Krakow, Poland in One Day

Krakow is a wonderful town to walk around and explore. I felt like one day was enough for me to see all the major sights and get a feel for the city.

One of my favorite things about the city is that it’s surrounded by old city walls and has such a grand entrance!

Krakow Entrance

Krakow City Walls

Krakow Tower

Krakow Building

St. Mary’s Basilica is hard to miss. I paid to go inside the basilica and though it was like other churches, it was a warm place to spend a few minutes walking around.

St. Mary's Basilica

Such beautiful artwork inside the basilica. I always joke that you can’t go anywhere in Europe without seeing scaffolding, and here you go!

Artwork inside St. Mary's Basilica

Inside this building was a marketplace you could walk around. People were selling all kinds of souvenirs and jewelry. It also offered the entrance to the Rynek Underground museum, where you can see some remains of Krakow’s past. In fact, when they were doing work on the square in front of this building, they found a bunch of remains and the work turned into an archaeological dig!

Krakow Building

Below is a picture from the museum that shows what the dig looked like. This area used to be a marketplace in Krakow’s past.

Archaeological Dig

I really enjoyed my visit to the museum. It contained all sorts of artifacts and screens where you could click through and learn more about the items they have. It also is in part of the old city that they discovered, so that’s pretty neat as well.

In Krakow’s main square, you can see this town hall tower off to the side. It’s a great point of reference that you can see as you wander around the city.

Town Hall Tower

Also not pictured is the meal that I had a restaurant where I learned how to make pierogi’s, got to make a few, and then later had them for dinner. When in Poland, right? Fun fact, in the US when I hear pierogi, I think of potato inside. We learned that you can actually put all sorts of things inside, including meat and dessert.

If you’re looking for a few day trips from Krakow, definitely check out the Wieliczka Mine Tour and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

What’s your favorite thing to do in a new city?

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6 thoughts on “Krakow, Poland in One Day

  1. Wow the architecture of these buildings is incredible! Beautiful photos, I feel like there is a lot of history there.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  2. How did you solve the problem with getting from the airport? I am thinking about using a train or a company offering transfers from the airport to the center. What do you think?

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