Krakow, nicely located in the Malopolskie voivodship, has plenty of places inside and around the city that can be explored alone or with friends. Trips inside the city are very popular and Krakow is one of the most visited cities in Poland, yet not many know that only a stone throw away from the city you can have one - day trips that can totally blow your mind, recharge your batteries and make you thirst for more. The one - day trips are for every taste so even if you are a lover of history or art or nature or wildlife you will find something that suits your needs. I always recommend my friends to come at least for a week and prepare for at least 2 or 3 days of outside the city trips. The public transport here is great and the railway system is getting better and better so it would be a shame not to explore more. So without any further ado, let me tel you about 5 great one - day trips that you can take from Krakow:
Auschwitz I and II - Auschwitz and Birkenau - usually I recommend this trip to be done by Discover Cracow as they are one of the best tour guides I have seen in Krakow. None of my friends ever said a bad word about the team and they were always extremely impressed. The trip to Auschwitz is usually done in the early morning and you are taken to Auschwitz I by bus. It is recommended that you should take only a very small carry on purse - backpacks are not allowed and you will be forced to leave it in the bus. The visiting of Auschwitz I takes about an hour and a half as you get to visit the old red brick buildings where the prisoners of war were held, the infirmary was located and also the death wall. You will get to see items that belonged to the poor souls that never got to leave this place and you will also see the only crematorium still standing - they did not get to blow this one up before the Red Army came.
Wieliczka Salt Mine - part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, part or the UNESCO Patrimonium, it is one or the most known touristic attractions, besides Auschwitz/Birkenau. You can reach it by taking the train from Dworzec Glowny Krakow train station, the bus 304 from the side of the Galeria Krakowska, the private buses that go there almost every 30 min or so, or by getting a recommended tour guide like the Discover Cracow team.
The Eagle Nest Trail - Szlak Orlich Gniazd - is one hell of a ride and might take you more than a one - day trip to enjoy it, but you don't have to visit it all... The Eagle Nest Trail is a trail of 25 medieval castles reaching from Czestochowa to Krakow. It is considered to be one of the best tourist trails in Poland, marked as number 1 on the official list of the most popular trails in the country.
Ogrodzieniec and it is quite close to Katowice. In the summertime they have medieval fairs and reenactment fights so it is well worth ones time. You can climb the walls, visit the torture chamber museum and enjoy the view from the top. It's a great castle that is half in ruins but it's one of the best ones in the trail.
Pszczyna - The Jewel of Princess Daisy - is a small town in the Silesian region that should get more notice than it does now! It boasts of a Palace that is also know as "The Polish Versailles", a bison reservation, lovely parks and gardens and a small Wooden House reserve where time seems to have stand still. If you wanna learn more about this magnificent place, take a look on the top 3 things you should visit there.
|View from the top of the Gubalowka Mountain :)|
How about you? Have you done a day trip from Krakow? What were your favourite locations? What are the 5 GREAT one-day trips that you would recommend? I would love to hear what you think of these places, if you ever visited them, or if they are on your Bucket List :)
The Twisted Red LadyBug that loves to travel