Krakow was my first time in Poland and an unexpected gem of a destination. And, to be truthful- a trip I forgot about until the week beforehand when RyanAir emailed me a check-in reminder.
It was a spur of the moment trip booking I’d made in early 2018- I found a cheap flight (£40 return), and a beautiful Airbnb near Old Town for £32 a night. And so, I booked a city break without much further thought. When the time came for the trip though, I almost didn’t go.
April was a busy month- first a few days in Norway, and then The Netherlands for a long weekend mid-month. With a day trip to Cambridge in early April and a planned day trip to Stratford-on-Avon for the last weekend of the month, I just wanted a weekend at home to rest. But, everyone I knew who’d been to Krakow told me I needed to go- that I’d love it and would regret not taking the trip.
Of course, they were right.
Beautiful architecture, friendly locals, good food, great culture and amazing affordability, Krakow is all these things and more. During the weekend, I couldn’t get over how beautiful all the pastel buildings were, how much greenery there was in and around city centre, and how interesting it was to see so many pieces of WWII history.
From watching the sun set atop a hill that local legend says a dragon used to live in, to sampling strawberry Polish vodka, to wandering the city’s aged cobblestone streets, to descending 800 steps into salt mines- I loved every moment spent exploring Krakow. Detailed post with recommendations on what to do and where to eat & drink coming soon!
Oh, and I’m not kidding about the affordability. I’m in the process of tallying receipts from my stay, but it looks like I spent under £80 over the course of 3 days for airport transfers, drinks, meals out, daily coffees, etc. Wow!
My Favourite Moments From The Trip
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6 thoughts on “Photo Diary: Krakow”
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I am sharing this fantastic post about my favourite city in Poland – Krakow (Cracow). If you get the chance to visit Poland, Krakow is an absolute must-see. Thank you to the Yale Wanders blog for this beauitiful post!
In my most recent visit to Krakow, I took part in my cousin’s wedding (see my post ‘A Polish-Spanish Wedding…Viva!’).
If you haven’t been already – put this on your ‘to-go’ list of places!
Oh, love it! Thank you for sharing 🙂
My FAVOURITE city in Poland!!! Thank you for this awesome post!
So happy you enjoyed it! 🙂 I was surprised by how much I loved Krakow, inspired me to visit other cities in Poland someday.
I have heard a lot about Krakow and how it is completely worth to take the trip from Warshaw. Your pictures have just confirmed why I need to visit. Great post!
Definitely! It’s a beautiful city, a great introduction to Poland for me 🙂 🙂