Kraków Photo Diary

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!

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Main Square

 

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!

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Pasta Bar look up

 

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!

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Main Square Bubble Man

 

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!

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Jagiellonian University

 

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.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Jagiellonian University

 

There were so many fun embellished buildings like this one throughout the city.

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This was inside of the chapel of a monastery. The stone work and gold foil was beautiful!

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | church cieling

 

On our first day in the city we briefly stopped by Wawel Castle. This was one of the main towers.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Wawel Castle

 

Another fun embellished building.

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The Royal Road

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Royal Road

 

We took a tour that went into the Jewish Quarter.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Jewish Quarter

 

I saw the sign “hummus & happiness” and had to snap a photo!

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Jewish Quarter

 

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.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | St.Mary's tower trumpeter

 

These street artists were by the remaining wall of the city. There were countless pieces set out all over the wall.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | street art

 

On this night, the Polish soccer team won their game and you could hear people cheering “Polska” throughout the city all evening.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Main Square

 

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.

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On our way to the bus station we passed Kraków’s opera house.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com |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.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Auschwitz

 

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Auschwitz

 

These shoes were from the final transport that came to Auschwitz.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Auschwitz

 

In addition to visiting the primary camp, we also went to the second Camp, Birkenau that the train came into.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Auschwitz Birkenau

 

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.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Auschwitz Birkenau

 

After coming back form Auschwitz, we went to Wawel Castle again to look around and take more photos.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Wawel Castle

 

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Wawel Castle

 

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Wawel Castle

This door was too cool to pass up on a photo or two

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Wawel Castle

 

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Wawel Castle

 

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Wawel Castle

 

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.

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More shots of the main square.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Main Square

 

St. Mary’s featuring a whole flock of swallows.

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Main Square St. Mary's

 

Kraków Photo Diary bowtifullife.com | Jagiellonian University Igor Mitoraj Luci di Nara

 

Have you ever been to Kraków? What were your favorite spots?