In the last article from this series, we have covered Vilnius and various places you can visit while on your getaway there, such as the Vilnius Old Town or the KGB Museum. We are going to remain in Eastern Europe to explore further, in this article we are going to focus on Krakow, Poland. Krakow is an old capital of Poland which then has been moved to Warsaw in the 16th century and is ranked as the top weekend destination among European destinations. Most importantly, it is completely affordable.
Flight prices change depending on seasons. For this example, we are looking for flights from February to March as the prices will go up in April due to Easter.
The weekend flights, Friday night and Sunday flights, are in a range of £60 – £120, this depends on what specific weekend you would like to go on.
This is a getaway on a budget, therefore we are looking for cheap accommodation here. In this article, we will provide you with links so you can have a look yourself. We have used the Trivago website our accommodation hunt as they have prices starting at just £11 per night! You can find beautiful spots only 0.2 miles from the old city square for as low as £30 per night – https://goo.gl/Sk1DDD
We also had a look at Airbnb – the prices were very similar, starting at around £10 and up but in this case we would strongly suggest you try hotels above as there will be less hassle and they are closer to the old square – https://goo.gl/paooOL
Food, Beverage and Transport
Meal for 2 for in an inexpensive restaurant – £3.95
Three course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant – £19.00
2 tickets for theatre (best seats) – £20
Domestic beer (0.5l) – £1
One way ticket (public transport) – £0.75
What to Visit
Historic Old Town – Full of majestic architectural monuments, priceless cultural treasures, legendary cellar bars and literary cafes. Old town became the first ever to secure a place on UNSECO World Heritage List back in 1978 and is the pride of Poland.
Church of Virgin Mary – Brick Gothic church that was built in the early 13th century, right in the centre of the old town. On every hour, a trumpet signal is played from the top tower which breaks mid-stream to pay respect to the famous 13th century trumpeter who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city.
Lost Souls Alley – This is more of a recreational visit, Poland’s first interactive museum devoted to the basic instinct of fear which is inspired by the best horror films. Krakow is one of the richest and most interesting cities in Europe and this museum comes at number 5 TripAdvisor, definitely worth a visit!
Wawel Royal Castle – a castle residency built in 13th century on the behalf of Casimir III the Great. Underneath lays a cave with scorched walls, according to the legend a dragon used to live. Wawel Royal Castle is the most historically and culturally important site in Poland.
Schindler’s Factory – The old factory that was owned by Oscar Schindler who contributed to saving many Jewish lives during the occupation of Poland by Nazis. It is Oscar and Jewish prisoners of Plaszow who were the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s “Shindler’s List”.
Average Budget for your Weekend Getaway – £250 including flight prices