Festivals, Traditions, and Holidays

The best way to find out what is going on in Krakow during your stay is to check in with the Krakow Festival Bureau or grab a copy of the Karnet magazine.  (For those of you with an Instagram or Facebook, I suggest following the accounts for both those offices, among others, to get a feel…

Wawel Castle Grounds, Cathedral, and Vistula River

Wawel Castle single-handedly draws the most visitors, and for good reason.  It’s castle grounds and views from the gardens are amazing, not to mention the tower climb with close-up views of the entire Old Town panoramic. Wawel Castle Grounds: Zamek królewski na Wawelu Walk around the castle grounds for free, or buy a ticket to…

The Synagogues of Kazimierz

Throughout the Jewish district of Kazimierz you will find seven synagogue, each one having its own charm, with some giving Classical Music or Film concerts, and others displaying exhibits of interesting history.  Two synagogues still offer active services to the community, Tempel at 24 Miodowa street and Remuh at 40 Szeroka street.  A full break-down of information…

Church of St. Francis

Even if you are going through Europe and have had your fill of European churches, because I know I have, St. Francis is a breath of fresh air.  Its vibrantly colored walls cannot be done justice by my camera, and so I invite you to go see it for yourself.  And if you are a…

Kazimierz: The Old and New Jewish Cemeteries

In the Jewish District of Krakow, Kazimierz, you can find many synagogues and Jewish cemeteries.  The cemeteries are striking examples of the desturction the Nazis caused in these areas, and how the destruction had been repaired since.  During the Holocaust, gravestones were broken and destroyed, taken to be used as stones for pathways or just…

Say Hello to the Hejnal

Every hour on the hour, keep your ears open for the Hejnal playing his trumpet from the top of St. Mary’s Church Tower.  Legend has it that during a Mongol Invasion in the 1200’s, the Hejnal began playing his trumpet to warn the city, and was shot in the heart.  Today if you listen closely,…

Shots and Food and Beer: Pijalnia Wódki i Piwa

Featured on our Royal Snack Route and Best Local Places! Pijalnia Wódki i Piwa has locations all over the city, in the Jewish district on the Plac Nowy, off Florianska Street, and on Szewska Street (both close to the Main Market Square).  What will probably first catch your eye are the prices, all drinks are 4zl…

Polish Traditions: Easter Basket and Eggs

If you’re lucky enough to be in Poland for Easter, we suggest joining in some of the traditions, whether you are Catholic or not.  Two very unique traditions are the dying of Easter eggs and the blessing of Easter baskets. Go to a local farmer’s market to find all the supplies you will need to put…

The Small Square: Mały Rynek

Just behind St. Mary’s Church in the Main Market Square, sits a smaller square, the Mały Rynek.  Here you will often find small festivals during the high tourist season, and on days without festivals you will be able to experience a much quieter square compared to the Main Market. With unique charm and colors, it is…

Best Eats: Gospada Koko

Out of all the restaurants that we can recommend in Krakow, Koko is by far the one we actually visit the most.  Anytime someone comes to visit, we take them here.  Anytime we have to be in the Main Square for an event, we stop by for a beer and some pierogi.  It is full…

Off the Beaten Path: The Mounds of Krakow

There are four mounds (kopiec) around the city, each with its own unique story.  Some are said to have Kings buried below them, while others are made of soil carried by citizens from prominent battlegrounds. No matter the legend, they provide breathtaking views of the entire city, each from a different view point, and some…

Farmer’s Markets in Krakow

There are a few European style covered markets in the city.  Some are closer to the tourist attractions, and our favorite one is located a little further from the Old Town, and closer to the residential neighborhoods.  Both Nowy Kleparz and Stary Kleparz are within walking distance of the major tourist attractions, but their prices are higher, and…