"Republic of Poland" Top 5 Page for this destination Poland by hopang
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Republic of Poland is situated in central Europe. It is bordering with Russia and Lithuania to the north, Belarus and Ukraine to the east, Slovakia and Czech Republic to the south and Germany to the west. It has a total population of almost 40 million inhabitants. Poland has a total area of approximately 310,000 square kilometers. It is a member of European Union (EU) and it has its own currency known as PLN or zl.
Warsaw is its capital city and also its largest city. But the best known tourist attractions and destination is located in its second largest city Krakow. We have just visited the city of Krakow recently. Krakow has many well-known tourist attractions. If you have very limited time in the city, you need to plan your visit to the city and the surrounding area wisely and carefully as many popular attractions really take a lot of your time especially travelling and the lengthy guided tours such as Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and the day trip to Zakopane.
Wieliczka Salt Mine at Wieliczka was one of our favourite tourist attractions in and around Krakow. Wieliczka Salt Mine is located approximately 10 kilometers southeast of the city of Krakow. It is a world famous tourist attraction and is considered a "must-visit" tourist attraction by many whenever you visit the city of Krakow. It attracts more than one million local and foreign tourists every year. It is in the list of UNESCO's World Cultural & Natural Heritage. The Salt Mine has history that dates back to the middle of the 9th century when it was first in use by the miners.
You begin your descend underground by walking 370 steps down into the caverns. So you need to be physically fit to walk quite a lot of distance. Most of the underground attractions are located at a depth of between 200 meters and 300 meters. The temperature in the entire Salt Mine underground is approximately 15 degrees all year round. So it can be quite cold during the summer months and too warm during the winter months. You need to bring along proper clothing to keep yourself warmth.
The ceilings in certain parts of the tunnels are quite low. So you need to mind your head all the time especially if you are a tall person. The floors can also be quite slippery. You need to put on good pairs of walking shoes. The ventilation underground is fairly good at such depth although certain parts are quite cold and windy.
The highlight of this underground tour is the popular Chapel of St. Klinga with the light and sound show entertaining visitors. You may view our video of the light and sound show of the Chapel of St. Klinga on our Poland travel page. There are some lovely sculptures sculptured by ancient salt miners centuries ago in the mine. The most famous sculpture is the sculpture of "The Last Supper". It is almost certainly one of the most photographed objects in the entíre Salt Mine.
Every tour must be accompanied by a tour guide from the Salt Mine. You are not allowed to visit the Mine on your own. The admission fee for English guided tour and/or other foreign languages costs 73.00 zl per adult with additional charge of 10.00 zl for the camera. However admission fee is very much lower if you prefer to save money and choose Polish language guided tour instead. Our English tour guide is quite friendly and helpful. So all you need is to ask her questions.
Opening hours to Wieliczka Salt Mine are between 7.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. daily from 1st April to 31st October and between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily from 2nd November to 31st March. It is closed on 1st January, 1st November, 24th and 25th December.
Krupowki Street is the most popular street in Zakopane, a hill resort approximately 100 kilometers south of Krakow. Krupowki Street is a busy street packed with tourists and holiday makers. It stretches from the foothill of Gubalowka Hill in the northwest to Kazimierza Tetmajera Street in the southeast, a distance of approximately 500 meters. The street is dotted with lots of souvenir and gift shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and even hotels.
Krupowki Street is a great place to stroll along during the summer as well as winter months. It is magical during the winter months as there are lots of snow everywhere, on the roads as well as on the rooftops. It is certainly beautiful during the winter months as depicted on our photographs. Krupowki Street is perhaps one of the most beautiful winter resorts we have experienced in Europe! Take a day trip from Krakow to Zakopane in general and Krupowki Street in particular when you visit Krakow on your vacation. It is certainly worth your day trip! We even had a great lunch of trout fish fillet at Pstrag Gorski Seafood Restaurant located at Krupowki Street 50.
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