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Republic of Poland

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

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 at Zakopane

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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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    You are right, friends: Poland is full of sights indeed....I feel I have to revisit it some day...)

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Nov 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Hi Victor, Thanks for visiting our Poland travel pages. The country certainly is full of sights. We hope to visit more cities in Poland especially its capital city Warsaw. ~ho & pang

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    Aug 9, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Nice I only have been to Warsaw, but I should go back to visit Krakow

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Aug 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Hi Corra, Thanks for your visit to our Poland travel page. Krakow is indeed wonderful and beautiful both in the summer and winter months. Hope you are able to visit the city one day. ~ho & pang

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Enjoyed your page Ho & Pang. Might visit Krakow one day. We had a few days in Warsaw Sept 2010

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      May 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Hi Mike, Thanks for visiting our new Poland travel page. We indeed had a great winter vacation in southern Poland a few months ago. Warsaw is another great city in Poland. We certainly hope to visit this capital city one day. ~ho & pang

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      May 29, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      hi Ho & Pang, Thanks for visiting my St Petersburg page, a brilliant destination should you like history, architecture, palaces etc.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Hi Ho & Pang, what a marvelous page!! I have never been to Poland but your pages and photos make it extremely enticing, and even in winter!! I especially appreciate your detailed tips which also do an excellent job of giving directions, prices, etc., and all with so many photos! Great work!

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      May 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      Hi Sylvia, Thanks for your visit to our new Poland travel page. We really appreciate your wonderful comments. We enjoyed our trip to southern Poland indeed and hope to visit more of Poland one day. ~ho & pang

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Ho and Pang, fabulous page about your adventures in the region around Krakow. I especially like your transportation tips, as I also once went by public bus from Krakow to Zakopane. Interesting video of the Furnicular from Gubalowka Hill to ul Krupowski in Zakopane.

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Apr 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Hi Holger, Thanks for visiting our new Poland travel page. We certainly enjoyed our trip in the region around Krakow and the bus trip to Zakopane. We will definitely go back to Krakow and Zakopane one day - next trip there will be in the summer months, hopefully sooner rather than later. ~ho & pang

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Thank you ho & pang for bringing back memory about Poland - one of my favorite European country that I visit almost every year. But Zakopane still escaped from me. Hope to see it after reading your very interesting and informative tips.

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Apr 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      Hi Sergey, Thanks for your visit to our new Poland travel page. We certainly enjoyed our recent trip to Poland especially Zakopane. Zakopane is a great location for vacationing both in summer and winter. Hope you can make it to Zakopane one day. ~ho & pang

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Krakow, the Salt Mine and Zapacone sounds to be a good combination of places to visit during a short holiday to Poland. Great tips ho and pang!

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Apr 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Hi Malena, Thank you very much for visiting our new Poland travel page. We did enjoy our recent trip to Krakow and Zakopane. We certainly hope to visit these two great locations again but in summer months, hopefully in the near future. ~ho & pang

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Excellent Poland page with great tips and travelogues. You covered most of what Krakow has to offer. When we were there the Cloth Hall was closed and also covered with scaffolding as they were doing renovations. Too bad, because it's such a beautiful building.

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Apr 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Hi Lori, Thanks for your visit to our new Poland travel page. It seems we were lucky enough to see the renovated Cloth Hall after their renovation works. There are certainly lots of gifts and souvenir shops inside. ~ho & pang

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    You have a lovely Poland page. I enjoyed the tour of such a beautiful country. Excellent page!

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Mar 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Hi Dee, Thanks for your visit to our new Poland travel page. It is indeed a beautiful country. We hope to visit the country again and next time during the summer months. ~ho & pang

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Glad you enjoyed your visit to Poland. I enjoyed looking at your winter pictures of Krakow. Just one thing: the name of the main street in Zakopane is Krupowki(no s)

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Mar 29, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      Hi Ewa, Thanks for visiting our new Poland travel page. We hope to add more locations in Poland to this page sooner rather than later. Thanks also for pointing the spelling error. A lot of travellers make the same mistakes as we found out from the internet. We will correct all the wrong spelling immediately. ~ho & pang

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