Krakow, as well as most cities in Poland, are a very affordable European destination. Being located in Berlin, visiting Krakow was a no-brainer for me.
With 1 day off from work, the second largest city of Poland is a perfect destination. The tickets only cost 12 euros, so it really was a perfect choice.
It turned out that 1 day was enough to see everything. Since our hotel was in the centre of the city, everything was within walking distance.
Whether you arrive by train or plane, you will arrive at Kraków Główny, the city´s train station. Even though the town´s biggest mall is right on the floors above, I would recommend you leave it at the end when it is darker and you cannot enjoy the sights anymore.
So, from that point on, you can follow the suggested itinerary above to fully explore the city within a few hours.
St. Florian´s Gate & The Barbican (30 min)
These two sights are the remaining parts of what used to be a fort. They do not take long to explore and they are worth visiting for a while.
Slowacki Theatre (Pass by)
After the Barbican, turn back and keep on going towards the castle. There is absolutely no chance that you will miss this grand, beautiful and perfectly preserved theatre.
Franciscan Church (30 mins)
If you are into unique churches, you should visit this one. Even if visiting a church is not in your to-do-list, just give it a go.
When you enter, it might look like a common church, but if you explore it further you will find some huge, breathtaking, handmade, wooden art pieces. From the doors on the left, you will enter a gallery of incredible paintings and find out more about the history of the church.
Wavel Castel & Cathedral (1-2 hours)
On your way to the castle, make a stop outside the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, to admire the beautiful architecture.
This beautiful Gothic castle can either be the beginning or the end of your tour. Visiting the castle and the cathedral is free of charge. Only a few specific parts need a fee. The audio tour of the cathedral is perfect for those interested in the history of the castle and the city. Keep in mind that pictures are not allowed inside the cathedral.
Even if you don´t wish to visit the museum, you can easily explore the surroundings of the castle. Do not miss the fire-breathing dragon statue, which is one of the most famous sights in town. However, the dragon is only on display between April and October.
Main Square & Cloth Hall (2-3 hours)
After the Wavel castle, after a 14-minute walking distance, you arrive at the Main Market Square. This is obviously the centre of the city, filled with restaurants, bars and local merchandisers.
Anywhere you choose to go, it will definitely be tasty and cheap. However always check the prices before entering, because you may find yourself in one of the more expensive restaurants.
In the square, the two sights that will instantly catch your attention are the St. Mary’s Basilica, the Cloth Hall and the statue of Eros Bound.
The Cloth Hall is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the most famous sights, as it used to be a place of international trade with merchandisers.
The architecture in the heart of Krakow is simply outstanding, leaving you amazed at every move your head makes. Make sure to visit the square both during the day and at night.
Galeria Krakowska (2-4 hours)
After you are done with sightseeing, it is time to relax, go around, buy souvenirs, have a hot chocolate or go big. And by big I mean go shopping. The Galeria Krakowska is a rather large mall, in which you will find all the stores you are looking for and all types of food.