Today I have a great post from the lovely Shelley from By Busby, who recently went to visit Krakow and decided to share some of her, wonderful and of course moving experiences of where to go with us.
I don't think anyone can visit Poland without booking a trip to Auschwitz. It’s one of their biggest tourist destinations & even though it’s not a day out most would think of as fun; it’s a must have place to visit in Poland. Stepped in history a day tour to Auschwitz opens your eyes to something you had once only learnt via textbooks & documentaries. Learning about the horrors of the death camps is nothing compared to walking the same paths thousands of Jewish people did on their way to their murder. From exploring the buildings in the work camp & learning about the history to visiting the remains of a gas chamber it’s a day out you won’t regret.
2)Krowarzywa Vegan Burger
On to something a little lighter is a small restaurant located on one the backstreets leading to the main square. Vegan or not you have to try the burgers at Krowarzywa! Jam packed with veggies & cooked to perfection they are a healthy treat to eradicate your hunger. Pop in for lunch or dinner & fill up on their range of vegan burgers with toppings of your choice. With a friendly atmosphere & translated menus you won’t feel out of place no matter if you’re vegan or not.
3)Father Beratek Footbridge
On your travels to explore the Jewish quarters of Krakow you’ll stumble across this beautiful lovers bridge. Make sure to have your padlocks at the ready; engraved or not because with the balancing sculptures it’s a beautiful backdrop to leave your lovers' lock. It’s a great place to see the beauty of modern architecture in a city full of historical structures.
The second tourist destination that I would highly recommend is the salt mines which are at the core of Krakow’s history. If you are up for exploring something a little different this is the place for you. From tourist routes to the miner routes there’s an option for everyone; they even offer disabled routes to so anyone can enjoy this day out. The mines hold beautiful salt structures constructed by different sculptures & the chapel of St. Kinga is absolutely breathtaking. If you are okay with descending 300 steps than I would suggest taking a visit to learn about the history of the salt mines.
5)The Main Square
This may seem like an obvious suggestion but the main square is a go to in my mind. From the moment you enter you feel like you’ve stepped into a different world. It brings Krakow to life. Visit in the morning to have a traditional breakfast, spend the day exploring or take a trip in the evening to see the square come to life. There are tonnes of places to sit out in the sun whilst having a spot of lunch & amazing structures to see in all directions.