On Thursday 10th March I started in the morning my exciting trip to Cracow, Poland.
But as I want to do my things very well, I started my day with my morning running which is 10K. I took my breakfast and after I was checking if I had all my documents. Everything was done so I could start my trip.
I was driving to my favorit airport, Brussels Airport, where I took the flight with Brussels Airlines directly to Cracow. This is very convenient as Brussels Airlines is offering 4 flights a week to Cracow. The flight was perfect: smooth boarding, friendly staff, on time departure and an easy landing at Cracow airport.
From the airport it was only a very short drive of 20 mins to the hotel. It was really amazing to be back in Cracow after almost 4 years. Everything was so recognizable, it was like coming home again.
The first day was an easy and calm day with some small preparations for the next day.
The evening was really amazing. The most wonderful, great and loving person organised a surprise for me in a very nice restaurant. The atmosphere was great, The restaurant was looking very nice, the food was delicious, great talks and laughing. Top of the bill was the dessert with a candle for my birthday which we celebrated also in Cracow. This was so touching, original. Thank you so so much again for this ❤
And the surprises were not over yet. Later in the evening I received a great bottle of red wine from Israël. This was really a very good tasty wine. I felt so honored by this.
After a very good night and a good sleep, the next day was already there. So, time to explore the city. A city who has no secrets anymore for me but this time was with a private guide. So this is always very interesting as you come on places where you normally don’t come or who you just pass it by or you even don’t know some stories from behind the walls.
So the private guide gave a tour of in total 4 hours. It was very interesting and I learned a lot. Cracow was even never destroyed during the war. The Germans loved this city so much that they kept it for themselfs with a lot of headquarters. They even allowed that Jewish buildings could remain there. Only the Jewish people they brought them to the other side of the river.
That’s also why the tour started in the Jewish part of the city. It is really huge but so interesting to hear the stories and to receive this knowledge.
When we left the Jewish part of the city, it was time to one of the eye catchers of the city which is Wavel palace. This is really impressive and enormous. First was an impression from the outside. Here you could see a lot of history. How it was rebuild a few times but also how they kept on certain parts the original stones, bricks to show how it was build very long time ago. From the highest part of the palace you have a very nice view of the river (Wisla) and the city. And yes, the city is changing a lot, very modern, very clean, very green. So amazing.
After seeing the palace from the outside, it was time to see it from the inside. This is really huge and spacious. You even have a couple of churches inside the walls of the palace. Some of them are gone but the most important one is still there and I was visiting it. But no pictures from the inside as it was forbidden. But we, as Belgians, can be so proud of our country because long time ago, no less than more than 300 wall carpets were ordered in Belgium. Now you can see a bit more than 100 of them. But they are so beautiful. Those are all pieces of art.
Of course, also the Germans loved this castle very much and builded their own huge, really huge, headquarter in it.
After the castle it was time to take a small break and to drink a coffee and to eat a tasty slice of apple pie with cream. Hmmm so delicious and so welcome after an already interesting part of the tour.
After the break it was time to walk into the direction of Old Town. As it was Friday, just at the beginning of the afternoon, it was not that crowded of tourists. So it was really perfect to see everything very well.
Cracow has a huge and well famous square which is called Rynek glowny (1257). This is the biggest open air square in whole Europe. And yes it is because it is 200m on 200m wide. It is also one of the most beautiful ones in Europe. This is also the place where you can find most of the tourists, restaurants, pubs, souvenir shops, etc.
But I was, of course, most interested in the historial and beautiful buildings you can see there. The first one that I was visiting was the City Hall tower. When you see this tower than you think about the Tower of Pisa in Italy because also this tower in Cracow is a little bit crooked, but not that much, only 55 cm. This was due to the very strong winds in the 18 century. This tower is 70 meter high which I visited completely. From each level you have a great view over the city.
On this square you will find also one of the oldest but one of the most famous churches in whole Poland, the Holy Virgin Mary church. The construction of it started in the 13th century. It has two huge towers, the highest one is 81 meter high. But both are not equal because the towers were guarded and they had to see the whole area in once, so that’s why the second tower is lower.
It was a really great tour and I have a much better knowledge now of the city itself.
After arriving at the hotel it was time to refresh and to prepare for the evening out in Cracow.
After a good dinner in the Jewish part of the city, it was time to have a look what nightlife will bring. Ohhhhhhh yes, crazy crazy crazy but ohhh so good. If you really want to have a very nice night out than you have to go outside of Old Town and to be in the small streets. Lot’s of pubs, bars. The atmosphere is absolutely great. The first stop was a bar where we tried lot’s of Wodka shots. Ohhh yes, they were really good and was a perfect start of the late evening. . It was even so good that the evening after we went to the same bar to try the crazy dog 10 shots. I can tell you that they were so good. They were a bit stronger, it was also an other team behind the bar, so maybe that’s why. But yes, they were awesome good. After this bar we went to our favorit pub where they played very good music, really good atmosphere, very welcome, very warm, so great. The drinks were the best.
The day after was a relaxing walk in the city. Enjoying a coffee and cake in a pub and seeing some very nice pieces of art during the walk.
The day after was time to go back to Belgium. But with my mind and heart full of great moments. It was really amazing those 4 days and Cracow is really a city that I advice to visit as it offers really a lot.
All people are very nice, very warm, everywhere they speak very well English and they appreciate if you also speak a little in Polish, everything is very clean and sober. Awesome city with a very warm heart.