Encounter Krakow With Lonely Planet’s Mini Pocket Guide. Seen enough of Prague? Done Budapest? Why not travel a little bit north and visit Krakow, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. The travel scribes at Lonely Planet can help you plan your trip to this medieval city with their Krakow Encounter mini-guide. It gives you twice the city in half the time, with suggestions on where to go, the best places to eat and what hotels to stay at and maybe even avoid. Written by Mara Vorhees, the guide includes secrets shared by local experts on the Krakow’s contemporary Jewish culture and the city’s unique art scene. There are also excursion suggestions to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps, and a day trip to Kazimierz, a quaint town right outside the city. The quick reference guide provides readers with ready-to-go and need-to-know information such as the price of a pint of beer, useful phrases, country telephone codes and the currency exchange. Additionally, full-color pull-out maps and neighborhood maps are also included in the guide. Whether you are planning a week-long trip or plan to visit Krakow for a short weekend, the Encounter Guide is a must-have for every visitor wanting to explore the city’s mystical attractions including the impressive Wawel Cathedral or simply taking a moment to relax and dine in one of many 700-year-old caverns while witnessing the rebirth of a city that has redefined the meaning of survival. The Krakow Encounter Guide is available at bookstores or online at www.lonelyplanet.com for $12.99.