Adoration 4 Adventure’s 2 day itinerary for Krakow, Poland by A4A guest writer, Darrell Whaley.
Since Chantell and I recently moved to Germany, we wanted to take a trip before I started school, but also a trip that wasn’t going to break the bank. So, what better place in the world to travel to than towards Eastern Europe?
Our trip started off in Krakow, Poland and as soon as we got there we knew we should have planned to stay longer. We made the most of our 2 full days in Krakow and jammed it with as many of the best things we could find. If you only have 2 days to see the city, this will easily help to smooth things over.
Krakow Old Town
Krakow is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The evidence of Krakow’s beauty also lies in its complex history of government control. Being taken over by many different countries throughout history also brought with it different styles of architecture, which is seen all throughout the city and especially in the Old Town area. As this was our first time in Krakow, we wanted to learn as much as possible about this historically rich city, so we set to find a walking tour. The Free Walking Tour Company in Krakow is one of the most informative guides to the history of the city. They are easy to spot with their yellow umbrellas, beginning in the north part of Old Town and venturing all the way down to Wawel Castle. I can honestly say that without doing this tour, we would not have been able to learn about not only the different styles of architecture and where they came from, but also how and why the city was formed to how it is today.
Just outside of Krakow lies the most known concentration camp established by the Nazis during World War II. Auschwitz was a place of terror with over 1.1 million people dying at Auschwitz. It is believed there were a significantly larger number of deaths at Auschwitz than 1.1 million, due to records being destroyed or simply not kept. The memorial and museum established at the Auschwitz-Birkenau site is a tribute to those who suffered here. I was able to book a tour with a guide, which I would highly recommend. Our guide, who is from the area, shared experiences of locals who lived through the time of Auschwitz’s existence. The entire experience definitely left me heavyhearted. As somber as it may be to visit Auschwitz or any past concentration camp, I truly believe everyone should take the opportunity to go. It is a simple reminder of how we as people should never discriminate, or judge, or spread hate and fear.
On the southern edge of Old Town sits Wawel Castle. Built in the 13th century for King Casimir III the Great, it has been rebuilt and had many additions constructed ever since. Now serving primarily as an art museum, it is the perfect location to see history, take in views of the city, relax in the courtyard, and even see the Dragon’s Den, home to the legendary Wawel Dragon.
Oskar Schindler Factory
Just across the river in the southern part of town sits the factory of Oskar Schindler. Most people know of Oskar Schindler from Steven Spielberg’s film, Schindler’s List. The factory has been turned into a museum with a permanent exhibition on Krakow under the Nazi Occupation from 1939 through 1945. I felt this was one of the best history museums I’ve ever been in and definitely a must visit. Every Monday has free entrance, but the wait can be long and filled with more people than normal.
When we arrived in Krakow, we were told to explore the Jewish Quarter. We quickly found out that the Free Walking Tour Company also gives an in depth tour of the entire Jewish Quarter, so we joined them for their afternoon tour. Our guide gave us insight to life in the Jewish Quarter before the Holocaust, during, and even after. She even pointed out certain locations where Schindler’s List was filmed. It is truly incredible how strong and giving the Jewish community is in Krakow, even today, especially after everything that happened to them throughout Krakow’s history.
During our time in Krakow we stayed at the beautiful Yarden Aparthotel. After a short walk from the main Railway Station, we were welcomed by Yarden’s hospitable reception who are available all hours of the day and will help with anything and everything. They were especially helpful in giving ideas of what to see during our short time there.
There are 48 varieties of rooms to choose, ranging from Double beds to Family Rooms, all with a number of amenities. A wonderful buffet style breakfast is included, filled with Polish meats and cheeses, breads, coffees, and so much more.
Yarden has a beautiful garden area perfect for breakfast or lunch, enjoying a drink in the perfect weather, or just simply relaxing in the inner city. This beautiful atmosphere is the perfect way to start your day as many people would fill their breakfast plates and quickly head towards the garden. Yarden is a unique and beautiful aparthotel perfect for any type of traveler.
Location: ul. Długa 35, 31-147 Kraków, Poland
Adoration 4 Adventure were complimentary guests of Yarden Aparthotel, however our opinions are our own and will always remain unbiased in order to provide the best recommendations to our readers.
Budget breakdown: Krakow
All costs are quoted for two people and in the local currency (Polish Zloty). See below for the average daily spend per person including currency conversion to USD and AUD. We always try to find and negotiate the best prices to share with our readers. If you know of a better deal, tell us about it in the comments below.
Accommodation: Yarden Aparthotel offers multiple room choices for different group sizes. For the full list of accommodations and current prices, please refer to Rooms
Food: Yarden Aparthotel includes breakfast in all their pricings.
Arrival – dumplings (24zl), water (1.79zl)
Day 1 – water (5.13zl), lunch (39zl), dumplings (34zl), sipping chocolate (37zl),
Day 2 – water (2.78zl), Polish cookies (13), food in Jewish Quarter (16zl), 2 beers (8zl), coffees (13.90zl)
Activities: Tips for 2 Free Walking Tours (40zl), Auschwitz Tour (45zl)
Transport: train from airport to Krakow for 2 people (16zl), bus to Auschwitz (28zl), 6x city tram trips (16.80zl)
Average daily spend: 85.10 Polish Zloty each* ($22.25 USD and $29.33 AUD as of 9 October 2016) excluding accommodation.
*This daily amount could be reduced by sticking more strictly to street food or cooking your own meals.
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