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Extra Day in Krakow or Warsaw - Which would you choose?

Extra Day in Krakow or Warsaw - Which would you choose?

Old Jul 12th, 2009, 04:42 PM
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Extra Day in Krakow or Warsaw - Which would you choose?

I am taking a trip to Poland at the end of September/first week of October that at this point in planning would allow me to spend an extra full-day in either Krakow (starting point and first 4-5 full days of trip) or Warsaw (last 5-6 full days of trip and point of departure). I am torn as to which city to choose for the bonus day........ thoughts? My plan is to use those two cities as my bases and do train/car/autobus day-trips beyond sightseeing in the cities themselves........ definitely on a leisure vacation and plan to return again someday, so I don't feel the need to race around the country to try and "see it all". Any input would be appreciated!!!
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 05:16 PM
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no brainer - KRAKOW ... 2-3 days for warsaw be more then enough ...
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 05:40 PM
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I agree with PeterB -- another vote for Krakow
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 06:44 PM
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Hi; We all think Krakow is worth an extra day. There are many day trips that can be taken. See www.inyourpocket.com/ for a download of each city. Click on the city and then 'instant' for youe download. Dick
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 07:52 PM
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Krakow. Beautiful city.
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 07:54 PM
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Yes, Krakow, great city. Lots of sites
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 08:25 PM
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A dissenting vote for Warsaw as a city: there are plenty to see and to do there. Medieval Krakow is more interesting, but is is small, 4 days there is enough.
However, as a base for day-trips Krakow wins. Wieliczka salt mine IMHO is very interesting and it alone will take a day.
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Old Jul 27th, 2009, 04:58 AM
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Hi; You could add Auschwitz as another day trip from Krakow. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/auschwi...entration_camp Dick
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Well, you have to be mentally prepared to visit Auschwitz, the impression is so strong. Maybe depends on the personality, but he place is horrifying.
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Old Jul 27th, 2009, 05:34 PM
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Hi; Consider going to Auschwitz. It's a reminder to 'never forget' and needs to be seen. Dick
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I haven't been to Warzaw, so I cannot compare. However I like Krakow very much. The old town is a beauty, very walkable and has some excellent restaurants. The salt mine is not to be missed.

My trip report at http://www.sitestory.dk/rejser/krakow2007/indexe.htm may give you some ideas about what to do and see in Krakow. Have a nice trip!

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Old Jul 28th, 2009, 01:35 PM
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Since you already have five days in Warsaw, I'd vote for Krakow as well, particularly as the base for day trips. It's also a great city to just relax in, although Warsaw has nice cafes and parks as well. Here's my trip report for a little more info: http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-july-2006.cfm
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Hi; If you are in Warsaw on a Sunday, see if the Chopin Concerts are still being held. Usually free, at 1pm in a 'rose garden'. Dick
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Another vote for Krakow. You can do day trips to the salt mines and Auschwitz, as noted by others. Each would justify its own day. Krakow is lovely,and IMHO more to see there than rebuilt Warsaw.
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