For New Year’s Eve 2020 we wanted to celebrate somewhere new. We choose Krakow, Poland as our destination. We chose Krakow for two reasons: 1. There was a 50% chance of snow and 2. It is cost effective from the UK. In fact we paid £150 per person for return flights and accommodation for 4 nights was £400.
It is also turned out that Krakow was super child friendly!
We left from Birmingham airport on Monday the 30th on a 7am flight. It worked well as it meant Annabelle napped on the 2 hour flight and we got a nap in to.
When we arrived in Krakow airport and were lucky enough to be escorted to the front of the passport queue. Having Annabelle travelling with us definitely has its perks!
From the passport queue we picked up our suitcase and made our way to the train station. Located 5 minutes walk from the airport it cost just under £2 per person (Annabelle traveled free) and took around 20 minutes to reach the city centre. You can buy tickets on the train (cash only) or at the station.
Krakow Glowny, or Krakow main station is located 20 minutes walk from the Old Town and our apartment. The station is part of Galeria Krakowska, a massive shopping centre that happens to have a Bed, Bath and Beyond.
We walked through Planty Krakowsie a chain of gardens encircling Krakow and arrived at our apartment near the theatre. Arriving just in time to unpack and put Annabelle for a nap. It was our chance to set about planning what we were going to do that afternoon.
What to do
We had 4 days in Krakow which was enough time to explore and get to see a lot of the city. Our highlights include the following:
- Strolling around the main square spotting: St Mary’s Basilica, The Cloth Hall, Church of St Wojciech (one of the oldest Churches in Poland), the beautiful horse and carriages that circle square. Then taking a short stroll to the church of Saint Peter and Paul to see the 12 Apostles.
- Checking out the local eateries including: Mr Pancake, Pierogarnia Krakowiacy (for Polish dumplings) and the local obwarzanek stalls and doughnut shops
- Mr Pancake had the most amazing pancakes but the mac and cheese pizza is a MUST!
- Celebrating New Year in the City: complete with watching fireworks from our apartment
- Discovering the Christmas Lights: Krakow keeps the festive spirit alive and well long after Christmas day
- The Jewish Quarter: Kazimierz is an area under renovation and is where Jews lived before the second world war and every corner is filled with signs related the tragic past of the area. Nowadays the area is home to monuments and trendy cafes and restaurants. Plac Nowy should also be on the to-do list for zapiekanka, an open-faced sandwich topped with all kinds of delights.
Getting to feed the pigeons on the Main Square – well Laura getting covered in the pigeons unexpectedly
Father Bernatek’s Bridge, a beautiful spot to view Krakow and the castle from.
The Cytat cafe in the Kazimierz area. A board game cafe filled to the brim with books. It also has amazing bathrooms!
Walking through the Cloth Market to enjoy the view and listen to the trumpeter. The tune is a five note anthem played on the hour every hour. It ends abruptly in tribute to a trumpeter who was shot completing the tune.
Our accommodation, a one bed flat within 5 minute walk of the main square. The flat was the perfect size and the kitchen meant we could prep lunch while Annabelle napped. We also got breakfast included at a local restaurant.
The final highlight was the time we got to spend together. As Krakow is mainly pedestrianised it was safe for Annabelle to run around giving us a break. She loved the horses and the pigeons in the main square and we spent ages watching both. Everything we ate she tried, everything we enjoyed she was part of. We loved it.
And best of all we spent less than £150 for 4 days!