Updated: Jan 23
Krakow is the oldest city and a second largest city of Poland. Krakow has a Vistula River flowing in the centre of the city. The Krakow had a significant historical importance in Old times and used to be an Economical, Artistic and Cultural hub in Medieval times.
How to reach to Krakow City from John Paul II Krakow Airport:
Krakow City has a very good Network of Public Transport, the Krakow international Airport is highly accessible by Public Transport. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the Central station from John Paul II Krakow Airport.
How to Commute within the Krakow City:
We were commuting by local Trams and Uber within the City. Krakow City is well connected with Public Transport, Our Apartment was located around 2 KM from the Krakow Old Town and the Tram was passing by the door of the Apartment.
We were buying the Day Ticket that costs € 5 and it’s more convenient and cheaper than buying a ticket every time. If you are staying for 3 days in the City, we would suggest you to buy a 3 days pass for commuting within the City.
Our Experience in Krakow:
In 2018, I travelled to Krakow from Dusseldorf, Germany and Aoon came from Prague, Czech Republic and we decided to explore the city together for two days and then Return to Dubai, UAE from there. There’s a direct flight of Fly Dubai from Krakow to Dubai.
We had reached Krakow in the late evening, after dropping the baggage at our Apartment we rushed toward Krakow Old Town. As I have already been to Poland before in Gdansk but Aoon was visiting Poland for the first time and he had a very different perception about Poland, he was totally surprised to see the Rich Architecture and Infrastructure of the City.
Day 1 in Krakow:
Old Town Square (Rynek Główny):
The Old Town Square is one of the most famous and crowded squares of Krakow. It’s considered as Europe’s second largest Market square. The Square is known as Rynek Główny and surrounded with Museum, Cathedrals, famous Landmarks and local and international Cafes like Hard Rock Cafe.
Whether it’s day or Night, the square has a hustle and bustle of people. The people were sitting in the square and in Outdoor Restaurants and Cafe and enjoying the Summers.
Things to do in Old Town Square:
Horse Carriage Ride:
We had enjoyed the Old town Tour on the Horse Carriage. Our Rider was a young and enthusiastic girl dressed up in an Equestrian Attire and explaining to us the Historical importance of the Town.
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The tour started from the Old Town Square and took us to Wawel Hill and then back to Old Town Square. We were passing by the streets of Old Town and we literally felt that we were travelling back to Medieval times. The tour was around 30 minutes and it cost us 300 Zloty.
As I was already late at night, We had only been to an Old town tour on the Carriage and sat in the Town Square and enjoyed our time and planned the activities of the next 2 days.
Day 2 in Krakow:
In the morning, we started our day with having an amazing breakfast in an Old town square with a beautiful view and started exploring the following places.
St. Mary’s Basilica:
The St. Mary’s Basilica is a Gothic spires Church located in the Old Town Square of Krakow. We had visited the Church from inside and considered it as one of the beautiful churches we have visited.
We also wanted to Climb up the Church but the waiting Queue was quite long. We would suggest coming early in the morning to enjoy the beautiful view of the Town from the Top. You can get the tickets from the Kiosk near the Church Entrance or you can also book it in advance through Get Your Guide.
Town Hall Tower (Muzeum Krakowa):
As we had missed the chance to climb up the top of St. Mary’s Basilica due to long waiting time, we had been to the top of Town Hall Tower. The Tower has a Gothic Style Architecture and has been standing significantly since the 15th Century.
There are different things exhibited on the different floors of the Tower, Actually we were expecting a 360 degree Open View from top of the Town hall and we were pretty disappointed to see that from the top, we can also see the view of the Old town from the Small windows and closed doors to Balcony.
In the Center of Town Square, the World’s oldest Indoor Shopping Mall known as Cloth Hall is located. It has small stalls selling Souvenirs.
Beneath the Krakow main square, the Rynek Underground Museum is located which can only be seen with a Guided tour.
Wawel Royal Castle:
The Castle was constructed in the 11th century and situated in the centre of Krakow City on a hill and Vistula River on the other side of the Castle.
The Castle represents the historical and Cultural importance of Polish Rule and used to be a seat of Polish Rules.
We climbed up the hill and entered the Castle from the Palace Courtyard. We had also been to Sandomierska Tower of the Castle and enjoyed the beautiful view of the River.