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.
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.