Sunday, 1 October 2017

A WEEKEND IN KRAKOW

I must admit that Krakow has never been top of my list for places to visit but it has always intrigued me and since lots of my friends and family have told me how beautiful it is I thought to myself then why not go for a nice long weekend away with my boyfriend. I was pleasantly surprised by the city of Krakow. It's an amazing place, with lots to see, endless places to eat and drink and lovely people to talk to. I honestly couldn't believe how cheap was; we had a 2 course slap up meal with lots to drink and it was less that £30 for two of us! BARGAIN!


The thing I enjoyed the most is being able to walk everywhere. It's so accessible and most places are within close proximity and within walking distance. The only times we took transport were when we visited Auschwitz and Birkenau and if we'd had too much to drink and didn't want to stumble home to our accommodation in the rain!



HOW TO GET THERE
We flew to Krakow as it was the cheapest, quickest and most stress free way to go from the UK. You can go on the eurostar to Germany and then make your way from there but there was no way I was making the trip a stressful one! We flew with Ryan Air (thank god they didn't cancel the flight!) and although the staff were pleasant and everything ran smoothly, I won't be flying with them again anytime soon!



WHERE TO STAY
There are loads of places to stay in Krakow; whether it's near to the main square or in the Jewish quarter. We stayed at Sodispar apartments which was a recommendation off a family friend and it was lovely. The staff were amazing and sorted everything for us from transfers to and from the airport to our trip to Auschwitz and everything in between. I would highly recommend if you're looking for cheap accommodation within walking distance to the centre which is comfy and cute.





WHAT TO DO
We were in Krakow for 3 nights and 4 days so we wanted to get as much done as we could, whilst also relaxing! Before arriving in Krakow we had booked our trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau for the second day so on arrival on the Thursday we got to grips with the area, ate some amazing pizza from and drank lots of alcohol whilst exploring the square. On the Friday morning we were up early for our trip to the camps. It was a cold, rainy day which added to the already sombre atmosphere. The day was so eye opening and made me really think about life and how lucky I am. I would definitely recommend visiting, even though it was harrowing it was well worth it. On the Saturday we visited all the beautiful buildings such as the St Mary's Basilica and the Castle before heading down to the Jewish Quarter to see Schindler's Factory (I wouldn't recommend - it was not worth the hype it has) and drink some amazing cocktails in a very atmospheric bar called klub alchemia. Over the weekend we ate lots of amazing food from Polish delicacy at Milk Bar to pizza and pasta at The Spaghetti House and Virtuoso. Our favourite cocktail bar was definitely Movida with Buddha coming closely behind. We also visited the Cat Cafe too of course which was just as purfect as I imagined.






















Even though it rained the whole time and we had to buy new coats and umbrellas, it was the perfect weekend away. Both Jay and I were seriously ready for a break from work and to spend some time together exploring and drinking and we did just that. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend in the rain.







Have you ever been to Krakow? What did you think of it? Did you visit anywhere else? I'd love to know if you went to Movida if you went too - how amazing were those cocktails!?
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