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Visiting Krakow, Poland

Krakow is one of the cheaper cities to visit in Europe. As a matter of fact it took fourth place (after Kiev, Bucharest and Sofia) among 56 European cities compared in a survey of the most affordable places to visit in Europe in 2015 (full results here.)
And this is what it says of Krakow: Krakow continues as Europe’s best travel bargain. The low prices have drawn in larger numbers of Europeans for weekend breaks...Put this one on your list before demand forces prices up like in Prague and Budapest.
The table below will give you an idea of what 100 units of your currency is equivalent to in PLN (or zloty) in September 2015. It is possible to have a simple meal in Krakow for less than 20 zloty (5 euros). And the bus fare from the John Paul II International Airport at Balice to the central railway station at Krakow Glowny costs only 4 zloty (1 euro). These are September 2015 prices. Exchange rates for zloty on September 10, 2015
Value of zloty on September 10, 2015

Rynek Glowny, Krakow's Market Square

The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) at sunrise
The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), centrepiece of the most popular square in Krakow, having a quiet moment at sunrise before it is taken over by hordes of tourists later in the morning. There are many shops inside for your souvenir shopping. But it also houses part of the National Museum in Krakow on the first floor. The Rynek Glowny is in the form of a square, with 200m. on each side, making it the largest medieval square in Europe.

An overview of the Rynek Glowny
An overview of the Rynek Glowny, Krakow's famous Market Square.

Rallying point for groups at Rynek Glowny
This statue is a popular rallying point for groups at Rynek Glowny.

Horse carriages at Rynek Glowny
Horse carriages waiting to take tourists for a short tour.

A street musician in Rynek Glowny
A street musician in Rynek Glowny. Performers and buskers make the square a lively place both day and night.

A roadside stall selling obwarzanek in Rynek Glowny
A roadside stall selling obwarzanek and pretzels near the marketplace. Similar stalls are to be found at street corners all over the city.

St. Mary's Church/Basilica in Rynek Glowny
The towering St. Mary's Church/Basilica catches your attention as you enter Rynek Glowny from Florianska street.

The Town Hall Tower in Rynek Glowny
The Town Hall Tower is at the far end of St. Mary's Basilica.

Souvenir stall in Rynek Glowny
Souvenir stall selling bric-a-brac at the main market square.

Go to the desktop page for more. You will find photos and text on Wawel Hill and the Wawel Royal Castle, Kazimierz (the Jewish quarter), Podgorze (ex-Jewish ghetto), the Auschwitz concentration camp and the Wieliczka salt mine.