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Getting there Lufthansa ( or Air Berlin ( offer direct flights to Kraków Airport ( from Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt. On landing, it’s about a 10-mile journey east to the city with either train, 19 zlotys single, or taxi, 70 zlotys, being the best transfer options.

Getting around Both the Old Town and Kazimierz are best explored on foot, and it takes less than 15 minutes of gentle strolling through the Wawel district to reach one from the other. Podgórze is a little farther afield.

If feet are complaining, consider the tram and bus service, and be sure to have the right change if paying on board. Alternatively, try one of the stretch golf carts offering tours. They come with prerecorded commentary in many languages. Prices average about 30 zlotys.

Where to stay • Moderate to expensive:

Novotel Kraków Centrum: (+48) (0) 12299 2900,

Hotel Royal: (+48) (0) 12421 3500,

• Budget:

Ibis Budget Kraków Stare Miasto: (+48) (0) 12355 2950,

Greg & Tom Hostel: (+48) (0) 12422 4100,

More information Find the main Tourist Information Office, (+48) (0) 12433 7310, at the Cloth Hall in the Main Square. For savings on entrance fees and transportation, ask about the Kraków Tourist Card priced at 60 zlotys for a two-day pass. For more information, visit

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