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Trip Report 3 Days Krakow Trip Report - Dec 2015

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Krakow was the tail end of a 2-week work trip in Prague. I pre-booked a double room on Expedia for about $40 a night. The hotel is a smaller operation (only 15 or so rooms) and rooms were pretty nice and newly renovated with nice quality linen. It's located just steps from the Market Sq (center of Old Town) - I felt I got really lucky.

I included logistics for airport transfer and Auschwitz side trip. Hope it helps people looking for similar info in the future.

First, a collection of tips that I remember:
- People don’t order tap water in restaurants. So plan to spend 6 PLZ or so for a tiny bottle of water, or opt for a juice, beer or wine for not much more.
- Read in a guidebook that when paying for meals with a cc, leave tips in cash (usually 5-10% - typically a few coins).
- To get into fancy and highly rated restaurants for dinner, reservations are essential. This was difficult for me since I never knew when dinner is the next day, so I ended up in less well known places. The Michelin rated restaurants are not much different in prices than other resto’s in the vicinity and quite inexpensive given the exchange rate. Entrees are around $15, dessert $3, etc.
- The temp was in the 30-40F during my visit. I could’ve survived without good shoes, good jacket, hat, scarves and gloves. I was told this was a mild Dec and winter hasn’t started yet.
- Checkout the ticketing situation for places that require timed entrance. Some require going first thing in the morning to get the tix.
- For currency exchange, there are Kantor booths everywhere. The ones on the side streets (further away from the Market Sq) and in the Galleria Mall have really good rates (similar or better than credit cards). Rates are typically posted (use the lower # on the sign that says ‘We Buy USD’) and make sure 0 commission.
- The whole city is actually quite small with the Market Square in the center of it. I never needed to take buses or trams at all. The furthest I’ve walked is to the Jewish Quarters and it was with the guided tour.

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