In Krakow, there are many things to do but if you have a long weekend you will have plenty of time to mark these items off your list. These are just a few of my suggested 'must dos' while in Krakow!
Chill in the main square
This may seem a little obvious, but sitting in the massive main square and people watching is really enjoyable. And while drinks and food might be slightly more expensive on the square...it's worth the extra cost (and really, it's not that much more). There are tons of restaurants and bars who all have outdoor seating to sit and watch the horse drawn carriages prance about the square. There are also performance artists and vendors, although they haven't grown to the size and number of Prague just yet. There are also plenty of places to sit and hang where you don't have to buy anything, so find a bench and take a seat!
Oskar Schindler's Factory
Absolute Must Do! An excellent museum. This museum has to be one of my all time favorites. And with entry costs at around $4, you can't pass it up. Located south of the Jewish Quarter across the river, it can be about a 20-30 min walk from the main square. But taxis are cheap and can get you there for about 5 bucks. Also, this museum should be seen in conjunction with a tour to Auschwitz. Van and I spent about an hour at the museum. There is a lot to read, a lot of interactive stations and of course, Schindler's office. I also suggest watching the movie before you go. Or you can do like Van and I did and rewatch it when you get home. Such a powerful story. You don't want to miss this.
Walk the Planty
The Planty is easy to get to.....it surrounds the entire Old Town. It is where the medieval moat was around the medieval city walls. Go check out the Barbican, the medieval gatehouse constructed in 1498 that once upon a time protected the city. Walking around the planty in the beginning of Spring was beautiful. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is in the late Spring and Summer! There are plenty of people out and about in the Planty Park so it is another perfect place to sit a people watch. Also, since the park encircles the entire town, it can help you navigate the city! Once you reach the green space, you know you are out of the Old Town. The entire length of the park is only a mere 2.5 miles, so if you need some exercise, it's the perfect place to go for a jog as well!!
Wawel Castle and the Vistula River
While I can't speak on the interior of the Castle walls, walking along the river and the castle walls was quite enjoyable. There is a walkway right on the river and I think the sunsets would be very pretty along the banks. So head down, check it out and go find the fire breathing dragon statue while you're at it!
Churches, churches, everywhere! There are so many churches in Krakow Old Town. So take your pick and have a glance inside. Even the large tower building that you see in the main square is a church. Just remember to be respectful upon entering as most will probably be in service. I loved wandering around the hidden streets and seeing smaller churches tucked away!
The most important thing you can see while visiting Krakow is Auschwitz. I will be writing on this later but I think this is a part of history that everyone should visit and experience so that we all can learn. Learn about the horrors. Learn about the lost souls. There are many tour guides that can pick you up from your hotel to drive you to Auschwitz. Van and I chose a private tour, with entry to both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz Birkenau. For a private tour, entrance to both sites, and a English speaking group tour at both, the cost came to about $110 total. The price is much lower for a group bus. Auschwitz is about an hour or so drive from Krakow and this will be an all day excursion.
Other mentionables include, the Underground Museum and the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz). But I guess we will just have to save those for another time! If you have any questions about anything in Krakow, give me a shout! It's a wonderful city to visit!
Have you been to Krakow? What was your favorite part of your visit?
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