Hey lovelies, happy Saturday! Today, I’m happy to share my Kraków Photo Diary with all of you. (Fair warning, this post is a bit photo heavy.) Kraków was one of my favorite places that we visited on this trip and the weather was fantastic the entire time we were there. Enjoy!
This was one of the views from our hotel of the Main Square. Check out that blue sky!
Right after arriving and checking into the hotel we stopped by Pasta Bar for lunch and this was shot from the back courtyard of the restaurant. Again, that sky!
In the main square there was a man making these huge amounts of bubbles. There was also one of these men in Prague and you’ll get to see that photo as well in my upcoming Prague photo diary!
On our first day in the city we stopped by the main campus of the school that Matt studied abroad at, Jagiellonian University. The campus was so pretty!
This statue was on the main campus and is of the queen who helped to fund the school. At one point, she donated all of her personal jewelry to the school so they could enroll 203 students.
There were so many fun embellished buildings like this one throughout the city.
This was inside of the chapel of a monastery. The stone work and gold foil was beautiful!
On our first day in the city we briefly stopped by Wawel Castle. This was one of the main towers.
Another fun embellished building.
The Royal Road
We took a tour that went into the Jewish Quarter.
I saw the sign “hummus & happiness” and had to snap a photo!
This is the taller tower of St.Mary’s in the main square. If you look closely you can see the trumpeter in the upper left window. Every hour, on the hour he plays his song in all four directions; North, South, East, and West.
These street artists were by the remaining wall of the city. There were countless pieces set out all over the wall.
On this night, the Polish soccer team won their game and you could hear people cheering “Polska” throughout the city all evening.
On day two, we started our day off by leaving out hotel (pictured here) and heading out of the city to Auschwitz. To be completely honest it was a lot to take in and process.
On our way to the bus station we passed Kraków’s opera house.
This was one of the first things we saw upon entering Auschwitz. This was the main gate on the first camp which says “arbeit macht frei” which translates to “work sets you free.” Obviously that was a lie.
These shoes were from the final transport that came to Auschwitz.
In addition to visiting the primary camp, we also went to the second Camp, Birkenau that the train came into.
There was something so wrong feeling about the fact that the sky was so beautiful in this place that was filled with so much tragedy. It’s one thing to hear about what happened during the Holocaust, but it’s completely different to see where these terrible acts occurred. I was grateful for the long bus ride back to Kraków because it gave me a chance to try to process more of what we’d seen and the details we’d hear during the tour we went on. Although it was a lot, I would definitely recommend seeing Auschwitz if you’re ever near Kraków.
After coming back form Auschwitz, we went to Wawel Castle again to look around and take more photos.
This door was too cool to pass up on a photo or two
There were not that many flowers throughout the city, but these yellow flower boxes were spotted at a restaurant on a street by the castle.
More shots of the main square.
St. Mary’s featuring a whole flock of swallows.
Have you ever been to Kraków? What were your favorite spots?