I was thinking to spend my whole weekend of Allsaints in Warsaw when my friend suggered us to visit Krakow. We decided to go just 4 hours before the departure of our train. The day was long, mainly due to our short night.
Information about Krakow
« The city of Kraków is the capital city of the Malopolskie (Lesser Poland or Little Poland) province in the southern region of Poland. It covers both banks of the Wisla (or Vistula) river. Uplands region at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. It is Poland’s second largest city, with a population of 756,000 in 2007 (1.4 million after including surrounding communities).In the First World War, Józef Pilsudski set out to liberate Poland and the Treaty of Versailles (1919) established an independent sovereign Polish state for the first time in more than 100 years. This lasted until the Second World War, when Germany and the USSR partitioned the country, with German forces entering Krakow in September 1939. Many academics were killed and historic relics and monuments were destroyed or looted. Concentration camps were established near Krakow, including Plaszow and Auschwitz. After German withdrawal, the city escaped complete destruction and many buildings were saved.In the Communist period, a large steel works was established in the suburb of Nowa Huta. This was seen as an attempt to lessen the influence of the anti-Communist intellegentsia and religious communities in Krakow. In 1978, UNESCO placed Krakow on the World Heritage Sites list. In the same year, the Archbishop of Krakow, Karol Wojtyla, was made Pope John Paul II.The Communist Government collapsed in 1989 and Krakow is now undergoing another period of regeneration, with historic buildings being restored. » See more on Wikitravel!
It was actualy a good evening with ukrainians friends and problem to set the clock to winter time. We realised it in the train station when woman ask which ticket we wanted: 6 or 7am! Instead of our 8:30 planed… Travelling made contacts, we met one french man from Vilnius and later in the train a ukrainian guy who teach us some word in japanese The 3 hours of travelling seems even quicker.
There are many places to visit. The old town for sure, big and in a really well statment, and the « Castle church« , in the periphery of the town. The main squarze is very large and beautifull, from the bell tower you can see all the city, nice landscape. Parks are also perfect with their fall colors.
The main problem we had was with train: it is particuliary difficult to buy ticket and find thecorrect way of arrival of these train: many compangy, countless of prices, and especialy the fact that nothing usefull is written on the ticket you bought. We had to come again to office to ask details of our departure.