Culture, history, great food, awesome nightlife and shopping - Warsaw and Krakow have it all! In this trip-list you will learn what is worth your time while exploring the two biggest cities in Poland.
The capital of Poland was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe, and then it was completely destroyed during World War II. However, after several years of renewal, Warsaw has grown into a true metropolis and a major cultural and business center.
Warsaw is a young and energetic city, filled with expats from all over the world.
The place from which you should start your tour of Warsaw is the Old Town. It was almost completely destroyed during the war, but today this part of the city is an example of successful post-war renovation.
At the entrance to the Old Town is the famous Royal Castle. It is the former royal residence, and together with the Sigismund's Column located right in front, it is one of the most impressive attractions of Warsaw. As you reach the Old Town Square, you will encounter musicians, souvenir shops, and markets full of interesting goodies.
Lovers of art and history should definitely take time to visit the Frederick Chopin Museum, the National Museum, and the Museum of Warsaw. For those that are not that into traditional museums, you might want to learn about the Polish national heritage (and taste it yourself) at the Polish Vodka Museum! 😃
For a little escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center, head to The Royal Baths - Warsaw's most popular park.
Continue your tour by taking a photo of the Palace of Culture and Science, the tallest building in Warsaw. You will get the most beautiful views from its rooftop!
While in Warsaw, make sure to try some of the traditional Polish dishes. Restauracja Zapiecek is a lovely local-approved restaurant where you can have a hearty Polish dinner (including the famous pierogi and potato pancakes) for a fair price.
Kraków is another beautiful city in Poland, but with a devastating history as well. This is due to World War II and the Jewish concentration camps - but we will get to that! Today Kraków is a charming city with historic buildings, narrow lanes, amazing restaurants, and cool tram-trains.
Let’s start by exploring the charming center and old town of Kraków called Stare Miasto. Head to Rynek Główny, a large square in the middle of Stare Miasto. This place is full of life and an excellent spot for a cold drink or meal. You can also find many good restaurants and cafes in the small lanes around Rynek Główny.
Head to Wawel Royal Castle, and go for a tour of this historical and architectural place. Or how about learning how to cook Polish food? Or visit the Museum of Illusion and get lost with riddles and illusions.
Another thing you can do in Kraków is axe throwing - kind of weird, but none the less, this is an activity you won't forget.
Kraków is also good for shopping, so spend a couple of hours spending money! At least, Kraków is a cheap place to do so.
Afterward, stroll around in the Kazimierz, the former Jewish district, and explore the history of World War II.
An hour away from Krakow is Auswitch and Birkenau, two concentration camps used under World War II. Today they function as a museum. If you're interested in History and World War II, this is an excellent place to learn more about what happened here. It is a sad story, though, so prepare yourself!
Less than half an hour away from Kraków is Wieliczka. Wieliczka is a magnificent salt mine excavated back in the 13th century. It used to be one of the world's oldest operating salt mines, and today it's a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can experience statues carved out from the salt, four chapels, and an underground lake. Wieliczka Salt mine is a good day trip and the perfect way to spend your last day.