Blogs from Kraków, Lesser Poland, Poland, Europe


Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków February 6th 2024

We left in the morning, the rain had finally stopped during the night and today looked like a good day for more sightseeing! Typical. I’ve enjoyed my time in Krakow and would certainly be happy to visit Poland again. I would like to explore further, see less touristy areas and the countryside plus whatever wildlife they have. Preferably in the summer. The almost non-stop rain got a bit much, especially as they should have been having snow! I’ve felt safe here and not seen any people living on the streets , however I am aware that we were probably in one of the more wealthier areas, kept nice for tourists. All the guides and service staff have been lovely, although museum staff can be a bit scary! So yes, I’d come again. M... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków February 4th 2024

Our short trip to Krakow started in Yorkshire and until very recently I was completely unaware that there’s an airport at Leeds/Bradford, but there is and I think it might be bigger than Liverpool airport. The best part of it is that everyone up here calls you ‘lovey’, which makes being scanned by a lady in security very intimate. ‘Just lift your leg, lovey’, ‘turn around and raise your arms, lovey’, ‘bend over lovey’. Ok, the last line didn’t happen, but it wasn’t far off. The two hour flight last night landed in a wet and dark Krakow, it felt like being home. The customs guy was all smiles, which isn’t that common for customs guys. The airport loos were clean and arty, a good loo at the airport is often a good indicator of what’s ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków May 28th 2023

Krakow - Heart of Poland -Piprey on wheels Krakow is the lovely, old, cultural capital of Poland. Having faced armed invasions from the Austrians, Germans and being partitioned into three, Poland is now unified. The different governances and cultural diversity presented a unique challenge to this nation. Though it joined the European union, it still maintains Polish Zylot (PLN) as currency and not Euro. It is the fast growing nation in the EU while Germany has hit recession in 2023. Not certain if it means that the common people are getting richer though. Krakow is the cultural capital and the epicenter is the Wawel castle. Set on a hill, defended by Vistula (Wisla) river, the Polish people draw their sense of identity from this castle. I was on a business trip and dec... read more
Krakow on river Wisla
Wawel castle
Royal musoleums in Wawel castle

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków May 27th 2023

Dear Blog Readers, A quick weekend jaunt to Krakow off the back of a work trip felt worthy of a short travel blog for the fans! Disappointingly, I fear the general audience heading to Krakow are stag and hen dos, which my Polish colleagues were quick to inform me, were, unfortunately, a tarnish on their wonderful city, so I'm hoping this reaches a new audience of tourists going to visit for different reasons! Firstly a couple of recommendations for evening drinks and food which are hopefully not too overrun with stag/hen dos! On Thursday evening, my colleagues and I went out to Hala Forum which is at the foot of what used to be the fanciest hotel (Hotel Forum) in the whole city and now lies deserted/ruined due to being closed over two decades ago for ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków October 3rd 2022

We had a leisurely start then out to Gossip for breakfast before wandering up up to see St. Florian's Gate - built around the 14th century as a rectangular Gothic tower in the city walls this is part of the city's fortifications against Tatar attack - and the Kraków Barbican - a fortified outpost once connected to the city walls. Wandered back down to the Main Market Square with Saint Mary's Basilica and the cloth hall. After a quick browse of the souvenirs we went to look around Rynek Underground museum situated below the market square. This contains remnants of medieval walls, streets and waterworks reconstructions of workshops, the remains of burned settlements, the oldest of which dates from the 11th century. There were also holograms, fog machines and screens to ... read more
Dragon's Den
 Juliusz Słowacki Theatre & stained-glass exhibition advertisment
St. Florian's Gate

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków July 18th 2021

The sky was full of lightning, the thunder was rumbling and the rain was pouring but that did not stop Tom from continuing his tour showing the beautiful arts & crafts architecture in Krakow. The summer jazz festival was going ahead despite the weather. In 1978, the entire old town of Krakow was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The illuminated buildings against the dark skies looked even more spectacular with the flashes of lightning. The Main Market Square was built in the 13th century after the city was demolished by the Tatars, it is the largest medieval square in Europe. The Cloth Hall is the centerpiece of the Main Market Square, it was closing at 9pm but we were able to go inside at least out of the rain for Tom. We were able to ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków February 19th 2021 18th February - Jewish Quarter Krakow Kazimierz – the district south of the Old Tiwn was the centre of Jewish life in Kraków for over 500 years, before it was systematically destroyed during World War II. In the communist era it became one of Kraków’s dodgiest districts while gradually falling into disrepair. Rediscovered in the 1990s, thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure through the lens of Steven Spielberg in the film Schindler’s List Today, our virtual guide Christopher took us around this bohemian neighbourhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafes and art galleries, although due to Covid all closed. At one time there were 19 synagogues in this area now there are 7 active synagogues. It was interesting to hear how the Nazi’s used some of the synagogues as stables during ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków February 15th 2021 15th February Krakow Christopher was the virtual tour guide today. We started in Kraków’s main market square. Originally designed in 1257 - the year Kraków was awarded its charter – the grid-like layout of the Old Town and its central square has changed little in the years that have followed. Measuring 200 metres square it ranks as one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. St. Mary’s church After raids in the 13th century left the original church in a heap of ruins, St. Mary’s was rebuilt in Gothic style on the existing foundations and consecrated in 1320. In the early 15th century the towers took the iconic form they have today, when the northern tower was raised and made into a watchtower for the city. It is from here that on the hour every ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków December 22nd 2019

I had two walking tours booked for today. The first was one was in the Kazimierz, which was the historically Jewish part of the city. The tour was about the Jewish history of the area. It took me quite a while to walk to the meeting point for the tour, maybe 30-40 minutes. I didn't mind though as I got to explore a different part of Krakow. I liked walking along the streets, there were a lot of restaurants featuring cuisines from different countries and ethnicities, and some shops that looked appealing. I think if i return to Krakow, I would like to stay in this area. I got a bit lost finding the starting point of the tour as the signposting on the streets wasn't great and I took a wrong turn. I managed to ... read more
Szeroka Street
Stara Synagogue
Synagogue Poppera

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków December 21st 2019

I had booked a food tour for the morning and was rather surprised to find that I was the only person who had. I'm rather glad that it wasn't cancelled and it was the guides first time to take a tour with only one person on it. I don't really know much about Polish food so I was looking forward to trying some new foods. The tour met at the Barbican and our first stop was a short walk away. We headed away from the Old Town into the nearby streets to Żywe Muzeum Obwarzanka, the Live Bagel Museum. Here I got to try Obwarzanka Krakowski, which is kind of like a bagel. They are usually sold in little street carts, which I had seen about on my first day in Krakow. This place is a ... read more
The statue of Jan Matejko
Żywe Muzeum Obwarzanka
Old Kleparz Market

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