Krakow Holidays – Lockdowns are lifted – 5 days in Krakow
LAST UPDATED: 05 OCTOBER
Disclaimer: Please make sure you are up to date with the government’s latest foreign travel advice on travelling to Poland during the coronavirus before booking a holiday. It is also worth noting that, due to COVID-19, some attractions listed in this blog post may not be currently operating.
The travel corridors are here and Poland will hopefully be back on the list soon - but, in the meantime, we can dream about holidays there. Poland is best known for city breaks. However there are hundreds of reasons to enjoy a holiday in this country of warm summers, scenic lakes and mountains and very cheap beer!
Here are five things to do during your Krakow holiday, which, when travel is safe again, can be booked with Teletext Holidays from as little as £199 per person per week!
1) Explore Krakow Old Town and Planty Park
Spend a full day in the historic, royal centre of Krakow, and explore the Old Town and its surrounding city park (Planty Park). This is the best place to start your initial exploration of Krakow. Start your morning with the ‘Royal Route,’ a saunter that follows the ancient coronation route of Polish kings and imagine yourself in their footsteps. This area is full of pubs, bars, restaurants, monuments and magnificent architecture, and the Old Town is the ideal location to just wander around and take it all in.
Key attractions in this area include St Mary’s Basilica, the Main Market Square (Rynek Główny) and the Cloth Hall. Be sure to keep your ear out for the stunted bell ringing in the centre of town. This represents the time when a bugle player was marking the hour and it was cut short as he was shot with an arrow by angry Mongols.
We recommend the Red Brick Apart Hotel for flexible living within the city walls.
2) Wawel Castle
Wawel Castle is consistently voted the top attraction in the city by Tripadvisor and GetYourGuide. The surrounding area has been inhabited for 5,000 years and is of great significance to Poland’s history. Once the residence of Polish royalty and lines of famous kings, Wawel Castle is now a museum and home to the very best paintings of Poland. Also home to the mythical Wawel Dragon, the castle is a great place to entertain the kids. Rumour has it that a dragon used to live in a cave underneath Wawel Castle and his corpse was NEVER found…
3) Plaza Krakow – The City Beach
Europe’s biggest city beach on the banks of a river, Plaza Krakow is the place to see and be seen during the hot summer days and nights. Visitors can sunbathe on 10,000 square metres of sand with deck chairs, volleyball courts, a swimming pool and a children's playground. In the evening the area really comes to life with club nights and film screenings. There are lots of modern European bars and restaurants along the shore, giving it a proper beach feel.
The world’s most sombre and poignant location is a memorial and museum, and a tourist attraction of sorts - anyone who visits will be forever changed. There are few people who don’t already know the basic history of Auschwitz; it was a concentration camp close to Krakow during Nazi occupation and the location of the largest number of victims of the regime. However, there are so many individual stories that should and are told at the museum. There are guided tours through the camp and an Auschwitz memorial guide.
5) Wieliczka Salt Mine
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is another attraction outside the city with over a million visitors a year. The immense mine is full of chapels, chambers and meandering labyrinths carved into the salt. Any players of the game World of Warcraft may recognise this as the inspiration for Shadowforge City.
The food and drink in Krakow is not only hearty and free flowing, it’s also very cheap, with beer from as little as £1 a pint. Why not enjoy a long city break to Krakow in 2020 once it’s safe to travel again? With so much to see and do it’s crazy not to!