Hi friends! I hope that all is well with you and that you are surviving the heat but still enjoying the sun!
When I want a cool place that’s full of fun and excitement, I plan a trip to Krakow in Poland. Krakow has history, adventure, romance all in a welcome and friendly environment.
The Vistula by night
One of the BEST public spaces in Europe
Here’s a pro-tip: Krakow is a university town (the university is one of the oldest in Europe dating back to 1364 AD), so the main square really comes alive in the evenings. There are restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars frequented by young people who attend the university. The main square is a must-see during the day to explore its market stalls and historic buildings but don’t miss the nightlife there!
A fun and interesting adventure is to visit the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine. The miners crafted beautiful and reverential sculptures out of the rock salt that give the mine a religious significance. While I like the Cloud a lot, I always enjoy a visit to a mine or cave!
The Wawel Castle – one of most fascinating European Castles!
Another great adventure is a boat trip on the Vistula river. Whether you take a small craft or a tourist cruiser, you’ll see beautiful views of the Castle, the city and the surrounding countryside.
See some historic art in the Salt Mines Tour
Reaching Krakow is easy because of its small but convenient John Paul II Airport. Pope John Paul II was the Archbishop of Krakow before being elevated to the papacy and he would appreciate that such a useful airport was dedicated to him. Krakow is conveniently served from major airports in Europe. Taxis and ride-sharing services are present, and English is spoken widely so you shouldn’t have a language barrier.
Hotels are plentiful, clean and very reasonably priced. Two of my favourites are the Hotel Unicus and the Hotel Imperial – both in old town. They are very convenient and are excellent value. Increasingly, apartment rentals in Krakow have become the choice of those that stay. Short-term apartment stays allow you the conveniences of a kitchen and sitting room while you visit Krakow.
Don’t leave without eating Pierogi! Delicious
Krakow offers adventure and fun in a vibrant and relaxed environment. I hope you enjoy Krakow as much as I do!