4 days in Krakow – Amazing Midweek breaks

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Krakow city square
Krakow city square

Getting to Krakow

By air

Krakow has an international airport, so you can easily book a flight into Krakow in order to get a short break in this ancient city.

Getting from the airport to the city takes around 30 minutes with a transfer shuttle.

By train

Krakow train station is located on the edge of town. It’s an easy walk or you can book a shuttle to take you to your accommodation. This is a perfect city to include into a great European train journey.

By car

The city is located in the South of Poland or the province of Lesser Poland. You can easily reach it by car and include it in an epic road trip. If you have a car at your disposal, we recommend visiting Zakopane right after Krakow.

Cozy Krakow
Cozy Krakow

Where to stay in Krakow

Check out the Airbnb we stayed at when we were in Krakow.

We absolutely loved this cute apartment. Even though it’s located right outside of the old town, it was still perfect. Within a few minutes, we walked straight into the center of the action!

Get your 30€ Airbnb discount with this link or read more about how Airbnb actually works.

If you would like to check out other options check our post about best places to stay in Krakow.

Day 1: Explore the old town

We spent our first day in Krakow just exploring the town. After traveling there and checking into our Airbnb, the day was half gone. That’s why we decided to go for a city walk.

Explore the Green Belt around Krakow

The old city center of Krakow is surrounded by a large green belt. Planty Park consists of 4 km of park with cute walkways and fountains. The park surrounds the ancient city walls.

You can walk around the entire town in less than 2 hours and it’s a relaxing activity to do! During this walk, you can already see the different ancient entry gates to Krakow.

Us in Krakow enjoying the park
Us in Krakow enjoying the park

Walk through Krakow Old Town

The Old city center of Krakow is beautiful and you can discover it in no time. There aren’t too many streets. So you can just wander around without any fear of being lost.

Eventually you will either end up on the city square or touch the green belt or Planty Park. Florianska Street is a nice street for a walk and it runs straight to the main square.

Krakow Cloth Hall

This 13th-century building is located in the middle of the main square. The Cloth Hall is a marketplace where you can get souvenirs or just walk through. Admire the beautiful architecture or just sit on one of the heated terraces and watch life slide by.

Have dinner at the city main square

You can either have dinner at one of the restaurants at the main square or in one of the side streets.

Dinner on the main square is a little more expensive, but it allows you to see the life that goes on. Watch the horse riders light up their carriages and take tourists around the old town.

Or keep an eye on the St Mary Basilica to see the trumpet player stop his hourly tune halfway through the song.

Krakow center
Krakow center Photo by Roman_Polyanyk on Pixabay

St. Mary Trumpet Call

Every hour, a trumpet player starts an iconic anthem. But he stops halfway through the tune. That’s because a legend states that the St. Mary trumpet player tried to warn the town at the time of the Mongol invasion of Poland.

Attackers shot the player in the throat before he could finish his anthem. That’s why, up to today, the song stops abruptly before it’s finished.

Day 2: Day trip from Krakow

Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau

Use your second day in Krakow to pay a visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau Memorial. You will need an entire day for this excursion. It’s a must-visit when you’re this nearby.

But be warned, a visit to Auschwitz is heavy and it works on your mind a lot. The horror that went on in here is terrible. For us, this felt weird and the visit tired us a lot.

Even though we know pretty well what happened in Auschwitz, being there is obviously very different from reading about it.

If you plan on visiting Auschwitz, you can always read our guide about this excursion or check out the organized tours you can take.

Free evening

After spending a day in Auschwitz and learning about the nature of the facts that played out in this place, you probably need an evening off. We did!

Everyone reacts differently to a day like this. Some will feel a need to just do nothing. While others get an urge to feel alive and a need to seize every day from now on.

Spend your evening with a quiet dinner or explore some of the bars in Krakow.

Day 3: Castles and dragons

Wawel Castle and Dragon

In the morning, plan an excursion to Wawel Castle near Krakow. This fortified castle is located on a hilltop near the city center. It’s listed as Unesco World Heritage. It’s the largest castle in Poland and you can easily visit this medieval castle on foot. It’s located in the Krakow Park.

At the foot of Wawel Hill, you can find the fire-spitting dragon of Wawel. Surrounded by myths and legends, the dragon is a tourist highlight in Krakow.

Wawel Castle
Wawel Castle - Photo by ChichotekO8 on Pixabay

Oskar Schindler Factory

The Oskar Schindler Factory is a large part of Jewish history in Poland. If you want to learn more about this story and Jewish history, visit the factory museum.

Of course, reading the popular book Schindler’s List will also give you more insight in the history of Krakow.

Explore Polish Food

Poland has a rich cuisine and we recommend trying it. Do a food tour to get inside information on how the different dishes are made. Try some street food and local liquors.

Krakow Escape rooms

Krakow is known for its escape rooms. Fear, panic and muffled screams are combined with the sounds of growling chainsaws and other horrible noises.

It seems as if Krakow has a love for horror. The Lost Souls Alley is thé most popular of all Krakow escape rooms, but there are plenty more to try out!

Day 4: Day trip from Krakow

Wieliczka Salt Mine

The last day is perfect for a visit to the iconic Salt Mine of Wieliczka. This impressive mine was operational up to 2007 and it produced table salt.

Wieliczka is one of the oldest operational salt mines in the world and it looks absolutely stunning.

Depending on the time of your visit, this place can get very crowded and waiting lines are long and tiring.

Conlcusion 4 days in Krakow

So this was our 4 days in Krakow itinerary! We enjoyed our stay a lot and obviously hope you do too.

Let us know how your stay was and if we should include anything extra in this itinerary!

 

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Great article! I was recently in Poland (Warsaw) for a couple of days on my way back from a trip in the Middle East. I so badly wanted to get to Krakow but sadly I didn’t have time :'(! Your photos look lovely though – I’ll definitely have to take the time to visit next time I’m in Eastern Europe.

I have yet to get to Poland but it’s definitely on my list! I didn’t know Krakow was particularly famous for its escape games?! Is that where they all started? Some great photos, I enjoyed your post 🙂

The reason why you skipped the salt mine made me laugh. Severe hangovers are a thing in Poland, never underestimate the power of alcohol there 😀 What surprised me was the fact that you mentioned escape rooms being a thing. I’ve lived there for two years and never heard about them. They must have flourished after I moved out. I also visited twice over the past six months but somehow I never really noticed ads for them. That’s funny, but I guess some things pop up more to someone who sees a place for the first time than to a… Read more »

Wow, I didn’t know Krakow was this beautiful! I always wanted to go there but thought there wouldn’t be much apart from visiting Auschwitz. I am really inspired by your blog and will put this straight into my bucketlist!

What's Katie Doing?

This is super timely – I was talking to a friend about visiting last week! We will definitely be using this as a guide when we visit!

delacroixllc

I had no idea Krakow was known for its escape rooms. We’re huge WWII history buffs, so this is definitely on our list of places to visit. The Old Town looks so historic and interesting too!

I’ve always wanted to visit Krakow it looks beautiful and historic.

I am going here in a couple of months! Great tips, it looks like a really cool city.

Greta

Such a thorough guide! Very useful and I enjoyed reading it 🙂

makenzie

the old town suits me right down to a tea, and i cant decide if the escape rooms sound awful or like a blast!

Krakov has such an old wordly charm to it… looks so beautiful and peaceful. Glad that you had a great time there 🙂

I absolutely loved my time in Krakow last year. My only regret was not having more time!

liendewispelaere

I loved the salt mines and the free walking tour in town the most. Such a pitty I didn’t know there was an escape room in Krakow!

My family is Polish and I love visiting Krakow! Thanks for supporting the countries economy by travelling there and writing about your experience ❤

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