Weekend trip in Krakow: What to do
Krakow, Poland, is a charming, beautiful and interesting city that makes for a great weekend trip. If you only have a few days in the city, don’t worry, you’ll be able to see all the highlights. Try to invest in an accommodation close to the city centre so you don’t have to spend time (and money) on transportation. Krakow is an excellent city to walk around in and most sites are situated close to each other. But if you’re planning on visiting Auschwitz, you’ll need a full day to do so. Plan wisely so you don’t have to exclude anything from your itinerary!
The first thing you should do once you’ve landed in Krakow, is to go to the main square Rynek Glowny. Not only is this a great point for you to start at, it’s also really intriguing to look at. It’s the biggest medieval square in Europe in fact so get your camera ready and capture this beauty on film. Start walking around, get lost in small alleyways and don’t forget to look up so you don’t miss any of the details on the buildings. Make your way to the Wawel Castle too, which offers stunning views over the city as well as an impressive architecture that’s a mix of renaissance, gothic, romanesque and rococo. Polish kings and queens used to live here, but today it serves as a museum for everyone who would love to learn more about Polish history.
Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter, is another neighborhood that cannot be missed. It’s hip, bohemian, cool, and full of interesting bars and cafés. Just as with the city centre, the best thing to do here is just walk around and look at the street art, visit art galleries and head over to the Hamsa restaurant, which is Israeli owned and serves some great hummus. After walking around for a few hours, it’s nice to sit and relax in a comfy place.
When night falls, it’s the perfect time to head to one of the many bars that can be found in Krakow. Trying vodka is a must and there’s a ton of flavors to choose from – why not go for hazelnut or cherry flavored vodka? Some of the most unique bars can be found in Kazimierz. Two bars you should check out are “Sababa” and “Once upon a time in Kazimierz”, both really popular amongst locals and travelers.
Krakow is a lovely city that’s best discovered on foot. The restaurant and café scene is big, offering food from every corner of the world and catering to vegans and vegetarians as well. There’s plenty of historical buildings to visit, nightlife is good and Poland is known to be an affordable travel destination. Doesn’t that sound like the ideal weekend trip to you?
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