Krakow was the first stop on our visit to Poland.
Our main reason for stopping off in the city was to visit Auschwitz, however we made sure to spend some time exploring the city and getting a true understanding of the city’s history.
We stayed in an Airbnb during our time in Krakow, which was a 10 minute walk from the centre; perfect for exploring! There were plenty of options for Airbnb accommodation in the city, but there were also many hostels and alternative options if you prefer!
Here’s what we got up to during our time…
Our first morning was a relatively early start so we could head across town to visit the Oskar Schindler Factory. Now a museum, it houses exhibitions of Krakow’s history during the Second World War, showing how the city was affected, and a dedication to Schindler’s efforts to save so many Jews during the War. I’d highly recommend visiting the Factory if you have time whilst you’re in Krakow, it’s something you shouldn’t miss! You can either walk round freely, or choose to attend a guided tour to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Tip: Make sure you get there early as there’s often a queue for ticket purchase and entrance!
Ghetto Heroes Square is a moving tribute to the lost souls of the Krakow Ghetto. 33 bronze high-backed chairs are placed in the square, each chair representing 1000 lives and remind us that all that was left following the war was absence.
As always, we made sure we fitted in a couple of free walking tours; one of the Old Town, and one of the Jewish District. Free Walking Tour also offer paid tours including Schindler’s Factory, and tours in English, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Polish.
As I previously mentioned, our main reason for heading to Krakow was to visit Auschwitz. And honestly? It was one of the most incredible yet harrowing things I’ve ever experienced. There is nothing you can read, no documentaries you can watch that could truly prepare you for visiting Auschwitz. But that being said, I’d highly recommend visiting. Being able to truly see what happened during WWII, and pay respects to those who lost their lives here, is one of the most humbling and harrowing experiences. If you want to read more of what to expect when you visit Auschwitz, and where to book a tour, make sure to head over and give my separate post a read.
Keep safe, and travel often