Welcome to the first of my Summer of Travel posts! I wanted to start with the city that inspired my first ever blog. It’s been a while since I last went to Krakow, Poland. I wanted to write another blog about this gorgeous, atmospheric city passing on my top tips for things to do there.
I love castles, so this gorgeous, fairy tale castle was top of my list of things to do while there. It did not disappoint! It was built for King Casimir III The Great, not that I know much about him. What I did love about this castle was the courtyard. It snowed while we were there which only made it feel even more like a fairy tale setting and one of the most romantic moments of my life was being kissed in the snow in the courtyard. I had this building in mind when I created Delappe Castle for Cherry Lips. It’s now a national museum, housing works of art from the Italian Renaissance period, to ceramics, to textiles as well as lots of other pieces.
See The Eros Bendato Sculpture
It’s a giant head and it’s sitting right next to the market square. I don’t even know why. It’s the work of Polish artist Igor Mitoraj and was gifted to the city in the mid-noughties. It doesn’t really have the same appeal for me as viewing the art works at Wawel Castle or any of the romance of strolling around admiring the architecture but still, having your picture taken next to a huge bronze head is certainly something to post on Instagram.
Take a Romantic Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
If you want to get really swept away by the whole Eastern Europe fairy-tale scene, you can take a horse drawn carriage ride around the city. It costs around 100 zlotty for a simple city tour, and 170-200 zlotty if you want to go to the castle hill area. The carriages can seat around six people, so it’s a great idea if you’re in a pair to team up with other tourists and take the ride together.
Try The Local Street Food
Not for me, this one, but who am I to deny someone else the joy by not recommending it? After all, my husband loved it. If you like street food, it’s plentiful in Krakow. Breads, pastries and little things made from ewe’s milk cheese were the favourites when we visited, although as I said, not for me. They were cheap and if you go in winter and eat them hot, they are a great way to warm up.
See An Actual Fire-Breathing Dragon
Ok, so dragons don’t really exist but in Krakow, there is a statue of a dragon at the bottom of the hill leading to Wawel Castle and occasionally, it will breathe fire. I don’t know why, but this was my favourite thing of the whole trip.
Of course, there are many things to do in Krakow and this is just a selection. Have you been, and if so, what were your favourite things to do in Krakow?