What to do in 48 hours in Krakow, Poland.

So this weekend I visited Krakow in Poland and I had the most amazing time and I could not recommend it more highly! I of course vlogged the whole trip and this is now up on my youtube channel or you can watch below. But, I wanted to mention a few things that were some of the high lights of my trip and I would completely recommend you visit if you are in Krakow. 

The Old Town Market Square
We were lucky enough to be staying very close to the Old Town and although it was freezing the architecture along side the snow made the whole area look so magical! While you are here I would recommend visiting St Mary's Basilica, one of the most beautiful churches I have ever been to. And the Cloth Hall, a small market with two rows of stalls selling the most amazing jewellery, mainly Amber pieces and the prices are insanely affordable. 
A ticket inside St Mary's Basilica costs 10 Zloty and an extra 5 Zloty if you want to take pictures.

Image below form the Old Jewish District - Kazimierz.

Stay Close to the Center of Town
We stayed in the Mecure Hotel. This was based around a 5/10 min walk from the main square and was friendly and modern. The rooms were comfortable, warm and there were free bagels in the morning...what more could you ask for! Although the old school Kings and Queens decor was questionable it didn't put us off our stay.

Viewing Point at Wawel Royal Castle

Wawel Royal Castle was so so beautiful, we wandered up there on our way back from the Jewish District and spent a lot of time looking at the view of stunning snow covered Krakow. We didn't go into the Castle so can't comment on this or prices or anything but the exterior was not to be missed.

Eat all the Food (& drink all the Vodka...)

Here are some pictures from our favourite restaurants we ate at whilst in Krakow. We also of course ate Pierogi's but for some reason we didn't photograph these...probably because they were just too delicious. I did however show them in the vlog if you would be interested in seeing them. We went to Pierogarnia Krakowiacy for these and I honestly can't recommend them more. We went for one plate of sweet and one of savoury to share. 

Below are pictures from some of the other restaurants we visited.

We had breakfast at an adorable little place called Fitagain near the main Market Square. They served a wide range of breakfasts included Vegan options and the coffee was delicious. Would completely recommend avoiding the Costas and Starbucks you can get at home and starting your day here.

The below images come from a traditional polish restaurant, Morskie Oko. The food here was incredible. I would recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment on arrival as this spot gets very busy. We had starters, mains, a selection of sides along with Vodkas and Beers and the meal only came to about £40! The service was amazing, the interiors exciting and if you get a seat in the downstairs section you can watch a band play while you eat!

On our last night we ate in another amazing restaurant, Czarna Kaczka The Black Duck. And as I'm sure you already figured out, duck is the main thing on the menu! We ate duck starters and shared half a duck as the main. Along side this we of course had vodka cocktails and finished off with a trio of vodka shots. It is safe to say we were pretty tipsy by the end of this meal. Again, like both restaurants mentioned before, the food was amazing.

Book a Tour to Auschwitz and Birkenau

Of course while in Krakow we visited Auschwitz. We booked this through a company called Discover Krakow and I would highly recommend them. The trip to Auschwitz takes a whole days so make sure you have set time aside for this if this is something you want to plan into your Krakow stay. We were picked up from Discover Krakow's store just a few minutes walk from the main market square. We then took a mini bus for about an hour to Auschwitz, you are shown a doumantary on the journey that is very informative, if you haven't had time to do any in depth research before your visit. 

The tour of Auschwitz lasts a few hours, you are given a head set to hear your tour guide. This takes the pressure away from having to stay near your tour guide and him having to shout to be heard. There is then a short break and another coach trip to Birkenau where you spend a similar amount of time. Our tour guide was extremely informative and made the whole experience really incredible. The Auschwitz tour is of course really tough so please remember this before going.
I would recommend on your trip to Auschwitz that you bring food and water with you. You can't eat inside the area and there is a restaurant at the start of the tour but it is very busy and you are only given a short break to stop here. 

Also, if you're visiting the same time as we were (end if Jan) then remember to wrap up in warm clothes! The majority of your tour is outside and the temperatures can get very low so make sure you wear a lot of layers!

If you want some more information on any of the things we got up to then please check out my sisters blog Beyond 9 to 5.

Mad Love