The first step of our trip in Central Europe: Krakow. I really wanted to go to Krakow for a couple of reasons. First, a lot of people had told me that it was a wonderful city. Then, Poland intrigued me quite a lot because I felt like it was different, maybe less europeanized.
At the beginning, it was a bit complicated to get used to the fact that people were really distant and cold with us. Also, few people actually spoke English. It was the first time that I was in a country where it was sometimes impossible to communicate with others. However, the trip went really well and I really enjoyed Krakow.
The Airbnb that we rented was around 15 minutes away from the centre by foot. It was ideal to discover the city.
Saint Mary’s Basilica (Bazylika Mariacka)
Military parade on the main square.
Royal castle and Krakow cathedral in the Wawel quarter. We didn’t visit them because there were a lot of people so a big queue to get tickets. There is a ticket for everything so it seems quite cheap but when you add it all up, it gets quite expensive. You’d better know what you want to see before getting to the ticket office.
Plac Nowy (Kazimierz quarter), really nice square with a market and different food stands where you can grab a bite.
At the Elebele stand, we had a cheese and mushroom zapiekanka for around 0,50€. Very very yummy!
Cute little street next to a few synagogues in Kazimierz.
Back in the centre, Saint Mary’s basilica at the end of Florianska street where most of the shops are.
Krakow’s main square at night time.
The old trams are so lovely, they give an old atmosphere to the city, especially at night time.
Transport wise: a tram/bus ticket for 60min is 5zl (1,15€). Most of the time we walked around the city, except when we wanted to go to the station of further away.
Food wise: coffee on the Main Square is around 10zl (2,50€) and a pizza 25-30zl (5 to 7€).
In the end, I found these few days in Krakow very interesting. Discovering a new culture was enriching. Even if the city is quite europeanized, rare are the people who can actually speak English. Also, in a lot of parts of the city the communist heritage is clear. During our trip, we went to Auschwitz (I will write a special post on it soon). Krakow is a wonderful city. Even if most of the Poles we met were quite unfriendly, the city is so pretty and full of history that I would totally recommend it to everyone. Finally, the cost of life is really cheap. I really hope to go back to Poland soon and also travel in the countryside.
Have you ever been to Krakow or even Poland? Would you like to? Let me know!
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