Start in Rynek Główny, Europe’s largest medieval market square. Walk down any cobblestone street from there and find street art, historic churches, and parks full of pigeons. An ancient city from the 7th century, Kraków survived much of the destruction of World War II unlike Warsaw.
Spending 48 hours in the city, here’s what we recommend.
- Cream of mushroom soup inside a bread bowl at Restauracja Pod Baranem, a popular Polish restaurant.
- “Pistachio-Love” waffles from Nap Nap Cafe,
- Cherry liquor at Pijana Wisnia, a tiny bar that sells drinks to-go.
- Latte from Tuttobene, a small cafe with quirky seats near the Kraków Barbican.
- People watch at Rynek Główny, Europe’s largest medieval market square.
- Stroll along the Vistula River in the evening.
- Take the train to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum to honor the 1.1+ million lives lost and vow to never let it happen again.
- Walk over the Father Bernatek’s Bridge, a pedestrian bridge with acrobat sculptures by Jerzy Kedziora.
- Wander around Kazimierz, Kraków’s historic Jewish quarter, and find sidwalk cafes and street art.