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on 15 July 2009
Krakow is Poland's most visited city and deserves better guides than those available at the moment. At last someone has written a guide worthy of the city. Most tourists will visit the old town square, maybe walk around the Planty, visit the Wawel and then possibly go and visit Kazimierz. There is in fact a lot more to this ancient city and this guide opens up places like Podgorze and Kleparz which are worthy of exploration. In the eyes of some Poland is still a far away country that we know little of. This guide dispels such prejudices and opens up a fascinating city. An essential purchase.
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on 23 August 2009
A bang up-to-date pocket-sized Krakow guide from Time Out. One of the 'Shortlist' series and, like the other full-size Time Out guides, it is compiled by locally based editors and writers - and it shows.

After giving a brief introduction to each area the guide then highlights the best sights and museums, eating and drinking establishments, shopping, nightlife and arts and leisure attractions. Areas away from the 'touristy' Old Town, such as Kazimierz, Wawel, Podgorze and the South of the city, Kleparz and the North and Czarna and the West are given equal billing - making for interesting excursions off the beaten track.

I found the section on Nowa Huta, a communist new town [the name means New Steelworks] built on the outskirts of Krakow at the behest of Stalin himself, particularly interesting. The guide book describes it as "an outpost of dystopian socialism" that was "grafted onto greater Krakow" as a "worker's paradise" - an antidote to what the Soviet authorities saw as liberal, religious, bourgeois Krakow. The guide gives you the numbers of the tram services that can take you there should you wish to go independently and the name of a local tour company specialising in the area should you prefer a tour. Recommended is a visit to "the monument Nova Huta is most proud of: the Arka Pana Church". Apparently, when the town was built the authorities declared that there was no room and no money to build a church. Undeterred the local people built one for themselves, brick by brick, in defiance of the socialist regime. Workers in the town were also amongst the most vocal in the country in their support for the Solidarity movement.

The guide also highlights another memorial to the darker side of recent Polish history - the memorial cross to Katyn outside the St Giles` Church. Not mentioned in either of my other two guidebooks on the city, a simple cross commemorates the thousands of Polish officers murdered by the Soviet Union following the outbreak of the Second World War - the story of which is told in the recent film "Katyn".

This is an invaluable guide for anyone spending a few days [and nights] in this beautiful and fascinating city. Highly recommended.
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on 19 December 2010
Would recommend this little book to any first time visitors to Krakow.We went to stay with a Polish friend and a lot of the places she took us to were in the book.Concise and easy to read.
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on 18 February 2011
This handy travel guide is perfect to fit into your pocket on your travels abroad, and I found it in the main very useful and accurate.

Just a couple of minor gripes. The map of the tram system in Krakow is too small to read sensibly (which meant that I couldn't get to grips with the network when I was in the city).

And there was misleading information about the usefulness of kantors (exchange bureaux)- we were ripped off by a kantor who advertised one rate in the window but gave us a much worse rate in reality. My travel friend had a guide (not TimeOut) that stressed the use of banks in preference to these kantor sharks. So a word of warning for you to the wise, for what it's worth.

Krakow as a city is absolutely delightful, not too expensive, and full of lovely people. So I can't wait to go back and explore it further. I'll just be more careful about purchasing my Zloty in future.
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on 15 October 2009
I always find "Time Out" Guides to be reliable and accurate with their information.Easy to carry around in one's pocket or bag, not too informative and the recommended restaurants have always been superb. Excellent advice given about getting to and from Airports etc. and what to buy in each City. All round thse books are excellent value for money. ( They also look attractive when a lot are stored on your bookshelf!!)
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on 12 December 2012
Very informative although (because of its size) it is a bit short on detail. Nevertheless I found this an excellent pocket guide.
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on 27 October 2011
Great little book. Small enough to fit in a pocket or handbag. Jam packed with all there is to see in Krakow. Well worth buying.
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on 21 November 2014
it's ok but out of date 2009 edition !! very disappointing
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on 18 December 2014
Great product. Product, received quickly!
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on 12 January 2015
Cheap, fast delivery, very useful.
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