Bordering Czech Republic, its old town was labelled a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. During World War I, Krakow was taken over by the Nazis and transformed into a German City. It’s one of the few cities that escaped World War II so most of its architecture remained intact. After a wild NYE night in Berlin, Krakow was the next stop. With a delayed bus and tired eyes, we quickly crawled into bed at the Airbnb as soon as we arrived. By the time we woke up, it was the next day! So sad that we missed a day in Krakow because there was so much to see and do and we overslept through it all. We still made the most of the one and only day we had left.
WHERE I WENT
WAWEL ROYAL CASTLE
One of the most important symbols in Poland, it sits on top of a hill and was the seating of former kings. It’s a castle turned museum and contains five rooms: Lost Wawel, Royal Private Apartments, Treasury & Armoury, Exhibition of Oriental Art and State Rooms. Though we didn’t go inside, it was nice to just wander around the castle grounds.
Christmas markets were still in full swing at the main square, Rynek Glowny in the Old Town. There were a couple wooden stalls filled with Christmas gifts, treats and yummy food. The market is near St. Mary’s Basilica, a gothic, brick-styled church built in the 14th century.
I knew Poland would be cheap, but I didn’t know it would be THIS cheap. This mall has over 250 stores and a store named CROPP stood out the most. To be honest, I didn’t plan on doing any shopping, but I really couldn’t resist. I found good quality sweaters for less than €10 which is a bargain compared to prices in France.
WHAT I ATE
This restaurant offers authentic Polish food at a great value. I ate Pierogi, which are Polish dumplings with either sweet or savoury fillings. This one was filled with minced beef and veggies and somewhat reminded me of a mix between ravioli and pot stickers.
my plans next visit
Initially, we were torn between visiting Warsaw or Krakow. Though I don’t think it might be as architectural like Krakow as most of its buildings were destroyed during WWII, I’m excited to see what Poland’s capital has to offer.