How to enjoy the best of your 3 days in Krakow

I love travelling. I believe it opens my world to new experiences, new learnings and gives a new outlook to my life. It gives me an inspiration to be me and to love all different cultures. It’s that essence of me that completes this journey called LIFE.

I always wanted to visit Poland. No specific reasons, but maybe some pictures on Instagram or Facebook encouraged me to visit the place. Krakow was an obvious choice in Poland. Here are my best 3 days in Krakow.

3 days in Krakow_ Cloth Hall
3 days in Krakow_ Cloth Hall

DAY 1

From Krakow Airport to the city

After finalizing the plan for 3 days in Krakow, I booked the Easyjet flights to Krakow Airport. I landed at Krakow Airport at around 10:45 am, with little turbulence in my flight and vivid hopes in my heart. I took bus number 208 to reach the central Krakow train station which was actually close to my hotel. The ticket was 4 PLN per adult and can be bought from the vending machine at the bus stop. There is also a shop inside the airport called Relay that also sells the ticket at the same price. After check-in to my hotel and a quick bite, I was ready to attend the first walking tour of the city.

3 days in Krakow: The streets
3 days in Krakow: The streets

Free Walking Tour

I strongly follow and recommend free walking tours across Europe. They are a great way to understand the history and existence of the city with some unfamiliar stories of that place. Plus an added advantage is that you can always ask your guide about local eats, hidden gems to visit and some transportation tips. These trips are not free; they are actually tip based and it is ideal to pay your guide generously.

3 days in Krakow: The streets
3 days in Krakow: The streets

Well, so I had referred to this website here and showed up at the specified location to catch the tour at 2 pm. The tour started from the Florian Gate and ended at the Wawel Castle. We also visited the Main Square, Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Basilica, Town Hall Tower, Saints Peter and Paul Church and Wawel Cathedral in the course of the tour. The tour was quite engaging and involving as our guide narrated us some true and fake popular legendary stories of Krakow. We were exposed to the history of the city in a more connective way and could understand the existence of various sites.

3 days in Krakow_ Florian Gate
3 days in Krakow_ St. Florian Gate
3 days in Krakow_ Main Square
3 days in Krakow_ Main Square
A beautiful Church in Krakow
A beautiful Church in Krakow
3 days in Krakow_Jagiellonian University
3 days in Krakow_Jagiellonian University

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3 days in Krakow_ Town Hall Tower
3 days in Krakow_ Town Hall Tower
3 days in Krakow_ Wawel Castle and Cathedral
3 days in Krakow_ Wawel Castle and Cathedral

One of the stories that I still remember was that of their tradition of trumpeter who plays the music every hour from all four sides of the cathedral. The story was that there lived a trumpeter at the highest level of the Cathedral whose job was to blow his trumpet to inform the city of any uninvited danger. One night when he sensed the Mongols approaching, he blew the trumpet at his highest pitch, waking everyone in the city. The leader of the Mongol Army heard him and steered his arrow that aimed at shooting his throat, leading to his death and unfinished song. But..the story is actually FAKE..! The cathedral was finished decades after the invasion of Mongols.

Such exciting anecdotes added a tangy flavour to the whole tour.

3 days in Krakow_ St. Mary’s Basilica
3 days in Krakow_ St. Mary’s Basilica

They have this tour multiple times during the day and they also have more free and paid tours that one can attend. I also attended their paid food tour which again I highly recommend. I am soon going to share the details of that tour in my next blog.

The End of Day 1

It was November and by 4 pm the sky was already dark. I really wanted to spend more time at the castle and click few pictures, alas the day was really short for me and I had to call it off. Nonetheless, on my way back to the hotel, I found an amazing place and had relishing authentic dumplings along with their special flavoured vodkas! Have to say this inspired me for the food tour that I eventually joined.

3 days in Krakow_Mixed Vegetarian Dumplings
3 days in Krakow_Mixed Vegetarian Dumplings
3 days in Krakow_Flavoured Vodkas
3 days in Krakow_Flavoured Vodkas

DAY 2:

Auschwitz

Next day, it was an early start as I had planned this day for Auschwitz. More details of this tour is going to be a part of my next blog.

Schindler’s Factory

This day I also visited an exhibition hosted by ‘The Historical Museum of the City of Krakow’. This specific exhibition also narrates the story of Schindler and his enamel factory during the Second World War. The exhibition recites the story of Poland right from the early 20th century to the present day in 21st century. From the pages of the First World War to its divide by USSR and Germany during Second World War to the holocaust of innocent Jews to finally the achievement of independence, the museum explicitly describes each phase with a lot of conviction and narration. Every phase is personalized and personified to an extent that it feels living that ear and be in that time.

The entry ticket for this museum is 24 PLN per adult. The exhibition closes by 6 pm in November.

DAY 3:

Major sites again

I dedicated this day in Krakow to revisit the Main Square, Wawel Hill, Wawel Cathedral and the Wawel Castle. The Wawel Castle is one of the largest in Poland and represents nearly all European architectural styles of medieval, renaissance and baroque periods. It is also UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Krakow. The Cathedral was remarkable and so were the other parts of the Castle. I enjoyed the Dragon most who actually emits fire every 5-7 minutes.

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Kazimierz

I further visited this area called Kazimierz, which is the old Jewish Quarter of Krakow. It has an array of cafes and restaurants, all promising a memorable experience. Corpus Christi Basilica and Old Synagogue were also very close to this area.

3 days in Krakow_Corpus Christi Basilica
3 days in Krakow_Corpus Christi Basilica
3 days in Krakow_Corpus Christi Basilica
3 days in Krakow_Corpus Christi Basilica

Food Tour

I also did the Krakow food tour this day which was very satisfying, considering the fact that Polish food, vodkas and hospitality is so incredible. We covered few local spots including restaurants and vegetable market to relish authentic Polish cuisine with few shots of vodkas to end the tour, the day and the trip on a perfect note. More details will be discussed in my next blog.

The end of Day 3: From city to airport

While returning back, I had an evening flight from Krakow and preferred this time taking a train rather than a bus. Because of the peak traffic hour, our hotel suggested us to take the train that departs every 30-45 minutes from the Krakow central train station and is a quicker mode to reach the Krakow airport. The ticket was 9 PLN per adult.

As captured from the streets of Krakow
As captured from the streets of Krakow

INSIDER TIPS:

  • There are also a number of day tours available from Krakow to Wieliczka Salt Mine, Ojców National Park and Zakopane and Tatras Mountains. Please compare between different tourist offices before you decide on one. If you wish to visit on a budget, try using the app JAKDOJADE that will give you all information on local transportation.
  • For currency exchange, try this shop called GROSZ. It is a very small currency exchange shop but offers the best rates. When I made the purchase, according to xe.com 100 euros were 423 PLN and I got 422 PLN from this shop.
Krakow_GROSZ for currency exchange
Krakow_GROSZ for currency exchange
  • Try Bagels- they are a speciality of this place and scores maximum consumption by locals per day.
Krakow_Bagels
Krakow_Bagels
  • At Wawel Castle, they celebrate ‘Free November’. More details here.

 

Please feel free to connect with me if you need any more assistance when you are planning to visit Krakow. If you think I have missed something, please comment and share your views so that I can include it in my blog post.

25 comments

  1. I love how you shared this travel day by day. It is helpful for those trying to make an itinerary. The food tour looks awesome! I always love trying different cuisines wherever I am traveling to. I would love to visit here. Definitely adding to my bucket list!

  2. Great review, I’ve only been to Krakov as a holocaust tour, most of my country (Israel) does that when we are 16 years old, so I mainly been to Auschwitz, I’ glad to see that you choose to see those as well in your fun vacation tour, not taken for granted

  3. I love to travel to culturally rich countries like Poland.
    Your itinerary looks packed! Looks like you had a great time.

  4. I have a good friend who is from Poland and she recommended that I check out Krakow because A. as I am interested in history, the museums and concentration camps are a harrowing but nevertheless fascinating insight into World War II and B. as a vegetarian I have been told that there are some amazing vegetarian restaurants that I can eat at as well!

  5. What an amazing trip! Krakow is high on my list, and Auschwitz especially. I can’t wait to read all about that although I bet it was so emotional! Your photos are amazing and really do set the scene. I love the darkness behind them.

  6. What a beautiful city. I haven’t actually been myself but after reading your post it’s up there on my bucket list for 2018! Your photos are beautiful too, what camera did you use to take them?

    1. Hi Jasmin. Thanks for a lovely comment. All these pictures are from my Iphone. I think I should give some extra credits to my editing 😛

  7. Despite being only a stone’s throw from the UK, I’ve still yet to visit Krakow! I was in Poland a couple of years ago for a wedding in Mikowajki (spelling may be wrong haha!), but I need to go back to Poland and explore some more x

  8. I’ve never been much of a traveler so I really enjoy reading blogs such as yours. I’ve lots of friends who’ve been to Krakow and they’ve told me it’s a gastronomic paradise so I should really go sometime.

  9. Krakow looks wonderful – the food and vodka sounds amazing! And I agree I love starting out with a walking tour too – I find it helps you get a ‘sense’ for he city and figure what I ‘d like to see for the rest of my stay!

  10. You had such a busy itinerary and managed to fit in really interesting tours and places of interest during your trip. I would love to take a food tour that caters for vegetarian food in the city as I have never eaten Polish dumplings but would love to try them.

  11. I love travel and immeree to the local lifestyle, which helps me to gain more information that are not commonly known to wikipedia. Talking to locals are important, and dining with local foods!

  12. Krakow is a beautiful . I love your itinerary. I like it busy and packed when I travel. I also love learning about different cultures and this place looks like it’s has great history.

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