a glass of wine.QTickets 60zł, available at www.cracowconcerts.com or before the concert. (+48) 604 09 35 70, www.cracowconcerts.com. 19:00.
02.04 - 31.01 » CHOPIN CONCERTS IN WIERZYNEK
These special celebrations of Chopin’s musical legacy take place in the historic interiors of the legendary Wierzynek restaurant, and are performed by gifted members of the Kraków Music Academy, many of whom are laureates of international piano contests.QI‑6, Wierzynek, Rynek Główny 16, tel. (+48) 728 87 10 71, Tickets 60/40zł, VIP 220zł. Available at City Information Point (ul. Św. Jana 2, C-3; Open 09:00 - 19:00) and at the venue before the concert begins. (+48) 602 85 09 00, www.newculture. pl. 19:00. iyp.me/polandblog
NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT ENCORE 2nd JANUARY 2018 www.oper a.kr akow.pl December 2017 – January 2018
What’s On EXHIBITIONS 14.02 - 31.12 » 50 SHADES OF SEX: EROTIC ART EXHIBIT
Right on the market square of Poland’s UNESCO-enshrined cultural capital comes this tourist-baiting and church-agitating exhibit of erotic art inspired by the trashy but titillating novel 50 Shades of Grey, and also, according to the organisers, by the history of the Kromerowska townhouse at Rynek Główny 23 in which it is housed. With great imagination, and in great detail, the organisers have mythologised the building’s history into what we’ll just quickly summarise as centuries of secret liaisons and orgies. Collected in the building’s gothic cellars, the exhibit leads viewers through the imagined sex life of the city and the history of eroticism from Cleopatra to Christian Grey, including ancient art, sex toys and lots and lots of dick sculptures. While it may seem completely frivolous to tourists, this rare exhibit goes directly against the religious, political, and cultural climate in PL, making it quite ballsy indeed.QOpen 12:00 - 22:00; Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00 23:00. Admission 20/15zł, www.50twarzysexu.pl.
23.06 - 07.01 » #HERITAGE
NAJWIĘKSZE PRZEBOJE GRUPY QUEEN SEBASTIAN MACHALSKI KUBA MOLĘDA JAKUB WOCIAL oraz band pod kierownictwem
26, 27, 28.01.2018 KRAKÓW, TEATR VARIÉTÉ www.teatrvariete.pl www.broadwaywpolsce.com 20 Kraków In Your Pocket
Whichever way you look at it, there’s only one way to describe Poland’s history: it’s complicated. From endlessly shifting borders to even disappearing off the map entirely for 123 years, Poland has incurred a tremendous amount of change and trauma on political, territorial, economic, and cultural fronts. As we approach the 100th anniversary of Poland’s reconstitution in 1918, the National Museum in Krakow urges us to join in on the everevolving discussion of Polish identity with their ‘#heritage’ exhibit. The exhibit explores the concepts of cultural continuity and national identity through an anthropological and historical lens, with a strong focus on four defining elements: territory, citizens, language, and custom. The not-so-subtle use of the hashtag in the title is a way to call attention to the subject itself in the context of the 21st century.QG‑6, National Museum, Main Building, Al. 3 Maja 1, tel. (+48) 12 433 55 00, Admission 17/11zł, family tickets 29zł, www.mnk.pl/exhibitions/heritage.
30.09 - 31.12 » P FOR PARADOX: FIAT 125P
Exactly 50 years ago, the Fiat 125p started production in Poland. As the era of PRL reigned across the country and resources were scarce for all, having your own car was one of the most desirable objectives to lock in as a sign of social status and privilege. Renewed Polish-Italian relations made production of the Fiat in Poland possible, and when the first cars drove off the production line in 1967, they were all the rage. Let’s just say, the Fiat 125p is to Poland in the 70s (and later) what today’s iPhones are to most Western and developed countries. While the Fiat was first intended to signify prestige and high social status, as it gained popularity over time, it evolved into a symbol of the hardships and everyday struggles associated with the socialist and communist ideals of the Polish People’s Republic—exemplifying the contrast between propaganda in the media and Polish people’s lived reality.QK‑9, Museum of Municipal Engineering, ul. Św. Wawrzyńca 15, tel. (+48) 12 428 66 44, Admission 10/8zł, family ticket 30zł., www.mim.krakow.pl. iyp.me/krakow
What’s On 20.10 - 01.04 » NONSENSE TECHNOLOGIES
If you’re one of those “I don’t get art” people, perhaps this is one exhibit that you still might consider giving a try. Artists Przemysław Jasielski and Rainer Prohaska offer an ironic look at technology in combination with the arts and sciences. Presented in the form of interactive objects and installations, the purpose of the exhibit is to demonstrate the creative aspect of invention—and to allow space for the realisation that what is often seen as “new” and “innovative,” and may even serve a function— that function can still in and of itself be useless, banal, or—as the artists call it—nonsense. This display is not only an exploration on the origin and process of creativity vs. rational thinking, it’s also a commentary on the human-technology relationship—one that the artists urge should be engaged in with caution (especially when it comes to artificial intelligence) as we continue to sidestep the potential dangers our collective everyday dependence holds.QN‑9, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK), ul. Lipowa 4, tel. (+48) 12 263 40 00, Admission 14/7zł, Tue free. Guided tours (115zł + admission) in English, Italian, French and Chinese available, but must be arranged by phone in advance., www.mocak.pl.
17.10 - 31.03 » IN CONTRAST: THE SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT IN LESSER POLAND DURING MARTIAL LAW
Waking up the morning of Sunday, December 13 in 1981 Poland meant waking up to a new world. Overnight, the authoritarian communist government (which reigned from 1952 until 1990) declared Martial Law— which, to put it short, meant the implementation of a whole lot of restrictions on daily life. Poland quickly became characterised by instability, mass protests, worker strikes, and an overarching climate of secrecy, conspiracy, imposed control, fear, unrest, and chaos. Activists were jailed, people and workers disappeared, and it appeared as though the country was split into two completely parallel, non-intersecting narratives of “the people” vs. “the state.” One example of this schism is embodied in the city of Nowa Huta. Built in the 1950s, Nowa Huta was designed in the image of communism, deemed a “city without God,” and sold to residents as the “ultimate proletariat paradise.” PLOT TWIST: Despite the city planners’ aims to embed compliance into the philosophy and daily rituals of Nowa Huta’s residents, it wasn’t long before the people of Nowa Huta found their own collective voice and started fighting back against the narrative that was being imposed upon them. In fact, Nowa Huta became a central point of silent revolution, serving as a meeting point for protestors and underground organisers of the Solidarity movement. This exhibit aims to shed light on the people and stories that, despite an enforced agenda, managed to rise against and set their own narrative in Poland’s history.QS‑3, Museum of Poland under the Communist Regime, Os. Centrum E 1, tel. (+48) 12 446 78 21, Admission 10/8zł; Tue free., www.mprl.pl. iyp.me/polandblog
December 2017 – January 2018
What’s On 07.04 - 08.04 » TREASURES OF THE CZARTORYSKI COLLECTION
MARITZA EMMERICH KÁLMÁN
The exhibit presents the most valuable items from the famous Czartoryski collection, spanning an impressive swath of geography and history from Ancient Egypt up to the 19th century. Across a diversity of fields and mediums - including ancient art, archaeology, military items, painting, graphics, literature and more - two main themes are emphasised: historical and patriotic items, and artistic items. The first includes items connected to famous figures of Polish and European history, among them Jan III Sobieski, Kościuszko, Shakespeare, Napoleon, Petrarch and more. The second theme displays artistic masterpieces by Rembrandt, Matejko, Italian Renaissance painters and others. Notably absent is Leonardo Da Vinci’s, Lady With an Ermine, which will be on a display at the main branch of the National Museum from May 19th. QJ‑4, Czartoryski Museum - Arsenal, ul. Pijarska 8, tel. (+48) 12 370 54 60, Admission 17/11zł, family ticket 29zł, mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon.
28.11 - 20.01 » WYSPIAŃSKI
2017 marks the 110th anniversary of internationallyacclaimed artist Stanisław Wyspiański’s death (1869– 1907). If you don’t know, now you know: Wyspiański ranks among artists like Klimt and Gaudi in terms of mass-significance and influence cascading from the turn of the 19th century, especially locally. In an impressive feat, the National Museum in Kraków has aggregated the largest and most valuable collection of the artist’s works - approximately 900 pieces. As part of the largest display of the artist’s works over the past 50 years in Poland, 500 of these works will be available for viewing - drawings, portraits, and landscapes, as well as scenographic, typographic, and ornamental designs (some of which were made for high-profile clients in Krakow). Of course, there will be plenty of pastels - a medium he was best known for artfully mastering.QG‑6, National Museum, Main Building, Al. 3 Maja 1, tel. (+48) 12 433 55 00, Tickets 11/6zł, family ticket 20zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sun free., www. mnk.pl/exhibitions/wyspianski.
20.10 - 01.04 » ARTISTS FROM KRAKOW: GENERATION 1970–1979
25, 26, 27, 28
JANUARY 2018 6.30 pm
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Artists From Krakow is a biennial series at MOCAK offering a more detailed look at the contemporary art scene in the city and aiming to explore and identify its most important trends. If you haven’t gotten the memo yet, Kraków is quite the cultural cradle and has been largely considered so since the mid-nineteenth century. The city boasts many firsts in terms of building and establishing its cultural capital through the years: after all, in 1818 the first academy of fine arts in the country was instated here, followed by the first national museum in 1870, and the first institute of art history in the country also materialised on Cracovian soil in 1882. There must be something in the water, because the city operates iyp.me/krakow
What’s On mainly in the cultural industry and is characterised by the outstanding talents that have either been born or bred in these here streets. For this series, the “kids” born in the years 1970 to 1979 are in the limelight, with their works on display. The works do not follow any specific theme or medium, so expect to see a variety of paintings, installations, comics, and photography—but not only. If you pay close attention, you might notice some overarching styles and ways of looking at art that might be a symptom of their times: the artists in this generation graduated at the turn of the 20th century, and many of them are known names in the international art circuit and/or work as lecturers at fine arts academies.QN‑9, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK), ul. Lipowa 4, tel. (+48) 12 263 40 00, Admission 14/7zł, Tue free. Guided tours (115zł + admission) in English, Italian, French and Chinese available, but must be arranged by phone in advance., www.mocak.pl.
01.12 - 08.04 » LVIV ON JUNE 24, 1937: CITY, ARCHITECTURE, MODERNISM
June 24th, 1937 in Lviv was a day like any other—the city was bustling with events and oozing culture, characterised by an all-around embodiment of modernity as it was considered in this era. Like many European cities, the history of Lviv is quite interesting, convoluted, and longwinding. It was always considered a city of innovation and modernity—as it turns out, in 1853 Lviv was the first European city to have streetlights. Many of us also know it as Lwów, as there was a time that the city was part of Poland (in fact, one of the inventors of the initial kerosene streetlight, Łukasiewicz, was Polish). This exhibition offers a look back in time to over 80 years ago, presenting a snapshot of Lviv focused on architecture and cultural life of the city that ultimately, a mere two years later and thereafter, would never be the same again.QI‑5, International Cultural Centre, Rynek Główny 25, tel. (+48) 12 424 28 11, Admission to the gallery 12/7zł, family ticket 20zł. Tue, Wed between 10:00 and 11:00 admission 1zł., www.mck.krakow.pl.
28.12 - 28.01 » LAGERTHEATER
This multi-faceted exhibit aims to bring to light one often little-known and overlooked aspect of life in concentration and POW camps during WWII: theatre. Despite there being a general lack of surviving information and documentation on theatrical activity in the camps—the few pieces, artefacts, and objects of memory that (by some miracle) still remain have been artfully compiled in this meaningful exhibition. They are brought to life by recorded witness accounts, which tell the stories and lives of the performers and creators; and are presented as part of a greater structure designed in collaboration with renowned Polish sculptor Jarosław Kozakiewicz.QN‑9, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK), ul. Lipowa 4, tel. (+48) 12 263 40 00, Admission 14/7zł, Tue free. Guided tours (115zł + admission) in English, Italian, French and Chinese available, but must be arranged by phone in advance., www.mocak.pl. iyp.me/polandblog
December 2017 – January 2018
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Polish food is famous for being simple, hearty and not especially colourful. You simply haven’t had a thorough sampling of it until you’ve tried all the traditional dishes below, all of which can be found at almost any Polish restaurant or milk bar (see p.52) in town. Smacznego! BIGOS Though there is no standard recipe for this hearty stew, ingredients usually include lots of fresh and pickled cabbage, sausage, onion, mushrooms, garlic and whatever else is on hand. In fact, metaphorically bigos translates to ‘big mess,’ ‘mish-mash’ or ‘confusion’ in Polish. Seasoned with peppercorns, bay leaves, caraway and the kitchen sink, the stew is left to gestate for a few days for full flavour infusion. A Polish restaurant or prospective bride can be fairly measured on the strength of their bigos, so put it to the test. GOŁĄBKI Translating to ‘little pigeons,’ this favourite dish consists of boiled cabbage leaves stuffed with beef, onion and rice before being baked and served in a tomato or mushroom sauce. Polish legend claims quinn.anya, www.flickr.com, King Kazimierz IV fed his army CC BY-SA 2.0. gołąbki before a battle against the Teutonic Order, and their unlikely victory has been attributed to the fortifying meal ever since. 24 Kraków In Your Pocket
GOLONKA Pork knuckle or hock, as in pig’s thigh. A true Polish delicacy, the boiled, braised or roasted meat should slip right off the bone, be served with horseradish, and washed down with beer. Go caveman.
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KIEŁBASA Sausages, and in Polish shops you’ll find an enormous variety, made with everything kind of meat imaginable, from turkey to bison. There are a few varieties to watch for including Krakowska, a Kraków specialty seasoned with pepper and garlic; Kabanosy, a thin, dry sausage flavoured with caraway seed; and Kaszanka, a blood sausage filled with groats and pig’s blood. These you’ll find in any ‘delikatesy’ or butcher shop, but head to Kiełbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski at Plac Targowy (see p.44) to get a taste of Kraków’s most famous kiełbasa, however. Two oldtimers have been grilling sausage out of a van since time immemorial at this hallowed sidewalk stand. iyp.me/krakow
Polish Food KOTLET SCHABOWY Probably the most popular lunch/ supper in Poland is the almighty ‘schabowy’ with mashed potatoes and pickled cabbage, and you can walk into almost restaurant in the country and be assured of its presence on the menu (if the kitchen hasn’t run out of it already). Essentially a breaded and fried pork chop, ‘kotlet schabowy’ is quite similar to Viennese schnitzel, and a solid bet for a cheap, filling, risk-free meal. If you’re awoken on a Saturday or Sunday morning by the sound of profuse banging - that’s the collective sound of every housewife in Poland tenderising the meat for this meal with a spiky mallet. So best mind your manners. NALEŚNIKI The Polish equivalent of French crepes, these are thin pancakes wrapped around pretty much any filling you can dream of, savoury or sweet. Generally the easy way out in any dodgy Polish dining establishment. PIEROGI Doughy dumplings traditionally filled with potato (Ruskie), sweet cheese, meat, mushrooms and cabbage, strawberries or plums, though if you nose around you will find plenty of maverick fillings like broccoli, chocolate or liver; the possibilities are truly limitless and they are served almost everywhere in the city. PLACKI ZIEMNIACZANE
These greasy, fried potato pancakes are very similar to Jewish latkes and best enjoyed with goulash on top (placki po Węgiersku). Highly caloric, they’re also a tried and true hangover cure. SMALEC Vegetarians who broke their vows for a bite of sausage or a taste of żurek generally draw the line here. An animal fat spread full of fried lard chunks (the more the better, we say) and served with hunks of homemade bread, Smalec is a savoury snack that goes great with a mug of beer. Any traditional Polish restaurant worth its salt should give you lashings of this prior to your meal. iyp.me/polandblog
December 2017 – January 2018
Polish Food POLISH VODKA
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The Poles have been producing and drinking vodka since the early Middle Ages, distilling their skill into some of the best vodka blends available in the world. The two most highly regarded clear Polish vodka brands must be Belvedere and Chopin, both of which you’ll find in any alcohol shop. But you won’t find many tipplers throwing them back at the bar. While clear vodkas are generally reserved for weddings and mixed drinks, the real fun of Polish vodka sampling is the flavoured vodkas, the most popular of which we describe below. WIŚNIÓWKA Undoubtedly the most common flavoured vodka, wiśniówka is cheap and cherry-flavoured. You’ll see students and pensioners alike buying trays of it at the bar, as well as toothless tramps sharing a bottle in corners of tenement courtyards. A splash of grapefruit juice is often added to cut the sweetness of this bright red monogamy cure. ŻOŁĄDKOWA GORZKA Due to its very name, which translates to something like ‘Bitter Stomach Vodka,’ Żołądkowa Gorzka gives even the most infirm of health an excuse to drink under the guise of its medicinal properties. An aged, ambercoloured vodka flavoured with herbs and spices, Żołądkowa is incredibly palatable and best enjoyed when sipped on ice. KRUPNIK A sweet vodka made from honey and a multitude of herbs. Buy a bottle for Mum – drinking vodka doesn’t get any easier than this. In winter, hot krupnik is a popular personal defroster with hot water, lemon and mulling spices added. ŻUBRÓWKA One of Poland’s most popular overseas vodka exports, Żubrówka has been produced in Eastern Poland since the 16th century. Flavoured with a type of grass specific to Białowieża Forest (a blade of which appears in each bottle), Żubrówka is faint yellow in colour, with a mild fragrance and taste of mown hay. Delightfully smooth as it is on its own, Żubrówka is most commonly combined with apple juice – a refreshing concoction called a ‘tatanka.’ 26 Kraków In Your Pocket
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ZAPIEKANKA The ultimate Cracovian drunk food. Order one at any train station in PL and you’ll get half a stale baguette covered with mushrooms and cheese, thrown in a toaster oven and squirted with ketchup. Underwhelming to say the least, however the vendors of Kazimierz’s Plac Nowy (K-8, p.96) have made a true art out of the ‘Polish pizza.’ With endless add-ons (including salami, spinach, smoked cheese, pickles, pineapple, feta – you name it), garlic sauce and chives have become standard procedure at this point. Because of their popularity you’ll witness ridiculous lines at the various windows around the roundhouse, but the wait is worth it. At 8-10zł it’s a great value and will sustain you through a night of heavy drinking. To leave town without having tried a Plac Nowy zapiekanka would be felonious, as would settling for one anywhere else in Kraków. ZUPA (SOUP) Poland has three signature soups: barszcz, żurek and flaki. A nourishing beetroot soup, barszcz may be served with potatoes and veggies tossed in, with a croquette or miniature pierogi floating in it, or simply as broth in a mug expressly for drinking (‘barszcz solo’). A Żurek recommended alternative to other beverages with any winter meal, we’d be surprised if you can find a bad cup of barszcz anywhere in Kraków. It doesn’t get any more Polish than żurek – a unique sour rye soup with sausage, potatoes and occasionally egg chucked in, and often served in a bread bowl. If you’re of strong constitution and feeling truly adventurous, spring for flaki (also sometimes called flaczki) – beef tripe soup enriched with veggies, herbs and spices. A hearty standby in most kitchens, we personally save the pleasure for compromising situations involving mother-in-laws, but we still have to give credit to any local restaurant bold enough to keep this on their menu. iyp.me/krakow
Polish Food POLISH DESSERTS
Few things in life get a Pole more animated than a good dessert. Known for not being too sweet (and for too often incorporating marmalade, gelatin or alcohol in our opinion), the classic Polish desserts below can be purchased in any ‘cukiernia’ (pastry shop) and in most cafes. KREMÓWKA A cream pie made of two thin layers of puff pastry filled with vanilla custard cream and often topped with powdered sugar. One of our favourite Polish treats, kremówka was popularised across PL by the late Pope John Paul II, who made the mistake of offhandedly commenting about eating cream cakes once in his hometown of Wadowice, thus creating a cottage industry in the small town 50km southwest of Kraków almost overnight. MAKOWIEC Traditionally eaten at Easter and Christmas, this poppy seed dessert can be made as a cake, or as a bread loaf with a dense swirl of slightly sweetened poppy seeds in the centre. Sometimes alcohol is added to the filling, and icing and orange zest often glaze the bread. PĄCZKI A tradition since the 1700s, these dense deep-fried doughnuts are so popular they even have their own holiday – Tłusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday) – which falls on the last Thursday before the start of Lent. Typically filled with rose jam, glazed with sugar and topped with candied orange peel, pączki are similar to American jelly doughnuts, the main difference being that Poland’s conservative tendencies ensure there is only a drop of marmalade in the centre somewhere, which an elaborate game could be made around trying to find. PIERNIKI Polish gingerbread, or pierniki, comes in many varieties, but the most famous is Toruński Piernik, which has been produced in the northern town of Toruń since the Middle Ages. Slightly soft, chewy and flavoured with honey, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, anise and lavender, these small gingerbread cookies can be glazed with sugar, covered in chocolate or filled with marmalade. SERNIK Polish for ‘cheesecake,’ sernik is one of the country’s most popular desserts and you’ll have a hard time convincing any Pole you’ve been to their country if you don’t try it. Made with a sweet curd cheese (twaróg) and served cold, there are plenty of variations, including those with raisins, gelatin or chocolate sauce. SZARLOTKA Any Pole will tell you that the best apples in the world come from Poland, and Polish apple pie is a standard served almost everywhere. Made with shortbread, the apples are typically tart and flavoured with cinnamon and cloves. iyp.me/polandblog
Any culinary journey through Kraków is likely to start with the obwarzanek. A chewy dough ring sprinkled (usually extremely unevenly) with salt, poppy or sesame seeds, obwarzanki are sold from blue rolling carts on every other street corner in Kraków, and are so inescapable they’ve become an unofficial symbol of the city. Known as the ‘Cracovian bagel,’ the obwarzanek gets its name from the Polish word for ‘par-boiled’ and therefore differs slightly from the bagel, in addition to being its internationally popular counterpart’s predecessor. Though the origins of the Jewish bagel are complex, confusing and hotly-contested, most agree that it was invented by Kraków Jews after 1496 when King Jan Sobieski lifted the decree that formerly restricted the production of baked goods to the Kraków Bakers Guild. First written mention of the obwarzanek meanwhile dates back earlier to 1394, meaning that it’s been a daily sight on Kraków’s market square for over 600 years. In 2010 it was given prestigious PGI (Protected Geographic Indication) status as a protected regional food. Although increased tourism in recent years has jacked the price of an obwarzanek up to around 1.50zł (sacrilege!), you’ll still see countless people on the go munching these braided pretzel rings. Tasty and filling when fresh, the art of truly enjoying an obwarzanek leaves a lot up to chance. Cracovian bakers produce up to 200,000 obwarzanki daily in the summer, despite the fact that on leaving the oven the baked goods have a sell-by date of about three hours. As such, finding a fresh one is essential. To ensure you do, consider a trip to the Obwarzanek Museum (p.126), where you can make your own. Enjoyed by people of all ages, obwarzanki also feed Kraków’s entire pigeon population when in the evenings the city’s 170-180 obwarzanki carts essentially become bird-food vendors. December 2017 – January 2018
Charlotte (p.30) | Photo by Paulina Zięcik
BAL If you’re feeling a bit self-conscious about being a tourist after visiting MOCAK or Schindler’s Factory, visit Bal to restore your street cred. Located literally right behind MOCAK, but with a slyly hidden entrance (take your first left before the museums), this stylish cafe and popular lunch spot was on the first wave of pioneers to pitch their tents in this part of town. What should be an obscure studio space has been turned into a hip hangout with high ceilings and exposed bulbs, wooden tables and white walls. Stop in for breakfast sets (served until 11:30; all day on weekends), daily lunch specials, bagels, sandwiches, pasta, quiche, hummus sets, great coffee and cocktails. Essentially the antithesis of everything in the Old Town, with Bal Kraków’s young creatives are marking their territory. Find it and find out.QN‑9, ul. Ślusarska 9 (entrance from ul. Przemysłowa), tel. (+48) 734 41 17 33. Open 08:00 22:00, Mon 08:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 22:00, Sun 09:00 - 21:00. T6GSW BONJOUR CAVA This well-admired, local chain of cafes has infiltrated Tytano to give the grungy, post-industrial party complex a place for earlybirds, cakelovers, laptoppers and quicheaters. The charmingly eclectic, chapeau-tipping design succeeds in creating a cosy space to relax, work or refuel. On offer is excellent coffee, ice cream, savoury pies and frittatas, French pastries, daily lunch specials and a dangerous display case of desserts. As this is Tytano, there’s plenty of seasonal 28 Kraków In Your Pocket
seating outside, and (unlike their other locations) they also serve wine. Exactly what a cafe should be, you’ll also find them at ul. Warszawska 16 (J-3) and ul. Piłsudskiego 5 (H-6). QG‑4/5, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10/7C, tel. (+48) 790 22 88 43, www.bonjour-cava.pl. Open 09:00 - 21:30, Fri 09:00 23:00, Sat 10:00 - 23:00, Sun 10:00 - 21:30. 6GSW BUNKIER CAFE Attached to Kraków’s best contemporary art gallery, this enclosed terrace bar/cafe on the Planty resembles a spacious greenhouse wherein the plants have been replaced with couples, happy hour colleagues and English teachers giving private lessons around wobbly tables and chairs, and a sandbox for kids to dig through in summer. A year-round pleasure (thanks to plenty of heaters), the space is judiciously divided between smoking and non, and they now offer a full menu of delicious food that’s served late; in fact the inviting atmosphere is marred only by the slow to completely negligent table service that unfortunately can’t be circumnavigated.QI‑5, Pl. Szczepański 3A, tel. (+48) 12 431 05 85, www.bunkiercafe.pl. Open 09:00 - 01:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 02:00. oXW NEW CAFE LISBOA Something different for Kraków, this tiny cafe channels the spirit of the Portuguese capital with coffee, tea, wine, tapas and fresh-baked pastéis de nata (traditional Portuguese egg tart pastries) which hit the mark. Stop in early for a iyp.me/krakow
Cafés pastry and espresso, or scrambled eggs with chorizo, or split a tapas board and carafe of house wine in the evening. Most of their products (olives, sardines, tea, meat) are straight from Portugal, and also available for sale. When the seasonal garden is closed, space is extremely limited, dampening the appeal of extended visits; but if you’re longing for Lisbon, the fado crooning, Moorish tiles and delicious pastries and wine do the trick.QH‑5, ul. Dolnych Młynów 3/4. Open 08:00 - 20:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 08:00 21:00, Sun 10:00 - 20:00. GS CAMELOT Let a blissful day unravel before you amid a collection of tiny tables, squeaking floorboards and watercolours pinned to white walls. Owlish academics mingle with local stage celebrities and braying tourists inside what is no less than a city institution. An extensive menu features all-day breakfast, salads, pastas, desserts and plenty of warm local liquors, and the elevated seat in the window may be the most romantic spot in town. A cultural institution, descend to the cellar on Fridays evenings from September to June to experience the delightfully strange, antiquated and always endearing Loch Camelot cabaret (check lochcamelot.art. pl to confirm times and prices). Recommended all around. QJ‑5, ul. Św. Tomasza 17, tel. (+48) 12 421 01 23. Open 09:00 - 24:00. 6NGSW CHIMNEY CAKE BAKERY This sweet treat is native to the Hungarian-speaking regions of Romania, but these local lads have perfected it, while putting their own twist on things. If you’re not familiar with chimney cakes, it consists of thinly rolled dough wrapped around a spit, then rolled in sugar and basted in butter while baking. At Chimney Cake Bakery they make them right in front of you and offer 10 different toppings and fillings, including vanilla, coconut, nutella, peanut butter and - their most innovative creation - ice cream (in summer) or whipped cream (in winter) in a chimney cake cone. Enjoy this hot, steamy (hence the name) treat at their kiosk in the Planty (near the train station), or at Food Truck Square in Kazimierz (K-9). Cakes are 8-11zł, with ice cream or whipped cream 13zł.QJ‑4, ul. Basztowa 26A, tel. (+48) 796 06 77 07. Open 11:00 - 21:00. GS CUPCAKE CORNER BAKERY The haute cupcake trend has spread to Kraków, and this cheerful American-style bakery and cafe couldn’t be more authentic if it was run by Martha Stewart herself. Offering 21 different cupcake flavours on various days of the week (12 daily), choose from delicious creations like Peanut Butter Brownie, Coffee Halva, Red Velvet and gluten-free Chocolate Cashew. But cupcakes are only part of the game - start your day with a fresh-baked bagel slathered in one of their flavoured cream cheeses, and don’t miss their all-natural, artisanal ice cream and milkshakes. Also at ul. Szewska 22 (I-5), ul. Grodzka 60 (J-7) and ul. Michałowskiego 14 (H-4).QI‑6, ul. Bracka 4, tel. (+48) 12 341 42 72, www.cupcakecorner.pl. Open 08:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 21:00. TUGSW iyp.me/polandblog
HAVE YOUR SAY If you have an opinion about any of the venues listed in this guide, let over half a million yearly unique visitors to our website, krakow.inyourpocket.com, know about it. Every venue on our website has a function for comments, be they critical, complimentary or comical, so spill it. KOLANKO 6 (p.30): An awesome place with a cozy atmosphere for breakfast. For 20 PLN there is a buffet with a choice of eggs and bacon and sausage as well as numerous cold salads, lunch meats and cheeses, vegetables, cereals, and desserts. And coffee and tea are included in the price which is a rarity in Poland! Highly recommended! Karen ZET PE TE (p.65) A lot of good concerts and one of the biggest places in Krakow in an old tabacco factory. Roamuld SCHINDLER’S FACTORY (p.105) Fantastic, interactive museum brought to life by the movie about Schindler’s list. This is probably the best museum I have visited in Kraków. Agata December 2017 – January 2018
BAGELMAMA Kazimierz bagel spot with a range of toppings and cream cheeses, plus drip coffee, wraps, soups, sandwiches and more - served all day.QL‑8, ul. Dajwór 10, tel. (+48) 12 346 16 46. Open 09:00 - 17:00. (420zł). T6GSW CHARLOTTE. CHLEB I WINO In Charlotte early risers will find great coffee, fresh bread, pastries, breakfast sets (served all day) and a wonderful atmosphere. High ceilinged and full of natural light this Parisian-style cafe/bakery is a great place to read the paper, open the laptop or slowly unwind the day ahead of you.QI‑5, Pl. Szczepański 2, tel. (+48) 600 80 78 80. Open 07:00 - 24:00, Fri 07:00 - 01:00, Sat 09:00 - 01:00, Sun 09:00 - 22:00. (15-20zł). 6GSW FORUM PRZESTRZENIE One of the best in town, Forum’s morning menu (served until 13:00) includes the awesome ‘San Francisco’ breakfast of frankfurters, grilled cheese with turkey, a fried egg, sweet corn, bacon and pancakes for only 21zł. As if you need more, there’s also scrambled eggs with add-ins, oatmeal with fresh fruit, vegan and gluten-free options.QI‑10, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 28, tel. (+48) 515 42 47 24, www.forumprzestrzenie. com. Open 10:00 - 02:00. (10-21zł). GW RANNY PTASZEK This brilliant ‘breakfast bar’ combines the classic American diner with the modern Brooklyn brunchery. Healthy, affordable and served super fast, compose your own meal from shaksouka, Hungarian sausage, patatas bravas, pickled veggies, hummus and more, or go for one of their sandwiches or salads. Unfortunately, space is super limited, so enjoy this pleasure with just your sweetheart, because the whole fam won’t fit. QJ‑8, ul. Augustiańska 5, tel. (+48) 517 65 62 46. Open 08:00 - 16:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 16:00. (10-25zł). 6GSW SCANDALE ROYAL Mornings here feature a full breakfast buffet, or order a la carte (until 12:30) from two pages of exciting options - eggs, omelettes, pancakes, and a solid English breakfast.QI‑5, Pl. Szczepański 2, tel. (+48) 12 422 13 33, www.scandale.pl. Open 07:30 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 07:30 - 02:00. (11-27zł). SW 30 Kraków In Your Pocket
KARMA Arguably the best cup of joe in town, Karma roasts their own beans and boasts one of the world’s best espresso machines (Synesso, from Seattle, write it down). But this is hardly the snobby or pricey realm of the Starbucks set. Karma caters to a more alternative crowd with a range of vegan, gluten-free baked goods, breakfasts and lunch specials that will make you feel great about what you’re eating, as well as how little you’re paying. A wonderful place to not only wake up, but become a bit more conscious. QH‑5, ul. Krupnicza 12/3, tel. (+48) 662 38 72 81, www. karmaroasters.com. Open 08:00 - 20:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 19:00. T6GSW KOLANKO N°6 One of Kazimierz’s most under-appreciated venues, Kolanko has plenty going for it, namely the large sunny, seasonal garden, and the occasional concerts that take place in the venue space beyond it (check their FB page). Don’t forget the cheap menu of soups, salads and creatively-stuffed sweet and savoury crepes, however; nor the full breakfast buffet (served until 12:00); nor the local amber and dark beers on draught. Quirky attic knickknacks combined with klezmer and balkan music selections give Kolanko 6 an escapist atmosphere well-appreciated by couples, laptoppers and loners like ourselves.QK‑8, ul. Józefa 17, tel. (+48) 12 292 03 20, www.kolanko.net. Open 08:00 23:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 01:00. T6UGSW PIJALNIA CZEKOLADY E. WEDEL This large, regally elegant chocolate lounge offers a superb collection of confectionery courtesy of Wedel - Poland’s best-loved brand. Find chocolates, cakes and pralines of every description, plus rich hot chocolate drinks you can practically stand a spoon up in - all of it every bit as sweet and delightful as the aproned girls that serve it. Interiors are worthy of this kingdom of temptation and include a vaulted glass ceiling, balcony, and black and white pictures of Wedel’s founding fathers. A perfect place to spoil your sweetheart, or reward the kids.QJ‑5, Rynek Główny 46, tel. (+48) 12 429 40 85, www.wedelpijalnie.pl. Open 09:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 24:00, Sun 09:00 - 23:00. T6UGSW SŁODKI WIERZYNEK This classy cafe/shop on the ground floor of Kraków’s most famous dining destination is everything you’d expect based on its unrivalled pedigree. Enjoy the prime Rynek real estate while indulging in gourmet coffee and cakes, pralines, truffles, macaroons and more - all of which are made on-site and can be taken home in snazzy gift-boxes; or comfortably order later from their online shop.QI‑6, Rynek Główny 15, tel. (+48) 12 424 96 36, www.slodkiwierzynek.pl. Open 10:00 - 19:00. GSW
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Zen and the Art of Sushi Madness, p.35.
With the development of the market in Kraków the number of places to eat is now extremely wide, and while the city’s culinary rep is improving all the time, its restaurants are still waiting for starry-eyed acceptance from a certain French tyre company. That said, there are more good restaurants to visit in this town than you could possibly fit in one trip, so fear not, you won’t have to eat tyres. While our print guide carries a wide selection of Kraków’s most noteworthy restaurants, there are many, many more listed on our website (krakow.inyourpocket.com), where we encourage you to leave your own reviews of the places you’ve visited. All IYP reviews are updated regularly, completely subjective and unsolicited. The figures we quote in brackets represent the cheapest and costliest main courses on the menu. The opening hours we list are given to us by the restaurants but are rough guidelines as to when you can expect the chef to be working. Smacznego! SPLURGE Wierzynek (p.52) is Kraków’s oldest and most upscale restaurant, right on the Rynek. Close behind (and nearby), however, is Szara Gęś (p.52), as well as veteran Pod Aniołami (p.50). The sophisticated wine lists and seasonal cuisine of Copernicus (p.38) and Trzy Rybki (p.42) are also in the conversation, while Szara (p.42) - with locales on the market square and in Kazimierz - also never disappoints. CHEAP A Polish milk bar (p.52) is as cheap as you’ll eat anywhere in your life, but for a bit more atmosphere try Smakołyki (p.52). If you’re not a fan of Polish food, Bunkier Cafe (p.37) and Chimera (p.40) offer great value and ambiance. 32 Kraków In Your Pocket
LADS Take up a stein, tuck in your bib and feast like a king for pauper prices in Stara Zajezdnia (p.63) or Restauracja Sukiennice (p.51), where the food spills off the edges of the plate. The choicest cuts of red meat are in Moo Moo (p.33) and Ed Red (p.48), or to literally receive a bib with your food, order the outstanding ribs at Rzeźnia (p.34). FAMILIES Slowly but surely, more places in Kraków now have things like changing tables, high chairs, and play corners - look for the Child-Friendly symbol T at the end of each listing. Morskie Oko (p.49) is ideal for family feasts, and Bistro GotuJemy (p.54) has healthy food and a nice kids corner, but nothing in town beats Pod Wawelem (p.51) with its huge rumpus room and food your kids will eat. COUPLES Kraków is a marvellous backdrop for romance and you shouldn’t have to search far for ‘the perfect place.’ Make a reservation in Pod Aniołami (p.50), ZaKładka (p.35), Pod Nosem (p.50) or Bottiglieria 1881 (p.37) and let the atmosphere do the rest. SPECIAL DIET For vegans, vegetarians and health-conscious foodies, the street of choice in the Old Town is ul. Krupnicza (H5), where you’ll find Sissi (p.40), Karma (p.54) and Pod Norenami (p.54), plus Veganic (p.55) and Enklawa (p.48) are also close by at Tytano (p.60). Find all your options on p.54-55, of which our personal faves are Bistro GotuJemy and Wielopole 3. iyp.me/krakow
Restaurants SYMBOL KEY G No smoking
6 Animal friendly
N Credit cards not accepted
S Take away
U Facilities for the disabled
V Home delivery
X Smoking room available
E Live music
W Wi-fi connection
o Year-Round Garden
AMERICAN CARGO GRILL & DELI Front and centre at Tytano, this big, bustling upscale American steakhouse angles for tourists and large groups over local hipsters. To the pre-fitted post-industrial interior have been added chunky tables and firehouse red fixtures, plus a timber terrace out front, however a certain smartness is achieved by the sheer volume of poised, professional greeters and waitstaff on hand. Keep things within reason with a burger (30zł+), push the boat out with a 28-day dry-aged steak (70zł+), or go overboard with the lobster (190zł); in between you’ll find ribs, scallops, swordfish, NY cheesecake and an extensive wine list. Whether or not Cargo actually achieves the status of a top restaurant, it certainly presents itself and operates as one, which is a first step well taken.QG‑4, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10/2, tel. (+48) 12 686 55 22. Open 12:00 - 23:30, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 24:00, Sun 11:00 - 23:00. (29-190zł). T6GSW GRANDE GRILL Contrasting with the inflexible traditionalism of Wierzynek, this fresher effort from the same team behind Kraków’s most famous restaurant offers more modern styling and cuisine. The patio garden packed with plants hanging from timber beams is one of the best in town, and a stylish indoor dining area and live sports on the tele offer extra motivation for a visit. The menu is a simple selection of steaks, salads and burgers, all expertly made-to-order with the kind of service you would expect from the city’s most established restaurateurs.QI‑6, Rynek Główny 16, tel. (+48) 12 424 96 21, www.grandegrill.pl. Open 12:00 23:00. (29-89zł). TUGoW MOO MOO STEAK & BURGER CLUB On first glance this ‘club’ looks exclusive indeed, with runway waitresses, collared clientele and a minimal, modern monochromatic interior more ideal for a romantic date than spreading your face over a beef patty (and vice versa). The menu reveals an array of refined options from salmon to shrimp, with a bigger emphasis on choice steaks than their burgers - which when cut in half would actually pass for two burgers in most places. The reasonable prices and random music playlist make iyp.me/polandblog
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Restaurants Moo Moo a lot less pretentious than it first appears, and it’s a place we enjoy coming back to.QJ‑5, ul. Świętego Krzyża 15, tel. (+48) 531 00 70 97, www.moomoo.com. pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 24:00. (18-100zł). UGSW RZEŹNIA - RIBS ON FIRE This small ‘meatery’ offers a concise menu of carnivore cravings - tartar, burgers, blood pudding, sausage and ribs, with sides of fries and slaw, and a good selection of bottled beers. Though that sounds like something you’d find written on the side of a food truck, this place has more class than that with a red-flecked interior that looks could pass for a Spanish tapas bar in a pinch. Order the ribs (no, really - order the ribs) and you get the entire rack, not a sawn-off section, and we guarantee you’ll be sucking the bones clean. The coleslaw is also the best we’ve had in this cabbage crazy country. Tuck in your bib (they’ll provide you with one) and give this a try. Also in the Old Town at Plac Dominikański 2 (J-6).QK‑8, ul. Bożego Ciała 14, tel. (+48) 12 430 62 96, www.restauracjarzeznia.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 24:00. (29-119zł). VG SW
ASIAN HURRY CURRY Though the name suggests a takeaway window or food truck, this surprising slow food franchise has been a hit in Katowice and their Kraków locale features a large, open and appealing interior with multiple terraces and a full menu of Indian/Asian eats. Essentially an encyclopaedia of world curries, choose from over 20 varieties varying in spice quotient and country of origin, plus other signature world dishes like Tom Yum and Beef Rendang, and beers from Thailand, China, Vietnam and Japan. With so much menu to explore and everything super affordable, multiple visits are almost a given, and unlike most curry establishments, rice actually comes included with your meal.QJ‑5, ul. Szpitalna 9 (entrance from ul. Św.Tomasza), tel. (+48) 728 42 82 26, www.hurrycurry. pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 24:00. (18-35zł). T6UGSW TAO GARDEN Another effort from Kraków’s top Asian eateries, Tao and Zen, this one halfway down the left side of the Błonia. This lot certainly know how to do a great garden - in fact their Podgórze location is unfair competition. Half the seating here is outside, but this garden’s not as green, and its proximity to the road knocks the atmosphere down a couple notches. We’re fans of the food here, however: delicious pad thai, huge portions of tempura, Thai satay, dim sum and all the fresh sushi you can imagine, plus plum wine and sake. Perhaps the least exciting entry in this network, but certainly a fine option if you’re nearby.QF‑6, Al. Marszałka Focha 24, tel. (+48) 695 66 99 66, www. taogarden.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00. (35-50zł). T6U GSW 34 Kraków In Your Pocket
Restaurants TAO TEPPANYAKI & MORE One of the most intriguing locales in Podgórze, this smart and stylish Japanese and Thai bistro specialises in teppanyaki - dishes spectacularly prepared by their flashy master chef on the Japanese griddle in the middle of the room. The expansive, expert menu includes standards such as edamame, dim sum, pad thai, tempura and bottles of sake, as well as their own specialties like the tasty Tempura Burger. All of it is absolutely delicious, and an able aid for the night’s aims, whether it’s business, romance or simple relaxation.QK‑10, ul. Józefińska 4, tel. (+48) 725 88 03 04, www.taogarden.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00. (29-55zł). T6UVGoSW
ul. Szpitalna 9, 31-024 Kraków tel. 728 428 226 www.facebook.com/hurrycurrykrakow
Curries from all over the world
ZEN RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR Kraków’s sushi boom is in full stride, and Zen outdoes much of the competition by hitting the authentic Japanese interior dead-on with a first floor sushi canal where customers snare their desired servings as they float by; dishes are colour-coded by cost so you can keep vague tabs on your inflating tab, or pay 88zł when you drop in Mon-Fri between 12:00 and 18:00 and eat as much as you can. On the more formal second floor, dine ala carte on traditional floor mats. The menu makes an ironic effort not to pander to purists, but rather create an amalgam of European and Asian ingredients and flavours with dishes like duck marinated in orange and cinnamon served with teriyaki sauce.QJ‑5, ul. Św. Tomasza 29, tel. (+48) 12 426 55 55, www.zensushi.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (30-300zł). 6UVGSW
BALKAN BALKAN EXPRESS GRILL Drop into this budget Balkan eatery hidden in a large courtyard off of Floriańska for traditional specialties like ćevapi (sausage) sandwiches and tasty pljeskavica burgers slathered in ajvar and served in their own fresh-baked buns. Thanks to their huge garden and street food appeal, its a bit of a trendy spot with locals looking a fast, budget meal that’s not a sketchy kebab, or just a beer in the sunshine. BEG’s meats are sourced locally and they’ve now started offering Polish grilled meat platters for those unable to quell their blood sausage cravings. Open early for breakfast (07:00 - 10:00) - not the easiest thing to find on Floraińska before 09:00.QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 39, tel. (+48) 730 33 32 22, www.balkanexpressgrill.pl. Open 07:00 - 23:00. (1225zł). 6VGoSW
ul. Beliny Prażmowskiego 2 D Rondo Mogilskie
FRENCH ZAKŁADKA - FOOD & WINE Located in a restored Podgórze tenement just over Bernatek footbridge, this classy bistro - which tackles French delicacies and traditional Polish dishes with equal respect and aplomb - strikes the perfect balance of modern elegance, exciting cuisine and below market prices to be outrageously popular. A perfect date destination, from the moment you step inside seemingly everything - from the iyp.me/polandblog
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Mały Rynek 2-3, 31-041 Krakow
reservations +48 12 4214756, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BEST INDIAN CUISINE IN TOWN
We invite you to enjoy our original Indian dishes. Catering service available. Ul. Sławkowska 13-15, phone: 012 4232282, www.indus.pl, email@example.com Open 12:00-22:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-24:00
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sharp monchromatic interior to the excellent food and wine - becomes an aphrodisiac; make a reservation now.QK‑10, ul. Józefińska 2 (entrance from ul. Brodzińskiego), tel. (+48) 12 442 74 42, www.zakladkabistro.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Mon 17:00 - 22:00, Fri 12:00 - 24:00, Sat 12:00 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 21:00. (35-44zł). TGW ZAZIE BISTRO This casual Kazimierz eatery is the closest thing Kraków has to a true Parisian bistro - complete with classic set meals (appetiser, entree, dessert) for an affordable 29zł (Tue-Fri only), fois gras, fantastic creme brulee and large slices of quiche. Set over two levels, the ground floor tries its luck at looking like a Parisian sidewalk terrace with a wall-length mural of France’s famous phallus, interior streetlights and even a candy-striped roll-out canopy over one table; head to the cellar for a more romantic atmosphere of candlelight and wine racks. With the head chef racking up culinary awards, this is a great place to experience outstanding French cuisine without a whiff of snobbery, and an excellent value for your money.QK‑8, ul. Józefa 34, tel. (+48) 500 41 08 29, www.zaziebistro.pl. Open 12:00 23:00, Mon 17:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 24:00. (29-49zł). T6GSW
INDIAN INDIA MASALA As a mainstay anchoring Mały Rynek, this authentic effort from the same team behind Kraków’s top Indian eatery features popular patio seating and a classy, colourful interior infused with the scent of cardamom from the kitchen and sweet tobacco from the exotic hookah bar in the basement. The name may be India Masala, but the menu represents a wide range of regions across India with delicious dishes well-explained in English and wellpresented in traditional metal bowls. As you might guess, weekday afternoons are the perfect time to enjoy this place with lunch sets for 19zł served 12:00 - 17:00.QJ‑5, Mały Rynek 2-3, tel. (+48) 12 421 47 56, www.indiamasala.pl. Open 12:00 - 24:00. (14-45zł). 6GSW INDUS TANDOOR Kraków’s oldest Indian restaurant, Indus Tandoor essentially set a new, higher standard for the city’s ethnic eateries when it opened way back in 1998. Full of reds, golds, greens and lotus patterns, the slim interior and canopied patio are bursting with colour, and the near constant people filing in and out speaks to the high quality of the food, prepared by Indian chefs. Try the business lunch specials (Mon-Fri 12:00 - 17:00, 17zł) for a fantastic value.QJ‑5, ul. Sławkowska 13-15, tel. (+48) 12 423 22 82, www.indus.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 24:00. (13-45zł). GSW
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Restaurants INTERNATIONAL ALCHEMIA OD KUCHNI An extension of the legendary bar of the same name, Alchemia od Kuchni serves a spot-on menu of sit-down street food, burgers, vegetarian eats and eclectic entrees including fresh fish, curries and more. Open late and also open early, the simple, white tile and brick aesthetic is reminiscent of NYC or Copenhagen’s meatpacking districts, the prices won’t divest you of your beer money, and the service is light years ahead of the bar next door. Rather than just cashing in on the location and crowds, the team behind Od Kuchnia obviously cares, making it possibly our favourite thing about Alchemia these days.QK‑8, ul. Estery 5, tel. (+48) 882 04 42 99, www. odkuchni.com. Open 08:00 - 23:00, Mon 10:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 24:00. (10-32zł). GSW BIERHALLE This familiar tourist-friendly franchise lives up to its name, bringing its Oktoberfest atmosphere to Kraków’s Mały Rynek. At Bierhalle they brew their own, offering 3 different ales most commonly ordered by the litre, but you can also go gorilla with a 5l barrel. The beer-friendly franchise menu of German bratwurst, breaded cutlets and dumplings has been expanded and improved by star chef Kurt Scheller (and his stellar moustache), all while staying affordable, and open late as well. A helpful multi-lingual menu, nice service, and TVs streaming sports in every room make it a lads magnet, but we found Kraków’s locale to be less rowdy and more refined than expected. This is one of those happy cases where success seems to have actually improved the brand.QJ‑6, Mały Rynek 7, tel. (+48) 517 38 26 42, www.bierhalle.pl. Open 12:00 24:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 01:00. (10-60zł). TUGSW
Boutique restaurant & exclusive wine selection
BOTTIGLIERIA 1881 Discreetly hidden off Plac Wolnica, this small, intimate wine bar exudes class and taste with a sharp decór of stonework and timber, an open kitchen, VIP service, and an expertly stocked wine cellar with over 450 vintages. Chef Paweł Kras offers signature tasting menus (served from 17:00), and also regularly changes the mercifully concise menu of mouth-watering sous vide dishes, which the deft recommendations of the sommelier perfectly complement. A great place for business or courtship, Bottiglieria received an ‘Award of Excellence’ from Wine Spectator magazine, and also a top local award for their cuisine. Hardly a surprise, since there are few venues in Kraków as beautifully elegant and unique as this one.QK‑9, ul. Bocheńska 5, tel. (+48) 660 66 17 56, www.1881.com.pl. Open 13:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (30-72zł). GW BUNKIER CAFE This veteran crossover venue - essentially an enormous year-round terrace on the Planty - continues to be the same perfect place for an early morning paper read, afternoon coffee and cigarette, after-work drink, casual first date, conversational English lesson, or people-watching piwo that it has been since we first published this guide. In addition to good coffee and cakes, however, Bunkier has iyp.me/polandblog
ul. Bocheńska 5 Kraków tel +48 660 661 756 December 2017 – January 2018
Restaurants gone bistro and now offers some of the best budget eats in the area. Drop in for breakfast until 12:00, after which tuck in to tasty burgers, bagel sandwiches, a yummy pulled pork sandwich, fish and chips, pasta, thin-crust pizza, salads and more. As a result, we spend more time there now than ever before.QI‑5, Pl. Szczepański 3A, tel. (+48) 12 431 05 85, www.bunkiercafe.pl. Open 09:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 24:00. (15-30zł). 6oXW COPERNICUS Inside one of Kraków’s most exclusive hotels you’ll find one of its most exclusive restaurants, with high-class service inside an elegant gothic interior that features original frescoes. Copernicus is enthusiastically awarded each year, and its gourmet cuisine has been enjoyed by Nobel Prize winners (Miłosz, Szymborska) and political dignitaries (Vaclav Havel, Helmut Kohl) alike. The menu changes every month and is kept simple by Chef Marcin Filipkiewicz who offers a tasting menu of amazing seasonal flavours; choose between 5 (200zł), 7 (260zł) or 12 courses (370zł). At Copernicus you get what you pay for, making it easy to recommend for those on a royal budget.QI‑7, ul. Kanonicza 16 (Copernicus Hotel), tel. (+48) 12 424 34 21, www.copernicus.hotel.com.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (95100zł). TGSW NEW EMALIA ZABŁOCIE Just a stone’s throw from Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, and directly next door to the villa Schindler once lived in (ul. Romanowicza 7), Emalia (Enamel) pays homage to the area’s industrial history in name and design with its faux-industrial fittings and enamelled accents. This pleasingly casual catchall restaurant offers a concise seasonal menu of attractive salads, burgers and pastas. Highlights include the salad with beef tenderloin and duck fillet with beet mousse, potatoes, carmelised onion and apricot sauce. Worth seeking out if sightseeing in the area, just be aware that you might not find a table during the weekday lunch rush. Also, if you spend over 100zł (not hard to do) you get a coupon to come back for a 1zł breakfast (served until 12:00; Sat, Sun 12:30). Nice.QN‑9, ul. Romanowicza 5/9, tel. (+48) 578 36 43 76, www.emaliazablocie.business.site. Open 09:00 - 21:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 21:00. (21-38zł). T6UGSW ENOTEKA PERGAMIN This fine effort from Pergamin packs everything needed for any occasion into one historic location. On the ground floor it’s an affordable family bistro where the chefs work behind a long deli counter of local delicacies creating delicious cheese and meat plates, brick-fired pizzas, pastas and seafood dishes. Meanwhile, the upscale cellar features its own dining card, a classy cigar room and cosy wine and cocktail bar. With a huge wine list, the sommelier can recommend the perfect bottle for your meal, and the bartender is one of the best mixed-drink men in town. Also functioning as a delicatessen and wine shop, Enoteka Pergamin is basically whatever you want it to be, but also one of the few places we know where you can really splash 38 Kraków In Your Pocket
out on a nice bottle of wine and still enjoy an affordable meal.QI‑6, ul. Grodzka 39, tel. (+48) 797 70 55 15, www. enotekapergamin.pl. Open 11:00 - 23:00. (19-89zł). XSW KARAKTER Whatever the magic ingredient is for a successful restaurant, there’s little doubt that Karakter has it. The retro modern interior evoking Miro and Leger, possesses a seemingly effortless panache and undeniable appeal. The authorial menu is both daring and ambitious with horsemeat tartar, mussels prepared 8 different ways and most main dishes sounding like several, for example ‘sweetbreads, ravioli with peas and mint, chanterel mushrooms, and beef cheek.’ Foodies, especially those with buttery-sweet tastes, will be in heaven, though we found some of these inventions are a bit too convoluted. Ideal for a date with wine, the casually dressed staff will assist you with choosing, but make sure you’ve made a reservation if you want a table at this buzzy, ambitious restaurant.QK‑8, ul. Brzozowa 17, tel. (+48) 795 81 81 23. Open 12:00 - 23:00, Mon 17:00 23:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 24:00. (29-45zł). 6GW KRAKOWSKIE METRO No, Kraków doesn’t have a metro (yet!), but this budget eatery is located directly over a tunnel to the train station that could someday become part of such a subway. Surrounded by offices and drab academic buildings, this funny little historical building on Rondo Mogilskie is the most alluring thing in sight, offering an oasis from the city outside that also happens to serve rather outstanding Polish and Italian dishes. The thin-crust pizzas are quite good, or be brave and try the beer-basted golonka (pork hocks) - a traditional Polish meal and great value at only 23zł. Join their loyal lunch crowd Mon-Fri 12:00 - 16:00 for excellent daily offers of soup, a choice of entree and dessert for only 19.90zł.QM‑4, Al. Płk. Władysława Beliny Prażmowskiego 2D (Rondo Mogilska), tel. (+48) 888 80 05 00, www.krakowskiemetro.pl. Open 10:00 - 22:00, Sun 11:00 - 21:00. (9-33zł). TUVGSW NEW ORZO: PEOPLE - MUSIC - NATURE Literally a breath of fresh air in Zabłocie, Orzo has transformed this large industrial space into an urban oasis of big windows, green walls and potted plants that actually clean the air inside. The menu is an exciting, fusion-flecked affair full of fresh salad bowls, pasta, sandwiches, pizza and steaks, and the house orzo (rice-shaped pasta) adds colour to certain dishes to great effect. Overseen by a team of young, attentive staff, the space is subtly divided between restaurant and bar, with a lively after-work atmosphere around the large bar where DJs lay fluid grooves from 18:00 as upstarts from the start-up scene drink smoked cocktails and boozy infusions. Full of bright smiles and bouncy music, Orzo balances smart urbanity with joie de vivre in a way we didn’t realise we were missing until we stepped inside.QN‑9, ul. Lipowa 4A, tel. (+48) 12 257 10 42, www.orzo.pl. Open 09:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 24:00. (15-60zł). T6UGSW iyp.me/krakow
POD RÓŻĄ RESTAURANT 14 Floriańska Street, Krakow
MODERN POLISH CUISINE
3 RYBKI RESTAURANT 5 Szczepańska Street, Krakow
BAR & RESTAURANT 13 Main Market Square, Krakow level -1
COPERNICUS RESTAURANT 16 Kanonicza Street, Krakow
December 2017 – January 2018
Restaurants QUICK EATS Here we list the local alternatives to the fast food franchises you might be familiar with from back home (if it’s the ‘Golden Arches’ you’re looking for you’re on your own). Note that Kazimierz is a Mecca for fast street food, with zapiekanki dispensed daily from Plac Nowy, and the food truck movement finding its home on Skwer Judah and Plac Izaaka (p.44). For more fast dining options, get adventurous by visiting a local milk bar (p.52) or Polish Snacks & Shots bar (p.55). CHIMERA SALAD BAR Sealed off from the elements, this gorgeous courtyard buffet overflows with ambience year round. Full of potted plants, natural sunlight and surrealistic murals, Chimera’s popular salad bar may be the most pleasant budget dining environment in town. Overwhelmingly vegetarian, while it might not be the best food in town, it is fast, cheap and exceedingly easy for foreigners simply say ‘proszę’ and point at your pick of the salads, quiche, stuffed vegetables and more. Recommended. QI‑5, ul. Św. Anny 3, tel. (+48) 12 292 12 12, www. chimera.com.pl. Open 09:00 - 22:00. (14-25zł). 6GSW MEAT & GO Hidden in a corner of Tytano, this self-described ‘meat bar’ quickly serves the most tender and delicious deli cuts we’ve tasted anywhere. Their signature porchetta is a revelation, but the new menu extends across a dozen other miracles including pulled pork, jerk pork, pastrami and cured beef - ensuring many salivating return visits. Despite the somewhat banal name, Meat & Go doesn’t come off as some kind of caveman lifestyle club, but rather a humble family business with a simple interior of big communal tables with warm orbs of light hanging over them. If you think a sandwich isn’t worth 20+ PLN, this place will change your mind. QG‑5, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10. Open 16:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 24:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. Closed Tue. (20-30zł). 6GW PIZZATOPIA This casual and cleverly branded pizza joint on bustling ul. Szewska gives you the exact toppings you want on your pie with their ‘Build Your Own’ option for a flat 24zł - with no limit on ingredients. Choose between the classic or multigrain version of their light, chewy crust, and then from four base sauces, seven different types of cheese (including vegan mozzarella), six kinds of meat, over a dozen veggies, and a dozen finishing sauces from balsamic truffle sauce to rosemary olive oil. Fast and fired forQI‑5, ul. Szewska 22, tel. (+48) 570 06 51 95, www. pizzatopia.com. Open 11:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 01:00. (20-24zł). 6GSW 40 Kraków In Your Pocket
PINO Though it’s a bit ironic (if not outright silly) to take a historic Old Town townhouse and make it look like a warehouse with a modern post-industrial interior, such are the today’s trends, and PINO actually pulls it off beautifully. Full of i-beams, wrought iron and exposed brick - and featuring a mezzanine level, open kitchen, pizza oven and seasonal patio dining - the space is exceedingly well-designed and wonderful for casual meetings, family dinners, or afterwork cocktails and beers. The range of the menu covers pizza (recommended), pasta, burgers, seafood, ribs and steaks, you name it - and everything is made on-site, from the burger buns to the ice cream. Affordable and delicious, the service is also great, making this a place worth trying in the Old Town.QI‑5, ul. Szczepańska 4, tel. (+48) 609 01 50 16, www.restauracjapino.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 24:00. (28-67zł). GSW PLAC NOWY 1 Located in a new building buttressing Plac Nowy, this project has won over its initial detractors by adapting to its surroundings with elan, while subtly outclassing them. With a spacious modern interior full of natural light and plant life, patrons have their choice between the highceilinged ground floor restaurant, or the new second floor sushi and tapas restaurant; between them lies a club, and there’s even bowling in the basement. The main menu wanders across cuisines to follow recent food trends (fancy burgers, tempura), but includes uniquely modern takes on Polish classics as well, and they put a big emphasis on craft beer, offering regional beer tasting sets. Earning wide approval, this is arguably the nicest place to eat on Plac Nowy.QK‑8, Pl. Nowy 1, tel. (+48) 12 442 77 00, www. placnowy1.pl. Open 09:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 09:00 02:00. (28-69zł). TUGSW SCANDALE ROYAL Scandale Royal successfully skirts the line between lounge, cafe and bistro by being one of the most stylish places to be all day and night. In more shades of violet than we knew possible, it nonetheless stays well-lit and inviting thanks to wall-length windows and a massive chandelier bisecting the two floors like a fragile fire-pole. On the card you’ll find salads, pastas, and meat dishes to taste, with proper breakfast in the mornings and a late night menu (featuring tapas) served from 17:00 until closing time, over the course of which everything inside - from the cushions to the clientele - looks increasingly edible.QI‑5, Pl. Szczepański 2, tel. (+48) 12 422 13 33, www.scandale.pl. Open 07:30 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 07:30 - 02:00. (24-72zł). TXSW SISSI RESTAURANT & WINE Formerly known as ‘Sissi Organic Bistro,’ this wonderful restaurant has self-fulfilled its fine dining prophecy by raising its name to the level of its game. The authorial menu emphasises healthy eating and organic ingredients (including their own fresh-baked bread and locallysourced meat) to create exquisite seasonal fusion dishes. Complemented by savvy sommelier service and choice iyp.me/krakow
MAIN MARKET SQUARE 13 LEVEL -1 www.likusrestauracje.pl
Restaurants bottled beers, there’s really nothing we can’t recommend from the stellar weekend breakfast (served until 13:00) to their home run homemade ice cream. The pleasing interior of blonde woods includes a lovely seasonal garden, and the prices are curiously low for such an elegant experience. Each time we’ve visited we’ve witnessed other patrons literally gushing at their tables over what a pleasant surprise this place is.QH‑5, ul. Krupnicza 3, tel. (+48) 602 23 45 55. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Fri 12:00 - 23:00, Sat 09:00 - 23:00, Sun 09:00 - 21:00. (20-45zł). T6VGSW SZARA Enviably located right on the market square, Szara’s reputation as one of the best restaurants in town hasn’t wavered over the years and if you’re looking for a place to impress guests or treat yourself to a special ‘last night in town meal,’ this is a sure bet. Gorgeous, painted ceiling arches, crisp linen and outstanding service create an atmosphere of complete elegance, but Szara manages to avoid the stuffiness suffered by other venues of this ilk. Case in point: their modern and casual bar just next door is a smart place to start the day (breakfast served 08:0012:00), or enjoy a cocktail in the evening.QJ‑6, Rynek Główny 6, tel. (+48) 12 421 66 69, www.szara.pl. Open 08:00 - 22:00. (45-92zł). TUGSW SZARA KAZIMIERZ Opening after its sister establishment on the Rynek, the second Szara achieved local legend status just as quickly. What makes it so special is not the convenient location on Szeroka, nor the swift and bubbly staff, but the food: nowhere in the city can you eat so well for so little. This is top cuisine - try the daily specials chalked up on the blackboard - yet it comes in at bargain prices. Simple, affordable and very cheerful, all of Kraków should be like this.QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 39, tel. (+48) 12 429 12 19, www.szarakazimierz. pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (24-73zł). GSW TRADYCYJA Though somewhat haunted by the spectres of past incarnations (a pizza oven in the corner goes largely unused), there’s no need to mess with this historic market square locale, which oddly blends old Polish aristocracy with Roman antiquity, including a beautifully painted timber ceiling and an outrageously gaudy chandelier (which we love for just that reason). Like the interior, the simple menu of Polish and Italian dishes seems to have collected the highlights of previous kitchens, but the results cover for the sometimes uneven service, and the prices are well within reason. Keep an ear out for semi-frequent live folk music and dance performances.QI‑6, Rynek Główny 15, tel. (+48) 12 424 96 16, www.tradycyja.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00. (21-65zł). TUEGW TRZY RYBKI Hotel Stary won an interior design award in 2007 and the interiors of its ace restaurant are no less awe-inspiring, balancing modern style with the expertly preserved details of this ancient building. Serving fine Modern 42 Kraków In Your Pocket
European cuisine with a Polish twist, the menu changes like the seasons - or with them, rather, meaning a steady effort from the kitchen to use the freshest ingredients. Favoured by high-flyers and local business honchos who have been regulars for years, this is a Kraków gem.QI‑5, ul. Szczepańska 5 (Hotel Stary), tel. (+48) 12 384 08 06, www.likusrestauracje.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (85-99zł). 6UGSW ZENIT Zenit’s bar and kitchen seem to be in competition with each other to see which can establish itself as the main draw of this all-around excellent venue. This is the place in Kazimierz for a morning cocktail - the drinks are made using homemade syrups and top shelf liquor, and the expert barmen love a new challenge. The breakfast offer (served 09:00 - 13:00) is full of phenomenal hot dishes, which shift with the seasons like the no-less-amazing entrees that fill out the menu. The prices are unfairly low considering the quality, and it all comes with great service from waiters who are actually invested enough in your dining experience to sometimes even convince you to change your order. Filled with framed art and gold paint, that the space feels a bit like a 70s hotel lobby bar isn’t even a concern. Are we gushing? We’re gushing.QK‑8, ul. Miodowa 19, tel. (+48) 602 69 19 96. Open 09:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 23:00, Sun 09:00 20:00. (24-37zł). T6GSW
ITALIAN AMARONE Upmarket Italian food served in an elegant setting to a discerning audience - all of whom appear to know exactly what they are ordering and how it should be prepared. The pressure is on, but the Amarone team comes through every time and the clients keep coming back. Enjoy fresh bread (baked daily), homemade pasta and authentic ingredients straight from Italy in an exclusive atmosphere made Mediterranean via plenty of natural light and potted plants. Weekdays 12:00 - 16:00 offer a fantastic five-course tasting menu for only 50zł.QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 14 (Pod Różą Hotel), tel. (+48) 12 424 33 81, www.lhr.com.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (49-65zł). T6UEGW BIANCA This small Italian bistro next to St. Mary’s Basilica comes preceded by a big reputation and strong pedigree courtesy of the local dining dynasty behind La Campana and Wesele. No surprise then that our scallops were delicious, and though the side dishes (order one) are almost as large as the pasta dishes, the value is still incredible. Close scrutiny of the relaxed, prevalently white (go figure) interior reveals a high level of perfectionism in each element (don’t fail to notice the hand-painted ceiling), but wisely leaves big impressions to the kitchen situated in full view at the end of the intimate room, where the professionalism of the chefs is on full display.QJ‑5, Pl. Mariacki 2, tel. (+48) 782 29 77 15, www.biancaristorante.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (2978zł). TGW iyp.me/krakow
December 2017 â€“ January 2018
Restaurants FOOD TRUCKS
Kiełbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski
JUDAH SQUARE FOOD TRUCK PARK Food trucks are the latest food fad in PL, and Kazimierz’s Skwer Judah - so named after the massive street mural that adorns it - provides parking for this culinary trend. With beach chairs, benches and palettes placed all over this concrete pitch, you won’t find a cooler place to catch some quick grub. Tenants change often, but reliable residents include Frytki Belgijskie (Belgianstyle fries), Andrus Food Truck (serving maczanka - the Cracovian pulled pork sandwich), Wurst Truck (sausage) and Chimney Cake Bakery.QK‑9, Skwer Judah, ul. Św Wawrzyńca 16, tel. (+48) 508 70 67 08. Open 12:00 24:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 01:00. KIEŁBASKI Z NIEBIESKIEJ NYSKI This legendary sidewalk sausage stand has been a Cracovian street food institution for over twenty-five years. Here two old boys in white smocks set up shop outside their blue Nyska (a Soviet model van) every evening except Sundays to grill kiełbasa sausages over a wood-fired stove for the hungry, drunken masses. For 8zł you get a delicious sausage, slightly stale roll, ketchup, mustard and an unforgettable experience. Kraków’s first food truck, don’t miss it if you’re in the neighbourhood.QK‑6, ul. Grzegórzecka 3 (Plac Targowy). Open 20:00 - 03:00. Closed Sun. PLAC IZAAKA Though more food trucks are hardly needed in Kazimierz (come on guys, can’t we spread the love?), this lot behind the Isaac Synagogue is the most central and arguably the most scenic and atmospheric of the lot(s), thanks to gravel instead of asphalt, some potted plants, and actual attempts at proper seating. You’ll find here about a half dozen food trucks (less on Mondays) peddling coffee, burgers, hot dogs, Mexican food, falafel and vegetarian fare, kimchi, Czech trdelniki, the shakes and superfoods of Acai Bar, and a draught beer station from the Stajnia Pub across the street. How’s the stationary competition supposed to stay in business?QK‑8, Corner of Izaaka, Ciemna and Jakuba, tel. (+48) 508 91 88 85. Open 14:00 - 21:00, Fri 14:00 - 23:00, Sat 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 20:00. 44 Kraków In Your Pocket
BOCCANERA There’s a comfortable familiarity to Boccanera, which slides in neatly alongside its outstanding sister establishments (La Grande Mamma, Fiorentina and Bianca to name a few) at the top of Kraków’s Italian dining hierarchy. We’ve grown happily accustomed to the warm, multitextured interior, the open kitchen and the well-trained staff. The menu is a largely familiar line-up of simple pasta dishes, seafood and mussels, but our parpadella con manzo was perfect, and we can also vouch for the pizzas. With an absolutely voluminous interior well-suited for large groups, there’s a prevalent mood of merriment throughout, and no denying the value. Though comfort trumps excitement here, they’ve got their formula down, and Kraków is fortunate to have another Italian restaurant of this calibre.QJ‑5, ul. Tomasza 15, tel. (+48) 12 422 17 08, www.boccanera.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (22-69zł). UEGSW FIORENTINA RISTORANTE PIZZERIA Located on a less hectic stretch of ul. Grodzka, this spacious Italian restaurant boasts an outstanding interior that nicely balances rustic touches like exposed bricks and stripped wood panels, with gleaming silver lamp fixtures and mirrors. With an eclectic assortment of chairs at each table and Elvis and Sinatra crooning overhead, Fiorentina comes off as comfortably casual despite highly professional service and exquisite food from the team at work in the open kitchen. The menu includes perfect wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, a delicious tuna tartar, the house specialty Florentine beefsteak and other enticing pasta and seafood dishes that change seasonally. A fine choice for a relaxing and memorable meal near Wawel. QI‑7, ul. Grodzka 63, tel. (+48) 12 426 46 08, www. fiorentina.com.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (33-300zł). TUGW INVITO PIZZA & PASTA The concept here is as simple as the food: a stylish interior with a comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy good company and affordable food. The decor nicely balances touchstones of a casual, rustic trattoria with the elegance of numerous wine racks and classic black and white Belle Epoque photos, thereby outshining the menu which is little more than a concise list of budget pizzas and doit-at-home pasta dishes that come out of the kitchen quickly. With cute students on the orders, live football action on the big screens, queens Nina Simone and E. Badu on the stereo and low totals on the bill at the end, there’s really nothing to disagree with here.QJ‑5, ul. Św. Tomasza 33, tel. (+48) 12 421 30 92, www.invitopizza. pl. Open 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 24:00. (11-35zł). TUGSW
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Restaurants LA CAMPANA TRATTORIA Planted on picturesque Kanonicza Street, in summertime La Campana Trattoria is worth visiting just to relax in the gorgeous ivy-green garden and cobbled patio; full of sunlight and singing birds, it may be the best dining environment in Kraków; in winter, retreat to the romantic cellars and dream of better weather. From the same tried and true team behind Kogel Mogel and Wesele - two of our favourites (and the Michelin Guide agrees) - the pasta and risotto are as good as you’d expect, and the atmosphere is tough to beat.QI‑7, ul. Kanonicza 7, tel. (+48) 12 430 22 32, www.lacampana.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (29-78zł). GSW LA GRANDE MAMMA Located on the corner of the market square, upscale Italian dining is a treat here, with an ambiance ideal for romantic trysts over wine and Brodetto (brothy fish stew), or more casual meetings consecrated with delicious pizzas and pasta. In addition to outstanding food and service, interior design is another of this grand mamma’s fortes, and the stripped wood and mirrored tiles create a striking balance beneath the arching ceilings. Acute attention is paid to every detail, and the payoff is more than worth the figure on the bill at the end.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 26, tel. (+48) 12 430 64 58, www.lagrandemamma.pl. Open 12:00 23:00. (21-68zł). TGSW NOLIO Nolio makes authentic wood-fired Neopolitan pizza in strict accordance with Napoletana ingredients (water buffalo mozzarella, pistachios from the foot of Mt. Etna) and technique (dough sits for 8hrs and is fired for 1min). The interior is black (like the inside of their oven) with blond wood furnishings, and the menu is minimal, offering six types of homemade pasta and a concise choice of pizzas; we recommend the ‘Mezze Luna’ - half pizza, half calzone. Absolutely packed from the first moment it opened, is this really the best pizza in town? We believe it is.QJ‑9, ul. Krakowska 27, tel. (+48) 12 346 24 49, www.nolio.pl. Open 16:00 - 22:00, Fri 16:00 - 23:00, Sat 13:00 - 23:00, Sun 13:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (15-66zł). T6GS NEW TRATTORIA DEGUSTI Another historical building makes way for a faux-industrial interior - this one with an open kitchen, spacious floor plan, black and white floor tiles, stark white walls and artsy exposed lightbulbs. Pleasant and par for the interior design course seemingly every restaurant manager in town took last year, head straight to their wonderful upstairs terrace, however, to enjoy the true ambiance of Kraków. Overlooking bustling ul. Floriańska and open year-round, this is outstanding vantage point makes dining in Degusti rise above the ordinary. Hopefully you like bread, because the menu is 75% pizza and bruschetta, but our calzone was above average, and the seafood is also a solid choice. QJ-5, ul. Floriańska 28, tel. (+48) 12 201 01 01, www. hotelunicuspalace.pl. Open 11:00 - 23:00. (25-46zł). TUGoSW iyp.me/polandblog
December 2017 – January 2018
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Kraków is a hotbed for klezmer music, and attending a concert of this energetic, Eastern-infused folk music is a popular option for tourists. Though not much is known about the genre’s early beginnings, klezmer grew out of the musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, and was widely popularised in the 18th century by troupes of travelling musicians who performed Yiddish dance tunes at weddings and other celebrations. Originating from Jewish devotional music, the genre evolved significantly at the beginning of the 20th century when it reached the United States via Jewish immigrants, who began to incorporate elements of American jazz music into the sound. After gradually waning in popularity, the genre experienced a revival in the 1970s and 80s as contemporary musicians in the US and Europe were drawn to its strange and forgotten sounds and began investigating its roots. The name klezmer actually comes from the Hebrew words kli (tool or utensil) and zemer (to make music), translating to ‘vessels of song,’ and initially referred only to the musical instruments themselves, but later became a pejorative word for musicians; it wasn’t until the 1970s that the term klezmer came to denote musical genre. Typical instruments in a klezmer ensemble might include violin, clarinet, accordion, trumpet, trombone, double bass or cimbalon (similar to a hammered dulcimer). Klezmer’s Polish revival occurred in the 1990s, with its nucleus in Kraków around now-legendary local bands like Kroke and Bester Quartet (formerly The Cracow Klezmer Band), who brought new energy and interest to the genre, inspiring a new generation of players. Today there are dozens of klezmer bands and ensembles performing regularly in the cafes, restaurants, museums and synagogues of Kazimierz - the city’s former Jewish district. Ironically, very few of these bands are Jewish, but mostly composed of Polish Catholic graduates of the Kraków Musical Academy who view their sound as Jewish-inspired world music. Nonetheless, klezmer concerts have essentially become incorporated into the city’s Jewish heritage tourism and seeing a performance is a fine way to spend an evening. Concerts occur almost daily in such restaurants as Klezmer Hois, Ariel and Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu (p.46), but also in the Isaac Synagogue (p.99). 46 Kraków In Your Pocket
ARIEL You’ll hear mixed reports about Ariel; while our last visit was underwhelming, we’ve met many who extol the virtues of this veteran restaurant’s varied Jewish cuisine. The setting is typical of the district, with antiques and heirlooms alluding to the Kazimierz of yesteryear, and a set of rooms decorated in a charmingly cluttered style. The live klezmer music is a popular draw and quintessential tourist experience, though you may appreciate it less when you learn you are being charged (25zł) to listen to it. Performances take place daily and reservations are recommended.QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 17-18, tel. (+48) 12 421 79 20, www.ariel-krakow.pl. Open 10:00 - 23:00. (19-78zł). 6EGSW DAWNO TEMU NA KAZIMIERZU (ONCE UPON A TIME IN KAZIMIERZ) From the outside this venue is disguised to look like a row of early 20th century trade shops and is decorated with awnings relating to the area’s Jewish heritage. Things are no less colourful on the inside with mannequins, sewing machines and carpenters’ work surfaces adorning the interiors. A great attempt at capturing the old Kazimierz spirit, and a must-visit for those tracing the district’s past, enjoy live klezmer, folk or ethnic music every evening except Saturdays (check their FB page for details).QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 1, tel. (+48) 12 421 21 17, www.szeroka1.com. Open 10:00 - 23:00. (21-49zł). 6UEGSW KLEZMER HOIS Located in an old former mikveh - a ritual Jewish bath house - on ul. Szeroka, this is one of Kazimierz’s most well-established restaurants, and a portal into the dusty sepia days of pre-war Poland. Serving traditional Jewish Galician dishes from the 19th century, the restaurant generally follows kosher rules, though there’s no rabbinical supervision. Incredibly popular klezmer concerts (29zł) take place each evening during dinner at 20:00 - keeping the crowds amused and the wine flowing.QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 6, tel. (+48) 12 411 12 45, www.klezmer.pl. Open 07:00 21:30. (19-59zł). UEGSW
LATIN AMERICAN MANZANA Obscurely hidden in what at first appears to be a random Podgórze parking lot, Manzana has found a second life among the locals. Though the menu skews more Tex-Mex, this is still the most authentic Mexican eatery in Kraków by miles. The taquitos and quesadillas are delish, the nachos are enormous (the smaller size is plenty), or couples can make it easy on themselves by sharing the Manzana platter. Though prices are pegged a bit high, the atmosphere in the vast interior and garden is comfortably relaxed, making Manzana the kind of place you’d want to frequent often - which it iyp.me/krakow
Restaurants would appear many American expat families do. With daily specials - including the obligatory Taco Tuesday, great food, and the largest selection of tequilas in town...you know, we’re really quite fond of this place. QL‑10, ul. Krakusa 11, tel. (+48) 12 422 22 77, www. manzanarestaurant.com. Open 10:00 - 22:00, Mon 12:00 - 22:00, Sat 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 21:00. (19-79zł). TVGSW PIMIENTO Behind the stunning gloss and sheen of Pimiento, this sexy upscale Argentine steakhouse on the market square is all about meat - big unapologetic hunks of it. Boasting arguably the best steaks in town, Pimiento gets all their meat straight from Argentina, so if you’ve had one too many Polish cutlets and want a proper steak, head here. Prices appear steep until you remember how much a good steak costs wherever you last had one, and a selection of South American wines wash it down. Also at ul. Stolarska 13 (J-6), and in Kazimierz at ul. Józefa 26 (K-8).QI‑5, Rynek Główny 30, tel. (+48) 12 430 62 85, www.pimiento.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (45-150zł). GSW
White Camel Restaurant Real taste of Galilee New level of service Original food from the Holy Land Humus, falafel and many side dishes are served for free with main course
MIDDLE EASTERN HAMSA In a district whose eateries still treat Jewishness as a faded sepia part of the past, here’s a restaurant free of nostalgic p re-war décor and wooden roof fiddlers, where ‘Jewish cuisine’ doesn’t mean traditional East European fare. Bright, modern and free of clutter, Hamsa offers a range of authentic Middle Eastern specialties in a casual environment. The mezze sets are perfect for sharing, and not only give you a chance to sample delicious starters like the humus, babaganoush and muhammarah (our fave), but are also beautifully presented in hand-painted dish ware. Fairly-priced and generally a breath of fresh air, Hamsa is a delight.QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 2 / ul. Miodowa 41, tel. (+48) 515 15 01 45, www.hamsa.pl. Open 10:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 24:00. (40-70zł). T6GSW WHITE CAMEL This simple Israeli restaurant - with its modest decor, warm hospitality and slightly grating Arabic music - captures what we now imagine it must be like to dine in a small eatery in actual Galilee. Ironically, the most exciting thing about White Camel isn’t what you order, but the numerous complimentary side dishes (including delicious falafel and hummus) that accompany each entree. Choose from a variety of lamb and chicken dishes, kofta and fresh fish; we went with ‘kofta with tomato’ and ended up with exactly 9(!) dishes on the table - and that’s not including the beautiful brass finjan and coffee saucers. It’s quite amazing to be dining alone and have the entire table laid out for a feast. An experience clearly designed for hours of feeding, reserve some space in your schedule and your stomach. QL‑8, ul. Wawrzyńca 24, tel. (+48) 12 356 92 79, www. whitecamel.eu. Open 12:00 - 22:00. (12-70zł). TUG SW iyp.me/polandblog
Restauracja White Camel ul. Św. Wawrzyńca 24 31-060 Kraków +48 12 356 92 79 firstname.lastname@example.org December 2017 – January 2018
Traditional Polish cuisine, modern character
Open: Sun- Thu 10-22 Fri-Sat 10-24 ul. Sławkowska 13-15, Kraków tel. 12 430-61-08 www.czerwonekorale.eu
TIPPING TRIBULATIONS Polish tipping etiquette can be a bit confusing for foreigners. While in other civilized countries it’s normal to say ‘thanks’ when a waiter collects the money, you’ll be horrified to learn that in Poland uttering the word ‘dziękuje,’ or even ‘thank you’ in English, is an indication that you won’t be wanting any change back. This cultural slip-up can get very embarrassing and expensive as the waiter/waitress then typically does their best to play the fool and make you feel ashamed for asking for your money back, or conveniently disappears having pocketed all of your change. Be careful only to say ‘thank you’ if you are happy for the waitstaff to keep all the change. Otherwise we advise you to only use the word ‘proszę’ (please) when handing back the bill and the payment. Despite the fact that most waitstaff in PL are only paid in pennies and leftovers, it is not customary to tip more than 10% of the meal’s total (though being a foreigner may make the staff expectant of a bit more generosity). As such, we encourage you to reward good service when you feel it’s deserved. Finally, it is virtually unheard of to leave the tip on your card, because waitstaff are then forced to pay tax on the gratuity; you won’t get the chance. Therefore it’s essential to have some change or small bills handy in order to leave your server a tip. If you don’t have any, ask for change. 48 Kraków In Your Pocket
CZERWONE KORALE Though discreet from the street, this is one of the most vibrant and welcoming eateries in the Old Town. Cheerful wicker chandeliers wound with bright ribbons and beads give off a warm glow, while photos of highlanders and maidens frolicking in folk costumes line the walls. Even more colour comes from the kitchen, which serves all the Polish standards, but with some creative innovations and a flair for presentation you’d hardly expect. There’s an entire page of vegetarian dishes(!) and breakfast until 12:00, after which 17-25zł lunch deals last until 16:00. Overall the high quality equals a great value.QJ‑5, ul. Sławkowska 13-15, tel. (+48) 12 430 61 08, www.czerwonekorale.com.pl. Open 09:00 22:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 24:00. (13-45zł). GSW DOBRA KASZA NASZA Considering the simple concept, and the fact that it’s discreetly tucked off a corridor full of noisy music clubs, this is a surprisingly sophisticated restaurant, featuring a beautiful timber ceiling and modern art on the walls. While some familiar Polish standards share the menu, train your attention to the first page for an introduction to Polish ‘kasza’ - that is, groats or hot cereal. Choose from pearl groats with chicken curry and black olives, or millet with pumpkin, turkey and garlic sauce. A tasty, filling meal on the market square for under 20zł? Hard to believe and even harder to beat.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 28, tel. (+48) 531 62 64 47, www.dobrakaszanasza.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 23:00. (20-40zł). TUGoSW ED RED This upscale ‘beef-stro’ (our turn-of-phrase, thanks) specialises in locally-sourced seasoned meat, dry-aged on-site for at least twenty days. With an industrial interior offset by large timber tables, and featuring a vast open kitchen, Ed Red conveys the atmosphere of an NYC steakhouse, but the curt menu is built upon local Polish products and delicacies that change every three months. alongside a wide selection of wines. Though casual in style, the service is outstandingly professional, and everything from the tempting and creative culinary cocktails to the monogrammed cloth napkins reveals that this is a fully thought-out effort. We were positively impressed.QI‑5, ul. Sławkowska 3, tel. (+48) 690 90 05 55, www.edred. pl. Open 13:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 13:00 - 24:00. (27-87zł). TUGSW ENKLAWA RESTAURANT & COCKTAIL BAR Located in the corner of the vast Tytano complex, the subtly surreal and organic touches of Enklawa’s interior do indeed manage to make it feel like it exists within its own world, thus living up to the name (Enclave). The menu is essentially Polish, but entirely gluten-free, from the breakfast sets (served until 12:30) to the crepes and unique flatbreads (podpłomyki) to the truly top-notch entrees. Trading more on atmosphere than food trends, it’s also the perfect place for a craft beer and signature cocktail. Note that the entire iyp.me/krakow
Restaurants menu is 25% off on Sundays, and students get the same deal again on Monday.QG‑4, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10, tel. (+48) 602 76 15 88, www.enklawarestauracja.pl. Open 10:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. (36-59zł). T6V GSW KOGEL MOGEL This refined restaurant minutes from the market square reaches back to a pre-war palette, aesthetic and atmosphere, offering a perfect environment for big social banquets, family feasts and chivalrous courtship. Explicit care is taken to offer tourists arguably the best impression they’ll get of local cuisine and hospitality almost anywhere, with particularly excellent duck and goose dishes coming out of the kitchen. Live piano music, an excellent wine list and the wonderful seasonal terrace only add to the warm ambience and assure Kogel Mogel a seat at the table of Kraków’s best Polish restaurants.QJ‑6, ul. Sienna 12, tel. (+48) 12 426 49 68, www.kogel-mogel.pl. Open 12:00 23:00. (23-72zł). EGSW L CONCEPT 13 BAR & RESTAURANT Formerly known as Bar 13, Likus has revamped their excellent wine bar more in the mould of their other culinary successes, and now serves modern Polish cuisine with Italian influences. Drawing from the exclusive vintages (served by the glass or bottle) and local delicacies of the adjacent delicatessen and wine shop, the dining room features a contemporary open kitchen and minimalist menu that uses fresh seasonal ingredients to create rich, signature dishes. Located in Pasaż 13, dining in the cellar of a shopping mall has never been this classy.QI‑6, Rynek Główny 13 (Pasaż 13), tel. (+48) 12 617 02 12, www.pasaz-13.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. (25-79zł). UGSW MIÓD MALINA (HONEY RASPBERRY) This cheerful restaurant comes with raspberries painted on the walls and a pleasing glow that illuminates dark evenings. There are floral touches aplenty here, lending an enchanted fairy tale atmosphere, while the menu mixes up the best of Polish and Italian cooking, plus breakfast each day until 12:00. With long standing as one of the best values and top restaurants in town, book ahead if you fancy taking in the Grodzka views afforded by the raised window-side seating.QJ‑6, ul. Grodzka 40, tel. (+48) 12 430 04 11, www.miodmalina.pl. Open 09:00 23:00. (36-74zł). TUGoSW MORSKIE OKO Morskie Oko captures the mountain spirit of Zakopane, so you can expect plenty of sheepskin-strewn timber furnishings, farm equipment, waitresses with bits bursting out of traditional costumes, and regular live bands making a good old góralski racket. The food is peasant-fancy: nicelypresented, well-portioned and perfectly prepared plates of grilled game that have earned this place a dedicated following. Plenty of space and a kids corner make it ideal for family feasts.QI‑5, Pl. Szczepański 8, tel. (+48) 12 431 24 23, www.morskieoko.krakow.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (17-50zł). TUEGSW iyp.me/polandblog
December 2017 – January 2018
Restaurants POD ANIOŁAMI (UNDER THE ANGELS) One of the city’s most historic and charming restaurants, Pod Aniołami offers a quintessentially Cracovian encounter with royal medieval Polish cuisine. Filled with historical artefacts, this cavernous, candle-lit, almost monastic haven is incredibly warm and inviting considering that some of its 13th century dining areas are two levels underground. The extensive menu is an overview of everything that was enjoyed by the Polish nobility in days of old, including special recipes made with actual gold - an homage to the building’s past as a goldsmithy. One of Kraków’s richest restaurant experiences and highly recommended.QI‑6, ul. Grodzka 35, tel. (+48) 12 421 39 99, www.podaniolami.pl. Open 13:00 - 24:00. (30-76zł). 6IGSW
„One of the best dining experiences we have ever had. This place deserves a michelin star!” James by krakow.inyourpocket.com
Kraków, ul. Grodzka 40 tel. +48 12 430 04 11 www.miodmalina.pl
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POD BARANEM An admirable establishment near Wawel Castle, the upscale interior features exposed brick, timber ceiling beams and a fireplace, offset by framed photos of family and guests on the walls, creating a truly comfortable and classy dining environment. Serving excellent incarnations of Polish standards, the menu includes more meat than you’ll find at a livestock market (including deer and wild boar), plus a special page dedicated to gluten-free meals, and the complimentary pre-meal smalec and bread may be the best in Kraków.QJ‑7, ul. Św. Gertrudy 21, tel. (+48) 12 429 40 22, www.podbaranem.com. Open 12:00 - 22:00. (28-120zł). TUXS POD NOSEM An elegant upscale dining experience on Kraków’s oldest street, ‘under the nose’ (as the name translates) of Wawel Castle - tantalising smells from the open kitchen will hit yours upon entry. Pod Nosem uses the sous vide method to create a curt menu of modern, beautifully presented Polish and international cuisine, which changes every time we visit. The interior has some fine and creative touches with regal tapestries, embroidered seating, gorgeous dishware and some clever lamp fixtures whose profile pay tribute to the name. Utterly professional, and guaranteed to be one of the most unforgettable parts of your experience in Kraków.QI‑7, ul. Kanonicza 22, tel. (+48) 12 376 00 14, www.podnosem.com. Open 12:00 - 22:00. (59-119zł). IGW POD RÓŻĄ (UNDER THE ROSE) Excellent Polish cuisine served under the glass atrium of the magnificent Pod Różą Hotel. The open and elegant design features plenty of potted plants, a piano perched on a raised platform and mezzanine seating overlooking the main floor. In addition to delicious coffees, to-die-for desserts, and an extensive wine list, the menu of seasonally inspired entrees includes a menagerie of perfectly prepared poultry and large game. Prices are high, but then so are the standards.QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 14 (Pod Różą Hotel), tel. (+48) 12 424 33 81, www.podroza.hotel.com.pl/ restauracje. Open 18:30 - 23:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 23:00. (49-69zł). TUEGW iyp.me/krakow
Restaurants POD WAWELEM The place to visit if you’re looking to hit your daily calorie quota in one meal. Huge portions of standard Polish fare cascade off the steel pans and wooden boards they’re served on, while uniformed staff weave between the bench seating serving frothing steins of lager. Great for groups and families, kids have their own large rumpus area, while the grown-ups soak up the beer hall atmosphere shouting over energetic live folk music. Litre beers are encouraged and half-price on Mondays, and there’s a handy ‘vomitorium’ in the men’s room - i.e, two enormous steel basins for those suffering from over-consumption. Now a second location in the Cloth Hall (Restauracja Sukiennice).QJ‑7, ul. Św. Gertrudy 26-29, tel. (+48) 12 421 23 36, www. podwawelem.eu. Open 12:00 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 23:00. (21-40zł). TUEGoSW QUALITA RESTAURANT In addition to an opportunistic location next door to the ICE Congress Centre (where pickin’s are slim), the Q Hotel’s Qualita restaurant has another ace up its sleeve - head chef Marcin Dudek, whose culinary exploits have been awarded by Gault & Millau. Though the modern interior is typical of most hotel restaurants, the menu of contemporary Polish and European dishes offers some unique delicacies like veal pierogi with caper-asparagus sauce, cream of halibut soup, and pasta with Polish snails and wild garlic (czosnek niedźwiedzi). Changing regularly, emphasis is put on only the freshest, most high-quality local ingredients, plus Polish meads and local craft beers. Stop in for lunch (13:00 - 17:00 every day) to save some coins, but this is a delicious meal you can bank on.QH‑9, ul. Wygrana 6 (Q Hotel Plus Kraków), tel. (+48) 12 333 40 20, www.qhotels.pl/en/ krakow-plus/restaurant/qualita-restaurant. Open 13:00 - 23:00. (29-89zł). TUGW RESTAURACJA SUKIENNICE Known for their enormous schnitzel pork chops (seriously, just split one), daily promotions (including 1-litre beers for only 8.50zł on Mondays!) and complimentary cherry vodka shots with the check, this restaurant has secured success in one of the most high-rent locales in the country. Less beer-hally than its sister establishment Pod Wawelem, enjoy outdoor seating in the shadow of the Town Hall Tower in warm weather, or the surprisingly intimate Austro-Hungary-inspired interior inside the Cloth Hall, all while stuffing yourself silly on local specialties at some of the lowest prices on the market square. The fact that it isn’t a shameless tourist trap, makes it even more of a tourist magnet.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 3, tel. (+48) 12 421 09 09, www.sukiennice-restauracja.pl. Open 08:00 - 24:00, Sat 09:00 - 24:00, Sun 09:00 - 23:00. (18-43zł). TGSW SĄSIEDZI Probably the best restaurant in Kazimierz for introducing yourself to traditional Polish food, Sąsiedzi (‘Neighbours’) offers up delicious portions of all the standards in a lovely tavern-style interior that perfectly balances elegance with homely comfort. The honeycomb of intimate rooms in iyp.me/polandblog
“Pod Aniołami – Under the Angels” is an extraordinary place. With its historical 13th-century interiors and brilliant cuisine based on Polish culinary traditions it brings you closer to the medieval city. This place is famed for marinated meats grilled and smoked on hardwood from beech trees, and for other old Polish dishes. Restauracja „Pod Aniołami” ul. Grodzka 35, 31-001 Kraków www.podaniolami.pl mail: email@example.com tel.:+48/12 421-39-99 / PodAniolamiRestaurant
December 2017 – January 2018
Restaurants MILK BARS
A lot has changed since communism got kneecapped and Poland joined the EU. While many of the old ways of the old days have disappeared or become slightly disneyfied in today’s tourist-laden Kraków, one relic remains resolutely un-Western: the Polish milk bar (‘bar mleczny’ in Polish). These steamy cafeterias serving proletariat cuisine to an endless queue of tramps, pensioners and students provide a grim glimpse into Eastern Bloc Poland and have all the atmosphere (and sanitary standards) of a gas station restroom. We love them. For the cost of a few coins you can eat like an orphaned street urchin, albeit an extremely well-fed one. Put Wawel on hold, a visit to the milk bar is a required cultural experience for anyone who has just set foot in the country. Poland’s first milk bar was actually opened on Kraków’s own market square on May 30th, 1948. As restaurants were nationalised by PL’s communist authorities, milk bars appeared in their place to provide cheap, dairybased meals to the masses (as cheerlessly as possible, apparently); in fact meals at the local milk bar were often included in a worker’s salary. In addition to milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese and other dairy concoctions, milk bars offered omelettes and egg cutlets, as well as flour-based foods like pierogi. Times were so desperate under communism that many milk bars chained the cutlery to the table to deter rampant thievery; by this same reasoning you’ll notice that most milk bars today use disposable dishes and the salt and pepper are dispensed from plastic cups with a spoon. Similarly, the orders are still taken by ashen-faced, allbusiness babcias (Polish grannies), and the food is as inspired as ever - the only difference being that meat is no longer rationed in modern PL. With the collapse of communism most bar mleczny went bankrupt, however, some of these feed museums were saved and continue to be kept open through state subsidies. The range of available dishes begins to fall off as closing time approaches, so go early, go often. BAR GÓRNIKQH‑5, ul. Czysta 1, tel. (+48) 12 632 68 99. Open 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun. (5-15zł). NGS POD TEMIDĄ The easiest to find: look for the blue and white ‘Bar Mleczny’ sign.QI‑6, ul. Grodzka 43, tel. (+48) 12 422 08 74. Open 09:00 - 20:00. (10-18zł). UNGS 52 Kraków In Your Pocket
the cellar are perfect for small groups, but we’d dine in the flower-festooned patio and winter garden every time if there’s a table available. The staff are refreshingly friendly and helpful, and tested classics like żurek, potato pancakes, and trout with orange sauce and celery purée all earn top marks. This is the Polish dining experience you’re looking for, but at prices beneath those you’d get for the same Michelin-recommended results in the Old Town.QK‑8, ul. Miodowa 25, tel. (+48) 12 654 83 53, www.oberza.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (29-75zł). TGSW SMAKOŁYKI An editorial favourite. Budget food isn’t hard to come by in this town, but when it does, it’s typically service and ambience that you sacrifice for your savings. Not here though. This hip, trendy bistro serves simple, delicious Polish cuisine inside a spacious, slightly urban, slightly retro interior that features a mezzanine and nifty wall art made from pinned string. Daily specials make the deals even sweeter, and plenty of space, plus an abundance of wall plugs and wifi that actually works(!), also make this a great place to work.QH‑5, ul. Straszewskiego 28, tel. (+48) 12 430 30 99, www.smakolyki.eu. Open 08:00 - 22:00, Sun 09:00 - 22:00. (9-24zł). T6GSW SZARA GĘŚ Nestled on the market square among some of the most exclusive restaurants in town, ‘The Grey Goose’ has established itself as one of the city’s best places for an exquisite, romantic dinner or special event. The kitchen has carved out a unique niche, offering innovative modern dishes borne out of Polish tradition, with an inclination towards poultry. In fact, we recommend you make your entire meal goose-themed with the fois gras ice cream appetiser (amazing!), goose confit with wild berries and parsnips, followed up with the signature ‘Szara Gęs’ dessert. Actually resembling a large goose egg in a nest, this last invention is so over-the-top you have to love it.QI‑6, Rynek Główny 17, tel. (+48) 12 430 63 11, www. szarages.com. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (38-89zł). TUG SW WIERZYNEK Quite a launch party this place: according to legend the opening night back in 1364 was attended by five kings and nine princes. Since then it’s been one esteemed guest after another, with every world leader or A-lister that comes to town taken here to be impressed. The immaculate interiors of original period furnishings, tapestries, oil paintings and timber ceilings aren’t too dissimilar from a tour of Wawel Castle and you can expect a royal treatment from the staff. The seriously high-end menu is based on the traditional feasting habits of the Polish monarchy, but it hasn’t failed to adopt modern influences as well, meaning you’ll eat like a king and remember the experience - one you could only have in Kraków - for quite a long time.QI‑6, Rynek Główny 16, tel. (+48) 728 87 10 71, www.wierzynek.pl. Open 13:00 - 23:00. (69-148zł). TEGW iyp.me/krakow
Superb Restaurant in Krakow February 13, 2017 - TripAdvisor
Kraków, ul. Œw. Tomasza 15 tel. +48 12 422 17 08 www.boccanera.pl
Design – awesome, pizza – the best, service – lovely. Everything is great. July 27, 2017 – Facebook
Restaurants HEALTHY EATS Though perhaps a bit slow to the table, the same healthy food trends that have swept most major cities have found their place in Kraków as well. Here we list restaurants dedicated to local, organic, ecological cuisine, and to promoting a healthy lifestyle. NEW BISTRO GOTUJEMY This non-profit culinary project from the same folks behind Podgórze’s Parsley Market, finishes the sequence of farm to farmer’s market to table with its menu of delicious dishes made from fresh, local, organic products and ingredients. Enjoy seasonal enticements like stuffed pumpkin or pierogi filled with plums and walnuts with cinnamon-rum sauce - each fully annotated to reflect which farm and farmer it was sourced from. There’s a real community behind this place and it carries over to the friendly, family atmosphere of the restaurant, which features a stellar kids’ area. Yeah, the prices are a few złoty extra, but you get what you pay for, and it goes back into the community. That’s satisfying.QL‑10, ul. Limanowskiego 16, tel. (+48) 792 48 48 80, www. bistrogotujemy.pl. Open 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. (23-36zł). T6VGSW VANILLA SKY The flagship restaurant of Art Hotel Niebieski, Vanilla Sky is one of the city’s only restaurants to use only certified organic ingredients, and the chef constructs a tantalising menu of Italian and Polish influenced fusion dishes that change with the seasons and will make you happily commit to the eco-craze. Set in the centre of a spacious dining room on the hotel’s third floor, the well-dressed tables circle a gorgeous grand piano on which evening concerts are performed Wed-Sat, as well as Sunday afternoons.QF‑8, ul. Flisacka 3 (Niebieski Art Hotel & Spa), tel. (+48) 12 297 40 05, www.vanilla-sky.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (46-69zł). TUEGSW ZIELONYM DO GÓRY On the ground floor of the Lwowska 1 Aparthotel, Zielony Do Góry occupies a large, open locale lined with floor-toceiling windows and festooned with green plant fronds. Though it first scans as a strictly vegetarian resto, the onus here is more on healthy, perfectly balanced dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients and their own freshbaked bread. Meatless dishes are actually in the minority, but the menu does indeed put veggies to the fore (‘do góry’ that is) in its philosophy and phrasing; for example: ‘fried seasonal vegetables with herb dumplings, rhubarb sauce, cucumber salad and rabbit thigh’ (oh, right, rabbit). Completely casual, but with an ambience (and wine list) that works for romance, prices are very reasonable, and they open early to offer arguably the best breakfast on this side of the river.QM‑10, ul. Lwowska 1, tel. (+48) 572 50 34 21. Open 07:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 23:00. (24-41zł). T6GSW 54 Kraków In Your Pocket
VEGETARIAN & VEGAN CAFE MŁYNEK The best cafe south of ul. Józefa since its inception over a decade ago, in addition to a classic Kazimierz art gallery atmosphere, good coffee (including drip) and squareside seating in summer, Młynek also serves a smattering of yummy vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes like hummus, falafel, vegan latkes, Spanish tomato soup (like gazpacho, but served hot) and a big vegan breakfast.QK‑9, Pl. Wolnica 7, tel. (+48) 12 430 62 02. Open 08:00 - 22:00, Sat 08:00 - 23:00. (16-26zł). T6GSW KARMA One of Kraków’s most forward-thinking locales, in addition to excellent, free-trade coffee and tea, this modern cafe offers a range of treats for those who have embraced vegan or gluten-free lifestyles. All of the outstanding baked goods, including tarts, cakes and cookies, are made on site, and daily specials include delicious vegetarian soups, stir-fry and curries at great prices. There’s even a breakfast menu, giving you every reason to go early and often. For vegans, vegetarians, and anyone who enjoys great coffee, Karma is a must-visit.QH‑5, ul. Krupnicza 12, tel. (+48) 662 38 72 81, www.karmaroasters.com. Open 08:00 - 20:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 19:00. (15-25zł). T6GSW KROWARZYWA VEGAN BURGER Kraków’s cool kids keep queueing out the door for Krowarzywa’s cheap vegan burgers and soy dogs. Choose from 5 standard ‘burger’ patties - millet (‘jaglanex’), seitan, chickpea (‘cieciorex’), veggie and tofu, plus outstanding weekly inventions - pick your sauce and whether you want it in a bun, wrap or bowl, and then leave the rest to the riot grrrls on the grill, whose assembly line efficiency is something to behold. The interior is as simple as the menu, and, as if their hipster cred could possibly be in question, Krowarzywa has their own bottled yerba mate brand. Honestly, we eat here once a week, and it’s encouraging to see a place like this gain traction just off the market square. Check it out.QI‑5, ul. Sławkowska 8, tel. (+48) 531 77 71 36, www.krowarzywa.pl. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (11-17zł). T6VGS POD NORENAMI Practised in the art of Asian vegetarian cuisine and the metamorphic powers of the soybean like no other place we’ve seen in PL, Pod Norenami’s long menu (too long if we’re honest) features tofu, mock chicken and mock beef prepared in an astounding variety of traditional dishes from the kitchens of Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and China. While some Far East standbys (curries, tempura, sushi, pad Thai) aren’t new to Kraków, a true vegetarian restaurant that emphasises mock meat certainly is, and the results have got people packing this place out and returning often. A fun place to fool or educate the Polish palate, the interior is modest and iyp.me/krakow
Restaurants casual (much like the prices) as opposed to modern and kitsch. Do Kraków’s vegetarians have it hard? Hardly.QH‑5, ul. Krupnicza 6, tel. (+48) 661 21 92 89, www.podnorenami.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00. (25-40zł). TGSW VEGAN BISTRO NOVA KROVA Formerly focussed on combining two current food trends that would otherwise seem at odds - veganism and burgers - Nova Krova has branched far beyond food in a bun to become a full-blown vegan bistro. Enjoy a variety of delicious dishes made from faux meats, whole grains, nuts, beans and other vegan buddies, vegan Sunday brunch (10:00 - 13:00, 15zł), delicious dairyfree desserts, coffee with soy milk, obscure beers and homemade ginger- and lemonade. Burgers are still around, and now you basically ‘build your own’ with whatever ingredients you want, including your choice of patty (bulgar, beans, tofu, seitan, quinoa, falafel) and bun (white, wheat, gluten-free). As you might expect the hipster quotient here is exceptionally high - almost as high as our opinion of the place.QK‑9, Pl. Wolnica 12, tel. (+48) 530 30 53 04. Open 12:00 - 21:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 10:00 - 21:00. (10-18zł). 6U GSW VEGANIC An outstanding vegan/vegetarian restaurant in the Tytano complex, Veganic possesses both an elegant backdrop for a romantic dinner, and an enormous garden for hipsters hangabouts (and even a playground for their spawn!). A great place to discover new ingredients, enjoy a wide range of excellent, healthy, vegan and gluten-free breakfasts, soups, pastas, shakes and desserts. Among the menu’s gorgeously presented, quickly-served temptations are the smoked tofu steak, beetroot falafel burger, and kale cocktails. Paired with eco-wines and craft beers, it’s impossible to oversell Veganic, which vaults itself to the top of the list of Kraków’s vegetarian restaurants.QH‑5, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10, tel. (+48) 668 46 84 69, www.veganic. com.pl. Open 09:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 24:00. (2429zł). T6GSW WIELOPOLE 3 This ‘super foods’ cellar restaurant is super indeed, and consistently surprises. Though located on an otherwise avoidable street and a bit lacking in atmosphere, the simple and clearly labelled vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten-free dishes are absolutely gourmet, the service is friendly and the value is just unbeatable. Choose a scrumptious Asian-inspired ‘Buddha Bowl’ or go for the daily lunch special; enjoy a range of hearty raw vegan smoothies or get your greens in the form of a wheatgrass shot. Heartily recommended and here’s hoping it overcomes obscurity to become the local lunch bar of choice for everyone in the neighbourhood.QJ‑6, ul. Wielopole 3, tel. (+48) 506 02 47 67. Open 12:00 21:00. (15-20zł). T6UGSW iyp.me/polandblog
POLISH SNACKS & SHOTS
Photo by Karol Grzenia
A very popular Polish phenomenon is the 24-hour snack and shot bar. Known locally as ‘Zakąski Przekąski’ (literally ‘Appetisers & Snacks’), these trendy dives cash in on communist nostalgia and the appeal of low prices by offering a small selection of Soviet-era bar food, and drinks at half the usual price. Much like an all-night milk bar with a liquor license, Zakąski Przekąski bars are a great place to keep the party going and meet the city’s strangest characters. AMBASADA ŚLEDZIA There’s a vodka and śledź bar on seemingly every corner in Kraków these days, and we’re gonna go ahead and blame Ambasada Śledzia for this fishy fad. They were first, and if we’re judging by food, they’re also the best. In case you’re wondering, pickled herring (śledź) is a ‘delicacy’ in these parts in the same way that vodka is local parlance for ‘medicine.’ The two go great together and for a combined 18zł it’s a cheap fling with foreign culinary culture. When the main ‘Herring Embassy’ shutters, the all-night shenanigans carry on down the street at ul. Stolarska 5 (‘Śledź u Fryzjera,’ open 12:00 - 05:00).QJ‑6, ul. Stolarska 8/10, tel. (+48) 662 56 94 60. Open 08:00 24:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 02:00, Sun 09:00 - 24:00. GW PIJALNIA WÓDKI I PIWA Well-positioned on Doubting Thomas Lane, Pijalnia’s around-the-clock crowds make it hard to miss. Flooded inside and out with students and street urchins, Pijalnia seems to be at the forefront of this tried and trendy formula: offer cheap drinks (all costing exactly 4.50zł) and a small menu of traditional vodka and beer snacks (all costing 9zł) in dingy environs that conjure communist nostalgia while simultaneously being a subtle backlash against the increasing cost and ostentation of the city’s nightlife. Did we get that right? Essentially the anti-cocktail lounge, Pijalnia’s faithful have us in the fold for being one of the city’s most fun destinations at (almost) any time of day or night (they only close for two hours in the morning), and for making vodka blindness cool again. Finally! Also at ul. Floriańska 34 (J-5), ul. Szewska 20 (I-5) and Pl. Nowy 7 (K-8).QJ‑5, ul. Św. Jana 3-5 (entrance from ul. Św. Tomasza), tel. (+48) 12 422 80 75. Open 08:00 - 06:00. NGW December 2017 – January 2018
Tis the season for signature drinks and sounds in Orzo (p.61).
If you believe urban legend (like we do), Kraków has the highest density of bars and clubs in the world. Simply hundreds of drinking dens can be found in cellars and courtyards stretching from the Old Town to Kazimierz and beyond. Keeping them open, of course, are thousands of students, and the millions of tourists that flock to Kraków every year. With increased tourism comes increased prices, however, and these days you can expect to pay 10zł (2.35 Euros) for a large lager these days, and up to 15zl (3.5 Euros) for a craft beer. For clubbing, the main hedonist high streets are Floriańska (J-5) and Szewska (I-5) where nary a medieval cellar will be left unthronged by sexed-up students on a Friday or Saturday night; you can also expect most clubs to charge a cover of anywhere from 5-20zł those nights. While the opening hours we list here are confirmed by the venues themselves, most are rather flexible; basically if people are drinking, the barman is pouring. Unfortunately, space is limited in our print guide, so use our website - iyp.me/krakow - to find reviews of almost every drinking locale in town, and leave us your comments about all of those which you’ve visited. Below is a list of nightlife recommendations depending on what you’re looking for. COCKTAILS The best in town are at Mercy Brown (p.60) - a pseudospeakeasy with 1920s panache, whose success has been replicated by Sababa (p.62) in Kazimierz. For a more mature, monied crowd it’s Scena54 (p.64), for live jazz and boudoir sensuality it’s The Piano Rouge (p.63), or for signature drinks down the pub it’s Tram Bar (p.63). Zenit (p.42) and Orzo (p.61) also earn a mention. 56 Kraków In Your Pocket
CRAFT BEER Microbrews are all the rage in Kraków, so there’s simply no excuse for drinking bad beer anymore. Take your tipples in House of Beer (p.59), Weźże Krafta (p.60), or Omerta (p.61) and you can officially consider yourself a beer snob. STUDENTS Students will go anywhere with cheap drinks - namely Pijalnia Wódki i Piwa (p.55), but for a more frisky international crowd hit Teatro Cubano (p.65). Those who like to dress up and dance head to Shine, Lokal and Prozak (p.64). COUPLES Couples looking for some face time should share a bottle in Bottiglieria 1881 (p.36), catch some live jazz in Piec’Art (p.62), converse by candlelight in Mleczarnia (p.61), and have a final nightcap in Mercy Brown (p.60). ALTERNATIVE Antycafe (p.57) is the place for those who embrace the darkness, while Kraków’s current hipster headquarters are the PRL resort Forum Przestrzenie (p.59) and the Tytano complex (p.60) - particularly Zet Pe Te (p.65). KAZIMIERZ Kazimierz (p.94) has become known as much for its nightlife as its Jewish heritage. Synonymous with candlelit bars stuffed with antiques and bohemians, where under the stewardship of alcohol one can commune with a lost, forgotten world, check out classic bars in the district like Alchemia (p.57), Eszeweria (p.58) and Singer (p.62). iyp.me/krakow
Nightlife SYMBOL KEY N Credit cards not accepted G No smoking U Facilities for the disabled 6 Animal friendly X Smoking room available
E Live music
o Year-Round Garden
W Wi-fi connection
BARS & PUBS ALCHEMIA One of Kraków’s most evocative bars, the aptly-named Alchemia perfectly captures the sepia candlelight, forgotten photographs and antique intrigues of the former Jewish district. A dim bohemian cafe by day, in the evenings Alchemia’s murky mystique metamorphoses blood into beer for the ruddy regulars and excitable tourists queuing before the indifferent bar staff. The cellar, when it’s not being used as a student disco, plays host to some of the best concerts in town and is a prime participant in annual jazz and klezmer festivals, and the adjacent Alchemia od Kuchni serves a full menu of excellent eats until 23:00 (24:00 Fri & Sat). Essential in every way.QK‑8, ul. Estery 5, tel. (+48) 12 421 22 00, www.alchemia.com.pl. Open 08:00 - 02:00, Mon 09:00 - 02:00, Thu 08:00 - 03:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 04:00. EXW ANTYCAFE As tempting as it would be to call Antycafe a ‘hipster haven’, since mocking hipsters is more hip than being one these days, we wouldn’t want to do this eclectic establishment that disservice. Between the two full bars on opposite ends of this 30m long ‘anti’-café, you’ll find an array of candlelit nooks, an assortment of eccentric, somewhat sinister art, great music, and a very unique, very cool vibe indeed. True to its name, the alternative atmosphere belies more of an edgy bar than a quaint café, and with a great beer selection and one of the least ostracising smoking sections in the Old Town, you’ve all the more reason to occupy a table. If you can find a free one, that is.QI‑5, ul. Sławkowska 12, tel. (+48) 506 48 18 88. Open 12:00 - 03:00. 6UXW BULL PUB Filled with glass sconces, booth seating and images of fox hunts, Bull Pub perfectly captures what the Great British Pub once looked like before the brewing industry was mugged by alcopops, Wetherspoons and smoking prohibitions. Any misconceptions of a quiet pint will be quickly dashed, however, as the Brit associations and central location mean a fair chance of running into groups of lads freshly dispatched from an EasyJet and fuelling up for shenanigans they’re actually unlikely to take elsewhere. Snacks and burgers are available, several teles beam down sports to the faithful, and be aware that Thursday to Sunday after 20:00 is devoted to karaoke.QJ‑5, ul. Mikołajska 2, tel. (+48) 12 423 11 68. Open 08:00 - 03:00. 6UXSW iyp.me/polandblog
December 2017 – January 2018
Nightlife TYSKIE BREWERY
MUSEUM OF THE DUKE’S BREWERY IN TYCHY The Tyskie Brewery, located some 10km south of Katowice in the town of Tychy, has been brewing beer continuously for nearly 400 years. Originally Germanowned, today Poland’s most famous brewery produces over 8,000,000 hectolitres of ale annually, and 13 varieties of beer, including Tyskie Gronie lager - Poland’s bestselling beer. The enormous historical brewing complex is one of Silesia’s architectural marvels, much of which is open to the public for guided tours. Taking about 2.5 hours and led by a humorous and informative guide, the Tyskie tour takes visitors through the entire modern production process and the four-century history of the brewery, beginning in the Brewery Museum. Housed inside a red brick neo-Gothic church built in 1902, this rather superb space combines modernity and tradition across several fascinating multimedia exhibits on the craft of brewing, serving and imbibing beer, and displays full of historical brewing equipment and beer paraphernalia. A 3D film also tracks the history of the Tyskie Brewery through the ages. Next your tour takes you through parts of the production plant, starting from the Old Brewery - an immaculately-preserved space filled with decorative tiles and WWI-era copper vats that have had modern brewing equipment cleverly fit inside them. Highlights include saucy tales from the socalled ‘Bachelors’ Quarters,’ a glimpse of the brewery’s own railway station and a look inside the fabulously fragrant bottling plant. And of course it all concludes with a free pint in the on-site pub. Tours are available in Polish, English, German, Italian, Czech and Russian, and must be booked in advance. For an extra 20zł, take the extended Ducal Tasting School tour, which includes workshops and tastings with a beer expert. The easiest way to get to Tychy from Kraków is by car and the 85km journey takes about 1.5hrs. Alternatively, the train takes about 3hrs and involves a change in Katowice; the brewery is only a short walk from Tychy train station.Qul. Katowicka 9, Tychy, tel. (+48) 32 327 84 30, www.zwiedzbrowar.pl. Open 10:00 20:00. Closed Sun, Last entrance 3hrs before closing. Visitors must be over 18 and should call in advance to book a place on the tour. Admission 30/25zł; groups over 20, 28zł/person. 58 Kraków In Your Pocket
DYM (SMOKE) Lost in the sauce somewhere between cafe and bar, Dym is a long, dark drinking den, the dull design of which is made up for by the character of the clientele: primarily self-proclaimed artists and intellectuals that blow a lot of smoke. How many advances and grants have been squandered here is hard to know, but spend a few nights at Dym and you’re guaranteed to become a character in at least two unfinished novels. Yes, we were all so full of promise back then; back before all our ambition and drive went into drink, our bank accounts zeroed and we ended up scribbling for this rag... Ah, glory days.QJ‑5, ul. św. Tomasza 13, tel. (+48) 12 429 66 61. Open 10:00 - 01:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 02:00. 6NGW ESZEWERIA Perhaps embodying the spirit of Kazimierz more than any bar not directly on Plac Nowy, Eszeweria’s old world antiques, candelabras, frosty mirrors and murky, stencilled walls once played host to some of the city’s most novel concerts, however these days it’s more of a sleepy hang-out for hip nostalgics with hand-rolled cigarettes dangling off their lips. Perfect for ducking the tourists, having a quiet drink and catching the vibe of the neighbourhood, the large seasonal garden is lush oasis, and the restroom may be the most romantic in town (no wonder there’s a queue).QK‑8, ul. Józefa 9, tel. (+48) 517 49 19 27. Open 10:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 05:00. UINXW HARD ROCK CAFE Sit back enjoying your cocktail or beer overlooking the market square and Cloth Hall from Hard Rock’s modern split-level bar. The chaps here know how to make that drink and the smiling faces can sometimes be all you need after a long day facing stern museum curators. This is also one of the only places in town that has a ‘happy hour,’ which ironically starts after 22:00 Mon-Thu. Overall, HRC isn’t the cheapest place in town, but it’s one of comfort for many. QJ‑5, Rynek Główny/Pl. Mariacki 9, tel. (+48) 12 429 11 55, www.hardrock.com/krakow. Open 10:00 - 01:00. 6UGW
Nightlife FORUM PRZESTRZENIE In the former reception lobby of the Soviet-era Forum Hotel, this is one of Kraków’s most original, intriguing and effortlessly cool locales. The owners have simply added dozens of bean bags, sofas and a bit of street art sensibility to the original interiors, assembled a highly competent kitchen to create stellar sandwiches, salads and pizzas, stocked the bar with decent beer, and watched the talented, tattooed post-college crowd (“hipsters” you might call them) turn this vast riverside venue into one of the trendiest places to be day or night. With great views and plenty of space, when it’s warm their huge riverside terrace is sprawling with beach chairs, while inside there’s enough space for ping-pong tables and foosball. DJ parties and other events are a constant, making Forum one of the most unpredictable and exciting venues in town.QI‑10, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 28, tel. (+48) 515 42 47 24, www.forumprzestrzenie.com. Open 10:00 - 02:00. EGW HEVRE This 19th century Jewish prayer house - long the subject of conflict over how it should (and shouldn’t) be used - has fallen into the hands of the same team behind Alchemia and Bunkier, and reopened in much the same spirit as those two well-loved cafe/bar/restaurants. Badly damaged during WWII, many of the original architectural elements are still in place, including traces of the original frescos on the patchy walls. With plenty of space, high ceilings and the original mechitza (a balcony for separating men and women) above the ground floor bar, there’s a real feeling of history here. They only serve Pilsner Urquell beer, and ordering one can be frustrating, but the uniquely Cracovian atmosphere is tough to beat. The basement also hosts DJ parties on Fri & Sat, 21:00 - 04:00.QJ‑8, ul. Meiselsa 18, tel. (+48) 509 41 36 26. Open 10:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. EGW HOUSE OF BEER With over 200 bottles and 21 draught beers over two bars, this high-ceilinged pub full of dark wooden furnishings and large leather sofas helped lead the charge to improve the beer culture of Poland’s drinking capital. Now they’ve gotten even better with a scrumptious selection of hot sandwiches, including pulled pork, po’ boys and sweet potato fries. Full of foreigners and locals alike, the atmosphere is friendly without being overly laddish, or having the unnecessary distraction of TVs nattering in the background. Some beers can be a bit pricey so find out what the damage is before asking the barman to unbottle one, or try the local ales on draught for more of a bargain. Drop in Tuesday for Quiz Night.QJ‑5, ul. Św. Tomasza 35 (entrance from ul. Św. Krzyża 13), tel. (+48) 12 34 90 542, www.houseofbeerkrakow. com. Open 14:00 - 01:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 02:00. GW iyp.me/polandblog
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After lying derelict for decades, this former tobacco factory just west of the Old Town has transformed into an artsy, off-beat culture complex. Inhabiting 6 buildings and 15,000m2, Tytano’s size, potential and post-industrial allure has attracted dozens of original bars, restaurants and shops with their fingers on the pulse of current urban culture trends, making this ‘city within the city’ the current place to be in Kraków. Other venues of note at Tytano include Bonjour Cava (p.28), Enklawa (p.48), Veganic (p.55), Scena54 (p.64), Zet Pe Te (p.65), Meat & Go (p.40), and Lost Souls Alley (p.125).
IRISH PUB POD PAPUGAMI A nice amalgamation of classic Irish pub and Cracovian cellar bar. Over two levels full of wooden fittings, Irish brica-brac, a billiards table, darts, plasma screens streaming sports, fresh baked pizza and pints of Murphy’s, Guinness and cider, Pod Papugami has a friendly sociable atmosphere beloved by lads and gentlemen alike. A great place to meet people and find out just what exactly ‘the craic’ is, PP actually captures everything we like about being in an Irish bar.QJ‑5, ul. Św. Jana 18, tel. (+48) 12 422 61 01, www. podpapugami.krakow.pl. Open 12:00 - 02:00. UXW KUFLE I WIDELCE When will the bubble burst on Kraków’s current craft beer obsession? Soon we reckon, but probably not here. Kufle i Widelce (Steins & Forks) goes the extra mile on all fronts with elaborate, original graphics on the walls, some quite exotic brews on their 8 taps, and special emphasis on their food - most of which includes beer as a key ingredient. For above average beer they offer above average beer snacks like bechamel croquettes with bacon and parsley, or miso-marinated grilled tofu. For bigger appetites there are burgers (beef or veggie) or even sous-vide duck with grilled yams, black currant sauce and marinated beets. Craft beer is almost ubiquitous at this point, but pub grub has never been this good.QG‑5, ul. Czysta 3/2, tel. (+48) 535 79 96 66. Open 12:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 02:00. GSW
HALA GŁÓWNA An absolutely massive space with plenty of seating inside and out, Hala hums with warm bodies. The dim industrial interior has been embellished with a superlong bar, urban art and video projections, and acid jive on the stereo - put together it somehow achieves modern urbanite appeal while also basically being a student dive. To that end there’s pizza served late, craft beers on draught and weekend DJ parties from 22:00. If this is the fall back for when every other place at Tytano is packed full, it basically cements the complex’s rep as the best place to go out in Kraków.QG‑5, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10, tel. (+48) 12 307 19 19. Open 16:00 01:00, Thu 16:00 - 02:00, Fri 16:00 - 05:00, Sat 15:00 - 05:00, Sun 15:00 - 01:00. 6UEGW
LE SCANDALE Right on Plac Nowy (and outclassing most of the neighbourhood), Le Scandale unfolds over a series of sleek rooms draped with sultry ladies and sharp-dressed business sharks, before revealing an enormous garden (heated in winter) in the back, which includes a smoking section, second bar, and a grillmaster cooking up delicious steaks right in front of you. Home to a large selection of whiskey, rum, and some of the best cocktails in Kraków, Le Scandale also features a full fusion-inspired menu (served late), sexy service, and DJs on Saturday from 22:00. This is modern Kraków at its finest - you may not want to leave.QK‑8, Pl. Nowy 9, tel. (+48) 12 430 68 55, www.lescandale.pl. Open 08:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 03:00. 6UXW
WEŹŻE KRAFTA Located at the heart of the hip Tytano complex, Weźże is Kraków’s largest multitap bar, offering 25 craft beers in rotation on draught and an additional 50 in bottles. With an industrial interior of unplastered bricks, columns supporting the ceiling beams, and leather seating, this is a flophouse for hopheads, which spills outside into the adjacent alleys. Even when crowded, however, Weźże feels like a cool oasis of civil camaraderie, far from the din of the city. One of the city’s trendiest drinking destinations, if you appreciate your ale, you should absolutely seek it out.QG‑4, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10/3, tel. (+48) 12 307 40 50, www. wezze-krafta.ontap.pl. Open 16:00 - 04:00, Thu, Fri 16:00 - 02:00, Sat 14:00 - 02:00, Sun 14:00 - 01:00. 6GW
MERCY BROWN The word is out on this pseudo-speakeasy, and now that they’ve normalised their opening hours we’re lifting the veil on the best cocktail bar in Kraków. No joke, the gentlemen that tend bar here are artists and the joy they take in showcasing their talents is palpable; pull up a barstool and don’t miss the show. They make their own tinctures, the liquors are top shelf, and the tidy list of exclusive, artisanal drinks changes regularly; prices start at 24zł, but it’s absolutely worth it. The perfect place for a nightcap, enjoy the dim, decadent 1920s Parisian atmosphere and electro-swing soundtrack. Hidden above the Smakołyki restaurant with no outside signage, enter and indicate to the porter at the desk that you’d like to go upstairs; half the fun is the forbidden feeling of finding this place.QH‑5, ul. Straszewskiego 28, tel. (+48) 512 09 10 12. Open 19:00 02:00, Fri, Sat 19:00 - 03:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun. GW
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Join us for the final night of
Certified quality Guinness, a wide range of whiskey, live Irish music and live sports on a big screen in a great atmosphere in one of Krakow’s oldest and biggest pubs.
Awarded first place for quality in Poland’s Guinness Competition.
ul. Św. Jana 18, Tel. 012 422 61 01, 012 422 82 99, www.podpapugami.krakow.pl Open: Mon – Sun 12.00 – Till the last guest
MIEJSCÓWKA Just over the pedestrian footbridge in Podgórze - and arguably the best bar in the district - this super-chill cafe/ bar/boardshop has upped their game, partnering with Browar Trzech Kumpli (Three Friends Brewery) to evolve into a proper multitap bar. In addition to craft beer, Miejscówka celebrates board sports with benches made from snowboards, skating zines spread about, a big projector for live competitions, and racks of designer longboards and snowboards for sale or rent. If you want to connect with board culture while abroad, head here directly. But even if that’s not your scene, this neighbourhood hangout serves up some great sandwiches (BLT, Cuban, cheesesteak), smoothies and craft beers, making it our go-to spot across the river.QK‑10, ul. Józefińska 4, tel. (+48) 574 61 95 75, www.miejscowka.eu. Open 11:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 02:00. 6GSW MLECZARNIA This cosy cafe/bar full of worn fabrics, rickety furniture and murky portraits is exactly the place you’d expect to find Bruno Schultz or Witkacy bunched up over a sketchbook or notepad. Full of sunlight in the afternoon, candlelight in the evening, and otherwise unbound by time, Mleczarnia is perfect for daydreaming, catching up on your reading, or sparking a romance. Recommended.QK‑8, ul. Meiselsa 20, tel. (+48) 12 421 85 32, www.mleczarnia.wroclaw. pl/krakow. Open 10:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 02:00. GW iyp.me/polandblog
• Two bars • Pool • Darts • SKY – TV (All matches shown)
OMERTA This cult hangout overcomes a tired Mafia theme (replete with pics and quotes from The Godfather) with a huge beer selection, including 30 on draught. If you can get in the door, the decisions begin with foreign or domestic - the answer informing which of their two bars to hedge up to. Ask for their impressive printed beer menu of almost 50+ ales broken down by category and even ranked for you. Well-tempered locals create a sociable pub atmosphere, but finding a table can be a problem.QK‑8, ul. Warszauera 3 (entrance from ul. Kupa), tel. (+48) 501 50 82 27. Open 16:00 - 03:00; Mon, Sun 16:00 - 24:00; Tue, Wed 16:00 02:00. UGW NEW ORZO: PEOPLE - MUSIC - NATURE A lively green oasis in Zabłocie’s cold concrete jungle, this industrial building next to Schindler’s Factory has been seeded with leafy plants to create a vibrant vibe inside. A delicious menu of fresh fusion eats is served until one hour before close, but Orzo casts off the accoutrements of a quiet restaurant long before then, as DJs unspool their grooves from the top-notch sound system starting at 18:00. With the ace barstaff conjuring smoked cocktails, booze infusions, shakes and wine for laid-back upstarts from the local start-up scene, Orzo pulses with life, and latecomers enjoy 50% off all cocktails after 23:00 every day.QN‑9, ul. Lipowa 4A, tel. (+48) 12 257 10 42, www.orzo.pl. Open 09:00 - 24:00; Fri, Sat 09:00 - 01:00. UGW December 2017 – January 2018
Nightlife PIEC’ART The legend of this esteemed jazz den dates back to 1999, and it has managed to remain at the forefront of Kraków’s respected jazz scene ever since, attracting some of the biggest names in the world jazz scene to its stage. Live concerts take place almost nightly (check their website for exact details) in the vaulted brick cellars, attracting an artsy crowd of jazz playing peers and purists. A recent expansion upstairs onto ul. Szewska has made Piec’Art more inviting than ever, with a classy coffee and whiskey bar, featuring the longest bar in town and silent films flickering on the wall.QI‑5, ul. Szewska 12, tel. (+48) 12 429 16 02, www. piecart.pl. Open 12:00 - 02:00. EGW
Luxury Shisha Club in town Maly Rynek 2-3, 31-041 Kraków tel. +48 690 095 485 firstname.lastname@example.org www.shishaclub.pl
STOLARSKA 5 pn - pt 16.00-5.00 sb - nd 13.00-5.00
BEST CRAFTED COCKTAILS
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SABABA Like Mercy Brown in the Old Town, Sababa is a covert cocktail club surprisingly stationed on Szeroka above Hamsa. Despite the 25zł signature drinks served up by sharp-dressed barmen, there’s a certain dive bar appeal to this hidden hangout, whose black walls and moody lighting, accented by elemental metals and geometric emblems, make for a very low-key lounge. With a huge selection of alcohol and their own infusions and tinctures, Sababa serves up delicious Near East-inspired authorial cocktails (putting on a bit of a show in the process), while weekend DJs set a chill vibe in which to socialise and imbibe.QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 2, tel. (+48) 577 88 81 98, www.sababa.pl. Open 18:00 - 24:00, Thu 18:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 18:00 - 03:00. Closed Mon, Tue. EGW SHISHA CLUB BY BOLLYWOOD An Indian-owned den of oriental exotica, Shisha Club’s cup runneth over with draped fabrics, oriental rugs, stained glass lanterns, colourful cushions and intricate tiles. Navigate an underground labyrinth of dimly-lit rooms before settling down in the plush nook of your choice and selecting from five flavours of tobacco (39zł and up), plus drinks from the full bar. Ideal for a quiet make out session with your Queen Jasmine, or a sedated evening with friends.QJ‑5, Mały Rynek 2, tel. (+48) 536 25 96 42, www.shishaclub.pl. Open 16:00 - 01:00. XW SINGER One of the first bars in Kazimierz, Singer essentially invented the evocative aesthetic of cracked mirrors, dusky paintings, rickety antiques and candlelight associated with the district today. Despite its long tenure, lofty reputation and intrusion of tourists, today Singer still holds much of the magic it did when it first opened. A charismatic, even chimerical cafe by day, Singer hits its stride around 03:00 when tabletops turn into dancefloors, the regulars abandon their drinks to dip and spin each other to an energetic mix of gypsy, klezmer, celtic and swing music, the entire bar begins to feel like a Ferris wheel ready to fly off its axis and the boundaries of time are obliterated. Yeah, we’ve had a few good ones here.QK‑8, ul. Izaaka 1, tel. (+48) 12 292 06 22. Open 09:00 - 03:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 06:00. XW iyp.me/krakow
Nightlife STARA ZAJEZDNIA (THE OLD DEPOT) This old tram depot has assumed a second life as Kraków’s biggest brewery and beer hall. A large complex of cavernous brick and timber buildings, Stara Zajezdnia’s size is both a blessing and a curse, as even the smaller outbuildings can feel pretty lonely without a large party inside, but if you happen to be in one, do bring it here. Flat-screens beam football and the beers they brew on-site do well to wash down the traditional Polish fare. Also don’t overlook the menu of single malt whiskies if you want to beat your friends in the race to be first under the table.QK‑9, ul. Św. Wawrzyńca 12, tel. (+48) 664 32 39 88, www. starazajezdniakrakow.pl. Open 14:00 - 24:00; Fri 14:00 - 01:00; Sat 12:00 - 01:00; Sun 12:00 - 22:00. UGW THE PIANO ROUGE The red-light interior of this opulent underground venue on the market square embraces burlesque sensuality with boudoir curtains, feather boas, plush velvet loveseats, gilded pictureframes and an outstanding bartop lined with piano keys. The Parisian decadence is matched perfectly with attentive staff in sexy evening attire, great cocktails and European fare. The main draw, of course, are the live piano jazz, pop and soul performances that take place every day from 21:00 - 24:00.QJ‑5, Rynek Główny 46, tel. (+48) 12 431 03 33, www.thepianorouge.com.pl. Open 09:00 - 02:00. EGoW TRAM BAR Though looking like a downtrodden dive bar in the midst of the drunken late night din, Tram Bar actually serves as a sophisticated escape from the shenanigans taking place just beyond its door. In stark contrast to the 4zł beers across the passageway, the focus here is on signature cocktails (22zł each), mixed drinks and one of the most well-stocked bars in the Old Town (over 180 different types of alcohol!). A veteran of Kraków’s bar scene, Tram Bar also looks and feels like a local classic, filled with antique tram benches, luggage racks and Golden Oldies descending from the stereo. More pub than lounge, here you can escape the sloppy student crowds, fashionistas and try-hard hipsters who make so many other places in the city unbearable. QC‑3, ul. Stolarska 5, tel. (+48) 730 33 15 32. Open 17:00 - 03:00, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 05:00. 6GW
Hamsa hummus & happiness israeli restobar
Hamsa - make hummus not war ul. Szeroka 2, Kraków pn-pt 10:00 - 24:00, sb-nd 9:00 - 24:00
Sababa cocktail & club
Sababa means great! ul. Miodowa 41, Kraków środa 18 - 24:00, czw 18:00 - 1:00, pt-sb 18:00 - 3:00, nd 18:00 - 24:00
VIVA LA PINTA Hidden off ul. Floriańska, this flagship brew-pub for Pinta - one of PL’s most popular and acclaimed microbreweries, located just 70km from Kraków - has earned its rightful place among the trendiest locales in town for hipsters and hop-heads. Offering 14 delicious draughts and plenty more in the packed fridge, the selection isn’t limited to Pinta ales alone, showing an admirable solidarity among PL’s small indie breweries. The short menu features some dishes made with their ales, but isn’t nearly as special as the drinks - one of which is sure to meet even the most distinct and demanding of tastes.QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 13, tel. (+48) 606 31 30 42. Open 16:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 02:00, Sun 14:00 - 01:00. GW iyp.me/polandblog
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Nightlife VICE ADVICE Boys will be boys they say, and the shocking growth of strip clubs inside the UNESCO-listed Old Town in recent years would seem to confirm that men do indeed become lads when abroad without their WAGs. Unfortunately, with the increase in naughty clubs have come increasingly frequent reports of scams and shady, sometimes dangerous dealings. You’ve likely heard stories of inflated tabs, thuggish bouncers, unauthorised charges and spiked drinks - unfortunately these are not rumours, but real threats you need to guard yourself against because the local authorities seem either unable or unwilling to stop them. With the speed that local strip clubs now earn bad reputations and reinvent themselves, we simply can’t police them ourselves, and we don’t feel comfortable recommending any particular club to our readers. Our advice is to not feed this industry, whose treatment of its own employees if rarely better than that of its guests. If you do, however, decide to visit a strip club in Kraków, we advise you to mind your manners, deal only in cash if possible, don’t let anyone outside your group order drinks for you, and generally keep your wits about you. By doing so you’ll be doing the important research we ourselves once did, but understand that you won’t be doing it on our recommendation.
HOT BEER? Though the Polish winter is famous for being long and brutal, fear not, the Poles have a method for taking the bite out of this blustery season, and as you can probably guess it’s alcohol (congratulations, Kowalski). For those in need of a warm-up that wince at the thought of vodka, we have two words for you: hot beer, or ‘grzane piwo’ as it’s called by the locals. Essentially a frothing hot pint spiced with artificial ginger syrup, clove, cinnamon and other mulling spices, for some this Polish specialty is an acquired taste, for others an early Christmas present, and others still an utter profanity. Regardless, it’s a necessary invention and a must-try (at least once) for anyone travelling in PL during the winter months. Similarly popular is ‘grzane wino’ - or mulled wine - as you’ll notice by the barrel-shaped stands selling cups of it on the market square during December’s Christmas fair. The popular regional brand is Grzaniec Galicyjski and if you enjoy drinking it in public so much, you’ll be delighted to discover you can buy it in almost any alcohol shop and easily prepare it at home as well. Still not sure? Keep mulling it over...and Na zdrowie! 64 Kraków In Your Pocket
CLUBS LOKAL A vast, cavernous and circuitous Cracovian cellar club right on the Rynek that features 3 bars, 2 dancefloors, a smoking room, plenty of snogging nooks and nightly parties that are always free, Lokal achieves an all-inclusive atmosphere that somehow maintains a shred of urban cool, despite the inebriated exuberance of the sexy students that make up the crowd. The design isn’t much aside from the medieval foundations and some well-deployed epilepsyinducing LEDS (also the fact that this bar is brought to you by Ballantines is hard to miss), and the booming music is mostly contemporary chest-bouncing dance hits, but anyone looking for a full aviary of young local birds to chat up will be well-pleased.QJ‑5, Rynek Główny 6 (entrance from ul. Sienna), tel. (+48) 735 00 17 91. Open 12:00 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 04:00. X PROZAK 2.0 At once a honey-trap for horny foreigners hoping to ‘pull’ from the pool of bottle blondes happily putting drinks on their tabs, and a haven for savants for whom clubbing is ‘about the music,’ Prozak has lived on the cutting edge of Krakow’s clubbing scene for over a decade with an impressive line-up of top DJs on weekends, and probably the best sound system in town. The interior is an endless maze of underground rooms over two levels with an incredible four bars and three dance-floors on which to wild out. The crowd is just as fun, flirty and foreign-friendly as ever, with the party continuing until the natural selection of those with kittens and those with kebabs takes place in the blurry light of another dawn.QJ‑6, Pl. Dominikański 6, tel. (+48) 733 70 46 50, www.prozakdwazero.pl. Open 22:30 - 05:00, Fri, Sat 22:30 - 08:00. Closed Mon. XW NEW SCENA54 They say ‘30 is the new 20,’ ‘40 is the new 30,’ and 54 is the new club for consenting adults whose kids are old enough to take care of themselves or with the ex- for the weekend. With a shabby-chic interior in the industrial Tytano complex, expensive drinks, a diverse repertoire, and well-to-do dress code, Scena54 is a flirtatious blend of snooty social club, earnest culture house, and swinging nightclub. During the week it’s a laid-back cocktail lounge for the cuff-linked and coutured, while on weekends there’s often a performance (burlesque, jazz, stand-up) before the DJs hit the decks. Most of the clients are society types in their 30s and 40s, and if that’s your demographic, Scena54 makes going out feel more fun than it has in years.QG‑5, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10, tel. (+48) 12 378 37 78. Open 18:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 18:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Sun. EW SHINE CLUB KRAKÓW One of Kraków’s most exclusive and fashionable clubs, Shine hosts top DJs and modelling agencies at their weekend parties which range from elaborate circus shows to silly wet t-shirt contests. Located in a 1,000m2 former iyp.me/krakow
Nightlife cinema, this enormous space features 3 bars, 3 dancefloors (one of which is VIP), a smoking area, and enough blinking LEDs lights to send the blind into epileptic fits. The music is mostly house and r’n’b, and the modern design is truly impressive, trumped only by the seductive patrons who you’d almost suspect must be getting paid to populate the background of your own private Polish fantasy. Expect a 1015zł cover at the door.QK‑6, ul. Starowiślna 16, tel. (+48) 725 70 02 25, www.shineclub.com.pl. Open Fri, Sat only 22:00 - 05:00. XW SPOŁEM DELUXE This off-shoot of the classic, communist-themed Społem club (ul. Św. Tomasza 4) offers more space than ever for the surprisingly stylish Soviet-era wallpaper patterns, neons, and other colourful kitsch that earn it its namesake. There’s a separate space for smoking and a mercifully selfcontained dance area where the DJ spins nostalgic pop hits inside a 1968 van, but without making conversation elsewhere impossible. Though there’s a dance party every night (except Mon & Wed, which host karaoke), craft beers and boardgames further let you know that this isn’t a typical nightclub, but one where you can come as you are (no cover!) and only hit the dancefloor if the mood strikes you. That’s our kind of place.QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 53, tel. (+48) 12 341 57 51. Open 18:00 - 03:00, Wed, Thu 18:00 04:00, Fri, Sat 18:00 - 05:00. XW
ul. St. Jan 10, Krakow +48 12 430 61 64 (call after 8 pm) +48 797 928 006 Open: 7pm - 4am, Mon - Sun www.paradiseclub.pl
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TEATRO CUBANO Successfully simulating the sultry atmosphere of a Havana side-street as you shuffle through the crowded alleyway into the rhythmic club, this vivacious venue is a forceful breath of fresh air. Full of students and travellers from the hostel upstairs, Teatro Cubano is a perfect place to get your buzz on with cheap beer and mixed drinks served fast by efficient barmen, and you can order platters of sliders (miniburgers) from Papitos next door. With live music every day and DJs into the wee hours, check their FB page to see what today’s party is. Diversity is something Kraków could use more of, and this place embraces it.QI‑5, ul. Jagiellońska 10, tel. (+48) 795 19 11 70. Open 17:00 - 04:00, Wed, Thu 17:00- 05:00, Fri, Sat 17:00- 06:00. EW ZET PE TE Zet Pe Te is Kraków’s premier cultural space and live music venue for independent bands and DJs touring nationally and internationally. The diverse calendar features everything from klezmer to hip-hop, house and reggae, with film screenings, art exhibitions and other events as well. The name denotes the Polish phonetic pronunciation of ZPT, or ‘Zakład Przetwórstwa Tytoniowego’ (Tobacco Processing Plant) - a nod to the former tobacco factory it’s located in. In terms of interior, the industrial past is still very present, with little more than support beams decorating this warehouse space, which also bears a sizable share of the load for Tytano’s mission of being a centre for alternative urban thought and expression.QG‑5, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10, tel. (+48) 728 82 80 17. Open 17:00 - 02:00; Thu 20:00 - 03:00; Fri, Sat 20:00 - 06:00; 17:00 - 22:00. 6UEG iyp.me/polandblog
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Krakรณw Sightseeing Krakรณw is much more than just cellar bars and sexy ladies (though that would suffice for most). So put that drink down, set an alarm, and go discover the magic of this city - district by district.
Sightseeing Kraków has always been, in many respects, a charmed city. With a history that dates back to the 4th century settlement of Wawel Hill, Kraków has fortuitously avoided destruction since the pesky Mongols stopped bullying the area in the 13th century, growing into one of the most prominent cities in Central Europe. The most important city in Poland not to come out of World War II looking like a trampled Lego set, even the Soviets failed to leave their mark on the enchanted city centre during 45 years of supervision, forced to erect their grey communist Utopia in the outlying suburb of Nowa Huta. As a result, Kraków is today one of the most beautiful showpieces of Central Europe - a claim validated by its historic centre’s inclusion on the first ever UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, along with the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine and only ten other places in the world. A city of majestic architectural monuments, cobbled thoroughfares, cultural treasures, timeless courtyards, priceless artworks and legendary beer cellars and gardens, Kraków’s historic centre is the pride of Poland.
WHAT TO SEE Kraków’s centre can be divided into two main sections - the Old Town (p.70) and Kazimierz (the former Jewish Quarter, p94), with Wawel (the former Royal Castle, p.90) towering between them. These three areas are requisite for anyone visiting the city and have been given their own separate treatment with accompanying cultural listings within this guide. Though one could spend their life wandering in and out of the cobbled streets, courtyards, cafes, clubs and museums of the Old Town and Kazimierz (we’ve attempted to make a life out of it), don’t hesitate to take a trip across the river into Podgórze (p.102) - arguably the city’s most evocative and mysterious district; the Jewish heritage trail also naturally leads you from Kazimierz into Podgórze, where the worst horror of Kraków’s Nazi occupation played out and Schindler made a name for himself. Within these pages you’ll also find a section devoted to Nowa Huta (p.110), one of only two planned socialist realist cities ever built. Designed to be the antithesis of everything Kraków’s Old Town represents, both culturally and aesthetically, the commie comforts of Nowa Huta are only a tram ride away. Those staying in the area for a week or more should strongly consider day trips to Wieliczka (p.114), Auschwitz-Birkenau (p.118) and Tarnów (p.121), information about all of which you’ll find in our Further Afield section. However long your stay, the meticulously updated information in this guide will help you make the most of it. Enjoy exploring Kraków and Małopolska.
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KRAKÓW IYP ONLINE Due to space restrictions in our print guide, we’re actually only able to publish a fraction of all the excellent content we have on Kraków and the surrounding region, not to mention all of Poland. Visit our website - poland.inyourpocket.com - to see just how much of the country we cover, and to download guides to Warsaw, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Katowice and other cities you might be travelling to. Below is a small sampling of great Kraków-related content we didn’t have room for this issue, with links to where you’ll find it online. Thanks for reading In Your Pocket! KRAKÓW WITH THE KIDS Kids. They get tired, they get bored, cranky, whiny, naggy, damn-near impossible to please or control. We know. Though we won’t argue that the main things Kraków has to offer your little ones are pigeon-chasing and ice cream, we’ve managed to compile a decent list of family-oriented alternatives anyway: iyp.me/krakowkids LITERARY KRAKÓW In October 2013 Kraków was designated a ‘UNESCO City of Literature.’ The city’s resume includes the first bookstore in Europe, and Nobel Prize winners for Literature - Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska. Our guide to Literary Kraków introduces you to the city’s most famous authors and best literary locales: iyp.me/literarykrakow TADEUSZ KOŚCIUSZKO 2017 is being celebrated in PL as the ‘Year of Kościuszko,’ in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the patriot’s death. You’ve seen his name and likeness all around town, but who was this handsome, name-challenged gentleman? Only the greatest Pole ever. Read our scholarly feature to learn all about this hero of America and Poland: iyp.me/kosciuszko POPE JOHN PAUL II Born in nearby Wadowice, Karol Wojtyła studied at Jagiellonian and served as Kraków’s Bishop before becoming Pope in 1978. Aside from the Vatican, no city is more associated with the late pope than Kraków, which remained his spiritual home throughout his life. IYP takes a look at the life, legacy and local sites associated with ‘Poland’s Pope:’ iyp.me/thepope December 2017 – January 2018
Sightseeing KRAKÓW STREET ART
TOURIST INFORMATION CRACOW CITY TOURS Also at Pl. Matejki 2 (J-4, open 07:00 - 16:00).QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 44, tel. (+48) 12 421 13 27, www. cracowcitytours.com. Open 09:30 - 19:30. Y DISCOVERCRACOW.EU Also a large location nearby on the corner of the market square at ul. Św. Jana 2 (I-5), and at Pl. Szczepański 8 (I-5, open until 20:00).QI‑5, Rynek Główny 30, tel. (+48) 728 44 81 73, www.discovercracow.eu. Open 09:00 - 19:00. Y
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Poland has a long, lauded tradition of graphic art, with large-scale Polish advertising and poster design known internationally for their high artistic quality; anyone who makes the strongly recommended visit to Kraków’s Poster Gallery (p.130) will easily discover why. With such a knack for graphics, it stands to reason that Poles would have a penchant for street graphics as well. And they do. In Kraków, as in other cities around PL, street art is currently going through a tidal wave of popularity, and in the last few years new street murals have become a common sight around Kraków’s city centre. More restaurants and businesses are turning to street artists to playfully embellish their public spaces, and city authorities have even taken the surprising step of sponsoring some large scale murals around the city centre. In fact, the emergence of street art as a growing and legitimised artistic discipline has created an interesting dichotomy in Kraków’s urban landscape between both sanctioned and unsanctioned works of ‘graffiti art’ and the prolific gang signs, slurs and football-related graffiti that city paint crews have targeted in their war on ‘vandalism.’ At any rate, those with an interest in street art will have little trouble tracking it down in Kraków, and we’re making it even easier. On our maps we’ve marked street art locations with a spray can symbol , so you can literally use them to give yourself a tour of Kraków’s urban art. Not only that, but we’ve also put it all online with GPS coordinates at iyp.me/krakowstreetart so that your smartphone can do the work for you. We encourage you to do just that, and check out some of Kraków’s alternative artistic visions.
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INFOKRAKÓW The official tourist info office run by the city of Kraków, with four other locations around the Old Town: ul. Św. Jana 2 (I-5), ul. Szpitalna 25 (J-5), ul. Powiśle 11 (I-7) and Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 2 (Wyspiański Pavilion, I-6).QI‑5, Rynek Główny 1/3 (Cloth Hall), tel. (+48) 12 354 27 16, www.infokrakow.pl. Open 09:00 - 17:00. JORDAN TOURIST INFORMATION & ACCOMMODATION CENTRE Also at ul. Długa 9 (J-4), the bus station (L-4), ul. Gęsia 8 and ul. Gęsia 22A (Galaxy Hotel, M-8).QK‑4, ul. Pawia 8, tel. (+48) 12 422 60 91, www.krakowhelp.pl. Open 09:00 - 17:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. SEEKRAKOW Also in the train station (K-4, open 07:00 - 21:00), at ul. Grodzka 18 (I-6, open 09:00 - 20:30), and Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 2 (I-6, open 09:00 - 20:30).QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 6, tel. (+48) 12 429 44 99, www.seekrakow.com. Open 08:00 - 20:00.
TOURIST CARD The enterprising tourist should consider picking up the Kraków Tourist Card, a superb piece of plastic that allows you free entry to over 40 Kraków museums (that’s basically all of them, except Wawel), and free travel on trams and buses, day and night - including to and from the airport and Wieliczka Salt Mine. An impressive savings, two and three day cards are available, priced at 100zł and 120zł, respectively. Another option is the ‘Museum & Attractions Pass’ - essentially the same card without free transport, valid for three days, and priced at 70/60zł. Every venue listed in our guide which accepts the Kraków Tourist Card has been marked with a Tourist Card Y symbol. Available at most tourist information offices, for a full list of vendors and benefits visit www.krakowcard.com. iyp.me/krakow
Sightseeing GUIDED TOURS If an authoritative print guide, website and app (iOS, Android) just aren't enough and you need someone to literally take you by the hand (hey, we kid) there are plenty of tour companies to choose from in Kraków and we list the best of them here. If you're wondering about the ever-popular antique horsedrawn carriages that line the market square, routes and prices are individually determined with the driver but the most popular route from the market square to Wawel Hill is generally 200zł (about 30mins), and you can expect to pay about 500zł if you carry on to Kazimierz. Just don't expect them to disseminate any information about what you're seeing along the way (see, you might need our help after all); that bright idea hasn't occurred to anyone yet. CRUISING KRAKÓW BIKE TOURS Bicycle and segway tours around Kraków led by experienced native English-speaking guides. No booking or bike required for city bike tours, simply appear at the Adam Mickiewicz monument on Rynek Główny (I-5) at 12:00; cost 85zł (105zł if you want dinner included); duration 3-4 hours. Longer bike trips to Las Wolski, Tyniec and Kraków’s Mounds also available if booked 48hrs in advance. Segway tours and bike rental also available from their office.QI‑5, ul. Sławkowska 6A, tel. (+48) 12 265 81 05, www.cruisingkrakow.com. Open 10:00 - 16:00.
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DISCOVERCRACOW.EU This helpful tourist office offers walking and electric car tours of Kraków, as well as airport transfers and excursions to Wieliczka and other area attractions. Also a currency exchange and sales point for the Kraków Tourist Card and museum tickets. Another, smaller location nearby at Rynek Główny 30 (I-5), and also at Pl. Szczepański 8 (I-5, open 06:00 - 20:00).QI‑5, ul. Św. Jana 2, tel. (+48) 728 44 81 74, www.discovercracow.eu. Open 09:00 - 21:00. YW FREE WALKING TOUR ‘Free’ only if you’re determined to be the guy that refuses to tip at the end, this outfit offers English-language walking tours of the Old Town every day at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 and 16:00, leaving from the Barbican (J-4); and tours of Jewish Krakow at 10:30 and 13:30, leaving from the Old Synagogue (K-8). Both tours last about 2.5 hours, and no booking is required - just show up and look for the ‘Free Walking Tours’ sign. Check their website to see all the other free tours they offer (including tours in Spanish, Italian and German).QJ‑4, tel. (+48) 513 87 58 14, www.freewalkingtour.com. S-TOURS This family-owned outfit organises personalised guided tours of Kraków and the surrounding region for individuals, rather than standardised group trips. Airport transfers and accommodation can also be arranged. For more info and prices, contact them by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Qtel. (+48) 530 17 07 80, www.s-tours.pl. Open 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. iyp.me/polandblog
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Old Town Walking Tour Full of majestic architectural monuments, priceless cultural treasures and cobbled pedestrian thoroughfares, Kraków's Old Town is the pride of Poland, one of Central Europe's most beautiful architectural showpieces, and one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. The most important Polish city to not come out of World War II looking like a trampled Lego set, the rich cultural and historical value of Kraków’s Old Town earned it well-deserved inclusion on the first-ever UNESCO World Heritage List back in 1978. Characterised by its unique upside-down teardrop shape - dictated by the city's former medieval defensive walls extending from Wawel Castle to the south - today the Old Town is surrounded by the charming belt of public green space known as the 'Planty.' Standing in place of the city's medieval moat, the Planty draws a clear line around the original medieval centre of Kraków, within which you’ll find many of the city’s most spectacular sights. IYP’s Old Town tourist route leads you from the main entrance of the city in the north - the historic Floriańska Gate (J-4) - to Wawel Royal Castle in the south (I-7), via the market square and most important and interesting points in the Old Town. Known as the ‘Royal Route,’ this was essentially the historical coronation path of Poland’s kings from the 14th century to the very end of the 16th century when Kraków served as the royal capital...with a couple key detours, of course. The prescribed route (shown in red on the map) covers about 2km and could take as little as 30mins to cover if you’re only interested in the exercise; but we reckon for most an exploration of Kraków’s Old Town will take the several hours ‘if done correctly’ - that is, with a couple short culture, food and coffee/beer breaks. If you have only one day in Kraków, this is how you should spend it. Make sure you’ve got a full charge on your camera, some comfy shoes and off you go. 1 BARBICAN Originally there were eight entrance gates into the city, but let’s begin just outside the most grand of those entrances, and unfortunately the only to have survived to modern times - the Floriańska Gate, fortified by the impressive Barbican fortress. Standing in the small square between the Barbican and the tower of Floriańska Gate you are actually standing on what once was the drawbridge (when lowered) over the city’s moat. Built at the end of the 15th century, the Barbican was the showpiece of the city’s medieval defences, as it remains today. With walls 3 metres thick this masterpiece of medieval military engineering proved impenetrable and is today one of the only surviving structures of its kind in Europe. Built in Gothic style, the Kraków Barbican is topped by seven turrets and includes 130 defensive slots used by archers and riflemen. Today the Barbican is used for various special events (medieval pageants, jousting contests) and can be visited as an outdoor museum from April until the end of October, where you’ll learn the history of Kraków’s defensive walls. QJ‑4, ul. Basztowa, tel. (+48) 12 422 98 77, www.mhk.pl. Closed until April.
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2 JAN MATEJKO MONUMENT Located just beside the Barbican and unveiled as recently as 2013, this monument pays homage to one of Poland’s greatest painters, and one of Kraków’s most beloved sons. Famous for his epic and outsized historical paintings, which have been reproduced enough to become imprinted within the national psyche, Matejko’s work can be seen throughout Kraków from Collegium Novum (p.77) to the 19th Century Polish Art Gallery (p.80) in the Cloth Hall, to the monumental polychrome he did inside St. Mary’s Basilica (p.73) in his final years. Educated in Kraków and later principal of the Academy of Fine Arts, Matejko also trained an entire generation of great Polish painters, including Wyspiański, Mehoffer and Malczewski. This impressive monument, which depicts the artist seated within a large picture-frame, is the work of Jan Tutaj, and located along what was Matejko’s daily walk from his home to the Fine Arts Academy which now bears his name on nearby Plac Matejki (also named in his honour) just north of the Barbican. To learn more about Matejko, visit his home and museum at ul. Floriańska 41 (p.84).QJ‑4, ul. Basztowa.
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Old Town Walking Tour SŁOWACKI THEATRE
4 SŁOWACKI THEATRE Regarded today as an architectural masterpiece, the Słowacki Theatre came under fierce criticism when construction began, due to the demolition of the medieval Church of the Holy Ghost to make room for it. Completed in 1893, Jan Zawiejski actually modeled his Baroque design on the Paris Opera and the structure is distinguished for its elaborate facade decorated with allegorical figures. The foyer and marble staircase are supreme examples of fin-de-siecle thinking, and the lavish stage curtain featuring paintings by Henryk Siemiradzki is worth seeing. Typically open during productions only, tours can be arranged by phone (130zł for up to 40 people, 150zł for over 40 people). QJ‑5, Pl. Św. Ducha 1, tel. (+48) 12 424 45 25, www.slowacki.krakow.pl.
GRUNWALD MONUMENT The Battle of Grunwald, fought between the joint armies of Poland and Lithuania against the German-Prussian Teutonic Knights on July 15, 1410, was one of the largest battles of Medieval Europe, and is considered one of the most important military victories in Polish history. This weighty monument was unveiled in front of an estimated 160,000 people on the 500th anniversary of the event in 1910. Unsurprisingly, Antoni Wiwulski’s original masterpiece was destroyed by the occupying Nazis during WWII and the copy you see today was made from his original sketches and models in 1976. At the top on his horse is Polish King Władysław Jagiełło, his sword pointing downwards in his right hand. At the front is his cousin the Lithuanian prince Vytautas (Vitold), who is flanked on either side by victorious soldiers from the joint army. The dead man at the front is Urlich von Jungingen, the Teutonic Order’s Grand Master, who lost his life during the battle.QJ‑4, Pl. Matejki. 72 Kraków In Your Pocket
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Across from the Barbican - to which it was once connected via drawbridge over the city moat - stands the iconic Floriańska Gate. Erected in 1307, this Gothic gateway tower and its adjacent towers (plus the Barbican) are almost all that remains of the city’s ancient defences which once circled the medieval Old Town. As the most important of the city’s eight medieval gates, St. Florian’s Gate was spared demolition during 19th century Austrian occupation thanks to last-minute local efforts. As in ancient times - when the gate marked the entry point for royal processions into the city en route to Wawel Castle today Floriańska Gate remains the primary entry point to Kraków’s Old Town, leading tourists from the direction of the train station, onto one of the city’s main commercial thoroughfares (ulica Floriańska), in the direction of the market square. Standing 34.5 metres tall, including the Baroque ‘helmet’ added in the 17th century, Floriańska Gate features a stone eagle on the side facing the Barbican, and a 19th century bas-relief of Saint Florian on the side facing Floriańska Street. There is an altar in the actual passageway, and a hidden chapel in the tower itself. Street musicians commonly play beneath the tower, and ranks of paintings by local artists are sold in the open along ul. Pijarska. Upon passing through the gate it’s worth taking a quick detour to your left along the original defensive wall/ul. Pijarska to get a look at the Baroque majesty of the 4 Słowacki Theatre (p.72), if you’ve yet to lay eyes on it; July and August are the only months of the year when English-language tours are readily available, so seize the occasion if you can. It’s also here on ul. Pijarska that you’ll find the entrance to the City Defensive Walls museum, which is only worth it for the photo opportunities from the balcony of the Floriańska Gate. As the city’s principal commercial street, ulica Floriańska comes steeped in history, with many of the townhouse facades featuring age-old murals and inscriptions among the signs for kebabs, dance clubs and currency exchange. Keep your eyes peeled for the House of the Squirrel (no. 15), the House of the Negro (no. 1, on the corner of the market square), and the hotel and restaurant Pod Różą (no. 14), the Latin inscription above which reads ‘May this building stand until an ant drinks the ocean, and a tortoise circles the earth.’ Other places of note along ul. Floriańska include the Jan Matejko House (no. 41, p.84), the Pharmacy Museum (no. 25, p.86), and the historical Jama Michalika Cafe (no.45, p.74) - famous for its role as the clubhouse for Kraków’s Art Nouveau movement.QJ‑4, ul. Floriańska. iyp.me/krakow
Old Town Walking Tour 5 MAIN MARKET SQUARE Ulica Floriańska deposits you directly onto Kraków’s main market square (‘Rynek Główny’) in front of the iconic St. Mary’s Basilica: You are now standing in the very heart of the city with your finger on its pulse. Originally designed in 1257 - the year Kraków was awarded its charter – the grid-like layout of the Old Town and its central square have changed little in the centuries since. Measuring 200 metres square, the Rynek ranks as one of the largest medieval squares in Europe, and is surrounded by elegant townhouses, all with their own unique names and histories. Lined with cafes and restaurants, and filled with people, pigeons, street performers, musicians and horse-drawn carriages, this is the city’s social gravitational point, and a place of festivals, concerts, parades and other happenings. In fact, the Rynek has always been the city’s natural assembly point for public celebrations, parades, protests and even executions; it was here that homage to the King was sworn until 1596, here that Tadeusz Kościuszko famously inspired the locals to revolt against foreign rule in 1794, and here also that ‘Der Führer’ himself raucously announced the name change to ‘Adolf Hitler Platz’ during Nazi occupation. Fortunately the moniker didn’t last long and today the Rynek is again the biggest stage for Polish culture in the world, and absolutely packed with historical monuments and sights.QI‑5. 6 ST. MARY’S BASILICA First up is St. Mary’s Basilica - or Mariacka Cathedral - one of the most dazzling cathedrals in the country. After Tartar raids in the 13th century left the original church in ruins, St. Mary’s was rebuilt in Gothic style on its existing foundations and consecrated in 1320. In the early 15th century the towers took the iconic form they have today, when the northern tower was raised to 80m high and made into a watchtower for the city. It is from here that the hejnał mariacki - the city’s famous bugle call (p.73) - is played every hour on the hour; don’t miss it. Inside the altar, stained glass windows, and blue, starfilled ceiling of St. Mary’s will take your breath away. The magnificent wooden altarpiece was the principal work of 15th century German artist Veit Stoss (aka Wit Stwosz) for twelve painstaking years, and depicts the Virgin Mary’s Quietus among the apostles; note, however, that gradual conservation work on the altar is currently underway
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One of the most captivating Cracovian traditions is the hejnał (pronounced “hey-now”) – a short, melodious bugle call played every hour, on the hour, in the four cardinal directions from the left tower of St. Mary Basilica. For centuries it has been the job of local firemen to climb the 239 steps to the top of the tower, ring the church bell and perform the hejnał precisely on the hour. A source of pride and family heritage for the few men chosen to do it, the job requires not only great discipline, but also bravery as local legend would have it. The first written mention of the song dates all the way back to 1392, and though its exact origins are unclear, it was apparently used as a warning of fires or invasions. As the story goes, in 1241, as Tartar invaders crept near the city gates for a nefarious nocturnal attack, a night watchman saw them coming and played the signal from atop the defensive walls to arouse the slumbering city to arms. As he did so, an arrow pierced him through the throat, abruptly suspending the song in mid-melody. To this day, the tune likewise cuts off in mid-report to symbolise the city’s vigilance, and commemorate the lone guardsman who woke the city and thereby saved it. It’s a nice story, and since trumpet calls were used commonly across Europe during medieval times to open and close the city gates, its entirely conceivable that the legend is true. However, some have claimed that the story of the arrow-stricken trumpeter is a complete fiction made up in the 20th century. Polish journalist Leszek Mazan even went so far as to suggest that an American fabricated the whole ‘legend’ in 1929 (blasphemy!). Whatever its origin, any visitor or Cracovian will surely attest that the hejnał’s living tradition defines and shapes Kraków. In addition to pleasing visitors able to witness the bugle call live from the church tower every hour, the tune can also be heard all over Poland when it is broadcast live over the radio every day at noon. December 2017 – January 2018
Old Town Walking Tour ART CAFÉS
JAMA MICHALIKA Established in 1895, it was in this grand venue that Młoda Polska - Poland’s Art Nouveau movement - was founded, with many of the leading artists of the day taking their libations here, and then tacking their art on the walls. Much of it is still here, as well as fin-de-siecle furnishings, stained glass, an anachronous cloakroom and smoking section. In addition to beer, coffee and sweets, there’s also a full menu of Polish food, and even regular folk dancing concerts (Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun at 19:00). Although the abundance of tourist groups and the poker-faced nature of the staff limits the appeal of return visits, stopping in at this legendary venue is still essential.QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 45, tel. (+48) 12 422 15 61, www.jamamichalika.pl. Open 09:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 23:00. 6UEXW NOWOROLSKI This local classic inside the Cloth Hall has seen the city’s highs and lows since opening in 1910. Famous as Comrade Lenin’s preferred hangout during his visits, WWII occupation saw Noworolski become the top haunt of Nazi nabobs, before being commandeered by the communist authorities during the PRL era. Things have changed little here, making Noworolski a creaky throwback favoured today by well-dressed locals in the autumn of their years, but live piano concerts and the exquisite art nouveau interiors by Józef Mehoffer make it well worth a look. You can find cheaper and better coffee, but it won’t be served against such an atmospheric backdrop.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 1, tel. (+48) 515 10 09 98, www.noworolski.com.pl. Open 08:00 - 24:00. EGSW
(projected to last until 2020), and not all elements may be on display during your visit. Surrounding the altar are polychrome paintings by Polish masters Matejko, Mehoffer and Wyspiański done in the late 19th century. The church is available for worship without paying an entry fee via the main entrance. Tourists are asked to use a side entrance, however, and not visit during services; we list the tourist visiting hours below. Tickets (10/8/5zł; kids under 8 free) are purchased in a separate building across from the tourist entrance. Mariacki Tower is also open to tourists until the end of December; additional ticket required (15/10zł; no admission for kids under 7; kids 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult).QJ‑5, Pl. Mariacki 5, tel. (+48) 12 422 07 37, www.mariacki.com. Open 11:30 - 18:00; Sun 14:00 - 18:00. Tower open 09:10 - 11:30, 13:10 17:30 Thu, Fri and Sat only; closed in January. Y
Mickiewicz monument and St. Adalbert’s Church. © mrallen - dollarphotoclub 7 ADAM MICKIEWICZ MONUMENT Between the market square’s two crowning glories - St. Mary’s and the Cloth Hall - lies this elaborate monument to Poland’s most eminent scribe, Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855). One of the most important statues in Poland, the large likeness of the romantic poet and national hero was originally unveiled in 1898 to celebrate the centenary of the great man’s birth, and, like so many other symbols of national pride was destroyed by the occupying Germans during WWII. The statue that stands in the Rynek today is a 1955 copy of Teodor Rygier’s original, and is a popular and easily recognisable meeting place. Ironically, Lithuanian-born Mickiewicz (whose most famous work, Pan Tadeusz begins with the words ‘Lithuania, my country!’) never visited Kraków until 35 years after his death, when his body was laid to rest in the Royal Crypts just down the road at Wawel.QI‑5, Rynek Główny. 8 ST. ADALBERT’S CHURCH Kraków’s oldest church sits not unlike a lost orphan at the southeast corner of the market square - a mad mix of pre-Roman, Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The earliest parts of the building date to the 11th century, thus pre-dating the Rynek and explaining why the floor sits some two metres below it. The best way to experience the church is actually during the frequent concerts by the Royal Chamber Orchestra.QI‑6, Rynek Główny, tel. (+48) 12 422 83 52. Open 09:00 - 15:00 and 16:00 - 18:00; Sun 13:00 - 18:00. Y
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Old Town Walking Tour 9 CLOTH HALL The iconic showpiece at the centre of the market square, Kraków’s Cloth Hall is essentially one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, and its origins and development can be traced as those of the city itself. Proof of a structure at this site dates back to the mid-13th century; when King Kazimierz the Great approved construction of a purposebuilt trading hall in the mid-14th century, Kraków’s importance as an east-west trading post vastly increased and the city thrived. After a fire in the mid-16th century, the Sukiennice was given a Renaissance facelift by Jan Maria Padovano, making it the most magnificent building in all of Kraków. Though the name ‘Sukiennice’ literally refers to textiles and fabrics, Kraków’s Cloth Hall saw an array of commodities bought and sold in its merchant stalls including wax, spices, leather and silk, as well as lead and salt from the nearby Wieliczka mines (p.114). To this day it is still crammed with merchant stalls selling amber, lace, woodwork and assorted tourist tat, and a stroll through its central thoroughfare is essential. In 1879, despite the country having been partitioned for nearly a century (or rather because of it), the first Polish National Museum was established here on the upper floor, making the Cloth Hall the focus of a huge upsurge of Polish patriotism. Following a complete modernisation of the building’s interiors, this historical and highly recommended gallery was reopened as the 19th Century Polish Art Gallery (p.80) in 2010. At the same time the Cloth Hall’s sloped attics were converted into lovely terraces on the east side, where Cafe Szał now offers great views overlooking the market square and St. Mary’s Basilica, while on the ground floor the historical 1910 Noworolski Cafe (p.74) boasts wonderful Art Nouveau motifs by Jozef Mehoffer. The east side of the Cloth Hall is also the entry point for Rynek Underground (p.87) - one of Kraków’s most modern and popular museums, detailing the historical development of the area around the market square. Note, however, that tickets must be bought in an office on the west side of the Cloth Hall, and due to the museum’s popularity we suggest you get them a day in advance.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 1/3, www.mnk.pl.
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December 2017 – January 2018
Old Town Walking Tour THE PLANTY
Once the site of the city’s 13th century defensive fortifications, the moats were filled, the walls razed and the towers demolished - with the notable exceptions of the grand Floriańska Gate and impenetrable Barbican during Austrian occupation in the first half of the 19th century. While today it’s easy to regret the short-sighted destruction of Kraków’s medieval city walls, we can thank the Austrians for replacing them with this lovely strollway of greenery encircling the centre of the Old Town. Known as the ‘lungs of the city’, the Planty is one of Kraków’s most unique and charming features - three kilometres of public parks and gardens filled with trees, flowers, benches and historic monuments. Walking its circuit would take over an hour, but represents a great way to see the city. A popular place for street musicians to perform, drunks to drink (note that drinking in public will win you a fine from the police) and teenage couples to make out, if you haven’t smooched someone on a park bench in the Planty before leaving town, well then you haven’t finished your itinerary.QC‑4/5. 10 TOWN HALL TOWER On the square’s other side is the 70 metre Town Hall Tower, the only element of the 14th century Town Hall remaining after many fires, renovations and short-sighted demolitions. Known as Kraków’s ‘leaning tower,’ the structure actually leans some 55cm, a curiosity credited to a particularly forceful wind back in 1703. For those who pay to enter, the Town Hall Tower offers little aside from some medieval costumes, black and white photos, information about the clock at its top, decent views, and lots of stairs. With the balconies off limits, you can take some so-so snaps by leaning out the open windows at the top, but they aren’t the calendar quality panoramas you might be anticipating. Beside the base of the Town Hall Tower you’ll find one of Kraków’s most well-known landmarks and popular meeting places - a giant, toppled bust known affectionately as ‘The Head.’ Inevitably serving as a backdrop for almost every tourist who visits Kraków (your turn!), the bronze body part’s official title is 11 ‘Eros Bendato’ (Eros Bound) and is the work of Polish artist Igor Mitoraj (1944 - 2014).QI‑5, Rynek Główny 1, tel. (+48) 12 426 43 34, www.mhk. pl. Open 11:00 - 17:00. Closed 1st Tue of each month. Last entrance 30mins before closing. Closed in January. Admission 9/7zł, family ticket 18zł. Y
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12 PIOTR SKRZYNECKI MONUMENT Before departing the market square, take note of one more monument opposite Eros - that of Piotr Skrzenecki. Always sharply dressed in hat and suit with fresh flowers in hand, the bronze Skrzynecki is a loyal patron of local dive bar Vis a Vis; so loyal that he exhibits total disregard for opening and closing times. A favourite spot of the real flesh-and-blood Piotr Skrzynecki, his bronze likeness is only a few doors down from Piwnica Pod Baranami (Rynek Główny 27), the legendary literary and political cabaret he founded in 1956. Until his death in 1997, Skrzynecki was an essential component of the Cracovian - and Polish - art scene, directing films, screenwriting, acting as Piwnica Pod Baranami’s conférencier, critiquing art, organising unusual cultural events, throwing far-out birthday bashes and being an all-around eccentric. His legacy lives on.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 29. 13 COLLEGIUM MAIUS
Exit the market square via ul. Św. Anny before veering onto ul. Jagiellońska to find Collegium Maius, the oldest building of Jagiellonian University, which is in turn the second oldest university in Central Europe. Built as the university’s main campus in the late 14th century, a century later it was redesigned as the late-Gothic structure surrounding the picturesque arcaded courtyard that has survived to this day. While professors lived and worked upstairs, it was in the ground floor lecture halls that Nicolaus Copernicus made doodles in the margins of his notebooks in the 1490s. Today a museum, over hour-long guided tours of the interiors and exhibits are given in English Mon-Fri at 13:00 (16/12zł), while more basic 30+ minute tours in English depart frequently (depends on interest; 12/6zł); it is suggested, however, that you call or visit in advance to reserve yourself a place on a tour. Inside you’ll visit the lecture hall, common rooms, professors’ quarters, library and treasury, seeing some fabulous interiors, paintings, furniture, medieval scientific instruments, rectors’ maces and other university memorabilia along the way, as well as the oldest surviving globe to depict the Americas. There is also a separate temporary exhibit entitled Science: Antiquated & Not-so-antiquated (rough translation; exhibit open MonFri 09:00 - 14:00; Sat 09:00 - 13:00; closed Sun. Admission 7/5zł). Another highlight of visiting is the courtyard clock, from which wooden historical figures appear and parade past to music from the mid-16th century every two hours between 09:00 and 17:00. The building’s courtyard also houses a gift shop and cafe.QI‑5, ul. Jagiellońska 15, tel. (+48) 12 663 13 07, www.maius.uj.edu.pl. Open 10:00 15:00; Sat 10:00 - 14:00; closed Sun. Last entry 40mins before closing. Admission 12/6zł (30min+ tour), 16/12zł (1hr+ tour); admission free for self-guided tours Sat 10:00 - 14:00, last entrance at 13:30. N iyp.me/krakow
Old Town Walking Tour 14 COLLEGIUM NOVUM Found nearby, the main building of Jagiellonian University, Collegium Novum (Latin: New College) was built in 18731887 to a neo-gothic design by Feliks Księżarski to match the style of Collegium Maius. Subsidised with money from Vienna when Kraków was a ‘property’ of Austrian Galicia, the building was opened for the university’s 500th anniversary after years of controversy and debate. In addition to the gorgeous façade, the building contains a beautiful assembly hall (Aula) where a painting of Austria’s Franz Jozeph I hung until a group of students famously shredded it in a symbolic act calling for the restoration of an independent Polish Republic in 1918. Several important paintings remain, however, including portraits of university founders Kazimierz the Great and Władysław Jagiełło, and Jan Matejko’s Copernicus: Conversation with God. Today the university’s administrative centre, Collegium Novum is not necessarily open to tourists, but you might be able to have a poke around if you can pass yourself off as a student. A monument to Copernicus also stands nearby. QI‑6, ul. Gołębia 24.
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15 BISHOP’S PALACE & PAPAL WINDOW A pleasing stroll through the Planty will soon bring you to the Bishop’s Palace - the second largest palace in Kraków (after Wawel) and residence of Kraków’s bishops since it was first built in the 14th century. Today the Palace is most famous for having been the residence of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla from 1958 to 1978, before he became Pope John Paul II. During his visits to Kraków as Pope he would often make evening appearances in the ‘papal window’ to address the crowds of his followers below - a tradition which Pope Francis continued during his visit for World Youth Day in July 2016. An image of John Paul II usually fills the window (making it easy to identify), and during anniversaries you can be sure the area will be festooned with flowers and candles. The building itself is off-limits, but the courtyard is open to tourists where you’ll find the city’s first monument of JPII, erected in 1980. QI‑6, ul. Franciszkańska 3. Courtyard open from 09:00 until dusk.
Thanks to a proliferation of magnificent churches, the largest stained glass studio in Poland, and resident artistic geniuses Stanisław Wyspiański and Józef Mehoffer, Kraków’s public buildings boast some of the finest examples of stained glass in all of Europe. Though there are many beautiful pieces of medieval window art throughout the city – particularly in Wawel Cathedral (p.92) and St. Mary’s Basilica (p.73) – stained glass reached its pinnacle as an artform here at the turn-of-the-century when S.G. Żeleński founded a studio specifically for stained glass, and persuaded the best Art Nouveau artists to work in the medium, including Wyspiański, Mehoffer and Stefan Matejko (nephew of Jan). Today the studio is still active, and open to the public as the Stained Glass Museum (p.88). Other highlights already in the pages of this guide include St. Francis Basilica (pictured, p.78), and the Józef Mehoffer House (p.85). For a complete list visit iyp.me/krakowstainedglass. December 2017 – January 2018
Old Town Walking Tour the right) are shown Christ-like at the moment of their deaths, while Kazimierz the Great’s bare skull bears the royal crown between them. The building also serves as a tourist information point (open 09:00 - 17:00).QI‑6, Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 2.
16 ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA Across the street you’ll find St. Francis’ Basilica, which may not look like much from the outside, but a trip inside reveals Kraków’s most colourful church, and our personal favourite, thanks to the gorgeous Art Nouveau interiors by native son Stanisław Wyspiański, which nicely balance the organic and geometric with unique floral patterns. Wyspiański also made the eight stained-glass windows here around 1895, including the controversial, iconic and absolutely must-see centrepiece, ‘God the Father in the Act of Creation’ (p.77). Dating back to the 13th century, St. Francis’ Basilica was the first brick building in the city and is well worth popping in, even for those who could care less for looking at another church.QI‑6, Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 5, tel. (+48) 12 422 53 76, www.franciszkanska.pl. Open 10:00 - 16:00; Sun 13:00 - 15:00. No visiting during mass please. 17 WYSPIAŃSKI PAVILLION
Following his work on St. Francis Basilica, Wyspiański was commissioned to design a triptych of windows for Wawel Cathedral. At the time, however, the artist’s haunting portrayals of St. Stanisław, Kazimierz the Great and Henryk Pobożny were deemed too grotesque and controversial to instal, and the project was shelved until director Andrzej Wajda resurrected the idea of producing them 100 years later. Using Wyspiański’s designs, the work was carried out by Piotr Ostrowski of the Stained Glass Museum and a building designed by Krzystof Ingarden specifically for displaying them was erected near St. Francis Basilica in 2007. Curious for its facade of rotating brick panels and the fact that it is not suited for displaying stained glass at all (facepalm), the tiny building is too narrow to view the windows from inside, and natural light is not even able to pass through it. As a result, the out-facing windows are lit from inside and best viewed at night. Martyred Polish heroes St. Stanisław (on the left) and Henryk Pobożny (on 78 Kraków In Your Pocket
18 CHURCH OF SAINTS PETER & PAUL Walking down busy ul. Grodzka you are now officially back on the ‘Royal Route.’ One of Kraków’s most striking churches is the Church of Saints Peter & Paul - a Jesuit Church built in the early 1600s. The twelve disciples standing on the gates outside are the church’s most visually arresting feature, but the interior has been extensively renovated and the airy, austere grandeur of this late Renaissance building is now evident. The crypt serves as the new national pantheon for Poles distinguished in the arts, science and culture (Sławomir Mrożek was the first interred here in 2013). Possessors of a 46.5m Foucault Pendulum - a device invented by French physicist Leon Foucault in 1851 which proves the earth’s rotation, shows demonstrating its use generally occur on Thursdays at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00, but call or check their website to be sure.QJ‑7, ul. Grodzka 52A, tel. (+48) 12 350 63 65, www.apostolowie.pl. Open 09:00 - 17:00; Sun 13:15 - 18:00. 19 ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH Standing alongside the Church of Saints Peter & Paul, St. Andrew’s offers the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Kraków. Built between 1079 and 1098, it has been a place of worship for 900 years and was used as a refuge and fortress during Tartar invasions. Most of the relics were looted anyway, making a trip inside a bit of a letdown. Remodelled by Baldassare Fontana during the mad-for-all-things-Baroque 18th century, note the pulpit which resembles a boat - typical of the Baroque style.QJ‑7, ul. Grodzka 54, tel. (+48) 12 422 16 12. Open 09:00 17:00. No visiting during mass please.
Plac Marii Magdaleny with Church of Sts. Peter & Paul (left) and St. Andrew’s (right).
Old Town Walking Tour 20 PLAC ŚW. MARII MAGDALENY The most picturesque route to Wawel is by cutting through Plac Św. Marii Magdaleny - a favourite haunt among local skateboarding youths, who pay no heed to the stern sculpture of Jesuit priest Piotr Skarga watching over the area. Its name comes from the long-gone St. Mary Magdalene Church, which stood in this spot from roughly the 13th century until 1809 or 1811 (with a few breaks for burning down and getting rebuilt), when it was demolished after falling into a state of hopeless disrepair. A house was built on the freed plot of land, only to succumb to a fire in 1945, whereafter the gap in ul. Grodzka was simply turned into a public square. Sick, bro.QI‑7, Plac Św. Marii Magdaleny.
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21 UL. KANONICZA Kraków’s most picturesque street, and an essential part of any tourist itinerary. The cobbled alley is lined with superb examples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and many of the facades feature colourful murals and passageways leading to quiet courtyards. At number 9 is the former residence of 18th century patriot Hugo Kołłątaj, number 17 is the grand 14th century Bishop Ciołek Palace (now a museum of religious art, p.81), number 19 next door was once the residence of the future Pope John Paul II (today it houses the Archidiocesan Museum, p.81), and at the very end, number 25, lies the former royal bathhouse nowadays better known as Dom Długosza. One popular tale surrounding the bathhouse claims that the future Queen Jadwiga, concerned about rumours that Lithuanians had gigantic genitals, sent one of her servants to spy on the manhood of Lithuanian Grand Duke Jagiełło - her husband-to-be. Her fears appear to have been allayed and the couple later got married.QI‑7, ul. Kanonicza.
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Old Town Museums ART GALLERIES
MUSEUMS The museums listed here are in the Old Town, while those in Kazimierz (p.94), Podgórze (p.102) and Nowa Huta (p.110) are listed in their respective sections of the guide.
Palace of the Arts
If you’re looking for the best spaces for contemporary art in Poland’s cultural capital, start with the galleries below; also worth noting is Podgórze’s Starmach Gallery (p.108) and MOCAK (p.106), and the Zdzisław Beksiński Gallery in Nowa Huta (p.112). BUNKIER SZTUKI One of the few very modern buildings in the Old Town, the concrete carbuncle known as the ‘Art Bunker’ is hands-down Kraków’s best contemporary art gallery. Changing exhibitions are held over three floors, exhibition catalogues are sold in the small mezzanine bookshop and the ground floor features a fantastic cafe/bar/restaurant with one of the city’s biggest beer terraces.QI‑5, Pl. Szczepański 3A, tel. (+48) 12 422 10 52, www.bunkier.art.pl. Open 11:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon. Admission 12/6zł, family ticket 20zł; Tue free. INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE (MCK) Temporary art exhibitions spotlighting foreign visionaries, cities or cultures typically fill this major gallery on the market square. See our What’s On section for info about the current exhibit (p.23).QI‑5, Rynek Główny 25, tel. (+48) 12 424 28 11, www.mck. krakow.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, closed Mon. Last entrance 30mins before closing. Admission to the gallery 12/7zł, family ticket 20zł. Tue, Wed between 10:00 and 11:00 admission 1zł. PALACE OF THE ARTS (PAŁAC SZTUKI) Built in 1901 as the seat of the Friends of the Fine Arts Society, this gorgeous edifice was Kraków’s first Art Nouveau building. Gold bas-reliefs by Jacek Malczewski - the famed ‘Father of Polish Symbolism’ - depict the highs and lows of the creative process, busts of Poland’s most famous contributors to the arts fill niches in the facade, and the large head of Apollo crowns the main entrance. Today the Palace of the Arts remains one of the most prestigious exhibition spaces in town, with regularly changing exhibits of contemporary art.QI‑5, Pl. Szczepański 4, tel. (+48) 12 422 66 16, www. palac-sztuki.krakow.pl. Open 08:00 - 18:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 18:00, Last entrance 30 minutes before closing. Admission 10/5zł. N 80 Kraków In Your Pocket
19TH CENTURY POLISH ART GALLERY This magnificent and historic exhibition inside the Cloth Hall covers Polish art from in and around the 19th century, and its major trends of portraiture and epic historical painting. Comprising four rooms, the collection is refreshingly small, giving proper attention to each piece, some of which are enormous and all of which are gorgeously framed. Almost everything by Jan Matejko here is rightly considered a national treasure, and the collection also includes works by Jacek Malczewski, Józef Chełmoński and Stanisław Witkiewicz, as well as Władysław Podkowiński’s famous ‘Frenzy’ from 1894. Like a small slice of the Louvre in Kraków, but without the crowds, one of the perks of a visit is access to the magnificent balcony overlooking the market square. Recommended.QI‑5, Cloth Hall, Rynek Główny 3, tel. (+48) 12 433 54 00, www.mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission 14/8zł, family ticket 26zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sun free. Y
ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM Housed in an old monastery, the biggest highlight of the Archaeology Museum may be its beautiful garden (2zł charge if you aren’t visiting the museum) - a great place to relax with fantastic views of Wawel in the distance. As for exhibits, they are a bit dated, but the museum does boast the Zbruch Idol - the only sculpture of a Slavic god in existence, part of an exhibit on the prehistory of Małopolska. Other permanent exhibits include prehistoric pottery, Peruvian artefacts, and ancient Egypt - the latter best enjoyed with the aid of an audio guide (5zł). Additionally, you’ll find an exhibit on the history of the monastery and museum itself (separate ticket required, 4/3zł).QI‑6, ul. Poselska 3, tel. (+48) 12 422 75 60, www.ma.krakow.pl. Open 09:00 15:00; Tue, Thu 09:00 - 18:00; Sun 11:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing. Admission 12/7zł, Sun free for permanent exhibitions. N iyp.me/krakow
Old Town Museums ARCHDIOCESAN MUSEUM OF CARDINAL KAROL WOJTYŁA John Paul II lived here, twice. Once as Karol Wojtyła, the young priest with a penchant for skiing (his skis are on show), and later as a bishop, in grander, adjacent rooms. The Archdiocesan doubles as a small but well-presented showcase of beautiful sacral art, some dating back to the 13th century. Among the items on display you will find presents to His Holiness from heads-of-state. All very nice, but the exhibition will only hold the attention of true papal enthusiasts, and visitors can expect to be tailed by overzealous curators. Guided tours available for individuals and groups up to 25 people in French, English and Polish. A second branch of this museum - the Wojtyła Apartment at ul. Tyniecka 10 (G-8) - shows the apartment where the future pope lived with his father in the late 1930s (open Wed, Sat, Sun only 10:00 - 14:00; free admission).QI‑7, ul. Kanonicza 19-21, tel. (+48) 12 421 89 63, www. muzeumkra.diecezja.pl. Open 10:00 - 16:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 15:00. Closed Mon. Admission 7/5zł, family ticket 15zł. Guided tours 60zł. YN BISHOP ERAZM CIOŁEK PALACE This early 14th century palace is one of the most outstanding buildings in Kraków; in fact, at the time it was built, the palace was second in splendour to only Wawel itself. Thoroughly restored, today it is one of the most modern and impressive branches of the Kraków National Museum, housing three permanent exhibitions: Kraków Within Your Reach, Art of Old Poland from the 12th to 18th Centuries, and Orthodox Art of the Old Polish Republic. The first is a basement repository of local architectural sculpture fragments, while the latter two consist almost entirely of sacral art from before the idea of ‘art’ was applied to non-religious subject matter (how many centuries did that take?). Most of it came directly out of Kraków’s own churches or others in the region, and is admittedly superb, if that’s your thing. If not, you’ll likely still find yourself impressed by the surroundings and high-quality displays.QI‑7, ul. Kanonicza 17, tel. (+48) 12 433 59 20, www.mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission 9/5zł, family ticket 19zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sun free. U
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December 2017 – January 2018
Old Town Museums CELESTAT This rather bonkers branch of the Kraków History Museum, located in a small park near the bus station, is dedicated to the history of the uniquely Cracovian ‘Fowler Brotherhood’ - essentially a male-only cult of hunters and marksmen who wear strange hats, worship a silver chicken and have their very own king. In existence since the end of the 13th century, the history of the Brotherhood and their role in the defence of the city is laid out courtesy of a series of oil paintings, guns, teapots, photographs and other relics, while inside the Sharpshooters’ Hall you’ll see the object of their adoration - a mystical silver chicken from the 16th century. There’s plenty of fodder for a parody here (the cock jokes literally write themselves), but this year Celestat has the honour of hosting the History Museum’s popular annual Christmas Cribs Exhibition. One of Krakow’s most unique and cherished Christmas traditions, these strange amalgamations of a gaudy gingerbread house, dollhouse and nativity scene (or something like that) will be on display from December 11th until February 25th (open every day 09:00 - 18:00; ticket price unknown at press time); don’t miss it.QL‑4, ul. Lubicz 16, tel. (+48) 12 429 37 91, www.mhk.pl. Open 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Admission 8/6zł, family ticket 16zł, Tue free. Y CZARTORYSKI MUSEUM - ARSENAL This small branch of the National Museum is a satellite of the Czartoryski Museum - whose primary branch across the street remains closed. Originally built in the mid15th century, this space once stored the city’s armoury, munitions, cannons and gunpowder. In the 1800s it was rebuilt and expanded into its current neo-Gothic state to hold the vast library and collections of the Czartoryski Princes, until the collection was moved across the street to ul. Św. Marka 17 (J-5) in the 1960s. Since then Kraków’s former Arsenal has been used to showcase various segments of the famous Czartoryski collection, including a long stint as the Gallery of Ancient Art. Now home to temporary, but rather long-running exhibits, the Arsenal currently harbours ‘Treasures of the Czartoryski Collection’ - which displays the collection’s most valuable artistic and historical artefacts.QJ‑4, ul. Pijarska 8, tel. (+48) 12 370 54 60, www.mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission 17/11zł, family ticket 29zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free. Y EUROPEUM CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN CULTURE Located in a 17th century granary on formerly-forgotten Sikorski Square, this branch of the National Museum was opened in 2013 and houses the city’s large collection of European painting and sculpture, in addition to hosting lectures, concerts and other events. Displaying Lorenzo Lotto’s 1507 The Adoration of the Infant Jesus - the consensus ‘most-valuable foreign work’ in the possession of Kraków’s National Museum, other highlights include John the Baptist Preaching by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, The Crucifixion by Paolo Veneziano, and more early Renaissance Italian paintings. While we’re happy to see this collection 82 Kraków In Your Pocket
Old Town Museums find a permanent home, those who have seen their share of European art museums can probably justify skipping it.QH‑5, Pl. Sikorskiego 6, tel. (+48) 12 433 57 60, www. mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission 9/5zł; family ticket 19zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sun free for permanent exhibitions. Y HIPOLIT HOUSE The Hipolits were a merchant family who lived in this fine building around the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries, though the building dates back considerably further than that. The inside has been transformed into a series of recreations of typical Polish bourgeois living spaces from the 17th to early 20th century, and is interesting for the insights it gives into how the other half lived as well as being a showcase for some truly remarkable furniture and antiques. Worth a visit.QJ‑5, Pl. Mariacki 3, tel. (+48) 12 422 42 19, www.mhk.pl. Open 09:00 - 16:00; Thu 12:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon,Tue. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing. Admission 9/7zł, family ticket 18zł. Wed free. Y HISTORY MUSEUM Established in 1899, Kraków’s History Museum - also known as Krzysztofory Palace - has undergone an extensive transformation over the last several years, including the renovation of the 17th century Baroque building that houses it, the complete digitisation of the museum collection, and the opening of an ambitious new permanent exhibit. Cyberteka. Kraków - Time & Space chronicles the spatial and urban development of the city from its earliest beginnings until about 1915, via spiffy multimedia displays and 3D films (note this exhibit is free on Tues). Krzysztofory Palace is also home to a large museum shop with lots of souvenirs, posters, books and other information available.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 35, tel. (+48) 12 619 23 35, www.mhk.pl. Open 10:00 - 17:30. Closed Mon. Admission 12/8zł, family ticket 24zł. Y HOME ARMY MUSEUM This beautifully restored 3-floor red-brick railway building has been adapted (including a gorgeous glass atrium) to house the Home Army Museum - documenting the size, organisation and efforts of Poland’s underground military resistance from the time of the failed September campaign of 1939 to the underground armed forces official disbanding in 1945. The Home Army’s continuing fight for freedom within the country’s two occupied zones (Nazi and Soviet) is one of World War II’s less acknowledged aspects, and though this enormous museum goes to great length to demonstrate that Poland’s government, military and civilian population never surrendered, the sprawling exhibits are confusing and chaotically organised; as a result you may want to dish out the 100zł (plus ticket price) for a guided tour. Nevertheless it’s a must for those interested in WWII history, and you should reserve at least two hours for visiting.QK‑2, ul. Wita Stwosza 12, tel. (+48) 12 410 07 70, www.muzeum-ak.pl. Open 11:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon. Last entrance 1 hour before closing. Admission 13/7zł. Sun free for permanent exhibit. YU iyp.me/polandblog
December 2017 – January 2018
Old Town Museums KOŚCIUSZKO MOUND
History produces few men like Tadeusz Kościuszko (17461817). Having fought with distinction in the American War of Independence before inspiring a valiant Insurrection against foreign rule in Poland, this relentless freedomfighter was described by Thomas Jefferson as ‘the purest son of liberty that I have ever known.’ Upon his passing, such was the people’s love that they proposed to honour him with a monument in the tradition of the prehistoric mounds of King Krak (p.108) and Wanda (p.113) - and to make it the grandest in Kraków. Construction of an artificial burial mound atop Bronisława Hill in Zwierzyniec began with a mass, followed by speeches; artefacts from Kościuszko’s illustrious life were placed, including soil from his many battlefields, before friends, statesmen and foreign dignitaries dumped the first wheelbarrows of dirt. For the next three years people of all ages brought soil from their villages to add to the mound. Though a committee was formed for its oversight, the work was all done voluntarily. Officially completed in November 1823, Kościuszko Mound stands 34m high, 326m above sea level, and on a clear day the Tatra Mountains can be seen from the top. In the 1850s the occupying Austrian military authorities built a brick fortress around the Mound, which they used as a strategic lookout point. The Germans later threatened to level the entire site during WWII as they set about destroying all Polish national symbols (along with 3 million Polish Jews). Though parts of the fortress were destroyed, the complex has been restored and significant engineering improvements have been made to ensure its longevity. Climbing to the peak is tiring work, but the panoramic views are a worthwhile reward. The surrounding fortifications also house two cafes, a radio station, chapel, restaurant, wax museum and five additional historical exhibitions. Admission to all exhibits is included with admission to the Mound. To get there take trams 1 or 6 to ‘Salwator,’ from which it’s a lovely 1.6km walk up ul. Św Bronisława. The walk is all uphill though, so if you’re awaiting a hip replacement you might want to take bus 100 from there to the top instead. Or a cab from the Old Town is about 30zł.QA‑7, Al. Waszyngtona 1, tel. (+48) 12 425 11 16, www.kopieckosciuszki.pl. Mound open 09:00 until dusk, exhibits open 09:30 - 15:00. Last entrance 30mins before closing. Admission 14/10zł, family ticket 30-40zł. Y 84 Kraków In Your Pocket
HUTTEN-CZAPSKI MUSEUM Located in a 19th century neo-Renaissance palace in the very centre of Kraków, this branch of the Kraków National Museum houses a comprehensive collection of Polish ‘numismatics’ - that is, antique Polish coins, banknotes and medals. The collection of Emeryk Hutten-Czapski, who once owned the place, also includes old books, manuscripts, maps and other national memorabilia from the medieval period to today. The displays are gorgeous and additional info (in Polish and English) about each artefact is conveyed via touchscreen computers. Guarded by a fantastic gargoyle out front, the palace and gardens have been stunningly restored, and April 2016 saw the opening of the Józef Czapski Pavilion - separate modern exhibition hall behind the main palace, and home to a biographical exhibit about Józef Czapski (artist, author, patriot and grandson of Emeryk), plus temporary exhibits. Your ticket is good for both, but despite the world-class displays, this one should probably be reserved for die hard Polish patriots with a fascination for coin collecting. Is that you?QH‑6, ul. Piłsudskiego 12, tel. (+48) 12 433 58 40, www.mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission 9/5zł, family ticket 19zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sunday free for permanent exhibitions. Y JAN MATEJKO HOUSE Jan Matejko was Poland’s greatest historical painter whose work and life is honoured in the house where he was born, lived and would eventually die in the 1890s. As well as some witty imaginings of Kraków medieval life, studies for gargoyles, and collections of Renaissance furniture and antique guns and ammo, the minutiae of Matejko’s life is preserved, right down to his eyeglasses in this relatively small museum. A fascinating tribute to a genuine Polish master, and a man of many parts, fans of Matejko should definitely visit the 19th Century Polish Art Gallery (p.80) where many of his greatest works are displayed. QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 41, tel. (+48) 12 433 59 60, www. mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission 9/5zł, family ticket 19zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sun free for permanent exhibitions. Y
Józef Czapski Pavilion
Photo MNK, Miroslaw Zak
Old Town Museums JÓZEF CZAPSKI PAVILION Opened in April 2016, this modern building behind the Hutten-Czapski Palace is dedicated to Józef Czapski - an exiled Polish painter, writer, art critic, intellectual, and grandson of Emeryk Hutten-Czapski (whose famous coin collection is on display 100m away). The small permanent exhibit is a biographical look at his life via video interviews, archival materials and the personal effects he left to the city upon his passing in 1993. Though Czapski may be completely unknown, and his artistic-literary legacy difficult to ascertain, it is his role as a witness to history that makes this museum most worthwhile. Fantastic archival footage (subtitled in English) explains the evolving geopolitical climate in Europe during Czapski’s lifetime, and shape his story into one that represents not one man, but an entire generation of Poles - the educated class that was obliterated in the fields of Katyń and fires of the Warsaw Uprising, or somehow survived only to be exiled or imprisoned by the communist regime that followed WWII. Czapski’s story also reveals the almost disgusting cyclical nature of history and politics, and the destructive folly of nationalism - a lesson as necessary today as ever. Though small, it is easy to spend hours here exploring the multimedia exhibits, or sitting in the cafe. Tickets are also valid for the Hutten-Czapski Museum next door.QH‑6, ul. Piłsudskiego 12, tel. (+48) 12 433 58 40, www. mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission 9/5zł, family ticket 19zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sunday free for permanent exhibitions. Y JÓZEF MEHOFFER HOUSE Mehoffer was one of the turn of the 20th century’s artistic elite, a skilled stained-glass artist collaborating with Wyspiański on the interiors of numerous Kraków churches, as well as his own installations across Galicia. This, his house, was where the artists of the Młoda Polska (Young Poland) movement often met and is a delight to visit, filled with elegant furnishings, Art Deco to impressionist-era art and many sketches, designs and finished stained glass pieces that attest to his important artistic legacy.QH‑5, ul. Krupnicza 26, tel. (+48) 12 433 58 80, www.mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 16:00, Thu 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon. Admission 9/5zł, family ticket 19zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sun free. Y MICET (INTERACTIVE THEATRE MUSEUM) This new name-challenged museum in the basements of the Stary Teatr (Old Theatre) presents the theatre’s achievements through a digital archive, pays homage to theatre as a Polish cultural institution, and allows visitors to experience some of the technical aspects of theatrical production. Certainly the most hi-tech museum in Kraków, the whole experience is conducted through interactive apps, touch-screen displays, tablets and other digital exhibits. Your interest in the museum will depend entirely on your willingness to participate in its tech-savvy displays, and your visit necessarily begins with a guide showing you around and explaining how to interact with the exhibits. iyp.me/polandblog
December 2017 – January 2018
Old Town Museums LADY WITH A WEASEL Kraków’s prized art piece is Lady With an Ermine - one of only three oil paintings by Leonardo da Vinci in the world, and a sentimental favourite of Poles, reproduced and hung in many a home. Leonardo’s Lady has a chequered history; when she isn’t entertaining she always seems to be on the run or in hiding somewhere. For centuries she was off the map completely, before having a rendezvous with Prince Adam Czartoryski during his Italian holiday in 1800. Gentleman that he was, he brought her home to his native Poland, where she was part of the family until escaping to Paris in 1830 during the Warsaw Insurrection. The Lady later returned to Poland in 1876 moving into what would become her official address in Kraków’s Czartoryski Museum, only to be captured by the Nazis and moved to Berlin. In 1946 the Americans rescued her and returned her to Kraków where she is today one of the city’s most beloved treasures. Following an extended residence at Wawel, Leonardo’s Lady has again changed addresses to the main branch of the National Museum (G-6, p.86) for the foreseeable future. Hosting company in her own private room, alongside in-depth information about her chequered past, a ticket to the temporary exhibit ‘#dziedzictwo’ or the Gallery of Applied Arts is required, and visitors are limited to 20 at a time.
KRAKÓW NATIONAL MUSEUM Visitors should note that all branches of the National Museum are free on Sundays, and students under 26 (with proper ID) pay only 1zł all other days. Also, ambitious tourists can buy one ticket that is valid for all branches for six months for only 35/28zł; that’s a heck of a deal and includes the 19th Century Polish Art Gallery, Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace, Czartoryski Museum, Europeum, Gallery of Ancient Art, Hutten-Czapski Palace, Józef Czapski Pavilion, Jan Matejko House, Józef Mehoffer House, and the National Museum - Main Branch. To learn about some of the current temporary exhibits in these museum branches, visit our What’s On section (p.16). Also note that all branches will be closed December 25 and 26, and January 1. 86 Kraków In Your Pocket
Using apps at various stations you can compose your own music for a production, change the lighting, sound and music on a stage, or explore a ‘virtual dressing room’ that acquaints you with iconic stage costumes. Perhaps the most challenging is a private room where you’re encouraged to record a video of yourself taking on a role, which you can then email to yourself. Impressively designed and entirely in English, quite a lot of money was spent on this, from the tablets and Beats headphones to the loads of programming, and a technician is actually on-hand to keep it working smoothly. White, minimal and devoid of objects, it’s all quite soulless considering the subject, and certainly not to all tastes (we saw several couples walk in, get the tour, and then walk right out). But we know of nothing comparable, and for aspiring actors, technicians, set and costume designers and general lovers of theatre, we can’t really imagine anything better.QI‑5, ul. Jagiellońska 1, tel. (+48) 12 292 75 12, www.micet.pl. Open 11:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon. Admission 12/8zł. U NATIONAL MUSEUM, MAIN BUILDING Far from being the shoeless peasants many cynical historians would have us believe, previous generations of Poles have in fact excelled in the arts, and Kraków’s National Museum showcases many superb examples of their work. In addition to hosting consistently world-class temporary exhibits (for which separate tickets are required, admission varies), the museum also houses fine permanent collections of Polish applied arts and weaponry; unfortunately, the fantastic 20th-century Polish Art exhibition has been closeted to make way for a major exhibit on Stanisław Wyspiański (whose epic monument stands outside the entrance); the largest-ever display of this massively influential artist’s work, the exhibit of over 500 pieces includes drawings, paintings, pastels, and even personal effects (admission 20/10zł, family ticket 25zł). One of the museum’s biggest treasures is Leonardo da Vinci’s famous oil painting Lady With an Ermine (see box to the left); beloved by locals, the painting is displayed in its own separate room (a ticket for either the temporary ‘#dziedzictwo’ exhibit, or the Gallery of Applied Art is required). One of the city’s largest museums, you’d be wise to focus on what you’re most interested in; to see it all would take the entire day. The museum also houses a small shop and cafe.QG‑6, Al. 3 Maja 1, tel. (+48) 12 433 55 00, www.mnk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission for permanent exhibits 10/8zł, family ticket 17zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sun free. Admission for all permanent and temporary exhibits (including Wyspiański and Lady with an Ermine) 40/20zł, family ticket 55zł. YU PHARMACY MUSEUM Located inside a wonderful 15th-century building, Kraków’s brilliant Pharmacy Museum is laid out over five floors and includes all manner of exhibits from full-scale reproductions of ancient apothecary shops to some beastly snakes in jars and, on the top floor, a really good display of traditional herbal medicines. Also of note is an exhibit dedicated to iyp.me/krakow
Old Town Museums
the extraordinary and brave Pole, Tadeusz Pankiewicz, who operated a pharmacy in the Kraków Ghetto during WWII. Overall, this surprising museum is a lot more interesting than it sounds.QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 25, tel. (+48) 12 421 92 79, www.muzeumfarmacji.pl. Open 10:00 - 14:30, Tue 12:00 - 18:30. Closed Mon, Sun. Last entrance 45 minutes before closing. Admission 9/6zł. N RYNEK UNDERGROUND This hi-tech and highly popular museum takes visitors four metres under the surface of the market square to explore the recently excavated medieval merchant stalls that predate today’s Cloth Hall, and to experience the city’s entire history - from its first settlers right up today over the course of some 6,000 metres of multimedia exhibits. Because of the museum’s popularity, and the fact that it is limited to only 300 people at a time, timed tickets should be bought in advance to avoid long queues or the disappointment of no ticket availability. This can be done either online or from the information office confusingly located on the opposite side of the Cloth Hall from the museum entrance. The actual museum entrance is located on the side opposite St. Mary’s Basilica, of course, and once you’ve negotiated the scrum of getting inside your experience begins with a short film projected on a wall of smoke, before following the trail of truly remarkable exhibits displayed in what is essentially an archaeological site. Relying heavily on touch-screens and holograms, highlights include a fascinating look into life before Kraków received its charter and the market square was laid out, displays on trade and transport in the city, a fantastic area for kids that includes a performance by automated puppets, and the remains of an 11th-century cemetery replete with ‘vampire prevention burials’ (seriously). Visitors should also reserve time to view the excellent series of short, subtitled documentaries covering different ages of Krakow’s history at the end of the tour route. In addition to the multilingual displays, audio guides are available in English, German, French, Russian, Italian and Spanish.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 1, tel. (+48) 12 426 50 60, www.mhk.pl. Open 10:00 20:00; Tue 10:00 - 16:00; closed 2nd Mon of each month. Last entrance 75mins before closing. Admission 19/16zł, family ticket 38 zł, Tue free. Audioguide 5zł. Y iyp.me/polandblog
December 2017 – January 2018
Old Town Museums MANGGHA
Located across the river from Wawel in Dębniki, The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art & Technology (to use its full name) has many hats - including performance hall, Japanese cultural centre, sushi bar and home to local legend Feliks Jasieński’s fabulous 6,500-piece collection of Japanese artefacts. The exceedingly modern building was funded by legendary Polish film director Andrzej Wajda upon winning the Kyoto city prize in 1987, and 2015 saw the opening of the adjacent European - Far East Gallery, which has doubled the space for temporary exhibits, several of which are on at any given time (check their website for specifics).QH‑8, ul. Konopnickiej 26, tel. (+48) 12 267 27 03, www.manggha.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon. Admission 20/15zł, family ticket 35zł, kids 7-16 1zł (does not apply to groups), kids under 7 free, group ticket 100zł (5-30 people), Tue free. Guided tours 100zł. STAINED GLASS MUSEUM Located in the premises of S.G. Żeleński’s historic stained glass studio, this ‘living museum’ offers the truly unique opportunity of visiting an active stained glass workshop, where you’ll witness masters at work, learn the artistic process involved in producing large-scale glass installations, and see some superb designs and examples of finished works from throughout the over hundred-year history of the studio. Known as the ‘cradle of Polish stained glass art,’ Żeleński opened this studio in 1902 as a place for the best artists of the Młoda Polska/Art Nouveau era to meet and work, including such luminaries as Wyspiański, Mehoffer and Stefan Matejko (nephew of Jan). Many of PL’s most outstanding examples of stained glass were created here, and today the studio remains the largest of its kind in the country. Visiting is only possible with a guide and the approximately 45-min tour is offered hourly in Polish (at :30 past the hour) and English (on the hour); stained glass workshops (make your own souvenir!) can also be arranged (in Polish, English, French, Italian or Russian). The museum now also includes a cafe and gift shop where you can pick up beautiful stained glass pieces created on-site in the workshop. Absolutely worth a visit for fans of the medium, as well as Art Nouveau enthusiasts. QG‑6, Al. Krasińskiego 23, tel. (+48) 512 93 79 79, www. stainedglass.pl. Open 12:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Sun, Museum will be closed Dec. 22-23. Guided tours 34/26zł per person in English; 27/20zł in Polish. 88 Kraków In Your Pocket
ULICA POMORSKA & FORMER GESTAPO CELLS Consisting of two separate exhibits, Ulica Pomorska offers the most chilling museum experience in Kraków (which is saying something). Located in the Dom Śląski, or ‘Silesian House,’ this infamous building became the Kraków headquarters of the Gestapo during WWII, who converted its cellars into detention cells for the interrogation and torture of political prisoners. These cells have been preserved and are free and open to the public as the ‘Former Gestapo Cells’ - immediately to your right as you enter the courtyard. Though the attendant will encourage you to enter straight away, we recommend you begin with the building’s main exhibit ‘People of Krakow in Times of Terror 1939-1945-1956,’ entered via a staircase in the corner of the courtyard. This ambitious and excellent exhibit takes visitors chronologically through the city’s not-so-distant past, illustrating the terror and tyranny of both the Nazi and Stalinist regimes in Kraków through an abundance of documents, photographs, audio recordings and other archival materials. From the first victims executed by the Nazis to the communist show trials of the mid50s, the stories of individual citizens and their varying experiences and reactions to both regimes is revealed in vivid and sometimes distressing detail.
While the broad, more traditional museum presentation of this history is affecting enough, the immediacy of the Gestapo cells is truly haunting. An unimaginable 600 inscriptions scratched into the walls by prisoners awaiting their fate remain intact and provide a shocking, sobering and undeniable account of the suffering of hundreds of Cracovians during Nazi occupation. As you might expect, there are no fairy-tale endings here, so prepare yourself for the blunt force trauma of human tragedy. A worthwhile and memorable experience, reserve at least 90 minutes for visiting. Ulica Pomorska is a 20min walk from the market square, near the tram stop ‘Plac Inwalidów.’QG‑3, ul. Pomorska 2, tel. (+48) 12 633 14 14, www.mhk.pl. Open 09:00 - 16:00; Thu 12:00 - 19:00; Sat, Sun 10:00 - 17:00; Closed Mon. Last entrance 30 mins before closing. Admission 7/5zł, family ticket 14zł, Tue free. Admission to Former Gestapo Cells is free. Y iyp.me/krakow
View of Wawel Hill and the Wisła River | MarcinMrowka, Dollar Photo Club
The glorious ensemble that is Wawel, perched on top of the hill of the same name immediately south of the Old Town (I/J-5), is by far the most important collection of buildings in Poland. A symbol of national pride, hope, selfrule and not least of all fierce patriotism, Wawel offers a uniquely Polish version of the British Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey rolled into one. A gorgeous assortment of predominantly Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture dating from around the 14th century onwards, Wawel is the crown jewel of Kraków’s architectural treasures and required visiting for Poles and foreigners alike. Even for those who know or care little about the country’s past, Poland’s ancient seat of royalty contains a vast wealth of treasures inside its heavily fortified walls that can’t fail to inspire. Made up of the Castle and the Cathedral, of which the former contains most, but by no means all of the exhibitions, Wawel’s must-see highlights include the Cathedral’s mind-boggling interior, a tantalising glimpse of Poland’s very own crown jewels inside the Crown Treasury and, weather permitting, a leisurely stroll around its courtyards and gardens. After the April 2010 Smoleńsk disaster, Wawel’s Royal Crypts became the final resting place of President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria; their tombs are open to the public free of charge. A full tour of Wawel, which is hard work but comes with its own rewards, can take an entire day. Take note, however, that due to the site’s popularity, you’d be wise to reserve tickets for the exhibits you want to see at least one day in advance. 90 Kraków In Your Pocket
WAWEL CASTLE Wawel’s prominence as a centre of political power predates the building of the first Cathedral on the site in 1000AD. Evidence shows that Wawel Hill was being used as a fortified castle before Poland’s first ruler, Mieszko I (circa 962-992) chose Wawel as one of his official residences. The first Polish king crowned in Wawel Cathedral was the teenage Władysław the Short (1306-1333) on January 20, 1319, beginning a tradition that would see a further 35 royal rulers crowned there up until the 17th century. All of these rulers used the Castle as a residence, and all of them added their own architectural details to the building. The moving of the capital to Warsaw in 1596 and Poland’s subsequent decline and partitioning saw the Royal Castle fall into a state of disrepair. The occupying Austrians used it as a military hospital and even went so far as to demolish several buildings including a number of churches on the site. The 20th century saw the Castle change hands on a number of occasions, with the huge ongoing renovation works that continue to this day being halted for a number of reasons, most famously when the Castle was used as the headquarters of the Nazi Governor General, Hans Frank, during the German occupation of WWII. Today’s Castle complex is a beguiling muddle of styles including Medieval, Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque. The inner courtyard with its delightful colonnades is a true architectural masterpiece, and the treasures contained within do much to contribute to Kraków’s rightful status as a truly world-class city.QI‑7, Wawel Hill, tel. (+48) 22 422 51 55 (ext.219), www.wawel.krakow.pl. iyp.me/krakow
Wawel STATE ROOMS The main exhibition of Wawel Castle’s interiors, the spectacular State Rooms include several rooms on the ground floor - all of which have retained their magnificent Renaissance-era timber ceilings - and the guest apartments on the second floor. These are the rooms where the royals once entertained, held court, conducted sessions of the Senate, and hosted guests. Full of luscious oil paintings, intricate 16th-century tapestries, and some truly extraordinary wallpaper, highlights include the Senator’s Hall - the largest room in the castle, which hosted the first royal wedding back in 1518, and the Envoys’ Room - complete with 30 wooden heads on the coffered ceiling (originally there were 194!) and an original throne that really brings the majesty of Poland’s past to life. Absolutely worth visiting, give yourself at least 40mins to take in all the extravagance.QI‑7, Wawel 5, www.wawel.krakow.pl. Open 09:30 - 16:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Last entrance 1 hour before closing. Admission16/9zł. Sun free. ROYAL PRIVATE APARTMENTS The Royal Private Apartments are basically a continuation of the State Rooms tour of the castle’s interiors, and equally stunning, however these rooms can only be accessed on a specially conducted guided tour (available in English or Polish only). Consisting of the royal bedchambers and guest rooms, these rooms on the first floor reveal how the royals lived and arranged their private lives. Packed with delightful Gothic and Renaissance details, your 40-60min guided tour will include the wonderful Guest Bedroom, complete with original Renaissance larch wood ceiling, and the charmingly-named, but mysterious ‘Hen’s Foot’ - two small rooms inside the 14th-century Belvedere Tower, which offer great views of Kraków’s Old Town, but whose original function is unknown.QI‑7, Wawel 5, www.wawel.krakow.pl. Open 09:30 - 16:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Last entrance 1 hour before closing. Admission 21/16zł. CROWN TREASURY & ARMOURY Containing Poland’s very own equivalent of the Crown Jewels among its many wonders, Wawel’s Crown Treasury & Armoury provides a delightful excursion into the world of the sumptuous, extravagant and brutally violent. To the left, the Crown Treasury features several glass cases of golden and bejewelled goblets, platters, coins and other marvels, of which Szczerbiec - the country’s original coronation sword - is the ultimate highlight. To the right the Armoury contains a wealth of weaponry including some exceedingly swanky crossbows and a frightening array of spiky pikes, while the cellar holds a collection of cannons and replicas of the banners captured at the Battle of Grunwald. Be aware that due to conservation works, the number of tickets for sale is limited.QI‑7, Wawel 5, www.wawel.krakow.pl. Open 09:30 - 16:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Last entrance 1 hour before closing. Admission 16/9zł. iyp.me/polandblog
State Rooms, The Senator’s Hall
© Zamek Królewski na Wawelu
INFO & TICKETS WAWEL VISITOR CENTRE Wawel visitor numbers are restricted and tickets are timed in an attempt to prevent overcrowding. To guarantee entry as well as avoiding the need to stand in long queues, call tel. 12 422 16 97 to reserve tickets for the exhibition you want to see at least one day before you visit. Tickets should be collected at the Wawel Visitor Centre Reservation Office at least 30mins before the reserved tour time. All exhibits are self-guided except for the Royal Apartments, however foreign language guides can be arranged at extra cost if done in advance. In addition to ticket sales and pickup, the Visitor Centre is also the place to get more info about various seasonal and theme tours on offer, pick up free maps or make use of the small post office, gift shop, cafe/restaurant and toilets.QI‑8, Wawel 5, tel. (+48) 12 422 51 55 (ext. 219), www.wawel.krakow. pl. Open 09:00 - 14:45, Sun 09:30 - 14:45. Closed Mon. CATHEDRAL TICKET OFFICE The Cathedral and the Castle have different ticket offices. Tickets for the Cathedral can be purchased only in the ticket office directly opposite the Cathedral entrance. While entrance to the actual cathedral itself is free you will need a ticket to enter the adjoining Royal Crypts and Sigismund Bell tower. A single ticket covers these as well as the Cathedral Museum. Audioguides are recommended to make the most of the experience, and can be rented here for 7/5zł (in Polish, English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Czech, French and Hungarian).QI‑7, Wawel 3, tel. (+48) 12 429 95 15, www.katedra-wawelska. pl. Open 09:00 - 15:30, Sun 12:30 - 15:30. Tickets covering the Cathedral Museum, Royal Crypts and Sigismund Bell cost 12/7zł. Note that the Cathedral Museum is closed Sun, but your ticket is valid to visit another day. December 2017 – January 2018
Wawel LOST WAWEL Essentially an archaeological and architectural reserve, the smartly conceived and executed exhibits here focus on the restored remains of the Rotunda of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Kraków’s first church, and the most wellpreserved pre-Romanesque church in PL, as well as the former royal kitchens and coach house. Visitors will also see several lapidariums of early stonework, a collection of colourful Renaissance tiles, scale models, and virtual reconstructions of what Wawel Hill looked like over one thousand years ago.QI‑7, Wawel 5, www.wawel.krakow.pl. Open 09:30 - 16:00; Sat, Sun 10:00 - 16:00; closed Mon. Last entrance 1 hour before closing. Admission 8/5zł, Sun free (tickets still required on free admission days - check ticket office for availability). ORIENTAL ART This exhibit in the western wing of the castle comprises art from the Near East which was highly prized and fashionable amongst the Polish nobility as it entered the kingdom via military and trade contact with Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus and Crimea. Visitors will see unique collections of Chinese ceramic and Japanese porcelain, but the part of the exhibit that makes it essential are the trophies, banners, weapons and other artefacts captured during King Jan Sobieski III’s famous victory over the Turkish army at Vienna in 1683, including Ottoman commander Kara Mustapha Para’s sabre. QI‑7, Wawel 5, www.wawel.krakow.pl. Entrance at 11:00 and 14:00 only. Closed Mon, Sun. Admission 7/4zł.
WAWEL CATHEDRAL The scene of the crowning of almost every Polish king and queen throughout history, the current Wawel Cathedral is the third to be built on the site. The first cathedral was built of wood, probably around 1020, but certainly after the founding of the Bishopric of Kraków in 1000AD. Destroyed by fire it was replaced by a second cathedral that subsequently burnt down again. The current building was consecrated in 1364 and built on the orders of Poland’s first king to be crowned at Wawel, Władysław the Short (aka. Władysław the Elbow-high, 1306-1333), who was crowned among the charred rubble of its predecessor in 1319. Considered the most important single building in Poland, Wawel’s extraordinary Cathedral contains much that is original, although many glorious additions have been made over the centuries. Arguably not as stunning as that of its cousin St. Mary’s on the Rynek, the interior of Wawel Cathedral more than makes up for its visual shortcomings thanks to the sheer amount of history packed inside. At its centre is the imposing tomb of the former Bishop of Kraków, St. Stanisław (1030-1079), a suitably grand monument dedicated to the controversial cleric after whom the Cathedral is dedicated. Boasting 18 chapels, all of them about as ostentatious as you’re ever likely to see, of particular interest is the 15th-century Chapel of the Holy Cross, found to the right as you enter and featuring some wonderful Russian murals as well as Veit Stoss’ 1492 marble sarcophagus to Kazimierz IV. If you’re willing to spend the 12/7zł, the Royal Crypts in the basement offer a cold and atmospheric diversion as the final resting place of kings and statesmen, while at the top of a gruelling wooden series of staircases is the vast, 12.6 tonne Sigismund Bell - so loud it can supposedly be heard 30km away.QI‑7, Wawel 3, tel. (+48) 12 429 33 27, www.katedra-wawelska.pl. Open 09:00 - 16:00, Sun 12:30 - 16:00. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing. Admission free.
The Renaissance courtyard at Wawel © efektstudio80 - dollarphotoclub
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Wawel ROYAL CRYPTS While all Poland’s pre-16th kings were buried beneath or within their hulking sarcophagi still on view in the Cathedral today, that trend stopped in 1533 when King Sigismund I had his wife interred in a purpose-built underground vault. He joined her in 1548 and the crypts were expanded in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries to house the remains of nine more Polish kings, their wives and, in some cases, their children thereafter. Upon the demise of the monarchy (and kingdom itself), the honour was extended to statesmen with Prince Józef Poniatowski (1817), Tadeusz Kościuszko (1818), poets Adam Mickiewicz (1890) and Juliusz Słowacki (1923), Józef Piłsudski (1935) and General Władysław Sikorski (1993) all securing themselves a place here. Most recently - in April of 2010 - the late President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria were controversially interred here after the tragedy in Smoleńsk; admission to their tomb (and that of Piłsudski) is free. Descend the stairs inside the Cathedral into the remarkably chilly chambers, beginning with the 11th century St. Leonard’s Crypt - the best Romanesque interior in PL; the exit deposits you back outside.QI‑7, Wawel 3, tel. (+48) 12 429 33 21, www.katedra-wawelska.pl. Open 09:00 - 16:00, Sun 12:30 - 16:00. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing. Admission 12/7zł. SIGISMUND BELL Follow the crowds up many gruelling flights of stairs to reach the infamous Sigismund Bell - a resounding symbol of Polish nationalism ala Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell. The largest of five bells hanging in the same tower, Sigismund’s Bell weighs in at an astounding 12.6 total tonnes (9650 kgs just for the bell itself), measures 241cm in height, 242cm in diametre and varies from 7 to 21cm thick. The bronze beauty was cast in 1520 on the orders of King Sigismund I and is adorned in reliefs of St. Stanisław and St. Sigismund as well as the coat of arms of Poland and Lithuania. Rung to this day on religious and national holidays, as well as significant moments in history (like the funeral of late President Lech Kaczyński and his wife) the bell’s peal can be heard 30km (186 miles) away and is quite an enterprise to ring, requiring twelve bell-tollers who are actually lifted from the ground by the bell’s force. The entrance is within the Cathedral and tickets (good for the Royal Crypts as well) are purchased at the ticket office across from the Cathedral entrance.QI‑7, Wawel 3, tel. (+48) 12 429 33 21, www. katedra-wawelska.pl. Open 09:00 - 16:00, Sun 12:30 - 16:00. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing. Admission 12/7zł. CATHEDRAL MUSEUM Opened in 1978 by Karol Wojtyła just before he became Pope John Paul II, the fabulous Cathedral Museum features a wealth of religious and secular items dating from the 13th century onwards, all related to the ups and downs of the Cathedral next door. Among its most valuable possessions is the sword deliberately snapped into three pieces at the funeral of the Calvinist king, Zygmunt August (1548-1572) - the last of the Jagiellonian dynasty, as well as all manner of coronation robes and royal insignias to boot. A large monument of Pope JPII stands outside the entrance.QI‑7, Wawel 2, tel. (+48) 12 429 33 21, www.katedra-wawelska.pl. Open 09:00 - 16:00, closed Sun. Last entrance 30mins before closing. iyp.me/polandblog
THE WAWEL DRAGON
Standing on the Wisła riverbank in the shade of Wawel Castle (I-7) is a rather ugly likeness of the Wawel Dragon (Smok Wawelski), who - according to local legend - once reposed in the large cave behind him when not out and about in town scarfing up virgins and sheep. Finally vanquished when he was tricked into eating a bag of sulphur, this monument in his honour was unveiled in 1972 to a design by the local artist Bronisław Chromy. Extremely popular with the kids you’ll find climbing all over it, it was once possible to send Smok an SMS which would send him into fits of fire-breathing bliss, however he now does it without checking his phone first, so just be patient and don’t look down his throat. Outside the entrance of Wawel Cathedral (I-7), you may also notice an odd collection of massive bones chained up on the left outside the entrance. While legend obviously purports these to be the bones of Wawel’s fearsome dragon, more conventional wisdom has claimed they might be parts belonging to a blue whale, woolly mammoth, rhinoceros, or all three. At any rate, they haven’t been removed and inspected for centuries due to their magical properties, which are credited with protecting the city from destruction during centuries of Polish partition and particularly during WWII when almost every other major city in Poland got pancaked.QI‑8. December 2017 – January 2018
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Kazimierz Walking Tour Kazimierz – the district south of the Old Town between ul. Dietla to the north and the Wisła River to the south was the centre of Jewish life in Kraków for over 500 years, before it was systematically destroyed during World War II. In the communist era Kazimierz became one of Kraków’s dodgiest districts while gradually falling into disrepair. Rediscovered in the 1990s, thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure through the lens of Steven Spielberg, Kazimierz began its rebound and is today arguably Kraków’s most exciting district – a bustling, bohemian neighbourhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafes, art shops and galleries. Well-known for its associations with Schindler and Spielberg, traces of Kazimierz’s Jewish history have not only survived, but literally abound in the form of the district’s numerous synagogues and Jewish cemeteries. In fact, no other place in Europe conveys a sense of pre-war Jewish culture better than Kazimierz. As a result, the district has become a major tourist draw and pilgrimage site for Jews, and contemporary Jewish culture has gradually returned to prove that there’s more to Kazimierz than just sepia photographs and old synagogues. In addition to Jewish culture, however, here you’ll find the heart of Kraków’s artistic, bohemian character behind the wooden shutters of dozens of antique shops and art galleries. Peeling façades and obscure courtyards hide dozens of bars and cafes, many affecting an air of pre-war timelessness. Centred around the former Jewish square now known as Plac Nowy, Kazimierz has emerged as the city’s best destination for café culture, street food and nightlife. Alternative, edgy and packed with oddities, Kazimierz is an essential point of interest to any visitor.
WALKING TOUR IYP’s Kazimierz walking tour weaves you through the district between its major points of interest, beginning at ‘Stradom’ - exactly one tram stop south of Wawel, and ending at Plac Wolnica, from which point you’re well-positioned to carry on into Podgórze across the river (p.103). The trail is exactly 1.5km and can be done in as little as 30 minutes if you refuse to take more than a passing interest in anything; for those that have the time to spend we reckon it will comfortably occupy a few hours.
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Today a major traffic artery through the city, until 1878 ul. Dietla was a swampy tributary of the Wisła before then-mayor Józef Dietl (hence the name) had it filled and turned into a green beltway. Though war damages, the addition of vehicular lanes and eventually a tramline in 1970 have lessened its appeal as a park, ul. Dietla remains a landmark street lined with imposing tenement buildings, many of them built by wealthy Jewish merchants. As you cross, look back to where you got off the tram which is directly below the Ohrenstein house (ul. Dietla 42) - this five-storey tenement building was built between 1911 and 1913 and was the city’s largest pre-war tenement building; a spire at its peak was taken down by the Nazis.QJ‑8. UL. MEISELSA Following the prescribed trail brings you to ul. Meiselsa, or ‘ulica Rabina Beera Meiselsa’ to give it its full due, so named after Dow Ber Meisels - Chief Rabbi of Kraków from 1832 to 1856, and then Chief Rabbi of Warsaw until his death in 1870. Deeply involved in local politics, Meisels was a Polish patriot and nationalist who fought to abolish discriminatory laws against Jews, was vocal about PolishJewish cooperation and supported Polish independence. In Kraków with Catholic support he served on the Senate and even represented the city in sessions of the Austrian Parliament in Vienna. In Warsaw his outspoken support for the Polish cause leading up to the January 1863 Uprising led to persecution from the Russian government and multiple periods of forced exile; his funeral in 1870 became a large Polish-Jewish demonstration against Russian rule. At the symbolically loaded corner of ul. Meiselsa and ul. Bożego Ciało (Corpus Christi Street), Judaism and Christianity inexplicably intersect in a mural of Gene Kelly singing in the rain, before you reach a picturesque passageway on the right made famous in scenes from Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (ul. Meiselsa 17). Next door is Mleczarnia - the neighbourhood’s best beer garden (sadly closed for the season) - before reaching the Judaica Foundation and Plac Nowy.QJ/K‑8.
An incredibly self-contained and densely pack little neighbourhood, you could obviously start at any point on the map, but for our purposes we begin the route as a logical extension of our Old Town Walking Tour (p.70) and an exploration of Wawel (p.90, not that you could do all that in one day). A less than ten-minute walk from Wawel Castle, or a trip on trams 6, 8, 10, 13, 18 or 73, will deposit you at the threshold of Kazimierz at the stop ‘Stradom;’ though the north and southbound stops are a full block apart, if you’ve come from the north by simply disembarking the tram and crossing over ul. Dietla you have officially entered Kazimierz. iyp.me/polandblog
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Kazimierz Walking Tour 2 PLAC NOWY While Kraków’s main square, Rynek Główny, makes all the postcards and photographs, Plac Nowy has established itself as the spiritual centre of Cracovian subculture. Lacking the splendour of the Old Town, Plac Nowy is actually something of an eyesore – a concrete square lined with cars and filled with food hatches, metal market stalls and rat-like pigeons. If you want something completely different from the Old Town, however, here it is.
Incorporated into the Jewish quarter in the late 17th century, Plac Nowy (New Square) didn’t really begin assuming its shape until the early 19th century, with its central landmark, the Okrąglak (rotunda), added as late as 1900. For generations this square was referred to by locals as Plac Żydowski (Jewish Square); not only was it the primary marketplace of the Jewish quarter, but the rotunda served as a ritual slaughterhouse for poultry right up until Nazi occupation. Today butcher shops still occupy the interior, but the real activity is outside where hungry locals of every ilk line-up in front of hole-in-the-wall food hatches to enjoy the best ‘zapiekanki’ (p.26) in Poland. Essentially a French bread pizza with the toppings of your choice, visiting Kraków without eating a Plac Nowy zapiekanka would be like visiting Dublin without having a Guinness.
1 JUDAICA FOUNDATION Located inside a former Jewish prayer house which was in operation from the 1880s up until WWII, this building was saved from ruin, renovated, and opened as a Jewish cultural centre in 1993. Today it subsists on a steady diet of lectures, concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and other events that reflect Jewish life in Poland’s past and present. In the cellar you’ll find an antique store and bookshop full of Judaica, while the ground floor hosts the cafe/bar, whose small rooftop garden (open April to October) is one of Kazimierz’s best-kept secrets.QK‑8, ul. Meiselsa 17, tel. (+48) 12 430 64 49, www.judaica.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 14:00.
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Merchant stalls surround the rotunda, and you’ll find something happening here daily from 07:00 until early afternoon. Fresh produce, sweets and random rubbish are constant guarantees, but weekly highlights include junk/ antique sale Saturdays, Sunday’s clothing market, and Friday morning’s bewildering small critter expo/pigeon fair. A photo essay waiting to happen, arrive between 05:30 and 07:30 to the latter to learn the answer to the riddle, ‘How many rabbits fit in a suitcase?’ As trade dries up for the day the area takes on a new guise: Kraków’s premier pub crawl circuit. Full of shambolic charm, veteran boozers Singer (p.62) and Alchemia (p.57) put Plac Nowy on the nightlife map, and remain the square’s best bets for candlelit, pre-war mystique. In recent years the bars on offer have begun to diversify, but the fact of the matter remains that this bohemian outpost is one of Kraków’s most interesting and exciting nightlife destinations.QK‑8. 3 TEMPLE SYNAGOGUE Exit Plac Nowy stage left via ul. Estery and you’ll run straight into the JCC and adjoining Temple Synagogue. Kazimierz’s newest synagogue dates back to 1862, with several later expansions, the most recent of which was in 1924. Under Nazi occupation the building was used as a warehouse and stables, yet survived the war and regular services were even held here until 1968, before stopping completely a decade later. Since restoration, the gilded woodwork within now plays host to many concerts and occasional religious ceremonies, particularly during the annual Jewish Festival of Culture each summer.QK‑8, ul. Miodowa 24, tel. (+48) 12 430 54 11, www.krakow.jewish.org.pl. Open 10:00 - 16:00; Fri 10:00 - dusk. Closed Sat. Admission 10/5zł.
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Temple Synagogue 4 JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTRE Opened in 2008 by the Prince of Wales, the JCC is the headquarters of Kraków’s surviving and strengthening Jewish community and organises numerous events, lectures, exhibits, tours and community programmes with the aim of rebuilding Jewish life in Kraków. A friendly first point of contact for anyone wanting to know more about Kraków’s Jewish community, walk-ins are welcome; or check their website or FB page to see what’s going on.QK‑8, ul. Miodowa 24, tel. (+48) 12 370 57 75, www.jcckrakow.org. Open 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 11:00 - 18:00. 5 KUPA SYNAGOGUE Continuing down ul. Miodowa you’ll quickly find another synagogue on your right side. The rather unfortunatelynamed Kupa synagogue was founded in 1643, using funds from the local kahal/qahal (mi-kupat ha-kahal) - the autonomous Jewish government - which we’re told explains where the name comes from, but doesn’t change the fact that ‘kupa’ means ‘poop’ in Polish (oh well). Designed in the Baroque style with a square prayer room, the synagogue shared a wall with the original Kazimierz city defensive walls, which can still be seen today. During the war it was looted and many architectural elements were destroyed, including the bimah. Restored in 2002, the richly decorated interior features ceiling paintings of Biblical scenes and holy places done by an unknown artist in the 1920s, as well as zodiac symbols on the balcony. An informational pamphlet in English is available for visitors, and there is also a small photography exhibit in the upstairs women’s gallery.QK‑8, ul. Warszauera 8 (entrance from ul. Miodowa 27), tel. (+48) 12 429 57 35, www.krakow.jewish.org.pl. Open 09:30 - 16:00; Fri 09:30 - dusk. Closed Sat. Admission 5/3zł.
Detail from the ceiling of the Kupa Synagogue
NEW JEWISH CEMETERY
This enormous cemetery was established in 1800 and was the burial ground for many of Kraków’s distinguished Jews in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its story takes on a darker aspect with the decimation of the Jewish population between 1939 and 1945. Many of the tombstones are actually no more than memorials to entire families that were killed in the Holocaust, which now lie in overgrown clusters. The rejuvenation of Kazimierz has not fully penetrated the walls of the New Cemetery, but there are many newlylit candles burning over the headstones. An undeniably evocative place for a reflective walk, please cover your head upon entry.QL‑7, ul. Miodowa 55. Open 0 9:00 - 16:00; closed Sat. December 2017 – January 2018
Kazimierz Walking Tour to create a ‘wailing wall’ along ulica Szeroka. Today the cemetery and synagogue - whose modestly decorated interior features a reconstructed bimah and restored ceiling motifs - are an important pilgrimage site for devout Jews from all over the world.QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 40, tel. (+48) 12 429 57 35. Open 09:00 - 16:00; Fri 09:00 - dusk. Closed Sat. Admission 10/5zł.
UL. SZEROKA Make a right onto ul. Szeroka, perhaps Kazimierz’s most characteristic street, and you’ll walk down a narrow lane which has been staged to resemble a row of prewar Jewish shop fronts (actually the ‘Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu’ restaurant, p.46) before the street opens up into a wide square. Kraków’s very own Broad Street (as the favourite opening joke of local tour guides goes) might differ considerably from its NYC doppelnamer, but the name fits; the street originally served as the town square of a small 12th-century village known as Bawół, which was absorbed into Kazimierz in 1340, a few years after the latter was awarded its charter. In the late 15th century Jews banished from Kraków started settling in this area, and a new synagogue was established on the square for three subsequent centuries. Today the epicentre of Jewish heritage tourism in Kraków, among the main points of interest are a monument of Jan Karski - ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ for his early efforts to alert the Western Allies of the Holocaust - beside the Remuh Synagogue (ul. Szeroka 40), and a 16th-century Jewish bath house (mikvah) located in the basement of what is today the Klezmer Hois hotel and restaurant (ul. Szeroka 6, p.46). At the north end of the square a small patch of grass that was probably established as a cemetery for plague victims is today a memorial and “Place of meditation upon the martyrdom of 65,000 Polish citizens of Jewish nationality from Cracow,” as a large stone monument explains.QK‑8, ul. Szeroka. 6 REMUH SYNAGOGUE & CEMETERY Dating from 1553, this is Kraków’s smallest but most active synagogue, with Shabbat services once again taking place here each Friday following the recent completion of restoration works. The synagogue was established by the family of famous 16th century Polish rabbi Moses Isserles - better known as ‘the Rema,’ based on a Hebrew acronym, and is unique for the proximity of the Old Jewish Cemetery adjacent to it. In use until 1800, this holy burial ground fell into utter ruin during Nazi occupation with only a dozen tombstones surviving WWII in their original state; among them was that of Rabbi Moses Isserles, which many interpreted as proof of his miraculous power. After the war the cemetery was ‘tidied up’ with many of the intact tombstones being rearranged in straight rows, and fragments of those which could not be restored used
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7 POPPER SYNAGOGUE Tucked behind a gated courtyard, nestled between the street’s Jewish restaurants, you’ll find Popper Synagogue the least celebrated of ul. Szeroka’s Jewish places of worship. Built in 1620 by wealthy Jewish merchant Wolf Popper, the building was devastated during WWII such that none of its interiors survived; in fact little is known of them. Converted into a cultural centre (Dom Kultury) during the PRL era, the synagogue was only recently returned to the hands of the Jewish community and is now under the stewardship of Austeria - a publishing house and bookshop specialising in Judaica (literature, history and guide books in a number of languages). A colourful Jewish-themed mural can be found in the courtyard here, and upstairs is a small gallery space with changing exhibits that typically charges admission.QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 16, tel. (+48) 12 430 68 89. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 19:00. 8 OLD SYNAGOGUE Built on the cusp of the 15th and 16th centuries, this is the oldest surviving example of Jewish religious architecture in Poland, and home to a fine series of exhibits that showcase the history and traditions of Polish Judaism. The English explanations assume no great depth of knowledge on the reader’s part and are therefore a perfect primer on the subject. In the midst of all the glass cases stands the bimah enclosed in an elaborate, wrought iron balustrade. There are also changing temporary exhibitions, and the bookshop sells a fine selection of works related to Jewish Kraków in a number of languages.QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 24, tel. (+48) 12 422 09 62, www.mhk.pl. Open 09:00 - 16:00; Mon 10:00 - 14:00; Fri 10:00 - 17:00. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing. Admission 10/8zł, family ticket 20zł, Mon free. Y
Kazimierz Walking Tour 9 ISAAC SYNAGOGUE
Either before or after exploring the Old Synagogue, take a detour down ul. Lemkowa - a small, picturesque lane which leads to the Plac Izaaka food truck square (p.44) directly behind the Isaac Synagogue. Built in the early JudaicBaroque style, the Isaac Synagogue was a gift to the city from Izaak Jakubowicz, and opened in 1644. The design is decoratively endowed with arabesques and arches, yet retains a sober linearity, especially within. There is much to admire, not least the fragments of original wall scriptures. Rabbi Eliezer Gurary runs the place with a smile and is usually on hand to provide information to all comers. A shop inside sells kosher food, sweets, Jewish calendars and other items, and around the back you’ll find Szalom Falafel - Kraków’s only kosher fast food restaurant (ul. Jakuba 21; open 10:00 - 22:00, Sat 17:00 - 22:00, closed Fri). Klezmer concerts take place here at 18:00 every Thu & Sun; tickets 60/40zł.QK‑8, ul. Kupa 18, tel. (+48) 12 430 22 22, www. chabadkrakow.org. Open 08:30 - 18:00, Fri 08:30 - 14:00, closed Sat. Admission 10/5zł. 10 KAZIMIERZ HISTORICAL MURAL
SKAŁKA & THE PAULINE MONASTERY This gorgeous riverside sanctuary is one of the most important religious sites in Poland. It was here that the Bishop of Kraków, Saint Stanisław of Szczepanów, was beheaded on the order of King Bolesław II; soon after, the king was exiled and the royal family fell under a curse. To appease the spirit of the wronged bishop, the family rebuilt this church and made annual pilgrimages here from Wawel to atone for the murder - a tradition which continues to this day each May 8th. Since 1472 a monastic order of Pauline Fathers has resided at Skałka, and in the 18th century the church received a Baroque refurb, which endures to this day. Stanisław was canonised in 1253, becoming the patron saint not only of Kraków, but of Poland. Inside an altar marks the place where he was killed and includes the wood stump upon which he is said to have been quartered. The pool where his remains were thrown still stands outside the church, elegantly adorned with a 17th century sculpture of the saint, and its waters are said to have healing properties. In 2008, the ‘Three Millennia Altar’ was built in the courtyard of the church, which features four-metre monuments of St. Stanisław, St. John Paul II, St. Faustyna, St. Jadwiga, St. Adalbert, St. Jan Kanty, and Abbot Augustyn Kordecki. The crypt at Skałka (open by prior arrangement only) is also a national pantheon for distinguished Poles, and includes the remains of writer Czesław Miłosz, painters Stanisław Wyspiański and Jacek Malczewski, among others. QI‑9, ul. Skałeczna 15, tel. (+48) 12 421 72 44, www.skalka.paulini.pl. Open 07:00 - 19:00, Sun 07:00 - 20:00. No visiting during mass please. The crypt open is open by prior arrangement.
Turning from the Isaac Synagogue onto ul. Kupa you’ll immediately see this mural by Piotr Janowczyk. Installed outside Pub Wręga in autumn of 2015 as part of the Kazimierz Historical Murals project, the work features portraits of five Polish historical figures - namely, (from left to right) Emperor Józef Hapsburg II, Helena Rubinstein (born in the district), Karol Knaus (local architect, artist and conservator), Esterka (the Jewish lover of King Kazimierz the Great), and finally King Kazimierz the Great himself. Information on each character can be found in English beside the work.QK‑8, ul. Józefa 17. iyp.me/polandblog
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Kazimierz Walking Tour 11 HIGH SYNAGOGUE Further on you’ll find the third oldest synagogue in Kraków, completed in 1563. Unique for having its prayer room upstairs, it’s widely speculated that the High synagogue was thus designed to protect the congregation from unfriendly neighbours. The design didn’t save it from being the subject of arson during WWII sadly, and today no furnishings remain. The upstairs prayer room has retained some original details, however, including the Holy Ark, two golden griffins have survived above the Aron Kodesh, and some of the murals have been restored. The size of the high-ceilinged room and quality of those details that do remain indicate that this was a magnificent space before its destruction. Today admission is paid to go upstairs to the prayer room, where visitors will also see a small temporary museum exhibit. On the ground floor is Austeria - a large bookstore with books of Jewish interest in a variety of languages.QK‑8, ul. Józefa 38, tel. (+48) 12 430 68 89. Open 09:30 - 19:00. Admission to upstairs exhibit 12/9zł, children under 10 free. 12 KOWEA ITIM LE-TORA PRAYER HOUSE
If you thought Kraków had a lot of churches, two doors down from the High Synagogue, en route to the Old Synagogue, you’ll find this Orthodox prayer house. Most of what we know of the building is based off of its stilljust-visible Hebrew inscription, which says something along the lines of ‘Making Time for the Torah Society,’ and indicates that Talmud lessons were conducted here. The two Stars of David on either side of the inscription tell us that the organisation was founded in 1810 and that the building was renovated in 1912. The original mezuzah trace can be seen on the doorway here, and on many buildings in the district if you keep your eye out. Devastated during the war, today the building is strictly residential.QK‑8, ul. Józefa 42. 13 GALICIA JEWISH MUSEUM A walk to the end of ul. Józefa brings you back to ul. Szeroka and the Old Synagogue. If you walk down the Old Synagogue steps you can cut across to the left to ul. Dajwór and the Galicia Jewish Museum. With the name referring to the ethnically diverse northernmost province of the Austrian Habsburg Empire, which
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existed from 1772-1918 and extended from Kraków to Ternopil, this popular museum keeps the memory of Jewish life in southern Poland and western Ukraine alive via hundreds of photographs documenting former Jewish sites in Galicia today. The images of forgotten cemeteries, derelict synagogues and death camps prove haunting and sober viewing, and deserve to be an essential part of any Kazimierz tour. The converted warehouse also houses small temporary exhibits, a large bookstore selling a range of titles of Jewish interest and a cafe. The adjacent garden features a huge mural, and if you can get way into the back of that courtyard, you’ll find further murals of Irena Sendler (Righteous Among the Nations) and Marek Edelman (leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising).QL‑8, ul. Dajwór 18, tel. (+48) 12 421 68 42, www.galiciajewishmuseum.org. Open 10:00 18:00. Admission 16/11zł, family ticket 30zł, children under 7 free. Guided tours available (in English, French and German) for individual and groups if arranged in advance. YU 14 ENGINEERING MUSEUM If your will is strong, you’ll bypass the Judah Square Food Truck Park (p.44), but not without at least admiring the large mural by Israeli street artist Pil Peled that presides over it. Next you arrive to Kazimierz’s late 19th century tram depot, half of which hosts the Stara Zajezdnia (p.63) brewery, beer hall and restaurant, while the other half across the street hosts the large and charming Engineering Museum. Home to multiple permanent and temporary exhibits, there has been a lot of change here lately, but we can promise you the popular ‘Around the Circle’ exhibit - which teaches kids fundamental scientific principles via 30 handson play stations, and a nostalgic temporary exhibit about the Polish Fiat 125p. More fun than it sounds and recommended for families, check their website to see what else is on.QK‑9, ul. Św. Wawrzyńca 15, tel. (+48) 12 428 66 44, www.mimk.com.pl. Open 09:00 - 20:00, Tue 09:00 - 16:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. Admission 15/10zł, family ticket 40zł. YU
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Kazimierz Walking Tour 15 CORPUS CHRISTI CHURCH This massive brick beauty from the 14th century takes up two entire blocks in Kazimierz, making it one of the city’s largest holy sites. A three-naver in the Gothic style, the pulpit features a golden boat (with oars and a mast even) being held aloft by two mermaids. And though there are few things we like more than mermaids, the crowning glory has to be the towering golden altarpiece. According to legend, a robber who had stolen a precious relic from another church repented on this spot, abandoning the reliquary. The priests in pursuit saw a strange light emanating from the ground and discovering their sacred prize, founded a church here in recognition of the miracle.QK‑9, ul. Bożego Ciała 26, www.bozecialo.net. Open 09:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 19:00. 16 PLAC WOLNICA
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ul. Bocheńska 5 Kraków tel +48 660 661 756 Arriving on Plac Wolnica today, it’s hard to imagine that this square was once equal in size and stature to Kraków’s Rynek Główny. When laid out as the town square of Kazimierz (Rynek Kazimierski) upon the town’s establishment in 1335, this space measured 195m by 195m (only 5m shorter on each side than Rynek Główny) making it the second largest market square in Poland, if not Europe. It was here that all the administrative and judicial authorities of Kazimierz were established, as well as hundreds of market stalls selling everything from fur and tobacco to salt and amber. Hardly the bustling marketplace it once was, today’s Plac Wolnica covers only a small fragment of the square’s original size. Fortunately the Town Hall which stood at its very centre has managed to survive. Falling into ruin after Kazimierz’s incorporation into Kraków in 1802, the Town Hall was taken over by local Jewish authorities who renovated it into its present neo-Renaissance style in the late 19th century. A curious plaque on the building commemorates the arrival of the Jews to Poland in the Middle Ages, and since WWII the Town Hall has housed the Ethnographic Museum (open 10:00 - 19:00; closed Mon. Admission 13/7zł, Sun free). Perhaps ironically given its former status, urban revitalisation was slower to reach Plac Wolnica than the once predominantly Jewish neighbourhoods around Plac Nowy, but the square has caught up. Hosting an increasing number of cultural events, and with cafes and restaurants all around its edges, this historic square has re-earned a rightful place on any tour of the district. A trip from here down ulica Mostowa will lead you straight to the Bernatek footbridge (p.107) into Podgórze (p.102).QK‑9. iyp.me/polandblog
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When Kazimierz’s revitalisation began back in the 1990s, much of it came in the form of investors purchasing derelict buildings, filling them with curbside furnishings, installing a liquor shelf and presto! - opening dark, dishevelled bars that perfectly captured the spirit of the neighbourhood. Soon Kaz was synonymous with cafe/bars choked with smoke, candlelight and antiques, where under the stewardship of alcohol one might commune with a lost, forgotten world beneath the haze. Though the area’s original charisma has been altered by the smoking ban and diminishes with each new cocktail bar opening, Kazimierz boasts more bars and restaurants per square metre than the Old Town, and there’s no better neighbourhood for a night out. To tap into the Kazimierz of old, visit classic bars like Mleczarnia (p.61), Eszeweria (p.58), Alchemia (p.57) and Singer (p.62). December 2017 – January 2018
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Podgórze Just south across the river from Kazimierz, lies Podgórze - a large district rich in natural beauty, tragic history and unusual attractions. The name means ‘foothills,’ and its unique geography makes it one of Krakow’s greenest districts and most exciting to explore, thanks to wooded hills, limestone cliffs and ridges that offer panoramic views of the city centre. It is this same sinister geography, however, which resulted in Podgórze being the site of the city’s greatest human tragedy. The Nazis saw its natural placement between the river and the cliffs of Krzemionki as the ideal place for establishing a prison district, and in March of 1941 Kraków’s Jewish population was marched into the centre of Podgórze and walled off in what became known as the Kraków Ghetto (iyp.me/krakowghetto). Liquidated two years later, the majority of the Ghetto’s residents were murdered inside, while others met death in the nearby Płaszów concentration camp (iyp.me/plaszow), or in the gas chambers of Auschwitz (p.118) and Bełżec. Traces of the Ghetto (p.107) are still visible today, and Podgórze’s wartime history and connections to Oskar Schindler remain what people most associate with the district. However, Podgórze has a long history which dates back over 10,000 years ago to the city’s founding myth. Legend explains Podgórze’s Krakus Mound (p.108) as the burial place of the city’s first ruler, and scientific studies have proven it to be Kraków’s most ancient structure dating back to the Iron Age. Podgórze also has a proud tradition of independence, having been granted the rights of a free city in 1784 by the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. Incorporated into greater Kraków in 1915, the district proudly reasserted its independence when on October 31st, 1918 local militants led by Antoni Stawarz seized control of the district from the Austrian Army in what is regarded as the first the action of the Second Republic of Poland following WWI. Although slow to develop in the years after the fall of communism, the opening of the world-class Schindler’s Factory Museum (p.105) in 2010 not only helped the city come to terms with the ghosts of the Holocaust, it also established Podgórze as a bona fide destination for tourists. The construction of the Bernatek footbridge soon afterwards opened the floodgates even further, creating a direct link from Plac Wolnica (p.101) to Rynek Podgórski (p.104) and leading to a burst of cafes and restaurants on the other side of the river. Today Podgórze is accepted as an obligatory part of the Kraków tourist trail, but still retains an evocative atmosphere of anguish and independence that sets it apart from Kraków’s other neighbourhoods. To get the most out of it, make time to explore its mysterious, lesserknown landmarks in addition to its marquee museums.
WHAT TO SEE One of Kraków’s largest districts, Podgórze offers much to explore, and no easily prescribed route for doing so. Rather than create an exacting tourist route, on our district map (left) we’ve indicated some suggestions for exploring the neighbourhood while still allowing the reader to decide which sites are of the most interest to them. iyp.me/polandblog
There are basically three areas of interest to tourists on this side of the river: Old Podgórze - once the historic centre of an independent city, this area also happens to be the territory of the former Jewish Ghetto; Zabłocie - the former industrial area east of Podgórze’s historic centre where you’ll find several museums including Schindler’s Factory; and Krzemionki the large territory of scenic limestone cliffs which rise above the historic centre and extend all the way to Krakus Mound. Old Podgórze (Stare Podgórze) and Zabłocie can largely be explored in one day, especially if you rent a bike, while Krzemionki should be considered a separate adventure.
Liban Quarry (p.109) with St. Joseph’s (p.104) and Wawel in the © Przemek Czaja, fb.com/MadeinKrakow background.
Begin by crossing over the picturesque Bernatek footbridge (p.107) and enjoy the neighbourhood atmosphere of the cafess and restaurants immediately along ul. Brodzińskiego en route to Rynek Podgórski (p.104) to see the stunning St. Joseph’s Church. Next work your way to Podgórze’s other main square - Plac Bohaterów Getta, today a memorial for the victims of the Ghetto. Ulica Jozefińska will not only lead you that way, but also still possesses a certain aura connected to those times; keep your eyes peeled for plaques describing the role of several of the buildings during the time of the Ghetto, and also an enormous mural dedicated to local sci-fi author Stanisław Lem. For those that don’t have the strength for the 3hr undertaking that is the Schindler’s Factory Museum (or Auschwitz for that matter), the Pharmacy Under the Eagle (p.106) on Plac Bohaterów Getta provides a manageable (but just as moving) alternative, particularly for those with an interest in the wartime experience of the city’s Jewish community; if you’re more of a general WWII buff, you’ll probably prefer the larger scope of Schindler’s Factory. Head to the latter via the Plac Bohaterów Getta underpass and then down ul. Kącik, or make a detour to see a stretch of the original Ghetto Wall (p.107) still standing on ul. Lwowska. December 2017 – January 2018
Podgórze RYNEK PODGÓRSKI
This handsome triangular plot was once the official main market ‘square’ of the Free City of Podgórze, until the independent city was absorbed into Kraków in 1915. The square was laid out in the 18th century at the foot of Lasota Hill, where roads leading to Kraków, Kalwaria, and Wieliczka intersected. Once a lively marketplace frequented by merchants from regional cities and more distant parts of Austria-Hungary, the Rynek had to say goodbye to commerce when a tram line was built in the district in 1917 (oh, modernity) with a turning loop that took up most of the trading space. Though the loop was eventually moved to a less cumbersome spot, the markets never resumed, and today the quiet square is mostly lined with residential buildings, save for the iconic neo-Gothic St. Joseph’s Church dominating the south end, and two former Town Halls - the ‘Under the White Eagle’ manor at no. 14 (early 19th century to 1854), and the younger, stately building at no. 1 (1854-1915, now the Kraków City Council Department of Architecture). It was beside the latter that a main gate into the Jewish Ghetto stood on ul. Limanowskiego during WWII (L-10). Also of note is the small 18th-century manor house ‘Under the Black Eagle’ (no. 13), a former inn where Chopin once spent a night.QK/L‑10, Rynek Podgórski. ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH Presiding over the heart of historic Podgórze on the south side of the district’s main square, this unmissable neo-gothic juggernaut was built between 1905-09 on the design of Jan Sas-Zubrzycki. Dominated by an 80 metre clock tower, elaborate masonry dressing, gargoyles and sculptures of saints, St. Joseph’s slender, yet imposing brick facade rates among the most beautiful in Kraków and is gorgeously illuminated at night. The interior is no less beautiful and visitors should also note the abandoned 1832 belfry that stands on a rocky outcropping behind the church - all that remains of the original temple, dismantled due to design flaws. QL‑10, ul. Zamojskiego 2, tel. (+48) 12 656 17 56, www.jozef.diecezja.pl. Open 09:00 - 17:30; Sun 13:00 - 17:30. No visiting during mass please. 104 Kraków In Your Pocket
Once you’ve crossed under the train tracks you’ve entered Zabłocie. Historically an industrial area that arose in the late 19th and early 20th century, many of Zabłocie’s staterun factories closed or stagnated after 1989. Today this is the city’s most rapidly developing neighbourhood as old factories and warehouses are being torn down and replaced with modern apartment complexes and office buildings, or in some cases converted into cultural venues and restaurants, as is the case along ul. Lipowa. Advertised as artsy and cutting-edge (by the realtors of its highrent apartment buildings), in reality Zablocie is quickly becoming little more than a transit stop for tourists, and an overpopulated housing development full of young families lamenting the lack of trees in the neighbourhood. In addition to Schindler’s Factory (p.105), MOCAK (p.106) is very much worth a visit, but if you aren’t interested in these museums there’s not much reason to investigate the area.
Okay, so there are a few trees in Zabłocie.
In contrast, if you’re looking for more of an active outdoor adventure exploring Kraków’s less tourist-trampled territory, Krzemionki is for you. This scenic upshot of limestone cliffs rises above Old Podgórze and extends south all the way past Krakus Mound to the haunting grounds of Płaszów - the former Nazi concentration camp (more on Płaszów at iyp.me/plaszow). One could enjoy an entire day just exploring the breadth of Bednarski Park, but for intrepid tourists we highly recommend trekking to the area of Lasota Hill (p.109) and then beyond it to Krakus Mound (p.108) and Liban Quarry (p.109). A bike won’t help you here; ditch it on ul. Rękawka and take the rocky dirt trail just past ul. Krakusa, which leads up into the woods. This will lead you straight to Lasota Hill and to complete your urban hike all the way to Krakus Mound and back you’ll probably want to set aside a couple hours. Packing some food would be wise since there won’t be any opportunities to buy anything en route. And if you really do it right you’ll be enjoying panoramic views of the sun setting behind the Old Town while cracking a victory beer atop the Mound. Congrats, and cheers. iyp.me/krakow
Podgórze MUSEUMS CRICOTEKA Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) was an avant-garde artist, theatre director, set designer and a major figure in 20th century theatre reform, known for his revolutionary theatre productions. In 1980 he created ‘Cricoteka’ as a ‘living archive’ to document the achievements of himself and his theatre company Cricot 2. In 2014, Cricoteka opened its new headquarters here on the site of the former Podgórze power station, with the aim of better presenting his work and its impact on modern art and theatre. The building itself is an apparent homage to his experimental approach, literally hovering above the existing buildings with a bizarre facade of rusted metal and black mirror. Combined with the original buildings, the multifunctional site hosts an exhibition space, archive, theatre hall and bookshop; as a result, a large amount of its programme involves happenings, performances, workshops and other live events (check their website for those). As a museum, it’s difficult to recommend to those who aren’t already familiar with Kantor, or fans of alienating, experimental theatre. Temporary exhibits show art apparently inspired by Kantor’s ideas, while the permanent exhibit shows the evolution of Kantor’s increasingly eccentric career via stage props he created (including lots of creepy mannequins) and video footage. Free tablets with English-language info are available for visitors at the ticket desk. Whether it all resonates is purely a matter of personal taste, as public opinion is notably divided.QL‑9, ul. Nadwiślańska 2, tel. (+48) 12 442 77 70, www.news.cricoteka.pl. Open 11:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon. Admission 10/5zł, family ticket 15zł. Y LIPOWA 3 GLASS & CERAMICS CENTRE Located directly across from MOCAK, this building has been a glassworks since 1931 and actually flourished during the PRL-era when up to 500 people were employed here under the auspices of not only glass bottle production but also glass art, scientific research and industrial design. During the 1970s ‘Cracovian glass’ achieved international renown for its bold experimentation with form, colour and texture, and today Lipowa 3 is still used for national glass research and production. The idea of an educational museum showcasing Polish glass and glassblowing technology has actually existed since 1972, and recent investment has now made those collections open to the public. The permanent exhibit includes bilingual displays of historical glass tools and antique glassware, but the highlight is the impressive ‘Cracovian Glass Art Collection’ of contemporary coloured glassware produced here between 1931 and 1998. Hourly glass-blowing demonstrations will be suspended for winter from Dec. 12. The ground floor includes a shop and a free gallery for rotating exhibits of contemporary glass art.QN‑9, ul. Lipowa 3, tel. (+48) 12 423 67 90, www.lipowa3. pl. Open 09:00 - 17:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Permanent exhibit 8/6zł. Guided tours available in English by prior arrangement, 80zł. iyp.me/polandblog
In 2010, the Oskar Schindler Enamelled Goods Factory (to give it its full name) re-opened to the public as a world-class museum. The story of Oskar Schindler and his employees is one which has been well-known since Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List (which was shot almost entirely in Kraków) brought it to audiences across the world in 1993, and while that story is covered in detail on the original site where many events took place, the museum actually casts the city of Kraków in the main role of its permanent exhibition titled, ‘Kraków During Nazi Occupation 1939-1945.’ Individual histories of Kraków’s wartime inhabitants guide visitors through the exhibit which covers the war of 1939, everyday life under occupation, the fate of the Jews, the city’s underground resistance and more, using vast archival documents, photos, radio and film recordings, period artefacts and dynamic multimedia installations. Other exhibits change regularly (currently about the underground wartime activities of the local Council to Aid Jews), while a separate section of the original factory is reserved for film screenings, lectures and other events. A must-visit, Schindler’s Factory is one of the most fascinating museums in the entire country and we recommend you reserve at least two hours if you want to see everything. Tickets can be bought online three or more days in advance (www.bilety.mhk.pl), which, if you’re some kind of super-planner, is a smart move because visitor numbers are controlled and you could be disappointed if the museum is too busy. In fact, groups over 15 people are obliged book in advance. To get to the museum take a tram to Pl. Bohaterów Getta (L-9) and it’s a 5-10 minute walk down ul. Kącik, under the train overpass, onto ul. Lipowa and you’re there.QN‑9, ul. Lipowa 4, tel. (+48) 12 257 10 17, www.mhk.pl. Open 10:00 - 18:00; Mon 10:00 - 14:00. Last entrance 1.5hrs before closing. Admission 21/16zł, family ticket 50zł. Groups of over 15 people 18zł (without guide)/20zł (with guide). Mon free for permanent exhibitions. Y December 2017 – January 2018
While hundreds of tourists use Kraków as a jumping-off point for visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau, few realise that Kraków actually has a former concentration camp in its own backyard. Deep in Podgórze, a large the tract of land behind Krakus Mound goes undeveloped and largely unvisited, despite being in one of the city’s most desirable commercial and residential areas. This is the former site of the Płaszów concentration camp, today an expansive field of uneven terrain covered in grass, weeds, stones and a story that is hardly broached upon its own hallowed grounds. If you think you aren’t familiar with it, well, you probably are. It was here that the real-life events of one of the most well-known Holocaust stories – brought into popular consciousness by Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film Schindler’s List – took place. Today the site of the former camp remains largely as it was when the Nazis abandoned it over 70 years ago. In contrast to Auschwitz there are no professional tour guides here, and only as recently as November 2017 has an outdoor exhibit been installed about the camp’s former layout and history. Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 150,000 prisoners were interred in this 80 hectare prison camp, and the number who perished here is actually impossible to know, but it is certainly in the tens of thousands. Open to the public but a challenge to access, those intrepid enough to make the journey will still find a couple buildings that hide their history, a few memorials and scattered Jewish tombstones, an impressive communist-era monument to the victims who perished here (pictured), and a new installation of 19 plaques with archival photos and historical information at important sites around the camp. More of a pilgrimage than a destination, Płaszów rewards those who walk its obscure paths with the opportunity to engage the past without any pressure or pretence. This is the most horrific place in Kraków; and the most peaceful. More than we can possibly cover here, to learn about Płaszów’s history, what to see and how to get there, read our exhaustive online feature.Qiyp.me/ plaszow 106 Kraków In Your Pocket
PHARMACY UNDER THE EAGLE When the Nazis created the Jewish ghetto in Podgórze in 1941, this pharmacy and its Polish owner Tadeusz Pankiewicz found themselves at the very heart of it. Deciding to stay, Pankiewicz and his staff were the only Poles allowed to live and work in the ghetto and over the two years of the ghetto’s existence, their pharmacy became an important centre of social life, resource for acquiring food, medicine and falsified documents and a safehouse for avoiding deportations. Pankiewicz (recognised today as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’) and his staff risked their lives in many clandestine operations while bearing witness to tragedy through the windows of the pharmacy as the ghetto and its 15,000 inhabitants were ultimately ‘liquidated.’ Today the building is a museum, recreated to look as it did during Nazi occupation, which heartrendingly describes life in the Kraków Ghetto via first-hand testimonials and handson displays that create a very intimate visiting experience. Though only 5 rooms, set aside at least an hour for visiting this excellent museum.QL‑10, Pl. Bohaterów Getta 18, tel. (+48) 12 656 56 25, www.mhk.pl. Open 09:00 - 17:00; Mon 10:00 - 14:00; closed 2nd Tue of every month. Last entrance 30mins before closing. Admission 10/8zł, family ticket 20zł, Mon free. Y MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCAK) Opened in 2011, Krakow’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK) does not disappoint, capably holding its own with comparable international art institutions. Tucked behind Schindler’s Factory, the building alone will impress with its avant-garde styling and ultra-modern layout. The museum boasts a large and fine permanent collection of modern art highlighting both Polish and international artists, plus a new permanent exhibition space inspired by Warhol’s cult NYC studio known as The Factory. There are also always several provocative temporary exhibitions, and a large cafe and bookshop. Despite the relatively late closing hour, make sure to leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy all the museum has to offer.QN‑9, ul. Lipowa 4, tel. (+48) 12 263 40 00, www.mocak.pl. Open 11:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon. Last entrance 1 hour before closing. Admission 14/7zł, Tue free. Guided tours (115zł + admission) in English, Italian, French and Chinese available, but must be arranged by phone in advance. YU
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Podgórze PLACES OF INTEREST BERNATEK FOOTBRIDGE Opened in 2010, the Father Bernatek Footbridge straddles the Wisła River just south of the centre, linking the districts of Kazimierz and Podgórze. The 130m-long structure © dziewul, AdobeStock accommodates both pedestrians and cyclists with its twin walkway design by local architect Andrzej Getter, and though a source of controversy during its development, is now a beloved part of the urban landscape, both for its convenience and aesthetic appeal. The bridge has played a key role in the revitalisation of the area it connects between Plac Wolnica and Rynek Podgórski, which is now not only an ideal route for an alternative pub crawl, but also a romantic stroll. It’s here that Cracovian couples have adopted the unoriginal tradition of attaching padlocks engraved with their names to the railings of the bridge, before throwing the keys into the Wisła (while the rest of us throw up in our mouths) as evidence of their unbreakable bond and commitment to each other. At the moment, the bridge is adorned with nine acrobatic gravity-defying sculptures by Jerzy Kędziora, which we hope stay there forever.QK‑9. PLAC BOHATERÓW GETTA First plotted out in 1836, this public square just across the river from the Powstańców Śląskich bridge has had a turbulent history, with turns as a marketplace, horse stable, execution site, taxi rank and bus terminal over the years. During the time of the Kraków Ghetto it was at once the source of the residents’ greatest relief and also the scene of their greatest horrors and humiliation. As the ghetto’s largest open space, Plac Zgody was a place for people to socialise, relax and escape the oppressive overcrowding of the tenements. It was also the site of families being torn apart, mass deportations to the death camps, beatings and executions. Following deportations and the final liquidation of the ghetto, Plac Zgody was strewn with furniture, clothes, luggage and other belongings that the victims had been forced to abandon - this image would later inspire the redesign of the square. Though after the war the name of Plac Zgody was changed to Plac Bohaterów Getta (Ghetto Heroes Square) and a small monument was erected, the space’s historical significance never felt more pertinent than its post-war use as a public toilet or parking lot. Finally, after decades of neglect, Plac Bohaterów Getta was renovated in 2005, sparking significant controversy over the design. Laid out with 70 large well-spaced metal chairs meant to symbolise departure, as well as subsequent absence, the entire square has essentially been turned into an odd, but iconic memorial to the victims of the Kraków Ghetto. A place for candles and reflection was created in the former German guardhouse at the north end of the square, however the gesture rings hollow considering the space is always locked.QL‑9. iyp.me/polandblog
GHETTO WALL FRAGMENTS
UL. LWOWSKA 25-29 In 1983 a commemorative plaque was added to this prominent 12m stretch of the original ghetto wall, which reads in Hebrew and Polish: “Here they lived, suffered and died at the hands of the German torturers. From here they began their final journey to the death camps.”QM‑10. UL. LIMANOWSKIEGO 62 An even longer and arguably more evocative section of the original ghetto wall can be seen in the playground behind the primary school at ul. Limanowskiego 60/62. Those looking to continue their creepy tour of the area should climb the steep trail leading from the back of the playground straight up to the Old Podgórze Cemetery, to the right from which is the abandoned Fort Benedict.QM‑11. December 2017 – January 2018
Podgórze KRAKUS MOUND
The oldest structure in Kraków, Krakus Mound (Kopiec Krakusa) is one of two prehistoric monumental mounds in the city and is also its highest point, providing incredible panoramic views from its 16m summit. The site of pagan rituals for centuries, the mound retains an ancient, evocative atmosphere amplified by the surroundings of the cliffs of Krzemionki, the green rolling fields of Płaszów, the grim Liban quarry and the Podgórze cemetery. With incredible views of the city, Krakus Mound lies at the centre of one of Kraków’s least explored and most captivating areas and should be visited by anyone looking to take a rewarding detour from the beaten path. It can be approached most easily from the ‘Powstańców Wielkopolskich’ tram stop via ul. Robotnicza to the steps of al. Pod Kopcem (M-11), or by following ul. Dembowskiego (L/M-11) to the pedestrian bridge over al. Powstańców Wielkopolskich to the base of the mound. The result of great human effort and innovative engineering, Krakus Mound has long been a source of legend and mystery. Connected with the legend of Kraków’s mythical founder, King Krak or Krakus, the mound is said to have been constructed in honour of his death when noblemen and peasants filled their sleeves with sand and dirt, bringing it to this site in order to create an artificial mountain that would rule over the rest of the landscape. In the interwar period, extensive archaeological studies were undertaken to try to date the mound and verify if Krak was indeed buried beneath it. Though much about the ingenuity of the mound’s prehistoric engineers was revealed, no trace of a grave was found; a bronze belt from the 8th century was unearthed and there is general agreement today that the mound was created by a Slavonic colony sometime between the latter half of the 7th century and the early 10th century, though other hypotheses credit it to the Celts. Originally four smaller mounds surrounded the base of Krak’s mound, however these were levelled in the mid-19th century during the construction of the city’s first fortress which surrounded the area with a wall embankment and a moat (later levelled in 1954). The legend of Krak’s mound inspired the modern creation of burial mounds for Kościuszko and Piłsudski and today it remains one of Poland’s greatest archaeological mysteries.QM‑12, above ul. Maryewskiego. 108 Kraków In Your Pocket
STARMACH GALLERY Built between 1879-1881, this was one of four prayer houses within the ghetto, the others being located at numbers 6 and 7 on the same street and nearby at ul. Krakusa 7. Religious practise was outlawed by the Germans during the war (though it continued in secret) and the synagogue was converted into a warehouse and then a factory. When the ghetto was established, many valuable religious artefacts from Kazimierz synagogues were transferred here for protection, however the eventual liquidation of the ghetto guaranteed that they were looted and lost. After the war the building stood derelict until Andrzej and Teresa Starmach rescued it in 1996, turning it into one of the largest and most renowned private art galleries in PL. The exhibitions are always outstanding and a visit is recommended.QL‑10, ul. Węgierska 5, tel. (+48) 12 656 43 17, www.starmach. eu. Open 11:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Admission free. OLD PODGÓRZE CEMETERY Podgórze’s primary necropolis for over a hundred years, the Old Podgórze Cemetery is/was the resting place of the formerly independent city’s most distinguished citizens. Established in the late 18th century, the cemetery’s grand arched gateway is set back from a busy intersection on a hill behind the iconic sculpture of ‘God the Father.’ Unfortunately, with the exception of a few, many of the most notable graves have been lost during the boneyard’s turbulent history. Crossing the stone entry, the first grave on the right is the resting place of Edward Dembowski leader of the 1846 Kraków Uprising, laid to rest here in a collective grave with 28 insurgents shot by the Austrian Army; nearby is the Bednarski family vault, where Wojciech - founder of Podgo’s most beautiful park - reposes. Closed upon reaching capacity in 1900, the Germans levelled a third of the cemetery during WWII while building a railway. Even more grievous was the site’s reduction to a fraction of its original size during the construction of al. Powstańców Wielopolskich in the 1970s, when almost all the graves were destroyed or strewn haphazardly about. Like much of the district today, the cemetery’s charm lies in the nostalgic character of its general neglect and vanishing beauty. Get there easily by taking tram number 6, 13 or 24 to ‘Powstańców Wielkopolskich.’QM‑11, Corner of ul. Limanowskiego and ul. Powstańców Wielopolskich. Open 07:00 - 18:00.
Podgórze LASOTA HILL Lasota Hill refers to the section of Krzemionki east of Bednarski Park, and home to Podgórze’s richest residences along the picturesque villa-lined lanes of ul. Parkowa, Plac Lasota and ul. Stawarza. But follow ul. Stawarza to its end - or alternatively venture up any of the slightly foreboding wooded trails off of ul. Rękawka (our preferred route) - and you’ll soon end up in an inexplicable meadow in the midst of some of the city’s strangest territory. Once a popular site for pagan worship, the ancient and miniscule St. Benedict’s Church was built here in the 11th century specifically to put a frowny face on such practices. One of the city’s oldest churches, it is certainly the smallest, and has been undergoing restoration works for almost a decade (currently closed).
The other primary point of interest here is Fort Benedict, the only surviving fortress of three that were built in Podgórze in the mid-19th century; in fact this is one of the few citadels of the ‘Maximillion Tower’ type surviving anywhere. An imposing brick monolith in the shape of a 16-sided polygon, today the fort stands abandoned with the city unable to decide what to do with it. Though you can certainly scramble through the fence to explore it up close, we’re sure you’ll find (like we did) that this fort is indeed impenetrable. It was upon this meadow on Lasota Hill that one of the most powerful scenes from Schindler’s List was filmed, in which Schindler (played by Liam Neeson) and his wife are on horseback when they stop on Lasota Hill and witness the horror taking place during a Nazi round-up in the Jewish Ghetto below. This scene serves as a turning point in the film for Schindler’s character as he focuses in on the ‘girl in the red coat’ - the otherwise black and white film’s most powerful visual device. Though in summer the trees are a bit too lush, in winter Lasota Hill indeed offers views of Podgórze, Kazimierz and the Old Town from its ridge. Look away from the centre and you’ll see Krakus Mound looming in the distance; actually closer than it looks, you’re only about a 20min walk away and the effort is worth it. Alternatively, follow the trail east between the church and fortress and you’ll find the Old Podgórze Cemetery across from the playground of a public school on whose property a segment of the original Ghetto Wall still stands.QM‑10/11. iyp.me/polandblog
One of the creepiest, most forgotten places in Kraków, the Liban Quarry should first and foremost be a place of remembrance for the victims of the Nazi labour camp that operated here during WWII. That said, the site which largely lies in overgrown abandon today - offers adventurous visitors some intriguing opportunities for exploration, photography, and personal reflection. Left to slowly evolve into a nature sanctuary for local waterfowl, pheasants, birds of prey and various other creatures, the quarry’s towering limestone cliffs, ponds and dense vegetation are as breath-taking as the rusting refinery equipment, fence posts, gravestones and tangles of barbed wire that can still be found amongst the brush here. The Jewish limestone company ‘Liban and Ehrenpreis’ established a quarry here in 1873, and by the end of the 19th century a complex of buildings had been established inside and a railway line had been laid. During Nazi occupation, however, Liban was seized and set-up as a cruel penal camp where 800 Poles were forced to perform gruelling slave labour from 1942 to 1944. A small, discreet and easily overlooked memorial for 21 inmates executed during the liquidation of the camp lies beside the cliffside at the Za Torem end of the site. In 1993 Steven Spielberg used Liban as the set of all the scenes from Schindler’s List that take place in the Płaszów concentration camp. During filming 34 barracks and watchtowers were set-up around the quarry, and though most of the set was subsequently removed, some traces remain confusingly mixed with the genuine historical leftovers from the war, making it unclear just how uncomfortable you should feel as you walk amongst the many gallows-like fence posts strung with barbed wire and rusty machinery. Certainly, the most disturbing site is the central pathway paved with Jewish headstones; we can put you at ease by assuring you it is not genuine. An incredibly evocative, yet peaceful and beautiful site, enter the quarry at your own risk by following a trail from Krakus Mound toward Podgórze Cemetery along the rim of and into the quarry, or try your luck from ul. Za Torem; though there is nothing unlawful about being in the quarry, city employees of the Housing Office buildings at the quarry’s entrance have been known to deny entry or ask people to leave.QM‑12, ul. Za Torem. December 2017 – January 2018
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Nowa Huta The bastard child of a devastated post WWII Poland, the huge Socialist Realist suburb of Nowa Huta is the direct antithesis of everything cuddly Kraków is. Gargoyles and tourists? Not here. The Orwellian settlement of Nowa Huta is one of only two entirely pre-planned socialist realist cities ever built (the other being Magnitogorsk in Russia’s Ural Mountains), and one of the finest examples of deliberate social engineering in the world. Funded by the Soviet Union, Nowa Huta swallowed up a huge swathe of ideal agricultural land, and the ancient village of Kościelniki (as well as parts of Mogiła and Krzesławice) in an attempt to create an in-your-face proletarian opponent to intellectual, artsy-fartsy, fairytale Kraków. The decision to build NH was rubber stamped on May 17, 1947 and over the next few years construction of a model city for 100,000 people sprung up at breakneck speed. Built to impress, Nowa Huta featured wide, treelined avenues, parks, lakes and the officially sanctioned architectural style of the time - Socialist Realism. Nowa Huta’s architects strove to construct the ideal city, with ironic inspiration coming from the neighbourhood blocks built in 1920s New York (that despicable western metropolis). Careful planning was key, and the suburb was designed with ‘efficient mutual control’ in mind: wide streets would prevent the spread of fire and the profusion of trees would easily soak up a nuclear blast, while the layout was such that the city could easily be turned into a fortress if it came under attack. Work on the first block of flats began on June 23, 1949, and it was a massive task, with volunteer workers flocking from across Poland to take part in this bold project. Feats of personal sacrifice were rife and encouraged with one man, Piotr Ożański, publicly credited with laying an stupendous 33,000 bricks in one single day. For the workers life was tough; many were still sleeping in tents when the first winter arrived, legends abound of bodies buried in the foundations, and crime was rampant. Somewhat sadly perhaps, the Utopian dream that was Nowa Huta was never fully realised. A fearsome Town Hall in the style of the renaissance halls found across Poland was never built, nor was the theatre building across from it and the ornamental architectural details planned for the monumental buildings of Plac Centralny were never added. However what was completed is very much worth the trip for intrepid tourists willing to teleport themselves into a completely different reality far from the cobbled kitsch of Kraków; it’s as easy as a tramride.
GETTING TO NOWA HUTA Getting to NH is a cinch thanks to a well-designed tram network. Tram 4 from ‘Dworzec Główny’ (the train station stop, K-5) goes straight to Plac Centralny (S-3) in about 20mins. iyp.me/polandblog
Plac Centralny in the ‘70s.
WHAT TO SEE Jump off a tram at the ‘Plac Centralny’ stop, and find yourself at the very nucleus of Nowa Huta. From 1973 to 1989 an enormous monument of Vladimir Lenin towered over the citizens of Nowa Huta at the north end of Plac Centralny. Dismantling it after the fall of communism was an important act of symbolism (cheered by thousands of spectators), which later turned into almost comic irony when the square he once stood on - and which was named for a time after Joseph Stalin - was officially re-designated ‘Ronald Reagan Square’ in 2004. Speak to any local, however, and you’ll still hear it referred to as Plac Centralny (p.112). A walk around Plac Centralny’s fearsome social realist arcades brings you to several minor points of interest, including the iconic Markiza neon sign, and Cepelix folk art shop. Also within easy walking distance is the former Świtowid cinema - another social realist stalwart that today houses the Museum of Poland Under the Communist Regime (p.112), and the Nowa Huta Cultural Centre - home to a fantastic exhibit of grotesque, apocalyptic paintings by 20th century Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński (p.112). Both are worth visits before wandering back to Plac Centralny and down Roses Avenue to the Nowa Huta Museum (p.113). Although Plac Centralny and Roses Avenue serve as the district’s focal point, it’s the Steelworks (ul. Ujasek 1) that Nowa Huta is famous for, not to mention named after. Employing 40,000 people in its heyday the ‘Lenin Steelworks’ produced seven million tonnes of steel annually, and boasted the largest blast furnace in Europe. If you take the trouble to get to the main entrance gate, you’ll see that it’s flanked by two austere concrete administrative buildings which aim for Renaissance grandeur, but actually achieve the pinnacle of socialist realist architecture in PL. Enjoy the view because you’ll go no further; the steelworks is sadly off limits to tourists. While much of NH is the product of the last half century, a thorough tour of the area reveals treasures of much older historical value. The most epitomising example of a presteel age in the area is Wanda’s Mound (p.109), located just in front of 1,000 hectare sprawl of the Steelworks. A nice destination if you’re travelling by bike, this mysterious prehistoric earthwork proves that the area’s settlement goes all the way back to pre-Christian times, and predates that of Kraków’s Old Town. December 2017 – January 2018
Nowa Huta PLAC CENTRALNY
The centre of Nowa Huta’s architectural layout, Plac Centralny (Central Square) is the district’s primary landmark and one of social realism’s highest architectural achievements, despite never being completed. The two main structures of the square were to be the towering Town Hall (resembling a mini PKiN) at the northern end and a colonnaded theatre at the southern end, with an obelisk in between; though the designs were in place, none saw development. Similarly, the grand promenade linking them - Aleja Róż (Roses Avenue, S-1/2) - was never fully realised, and terminates after a mere four blocks, making it a fine example of your typical Stalinist ‘road to nowhere.’ While tooling around the six-story arcaded buildings lining the way, you’ll find several curiosities. First and foremost, don’t miss the gorgeously restored ‘Markiza’ neon sign at the corner of os. Centrum A and al. Jana Pawła II (S-3). Though the cake shop it advertised is long gone, the sign stands out as the area’s most nostalgic memento from the PRL era. Perhaps the most timeless shop in Nowa Huta is Cepelix (os. Centrum B bl.1, S-3; open 10:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00, closed Sun). Specialising in Polish folk art and design, this amazing gift shop is like none other thanks to the original 50s interior featuring long chandeliers and a white coffer ceiling covered in colourful hand-painted ceramic plates. The character of this place hasn’t changed a bit and as such it’s a great place to buy sheepskins, lacework, famous Bolesławiec pottery, and even Nowa Huta souvenirs. Across the street is a typical milk bar (bar mleczny), one of the Soviet era worker cafeterias which still thrive in the district. If you think that can’t be topped, only a few doors down Aleja Róż behold the hideously outdated interiors of the famous Stylowa Restaurant - one of the only places to eat in NH that isn’t a milk bar. Once one of the most exclusive restaurants in town, this place carries on in the same spirit as the day it opened with an interior that has hardly changed over the years.QR‑3. 112 Kraków In Your Pocket
ZDZISŁAW BEKSIŃSKI GALLERY One of PL’s most internationally recognised and controversial 20th century painters, Zdzisław Beksiński is known for his large, almost luminous, and emotionally-charged canvases depicting grotesque figures and apocalyptic landscapes. The themes of war, ruin, decay and deformity are prevalent throughout his work, which has been described as both ‘fantastical realism’ and ‘dystopian surrealism;’ we’d call it something of a cross between H.R. Giger and Francis Bacon. One of the most worthwhile things to see in Nowa Huta, this stunning collection of 50 paintings in the Nowa Huta Cultural Centre features some of his most definitive work, perfectly presented in a dark room on black walls, where the only light is directly on the art itself. If you find yourself completely fascinated by Beksiński, his life and family are the subject of the excellent 2016 film Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family).QR‑3, Al. Jana Pawła II 232, tel. (+48) 12 644 02 66, www.nck.krakow.pl. Open 11:00 - 19:00, Sun 12:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon. Admission 10/8zł.
MUSEUM OF POLAND UNDER THE COMMUNIST REGIME In development for years, this museum inside the former Kino Światowid - a local landmark in social realist architecture, completed in 1957 - is dedicated to Polish history between the years 1944 and 1989, telling the story of everyday life during the country’s communist era. Temporary exhibits occupy the ground floor (currently ‘Parcel from America’ until Feb 10, 2018) and upper level (‘In Opposition: Solidarity in Małopolska during Martial Law’), while the former cinema’s cellars hold the intriguing exhibit ‘Nuclear Threat: Shelters of Nowa Huta.’ There are actually some 250 shelters beneath NH - enough to accommodate every resident in the district - and this is the largest in Kraków. Well-translated throughout, including an instructive film with English subtitles, here you’ll learn about the very organised and intricate plan Poland had for dealing with a potential nuclear attack during the Cold War, and the role every citizen would play in such an event. If you’re from the West, it’s akin to mild culture shock, and the space itself is impressively vast. Within easy walking distance from Plac Centralny, if you’ve made the trip out to NH there’s no reason not to make a stop here.QS‑3, Os. Centrum E 1, tel. (+48) 12 446 78 21, www.mprl.pl. Open 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Last entrance 30mins before closing. Admission 10/8zł; Tue free. iyp.me/krakow
Nowa Huta NOWA HUTA MUSEUM This small museum features sweet neon signage and a series of changing exhibitions relating to the life and culture of the district. A requisite stop for anyone in the area, here you can also pick up plenty of information about NH, and they arrange sightseeing tours of the district as well.QS‑2, Os. Słoneczne 16 (Nowa Huta), tel. (+48) 12 425 97 75, www.mhk.pl. Open 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admission 6/4zł, family ticket 12zł, Tue free. YU
WANDA’S MOUND Though construction of Nowa Huta began in 1949, Wanda’s Mound (Kopiec Wandy) is indisputable evidence that the history of the area goes back much further. In fact, the village of Mogiła, which Wanda’s Mound is near the historical centre of, has been inhabited since 5000 BC without interruption (archaeologists date the settlement of Kraków’s Old Town much later in the 8th century). Together with Krakus Mound (p.108) - Kraków’s other prehistoric earthwork - Wanda’s Mound plays a role in one of Poland’s greatest archaeological mysteries as the mound’s date of construction, builders and function all remain a subject of great speculation. Leading theories suggest that both mounds were erected sometime between the 6th and 10th centuries, by either the Slavs or the Celts, as burial mounds or pagan cult sites; perhaps most likely is that they were created as burial mounds which later became cult sites. Though seemingly random within the layout of modern Kraków, the location of the two mounds can hardly be seen as an accident; when standing atop Wanda’s Mound on the evening of the summer solstice, the sun can be seen setting in a direct line behind Krakus Mound. Off a major road behind a handy tram stop (station ‘Kopiec Wandy’ - tram 10 takes you there), Wanda’s Mound is a conical earthwork rising 14m with a winding path to the top, adorned by a small 19th century monument from the by Jan Matejko who lived in the Krzesławice Manor nearby. The victim of general neglect and geographical trespasses, Wanda’s Mound today lies just outside the fence of the fearsomely enormous Sendzimir steel plant, of which unglamorous glimpses can be seen through the trees. The view to the southwest is an improvement, where Krakus Mound and Podgórze can be seen in the distance, though Wanda’s Mound unfortunately doesn’t offer sweeping views of the same calibre as Kraków’s other mounds. If you’re still feeling adventurous after climbing the mound, there’s a footpath that leads you east into woods and on to one of Kraków’s hidden 19th century Austrian fortresses, but, honestly, it just gives us the creeps.QNear intersection of ul. Ujastek Mogilski and ul. Bardosa. iyp.me/polandblog
Specialising in communist-themed tours of Nowa Huta: experience Stalin’s gift to Kraków in a genuine Eastern Bloc Trabant 601 automobile as you zip around the district with young, informative guides. The tour includes Plac Centralny, a stop for food in a milk bar, a propaganda film in communist era apartment, vodka shots in Stylowa restaurant, the gates of the Steelworks and more. Considering the large size and somewhat underwhelming nature of walking around the district on your own, this is the best way to get the most out of a trip to Nowa Huta.QR‑3, tel. (+48) 500 09 12 00, www. crazyguides.com. ‘Communism Tour’ 139zł per person.
POLISH AVIATION MUSEUM
Located on one of the oldest military airfields in Europe, this oft-overlooked, but highly regarded museum holds a premier collection of aircraft, artefacts and exhibits related not only to Polish, but world aviation history and heritage. The new exhibition building is bursting with interactive displays, historic aircraft, plus a cinema, while the original exhibits in the airfield’s numerous hangars are stuffed with old photographs, engines, uniforms and plenty more airplanes, helicopters and gliders, while the yards surrounding them are literally littered Russianbuilt fighter jets from the days of the Warsaw Pact. While many of the displays are in Polish only, this is still a great outing (Dads love it) that can take the most of a day to explore thoroughly. Located in the no-mans-land between the city centre and Nowa Huta, to get there take tram 52 from ‘Dworzec Główny’ (K-4) to ‘Muzeum Lotnictwa.’QAl. Jana Pawła II 39 (Czyżyny), tel. (+48) 12 642 87 00, www.muzeumlotnictwa.pl. Open 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admission 15/7zł, family ticket 34zł; Tue free. YU December 2017 – January 2018
Worth the 10zł photography fee, the Chapel of St. Kinga is Wieliczka Salt Mine’s crown jewel | Alana de Haan, alanacdehaan.com
Kraków is without a doubt one of the most popular tourist cities in Central Europe, and as you’ve likely heard, one of its top tourist attractions is a salt mine actually located in Wieliczka—a small town about 15km to the southeast. An astounding 1.4 million people visit Wieliczka Salt Mine each year, and it’s hardly a recent phenomenon—people have been visiting the salt mine for centuries with notable guests including Nicolaus Copernicus, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Paderewski, Pope John Paul II and former US president Bill Clinton. In fact, the first official tourist trail opened underground here way back in the mid-19th century. But it’s not only tourists who come to visit. So deep is the love of the locals for this place that in a recent survey, Cracovians voted Wieliczka Salt Mine as their number one favourite thing about Kraków; again, not bad for an attraction in another town 15 kilometres away.
TOURIST INFORMATION WIELICZKA TOURIST INFORMATION Wieliczka’s small tourist information centre is strategically located quite close to the Wieliczka train station, evenly spaced between the Regis and Daniłowicza Shafts. These folks will get you pointed in the right direction and provide you with all the maps and info needed to get you there, as well as helping you find places to eat, sleep and investigate.Qul. Dembowskiego 2A, Wieliczka, tel. (+48) 12 288 00 52, www.ckit.wieliczka.eu. Open 09:00 - 17:00. 114 Kraków In Your Pocket
Not only is Wieliczka Salt Mine a World Heritage Site, but it has the distinction of having been included (along with Kraków’s Old Town and Kazimierz districts) on UNESCO’s first-ever World Heritage List back in 1978 (you know, back when being a World Heritage site actually meant something). Additional accolades aside, this unique industrial heritage site has been a popular destination for centuries and if you’re visiting Kraków for more than a few days, you should consider a short side trip out to Wieliczka.
WHAT TO SEE One of the most famous attractions in all of Poland, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is what has drawn tourists to this small town for centuries. Visiting this underground realm can be done in a number of ways. Most popular is the traditional ‘Tourist Route,’ which leaves from the Daniłowicza Shaft and covers the most impressive parts of the mine, including ancient mining tools and technology, saline lakes, and numerous majestic chambers and chapels, particularly St. Kinga’s Chapel. An alternative option is the more interactive ‘Miners’ Route,’ which leaves from the Regis Shaft and involves participants being assigned a role by the foreman/ tour guide and experiencing the daily routines, rituals and secrets of working underground. As one of the oldest and most wealthy towns in Małopolska, it’s safe to assume that not all of Wieliczka’s wonders reside underground. Listed as a historical monument in 1994, the centre of the town itself - located between the two shafts - is easily walkable and perfectly charming, including a handsome town square, the Saltworks Castle and St. Clement’s Church. iyp.me/krakow
Wieliczka WIELICZKA SALT MINE - TOURIST ROUTE For literally hundreds of years, tourists have enjoyed the underground wonders of Wieliczka’s Salt Mine, and the most popular way to visit begins at the Daniłowicza Shaft, located just a short walk up ul. Daniłowicza from the Wieliczka train station; buy your ticket from the adjacent ticket office and check the outside display for the time of the next guided tour in your language (tours are offered in Polish, English, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish and German). Your ticket is valid for two parts of the salt mine: the Tourist Route, which comprises the first 2 hours, and the Underground Museum which takes an additional hour to visit. In between there’s an opportunity to take a break, use the restrooms and even get something to eat (or escape if that’s your preference). However, be aware that the tour does not end at the restaurant as many tour guides suggest it does to foreign groups; in fact, they are obliged to escort you to and through the Underground Museum (which you have already paid for) as well. Be prepared to do a lot of walking (comfortable shoes, people) and bear in mind that the mine is a constant 15 degrees Centigrade. If you want to endear yourself to the guides, memorise the wonderful words Szczęść Boże (shtench boes-yuh); this essential, unpronounceable bit of miner’s lingo effectively means ‘God be with you’ and substitutes for Dzień dobry (‘hello’) when underground. Your tour begins in earnest by descending 380 wooden stairs to the first level 64m underground; don’t worry, you won’t have to climb them, but just descending will give your calves a work-out. Of nine levels, the tour only takes you to the first three (a max depth of 135m), with the 3.5km covered during the 3 hour tour (including both parts) comprising a mere 1% of this underground realm. While wandering the timber-re-enforced tunnels you’ll gain insight from your guide into the history of the site, the techniques used to extract the salt and the lives of the men who worked there. There’s the opportunity to not only operate a mediaeval winch used for moving massive blocks of salt, but also to lick the walls (bring some tequila). The tour visits numerous ancient chambers and chapels in which almost everything around you is made from rock salt, including the tiled floors, chandeliers, sculptures and stringy stalactites that hang down.
Detail from a bas-relief in St. Kinga’s Chapel, Tourist Route.
HISTORY About 20 million years ago, Kraków and the surrounding area apparently lay at the bottom of a shallow, salty sea. Unfortunately for those of us here today, the beaches are gone, but left behind were some enormous salt deposits, shifted hundreds of metres underground by tectonic movements. Though cheap and universally accessible today, salt was an extremely valuable commodity centuries ago due to its ability to preserve food, especially meat. An ancient sign of wealth, salt was used as currency before there was money; Roman soldiers who ably performed their duties were said to be ‘worth their salt’ and the word ‘salary’ comes from the Latin word ‘salarium’ used to describe their salty wages. Salt extraction by boiling water from briny surface pools in the regions surrounding Kraków can be traced back to the middle Neolithic era (3500 BC), but it was the discovery of underground rock salt in the 13th century that led to the rapid development of the area. Underground extraction began in nearby Bochnia in 1252 and was established on an industrial scale in Wieliczka by the 1280s; soon both cities had earned municipal rights and by the end of the 13th century the Cracow Saltworks was established to manage both mines, with its headquarters in the Wieliczka castle complex. One of the first companies in Europe, the Cracow Saltworks brought vast wealth to the Polish crown for the next 500 years until the first partition of Poland in the 18th century. Its heyday was the 16th and 17th centuries when it employed some 2,000 people, production exceeded 30,000 tonnes and the Saltworks accounted for one third of the revenue of the state treasury. Under Austrian occupation (1772-1918) production was further increased by mechanising the mining works with steam and later electric machinery, and the first tourist route was opened. By the 20th century however, over-exploitation and neglect of necessary protection works had begun to destabilise the mine’s condition and the market value of salt no longer made it a viable enterprise. In 1964 the extraction of rock salt was halted in Wieliczka and in 1996 exploitation of the salt deposit was stopped altogether. Despite the significant hazards of the day (flooding, cave-ins, explosive gas), over the course of seven centuries 26 access shafts and 180 fore-shafts connecting individual levels had been drilled in Wieliczka. 2,350 chambers had been excavated with over 240km of tunnels reaching a maximum depth of 327m underground. Due to its unique saline microclimate and innovative engineering, the mine has been well preserved and is today used for historical, medicinal and tourist purposes.
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December 2017 – January 2018
The IYP team auditions for work underground on the Miners’ Route.
The highlight of the tour is the magnificent 22,000m³ St. Kinga’s Chapel dating from the 17th century. Known for its amazing acoustics, the chapel features bas-relief wall carvings from the New Testament done by miners that display an astonishing amount of depth and realism. After passing a lake that holds more than 300g of salt per litre, and a hall high enough to fly a hot-air balloon in, the first part of the tour ends at the underground restaurant and souvenir stands, at which point you should be instructed on your two options: how to exit (option A) or where and when to join the second part of the tour (option B). If this option B is unmentioned or unclear, inform your guide that you also want to see the Underground Museum and ask them how to do so. At your leisure you should be able to find your way past the restaurant and restrooms, beyond which you’ll find the queue for the tiny, nerve-wracking, high-speed lift that shoots you back up to the surface (option A), and separate area to the right for those that want to continue on to the Underground Museum (option B, which we heartily recommend). Your original guide should admit you into the museum exhibition which comprises an additional 16 chambers over 1.5kms packed full of artwork, artefacts and mining equipment which
GETTING TO WIELICZKA Getting to Wieliczka is a cinch with the E4 road east out of Kraków leading straight to the Wieliczka exit in about 15 minutes. Alternatively, regular transit service from Kraków Główny makes getting to Wieliczka easier than ever for tourists. Unfortunately current work on the rails means that some train connections have been replaced with buses; one or the other leaves every 30mins between 05:00 and 23:00, and the journey time is between 22 and 42mins, depending; both cost 4zł each way and tickets can be bought on board. Note, however, that trains leave from platform 3 of Kraków Głowny train station, while buses depart from the ‘Dworzec Główny Wschód’ bus stop (L-3); in either case get off at ‘Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia.’ Check rozklad.pkp.pl for exact connections and times. 116 Kraków In Your Pocket
your guide will elaborate on. Perhaps the most fascinating and informative part of the Wieliczka experience, the highlights of these beautiful exhibits include two paintings by famous 19th century Polish artist Jan Matejko, and an entire room full of sparkling salt crystals. Upon completion your guide leads you back to the ancient lift which takes you above ground back to where you started.Qul. Daniłowicza 10, Wieliczka, tel. (+48) 12 278 73 02, www.kopalnia.pl. Open 08:00 - 17:00. Admission 84/64zł; from Jan 2018 89/69zł. Taking photos is an additional 10zł. Tickets can be bought online through their website, which is the best way to see the tour times available. In addition to the traditional ‘Tourist Route’ described above, other routes in English are also offered from the Daniłowicza Shaft if booked in advance, including the ‘Pilgrims’ Route’ and a handicap-accessible route. WIELICZKA SALT MINE - MINERS’ ROUTE A more interactive alternative to the mega-popular ‘Tourist Route,’Wieliczka’s Miners’ Route offers visitors a chance to sign on as novice miners for the day and learn the ropes of this dangerous and demanding profession. This more workmanlike expedition sets off from the historic Regis Shaft, located right in the centre of Wieliczka, just a short walk east from the train station. Here, participants are given grey coveralls, a hard hat, headlamp and emergency respirator, assigned a locker, and told to suit up and report for underground duty. In addition to the fun of dressing up and looking slightly ridiculous, each person in the group is given a specific role by the foreman/ tour guide who will appraise their performance when they are called upon to perform certain tasks during the course of this 3-hour trip underground. While exploring passages and chambers that are sometimes lit only by the light of your own torches, you and your companions will learn safety measures, strange mining traditions and rituals, how to use specialised mining equipment and get a more authentic and exciting sense of what it’s like to work underground. While some members will be tasked with measuring the concentration of methane, transporting, or grinding up salt, the map readers have perhaps the most challenging job of navigating the group through this extremely disorienting underground labyrinth. Szczęść Boże! Though lacking the jaw-dropping sights of the Tourist Route, the Miners’ Route can be great fun for groups (up to 20 people), especially if you’ve done the Tourist Route before. Individuals can also go on their own, or join together to form a group. Tours are given in Polish, English or Russian only, are offered at specific times and should be reserved in advance; please arrive 15mins before the tour begins in order to get geared up. While hardly strenuous, this route is more active than the Tourist Route and comfortable shoes are a must. Also, bear in mind that the mine is a cool 15 degrees Centigrade. QPlac Kościuszki 9, Wieliczka, tel. (+48) 12 278 73 02, www.kopalnia.pl. Open 09:30 - 15:00. Admission 84/64zł; from Jan 2018 89/69zł. Tickets can be bought online through their website, which is the best way to see the tour times available. A more physically-strenuous 4-hour tour called ‘Mysteries of the Wieliczka Salt Mine’ is also offered in English from Regis Shaft if booked two weeks in advance. iyp.me/krakow
The infamous Auschwitz I entrance gate. | © noel moore, Dollar Photo Club
For centuries the town of Oświęcim was a quiet backwater community, largely bypassed by world events. That changed with WWII when Oświęcim, known as ‘Auschwitz’ under German occupation, became the chosen site of the largest death camp in the Third Reich. Between 1.1 million and 1.5 million people were exterminated here, etching the name of Auschwitz forever into the history books and countless films, documentaries, books and survivor accounts have since burned it into the collective consciousness.
spared from fully surrendering to their emotions only by the sheer relentlessness of the information. No matter how much you think you know on the subject, the perspective gained by visiting is incomparable. Whether or not you choose to go to Auschwitz is up to you to decide. However it should be understood that Auschwitz is not a site of Jewish concern, Polish concern, German concern, gypsy concern, historical concern... It is a site of human concern. As such, we believe everyone should visit.
Visitors to Kraków and Katowice are faced with asking themselves whether or not they will make the effort to visit Auschwitz. It is a difficult question. There are few who would say they actually ‘want’ to visit Auschwitz, though many are compelled to do so for their own reasons. For those of us who don’t feel so compelled, it’s easy to give reasons for not going: not having enough time, already knowing as much as we need or want to know about it, not feeling personally connected enough to the site or the history to need to visit, or being uncomfortable about the prospect of visiting a site of such emotional resonance at the same time as hundreds of other tourists. Having been there, we can tell you that all of these explanations for avoiding Auschwitz are perfectly reasonable until you’ve actually visited the site; you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who has made the trip and still argues against going.
The Auschwitz Museum and tour present one of the most horrific acts in human history with a level of tact, passion, poignancy and professionalism that is so profound, it almost makes as lasting an impression as the site itself. Without being heavy-handed, the history of the site is presented in all of its contexts and guests are perhaps 118 Kraków In Your Pocket
If you’ve decided to visit Auschwitz, you basically have three options: visit as part of a group organised by a tourist agency, visit independently and join a guided tour at the museum, or visit independently for free without a guide. Unfortunately, a new online reservation system now makes the latter two options much more difficult than in the past. All visits must now be booked in advance through the website visit.auschwitz.org. As a result, you may find there are no tickets available because they have all been snatched up by tourist agencies. The unavailability of tickets online doesn’t mean you can’t visit Auschwitz when you want, but it does basically force you to sign up for a tour through an outside provider. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it relieves you of the hassle of figuring out how to get there and back, but you will essentially be paying a surcharge for the service. For most people, however, it is worth it. If you are determined to visit independently you need to know that during peak season (April - October) the museum makes it obligatory to buy a ticket and become part of a 3.5hr guided tour unless you get there before 10:00 or iyp.me/krakow
Auschwitz after 16:00 - during which times it is possible to visit for free on your own. Be that as it may, we strongly recommend the official guided tour, which is excellent, profound and professional; afterwards you’ll find it hard to imagine getting as much out of your visit had you explored the grounds on your own. Tour departure times fluctuate (check the schedule online), but tours in English depart frequently, and there are also regularly scheduled tours in German, French, Italian, Polish and Spanish; tours in other languages can also be arranged in advance through the website. Arriving at the Auschwitz Museum on your own can be chaotic and confusing thanks to large crowds, numerous ticket windows with different designations, and excessive signage that is unclear or contradicts itself. If you are visiting independently, or in a small group, and do not yet have tickets, you must first visit the white Info box inside before then queuing for the desk marked ‘Individual Guests.’ Upon navigating the scrum and being given headphones, your experience typically begins with a harrowing 20-minute film of narrated footage captured by the Soviet Army when they arrived to liberate the camp in January 1945. The film is not guaranteed however, so in some cases your tour will begin straightaway with a live guide speaking into a microphone which you hear through your headphones. If you intend to explore Auschwitz without a guide, we recommend that you give yourself several hours to explore both camps, and that you pick up the official guidebook (5zł) whose map of the camp is crucial to avoid missing any of the key sites; these can be picked up at any of the numerous bookshops at both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II - Birkenau. Visiting Auschwitz is a full day’s excursion so prepare accordingly (comfortable shoes). The guided tour of Auschwitz I takes around 2 hours, so make sure you’ve eaten breakfast. After completing the tour of the first camp, there is only a short break before the bus leaves for AuschwitzBirkenau II; in order to stay with the same tour guide, you need to catch that bus, so it would be wise to pack some food for the day (though there is some limited food available at the museum). The tour of the second camp is shorter, lasting 1-1.5 hours. Buses regularly depart back to Auschwitz I, or you can walk or catch a cab to the train station 1.5km away. At Auschwitz I there are restrooms (have change available), a fast food bar and a restaurant; there are also restroom facilities at Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Note that only small bags are allowed into Auschwitz I; if your bag exceeds the very small dimensions of 30x20x10cm, you’ll have to leave it somewhere; lockers are provided for this purpose. Qul. Stanisławy Leszczyńskiej 11, Oświęcim, tel. (+48) 33 844 81 00, www.auschwitz.org. Both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau open in December 07:30 - 14:00, in January 07:30 - 15:00. Auschwitz is not recommended for those under 14 years old. An individual ticket for a foreign language guided tour of both camps, plus the film, costs 45/35zł. Tours for groups range from 330-750zł depending on size of group and type of tour. Official guidebook 5-10zł. Admission without a guide (when possible) to either camp is free, but the film costs 4/3zł. iyp.me/polandblog
GETTING TO AUSCHWITZ
Lying 75km west of Kraków, there are several ways to get to Oświęcim/Auschwitz. The easiest may be signing on for a tour organised by a multitude of Kraków-based tour companies (like Cracow City Tours or Cracow Tours) to ensure everything goes smoothly; providing transportation, tickets and general guidance, the organisational help of these outfits can eliminate significant confusion upon arrival. For those going the DIY route, whether by bus or train, the route planning website e-podroznik. pl is a valuable resource. Frequent buses depart for Oświęcim from Kraków’s main bus station (ul. Bosacka 18, L-4); most stop at the Auschwitz Museum entrance (called ‘Oświęcim Muzeum’), but not all, so make sure beforehand otherwise you may end up at the Oświęcim bus station which is at the other end of town. The journey takes 1hr 20-40mins and costs 14zł. Frequent, almost hourly trains also run between Kraków and Oświęcim, with a journey time of 1hr 45mins 2hrs 15mins and a cost of about 9zł; note, however, that early trains to Oświęcim can be eerily crowded, particularly on weekends. The Oświęcim train station (ul. Powstańców Śląskich 22) lies strategically between Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, which are 3km apart. Local bus numbers 24-29 stop at Auschwitz I; buy a ticket (under 3zł) from the nearest kiosk. Free museum buses regularly shuttle visitors between the two camps, or catch a cab for 15zł. Waiting minibus taxis run by Malarek Tour (+48 605 31 50 77) can take you back to Kraków from either camp - a group of eight would pay about 30-40zł/person.
ALSO IN OŚWIĘCIM OŚWIĘCIM JEWISH MUSEUM & SYNAGOGUE If you have more time to spend in Oświęcim, head to this historic synagogue (one of three surviving in the centre of Oświęcim) for more information on the town’s Jewish heritage, including a permanent exhibition on Jewish life there before World War II. Located near Oświęcim’s market square 3km from the Auschwitz museum, the centre offers specially tailored programmes for those plan their visits in advance, and there’s a cafe here with a sweet roof terrace in the warmer months.QPl. Ks. Jana Skarbka 5, Oświęcim, tel. (+48) 510 78 11 99, www.ajcf.org. Open 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat. Admission 10/6zł, family ticket 15zł, kids 6 and under free. December 2017 – January 2018
Auschwitz The remaining blocks are dedicated to the specific suffering of individual nations, including a block dedicated in memory of the Roma (gypsy) people who perished. The tour concludes with the gruesome gas chamber and crematoria, whose two furnaces were capable of burning 350 corpses daily. The gallows used to hang camp commandant Rudolf Hoss in 1947 stands outside.
Photo by Alana de Haan
AUSCHWITZ I Your tour of Auschwitz I begins by passing beneath a replica of the infamous ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ (‘Work Makes You Free’) entrance gate. [The original sign was actually made by inmates of the camp on Nazi orders and is no longer on display after it was stolen in December 2009 and found in pieces in northern Poland a few days after the theft.] From the entrance gate, the prescribed tour route leads past the kitchens, where the camp orchestra once played as prisoners marched to work, before starting in earnest inside Block 4. Here an overview of the creation and reality behind the world’s most notorious concentration camp is given, with exhibits including original architectural sketches for gas chambers, tins of Zyklon B used for extermination and mugshots of inmates. Most disturbing is over seven tonnes of human hair once destined for German factories, which does much to demonstrate the scale and depravity of the Nazi death machine. Transported to Auschwitz in cattle trucks, newly arrived prisoners were stripped of their personal property, some of which is displayed in Block 5 including mountains of artificial limbs, glasses, labelled suitcases, shaving kits and, most affectingly, children’s shoes. Block 6 examines the daily life of prisoners with collections of photographs, artists’ drawings and tools used for hard labour while the next set of barracks recreates the living conditions endured by prisoners: bare rooms with sackcloth spread out on the floor, and rows of communal latrines, one decorated with a poignant mural depicting two playful kittens.
AUSCHWITZ II - BIRKENAU Having completed the long tour of Auschwitz I, some visitors decline the opportunity to visit Auschwitz II – Birkenau, however it’s here that the impact of Auschwitz can be fully felt through the sheer size, scope and solitude of the second camp. Added in 1942 Birkenau contained 300 barracks and buildings on a vast site that covered 175 hectares. Soon after the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, when Hitler and his henchmen rubberstamped the wholesale extermination of European Jews, it grew to become the biggest and most savage of all the Nazi death factories, with up to 100,000 prisoners held there in 1944. The purpose-built train tracks leading directly into the camp still remain. Here a grim selection process took place with 70% of those who arrived herded directly into gas chambers. Those selected as fit for slave labour lived in squalid, unheated barracks where starvation, disease and exhaustion accounted for countless lives. With the Soviets advancing, the Nazis attempted to hide all traces of their crimes. Today little remains, with all gas chambers having been dynamited and living quarters levelled. Climb the tower of the main gate for a full impression of the complex’s size. Directly to the right lie wooden barracks used as a quarantine area, while across on the left hand side lie numerous brick barracks which were home to the penal colony and also the women’s camp. At the far end of the camp lie the mangled remains of the crematoria, as well as a bleak monument unveiled in 1967. After a comparably brief guided tour of the camp, visitors are left to wander and reflect on their own before catching the return bus to Auschwitz I.
Block 11, otherwise known as ‘The Death Block’, is arguably the most difficult part of the tour. Outside, the ‘Wall of Death’ - against which thousands of prisoners were shot by the SS - has been turned into a memorial festooned with flowers; it was here that Pope Benedict XVI prayed during his groundbreaking visit in 2006. Within the terrifying, claustrophobic cellars of Block 11 the Nazi’s conducted their experiments with poison gas in 1941 on Soviet prisoners. Here the cell of Father Maksymilian Kolbe, the Polish priest starved to death after offering his life to save another inmate, is marked with a small memorial, and tiny ‘standing cells’ measuring 90 x 90 cm - where up to four prisoners were held for indefinite amounts of time – remain intact. 120 Kraków In Your Pocket
Tarnów Old Town. Photo by Krzysztof Gzyl, courtesy of Tarnów Tourist Information Centre
Eighty kilometres east of Kraków lies the charming and hospitable city of Tarnów. Małopolska’s second city by size, Tarnów is absolutely dwarfed by Kraków but features many of the same cultural and architectural charms without the crushing crowds, inflated prices and occasional feelings of herd mentality that unfortunately come along with a tourist market the size of Kraków’s. On the contrary, Tarnów offers tourists the comforts of a small town with a long history and the cultural intrigue and activities of a much bigger city. In addition to a well-preserved medieval Old Town - which includes a glorious Cathedral, a cute market square and Town Hall, and many pedestrian avenues - in Tarnów visitors will discover several unique and worthwhile museums, wooden churches, historic cemeteries, castle ruins and a scenic overlook, as well as dozens of artistic and historical monuments at every turn. Those with a special interest in Tarnów’s Jewish heritage will still find traces of it today in the city’s small, but evocative Jewish district and large Jewish Cemetery. While the town’s nightlife may not have the sizzle of Kraków, there are still plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants where you’ll find it easy to meet friendly local folks who are proud of their city and eager to present a good impression to foreigners. All told it’s enough to easily warrant spending at least one night, if not more, as Tarnów also makes a superb base for exploring the wealth of other nearby sites in the region, including the Castle at Dębno, the folk art of Zalipie, and the salt mines of Bochnia. You’ll find more information on Tarnów and all the surrounding area has to offer on our website (tarnow.inyourpocket.com), but make sure you also pay a visit to the fine folks at the Tourist Information Office when you arrive and pick up a copy of IYP’s special Tarnów miniguide. iyp.me/polandblog
WHAT TO SEE CATHEDRAL Dating from the 14th century with major additions and rebuilds in the 15th and 19th centuries, the Neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, just northwest of the Rynek and one of the oldest brick buildings in the city, must rate as one of the most impressive parish churches in Poland. Of note is the 16th-century portal, the impressive several-metre-long monuments to the Tarnowski and Ostrogski families, a number of extraordinary paintings and the impressive, 72-metre tower, a handy point of reference when getting lost in one of Tarnów’s many rambling back streets. Some nice recent additions are also evident, including the fabulously ornate sculpted metal doors on the southern side of the building, and a large monument of Pope John Paul II outside the entrance.QPl. Katedralny, tel. (+48) 14 621 45 01, www.katedra.tarnow.opoka.org.pl. Open 10:00 - 11:00, 13:00 - 17:00; Sun 13:00 - 15:00, 16:00 17:00. No visiting during mass please.
GETTING TO TARNÓW Only 80km east of Kraków, Tarnów is most easily reached by road - a hassle-free drive down the new A4 highway that takes less than an hour. Buses from Kraków to Tarnów run 2-3 times each hour, with the first leaving as early as 05:55 and the last bus back to Kraków departing at 21:00; the journey takes between 1hr 15mins and 2hrs. Trains to Tarnów also run every 30-60 minutes from Kraków, with a journey time of between 45 and 85 minutes depending on whether you take a local or express train. December 2017 – January 2018
Tarnów TOURIST INFORMATION TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE One of the most helpful offices in all of PL, make this your first port of call on arrival. Here (and on their multi-lingual website) you’ll find a wide range of free information on Tarnów and the surrounding region, free internet (browse away), bicycle rental, luggage lockers, souvenirs, and there’s even accommodation available upstairs. If you’re interested in a gadget-led tour, there’s the Tarnów Wooden Architecture App, nine different audio tours, and a GPS guide. The friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic English-speaking staff can give you whatever additional information or advice you can’t find here, so don’t be shy.QRynek 7, tel. (+48) 14 688 90 90, www.tarnow.travel. Open 08:00 - 18:00; Sat, Sun 09:00 - 17:00.
RYNEK & THE OLD TOWN
Retaining its original medieval layout of latticed streets and central market square (Rynek) reached by stairways from a lower, surrounding loop (formerly the city walls and defensive towers), Tarnów’s exemplary Old Town began life in the 14th century, although most of what now stands dates from later on. Its crowning glory is the Rynek, a wide-open plaza surrounded on all four sides by fine Renaissance merchant houses dating from the 16th to the 18th century. At the centre of the Rynek stands the Town Hall, a lovely 15th-century building originally constructed in the Gothic style and remodelled at the end of the 16th century in a classic Renaissance manner, topped off with an idiosyncratic 30m tower from which Tarnów’s ‘hejnał’ – a short traditional melody – is played every day at 12:00. Small compared to its vast Cracovian cousin, the Old Town is still interesting enough to warrant a good investigation, and includes a fairly well-preserved Jewish quarter to the east, one remaining defensive tower and a pleasant pedestrian street, hugging its northern edge and featuring several interesting buildings as well as a number of monuments. 122 Kraków In Your Pocket
ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM As well as highlighting local ethnographic traditions, this better than average collection includes a large celebration of Roma (Gypsy) culture, which is allegedly the only such collection in Europe. A truly fascinating, if slightly dated, exhibition tracing Roma culture in Poland from its beginnings in the 15th century to their fate at the hands of the Nazis and beyond, the three rooms that make up the exhibition include some excellent maps, models, costumes and photographs; with about 350 Roma living in the Tarnów area, their culture is still very much alive locally. In the museum’s back garden you’ll find several traditionally painted gypsy caravans.Qul. Krakowska 10, tel. (+48) 14 622 06 25, www.muzeum.tarnow.pl. Open 09:00 - 15:00, Thu 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Mon, Sat, Last entrance 30mins before closing. Admission 8/5zł, family ticket 16zł; Sun free for the permanent exhibition. N THE JEWISH CEMETERY A 10-minute walk north of the Old Town, this cemetery was established in the early 1580s and is one of the oldest and largest in Poland. With several thousand gravestones, almost all of them untouched by the Nazis, the Jewish Cemetery is a haunting albeit necessary part of any visit to Tarnów. Seriously overgrown in places, some areas near the main entrance can still be easily reached, and there are even signs in English marking a few of the graveyard’s more eminent souls. Near the entrance is a large memorial to the Jews of Tarnów, built from one of the columns of the city’s destroyed New Synagogue. The cemetery’s original gates are now in Washington’s Holocaust Museum, and their replacements are kept firmly locked, however it is possible to borrow a key by leaving a 20zł deposit at the Tourist Information Centre at Rynek 7.QJunction of ul. Słoneczna and ul. Matki Bożej Fatimskiej. THE OLD SYNAGOGUE BIMAH Between ul. Żydowska (Jewish Street) and Plac Rybny (Fish Square) stood The Old Synagogue, Tarnów’s primary place of worship for 45% of its population when war broke out in 1939. The first synagogue at this site dates back to some time before 1582; the frequent victim of fires, the wooden structure was finally rebuilt out of brick in 1670. On November 8th, 1939, the Old Synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis and later demolished; all that remains today is the brick ‘bimah’ - a four-pillared podium iyp.me/krakow
from which the Torah was read. In 1987 a roof was placed over the bimah to protect it, and the area around it has since been renovated into an appealing public space which hosts concerts during the annual Galician Shtetl - Jewish Memory Days (June 16-19). Today the bimah is the most visible and perhaps the most important monument to Tarnów’s Jewish heritage.QSkwer Starej Syna‑ gogi. TOWN HALL MUSEUM (RATUSZ) Worth a visit for a peep inside the Town Hall alone, this extraordinary collection over two floors includes glass, porcelain, silver, weaponry, and the most extensive collection of 18th-century Sarmatian portraits in the country. Sarmatism, if you’re wondering, was a beguiling infusion of lifestyle, culture and ideology that predominated the Polish nobility from the 17th to 19th century. Based on the mistaken and rather amusing belief that Poles were descended from a loose confederation of ancient Iranian tribes, Polish Sarmatism evolved over the centuries from a set of values based on pacifism into a full-blown warrior philosophy that endorsed horseback riding, outrageous behaviour and a propensity for lavish Oriental clothing and huge, handlebar moustaches.QRynek 1, tel. (+48) 14 692 90 00, www.muzeum.tarnow.pl. Open 09:00 - 15:00, Thu 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Mon, Sat, Last entrance 30mins before closing. Museum admission 8/5zł, family ticket 16zł, Sun free for permanent exhibition. UN iyp.me/polandblog
WHERE TO EAT STARA ŁAŹNIA (THE OLD BATHHOUSE) Though we’re anything but fans, when Polish celebrity restaurateur Magda Gessler called out the state of Tarnów’s former Jewish bath house (mikvah) as deplorable, we were in complete agreement. With an unkempt facade covered in tacky advertising for the businesses inside (including a cheap Polish restaurant), it was time for a ‘revolution’ and Gessler’s travelling cooking show (Kuchenne Rewolucje) provided just that. Overhauled and re-imagined as Stara Łaźnia (Old Bathhouse), the restaurant now pays homage to the past with a menu of traditional Galician and Polish Jewish dishes that offer a taste of pre-war Tarnów. Choose from ala carte dishes like cholent (traditional Jewish stew), latkes with goulash, and duck pate with halva and cranberries, or go for Miss Magda’s signature 6-course set menu for 85zł. On the walls are black and white photos of old Tarnów, and a fine exhibit of paintings by Miny Nath (a Jewish artist from Tarnów), while other touches include candlelit menorahs, Israeli scarves and klezmer music playing subtly in the background (watch for occasional concerts). Tasty, tasteful and dignified, this is exactly what should have been done with this space long ago, and it’s certainly the most interesting dining destination in Tarnów.QPl. Więźniów Oświęcimia 1, tel. (+48) 14 692 00 39, www.laznia.tarnow. pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 21:00. (14-42zł). T6VEGSW December 2017 – January 2018
Tired of stale obwarzanki (p.27)? Make your own fresh at the Obwarzanek Museum (p.126)!
While drinking in cafes and beer gardens is probably the number one local leisure activity, our Leisure section is geared more for those looking for outdoor activities on a beautiful day, or how to stay active on an ugly one. Generally, Cracovians are spoiled with recreation opportunities, if only for the fact that the Old Town is a joy to stroll around when the sun is out and features several unique green spaces, particularly the Planty (p.76) and Błonia (D/E/F-6). Kraków’s unique and mysterious earthwork mounds also provide interesting outdoor sightseeing opportunities near the city centre - check out Krakus Mound in Podgórze (p.108) or Kościuszko Mound in Salwator (p.84); or go deep into the woods of Las Wolski to find Piłsudski Mound, as well as the Zoo (p.126).
BOWLING & BILLIARDS BOWLING PLAC NOWY 1 Located in the basement of a modern building right on Plac Nowy, this is the nicest bowling alley in Kraków. With only six lanes, the space is intimate rather, so reservations are wise. The bar puts an emphasis on regional Polish microbrews, and you can order food from the restaurant upstairs. Prices for one lane for one hour (max 8 people) are 55, 75 or 95zł depending on the day of the week and time of day.QK‑8, Pl. Nowy 1, tel. (+48) 12 442 77 11, www. placnowy1.pl. Open 14:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri 14:00 - 02:00, Sat 12:00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 24:00. 124 Kraków In Your Pocket
THE STAGE Kraków’s most atmospheric billiards club, The Stage is much more than just a pool hall and bar. In the evenings this laid-back hangout often hosts events including concerts, cabarets, and karaoke with a live band as locals rack ‘em up on the seven handsome billiards tables in front of the street-side windows. Conference and company events also organised.QI‑4, ul. Łobzowska 3, tel. (+48) 12 681 63 85, www.thestage.pl. Open 13:00 - 01:00. Cost of a table ranges between 15-23zł/hr depending on the time of day.
INDOOR ATTRACTIONS HISTORYLAND This brand-new family attraction inside Kraków’s former main train station should appeal to history buffs, tech heads and LEGO maniacs. Learn the history of Poland throughout the centuries with these 10 interactive exhibits made from over 1 million LEGO blocks. Beginning with the settlement at Biskupin, to the Battle of Grunwald, outbreak of WWII and Gdańsk shipyard protests, Historyland’s exhibits are not only highly detailed 1:50 scale models, but each is enhanced with VR technology, multimedia animations and manual play, bringing the story to life.QK‑4, Pl. Jana Nowaka-Jeziorańskiego 3, www.historyland.pl/ en. Open 09:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Admission 27/24zł, family ticket (2 adults, 2 kids) 63zł. iyp.me/krakow
Leisure NEW KRAKÓW IN 15 MINUTES This unique presentation gives you a crash course on the history of Kraków, its legends and tales. Essentially a recorded narration with images and animations projected over an impressive 5x4 metre 3D scale model of the city centre, the visual effects will keep your kids engaged, but the info may come a bit too fast for them to keep up. Adults should get a good grounding in the city’s history and highlights, but the narrative is a bit disjointed as it leaps forward in time, and between trivia, anecdotes and hard facts. Available in Polish, English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian, there’s a specific schedule online, but they keep it flexible - if no one else is there they will screen it in the language of your choosing; or you’ll just have to wait 15mins, during which time you can check out their fantastic gallery of photos by Przemek Czaja. QI‑7, ul. Kanonicza 5, tel. (+48) 12 422 12 78, www. krakowin15minutes.pl. Open 12:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. Tickets 12/7zł, kids under 5 free. KRAKÓW WATER PARK (PARK WODNY) The huge indoor pool complex includes 800m of water slides, dragon and pirate play areas, massage fountains, climbing walls, wave machines, and other in-water activities, Probably the thing your kid will remember most about Kraków, you might not have such a bad time yourself with access to the saunas, jacuzzis, a fitness centre and a pool-side cafe from which you can watch your little terrors dunk each other. Prices are 21-27zł for one hour, 42-60zł for day access (recommended - one hour just isn’t enough), including sauna access; note that the fitness centre is an additional charge, and that on weekends this place is absolutely packed.QL‑1, ul. Dobrego Pasterza 126, tel. (+48) 12 616 31 91, www.parkwodny.pl. Open 08:00 22:00. LOST SOULS ALLEY - DEADLY WALK Building off the terrifying success of their original house of horrors at ul. Floriańska 6 (J-5, open 12:00 - 20:00; Fri 12:00 - 22:00; Sat 12:00 - 21:00), the outfit behind Lost Souls Alley has opened a second nightmare asylum in the longabandoned and thoroughly creepy basements of Tytano - a former tobacco factory just outside the Old Town. If ‘haunted house’ makes you think of campy Scooby Doo creatures and jump scares, this is not that kind of haunted house, but rather one that awakens your basic instinct of fear with claustrophobic and psychologically demented situations inspired by modern horror films and thrillers. In groups of 2-6 people, you’ll be locked in the factory basements and have to work together to solve puzzles in order to escape through a series of 16 rooms and corridors. Doing so typically takes 40mins, reservations are wise, and we recommend it for anyone 15 and over who wants one of the most memorable scares of their life.QG‑5, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10, tel. (+48) 666 97 79 67, www.deadlywalk. com. Open 16:00 - 21:00, Fri 15:00 - 22:00, Sat 13:00 22:00, Sun 12:00 - 20:00. Prices range from 27-35zł/per person depending on how many are in your group. iyp.me/polandblog
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CINEMAS ARS CINEMA Located in a historic building whose history as a cinema dates back to 1916, ARS has survived several attempts at closure to remain arguably Kraków’s most popular art house cinema with 5 separate salons showing a range of commercial and ambitious independent films.QJ‑5, ul. Św. Tomasza 11, tel. (+48) 12 421 41 99, www.ars.pl. Tickets 1322zł. CINEMA CITY GALERIA KAZIMIERZ Your best bet in the city centre for Hollywood blockbusters.QL‑8, ul. Podgórska 34, tel. (+48) 12 254 54 54, www.cinema-city.pl. Box office open 30 minutes before the first showtime to 15 minutes after the last showtime. Tickets 18-33zł. KINO POD BARANAMI One of Kraków’s most important art cinemas, housed in a historic building on the corner of the market square. Three projection rooms show the latest entries from world film festivals.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 27, tel. (+48) 12 423 07 68, www.kinopodbaranami.pl. Box office open 45 minutes before the first showtime until 15 minutes after the last showtime. Tickets 20-22zł. December 2017 – January 2018
Leisure ICE SKATING
GALERIA KRAKOWSKA ICE RINK This seasonal ice rink in front of the Galeria Krakowska shopping mall offers the opportunity to stow your luggage in a locker and hit the ice immediately after jumping off the train.QK‑4, Pl. Jana Nowaka Jeziorańskiego. Open 09:00 - 21:30, Sun 10:00 20:30. Admission 12zł (no time limit). Skate rental 10zł. JORDAN PARK ICE RINK From mid-December Kraków’s largest man-made glacier will again appear inside Jordan Park, with a main 1000m2 frozen patch, a separate 200m2 space for little ones to take their first steps on the ice (and helmets to rent for paranoid parents), and a 150m ‘ice alley.’ The Organic Coffee Cafe will also be nearby for those in need of a warm-up.QF‑6, Jordan Park, entrance from Al. 3-Maja 11A, tel. (+48) 697 00 83 40, www. lodowisko-krakowskieblonia.pl. Open 09:00 - 21:00; Fri, Sat 09:00 - 22:00. Admission 12/10zł for 75mins ice time (each additional 15mins 2zł); family ticket 36zł. Skate rental 9zł.
KRAKÓW ZOO First opened in 1929, Kraków’s Zoo offers visitors the chance to see nearly 1500 animals of almost 300 species, while still remaining very manageable in size at only 20 hectares. Most of the exhibits are outdoors in the natural setting of Wolski Forest and there’s surprisingly little to get depressed about. Among the rare, exotic and endangered species you’ll see are Indian elephants, pygmy hippopotami, South American sea lions, Humboldt penguins, giraffes, jaguars, camels, dwarf caimans and a surprisingly impressive array of brightly-plumed pheasants (our favourite). There’s also a petting zoo, and some unavoidable snack bars. Bus 134 leaves every 20mins on weekdays and 10mins on weekends from ‘Cracovia Stadion’ (ul. Józefa Kałuży, G-6) and drops you off at the entrance.Qul. Kasy Oszczędności Miasta Krakowa 14, tel. (+48) 12 425 35 51, www.zookrakow.pl. Open 09:00 - 15:00; last entrance 1 hour before closing. Admission 18/10zł. 126 Kraków In Your Pocket
NEW OBWARZANEK MUSEUM Obwarzanki - the parboiled dough rings which date back over 600 years, are synonymous with Kraków, and beloved by both its people and pigeons. If you can’t get enough of these chewy circular snacks, learn more about them at this interactive educational museum. Discover what makes them unique, see how they’re made firsthand and even bake your own. Primarily occupied with school groups during the week, on Fri, Sat and Sun the museum opens to the general public with obwarzanki workshops conducted in Polish at 10:00, 12:00 and 16:00, and in English at 12:00. Each participant leaves with their very own obwarzanek to cherish forever (external conditions may apply) or chow down on immediately. During the rest of the week groups can still visit if arranged in advance, and anyone can drop in to their small cafe/shop for a coffee and a bagel.QJ‑4, ul. Paderewskiego 4, tel. (+48) 12 357 73 22, www.muzeumobwarzanka. com. Open 10:00 - 16:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 09:30 - 17:30. Admission 19/16zł, children under 3 free. PAPUGARNIA AMAZONIA This small parrot aviary on the market square offers the chance to observe, interact with, and even feed upwards of 40 brightly coloured, beautiful birds from over 15 different species, including cockatoos, parakeets and macaws. The birds have free range of the place and quite enjoy landing on guests - protective clothing is provided (shit happens) for free, including head covers and arm sleeves, because the birds will use your body as a perch; if you aren’t comfortable with large birds landing on your back or head, don’t enter. Overall, this is a pretty cool experience for kids, though we wouldn’t recommend it for those under 5. Visits are limited to 20 minutes, with a finite number of guests granted entry every 20 minutes past the hour.QI‑5, Rynek 23/3, tel. (+48) 502 79 94 95, www.papugarnia.edu.pl. Open 12:00 - 20:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 20:00. Admission 15/10zł, family ticket 38zł, children under 4 free. POLONIA WAX MUSEUM Surely the inevitable consequence of being a highly successful tourist destination (we don’t know how else to put it nicely), this kitsch ‘museum’ on the market square has proven popular enough to spawn a second location nearby. As such the collection has been reorganised into two thematic ‘routes’ - here on the market square the ‘historical route’ leads you through the interwar period, WWII, the 70s, 80s, 90s and up to modern times, with sculptures of dozens of Polish heroes, plus American presidents, the British Royal Family, Hitler, Putin and several Popes; at ul. Floriańska 32 (admission 25/15zł) the ‘entertainment route’ offers the opportunity to snap selfies with such celebs and cultural icons as Marilyn Monroe, Shrek, Spiderman and Harry Potter. Prices are steep, but you can save 10zł off the entry fee by proving you liked their FB page.QI‑5, Rynek Główny 34, tel. (+48) 502 79 94 45, www.poloniawaxmuseum. com. Open 09:00 - 23:00. Admission 30/20zł, family ticket (2+2) 20zł, children under 7 free, groups over 6: 15zł per person, groups over 12: 10zł per person. U iyp.me/krakow
Leisure SPA & BEAUTY CHAIYO THAI MASSAGE CENTRE Improve blood and limphatic circulation, release physical and mental tension, strengthen the immune system, improve joint flexibility and remove toxins from your body with an authentic Thai massage, performed solely by highly qualified Thai masseuses trained at Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok. The offer includes classical Thai massage, herbal compresses, oil massages, feet and legs reflexology, back, shoulder and head massages, and more. Receive a 10% discount when you present In Your Pocket. Also at ul. Grodzka 27 (I-6, tel. +48 530 500 510).QI‑6, ul. Grodzka 27, tel. (+48) 530 50 05 10, www.tajskimasaz. pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00. Massages 100-300zł. NEW TERMY KRAKOWSKIE FORUM Enjoy splendid views of Wawel Castle while completely naked, in public, without reprimand. The no clothes or swimsuits (only towels) policy of this new sauna complex applies to all areas - the Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, hot tub, salt room, biosauna, infrared sauna, cooling area with ice chips and ice water, outdoor pool, sandy beach, and double VIP room. Special ‘seances’ - which involve a sauna master pouring scented water over coals or smashing balls of ice while dancing around in a towel - take place every hour from 17:15. Cheeky indeed.QH‑8, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 28, tel. (+48) 538 29 55 00, www.termykrakowskie.pl. Open 15:00 - 23:00; Sat, Sun 12:00 - 23:00. 30zł/1hr, 40zł/2hrs, 60zł/3hrs. All day 75zł; couples 120zł. THAI SMILE MASSAGE Treat yourself to a range of therapeutic Thai massages that will leave you feeling energised and balanced. Most massages are done in loose, non-constraining clothes to make you as comfortable as possible, and can even be a fun activity to do with a friend, partner or family member. Massages are performed by certified masseuses and incorporate aspects of Thai traditional medicine, acupressure, yoga and Buddhism. Give it a try and discover the wonder of getting an invigorating full body workout without doing a thing.QJ‑8, ul. Krakowska 3 lok. 1, tel. (+48) 531 90 59 65, www.thaismile.pl. Open 12:00 - 22:00. VANILLA SPA This luxurious spa in the centre of the five-star Niebieski Hotel is a palace of pampering for your mind and body thanks to a variety of holistic treatments in relaxing environs. Spoil your skin through a series of peels and masks using top of the line cosmetics and munch on organic ‘bio snacks’ courtesy of the Vanilla Sky restaurant between trips to the sauna, steam bath, and massage tables. Walk in for a free consultation to have their experts create your own personal care programme.QF‑8, ul. Flisacka 3, tel. (+48) 12 297 40 04, www.vanillaspa.pl. Open 10:00 - 21:00. iyp.me/polandblog
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TAO THERAPY Escape to this massage therapy centre in Podgórze and immerse yourself in a space where you can let go of your stress, relax your body and reinvigorate your senses. Tao offers a range of traditional massages and body treatments, including traditional Thai massage, hot lava stone massage, hot herbal compress massage, facials, foot reflexology and aroma therapy massages. Treat yourself or your partner to some TLC by expert masseuses from Thailand and the Philippines.QK‑10, ul. Józefińska 4/3 (1st floor), tel. (+48) 695 66 69 99, www.taospa.pl/en. Open 12:00 - 22:00. December 2017 – January 2018
Visit the renowned Blazko jewellery workshop and gallery for some local colour you can take home with you.
While Kraków can hardly be considered a shoppers' paradise in the traditional sense, its artsy reputation makes it a great place to pick up antiques, artwork and jewellery. Areas of note include Kazimerz's ulica Józefa (K-8), which is lined with galleries, and the market on Plac Nowy (K-8). Meanwhile, the Cloth Hall (open roughly 10:00 - 20:00, I-5) in the middle of the market square is obvious for typical local souvenirs. For the generic western experience you can hit one of the shopping malls we list, however throughout this section we've made a concentrated effort to focus not on recognised, international brands and franchises, but unique, home-grown businesses; so we encourage you to put your money where their mouth is.
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AMBER & JEWELLERY BLAZKO Don’t fancy amber? Not a problem. Head down to Kazimierz’s artistic Józefa Street and drop in on Grzegorz Błażko - a Polish artist and designer, well-known and admired for his unique, colourful, high quality jewellery. Working in silver, brass, synthetic materials and acrylic, Błażko creates beautiful, highly sought-after rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more, in which you might notice touches of Hundertwasser, Miro and Klimt. Quite a character himself, his store is also his workshop, so a visit is an intimate encounter with the artist at his craft.QK‑8, ul. Józefa 11, tel. (+48) 579 05 64 56, www.blazko.pl. Open 11:00 - 19:00, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 15:00. LILOU A Polish jewellery brand which has become popular across the world for their customised jewellery primarily pendants, charms and chains - which can be engraved on-site with whatever special message you are able to dream up. Glamorous but not intimidating, Lilou jewellery is made of 14 karat gold, 925 silver or 23 karat plated-gold, and their Kraków boutique is staffed by immaculately-attired ladies keen to assist you with your decision.QJ‑5, ul. Św. Tomasza 27, tel. (+48) 12 312 13 93, www.lilouparis.com/en. Open 10:00 20:00. iyp.me/krakow
Shopping SYNCRET This outstanding shop specialises in vintage and modern fine jewellery, made with diamonds and natural stones. The selection is carefully curated to only include truly exceptional diamonds and stones, all of which come with valuation documents, can be made into rings matching the customer’s exact specifications, and even resized for free at a later date. Compare Syncret with other stores in town and you’ll quickly see that the quality of the stones, and also the personalised customer service they offer, is a cut above the competition.QI‑6, ul. Bracka 8, tel. (+48) 797 65 70 80, www.syncret.com. Open 11:00 - 19:00, Sat 11:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun. WORLD OF AMBER Like a mosquito encased in golden resin, amber is inextricable from the history of Poland and Kraków. Baltic amber is the most desired of all, and tourist-laden Kraków’s location on the Amber Route means you’ve got one of the best selections in the world, crafted by master jewellers. Truth in advertising, this Schubert showcase shop really is a wondrous world of amber, with items ranging from rings and pendants to dragons and chess sets. Also at ul. Floriańska 13 and 22 (J-5), and ul. Powiśle 7 (Sheraton Hotel, H-7).QJ‑6, ul. Grodzka 38, tel. (+48) 12 430 21 14, www.worldofamber.pl. Open 09:00 20:00.
ART & DESIGN DEKOR ART If you’re not familiar with Bolesławiec - Poland’s wellloved folk ceramic brand, head here straightaway to get introduced. Crammed full of colourful tableware with simple, hand-painted and highly-recognisable folk motifs, this bargain shop is sure to help you make someone on your list happy.QI‑5, ul. Sławkowska 11, tel. (+48) 515 45 29 69, www.dekorbuy.pl. Open 10:00 - 19:00, Sun 11:15 - 17:00.
There’s more online! krakow.inyourpocket.com FORUM DESIGNU This large, spacious showroom for Polish interior design and home accessories is one of the most fashionable places in town. Though some European firms are represented, the emphasis here is on unique local design using sustainable production methods, and the result is an impressive, not-at-all petite sales boutique. An added bonus is the attached Forum Mody fashion showroom, and together they organise numerous design fairs, workshops and other events throughout the year.QG‑6, ul. Focha 1 (Hotel Cracovia), tel. (+48) 604 05 64 77, www.forumdesignu.pl. Open 11:00 - 19:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. iyp.me/polandblog
POLISH GIFT GUIDE ALCOHOL: Vodka (see p.26) is a given and alcohol shops are in plentiful supply, but try the flavourful infusions at Szambelan (p.131), or miód pitny (mead) if the straight stuff isn’t to your taste. AMBER: Though far from the Baltic, Kraków was a major stop on the Amber Road and World of Amber (p.129) has several locations offering a huge selection of fine jewellery made from fossilised resin. BOLESŁAWIEC POTTERY: The hand-painted folk patterns of Poland’s popular ceramic brand are beloved internationally and make a great gift for anyone with a kitchen. Head to Dekor Art (p.129). ART & DESIGN: PL has a rich tradition of graphic art, and Kraków’s Poster Gallery (p.130) - is the place to discover it. For cool communist-inspired cloths visit Pan Tu Nie Stał (p.130), while the huge Forum Designu complex (p.129) is full of fashion and interior design by stylish Polish brands. BOARDGAMES: Boardgames are back in vogue and the award-winning Polish game Kolejka (p.132) is a fun way to experience communist-era reality. Also, while perusing the Cloth Hall keep your eyes peeled for unique hand-carved three-player chess sets. December 2017 – January 2018
Shopping BOOKS IN ENGLISH
MASSOLIT BOOKS & CAFÉ The best English-language bookstore in Central Europe, owing in large part to its intimate cafe atmosphere. Specialising in Polish, East European and Jewish literature, here you’ll find books on all subjects, plus recent periodicals to peruse over coffee and pie, or a glass of wine. The selection is surprisingly good, and the prices are the best you’ll find anywhere. This legendary establishment deserves the support, but if you’re on a budget you can trade the novel you finished on the train for credit towards a new one. Also look for their bakery nearby at ul. Smoleńsk 17 (H-6).QH‑6, ul. Felicjanek 4, tel. (+48) 12 432 41 50, www.massolit. com. Open 09:00 - 21:00; Fri 09:00 - 20:00; Sat, Sun 10:00 - 20:00.
OUTDOOR MARKETS PLAC TARGOWY UNITARG Open every day with everything from fruit, flowers and produce to pirated DVDs, dodgy underwear and cheap wristwatches, on Sundays this popular outdoor market becomes a sprawling full-blown flea market of Old World antiques, Catholic icons, village detritus, vinyl records, war memorabilia, mismatched shoes, stolen bikes and pretty much anything you can dream of at negotiable prices. Different vendors set their own hours, but on weekends most are here shortly after dawn and packing up anytime between 14:00 and sunset. At night on Plac Targowy you’ll find two 24hour alcky shops and the best grilled kiełbasa in town, sold from a van (p.44).QK‑6, ul. Grzegórzecka, tel. (+48) 12 429 61 55, www.unitarg.krakow.pl. STARY KLEPARZ A tradition of over 800 years, this large, covered marketplace just north of the Barbican offers bargain prices and the best selection in the city for local produce, fruit, meat and cheeses, in addition to spices, socks, sweaters and whatever oddball commodities are the order of the day during your visit.QJ‑4, Rynek Kleparski 20, tel. (+48) 12 634 15 32, www. starykleparz.com. Open 07:00 - 18:00, Sat 07:00 15:00, Sun 08:00 - 15:00. 130 Kraków In Your Pocket
GALERIA LUELUE This charming photography gallery/shop embraces a pre-war sepia-toned perspective on Kraków through old photographs, paintings, postcards and posters, offset slightly by more cheeky graphic designs from contemporary artists. With an emphasis on early urbania, architecture, transportation and romance, this is a great place to pick up high-quality reproductions of nostalgic photographs printed on canvas, or even on linen shoulder bags. They’ll even print your own images and designs if you upload them on their website.QK‑8, ul. Miodowa 22, tel. (+48) 728 55 10 24, www.luelue.pl. Open 09:00 - 19:00, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 19:00. POSTER GALLERY Poland has a proud tradition of graphic poster art for film and theatre. Here you can browse binders of hundreds of designs for different plays, various propaganda campaigns, and alternative film posters for your favourite flicks that you never knew existed. Many are in stock and many more available to order online. They make fantastic gifts and keepsakes, or go cheap by buying a stack of unusual postcards. Now a second, larger location with exhibition space in the former Cracovia Hotel (ul. Focha 1, G-6). QJ‑6, ul. Stolarska 8-10, tel. (+48) 12 421 26 40, www. cracowpostergallery.com. Open 12:00 - 17:00, Sat 11:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES IDEA FIX CONCEPT STORE The ‘idea’ here is promoting contemporary, young, independent Polish artists and designers - and for once we’re not talking about painted angels or folk pottery. This shop is straight Soho (NYC) with an alternative urban chic style and attitude that will hopefully encourage Kraków’s hundreds of DJs to pick up their duds somewhere other than H&M. Championing sustainable consumption, drop in this expansive and sexy 230m2 concept store just off Plac Wolnica to check out clothing and accessories by independent local designers, Polish films and music, Polish fibre arts, interior design and more.QK‑9, ul. Bocheńska 7, tel. (+48) 12 422 12 46, www.ideafix.pl. Open 11:00 19:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 18:00. PAN TU NIE STAŁ This Łódź-based family-owned business blossomed out of a blog obsessed with Polish communist-era design, typography and cultural artefacts, which soon developed into a design firm manufacturing contemporary hipster apparel inspired by PRL graphics and culture. Clever, trendy and tongue-firmly-in-cheek, choose from t-shirts featuring the faces of Stanisław Lem or Pan Kleks, fanny packs that say ‘Cześć’ (Hi), hats that say ‘bajzel’ (shambles), Soviet nostalgia photo albums, handleless mugs, shoulder bags, posters, postcards and more. In terms of local design that is useful, affordable and overtly Polish, it doesn’t get any better than this.QL‑9, ul. Nadwiślańska 9, tel. (+48) 667 43 26 71, www.pantuniestal.com. Open 11:00 - 19:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. iyp.me/krakow
Shopping ROCK SHOP You know a city has made it when it gets a Hard Rock Cafe, and is there anything which says ‘I’ve been there’ more than a Hard Rock t-shirt? Ahem. Pick up the ‘Kraków’ tee to add to your collection at the shop inside the HRC opposite St. Mary’s Basilica. Classic white may cost 100zł, but the memory of buying it - priceless.QJ‑5, Rynek Główny/Pl. Mariacki 9, tel. (+48) 12 429 11 55, www.hardrock.com/ krakow. Open 10:00 - 24:00.
FOOD & ALCOHOL DELIKATESY 13 Located in the basement of Kraków’s nicest, most central shopping mall, this Italian delicatessen offers a wide range of high-quality edible goods including over 100 varieties of Italian cheese and meats, parma ham, truffles, cooking oils and balsamic vinaigrettes, as well as delicious locally-made preservative free honeys and jams. Pies, pastries and cakes are also made daily. The ideal place to go if you’re planning an intimate dinner party, Delikatesy 13 is packed with outstanding goods, and the adjacent wine shop offers a top selection. QI‑6, Rynek Główny 13 (Pasaż 13), tel. (+48) 12 617 02 27, www.vinoteka13.pl. Open 11:00 - 21:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00.
BUTIK LCS – GUCCI, CHLOE, SAINT LAURENT, MOSCHINO, STELLA MCCARTNEY, BALMAIN, SEE BY CHLOE, PAUL SMITH, KENZO, PHILIPP PLEIN, OFF WHITE, DSQUARED2, DIOR, PLEIN SPORT, JUST CAVALLI, ISABEL MARANT, VERSACE, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, JIMMY CHOO, MONCLER, GIVENCHY, MARSELL, MARNI, RICK OWENS, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI, MARC JACOBS, GOLDEN GOOSE, FENDI, AMI, LOST AND FOUND, LANVIN, MAISON MARGIELA, ALLSAINTS, ACNE, VALENTINO RED, MCM, VICTORIA BECKHAM, RAG&BONE, ETRO, ALEXANDRE MATTIUSSI, AMIRI, ANDRÉ GRAND - COLETTI, CERRUTI 1881, THOMPSON LONDON, VERSACE, BAGATT, DIESEL, DIAMANTI, LOOKBOOK MOKOBELLE, LOUVE WITH EVOLUE – ROBERT KUPISZ, PAPROCKI & BRZOZOWSKI, GOSIA BACZYŃSKA, ŁUKASZ JEMIOŁ, 303 AVENUE, NATALIA JAROSZYŃSKA, WESTWOOD EYEWEAR, MAGGIE PIU, MANIEWSKI, NESPRESSO, NORD SHOES STUDIO, TUTTI COLORI - MONALISA, CARAMELLA, MINI MELLISA, BUNNY WHITE, WOLFORD, LCONCEPT 13 - BAR & RESTAURANT 13, DELIKATESY 13, VINOTEKA 13
KARMELLO The chocolate shop to end all chocolate shops, Karmello is Kraków’s most exquisite spot for indulging the sweet tooth. Several stunning display cases practically sparkle with over 50 varieties of exclusively-crafted chocolates, plus truffles, chocolate bars, candied chocolate-dipped fruit and other specialties. Perfect for picking up a nice gift in a pinch, or get them personalised in advance. So amazing it must be...Italian? Belgian? Swiss? Nope, Karmello actually hails from Bielsko-Biała - about 90mins southwest of Kraków in Silesia. Also at ul. Floriańska 40 (J-5).QI‑6, Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 11, tel. (+48) 12 422 03 72, www.karmello.pl. Open 06:30 - 23:00; Mon 06:30 - 22:00. REGIONALNE ALKOHOLE Kraków’s best, most diverse alcohol shop - ideal for an education in Polish vodkas and the exploding Polish craft beer movement. The selection of mostly-Polish brews reaches up to 300(!) and there are literally hundreds of vodkas and other quality Polish spirits to whet your palette, plus a knowledgeable staff to make deciding all the easier. QK‑8, ul. Miodowa 28A, tel. (+48) 533 59 33 35, www. regionalnealkohole.com. Open 10:00 - 22:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 21:00. SZAMBELAN A huge selection of special vodkas, meads and Polish absinthes decanted from enormous Erlenmeyer flasks. The exotic bottles make for ideal last minute gifts which they can ship for you, or go ghetto fab by refilling a plastic bottle and stuffing it in your luggage (or just strolling the Planty...wait, no). Sample first, sample often.QI‑6, ul. Gołębia 2 (entrance from ul. Bracka 9), tel. (+48) 12 628 70 93, www.szambelan.pl. Open 11:00 - 20:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 21:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00. iyp.me/polandblog
MAIN MARKET SQUARE 13 OPEN: 9 AM - 9 PM; 11 AM - 5 PM
December 2017 – January 2018
Shopping ‘KOLEJKA’ BOARD GAME
SHOPPING MALLS BONARKA CITY CENTER Located just beyond the southern limits of the IYP map, Bonarka offers 91,000m2 of retail space with about 190 shops (including Auchan, Leroy Merlin and Media Expert), over 20 restaurants and cafes, the largest cinema complex in the city and 3,200 free parking spaces. Built on the site of a former chemical plant - the iconic smokestack of which remains - the heart of this ‘city within a city’ features eight two-storey palm trees flanking a fountain under a glass ceiling. To get there take buses 144, 169, 173, 174, 179 or 184 getting off at the ‘Bonarka’ stop.Qul. Kamieńskiego 11 (Podgórze), tel. (+48) 12 298 60 00, www.bonarkacitycenter.pl. Open 10:00 - 21:00.
If you’ve spent any time in Poland, you know that queuing is a bit of an art in this country, if not a national pastime. Well thanks to the Institute of National Remembrance, it’s also the subject of a marvelous board game. Combining humour, history and nostalgia with slick design and clever, exciting game play, Kolejka (‘Queue’) has become one of the most popular and award-winning board games in Poland. For 2-5 players, the object of the game is rather simple: each player has a family and a shopping list, all the items on which must be acquired in order to complete a rather ordinary task such as ‘getting the kids ready for camp’ or ‘preparing for first communion;’ the first player to complete their list wins the game. However, this game takes place in the historical context of 1982 Poland and, due to shortages, basic goods are limited and difficult to acquire. Game play entails players placing their family members in queues outside various shops and then using a combination of strategy and luck to slyly maneuver their pawns to the front of the line when the shops open for business. Of course, players don’t necessarily know when or which shops will be receiving a delivery, nor the quantity or specific products – all of which are actual brand items produced in PL during the communist era. Play is made more lively by the absolutely absurd but sadly real strategies employed to manipulate the queue, including borrowing someone else’s baby to get to the front of the queue or losing your position in line for badmouthing the authorities. The black market is another aspect of play where needed items may be available for barter. First designed and released in 2011 as an educational tool, Kolejka proved so popular that a multilingual edition was soon produced in English, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Japanese. In addition to being a “history lesson in a box,” Kolejka is also wildly fun to play and makes a uniquely Polish gift or souvenir. It retails for about 80zł and is available in most local game stores, as well as online from our own IYP Shop: iyp.me/kolejka. Standing in line was never this much fun. 132 Kraków In Your Pocket
FACTORY OUTLET 15 minutes from the city centre, this outlet mall features 120 foreign and domestic brands - including Levi’s, Reserved, Calvin Klein, Guess, Calzedonia, Gino Rossi, Benetton, Wittchen, Simple, Pepe Jeans, New Balance and more - at 30-70% off the prices you’d expect elsewhere. You can get there by catching a free bus from Rondo Matecznego (I‑5) or Plac Centralny (O-4).Qul. Rożańskiego 32, Modlniczka, tel. (+48) 12 297 35 00, www.krakow.factory.pl/pl. Open 10:00 - 21:00, Sun 10:00 - 20:00. GALERIA KAZIMIERZ Originally opened in 2005 and recently refreshed, Galeria Kazimierz is Kraków’s most likeable shopping centre, boasting over 160 retail units including EMPiK, Guess, H&M, Reserved, United Colors of Benetton, Big Star and Zara, jewellers W. Kruk, YES and Swarovski, plus plenty of food options. For recreational needs GK also touts a cinema and fitness club. Easily accessed on foot, those arriving by car have 1,500 parking spaces to pick from (first two hours free Mon-Fri). QM‑8, ul. Podgórska 34, tel. (+48) 12 433 01 01, www. galeriakazimierz.pl. Open 10:00 - 21:00, Sun 10:00 - 20:00. GALERIA KRAKOWSKA Hard to miss since it’s been sneakily incorporated into the train station, making it one of the most centrally located shopping malls in Europe. Covering 60,000m2 over 3 floors, among their 250 stores you’ll find H&M, Zara, Reserved, Saturn and Carrefour, plus 1400 parking spaces, and a bustling food court. The mall and large square in front of it also host frequent exhibits and events, contributing to the revival of this once-dodgy area.QK‑4, ul. Pawia 5, tel. (+48) 12 428 99 00, www.galeriakrakowska.pl. Open 09:00 - 22:00, Sun 10:00 - 21:00. PASAŻ 13 This gorgeous old Rynek townhouse was converted into a snazzy upscale shopping area in 2005 to become the first branch of the trademark Likus Concept Stores. Much nicer than your typical shopping mall, Pasaż 13 has over a dozen designer shops to peruse, plus a fine Italian delicatessen and the L Concept 13 Bar & Restaurant in the cellar, which have their own hours.QI‑6, Rynek Główny 13, tel. (+48) 12 617 02 27, www.pasaz-13.pl. Open 11:00 - 21:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. iyp.me/krakow
December 2017 â€“ January 2018
Directory 24-HOUR PHARMACIES
CONSULATES & EMBASSIES
APTEKA DBAM O ZDROWIEQJ‑12, ul. Kalwaryjska 94, tel. (+48) 800 11 01 10, www.doz.pl.
AMERICAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QJ‑6, ul. Stolarska 9, tel. (+48) 12 424 51 00, pl.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulate/krakow.
APTEKA DR. MAXQH‑4, ul. Karmelicka 23, tel. (+48) 12 631 19 80.
AUSTRIAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QB‑3, ul. Armii Krajowej 19 (3rd floor), tel. (+48) 12 410 56 41, www.konsulataustrii.com/de/startseite/.
ALBI MARKETQH‑5, ul. Podwale 6.
ESTONIAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 15/4, tel. (+48) 12 429 16 98.
DELIKATESY KOCYK Also in the Old Town at ul. Karmelicka 42 (H-4), ul. Wielopole 18B (K-6) and ul. Zwierzyniecka 29 (H7).QI‑6, ul. Grodzka 20, www.sklepykocyk.pl.
FINNISH CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QI‑5, ul. Św. Anny 5, tel. (+48) 12 421 73 80, www.nordichouse.pl.
JUBILAT (HANDLOWA SPÓŁDZIELNIA JUBILAT) QH‑7, Al. Krasińskiego 1, tel. (+48) 12 422 80 40, www. jubilat.com.pl.
FRENCH CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QJ‑6, ul. Stolarska 15, tel. (+48) 12 424 53 50, www.cracovie.org.pl.
HEALTH & EMERGENCY
GERMAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QJ‑6, ul. Stolarska 7, tel. (+48) 12 424 30 00, www.krakau.diplo.de.
In the case of an emergency, mobile phone users should dial 112 to be forwarded to the police, fire department or ER. From a landline or public phone dial the following: Ambulance: 999; Fire: 998; Police: 997.
HUNGARIAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QL‑5, ul. Lubicz 17H, tel. (+48) 12 359 99 20, https://krakko.mfa.gov.hu/.
English, German and Russian speakers have separate lines specifically designed for foreigners in distress: (+48) 608 599 999 or (+48) 22 278 77 77. Both numbers can be reached from a mobile phone or a land-line and are hotlines in case you run into any troubles during your stay. The lines are active year round with later hours during the high-tourist season. For urgent medical emergencies, use the listings below. The emergency room in PL is called SOR, and should only be visited if it is really necessary. In less urgent crises, we recommend you visit a private clinic, where you’ll get better service and avoid the notoriously long queues in Polish hospitals. EMERGENCY ROOM (SOR) QL‑5, ul. Kopernika 50, tel. (+48) 12 351 66 01, www.su.krakow.pl. ARS MEDICA Private medical clinic located close to the train station. QK‑3, ul. Warszawska 17, tel. (+48) 12 423 38 34, www. ars-medica.pl. Open 08:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun. MEDICOVER Private medical clinic, also at ul. Bobrzyńskiego 37 (Dębniki, same hours as listed here), and ul. Bora Komorowskiego 25B (Prądnik Czerwony, open from 07:00 Mon-Fri, Sat: 8.00 - 14.00).QM‑8, ul. Podgórska 36, tel. (+48) 500 90 05 00, www.medicover.pl. Open 07:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. 134 Kraków In Your Pocket
ICELANDIC CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QI‑5, ul. Św. Anny 5, tel. (+48) 12 421 73 80, www.nordichouse.pl. JAPANESE CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QH‑4, ul. Grabowskiego 5/3, tel. (+48) 12 633 43 59, www.pl.emb-japan.go.jp. MEXICAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW Qul. Wiedeńska 72 (Bronowice), tel. (+48) 12 636 52 59. NORWEGIAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QN‑4, ul. Mosiężnicza 3, tel. (+48) 12 633 03 76, www.amb-norwegia.pl. ROYAL DANISH CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QI‑5, ul. Św. Anny 5, tel. (+48) 12 421 73 80, www.nordichouse.pl. RUSSIAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QI‑4, ul. Biskupia 7, tel. (+48) 12 422 26 47, www.krakow.mid.ru. SLOVAKIAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QJ‑5, ul. św. Tomasza 34, tel. (+48) 12 425 49 70, www.cgcracow.mfa.sk. SWEDISH CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QI‑5, ul. Św. Anny 5, tel. (+48) 12 421 73 80, www.nordichouse.pl. UKRAINIAN CONSULATE IN KRAKÓW QM‑4, Al. Beliny-Prażmowskiego 4, tel. (+48) 12 429 60 66, www.krakow.mfa.gov.ua. iyp.me/krakow
DENTA-MED Also at ul. Św. Gertrudy 4 (J-6) and ul. Augustiańska 13 (J-9) both open 08:00 - 21:00.QM‑9, ul. Na Zjeździe 13, tel. (+48) 12 259 80 00, www.denta-med.com.pl. Open 24hrs. DENTESTETICA QJ‑1, ul. Kamienna 21, tel. (+48) 887 05 05 01, www. dentestetica.com. Open 09:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun.
INTERNET CAFES INTERNET CAFE HETMAŃSKA The most central 24-hour internet cafe, find Hetmańska through a courtyard off of ul. Bracka. International calling also available.QI‑6, ul. Bracka 4, tel. (+48) 12 430 01 08, www.hetmanska24.com. Open 24hrs. 5zł per hour.
LAUNDRY FRANIA CAFE Kraków's first and only laundromat cafe, let them do it for you, or wash it yourself, while enjoying wifi, coffee, craft beer and booze from the bar. There's also a full menu of food, including breakfast for early risers.QJ‑8, ul. Stradomska 19 (entrance from Św. Agnieszki 2), tel. (+48) 783 94 50 21, www.franiacafe.pl. Open 07:30 - 24:00. T6GW PEPE PRALNIA A high-quality self-service laundromat right in the centre of Kazimierz, this family company has great prices. Second location on the north side of the Old Town at ul. Długa 58 (I-3).QJ‑8, ul. Dietla 51, tel. (+48) 666 11 11 19, www. pepepralnia.pl. Open 07:00 - 22:00.
POST OFFICES POCZTA POLSKAQK‑4, ul. Lubicz 4, tel. (+48) 12 422 44 51, www.poczta-polska.pl. Open 24hrs. POCZTA POLSKAQJ‑6, ul. Westerplatte 20, tel. (+48) 12 421 14 91, www.poczta-polska.pl. Open 08:00 - 20:30, Sat 08:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES ST. BARBARA'S Holy Mass in German is held here each Sunday at 14:30. QJ‑5, Mały Rynek 8, tel. (+48) 12 428 15 00, www.swbarbara.jezuici.pl. ST. FRANCIS' BASILICA Mass in Italian held every Sunday at 15:30. Also mass in Spanish every third Sunday at 14:30.QI‑6, Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 5, tel. (+48) 12 422 53 76, www.franciszkanska.pl. ST. GILES CHURCH Holy mass in English each Sunday at 10:30.QJ‑7, ul. Grodzka 67, www.krakow.dominikanie.pl. iyp.me/polandblog
Currency exchange offices (‘Kantor’) are easy to find in Kraków, but as with any international destination, it’s imperative to check the rates to ensure you aren’t getting fleeced. The general rule is you should never change your money at city entry points, particularly at the airport where the rates are almost criminal. To help put your mind and your wallet at ease, we’ve vetted local exchange offices for you and assembled a list of well-located kantors that won’t rip you off, and don’t take a commission. In Kraków’s Old Town, you’ll find kantors all along ul. Floriańska (J-5), but it’s two streets over on ul. Sławkowska (I-5) that you’ll find better, more competitive prices - this is the best place to go rate hunting near the market square. KANTORQM‑8, ul. Podgórska 34 (Galeria Kazimierz), tel. (+48) 535 70 08 04. Open 09:30 21:00, Sun 09:30 - 20:00. KANTORQK‑4, ul. Pawia 5 (Galeria Krakowska), tel. (+48) 515 12 58 84, www.kantor-exchange.pl. Open 09:00 - 22:00, Sun 10:00 - 21:00. KANTOR CFSQK‑4, ul. Pawia 12, tel. (+48) 12 430 33 33. Open 24hrs. KANTOR GROSZQI‑5, ul. Sławkowska 4, tel. (+48) 12 421 78 22. Open 09:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun.
COMPUTER REPAIR BIT COMPUTER QJ‑6, ul. Św. Krzyża 5-7, tel. (+48) 12 422 86 36, www.bitcomputer.pl. Open 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. PCNET Located a bit outside of the Old Town in Salwator, but they’ll come to you if you need them to. At this address they also have a shop and internet cafe (3zł/ hour; printing and cd-burning available).QF‑8, ul. Kościuszki 82, tel. (+48) 609 18 29 45, www.pcnet. biz. Open 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. December 2017 – January 2018
No matter your budget, thanks to Kraków's ascent into elite status as a European destination, there is no lack of accommodation options in this fabled city. From fancy 5-star affairs to familiar franchises, boutiques to bed and breakfasts, historic apartments to some 60-odd hostels you certainly shouldn’t struggle to find yourself a place to sleep. On our website - krakow.inyourpocket.com - we list literally hundreds of accommodation options in and around Kraków, with full descriptive reviews, photos, reader comments, GPS mapping and more. Unfortunately space constraints in our print guide no longer allow us to include all of that content here as we once did, however we still provide an updated list of reputable hotels, apartments and hostels below. Sleep well.
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136 Kraków In Your Pocket
CREAM OF THE CROP COPERNICUS QI‑7, ul. Kanonicza 16, tel. (+48) 12 424 34 00, www. copernicus.hotel.com.pl. 29 rooms (4 singles, 17 doubles, 8 suites). PH6LKDCw hhhhh GRAND QI‑5, ul. Sławkowska 5/7, tel. (+48) 12 424 08 00, www.grand.pl. 64 rooms (10 singles, 45 doubles, 9 apartments). PH6UFLKD hhhhh GRÓDEK QJ‑6, ul. Na Gródku 4, tel. (+48) 12 431 90 30, www. donimirski.com. 23 rooms (2 singles, 20 doubles, 1 suite). PH6U LKD hhhhh HOLIDAY INN KRAKOW CITY CENTER QK‑6, ul. Wielopole 4, tel. (+48) 12 619 00 00, www. hik.krakow.pl. 236 rooms (220 singles, 220 doubles, 7 apartments, 1 Presidential Apartment). PH6 U FLK hhhhh HOTEL STARY QI‑5, ul. Szczepańska 5, tel. (+48) 12 384 08 08, www. hotel.com.pl. 78 rooms (8 singles, 53 doubles, 6 suites, 7 apartments, 1 Presidential Suite). PH6UFL KDXCw hhhhh iyp.me/krakow
Hotels NIEBIESKI ART HOTEL & SPA QF‑8, ul. Flisacka 3, tel. (+48) 12 297 40 00, www. niebieski.com.pl. 40 rooms (38 singles, 38 doubles, 2 apartments). PH6UFLKDw hhhhh RADISSON BLU QI‑6, ul. Straszewskiego 17, tel. (+48) 12 618 88 88, www.radissonblu.com/hotel-krakow. 196 rooms (142 singles, 142 doubles, 19 apartments, 35 Business Class Rooms). PH6UFLKDw hhhhh SHERATON GRAND KRAKOW QH‑7, ul. Powiśle 7, tel. (+48) 12 662 10 00, www. sheratongrandkrakow.com. 232 rooms (221 singles, 221 doubles, 10 suites, 1 Presidential Wawel Apartment). PH6UFKDXCW hhhhh
UPMARKET AMADEUS QJ‑5, ul. Mikołajska 20, tel. (+48) 12 429 60 70, www. hotel-amadeus.pl. 22 rooms (20 singles, 20 doubles, 2 apartments). PHUFLKD hhhh AMBER BOUTIQUE HOTELS QI‑4, ul. Garbarska 8-10, tel. (+48) 12 421 06 06, www. hotel-amber.pl. 38 rooms (17 singles, 29 doubles, 8 triples, 6 suites). PH6UFLD FRANCUSKI QJ‑4, ul. Pijarska 13, tel. (+48) 666 19 58 31, www. hotel-francuski.com.pl. 42 rooms (4 singles, 23 doubles, 15 apartments). H6F hhhh GALAXY QM‑8, ul. Gęsia 22A, tel. (+48) 12 342 81 00, www. galaxyhotel.pl. 205 rooms (200 singles, 200 doubles, 50 triples, 5 suites). PHUFLKDXC w hhhh HILTON GARDEN INN KRAKÓW QI‑10, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 33, tel. (+48) 12 399 90 00, www.hgi.com. 154 rooms (147 singles, 147 doubles, 7 apartments). PH6UFLK hhhh HOTEL KANONICZA 22 QI‑7, ul. Kanonicza 22, tel. (+48) 603 95 13 77, www. kanonicza22.com. 3 rooms (3 apartments). PK HOTEL KOSSAK QH‑7, Pl. Kossaka 1, tel. (+48) 12 379 59 00, www. hotelkossak.pl. 60 rooms (55 singles, 55 doubles, 5 apartments). PH6UFKDX hhhh HOTEL RUBINSTEIN QK‑8, ul. Szeroka 12, tel. (+48) 12 384 00 00, www. rubinstein.pl. 30 rooms (25 singles, 21 doubles, 5 suites). PHLKD hhhh iyp.me/polandblog
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HOTEL SENACKIQI‑7, ul. Grodzka 51, tel. (+48) 12 422 76 86, www.hotelsenacki.pl. 20 rooms (20 singles, 16 doubles, 2 suites). P6UF LK hhhh HOTEL UNICUS QJ‑5, ul. Św. Marka 20, tel. (+48) 12 433 71 11, www. hotelunicus.pl. 35 rooms (6 singles, 29 doubles). PH LKD hhhh
POLSKI POD BIAŁYM ORŁEM QJ‑4, ul. Pijarska 17, tel. (+48) 12 422 11 44, www. donimirski.com. 60 rooms (14 singles, 38 doubles, 5 triples, 3 suites). PH6ULK hhhh Q HOTEL KRAKÓWQul. Radzikowskiego 142, tel. (+48) 12 333 41 41, www.qhotels.pl/en/krakow. 89 rooms (89 singles, 89 doubles). PH6ULK hhh
MERCURE KRAKÓW OLD TOWN QK‑4, ul. Pawia 18B, tel. (+48) 12 225 11 11, www. mercure.com. 198 rooms (198 singles, 198 doubles). PH6UFLK hhhh
Q HOTEL PLUS KRAKÓWQH‑9, ul. Wygrana 6, tel. (+48) 12 333 40 20, www.qhotels.pl/en/krakowplus. 154 rooms (56 singles, 149 doubles, 4 suites, 1 apartment). PH6UFLKW hhhh
NOVOTEL KRAKÓW CENTRUM QG‑7, ul. Kościuszki 5, tel. (+48) 12 299 29 00, www. novotel.com. 198 rooms (192 singles, 192 doubles, 6 apartments). PH6UFLKDCw hhhh
QUBUS HOTEL KRAKÓW QL‑9, ul. Nadwiślańska 6, tel. (+48) 12 374 51 00, www. qubushotel.com. 194 rooms (183 singles, 170 doubles, 10 suites, 1 apartment). PH6UFLKDC hhhh
PARK INN BY RADISSON KRAKOW QH‑9, ul. Monte Cassino 2, tel. (+48) 12 375 55 55, www. parkinn.com/hotel-krakow. 152 rooms (152 singles, 152 doubles). PH6UFLK Dw hhhh
VIENNA HOUSE ANDEL’S CRACOW QK‑4, ul. Pawia 3, tel. (+48) 12 660 01 00, www. viennahouse.com. 159 rooms (153 singles, 153 doubles, 6 apartments). PH6UFLD hhhh
POD RÓŻĄ (UNDER THE ROSE) QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 14, tel. (+48) 12 424 33 00, www. podroza.hotel.com.pl. 57 rooms (50 singles, 37 doubles, 7 apartments). PH6FLKD hhhh
WENTZL QI‑6, Rynek Główny 19, tel. (+48) 12 430 26 64, www. wentzl.pl. 18 rooms (18 singles, 18 doubles, 7 triples). P6LK hhhh
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Hotels MID-RANGE APARTHOTEL W PAŁACUQJ‑4, ul. Św. Filipa 25, tel. (+48) 12 376 95 55, www.wpalacu.com. 24 rooms (24 singles, 24 doubles, 24 triples). P6KX ASCOT HOTELQK‑5, ul. Radziwiłłowska 3, tel. (+48) 12 384 06 06, www.hotelascot.pl. 49 rooms (49 singles, 36 doubles, 7 triples, 2 quads). PH6U hhh CAMPANILEQJ‑5, ul. Św. Tomasza 34, tel. (+48) 12 424 26 00, www.campanile.com. 106 rooms (105 singles, 105 doubles, 43 triples, 1 suite). PH6U hhh CLASSICQJ‑5, ul. Św. Tomasza 32, tel. (+48) 12 424 03 03, www.hotel-classic.pl. 31 rooms (26 singles, 26 doubles, 4 triples, 5 apartments). P6U hhh DAVID BOUTIQUE HOTELQK‑8, ul. Ciemna 13, tel. (+48) 12 619 24 70, www.hoteldavid.pl. 21 rooms (5 singles, 16 doubles). PH6ULGK hhh EDENQK‑8, ul. Ciemna 15, tel. (+48) 12 430 65 65, www.hoteleden.pl. 27 rooms (25 singles, 21 doubles, 5 triples, 2 suites). PH6UD hhh FLORYANQJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 38, tel. (+48) 12 431 14 18, www.floryan.com.pl. 21 rooms (21 singles, 21 doubles, 8 triples, 3 quads). PH6K hhh FORTUNA BISQH‑6, ul. Piłsudskiego 25, tel. (+48) 12 430 10 25, www.hotel-fortunabis.pl. 20 rooms (3 singles, 12 doubles, 4 triples, 1 apartment). 6ULK hhh HOTEL KAZIMIERZQK‑8, ul. Miodowa 16, tel. (+48) 12 421 66 29, www.hk.com.pl. 38 rooms (38 singles, 28 doubles, 2 triples). PH6 hhh HOTEL KAZIMIERZ IIQL‑8, ul. Starowiślna 60, tel. (+48) 12 426 80 70, www.hk.com.pl. 23 rooms (2 singles, 21 doubles). H6 hhh IBIS KRAKÓW CENTRUMQG‑7, ul. Syrokomli 2, tel. (+48) 12 299 33 00, www.accorhotels.com. 175 rooms (175 singles, 175 doubles). P6ULK hhh IBIS KRAKÓW STARE MIASTOQK‑3, ul. Pawia 15, tel. (+48) 12 355 29 00, www.accorhotels.com. 135 rooms (135 singles, 135 doubles, 16 triples). PH6UK hhh KARMELQK‑8, ul. Kupa 15, tel. (+48) 12 430 66 97, www.karmel.com.pl. 11 rooms (4 singles, 6 doubles, 1 suite). 6K hhh MATEJKO QJ‑4, Pl. Matejki 8, tel. (+48) 12 422 47 37, www. matejkohotel.pl. 51 rooms (48 singles, 45 doubles, 3 apartments). H6ULK hhh iyp.me/polandblog
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Hotels POD WAWELEMQI‑7, Pl. Na Groblach 22, tel. (+48) 12 426 26 25, www.hotelpodwawelem.pl. 48 rooms (47 singles, 42 doubles, 1 apartment). PH6U KD hhh As a unique 3-star hotel located in a quiet part of Cracow just 5km from the Market Square, we offer silence and comfort to our many guests. Our hotel restaurant serves delicious Polish and continental cuisine, while our guests also have the use of an outdoor barbecue grill. We also offer a sauna and tanning bed.
Ul. Ruczaj 44, 30-409 Kraków tel. +48 12 269 10 00, fax +48 12 269 20 30 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ruczajhotel.pl
POLLERAQJ‑5, ul. Szpitalna 30, tel. (+48) 12 422 10 44, www.pollera.com.pl. 42 rooms (7 singles, 24 doubles, 7 triples, 2 quads, 2 apartments). H6L hhh ROYALQJ‑7, ul. Św. Gertrudy 26-29, tel. (+48) 12 421 35 00, www.hotelewam.pl. 102 rooms (34 singles, 38 doubles, 14 triples, 13 suites, 3 apartments). PH 6ULK hhh RUCZAJQul. Ruczaj 44, tel. (+48) 12 269 10 00, www. ruczajhotel.com.pl. 49 rooms (11 singles, 23 doubles, 7 triples, 4 quads, 4 suites). PH6ULKD hhh VIENNA HOUSE EASY CRACOW QN‑4, ul. Przy Rondzie 2, tel. (+48) 12 299 00 00, www. viennahouse.com. 220 rooms (212 singles, 7 doubles, 1 apartment). PH6UFLKD hhh WAWELQJ‑6, ul. Poselska 22, tel. (+48) 12 424 13 00, www.hotelwawel.pl. 38 rooms (9 singles, 28 doubles, 1 apartment). PHKDw hhh
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WIELOPOLE QJ‑6, ul. Wielopole 3, tel. (+48) 12 422 14 75, www. wielopole.pl. 35 rooms (9 singles, 27 doubles, 9 triples). P6UK hhh WYSPIAŃSKI QK‑6, ul. Westerplatte 15, tel. (+48) 12 422 95 66, www. hotel-wyspianski.pl. 231 rooms (41 singles, 109 doubles, 81 triples). H6UFLK hhh
BUDGET IBIS BUDGET KRAKÓW STARE MIASTO QK‑3, ul. Pawia 11, tel. (+48) 12 355 29 50, www. accorhotels.com. 167 rooms (167 singles, 167 doubles). P6U h INDALO ROOMSQH‑7, ul. Tarłowska 15, tel. (+48) 12 431 00 91, www.cafeindalo.pl. 6 rooms (5 singles, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 1 Suite). 6
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TOURNET QJ‑8, ul. Miodowa 7, tel. (+48) 12 292 00 88, www. accommodation.krakow.pl. 18 rooms (17 singles, 16 doubles, 10 triples). 6 TRZY KAFKI GUEST ROOMS QH‑6, ul. Straszewskiego 25, tel. (+48) 12 632 48 56, www.trzykafki.pl. 19 rooms (15 singles, 15 doubles, 2 triples, 5 quads, 7 Five-person room, 3 Six-person room, 1 Seven-person room). 6 iyp.me/krakow
Hotels APARTMENTS ANTIQUE APARTMENTSQI‑5, Plac Szczepański 2, tel. (+48) 12 430 21 67, www.antiqueapartments.pl. 40 rooms (40 apartments) Breakfast 25zł. P6L APARTMENT CRACOWQJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 39, tel. (+48) 12 431 00 26, www.apartmentcracow.com. 30 rooms (30 apartments). 6LK BRACKA 6QI‑6, ul. Bracka 6/6, tel. (+48) 12 341 40 11, www.bracka6.pl. 16 rooms (16 apartments). P KRAKOW CITY APARTMENTS QJ‑5, ul. Szpitalna 34, tel. (+48) 507 20 30 50, www. krakowapartments.info. 14 rooms (14 apartments). KRAKOW FOR YOU APARTMENTS QI‑6, ul. Grodzka 4, tel. (+48) 12 421 48 35, www. krakowforyou.com. 12 rooms (12 apartments). 6 RED BRICK QJ‑4, ul. Kurniki 3, tel. (+48) 12 628 66 00, www. redbrick.pl. 16 rooms (16 apartments). 6 RED KURKA QJ‑6, ul. Św. Gertrudy 5, tel. (+48) 535 91 91 35, www. redkurka.com. 3 rooms (3 apartments). 6L
Airconditioned suites, Art Nouveau ambiance, situated in the very heart of the Old Town... ul. Szpitalna 30, 31-024 Kraków Tel. +48 12 422 10 44, Fax: +48 12 422 13 89 email@example.com, www.pollera.com.pl
HOSTELS GOOD BYE LENIN PUB & GARDEN QK‑7, ul. Joselewicza 23, tel. (+48) 12 421 20 30, www.goodbyelenin.pl. 14 rooms (4 singles, 4 doubles, 62 dorm beds). GREG & TOM BEER HOUSE QJ‑5, ul. Floriańska 43, tel. (+48) 12 421 28 64, www. gregtomhostel.com. 9 rooms (92 dorm beds). K LITTLE HAVANA PARTY HOSTEL QI‑5, ul. Jagiellońska 10, tel. (+48) 660 56 24 00, www. thelittlehavanahostel.com. 14 rooms (2 doubles, 124 dorm beds). MOMOTOWN QK‑8, ul. Miodowa 28, tel. (+48) 12 429 69 29. 20 rooms (10 singles, 10 doubles, 80 dorm beds). L THE SECRET GARDEN HOSTEL QJ‑9, ul. Skawińska 7, tel. (+48) 12 430 54 45, www. thesecretgarden.pl. 30 rooms (30 singles, 30 doubles, 5 triples). 6
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Street Index 29 Listopada, Al. K-1/2; L-1 3 Maja, Al. C/E-5; E/G-6 AkademickaF-4 AltanowaC-2 AriańskaL-4 Armii Krajowej, Al. A-1/3; B-3; C-3 AsnykaI-4 AugustiańskaJ-8/9 BajecznaP-6/7 BałuckiegoG-8/9 Bandtkiego B-1/2; C-1 Bandurskiego M-2/3; N-3 Barska H-8/10; I-9/10 BartoszaK-8/9 Basztowa I/K-4; K-5 Batorego H-4; I-4 Beliny-Prażmowskiego, Al. M-2/4 Bernardyńska I-8; J-7/8 Biała Droga F-9; G-9 BiernackiegoG-2/3 BiskupiaI-4 Blachnickiego, Ks. L-7 BlichK-5/6 Bobrowskiego N-6; O-6 BocznaG-10 BogusławskiegoJ-7 BocheńskaK-9 BonerowskaK-6 BonifraterskaK-9 BorowegoA-4/5 BosackaL-4 Bożego Ciała J-8; K-8/9 BrackaI-6 BrązowniczaA-3 Brodowicza M-3/4; N-2/4 BronowickaB/D-1 BrzozowaK-7/8 BułhakaH-9/10 Buszka B-3; C-4 Bydgoska D-3; E-3 BytomskaF-1/2 Ceglarska F-11/12; G-11/12 CelnaK-10 CiemnaK-8 CieszyńskaH-2 Cicha B-2; C-2 Cybulskiego G-5; H-5 CystersówO-4/5 CzapskichH-6 CzarnieckiegoM-10 CzarnowiejskaE/H-4 Czysta G-5; H-5 Czyżówka J-12; K-12 Dąbrowskiego, Gen.M-10; N-10 Dajwór K-8; L-8 Daszyńskiego L-6/8; M-8 DębnickaG-9 Dębowa G-9; H-9 Dekerta N-10; O-8/10 Dembowskiego L-11; M-11 Dietla I-8/9; J-7/8; K-6/8 Długa I-2/3; J-3/4 DługoszaJ-10/11 Dolnych Młynów H-4/5 DominikańskaJ-6 Droga do Zamku I-7/8; J-7 DunajewskiegoI-4/5 Dworska G-10; H-10 Fabryczna O-6; P-6 Fałata E-7; F-7 FeldmanaH-4 Fenn’a Sereno I-4; J-4 FilareckaF-7 FlisackaF-8 FloriańskaJ-4/5 Focha, Al. marsz. C/E-7; E/G-6 FranciszkańskaI-6 FriedleinaH-1/2 Garbarska H-4/5; I-4 Garczyńskiego N-3; O-3 GarncarskaH-5/6 GazowaK-9
GęsiaM-7/8 Głowackiego C-1; D-1 Goetla C-4; D-4 GołębiaI-5/6 Gontyna D-8; E-8 Grabowskiego G-4; H-4 GramatykaD-2/3 Grodzka I-6; J-6/7 GromadzkaP-12 Grunwaldzka N-3/4; O-3 GryfityE-7 Grzegórzecka K/M-6; M/O-7; O-6; P-6 GzymsikówH-2 HalickaL-8 Helclów I-2; J-2 Herlinga-Grudzińskiego N-8/9; O-9 Hofmana B-7; C-6/7 HumbertaG-5/6 ChmielowskiegoJ-10 Chocimska E-3/4; F-4 Chodkiewicza L-6/7; M-6 Chodowieckiego C-5; D-4/5 Chopina F-3/4; G-3 IgrcówC-5 Ingardena F-5; G-5 IzaakaK-8 JabłonowskichH-5/6 Jadwigi z Łobzowa C-2; D-2 JagiellońskaI-5/6 JakubaK-8 JaskółczaG-8 JoselewiczaK-7/8 Józefa J-8/9; K-8 Józefa, ks. A/D-9; D-8; E-8 JózefitówG-3 KadeckaE-2 Kalwaryjska J-11/12; K-10/11 Kamienna I-2; J-1/2 KanoniczaI-6/7 Kapelanka F-10; G-10/12; H-11 KapucyńskaH-5 Karłowicza F-4; G-4 Karmelicka G-3; H-3/5; I-5 KasztelańskaE-6/7 KieleckaN-3/4 KiełkowskiegoO-10 Kijowska, Al. E-2/4; F-1/2 KilińskiegoH-9 Klimeckiego O-9/10; P-9/10 KmiecaG-1 KobierzyńskaH-12 Kochanowskiego G-4; H-4 Koletek I-8; J-8 Kołłątaja K-6; L-6 Komandosów H-10/11; I-10 Konarskiego F-3/4; G-3 Konfederacka G-9; H-9 Konopnickiej H-8/9; I-9/12; J-12 KonwisarzyA-3 Kopernika K/M-5; K-6; M-4 KordylewskiegoN-5/6 Kościuszki E/G-8; G-7; H-7 KosynierówP-4 Kotlarska M-7/8; N-7/8 Krakowska J-8/9; K-9/10 KrasickiegoJ-11/12 Krasińskiego, Al. G-6/7; H-7 KraszewskiegoF-6/7 KremerowskaH-4 Królewska E-2; F-2/3; G-3 Królowej Jadwigi A/C-6; A-5; C/E-7; E-8 KrótkaJ-4 Krowoderska H-2; I-2/4; J-4 KrupniczaG/I-5 KrzemionkiK-11/12 KrzywaJ-4 Krzywda O-10; P-10/11 KujawskaG-2 KupaK-8 KurkowaL-4 Kurniki J-4; K-4
144 Kraków In Your Pocket
Lanckorońska M-11; N-11 Lea A/D-2; D/G-3 Lenartowicza G-3; H-3 LeszczynowaC-6 LewkowaK-8 Limanowskiego L/N-10; M-11; N-11 Lipowa M-9; N-9 Litewska F-1; G-1 Łobzowska G/I-3; I-4 ŁokietkaH-1/2 LoretańskaH-5/6 Lubelska H-2; I-2 Lubicz K/M-4; K-5 Lubomirskiego L-4; M-4 LudowaN-12 Ludwinowska I-10/11; J-10 LwowskaM-10 MadalińskiegoH-8 MałaH-6 MalczewskiegoC-7/9 Mały Rynek J-5/6 Masarska L-7; M-7 Mazowiecka F-1; G-1/2; H-2 Meiselsa J-8; K-8 MetalowcówL-6 Mickiewicza, Al. G-3/6 MichałowskiegoH-4 Mikołajska J-5; K-5 Miodowa J/L-8; L-7 MiteryJ-11/12 Mlaskotów E-7; F-7/8 MogilskaM/P-4 MoniuszkiM/O-3 Monte Cassino F-10; G-9/10; H-9 MosiężniczaN-4 MostowaK-9 Na Gródku J-6 Na Szaniec P-6 Na Ustroniu H-10 Na Zjeździe L-9; M-9/10 Nawojki C/E-3; E-4 OboźnaH-1 OdlewniczaA/C-3 Odrowąża H-1/2; I-1 Ofiar Dąbia P-6/7 Oleandry F-5/6; G-5/6 Olszańska M-2/3; N-3 Orawska I-11; J-11 OrzeszkowejJ-8/9 Owcy-Orwicza A-6; B-6 PaderewskiegoJ-4 ParkowaL-10/11 PatynówE-10 Paulińska I-9; J-8/9 PawiaK-2/5 Pawlickiego, Ks. F-10 Pędzichów I-3; J-2/3 Piastowska B-6; C-3/6; D-1/3 PiekarskaJ-9 Pietrusińskiego D-10/11; E-10 Pijarska I-4; J-4/5 PiłsudskiegoK-10 Piłsudskiego G-6; H-6 PiwnaL-9/10 Pl. Bawół K-8 Pl. Bernardyński J-7 Pl. Bohaterów Getta L-9/10; M-10 Pl. Inwalidów G-3 Pl. Kossaka H-7 Pl. Mariacki J-5 Pl. Matejki J-4 Pl. Na Groblach H-7; I-7 Pl. Nowy K-8 Pl. Serkowskiego J-10/11; K-10 Pl. Św. Ducha J-5 Pl. Szczepański I-5 Pl. Wolnica J-9; K-9 Pod Kopcem M-11; N-11/12 PodbrzezieK-8 Podgórska K-9/10; L/N-8; L-9; M-7; N-7 Podchorążych D-1/2; E-2
PodskaleJ-12 Podwale H-5; I-5 PodzamczeI-7 Pokoju, Al. M/P-6; M-7 PomorskaG-3 Portowa O-8; P-8 Poselska I-6; J-6 Powiśle H-7; I-7 PowroźniczaH-8 Powstańców Śląskich, Al. K-12; L/N-11; L-12 Powstańców Wielkopolskich, Al. N-11; O-10/11; P-10 Powstania Warszawskiego, Al. M-4/6; N-5 Prądnicka I-1/2; J-1 PrandotyK/M-1 Praska D-10; E/G-9; E-10 PrusaF-6/7 Przedwiośnie I-11; J-10/11 Przemysłowa M-9; N-9 PrzybyszewskiegoB-1/3 Pułaskiego, Gen. G-9; H-8/9 RacławickaF-1/2 RadziwiłłowskaK-5 RajskaH-4/5 Rakowicka L-3/4; M-1/3; N-1 ReformackaI-4/5 Rękawka L-10; M-10 RetorykaH-6/7 ReymanaE-4/5 Reymonta C/F-4; F-5; G-5 RóżanaH-8 Rybaki J-10; K-10 Rynek Dębnicki G-8; H-8 Rynek Główny I-5/6; J-5/6 Rynek Kleparski J-4 Rynek Podgórski K-10; L-10 RzeszowskaL-8 RzeźniczaM-7 Sądowa N-5; O-5 SalezjańskaF-11 SalwatorskaF-7 SandomierskaH-8 Sarego J-7; K-7 Senacka I-6; J-6 Senatorska F-7/8; G-7 SiedleckiegoL-6/7 SiemieńskiegoE-1/2 Siemiradzkiego H-3; I-3 Sienkiewicza G-2/3; H-2 SiennaJ-5/6 SkałecznaJ-9 SkalicaB-12 Skarbińskiego D-3; E-3 SkawińskaJ-9 Skłodowskiej-CurieK-5 Skwerowa G-8/9; H-9 Śląska H-2; I-2 Sławkowska I-5; J-4/5 ŚliskaJ-11/12 SłomianaG-10/11 SłonecznikowaB-6 Słowackiego, Al.G-3; H/K-2; H-3 ŚlusarskaN-9 SmoczaI-8 SmoleńskG/I-6 Smolki J-11; K-11 SobieskiegoH-3/4 SpasowskiegoI-3 SpiżowaA-3 Starowiślna J-6; K-6/8; L-8/9 StaszicaI-3 Stawarza L-11; M-11 StolarskaJ-6 StradomskaJ-7/8 Straszewskiego H-5/6; I-6/7 StrzeleckaL-4/5 StudenckaH-5 Sukiennicza I-8; J-8 SupniewskiegoO-3/4 Św. Agnieszki J-8 Św. Anny H-5; I-5 Św. Bronisławy E-8
Św. Bronisławy D-8; E-8 Św. Filipa J-3/4 Św. Gertrudy J-6/7 Św. Idziego I-7; J-7 Św. Jacka F-11/12; G-12 Św. Jana I-5; J-4/5 Św. Katarzyny J-9 Św. Krzyża J-5/6 Św. Łazarza L-6 Św. Marka I/K-5; I-4 Św. Sebastiana J-7; K-7 Św. Stanisława I-9 Św. Teresy H-3; I-3 Św. Tomasza I-5; J-5 Św. Wawrzyńca K-8/9; L-8 ŚwiętokrzyskaH-1/2 SymfonicznaG-4 SyrokomliG-6/7 Szablowskiego A-1; B-1 SzaferaN-5/6 SzczepańskaI-5 SzerokaK-8 SzewskaI-5 Szlachtowskiego C-2; D-2 SzlakH/K-3 SzpitalnaJ-4/5 Szwedzka G-8/10; H-10 SzymanowskiegoG-3/4 TenczyńskaH-7 TkackaF-4 Topolowa L-4; M-4 Toruńska D-3; E-3 TrauguttaM-9/10 TrynitarskaK-9 Twardowskiego F-11; G-10/11; H-9/10 Tyniecka A-12; B-12; C-10/12; D-9/10; E/G-8; E-9 UrzędniczaF-2/4 WadowickaJ-12 WałowaO-10 WandyN-7 WarmijskaD-2 WarszaueraK-8 Warszawska J-2/4; K-2/3 WasilewskiegoH-9 WąskaK-8/9 Waszyngtona, Al. A/D-8 WęgłowaJ-9 Wenecja G-5/6; H-6 Westerplatte J-6; K-5/6 Wielopole J-6; K-6 WierzbowaH-10 WietoraJ-9/10 WioślarskaC-9/10 WiślnaI-5/6 WłościańskaA-1/2 WodnaP-11/12 Wodociągowa A/C-8; B-9 Wójtowska G-1/2; H-1 Worcella J-4; K-4 WróblewskiegoJ-3 Wrocławska F/H-1; H-2; I-2 WrzesińskaK-7 Wyczółkowskiego E-7; F-7 WygodaH-7 WyspiańskiegoG-2 Zacisze J-4; K-4 Zakątek E-1/2; F-2 ZamenhofaK-5 ZamkowaH-8 Zarzecze A/C-2; A-1 Zatorska I-11; J-10/11 ZegadłowiczaH-6 ŻelaznaK-2 Zielińskiego, Gen. D-9; E-9/10; F-10 ŻółkiewskiegoM-6 Zwierzyniecka H-6/7; I-6 Żwirki i Stanisława Wigury P-1 ZwycięstwaP-5/6 ZyblikiewiczaK-6 ZygmuntaB-2
Venue Index 19th Century Polish Art Gallery 80 Adam Mickiewicz Monument74 Alchemia57 Alchemia od Kuchni 37 Amadeus137 Amarone42 Ambasada Śledzia 55 Amber Boutique Hotels 137 Antique Apartments 141 Antycafe57 Aparthotel w Pałacu 139 Apartment Cracow 141 Archaeology Museum 80 Archdiocesan Museum of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła 81 Ariel46 ARS Cinema 125 Ascot Hotel 139 Auschwitz I 120 Auschwitz II - Birkenau 120 Bagelmama30 Bal28 Balkan Express Grill 35 Barbican71 Bar Górnik 52 Bernatek Footbridge 107 Bianca42 Bierhalle37 Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace 81 Bishop’s Palace & Papal Window77 Bistro GotuJemy 54 Blazko128 Boccanera44 Bonarka City Center 132 BonJour CaVa 28 Bottiglieria 1881 37 Bowling Plac Nowy 1 124 Bracka 6 141 Bull Pub 57 Bunkier Cafe 28, 37 Cafe Lisboa 28 Cafe Młynek 54 Camelot29 Campanile139 Cargo Grill & Deli 33 Cathedral Museum 93 Cathedral Ticket Office 91 Celestat82 Cinema City Galeria Kazimierz 125 Classic139 Cloth Hall 75 Collegium Maius 76 Collegium Novum 77 Copernicus 38, 136 Corpus Christi Church 101 Cracow City Tours 68 Cricoteka105 Crown Treasury & Armoury 91 Cruising Kraków Bike Tours 69 Cupcake Corner Bakery 29 Czartoryski Museum - Arsenal82 Czerwone Korale 48 Chaiyo Thai Massage Centre127 Charlotte. Chleb i Wino 30 Chimera Salad Bar 40
Chimney Cake Bakery 29 Church of Saints Peter & Paul78 Crazy Guides 113 David Boutique Hotel 139 Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu 46 Dekor Art 129 Delikatesy 13 131 DiscoverCracow.eu 68, 69 Dobra Kasza Nasza 48 Dym58 Eden139 Ed Red 48 Emalia Zabłocie 38 Engineering Museum 100 Enklawa Restaurant & Cocktail Bar48 Enoteka Pergamin 38 Eszeweria58 Europeum Centre for European Culture82 FACTORY Outlet 132 Fiorentina Ristorante Pizzeria 44 Floriańska Gate 72 Floryan139 Food Truck Square 44 Fortuna Bis 139 Forum Designu 129 Forum Przestrzenie 30, 59 Francuski137 Free Walking Tour 69 Galaxy137 Galeria Kazimierz 132 Galeria Krakowska 132 Galeria Krakowska Ice Rink 126 Galeria LueLue 130 Galicia Jewish Museum 100 Good Bye Lenin Pub & Garden 141 Grand136 Grande Grill 33 Greg & Tom Beer House 141 Gródek136 Grunwald Monument 72 Hala Główna 60 Hamsa47 Hard Rock Cafe 58 Hevre59 High Synagogue 100 Hilton Garden Inn Kraków 137 Hipolit House 83 HistoryLand124 History Museum 83 Holiday Inn Krakow City Center 136 Home Army Museum 83 Hotel Kanonicza 22 137 Hotel Kazimierz 139 Hotel Kazimierz II 139 Hotel Kossak 137 Hotel Rubinstein 137 Hotel Senacki 138 Hotel Stary 136 Hotel Unicus 138 House Of Beer 59 Hurry Curry 34 Hutten-Czapski Museum 84 Ibis Budget Kraków Stare Miasto 140
Ibis Kraków Centrum 139 Ibis Kraków Stare Miasto 139 IDEA FIX Concept Store 130 Indalo Rooms 140 India Masala 36 Indus Tandoor 36 InfoKraków68 InVito Pizza & Pasta 44 Irish Pub Pod Papugami 60 Isaac Synagogue 99 Jama Michalika 74 Jan Matejko House 84 Jan Matejko Monument 71 Jewish Community Centre 97 Jordan Park Ice Rink 126 Jordan Tourist Information & Accommodation Centre 68 Józef Czapski Pavilion 85 Józef Mehoffer House 85 Judah Square Food Truck Park 44 Judaica Foundation 96 Karakter38 Karma 30, 54 Karmel139 Karmello131 Kazimierz Historical Mural 99 Kiełbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski 44 Kino Pod Baranami 125 Klezmer Hois 46 Kogel Mogel 49 Kolanko N°6 30 Kościuszko Mound 84 Kowea Itim le-Tora Prayer House100 Krakow City Apartments 141 Krakow For You Apartments141 Kraków in 15 Minutes 125 Krakowskie Metro 38 Kraków Water Park 125 Kraków Zoo 126
Krowarzywa Vegan Burger 54 Kufle i Widelce 60 Kupa Synagogue 97 La Campana Trattoria 45 La Grande Mamma 45 Lasota Hill 109 L Concept 13 Bar & Restaurant 49 Le Scandale 60 Liban Quarry 109 Lilou128 Lipowa 3 Glass & Ceramics Centre105 Little Havana Party Hostel 141 Lokal64 Lost Souls Alley - Deadly Walk 125 Lost Wawel 92 Main Market Square 73 Manggha88 Manzana46 Massolit Books & Café 130 Matejko139 Meat & Go 40 Mercure Kraków Old Town 138 Mercy Brown 60 MICET (Interactive Theatre Museum)85 Miejscówka61 Miód Malina 49 Mleczarnia61 Momotown141 Moo Moo Steak & Burger Club 33 Morskie Oko 49 Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK)106 Museum of Poland under the Communist Regime 112 Museum of the Duke’s Brewery in Tychy 58
NOWA HUTA STREET INDEX Andersa, al., gen. Q-1/2; R-2/3 Batalionu Parasol Q-1 Boruty-Spiechowicza, gen. M. Q-2/3 Bulwarowa S-1; T-1; U-1/3 Centralny, pl. R-3; S-3 CerchówT-3 CzuchajowskiegoQ-1/2; R-1/2 Daniłowskiego T-3; U-3 GajochaS-3 Gardy-Godlewskiego, pułk.S-2 Hansa Christiana Andersena S-1 Jana Pawła II, al. Q/U-3 Kocmyrzowska Q-1; R-1 ŁempickiegoU-1 Ludźmierska Q-2; R-1/2 MierzwyS/U-3 MościckiegoR/T-1 Obrońców Krzyża Q-1; R-1 Odmogile S-1; T-1
Orkana T-2/3; U-3 Osiedle Krakowiaków R-1 Osiedle Wandy U-3 Osiedle Zgody R-2 PadniewskiegoQ-3 PokrzywkiQ-1 Przy Poczcie T-3; U-3 Przyjaźni, al. R-2; S-2/3 Rondo Kocmyrzowskie Q-1 Róż, al. S-1/2 SeifertaR-2 Śmigłego-Rydza, marsz. R/T-2 Solidarności, al. S/U-2; S-3 StrugaT-2 SzczeklikaQ-1 TomickiegoQ-3 WojciechowskiegoT-1/2 ZachemskiegoT-3 Żeromskiego R-1; S-1/2; T-2 ZuchówT-3
December 2017 – January 2018
Venue Index National Museum, Main Building86 New Jewish Cemetery 97 Niebieski Art Hotel & Spa 137 NOLIO45 Novotel Kraków Centrum 138 Nowa Huta Museum 113 Noworolski74 Obwarzanek Museum 126 Old Podgórze Cemetery 108 Old Synagogue 98 Omerta61
Oriental Art 92 Orzo: people - music - nature 38, 61 Oświęcim Jewish Museum & Synagogue119 Pan Tu Nie Stał 130 Papugarnia Amazonia 126 Park Inn by Radisson Krakow 138 Pasaż 13 132 Pharmacy Museum 86 Pharmacy Under the Eagle 106
FEATURES & CATEGORIES ‘Kolejka’ Board Game 132 Art Cafés 74 Art Galleries 80 Breakfast 30 Currency Exchange 135 Food Trucks 44 Grunwald Monument 72 Have Your Say 29 Health & Emergency 134 Healthy Eats 54 Hot Beer? 64 Christmas in Kraków 6 Ice Skating 126 Klezmer 46 Kościuszko Mound 84 Kraków National Museum 86 Kraków Street Art 68 Krakus Mound 108 Lady With a Weasel 86 Liban Quarry 109 Milk Bars 52 Outdoor Markets 130 Plac Centralny 112 Płaszów 106 Polish Aviation Museum 113 Polish Food 24 Polish Gift Guide 129 Polish Snacks & Shots 55 Polish Vodka 26 Public Transport 13 Quick Eats 40 Rynek Podgórski 104 Schindler's Factory 105 Słowacki Theatre 72 Stained Glass 77 The Hejnał 73 The Obwarzanek 27 The Planty 76 The Wawel Dragon 93 Tipping Tribulations 48 Tourist Card 68 Tyskie Brewery 58 Tytano 60 Vice Advice 64 146 Kraków In Your Pocket
Piec'Art62 Pijalnia Czekolady E. Wedel 30 Pijalnia Wódki i Piwa 55 Pimiento47 Pino40 Piotr Skrzynecki Monument 76 Pizzatopia40 Plac Bohaterów Getta 107 Plac Izaaka 44 Plac Nowy 96 Plac Nowy 1 40 Plac Św. Marii Magdaleny 79 Plac Targowy Unitarg 130 Plac Wolnica 101 Pod Aniołami 50 Pod Baranem 50 Pod Norenami 54 Pod Nosem 50 Pod Różą 50, 138 Pod Temidą 52 Pod Wawelem 51, 140 Polish Aviation Museum 113 Pollera140 Polonia Wax Museum 126 Polski Pod Białym Orłem 138 Popper Synagogue 98 Poster Gallery 130 Prozak 2.0 64 Q Hotel Kraków 138 Q Hotel Plus Kraków 138 Qualita Restaurant 51 Qubus Hotel Kraków 138 Radisson Blu 137 Ranny Ptaszek 30 Red Brick 141 Red Kurka 141 Regionalne Alkohole 131 Remuh Synagogue & Cemetery 98 Restauracja Sukiennice 51 Rock Shop 131 Royal140 Royal Crypts 93 Royal Private Apartments 91 Ruczaj140 Rynek Underground 87 Rzeźnia - Ribs on Fire 34 Sababa62 Sąsiedzi51 Scandale Royal 30, 40 Scena5464 SeeKrakow68 Sheraton Grand Krakow 137 Shine Club Kraków 64 Shisha Club by Bollywood 62 Sigismund Bell 93 Singer62 Sissi Restaurant & Wine 40 Skałka & the Pauline Monastery 99 Słodki Wierzynek 30 Smakołyki52 Społem Deluxe 65 St. Adalbert’s Church 74 Stained Glass Museum 88 St. Andrew’s Church 78 Stara Zajezdnia 63 Starmach Gallery 108
Stary Kleparz 130 State Rooms 91 St. Francis' Basilica 78 St. Joseph's Church 104 St. Mary’s Basilica 73 S-Tours69 Syncret129 Szambelan131 Szara42 Szara Gęś 52 Szara Kazimierz 42 Schindler's Factory 105 Słowacki Theatre 72 Tao Garden 34 Tao Teppanyaki & More 35 Tao Therapy 127 Teatro Cubano 65 Temple Synagogue 96 Termy Krakowskie Forum 127 Thai Smile Massage 127 The Piano Rouge 63 The Secret Garden Hostel 141 The Stage 124 Tournet140 Town Hall Tower 76 Tradycyja42 Tram Bar 63 Trattoria Degusti 45 Trzy Kafki Guest Rooms 140 Trzy Rybki 42 ul. Dietla 95 Ulica Pomorska 88 ul. Kanonicza 79 ul. Meiselsa 95 ul. Szeroka 98 Vanilla Sky 54 Vanilla Spa 127 Vegan Bistro Nova Krova 55 Veganic55 Vienna House Andel’s Cracow 138 Vienna House Easy Cracow 140 Visiting Auschwitz 118 Viva la PINTA 63 Wanda's Mound 113 Wawel140 Wawel Castle 90 Wawel Visitor Centre 91 Wentzl138 Weźże Krafta 60 White Camel 47 Wieliczka Salt Mine 115 Wieliczka Tourist Information114 Wielopole140 WieloPole 3 55 Wierzynek52 World of Amber 129 Wyspiański140 Wyspiański Pavillion 78 ZaKładka - Food & Wine 35 Zazie Bistro 36 Zdzisław Beksiński Gallery 112 Zenit42 Zen Restaurant & Sushi Bar 35 Zet Pe Te 65 Zielonym Do Góry 54
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Boutique - Atelier
Symbols of precious moments Lilou is an upscale polish jewelry brand created by Magdalena Mousson-Lestang. Lilou’s philosophy is to create unique, engraved j e w e l r y , customized and customizable to mark events, small and big stories of your life, emotions or simply to please or be pleased. Real caskets in terms of architecture, Lilou Boutique - Atelier are warm and inviting stores where engraving is handmade on demand. Lilou jewelry is made of 14k gold, 925 silver or 23 k. platedgold, and can be accessorized with strings, ribbons, leather bracelets and precious stones, crystals and pearls. Mark stories of your life by creating unique, engraved jewelry.
KRAKÓW, 27 Świętego Tomasza Street lilouparis.com /bemylilou
Lilou Soleil Lilou Toujours Bonheur Love Happiness Soleil Forever Paradise Harmony Soleil Love Happiness Soleil Forever Paradise Harmony Soleil Lilou Forever Love Paradise Harmony Soleil Soleil Forever Paradise Harmony Soleil Harmony Lilou Soleil Love
Soleil Lilou Toujours Bonheur Love Happiness Soleil Forever Paradise Harmony Soleil Love Happiness Soleil Harmony Soleil Love Happiness Soleil Soleil Forever Paradise Harmony
Soleil Lilou Toujours Bonheur Love Happiness Soleil Forever Paradise Harmony Soleil Love Happiness Soleil Harmony Soleil Love Happiness Soleil Soleil Forever Paradise Harmony