Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and has Europe's largest market square, Rynek Główny. I found Krakow to be a quiet and peaceful town, however I did visit on a day that was miserable and raining. Despite the weather, it was still a beautiful city to explore.
How to get there
I arrived from Budapest with Flixbus , and it took 7 hours. I was a bit worried at the length of the journey, but it seemed to pass by pretty quickly. I arrived at the station in the evening and found it quite difficult to get a taxi. Within the station it has a sign for taxi's but I found out that they can't actually drive through where the buses park, so don't wait in the middle of the Bus stop. I had to call my hotel to help me arrange one, and they were so helpful, which was great because as a solo traveler arriving at night, all you want to do is go to your apartment (well for me anyway). You will have to wait out the front of the station, and even then they are quite scarce, so I would try to organise one in advance or call for one when you arrive.
Where to stay
I stayed at B&B Astor and had a comfortable stay. It was a 15 minute walk from the Old Square, which was perfect. They also offer breakfast and coffee/tea and it's brought to your door at a time that suits you (and I'm so glad they did because the day I was leaving I organised it to come to my room at 7.15am because I was getting picked up to go to the airport at 7.30am. I set what felt like 50 alarms and slept through it! I was woken with a knock at the door because it was breakfast time. Talk about lucky aha) The major standout for me was how helpful they were especially with organising the taxi.
Things to do
Explore the Old Town, sit down in one of the surrounding cafe's and enjoy a coffee or walk through the markets and do a bit of shopping.
Juliusz Slowaski Theatre
This was my favourite building in Krakow. Now you'll notice from my Instagram I take a lot of photo's of buildings, probably because they don't move and they are so easy to work with. Regardless, the architecture is incredible and the gardens at the front are immaculate! Definitely worth a visit (and a photo!)
Wawel Royal Castle
The castle was about a 20 minute walk from the Old Town, and easy to spot sitting above the city. I would definitely recommend visiting the Cathedral while you are there. Tickets are 12PLN/2.90€, and audio guides are an extra 7PLN/1.70€. You can't take any photo's inside, but the Cathedral is lovely, with small chapels within the church each dedicated to someone (majority royal figures who had an impact on the history of Poland). The ticket also allows access to where the royal tombs are underneath the Cathedral. I would definitely have an audio guide in this instance, because majority of tombs don't have any English explanations of who is who. So I would recommend it. I was going to also visit the Dragon's Den while there, but it is closed from the 1st of November.
After I visited the Castle/Cathedral, I walked back to the Old Town via Vistula River. If you get the opportunity I would even rent a bike and ride along the river. You can rent them at the bottom of the Castle and they have stations to park at all over the city.
St Mary's Basilica
St Mary's is located on the outskirts of Rynek Główny. Entrance is only after 11.30 am, and tickets for adults are 10PLN/2.40€ They are quite strict on number of entry's at one time, with a max of 10 people every 30 minutes. So just keep that in mind if you're traveling with a big group of people.
For all those in Krakow, or heading to Krakow. Change your lives by going to Endzior and buying a Zapiekanka. They are delicious and a specialty in Krakow. They can be found all over the city, but I was told that this was one of the top places to order from. Best described as an open sandwich, sort of like subway (length wise) and in my opinion better.
So who has been to Krakow? and what was a standout in the city?
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