"Walk, basically.................." Walking Tip by leics

Walking, Krakow: 16 reviews and 29 photos

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      Look up!
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  • Look up! - Krakow
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I wrote this tip after my first visit in 2006 and I'd say exactly the same today.

Central historical Krakow is very walkable indeed and one sees so much more like this (although rickshaws, buggies and carriage rides abound). It's flattish, the pavements (sidewalks) are in reasonable condition despite the harsh Polish winters, everything is fairly close together, it feels very safe indeed (including after dark and including for a solo middle-aged female), the traffic in the non-pedestrianised parts is remarkably light for a city, snow and ice are quickly cleared away or sanded (as I discovered on my most recent March visit)............and you can easily (and cheaply) get a bus or tram back to base.

Even with no Polish it's easy to find your way around. The old city is laid out on a grid, which helps massively, and is encircled by the Planty gardens. When you reach the Planty, you know you are on your way into or out of the historical centre! The Tourist Office has free street plans and the street names are clearly signposted.

There are plenty of information boards dotted about too, with English translations, so there is really no excuse for not taking time out to wander, look, watch and absorb........and always make sure that you look up! :-)

Directions: Within the historical centre of the city.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 29, 2013
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