A Bank Holiday Weekend in Krakow, Poland

And so my love affair with Poland continues. I loved Krakow! The people, the food, the city, the history and the energy about the place. On top of all that, Poland has a ridiculously low cost of living, so you don’t need a lot of spending money. Oh and speaking of the few bob, the currency in Poland is Polish Zloty (your euro is no good there pals!).

Anyways, I’m waffling… here are some reasons why you need to visit Krakow.

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Getting to Krakow

There are 2 options here. You can fly directly to Krakow with Ryanair. It’s about a 3 hour journey and the airport is only about a 20 minute drive away to/ from the centre.

The other option is to fly into Wroclaw, a different part of Poland, and stay for one night. I love this city so much and if you follow me on social media you will have heard me banging on about it (more here). The bus from Wroclaw to Krakow, with Flixbus, is about €8 per person and 3 hours long. The buses are really comfy and have ports for charging your devices 🙂

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If you decide on the second option, you would fly home from Krakow. The flights will cost you the same but you’re getting to see 2 fantastic parts of Poland.

Accommodation in Krakow

The accommodation is really reasonable in Krakow and Wroclaw. I won’t be covering Wroclaw in this blog post at all but you can read about Europe’s hidden gem here.

It’s not unusual to get somewhere really nice and central for about €60 per night. Of course you can get cheaper and dearer accommodation but since there is plenty to do, you won’t be spending that much time in your room :p

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Leo Aparthotel Main Square

We stayed at the Leo Aparthotel Main Square. As the name suggests, it is right beside the Main Square in Krakow, which is essentially the heart of the city. The room was small but decorated really nicely and most importantly, spotless clean.

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There are different options while booking. We booked the room with a private bathroom, which is separate to the room itself. The only downside was that the apartment is up 3 flights of stairs, which should not be a problem if you are not as lazy as me 😀

Overall, I really recommend this apartment. It’s worth booking for the location alone which was just perfect. If you book with booking.com, you’ll get €15 off (and I’ll get €15 off my next stay). This “refer-a-friend” scheme is available to everyone once you book with them. Look out for the email after your stay!

Price: We paid €127 for 2 nights on booking.com.

If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious, Komorowski Luxury Guest Rooms, looks insane!


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UBER

Before we get into where to go, let me tell you how to get there. No matter where you are travelling to, I strongly encourage you to download the Uber app. It is so cheap! To put it into perspective, for a 25/30 minute journey, it costs about €6. Everywhere I mention below, is accessible via Uber. There are other ways to get around of course!

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Things to Do & See in Krakow

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

I’ve written about our trip to Auschwitz before. Whether you’re staying in Krakow or Wroclaw, these are a must see… as much as I hated the experience, I’m glad I’ve done it. Read more here.

Price: Free

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Free Walking Tour of the Jewish Quarter

This walking tour was recommended to me by a few people but we didn’t get a chance to do it. When we were in Berlin, the walking tour there was one of my highlights, so I would have liked to do it. If you’ve an interest in history, this would be worth considering. It has nearly 5,000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews!

Price: Free but you are expected to give a “donation”. Details here.

Wieliczka Salt Mines

If you’re heading to Krakow you’ll have already heard about the Salt Mines. They are one of the most popular attractions there. It takes about 3 hours in total to walk the 3 layers of the “Tourists Route” and it is fascinating. Everything is made from salt… everything! Chandeliars, the lot!

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As well as learning all about the mine itself, your guide will also give you some insight into the history of Krakow.

There’s a souvenir shop towards the end of the tour. We bought a salt lamp and some table salt 😀 Salt lamps are supposed to release negative ions when heated, reducing anxiety, improving breathing and sleep quality. There is actually a research and treatment facility within the mine itself to help people with pulmonary issues! Don’t know if it will work, but it’s pretty :p

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There are tours that offer Auschwitz and Salt Mines Tours on the same day. I would advise against this. There is a lot of walking involved with both and Auschwitz will take a lot out of you emotionally as well as physically. As well as that, Auschwitz is free entry and the cost of getting there in an Uber is so cheap!

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I found the Salt Mines website very informative so if you would like more information, click here.

Price: About €20. To speed up your entrance, you can book tickets online here but only up to 3 weeks before you go.

Schindler’s Factory

Unfortunately we didn’t get to visit Schindler’s Factory, it was closed on the bank holiday Monday. If you’re a fan of the film or WW2 history, this would be worth a visit. It’s essentially Schindler’s factory turned into a museum.

Price: From €10 and you can book tickets here.

Shopping in Krakow

Krakow, like every other European city except Dublin, has a Sephora! It also has an Inglot which is not surprising since it is a Polish company. Due to that fact, Inglot is half price everywhere in Poland. Pals, it’s worth saving up your dolla bills and going on an Inglot spree when you get there! Full blog post on my last Polish haul here, including prices!

Inglot is at the Galleria Shopping Mall along with SO MANY other shops. Definitely worth a trip there.

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Eat & Drink

There are so many nice places to eat and drink in Krakow. So many in fact, they deserved their own blog post. Click here to read about where we ate as well as loads of recommendations I received from my followers.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ve inspired you to take a trip to Krakow, or anywhere in Poland really :p I for one definitely want to see more of it.

My Krakow Map

Every place I’ve mentioned in this blog post, as well as my places to eat blog post, are marked on the map below! How cool is that? The perks of being married to a genius!

Thanks for reading as always pals.

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