A Life Changing Weekend in Krakow

Before I begin on Krakow, I just want to take a moment to send my thoughts and prayers for those who lost their beloved friends and family on the Germanwings flight. Such a horrible tragedy. 
Life is so precious.

During my research on Krakow, I both read and heard that Krakow is supposedly 'the next Prague'. You know about our love for Prague so I was both skeptical and excited! And with our opportunities to travel Europe dwindling, I was hoping that I made a good decision to travel to Poland instead of a more popular location. But friends, it was the perfect decision. Krakow was perfect. Not only is it a super easy city to navigate, it was SO relaxed, not super touristy (yet) and very inexpensive. I think Prague has a new contender.



I really didn't have major plans in Krakow before we arrived. The only thing set in stone on the itinerary was a trip to Auschwitz on Saturday (which is still laying heavy on my heart and constitutes the 'life changing' title) and we wanted to visit Oskar Schindler's factory. Other than that, we planned to explore the city with a half memorized self guided Rick Steves walk, get lost and see what Krakow was all about.




The entire Old Town is encircled by the Planty, which is a gorgeous little green park with nice pathways and I can only imagine how perfect it is in the late Spring. It seemed to be a popular area for locals and tourists alike to come and sit and have a rest. I planned to take a run around the Planty while in Krakow, but late nights out in Krakow will change your mind about that! But walking the Planty was just as perfect. And if you ever get lost, find the Planty to help you navigate your way back!


Krakow has a certain feel to it. A really relaxed sort of feel. Maybe it's because it is still low tourist season, but even in Prague's low season it still feels a little too busy. The chill vibes made for a perfect introduction to the Polish town of Krakow. I think it's possible that this trip was the perfect balance of fun, food and history.


If Krakow is anywhere on your list, go ahead and move that puppy up to the top. Spend a weekend in Krakow and enjoy.

 More on food and tips coming soon!

Linking up for Travel Tuesday and Treat Yo'self Thursday

24 comments

  1. I'm creepily excited for these posts! Glad that it was so wonderful and can't wait to hear all about it!

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  2. Oh I hope I do it justice then! I was a terrible travel blogger in krakow haha!! I was just enjoying myself too much!! But more to come....don't worry :)

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  3. As long as there's pretty pictures of buildings and maybe food I'll be happy, haha

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  4. What a beautiful city! Looking forward to reading your other posts, especially the one on Auschwitz.

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  5. It looks absolutely gorgeous from your photos! x

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  6. Beautiful!! I wonder how cold it would be in December. We have all of our trips planned out for 2015 except our pre-Christmas trip, so maybe this one might fit?

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  7. It snows there so it might be pretty chilly! There is actually a ski resort about an hour and a half south of Krakow. Good for you for having it all planned out!

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  8. Auschwitz will definitely be the hardest to write....

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  9. Like you, we're coming to the end of our UK adventure, so I'm trying to make sure we hit all the places we REALLY want to see before we go. It's so hard! I think I could live here another 10 years and still not have visited all the places I really want to see!

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  10. Isn't it hard?! Ugh....I'm just so heartbroken about it all :( And while we were in Krakow Van finally broke his indifferent attitude about it all and was like 'im really going to miss this'. He thinks he might can try and telecommute from Krakow haha!!

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  11. He's been indifferent about living in the UK and traveling? Gosh, I never would have guessed that by how often you guys are hopping around to new countries! You must be a fabulous influence on him! :)

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  12. Yeah...I'm the planner for sure...he usually has no idea where we are even going lol! But Prague, Krakow and anywhere he can snowboard top his lists :)

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  13. I have been hearing more and more wonderful things about Krakow! It is bumping higher and higher on H and my's list!

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  14. I can't wait to read more tips! I really need to book a weekend there!

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  15. So gorgeous! I'v never been to Poland and I'd love to go!

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  16. Adding another city to visit on my list! :) I need to go back to Prague with Jacob one day.

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  17. Bump it up there girl! It really is any easy city to visit....we really enjoyed it!

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  18. Yes you do! And before the busy summer season! We had an amazing time there, no complaints!

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  19. I had no idea what to expect in Poland and we were pleasantly surprised. Krakow is super cool!

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  20. Krakow and Prague are our two favorites but I think the secret is out on Prague....it seems to get busier and busier with tourists. Krakow seemed so chill!

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  21. I LOVED Krakow. So glad to read someone else loved it too! I thought it had such a nice vibe and you're right - not overly touristy. I would definitely go back!

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  22. It tops my list with Prague.....it was just so chill and easy! And we chatted with so many people from around the world. Super fun! I would go back too :)

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  23. Yay Poland! Krakow is super wonderful- I'm glad you got to go there! I know what you mean about it not being so touristy... I think the tourists have not completely discovered the area as they have Prague.

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