Amazing Midweek Breaks: Krakow!
As one of the oldest towns in Poland, Krakow is definitely worth a visit. You can visit Krakow as a midweek break, a weekend break or just stay longer.
There are plenty of things to do in Krakow.
We stayed for 4 days in Krakow and recommend a few excursions nearby!
Most travelers use Krakow as a hub to visit Auschwitz or the salt mines of Wieliczka.
The town itself has a lot to offer as well.
In these 4 days in Krakow, we combine the rich history of Krakow with fun activities. This way, you can have a fun and relaxing stay in Krakow.
Getting to Krakow
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.
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. Krakow is a perfect city to include into a great European train journey.
The city of Krakow is located in the South of Poland or the province of Lesser Poland. You can easily reach Krakow by car and include it on an epic road trip. If you have a car at your disposal, we recommend visiting Zakopane right after Krakow.
Where to stay in Krakow
4 Days in Krakow – Day 1
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 a 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.
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.
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.
4 Days in Krakow – Day 2
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 Auschwitz is terrible. For us, this was 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.
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.
4 Days in Krakow – Day 3
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. Wawel Castle listed as Unesco World Heritage. It’s the largest castle in Poland and you can easily visit this medieval castle on foot. You can find the castle in 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.
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 and panic 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!
4 Days in Krakow – Day 4
Wieliczka Salt Mine
The last day in Krakow 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. Luckily, you can also skip the lines!
So this was our 4 days in Krakow itinerary! We enjoyed being in Krakow a lot and obviously hope you do too. For us, Krakow was a part of a great European train journey. After Krakow, we continued our trip to Zakopane and further South.
Check out the place where we spent the night while in Krakow. We absolutely loved this cute apartment. Even though it’s located right outside of the old town, it was still perfectly located. Within a few minutes, we walked straight into the center of the action!
This Krakow itinerary is part of a series of amazing midweek breaks in Europe!