Monday, 3 March 2014

Krakow

One of my absolute favorite things to do is travel. I love discovering new cities and have knocked quite a few of my list over the years. The latest city to tick of my list is Krakow in Poland. Although it's lovely city, I found it was one of the saddest places I have ever visited (due to all the history).

There is a lot to do and see in and around the city including The Old Town, The Jewish Quarter, Oskar Schindler's Factory (from Schindler's List), Auschwitz and the Salt Mines.

We visited Oskar Schindler's Factory and Auschwitz which was really interesting but also very sad.  I didn't want to take too many pictures of Auschwitz as I found a lot of what I seen very disturbing. If you have seen the film Schindler's List then I'm sure you will recognise some of the pictures I did take.

Oskar Schindler Factory 


Auschwitz
My favorite part of the city was the Old Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's lined with cobbled streets, beautiful buildings and loads of restaurants and cafes. We took a horse and carriage around the Old Town which only cost 100 pln  (£20). 

Old Town

Wawel Castle Grounds
Main Square
Horse & carriage ride around the Old Town
Wawel Castle

Eating and drinking in Krakow was also really reasonable with dinner and a good few drinks costing us less that £40 (and that was eating in the expensive places).  A cocktail cost the equivalent of £3, a pint of beer around £2.40 and the food was amazing!

Polish stew in a bread bowl
Having a few beers on the main square
Nalesniki

Getting around was also cheap and easy. There is no underground but it has a great tram and bus system with a 40 minute ticket costing around 4 plz (80p). We found most places were within walking distance so didn't need to use the public transport much.

Top Tips

- The train line from the Airport to Krakow City Center is suspended from the 1st February 2014 until 2015 to upgrade the line. In the meantime, the bus is the best way to get to and from the airport and departs every 20 minutes (no 292) or once an hour (no 208) and costs 4 plz (80p). The bus takes you into the main bus station.

- Taxis to and from the airport are affordable costing around 85 plz (£17).

- Trips to Auschwitz cost 130 plz (£24) however it can been done without taking an organised trip. The local bus cost 28 pzl (£5.50) and if you don't take a guided tour (which take 3.5 hours) it is free to enter however a guided tour costs 40 pzl (£8). The trip will take most of the day as Auschwitz lies 75km west of Krakow and takes around an 1.5 hours to get there.

- Buy tickets before getting on the bus/tram and validate on the ticket machine on the bus/tram. Random ticket inspections take place and you could be fined it you don't have a validated ticket.

- Try some Polish Cuisine it's delicious. I loved the stews, soups, potato pancakes and nalesniki (Polish equivalent of French crepes).

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8 comments:

  1. Karkow looks beautiful, it's somewhere a friend has also recommended but I haven't been yet. When did you go? The weather looks gorgeous.

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    1. Hi Lisa, it was only last week. Weather was dry and sunny but very cold. xx

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  2. I have also been to Karkow, I went in February a few years ago and just loved it. It a wonderful city. Love your pictures of it too!

    Kim | kimsbeautydrawer.com
    xx

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    1. Thanks Kim, yeah it is a wonderful city isn't it? xx

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    xx

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  4. This is one of my places to travel! I really want to go to Auschwitz.
    Lovely post

    Charley xoxo
    www.beau-elle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks. It's a great city, definitely worth a visit. x

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