3 days in Krakow

I was always jealous of people who went on stag dos to Krakow (and let’s be honest, it usually is a stag rather than hen destination!). It’s a short flight way from Newcastle and the beer’s cheap – what’s not to love! Dave’s been before with his friend Brian but I imagine that was a very different experience to what it would be with our wife of 10 years – but hey I love vodka and beer as much as any bloke! Anyway, we only had 3 days in Krakow city so we had to be smart with our time; here’s how we spent it:

Arrival:

We arrived into the city t about 9pm and were staying at Hotel Eden in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. The hotel was amazing value at around £170 for three nights for a massive room with a balcony. We were still bit wired from travelling so dumped our bags and went out for a night cap and some snacks so the trip we had booked the next day as we had an early start a head of us. It was great walking around the Jewish Quarter at night and seeing it alive with people sitting out side enjoying the September evening warmth.

Day 1

We had and excursion to Auschwitz and the Salt Mines booked so were up at 5am to meet out transfer to take us down there. I’ve reviewed that separately so I won’t go into too much detail here but needless to say it’s a must do excursion if you’re in Krakow. There are many tour operators you can choice but we went with Mr Shuttle which came recommended as it included both Auschwitz and the Salt Mines plus lunch for about £80 each which felt really reasonable. We were unsure as to whether to get both done in one day and we were away from the city for about 12 hours in total but I’m pleased we did now. Both parts of the tour were great for obviously very different reasons and we were back on our balcony having a beer by 6pm.

That evening we really fancied some polish food so found restaurant near the hotel called Wrega for some cream cheese Pierogies and Polish goulash which was a sausage and egg soup served in a bread bowl – absolutely yummy!

Day 2

Having gotten the tours out the way the day before, this was our day for exploring the city so after a bit of a lie in and breakfast in the hotel, we went for a walk from our hotel along the river, past the castle walls and eventually onto Rynek Glówny main square. We got there just after midday and due to the 30 degree heat had worked up quite the thirst so chilled on the roof terrace of Szal cafe with a cocktail and watched the world go by. We then went for another little walk around the city and past the Barbican after which we found the Vodka Bar that everyone raves about on Tik Tok. As they say, when in Poland, drink vodka so we got a tray to share of different flavoured vodkas including lemon, raspberry, chocolate and chilli chocolate, all of which were lovely and we paid about a tenner for the rack so good value!

Krakow if quite a small city so after a couple more drinks we walked back to the Jewish quarter and a rest and outfit change at the hotel before the second rooftop bar of the day; The Sky Bar at the Rubinstein Hotel. The views were absolutely lovely as we sat there and watched the sun go down, the service however wasn’t amazing, the barman was quite surly and drinks overpriced compared to the rest of Krakow I guess that’s the price you pay for a nice view! England were playing Scotland that night so we had an Irish Bar earmarked to watch that which meant quick tea at Crazy Pig for some ribs and fries. Not exactly traditional but really, really nice! The evening was topped off nicely by England winning.

Day 3

We were flying home later that evening but still have the majority of the day after checking out of the hotel at midday. They kindly held our bags for us and arranged for a taxi for us to the airport so at least we didn’t have to carry our luggage around all day. After a bagel for lunch at a nearby cafe we decided to by a little daring and hire some e-scooters to zip around on as I wanted to go over to the Krakow sign near the Ferris wheel, which was about a 20 minute walk away. There re lots of different scooter brands around and we just picked the first ones we found and downloaded the app. The took a bit of getting used to but really are great way to get around as you can use cycle lanes and the cars seem to be really respectful of you rather than see them as a nuisance.

We took another lovely walk along the river in the opposite direction and back to the Jewish Quarter again so I could try the famous Chimney cakes and let me tell you, the nutella and oreo monstrosity that I devoured that afternoon was worth the billion calories it undoubtedly contained. By mid afternoon we didn’t want to venture too far way from our hotel so just grabbed some drinks at a couple of different bars to pass the time.

I absolutely loved our little break. We didn’t hammer it too hard but we did the things we really wanted to. It’s a laid back city where you’re allowed the luxury of taking your time exploring and feel we got the balance of seeing things and chilling out with nice food and drinks just right.

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  1. KELLY Lansdell
    March 31, 2024 / 4:33 pm

    Ooohhhh intrigued where you got the delicious chimney cake from…I’m going back in May and my partner loves chimney cakes 🫶🏻☺️

    • honestlyhelen
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      April 3, 2024 / 9:42 pm

      It’s called the Chimney Cake bakery and there’s a few all over the city – they’re amazing!

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