At the start of December I flew to Kraków and stayed in the heart of the city for 2 nights. My family and I booked this trip to visit the European Christmas Market and it did not disappoint. Not only did we get to wander round the Christmas Market saying “aw” and touching all the incredible little gifts, we got to explore the Polish culture. Being our first time in Poland it was great to see a little snippet of what the rest of the country has to offer.
Kraków was such a clean, friendly, beautiful city with so much to offer. Whether you like fancy architecture or retail therapy, there’s something for everybody. Although, I feel like 2-3 nights is the perfect length to stay here for as everywhere is quite compact and you can easily complete it within that time frame (popular tours too). If somebody were to ask me about Kraków, I’d recommend visiting around the Christmas festivities (I could be slightly biased), it just gives you that something extra to do and we must’ve walked round the market more than 10 times within the 3 days we spent there .
We stayed at Hotel Rezydent, and the location could not be more perfect, we were in the centre of everything. The market was just out the main entrance and to the left, shops, bars, restaurants, cash machines, tour guides and transport links were all also on the doorstep.
The hotel rooms were huge, the bathrooms were gorgeous (perfect selfie lighting, see below) and the staff were super friendly and helpful. They also offered super cheap airport transfers door to door, it cost us 185 złt, return for four of us.
When visiting Kraków there are two main tours advertised all over the city. These are to the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial And Museum and the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour. Unfortunately, we only had enough time to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine during our flying visit. Should I ever find myself back in Kraków I’ll definitely be paying a visit to Auschwitz.
The Salt Mine is super interesting to learn about, climb down 800 steps and wander around the mine seeing a selection of temples, chambers, lakes and statues, all made from salt. It’s not very often you get told to lick the walls (they are however, extremely salty – shock).
We can’t forget to mention the traditional cuisine, we tried quite a lot of the traditional food in restaurants and at the market and it was all insane. Bigos, Polish hot dog, Pierogi, and more😍.
Kraków you were a dream!
Can you recommend any other European Christmas Market? I feel like this is going to become an annual thing.