Krakow Tourist Trap Tips by matcrazy1 Top 5 Page for this destination
Krakow Tourist Traps: 58 reviews and 62 photos
KATHY WATCHING AROUND WITH A SMILE :-)))
There are some places (too many) when filming or taking pictures is NOT allowed in Krakow. And not exclusively of military objects - are there any in a downtown? And even if you don't use flash (almost always forbidden in museum interiors).
The worst rules are at Wawel Hill in my opinion:
- filming and photographing the interior of objects (Cathedral, Castle) or exhibits requires the authorisation of the Director of the Royal Castle,
- the creation of films or photographs presenting objects of Wawel Hill (including architecture) for commercial purposes requires the authorisation of the Director of the Royal Castle.
Unique Suggestions: Do it secretly like me in "Wawel Lost" exhibition. Look at my picture: Kathy (Kodi01) was watching around :-))).
Shouldn't they put us in a jail for this picture?
Hmm... Kathy was in a jail in Poland, not so bad and great Polish food was served there as I know - better ask her personally : click here :-)))
Fun Alternatives: Ask for the authorisation of the Director of the Royal Castle or other museum - good luck! Warning: Polish beaurocracy is terrible.
HIRE MY CART NOT ME :-)
It's said that there are a lot of handsome men in Krakow. I don't know. Kathy (Kodi01) from Dallas, Texas said that she saw a lot of handsome men in Krakow :-))) And coudn't they come to our VT-meeting? Is VT a woman thing or so?
Never mind, dear ladies, be careful. The man in Krakow are different - honest and sometimes not so honest (casual men), I must admit.
Unique Suggestions: If you are single: be careful and don't (never) make friends in streets, better do not accept food or drinks from strange men, notably alcohol.
If you are married: think about your poor husband first. Hehe isn't it called men's solidarity?
Fun Alternatives: None unless your are full blind or heterosexual man.
REAL BIG TOURIST TRAP :-)
It's a real big tourist trap - you can meet him in Krakow from time to time (usually once a month in weekends, sometimes with other VT-er).
I do hope you will rate this tip as not helpful and not accurate i.e. 2x1 :-).
Unique Suggestions: Sorry, no way :-(.
Fun Alternatives: None! Forget it!
KRAKOW WOMAN :-)
There a lot of pretty (very pretty) women walking around Krakow. Look at my picture - am I wrong?
You can meet them at night clubs, discos, pubs, restaurants, cafes around the old town as well. Usually they come with friends especially to less expensive, crowded places on Thursday (students living outside Krakow), Friday and Saturday evenings. Younger women quite often can speak English or/and German.
Unique Suggestions: If you are married: it maybe real tourist trap for you, go away ASAP or - depends on you and your real feelings :-)))
If you are single: hmm... good luck :-))), it maybe a must see activity for you and maybe good chance not to be single longer! Polish women are fantastic, believe me!!!
Fun Alternatives: None!
Tipping on the street? :-)
Tipping in Krakow maybe a tourist trap unless you read and follow the below observations and advices, I suppose.
In Krakow you are free to tip people as you please. Yet few look out for some spare change in reward for their services, however petty. Still, some do. Hmm... sometimes they are so happy to get a tip that I think how NOT to tip them?
Tip the hotel staff as you use to do it in your own country.
Tips are not included in your Krakow restaurant checks, so when satisfied with the service you are welcome to express it either by leaving some cash on the table or by rounding up the bill. There is no standard percentage for tipping, although 10% seems to be a pretty substantial. Notice: no possibility to pay a tip by credit card, tipping is always by cash. When you pay a bill do NOT say "thank you" - it means you are telling the waiter to "keep the change". If you expect to receive change, wait until this arrives before saying thank you :-))).
Besides waiters also hairdressers, manicurists, and their likes expect to be tipped, but hardly anyone else.
Taxi-driver will anticipate your gratitude in cash for some really special favor (e.g. carrying you upstairs in his arms).
The above applies to other foot soldiers of the service sector.
Small gifts such as confectionery or flowers are regular currency in trading petty favors, while a bottle of brandy or perfumes prove substantial thankfulness.
Holiday “gifts” to mailmen, garbage men, janitors, etc. are still unheard-of in Poland.
The above tips are just my observations (are they wrong?) - NO responsibility for them. Complaints appreciated by e-mail.
WHY WE LOCK OUR DOORS IN FLORIDA? :-)))
Krakow seems to be very safe place, much more safe then many cities in Western Europe nowadays but... as always a few tips.
You can feel safe in Krakow, especially when you follow the above advices and observations.
- Carry your money, credit cards and passport in a money belt or in a safe pocket, and grip firmly the handbag if it is precious to you.
- Beware pickpockets in any crowded place but notably in the airport, railroad stations, bus stops, shops, and on public transport.
- Watch your luggage closely in the train, bus, streetcar, and in the airport, railroad station, bus depot, etc.
- Traveling by rail avoid noisy company as well as empty carriages or compartments.
- Do not accept food or drinks from strangers, notably alcohol and especially on a long journey by train.
- Do not make friends in the street.
- In the night keep to well lit streets.
- Do not buy any valuable goods, notably gold or gold/silver coins (100% fake gold), in the street.
- Safeguard your car well against theft and even then do not leave it in remote places for very long
Although Krakow is NOT in Florida and there are not GATORS here (look at my picture) aways lock your hotel room doors and leave your key in reception (more comfortable = they are BIG usually and more safe then to carry it by yourself :-)
Unique Suggestions: The emergency phone number for the police is 997, fire brigade 998, and ambulance 999–all three toll-free. Unfortunately, little chances anybody on the other end would speak English - REAL TOURIST TRAP (and shame for Krakow). So, if you do not speak Polish, get somebody who does (surprisingly many Krakow natives prove very helpful in need). Police stations do not employ interpreters, but they will bring one from the Krakow headquarters if necessary.
Is this really a tourist trap?
Hmm... the opening hours depends on their owners only (no law limits) so there is big mess (good in my opinion) about it.
Some are opened since midnight hmm... rather for men looking (un)sexy adventures, most since midnight till... the last consumer.
It's a big business, I suppose so rarely and only out of the season (never in May-September period) you can see the table as on my picture. May it be a tourist trap?
Unique Suggestions: Don't worry, keep smiling, take a shot (for your VT page) and read below...
Fun Alternatives: Go to the next whisky bar :-))).
Mr Bush and the Pope John Paul II (from Krakow)
Better do not start discussion with locals (I mean people who live in Krakow for years) at:
1. criticizing the American President and foreign USA policy;
2. criticizing the Pope and Roman Catholic church.
Does NOT mean that you can't discuss the above but maybe not at first sight.
Poles and citizens of Krakow (heart of Poland) seems to be the most pro-american nation in Europe (according to international polls of public opinion) - most (but NOT all) like the USA, the American citizens and American "strong" policy against terrorism and so on. Of course NOT all.
Pope John Paul II is regarded as the biggest Pole and real world leader not only pope. Krakow seems to be conservative city although many its citizens criticize catholic church hierarchy they rarely criticise the pope himself.
Unique Suggestions: Change the topic haha or... continue but rather do not expect applause :-). Show your local friends my pic from the net - good laugh is highly appreciated haha :-))).
Fun Alternatives: Meet "untypical" citizens or newcomers or temporarily living in Krakow (students) or tourists. Btw real locals are minority, not so easy to meet in the old town haha.
Don't drink too much or rather too fast even if you feel very relaxing and comfortable in your pub which usually offers:
- cool music (live or... alive = from speakers :-),
- magical interior deseign lighted by candles (old underground cellars),
- great international/local company,
- cheap drinks (including happy hour, free drinks/starters)
- very friendly staff.
Why not to drink too fast: hmmm... you can loose too much, better partying till the end (= next morning in summer);
Why not to drink too much: think about the next day attractions and... look at my picture,
Unique Suggestions: Try to talk/eat much instead of drink much.
Move = dance or sth like that (if you can :-).
Then hmm... look at the picture.
Fun Alternatives: Go away off any pubs. No other way, Krakow's pubs are addictive.
DO NOT DISTURB
Better do not disturb locals in their blood alcohol experiments, they love them.
They drink usually Polish beer (legal drinking age is 18 but it seems nobody care about it in Krakow):
- Tyskie which is in the top 10 brands in Europe produced in the oldest in Poland brewery in Tychy, my hometown
- Zywiec - a little more strong in taste.
Unique Suggestions: Better join locals, if they don't know your languages - singing or/and dancing is recommended, they usually know "happy birthday", French and American anthems, better educated English anthem as well haha :-)
Street dancing (in closed to traffic area only) highly appreciated :-)
Fun Alternatives: Meet locals drinking juices/tea/coffee etc. They love foreign tourists.
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