If there was just one city in the world I was limited to, I’d choose Krakow. Partially because my favorite memories of growing always seemed to take place in Krakow. During my college years, it was the city where my buddies and I would jet off to on a long weekend (tickets from the UK were always cheap and available) and now, its mix of nostalgia and a certain penchant for its remarkable beauty.
Transport: PKP InterCity Train
Some say Polish trains are outdated and, yes, when you ride them there is some probability that you may be heckled by a tramp. That being said, they run well, they’re always on time and first class tickets are cheap. Also, it seems the majority of people use buses in lieu of the train, so our compartment was completely empty. They’re is slumming it and then there’s just smart travel choices. The Polish train system is what it is, and it’s one the best cheap forms of travel out there.
Where we stayed: Antique Apartments Plac Szczepanski
pl. Szczepański 2/9, 31-011 Kraków
Apartments are, by and large, hit or miss: but this boutique establishment sets the bar very high. This apartment hit it head on and we were thrilled with the space, amenities and service. The front desk set up our tours to Auschwitz and the Wieliczka Salt mines as well as covering any other concerns we had. Apartment had tastefully simply pieces, basics (such as coffee, tea, sugar and luxury chocolates!). The apartments sky high windows looked out over Plac Szczepanski and its lighted fountains.
Where we ate:
A very trendy bar in a secluded courtyard known for excellent signature cocktails and a fantastic vibe. We often go here on girls weekends and enjoy Mexican coffee or their deliciously sweet Melong.
- Shopping in the Cloth Hall
- Tour of Wawel Castle & Cathedral
- Walks in Kazimierz Jewish District
- Church of St. Peter and Paul
- Planty Park
- Jagiellonian University
- Wieliczka Salt Mines