Our amazing hotel
Stained glass windows in our hotel.
We bought Polish dolls that looked like us! Kirsi on the left, mine on the right.
As you can tell from the title and the photo's, I've just got back from Krakow in Poland! Me and my friend Kirsi went away for five nights, and purposely chose Krakow because not only was there a lot to do there, but it's also really reasonably priced. Because it was such a cheap holiday in comparison to the rest of Europe, we chose The Grand Hotel which is the oldest hotel in Krakow. When we first walked into the hotel our faces couldn't stop gawking at everything - never have we stayed somewhere so posh for such an amazing price. We were a ten second walk from the main square which is so beautiful and is permanently lined with horse carriages. We HAD to do a horse and cart ride around the city, and it happened to be such a beautiful day too.
One of the things we were adamant on doing whilst in Krakow was visiting Auschwitz which is a short one hour car drive away. It ended up being a whole day thing as you visit two camps: Auschwitz and Auschwitz Birkenau, both of which is a guided tour. The first camp, Auschwitz, was bigger than I imagined it to be and was almost like a little town of houses. The second was much, much, much bigger, and we were in so much shock of the sheer size. My photo's can't even capture the size of the place, and when you're stood in the middle you can't even see all the way to the end in any direction. The Nazi's had even been planning to make it even bigger! It was a really emotional visit but we were both felt it was extremely important to go there, and was our most memorable part of our whole holiday.
Whilst in Krakow we also visited Schindler's Factory (have you seen Schindler's List?) which has been turned into a museum, and the Salt Mines which are 130 metres underground and everything is made out of salt including the chandeliers. I did take pictures but they didn't come out that well and this blog post was pretty photo heavy already! I really recommend visiting Krakow, or Poland in general. Not only is it reasonably priced, but the food is amazing, it feels really safe and everyone there is so friendly. It's one of the best holidays I've had in a long while.