The Weekly Getaway: dancing in beautiful Krakow
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to travel more this year. So, when my friends from my dance class (swing) asked me whether I want to join them in Krakow for a dance festival (Krak the Shag), I didn’t think twice! What is better than a long weekend full of workshop and parties and a chance to visit a beautiful city?
Stare Miasto is the old city. As the weather was good when I visited Krakow, I was able to walk around and get a real feel of the city. I started my day (twice) by having breakfast and coffee at Charlotte. They are making their own jams and chocolates so definitely give these a try. You can also buy some to bring back home.
Walk around the Cloth Hall and the central square. During my visit, there was this festival going on and the square was filled with food trucks and little shopping stalls. Was amazing! Take a look at the St. Mary’s Basilica, visit the Wawel Royal Castle and the St. Florian’s Gate. Walk along side the Vistula River and if you are interested in Stained Glass, visit the Stained-Glass Museum where you can learn more about the process.
Kazimierz is the Former Jewish District and a bohemian upcoming neighborhood. You can visit the synagogues, like the Old and the Popper Synagogue. If you want to do some shopping, pass by the Asortyment Shop, where you can buy ceramics. There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants in the area but I decided to walk back to the city center and grab a bite there.
- The Wawel Royal Castle – get there early if you want to avoid the crowds
- The Market Square and the Cloth Hall – nice to walk around
- The St. Florian Gate and the Barbican – if the weather is good, enjoy a walk around the city center and take a look at this 14th century gate
- Stained Glass Museum and Workshop – you can take a tour around the Museum and attend a workshop if you like. I was clueless on the whole Stained-Glass procedure and I found it quite interesting
- High in the Sky Nr. 3 Aleje - we booked this small apartment just 10 minutes’ walk from the city center
- You can either stay at the Old City or go to Kazimierz if you want something more vibrant. Depending on what you are looking for, there are plenty of choices available
- Charlotte - Go early if you don’t want to wait in the line to be seated. Try the Charlotte breakfast or the croque madame. Everything is delicious!
- Chłopskie Jadło – More traditional, tried the Schabowy Po Chlopsku which is similar to the Viennese schnitzel
- By the Way – Italian restaurant, looks a bit more fancy compared to other places in Krakow but still considerably affordable
- Bococa Bistro - Outside of the city center, give it a try if you want something more quiet