Poland is somewhere that has never crossed my mind when looking for a city break. That’s until I started seeing people ranting and raving about Krakow. You know how it is, every year there’s new places on the city break hype, and I’m so guilty of following the trend as often as my bank account will allow. A friend of mine had been to Krakow and told me it was a ‘hidden gem’. And it definitely was. In fact, that’s an understatement. It’s bloody magnificent.
It is absolutely stunning.
I have never seen such clean streets before. There was no litter or chewing gum on the ground or anything. It’s not such a big deal to people, I know, but walking around such lovely clean streets was just glorious. Everywhere we go, Michael always wants to visit the churches and Krakow was no exception. St. Mary’s Basilica is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. To be honest, most of the buildings were incredible and every street was so pretty.
On the first day, we did a golf cart tour. The weather was warm so being on an open sided vehicle was very much welcome. It cost us £20 for an hour long tour for 6 of us which you cannot argue with at all. We chose to tour the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter with a recorded tour guide telling us everything we needed to know. It was a great way to see parts of the city!
I recommend:- Golf cart tour
It’s steeped in history.
There was absolutely no way I could go to Krakow without visiting Auschwitz. That sounds extremely morbid but hear me out. From such a young age, we are taught so much about WW2 and find it so difficult to imagine what it was like. It’s such an important part of history and to be able to get a deeper understanding of what people went through, there was no way I could pass on the opportunity to visit. The trip was eye opening and many parts were extremely disturbing but I am so glad I got the chance to go. Obviously I didn’t take any photos. I think the whole place will be etched into my mind for a long time.
I recommend:- Auschwitz – Birkenau day trip
When planning a city break, I always like to know how expensive it is to eat and drink so that we have enough money with us. Krakow was definitely affordable with our day trip to Auschwitz costing us £30 each for the full day tour including travel in and out of the city. The food was all affordable and the alcohol was dirt cheap. I had the most delicious lemon vodka drink at Pijalnia Wodka i Piwa bar bar which cost me 4.5 polish zloty which was 93 pence.
I recommend:- Pijalnia Wodka i Piwa bar
So, yeah. If it’s not obvious, I definitely recommend adding Krakow to your ‘places you want to see’ list. We went for 3 days but I would have liked maybe 2 more days as we never had time to see the Wieliczka Salt Mine. So I’d definitely go back. It’s so so worth it. Have you been?