Krakow: Four day itinerary

Krakow: Four day itinerary

I feel it is only fair to warn you I’m one of those people that like to see as much as possible in the time I have somewhere. So this is a pretty intense four days but it does allow you to see a lot of Krakow while fitting in Auschwitz and the Salt Mines.

Day 1: Old town

Morning

Get up early and join one of the free walking tours. You’ll see lots of highlights and get to know the city.

Afternoon

The tour finished up at Wawel Castle, grab a bite to eat in the café before heading into the cathedral for a look around.

Don’t forget to stop by the Castle’s dragon to say hello, you may even see him breath fire.

Then head back towards the Old Town, on your way stop in at The Church of St. Franics of Assisi. It may not look remarkable from the outside but is really beautiful inside.

Next up head to Galeria Plakatu to have a look at examples of Polish graphic and poster design. I challenge you not to buy anything, I got two really awesome postcards which will be on display in my new flat.

Evening

Head underground at the market square by visiting the Rynek Underground Museum and then finish of the day with a drink in the Market Square. If you’re into Jazz music there are a lot of live music options in this area.

Day 2: Schindler’s factory and the Memory Trail

Morning

Start the day by walking to Pomorska Street which is the former Gestapo Headquarters. You’ll learn about what it was like for people living in Krakow during Nazism & Communism. This museum features lots of individual’s telling their story which I found really interesting.

Afternoon

Head over to Schindler’s factory, it is quite a long walk from Pomorska Street so you may want to use public transport or a taxi. Personally I really enjoy walking around cities to I took a walk over ad grab a pretzel from one of the street vendors on the way.

The museum tells the story of what happened to the Jews in Krakow and also has a film about the factory.

Round up the Memory Trail by heading to the Eagle Factory, I found this really uplifting after a very heavy day. As it tells you about ordinary people who did their best to help out the Jews in the ghetto.

Evening

Walk back over the river crossing Father Bernatek’s Bridge to admire the acrobat sculptures.

Day 3: Auschwitz

I knew before I went that this would be an emotionally draining day so I decided before the trip that this would be the only thing I would try to fit in.

The tour I went on left Krakow around 11am and got back around 6pm. I would definitely recommend visiting Auschwitz it was a very humbling experience.

I’ve written a blog on Visiting Auschwitz if you would like more information on the tour and getting there.

Evening

After a pretty intense day I decided to head out for a few drinks. We went to Pijalnia Wodiki I Piwa where the drinks are really cheap and you can try lots of different flavours of vodka shots. We ended the evening in a Cuban club (yes not what I was expecting either) called Teatro Cubano which was completely packed and had a great atmosphere, just don’t expect any cheap drinks here!

Day 4: Salt mines and Jewish Quarter

Morning

Start the day by grabbing a coffee and then climbing up the 239 steps of St Mary’s tower for great views of the old town.

Then head down to the main train station and jump on the train to Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli. The train takes about 20 minutes and it a five minute walk from the train station to the salt mines.

Afternoon

Spend the afternoon on a tour of the salt mines and grab some food when you’re down there. Once you’ve re-surfaced from the mines (via the scary lift ever), jump on the train back to Krakow.

Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring the Jewish Quarter. I recommend checking out the street art, have a look at In Your Pocket’s Krakow Street Art map to find your way around.

Also don’t forget to grab a coffee and some food from Cytat Café, where you’re drink comes with an inspirational quote.

If you’ve not got a full four days and are looking for some inspiration or are on a limited budget have a look at my ideas for cheap thing to do in Krakow post.

Is there anywhere I’ve missed that you think should definitely be on the itinerary?

20 Comments

  1. Andrew Pankhurst
    28th April 2017 / 9:55 am

    Great piece. Looks like a fab place to visit.

    • amy2412
      Author
      4th May 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Thanks, it was great 🙂

  2. 21st February 2018 / 4:20 pm

    What a great and informative post! I have never been, but will add it to my travel to-do list 🙂 Good idea with the free tours!

  3. 21st February 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Love it – I recently went to Krakow for 3 days and tried to fit in as much as you, but wasn’t as successful! Really want to go back and see more of it though, such a cute little city! How did you like Auschwitz? It sounds silly but I wasn’t expecting to be as affected as I was by it – such a horrible place (but so impoarrant to visit!)

    • 21st February 2018 / 5:16 pm

      Thanks Lizzie. I also found Auschwitz more difficult than I expected too and I totally agree it is really important to visit places like that and remember what happened. I’ve also written this post about my visit . I was shocked by the lack of respect some people where showing to the people who had died there.

  4. 21st February 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Great post, I love the cafe that brings you an inspirational quote, that’s so amazing!

  5. 21st February 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Great post I never knew there was so much to do in Krakow! Auswitz is strangely somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit I just feel its so important to remember the horrors that happened there – I’m sure there’s nothing more humbling

  6. 22nd February 2018 / 4:14 pm

    That does look like a busy itinerary! I normally like to take things slowly, wander around and just pick a couple of sights that I really love, maybe go for a hike and spend the rest of the time eating/relaxing.

    Which of these places do you think would be a must see? (I mean, apart from Auschwitz. I think if I was close I would have to spend the time to visit that as well.)

    • 22nd February 2018 / 4:20 pm

      Hi Josy, i do tend to pack things in! Can’t help myself. I’d say to do the memory trail, it includes Eagles Pharmacy, Schindler’s Factory & Pomorska Street. It gave me a really great understanding of the local history and gave even more context to my visit to auschwitz.

  7. 22nd February 2018 / 5:03 pm

    This is a great fast paced itinerary! I loved the picture of the Wawel Castle! I’m curious what makes the journey to the Salt Mines via the scariest lift ever?

    • 22nd February 2018 / 8:42 pm

      That lift! It was a miners style lift so you were crammed into a tiny space, with nothing to hold on to.

  8. 22nd February 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Here is an itinerary that I should keep for a future visit!! Now we just need a four day week-end… May, please come quick!

  9. 23rd February 2018 / 2:25 am

    I’m sure an inspirational quote or three was needed after that intense day at Aushwitz. Great mix of historical and cultural landmarks.

    • 23rd February 2018 / 9:03 am

      Yes it was a pretty intense day, but a really worthwhile place to visit

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