Last month one of my best friends and I went to Krakow for a long weekend, and while we were both excited to visit, we loved Krakow more than we’d expected to!
With little research, a variety of clothes and expected thunderstorms, we set out with the hope of a chilled, drinking-in-the-sun gals weekend. But HOLY MOLY was it hot. I’m talking 27 degrees from 9am with highs of 32. Now for someone who burns like a slice of bacon on high heat, this meant lathering myself in suncream from dawn til dusk, but was I burnt at the end of it, no, no I wasn’t.
Ellie and I had an absolute ball in Krakow, mainly drinking cocktails in the sun with amazing food interjected between drinks. It was dreamy, and we haven’t been away together in ages so an all round lovely weekend with one of my favourite humans.
Where we stayed
We got an AirBnB in the Jewish quarter about a ten-fifteen minute walk from the Main Square, and it was perfect. Very industrial, contemporary style, and despite being on the top floor six flights of stairs up (it was sweaty to say the least) it was great value and perfect for our trip.
Where we went
As we weren’t in Krakow for long, we hadn’t really planned what we were doing apart from booking to visit Auschwitz I and Auschwitz Birkenau.
I would highly recommend visiting on an organised trip with a guide and group as it’s about an hour out of Krakow, and there’s so much to learn about the camps. Out of respect, I would say that visiting is a must. As quoted on arrival at the death camps, “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat.” Also reiterated around both camps was that it would be as much of a crime to forget auschwitz as the crimes were themselves. It’s a stomach churning experience, especially when you acknowledge that it isn’t even a hundred years since the camp was liberated. In January it will be only 75 years since the Soviet’s liberated the camp.
The main square is stunning, home to St Mary’s Basilica, this is an ideal spot for drinks, food and just sitting outside in the sun, as we did for most of the trip. It’s very similar to St Mark’s Square in Venice.
We booked onto the official Krakow Pub Crawl for Friday night and it was amazing! Such a good night, and ridiculously good value since you pay around £15 for free entry to all clubs, bars and then free shot on entry to every bar, and the first hour of drinks completely free too. So obvs drink lots then! We met some amazing people, and just had the best time. Would definitely recommend, and can’t wait to try others out in different cities in Europe.
Another great tourist spot is Wawel Royal Castle, that looks like a real life Disney set, as most of Krakow does too.
The pastel hues, clean streets and pretty facades, make it look as though you’re at a fake village, but nope it’s a European city. Anyway, the castle is a great spot for a drink and explore with great views of the Vistula River, and for the whole time on our trip some cool air! It was baking 24/7 the whole time we were in Krakow, 32 degree heat in a city just calls for drinks in the sun.
We also briefly saw the Plac Bohaterów Getta, a series of large chairs placed in a grid across the cobbles, designed as a memorial to the people of the Jewish Ghetto, who sat out in the streets to be taken to their new life at Birkenau. A reminder of the Nazi’s propaganda and their genoicide.
Where we ate/drank
Most of where we drank was around the Main Square and the smaller square off that one, and I have no idea of their names, but they were the stereotypical European I’m-on-holiday bars with neat rows of tables and parasols with an extensive list of wine, beer and cocktails. What more could you want?
Some of the best food we ate was at Moo Moo, which might be the uncomfortable name for a Steak and Burger place!! But the burgers were insane (sorry not sorry). I had the No. 2 Moo Moo burger which had salad, camembert, pear, and caramelized onions in it. My mouth is watering as I type, must. Not. dribble. It was divine. Ellie had the No.3 Parma burger with prosciutto ham, mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, rocket and pesto. A must in Krakow.
We also went to the Hard Rock in the square, as the food works out incredibly cheap. For a burger, diet coke and fries £9.
In general food and drink in Poland is much cheaper than the UK, so it’s very easy to spend little while you’re away. Also Polish beer is delicious, so deffo get whatever is on tap as damn it’s worth it.