shower room at Auschwitz

Offline GPS Guided Travel Articles Now Available on GPSMyCity

I’M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING TRAVEL ARTICLES ABOUT POLAND ARE NOW AVAILABLE WITH OFFLINE GPS GUIDED MAPS ON GPSMYCITY!

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The GPSMyCity app is designed for people who enjoy exploring cities by foot.  The App offers countless travel articles and self-guided walking tours for over 1,000 cities world wide, including offline gps guided travel maps.

You may wonder, “What’s the big deal? I can read the travel post on your blog.”

Well, yes, assuming you have access to the internet, you can read my article on my blog.

But what if you don’t have access to the internet? Or you don’t have a good data plan in country you are visiting?  How do you find those famous sites or the corner pub?  With GPSMyCity, look no further.  You will have access to all kinds of walks around thousands of cities with offline GPS Guided travel maps.

Want to try different restaurants in Malaga, Spain?  There’s an app for that.  Just follow the GPS Guided Travel Map.

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seats with adjustable headrests from Prague to Krakow

How to Take the České dráhy Train from Prague to Krakow

Tips for taking the České dráhy train from Prague to Krakow

Being from the USA, it is not often that I have to take trains.  As such, having to navigate train stations in a foreign country, knowing which tickets to buy, and what services are included can be challenging.  This is what I found out about taking the České dráhy train from Prague to Krakow .

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Christmas market and cloth hall in Krakow's Old Town

Krakow’s Old Town

I arrived in Krakow from Prague via a seven-hour train ride.  I followed the signage from the train station to Krakow’s Old Town which took me through the mall, up to an exit through a Christmas market, down into a tunnel beneath a street and then into a lovely park dusted in a light snow.  The walk through the park to one of the many streets that lead the square was quite soothing after a long day.

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View from Bridge of Love

Krakow’s Jewish Quarter

While it is easy to simply google “free walking tours in Krakow”, I recently came across an app called freetour.com.  It is great!  I typed in Krakow and found a walking tour of Krakow’s Jewish Quarter and one of Krakow’s Old Town.

Today I joined the tour for Krakow’s Jewish Quarter.  The English-speaking tour met at in front of St. Mary’s Basilica in Old Town at 2:30pm.  Given it was winter time and dark very early, the tour was two hours rather than the advertised two and half hours.  That was fine with me.

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Pacski - Krakow Street Food

Krakow Street Food

After I travel a while, I get tired of eating every meal at a restaurant, particularly in Europe where the service is slow.  I recognize it is slow to allow diners to enjoy their meal, but when I am on my own, sitting around is not my first choice.  I’d rather be exploring.  As such for the few days I was in Poland, I seeked out some Krakow street food.

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remnants of barracks at Auschwitz

Six Hour Tour of Auschwitz

When visiting Krakow, seeing Auschwitz is a must.  Auschwitz, a complex of 48 concentration and extermination camps, was operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II.  The complex includes Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, and Auschwitz III-Monowitz along with several subcamps.

Auschwitz was the largest Nazi German concentration and death camp.  Between the years 1940 and 1945 when Auschwitz operated, the Nazis deported at least 1.3 million people to the camp, including 1,000,000 Jews, 150,000 Poles, 23,000 gypsies, 15,000 Soviet POWs, and 25,000 prisoners of other ethnicities.  Of these prisoners, 1,100,000 died.  90% were Jewish.  Most were killed in gas chambers, but many also died from illnesses and starvation.

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Chapel of St. Kinga in Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine

Ever since I heard about the Wieliczka Salt Mine from my friend Ron, I have wanted to visit it.  I am fascinated by mines and Wieliczka Salt Mine is definitely the most unique mine I’ve seen.

Tour Options

While preparing to visit the mine, I reviewed its website and was surprised to find there are a variety of tours from which to choose.  I ruled out the 30-minute Graduation Tower visit that includes breathing a brine mist above ground as well as the Pilgrim Tour that concentrates on praying throughout the 2.5-hour mine tour.

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