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In April I booked for me and my boyfriend Kyle to go to Krakow as his birthday present. Ryanair had just announced they were going to be flying out of Belfast and I seen Krakow was one of the routes so I jumped on to see what price the flights were. Of course with Ryanair the flights are always cheap so I grabbed myself a bargain (I love a good bargain)
The time arrived in November for us to head off and I was so excited about going. One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Krakow was for Auschwitz (some people might find this weird but I find it really interesting).
Krakow is such a beautiful place and not expensive if any of you are looking a low cost holiday. It has lots of character with the buildings, main square and hundreds of tiny streets and the fashion and shops are beautiful.
There is lots to do in and around Krakow but we decide to chill and take it easy whilst we were there so we probably didn’t do as much as others.
We stayed in the Metropolis Design Hotel you can see it here. It is a lovely clean modern hotel situated about a 10 minute walk from the main square. I found it to be in a great location and if I was to go back I would definitley stay again.
What we did whilst there
- Main Square – we went here each day for a nosy round, cuppa and some food
- Wawel Castle – it has a fire breathing dragon (obvs not real 😉 )
- Walked along the river
- Jewish Quarter – we didn’t spend much time around here just seen what we wanted to and headed back toward the Main Square. Lovely buildings and synogugues definitely make it a thing on your to do list.
- Planty Park – this loops around the old city – we didn’t walk the whole way just bits and pieces over the few days
- Town Hall Tower
- Wieliczka Salt Mine
- Auschwitz – both sites; heart breaking place but I am so glad I went.
- Krakowska Shopping Centre
We did quite a bit whilst we were away considering we did a tour of Auschwitz and the Salt Mine in one day which took up 11 hours. I would advise anyone going if you can spare the time to split these 2 things into different days as I felt by the end of Auschwitz I didn’t really want to go to the Mines as it is a long day there and there is a bit of travelling involved but doing it in 1 day is a good way to get everything squeezed in.
I can’t really advise on restaurants as we ate mainly in 1 place because the food was delicious and its was called ‘The Spaghetti’ based in the main square – it is underground tho so it may not suit everyone as there is no lift. The food was beautiful and we just really enjoyed the surroundings and atmosphere.
The only other place I can remember the name of that we ate in was the Grand Grille. It is a couple of doors down from The Spaghetti – not as good but a contender all the same.
I’m not one for trying local delicatessen as I am quite a plain eater so when I find somewhere I like I stick to it and also my biggest pet hate with city breaks is finding a decent place to eat lol.
There are lots of other places to eat round the main square and through the main streets – you won’t be stuck for choice thats for sure.
Overall we had a great time in Krakow, its such a quiet still city but so beautiful and interesting. I will definitely return at some stage for another relaxing break recharging our batteries.
I hope you enjoyed reading and if you have any questions about Krakow that I may be able to help with just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you