Weekend getaways are well suited for city destinations. In fact, if you plan it right, you can pack your bags on Thursday night, take them to work on Friday, and be relaxing in Krakow by early evening. When you come back to the office on Monday morning you will be the envy of all your colleagues for having had such a great weekend while they stayed home.
Wait, did I say Krakow? In Poland? Yes, yes I did. Krakow is a really cool city, and it’s really easy to get there by flight from London. Airlines like Ryanair fly there direct from London Stansted in about two and a half hours – an easy, short flight.
There are a lot of hotels in Krakow; the hard part is picking just one. I recently had a friend recommend one to me, and I’d like to pass that recommendation on here, the Dwór Kościuszko. This hotel is a real five star hotel with all the extras you’d expect from a high quality hotel, but the price is amazingly affordable. In fact, you should be able to get double rooms for well under 100 Euro per night through HRS.
Keeping occupied in the city
Krakow is a big city with a very long history. This is, in part, what makes it so interesting. I could spend weeks just pottering around the old town looking into the interesting little shops and people watching from a café facing out onto one of the public squares. My favourite place for a coffee is in the Rynek Główny. Another fun attraction here is the Smok Wawelski, the Wawel Dragon. The dragon, a big part of Polish folk history, is said to have once lived in a cave at the foot Wawel Hill, below the Wawel Cathedral. There is a metal sculpture of a dragon here, and much to the amusement of everyone, it even breathes fire every few minutes.
There is so much more to do here ranging from boat cruises, to horse carriage rides around the old town. On Sunday there is an open air flea market at Plac Nowy and at Hala Targowa – you might just find some antique treasure to take home with you. It’s certainly a top 10 city on my list for Europe. If you haven’t been here yet, then I’d suggest you plan a trip this spring and check it out.