Krakow was the dark horse of our trip. We did not expect to like it as much as we did, since we were both so unimpressed with Warsaw.
Like Warsaw, it was extremely affordable and we ate like royalty for next to nothing, but unlike Warsaw it had tons of arts, culture, history and scenery. Go to a Milk Bar for good cheap eats!
We stayed at the Hotel Francuski, which was centrally located and very affordable, but very specific to a certain taste. We were warned in advance that it wasn't a modern hotel by any means, but we liked the location.
It was a very clean and “classic style” hotel that had a ton of charm and character, but some might just consider it old.
The rooms were huge, with a separate living room and massive bathroom, but as in most European hotels the shower left a lot to be desired. The typical European hand-held shower thinggy is definitely not for me.
We went on a half day tour in Krakow and saw the Jewish district of Kazimierz (one of the main reasons we went on the tour), Wawel Hill, crowned by Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral. The tour was interesting.
But we do regret not having enough time to go to the Salt Mines, one of the most popular excursions in Krakow.
We also went on a tour of the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, which I highly recommend.
It was insightful, meaningful, obviously moving, and disturbing to me all at the same time.
We also went to Schindler’s Factory museum and that was also something I recommend as well, if you are interested in Jewish history.
There was tons of shopping to do at the Galeria Krakowska Shopping Mall which was a five minute walk from our hotel.
In addition, there were street performers to watch in all the beautiful parks that surrounded the whole city.