17 September 2019 we flew from Doncaster Airport to Krakow with Wizzair, which was very handy as we live only two miles from the airport. The flight arrived in Krakow just before midnight and we had a taxi booked to take us the 20 minute journey to our central hotel where we checked in and went straight to bed.
The following day, after breakfast, we walked into the old town and headed to the main square – a really beautiful area with many interesting features. We spent the day exploring and visiting several of the pretty churches around the town. In the evening we dined at a lovely Italian restaurant near to our hotel where the food was good and the prices reasonable.
Day 2 we went on an organised trip to the death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Our English speaking guide was excellent and brought the full horror of both sites to our understanding. It was a truly memorable visit but not one I would wish to repeat!
Day 3 we decided to take a Tuk Tuk tour of the city and outer areas. As well as being a fun thing to do it also enabled us to see parts of the city we might never have found by ourselves. We also visited the old Jewish Quarter which was very interesting.
Day 4 we again went on an organised trip this time to the Wielicka Salt Mines. Here you had first to descend 380 steps to one of the lower levels and then after a short walk more steps until finally you were about 125 metres below the surface. A two mile walk underground then ensued but the sights were amazing and it was well worth it. Thank goodness, however, that the way back to the surface was by Elevator!
Day 5 we flew home to Doncaster – shattered but with great memories of a truly beautiful city.