Over the course of our long weekend, we were able to explore a lot of Krakow, especially the old town. Our hotel gave us some really good recommendations of places to eat, and where to get the best Pierogi. And on our last morning there, we decided to do one of the free walking tours that are offered. We chose this company since they offer a lot of different tours, and at really convenient times. We also checked out a local flea market and many of the local shops. So, instead of writing a bunch of words about what we did, where we ate, and what we saw, I'm just going to post a bunch of pictures. Think of it as travel porn - cause Krakow is absolutely beautiful and one place I would definitely recommend visiting!
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There are tons of carriages in the main square that offer tours of the old city.
We attended mass on Sunday evening in St. Mary's Basilica. It was all in Polish, but thankfully, the Catholic mass is pretty standard world wide :)
Pope John Paul II was born not too far from Krakow (you can even take a tour of his childhood home) and spent a lot of time in Poland. As a result, there are paintings of him on nearly every corner, and almost as many statues.
One of the absolute BEST places in the old town to eat Pierogi (try the spinach and Russian style), however, neither of us can attest to the quality of the Polish vodka. It's not far from the main square either and is easy to find.
The main square at night. I love seeing old buildings all lit up - they're so pretty!
Mustangs are a very popular car in Europe. They are not (currently) manufactured here, so all of them have been imported from the US. In fact, there are Mustang clubs all around the world and Europe has some of the largest chapters!
Mmmm, Paczki. This place is just a few doors down from the Pierogi place. They make a great breakfast, dessert, or snack any time of the day :)
Quick bump picture on the staircase up to our room at the Tango House B&B. Check them out for a place to stay that is right next to the main square, but still quiet.
The daily flea market at Hala Targowa is a short walk away from the old town. Here, you can purchase everything from shoes, clothes, Polish pottery, and paintings, to house hold appliances, antiques, and even memorabilia from World War II and the Communist era. It's actually pretty fascinating!