48 Hours in Krakow

Travel

Krakow is one of my favourite cities in the world.

The history, architecture, food, and of course the fabulous people, are all great reasons to visit. I visited Krakow for the first time nearly a year ago and have been dying to go back ever since.

When The Blogger Programme invited me to go away to Krakow with some fellow bloggers, I jumped at the chance. I was so excited to return to a city I love.

Here is what we did.

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How we travelled:

We flew on Wizz Air from Luton, London to Katowice, which is about an hour and a half from Krakow. Being only a two hour flight, the journey with Wizz Air was quick, smooth and easy. Before we knew it, we had landed in Katowice and were met by our chauffeur from Krakow Excursion.

After a fantastic flight and luxurious drive, we arrived in Krakow ready to explore the beautiful city.


Where we stayed:

We stayed in pure class and luxury, in the finest hotel in Krakow, Sheraton Grand Krakow.

Located next to The Royal Wawel Castle and The Wisla River, and a ten minute walk to Krakow’s Main Square and the Kazimierz District (one of the coolest spots to head to when visiting Krakow), the hotel is the prime destination to stay when visiting this gorgeous city.

With 232 newly renovated rooms designed by Alex Kravetz, Sheraton Grand Krakow’s decor, has a real mix of modernity, timelessness and elegance. The lavish hotel boasts four restaurants and bars, one which was named the best restaurant at the Fine Dining Week Festival in 2017.

Walking into the hotel, you’re immediately overwhelmed (in a good way) with grandeur as you spot the magnificent flower vases in the marble-floored reception area. As you walk further into the hotel, your eyes shoot from corner to corner as you take in the vast sky-light ceiling which encompassed the whole downstairs dining area.

As we walked into our huge and opulent rooms, we were greeted with a spread of goodies on our beds. The Blogger Programme had surprised us with gifts from a range of brands including, a cardholder from mywalit, makeup from Urban Decay (I was exceptionally excited about the eyeshadow palette, of which I’d been wanting to try for so long!), pyjamas and a lingerie set from Figleaves, hair products from Maria Nila, and eyelash products from Xlash.

The room itself was stunning. We stayed in a double room, with two (bigger than the norm) single beds, which were so comfortable, it was honestly one of the dreamiest beds I’ve ever slept in. The sheets were so luxe too. You could instantly tell they were of the highest of quality as soon as you slid underneath the covers. The furniture in the room oozed style too, and then the view of The Royal Wawel Castle and The Wisla River from the bedroom, was just to die for, and insanely beautiful to wake up to.

The service at the Sheraton Grand Krakow was nothing but exceptional. The staff were so lovely and greeted us with smiles and kindness. Every time we returned to our rooms, we were welcomed with incredible treats on our beds, including a tropical fruit platter and a white chocolate plaque (which featured a sugar paper picture of yours truly), a mini vodka bottle paired with pretzels and crackers, specialist polish sweets and toffees, AND a personalised travel cushion.

The Sheraton went above and beyond to spoil us and ensure we had the most incredible and memorable stay.

I absolutely loved staying at the Sheraton Grand Krakow. For two days we were taken into a world of delicious food, pristine rooms with beds as comfy as clouds, and first-class service, right in the centre of Krakow. It was a hotel of dreams, and I wish we could have stayed longer.

The hotel is currently in the middle of the next stage of their renovations and I can’t wait to go back to visit and see their changes. As the hotel is already V. luxe, I can’t even imagine what the updates will be!


What we did:

Town walks

As I had been to Krakow before, I know many of the city’s hidden gems! While we were walking around the town, I took a few of the bloggers on a little guided tour, which included a trip to my favourite chocolate shop, a traditional vodka shop, and showed them where to find the best rose marmalade donuts in town.

Auschwitz

Visiting Auschwitz has been something I’ve been interested in doing for a while. Tim and I were going to visit when we were in Krakow last year, but as it was winter, freezing cold and got dark really early, we decided to leave it for the next time we visited. I think you definitely need to be in the right frame of mind to go to Auschwitz, as it’s a very personal experience. To be honest, I would have preferred to have visited with Tim in our own time. Nonetheless, it was a harrowing experience and a stark reminder of the cruelty and suffering experienced by so many people in Poland, as well elsewhere in Europe, during that dark era. I’m not going to write much more about the experience as it’s something very hard to write about.

Segway rides

On a lighter note, the fabulous tour company Tell Me Travels, organised evening segway rides for us around the town, which were so much fun! I had never been on a segway before so I was super nervous, but surprisingly, they’re actually really easy to ride. We spent half an hour zooming around the town on the segways, which was a fantastic way to see the town and the main square lit up at night.

My tip – If it’s your first time in Krakow and you’re looking at trying the segway tour, I’d recommend for you to do it during daytime so you can see more of the town. Although it was magical to experience riding around Krakow in the evening, it was a little hard to see everything in the dark.


Where we ate:

For Breakfast

Buffet breakfasts are something I love to have when I stay at hotels. I always end up over eating, but I just can’t help it, there’s always so many yummy things to choose from! This was exactly the case at Sheraton Grand Krakow, and hey, I was not complaining! With any kind of breakfast dish you could imagine, from porridge, to fruit, to a cheese platter, waffles, pastries, and even salad and olives, you were spoilt for choice. I loved the array of juices you could choose from too, and the fact you could DIY your own Bloody Mary… I mean, how cool is that?!

For Dinner

For our first evening in Krakow, Sheraton Grand Krakow put on this incredible dining experience for us. We first started with canapés, which were the most delicious canapés I’ve ever tasted. I especially loved the traditional polish cheese canapé, which tasted like smoked cheese – oh my gosh it was to die for and it paired perfectly with the crisp prosecco we sipped on.

After our starters, we were taken to one of their restaurants where we were greeted with a range of delicious dishes, including stuffed peppers and sundried tomato and pesto salad. Everything was delicious!

For dessert we enjoyed an array of sweet dishes, including the most luscious chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted. Please Sheraton Grand Krakow can you send this cake to me?! It was sooo good!

We headed to Italian restaurant Boccanera, on our final evening in Krakow. You all know how I love good decor, and this  restaurant certainly doesn’t disappoint. With perfect mix of cosy, rustic and modern, Boccanera was my kind of place.

The food was incredibly authentically Italian too. I had the pesto gnocchi, which was melt-in-your-mouth stuff and among the best I’ve tasted. The Luccarelli Primitivo we sipped on was first class too, I was very impressed.

Something extra

Tell Me Travels organises a 6-course Polish feast, where you can taste many of  the traditional flavours and dishes of Poland, including hand-made pierogi, traditional soups and various vodkas. This is something I would have LOVED to have done, and I’m definitely going to try this next time I visit. I think it’s super important to fully embrace the culture of the country you’re visiting, especially when it comes to food, so this Polish feast most definitely would hit the spot!


What I wore:

It was absolutely freezing when I visited Krakow last year. Like I’m talking -6 and snowing. Polish people laugh at me when I tell them how cold I think this is, as it literally gets down to -30 in the middle of their winter, so -6 is nothing for them. But for me, a born and bred Aussie/now adopted Brit, it’s pretty bloody cold!

I assumed it would be really cold in Krakow again. However, as we visited at the start of November, the weather actually wasn’t too bad. Yes, it was bitterly cold, and at night you could really feel the chill in your bones, but during the day it was really lovely. I’d say it was about 11 degrees, and as it was beautiful and sunny, it almost kind of felt like a British summer.

Primark were kind to provide us with some clothing for the trip, which was fantastic. I hadn’t really bought much from Primark before, so I was excited to go into the store and check out what they had in for winter. To my surprise, they had some incredibly fashion-forward pieces, of which I was complimented by all the bloggers every time I wore them.

As I’m quite the drama-lover/wannabe-actress, I love matching my clothing with the country/city I’m visiting, and/or I like coming up with a theme for my wardrobe for trips. For Krakow, as you can tell, my theme consisted of a mix of glamour, edge and RED!

Here’s what I wore:


Photography was done by The Emasphere and with the help of Prim from Style Petal

Editor’s note: Thanks to The Blogger Programme, Wizz Air, Sheraton Grand Krakow, Tell Me Travels, Krakow Excursion, Primark, mywalit, Urban Decay, Maria Nila, Figleaves and Xlash, who all made this trip possible.

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