Krakow is amazingly beautiful and everybody should definitely visit it at least once in a lifetime. But if you are planning a trip to Krakow and have a few extra days, there are several day trips from Krakow worth going to.
Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. The city is an amazing combination of a modern metropolis and a classic European city with town halls, churches and squares. People come to Warsaw to wander along the streets of the Old Town and the picturesque embankment of the Vistula, take a stroll through the immense Lazenkovsky park and see the Church of the Holy Cross, where Chopin’s heart rests. You could easily spend several days in Warsaw but if you’re short on time, a day trip will do too. The best way to get to Warsaw for a day trip is by taking a high speed intercity train from Krakow which takes roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Katowice is the nearest big city to Krakow, and it will for sure show you how diverse Poland can be. This is post-industrial musical mecca, which is rapidly gaining popularity as a new, not yet trivial destination for unusual travels. Katowice itself, despite all its modernity and industrialism, is an interesting city. The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary made in the new Gothic style, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in the Baroque style and the wooden church of St. Michael the Archangel are wonderful examples of architecture of past centuries. There are many museums in the city: archaeological, historical, museum of antique interiors and even an excellent planetarium and observatory – children will especially appreciate and enjoy it. The best way to get there is by bus, which departs almost every hour. The trip itself takes around 1,5 hours.
Tarnow is often dubbed the “Pearl of the Renaissance” by historians, and has plenty of fascinating museums to visit. Until now, the buildings of the Middle Ages have been preserved in Tarnow. The winding streets of the medieval town remain the same, as do fragments of the fortified walls as well as many Gothic and Renaissance buildings, all helping in creating a magical atmosphere that can be experienced in no other place in the country. Make sure to visit several museums located in the Renaissance Town Hall and the Arcade House close to the market square, as they all offer truly unusual collections. There are frequent regional and intercity trains connecting Krakow and Tarnow which take around 1,5 hours.
4. Morskie Oko
The incredible and fantastic Lake Morskie Oko is located among the impressive peaks of the High Tatras, at the southernmost tip of Poland. Morskie Oko lake is officially included in the list of the most beautiful lakes on the planet. Thousands of tourists from all over the world come to the Tatra National Park with Morskie Oko being the main point to see in it. The place is absolutely amazing in its beauty, which differs depending on the time of year, time of day and weather. In summer, there are endless streams of tourists walking around the lake, while in spring there are snow avalanches that descend from the nearby mountains, in winter there is a layer of snow (up to a meter), frosty air and all the same stream of those who would like to enjoy the beauty of these places.
The best option for coming here from Krakow is taking one of the many buses, leaving every 10-20 minutes from the main station Dworzec Glowny and it takes around 1,5 hours. After that, you can reach it by a picturesque 9-kilometer long route, on foot or in a traditional horse-drawn carriage.
Zakopane is the highest mountain city in Poland and the most popular ski resort located in the south of the country 110 km away from Krakow. It is an amazing city with a unique national atmosphere, it is perfect for those who have long dreamed of getting acquainted with the cultural traditions of Poland. Everything is amazing here: excellent climatic conditions, breathtaking panoramas of nature, fresh air, typical local architecture, incredibly beautiful folklore events and national cuisine. It is worth noting that the resort attracts attention of travelers not only in winter. In summer, hiking lovers prefer to rest here, as they are provided with a decent selection of beautiful places for walking.
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