November 3, 2019

How to Spend a Day in Kraków

You’ve no doubt heard of Kraków many times before. This old polish city is one of Europe’s top city break destinations, and being just one hour from Auschwitz, it makes a great base for a longer trip.

That said, it’s also a great place to go if you’re looking for a flying visit to a new destination.

If you can visit the city of Kraków for longer than just a day then I’d thoroughly recommend doing that, but if you’re stuck for time like I was, read on to discover how to see the best of Kraków in just a matter of hours.

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Walk the loop around Planty Park

There’s a huge ring of parkland that surrounds the city centre, meaning you can dip back into the hustle and bustle at any point. It’s such a beautiful place to walk, especially during autumn, so I’d thoroughly recommend this!

Get lost in the Old Town

Any city with an old town gets my vote – and Kraków’s does not disappoint! There’s so much to see and do that you can’t possibly see it all in a day, but just taking it all in from the outside is incredible. One of my favourite spots was the main square (Rynek Główny).

Climb up to Wawel Castle

Entry times and prices vary seasonally, but even if you don’t go into Wawel Castle itself, just exploring the grounds is a good way to spend an hour. We loved out time up here, and with views over the city and Vistula River, it’s a great place to stop for a wine (or two!).

Catch the sunset at Vistula River

We ended our day with views across the Vistula River from the top of Wawel Castle, just as the sun was turning the sky shades of deep yellow and burning orange. It got pretty busy at this point, but there’s plenty of space to find a quiet spot.

Try some of Kraków’s best cheap eats

After partying the night away at a wedding and then driving 90-minutes to Kraków, all we wanted was food. We headed straight to Milkbar Tomasza to try some of the local dishes, a favourite being their Pierogi (fried dumplings).

After walking off our lunch, we joined the (long) queue at Good Lood for a scoop of their extremely popular ice-cream. I got Reese’s Pieces and would 10/10 recommend!

You’ll find that most restaurant and café prices in Kraków are really cheap, so ordering a couple of courses plus drinks won’t set you back much.

And if you really want to keep the cost down, head to one of their street food markets. There are plenty of choices from cheesy baguettes and meat pasties, to mini sweet treats and warm doughy pretzels.

Where to stay in Kraków

We didn’t get to spend a night there because we had a late flight home, but if you do then click here to find cheap hotels in Kraków.

You’ll probably want to explore the whole city on foot so nowhere is necessarily a bad place to stay, but I’d really recommend the area around the river and castle. Our friends spent the night at the Radisson Blu which looked ideal – and was only about £60 per night!

How to get to and from Kraków Airport

Kraków Airport is only 20-minutes from the centre by car and a taxi cost us about £7. Just made sure to leave plenty of time in case the rush hour traffic is bad!

That’s all we had time for unfortunately, but I hope this post has given you a good idea of the key places to visit in Kraków in just a few hours!

And this is just the tip of the iceburg, so you’ll find plenty more to do if you have a little longer to explore.

Have you been to Kraków before? Where else do you love in Poland?

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