So as you’ll have probably seen from my Instagram, Liam and I spent a few days in the beautiful Kraków in Poland. I used my Google Docs app to keep a mini diary of all the things that we got up to and I thought I’d share it with you on here! I will also be doing a mini travel guide for Kraków but that will be going up in a few weeks as I don’t want to bombard my social media with my trip haha.
We travelled on Sunday the 8th of September. The night before we stayed in a hotel near to the airport because we had to get up at 3am. Liam woke me up at about 3am-ish after his alarm went off. I honestly felt like a zombie for the first few hours. We spent ages going around the airport while waiting for our gate to open.
At about 7:30am we took off. I absolutely hate flying. As a kid, I didn’t care much about it but as an adult, it frightens me. Maybe it’s because I have much more awareness of what’s going on but who knows. We mostly just chatted away on the plane and there was a super lovely Polish lady sat with us who gave us loads of good recommendations for things to do and places to see.
We landed at about 11am Kraków time (which is an hour ahead of our timezone). Like true Gen-Zers we waited for our phones to switch to the Polish mobile data to use our social media while our bags were being loaded off the plane. We decided that we’d get the train from the airport into the city.
While we were trying to get our tickets, a load of old people pushed in front of us to do theirs so we stood there huffing and puffing before we realised that we could pay on the train.
We arrived in the city centre of Kraków and I was just so astounded instantly. It’s such a beautiful city full of so much culture. Once I had snapped a few pictures for the gram’, we started searching for our hotel. The first address we used took us to a building that didn’t exist and then when we finally found where we needed to be, it was a hostel.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with staying in hostels but we were shown photos of an apartment that only we would be staying in so we worried for a second. The panic was quickly averted though as we realised that we were just at the check-in desk. We finally got to our apartment and even though we’d only intended to lay down for five minutes, we ended up napping for two hours.
After our nap, we went to Old Town to have a look around and again, I was gob-smacked. It’s such a beautiful area, full of breathtaking architecture. We looked for somewhere to eat and we found a restaurant called The Spaghetti. I had a margherita pizza and Liam had a salami pizza. They had homemade lemonade which was absolutely amazing! I’d go back just to have that drink, to be honest.
Then we had a little walk around some more of Old Town which lovely as it got darker. We found a lil’ shop for some snacks because is it really a holiday if you don’t eat all the Lays and Milka you possibly can?
We got up at about seven-ish on day two. As we were staying in an apartment we decided that we’d make use of the kitchen and have breakfast at home. When we went to the shop the night before we got some bread, salami and cheese that we put together and grilled and it made the best breakfast.
It was absolutely chucking it down in Kraków that day and we really weren’t expecting it so we had to rush around looking for an umbrella while looking like a pair of drowned rats. Once finding a brolly, we made our way to Wawel castle. I’ve said on my FB page before that I love visiting the castles of places I visit so Wawel castle was on my list of things to do since I found out that we were going.
A lot of tourist attractions in Kraków are free on Monday’s which is really handy as we went on Monday so our tickets were free! The castle was so beautiful. After visiting the castle Liam decided that he needed a Costa so we found one and had an iced latte each with a caramel slice.
Then we walked to the tram where we had the fright of our lives when a load of pigeons decided to fly over our heads and we literally thought that we were going to die.
We got the tram over the river so that we could go to the Schindler Factory Museum which was again free because it was a Monday! It was an amazing tour but it was so packed that we both felt that we missed out on seeing things. Even still, it was a really interesting museum.
After our tour we were hungry, hunger is honestly mine and Liam’s default setting. Luckily for us, there was a restaurant nearby called Orzo. This restaurant had only been open a year so it was really new. We had a pizza to share along with some fresh orange juice. I particularly liked this place because they had lots of vegan and gluten-free options which is lovely and they also are committed to being zero waste. They give you a takeaway box to take any food you haven’t finished away which is amazing.
After our pizza, we got the tram back across the river and visited the Kazimierz which is known as the Jewish Quarter. It was really interesting to see the synagogues. It was really nice to see other parts of Kraków too. While in Kazimierz, we shared a bowl of chips because somehow we were still hungry.
Then we went back to the apartment for a rest before going out again at the nighttime. While we were chilling out all of our power went out at the apartment so we had to get someone to come over and fix that for us. It’s just our luck to have that happen to us aha.
We then went back out to search for somewhere to eat dinner where we ended up just going back to The Spaghetti where we’d eaten the night before because it was just so incredible. I tried the Tre Salami pizza that night and also had another two glasses of their homemade lemonade. We also had tiramisu for pudding which came in the cutest little plant pot!
We had another look through Old Town and bought some souvenirs for our families before going back to watch memes and eat Lays at our apartment.
Our last full day was pretty busy! We got up at about 6am and started packing all of our stuff away because we were leaving our apartment to go to our hotel closer to the airport. We trekked to the train station where we both had a panic about where our rail replacement bus stop was but we found it in the end.
Once we got back to the airport to pick up the hire care that Liam had rented for the last day as we would be travelling quite far out of Kraków. We got a brand new Nissan Qashqai which was absolutely gorgeous.
After that, we drove to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps. When we arrived we saw how packed Auschwitz was so we decided not to go this time as we just wouldn’t have been able to look around properly so we went to Birkenau instead. Going to Birkenau is an experience that will stay with me forever. The moment you walk through the gates you can feel the energy and it’s so heavy.
We walked around the parametre of the Birkenau camp and then decided to make a move. As we still had ages left before we could check into our hotel, we decided to visit a nearby city called Katowice. I would say that Katowice is a slightly newer city than Kraków. While there was still the beautiful older buildings, there were a lot of newer, more modern buildings.
We found a Pizza Hut where we ate pizza for the third day since being in Poland. We are honestly so predictable. After munching on our pizza we drove back to Balice where our hotel was located. We checked in finally and took our bags to our room.
As we were like two minutes away from the hotel, we decided that we would go plane-watching. We found a layby that was perfect so we pulled in and started watching the planes while eating our Milka bar.
After like five minutes we saw blue lights flashing towards us and as it got closer, we realised it was the police. We absolutely crapped ourselves because we had no idea what was going on. Apparently, there’s a law in Poland which says that you’re not allowed to park on the opposite side of the road from where you’re driving. So Liam ended up getting fined 50PLN or £10.30. Once Liam had paid we thought it’d be smart to just go back to the hotel!
And that’s what we did in Kraków! I hope this isn’t too choppy, I’ve never written a travel diary before so I was a little unsure how to do it. In the next few weeks, there will be a mini travel guide going up abut Kraków and what you can do while you’re there.
♡ Have you ever been to Kraków? Or Poland in general?
“In Poland, I would only like one thing: to stay there” – Hugo Steinhaus.
Until next time,