The city of Krakow in Poland is very much an all year round destination with its stunning architecture and amazing sights, which is one of the many reasons why we love it so much!
The author of today’s post, Judith Lightfoot from Cheshire clearly agrees with us, as she chose to write about her short break to Krakow for SuperBreak’s Travel Writer Competition. It was a fantastic entry and we thought it would be a shame not to share it…
Krakow is a wonderful destination where you can combine city and countryside in one break. The architecture of Krakow is quite stunning from the beautiful Wawel Castle to the Old Market Square, where you will be able to pick up a horse drawn carriage for that extra special city tour.
You will find an abundance of restaurants which cater for all different purses and tastes, in fact you will be spoilt for choice. Not to mention the excellent chocolate shops at prices that you would not believe – so cheap in comparison, as was all the food.
We stayed at the 5* Holiday Inn, Krakow which was only 5 minutes walk into the centre and was everything you would expect from this company. Lovely big spacious room, very comfy bed and spotlessly clean. The breakfast had a large selection of very good quality foods, but beware of leaving your table before you have finished as they did clear the whole table one morning as we both went to select our bread!
It was very easy to book tours should you wish to, including trips to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. You can also go up into the mountains of Zakopane which was beautiful, you will also get to visit one of the local markets where you can see and taste all the amazing cheeses and local produce (the leather goods were excellent value for money). You can also see all the old wooden buildings on route to Zakopane and watch a traditional wood carver at work with the option to purchase some of his work should you wish. When we visited in May, there were only a few people on this tour, so it was very informal and friendly.
Another must and the main reason for my visit was the Salt Mines – a truly inspiring visit. There were a lot of steps to walk down, but if you have difficulty with these then there is a lift available. You can visit the Krakow Salt Mines independently by using the local train, as it’s not too far from the main hotels.
If you would like a taste of the Cold War, there is also the Polish Aviation Museum that you can visit independently by using the local tram. Here you will see an abundance of old fighter jets in various states of decay together with a good selection of aircrafts in the under cover museum.
Krakow is truly a versatile city, one that you could visit just for the centre alone and stay for a couple of nights, or as we did extend your stay for a little longer and visit the surrounding area. Whichever you choose, you will not be disappointed (although try to avoid weekends unless you’re on stag or hen nights!)
The people in Krakow will make you feel most welcome!
Have you ever taken a European city break to Krakow like Judith? What we’re your highlights of the trip? Perhaps you really enjoyed an attraction? Let us know using the comments box below.