I did’t really spend much time in Krakow, a little over 24 hours to be exact. However from what i did see it was overall a nice city. Obviously being winter the city was covered in snow which is definitely a new experience . I have seen snow before but Krakow was the first place i have seen it ‘snow’. Poland in general is a relatively cheap country in terms of living expenses such as food, transport and accommodation. I highly recommend using Uber to get around Krakow as apposed to taxis. I used it about 5-6 times and my expensive trip was about $5. That is a lot cheaper than the 20 euros i paid for a taxi from the airport to the hotel
Whilst in Krakow I stayed at the Ginger Hostel and I would recommend it if you are ever in Krakow. It is a hostel but you can get private rooms for roughly $40/night. Breakfast is included with this hostel which is always a bonus. Included was an assortment of cakes/muffins and a range of cold meats and cheeses. Overall this hostel was probably one of the best I stayed in during my time in Europe. It is also great if you are on a tight budget, however most places in Poland aren’t too expensive due to the country’s lower cost of living.
What To do
As I have previously mentioned I didn’t spend a lot of time in Krakow however i can recommend a couple of things to do. As i mentioned in my previous post Kościuszko Mound is worth the small walk. From my hostel it was roughly a 15 minute walk which also gives you chance to explore the city. From memory it was about 20 PLN to enter which is about $5. Once at the top you get a great view of the city.
Another option and the main reason I traveled to Poland was to visit Auschwitz. I studied modern history in school so visiting gave me an opportunity to see first hand what I learnt about WW2. Whether or not you have studied WW2, Auschwitz is a great place to learn what so many Jews had to experience during Hitlers reign of Germany.
With that in mind it is definitely a full on experience, some of the exhibits at the museum are very confronting, it is something i will always remember. It was actually snowing whilst I was there which only makes it more real. To not only see what physical experiences they endured but also the cold climate which would of only magnified horrific conditions at the camp. I did a guided tour of Auschwitz and was picked up from my hostel and then returned after. Auschwitz is an experience I highly recommend regardless of your knowledge of WW2.
What to Eat
For the first week or so I was in Europe I din’t really eat out. I was trying to save money by getting food from supermarkets etc. However there are many places to get local food in Krakow for cheap. I can’t recommend a specific restaurant as I didn’t eat at any however I’m sure there are many great places to choose from.