Our Airbnb is on a tram line, so some noisy trains woke me up at 6am, but I managed to doze till about 7:30.
Today was our Rick Steves walk day! After breakfast (yogurt from the grocery store), we walked through the Planty (a park surrounding the old town) to the start of the walk.
The walk began at the Barbican, an old fort. Across from it was the Florian Gate, which was the entrance to the old town. BTW, the Planty used to be a moat that ran all around the old town, but they filled it in ages ago and planted trees.
Then we walked down Florianska street to the town square.
It is a very large town square! The picture is just part of it, it extends past the Cloth Hall on the right. We walked around a bit and tried to see inside St. Mary’s but it is under construction and closed for tourists. We peaked in through the doors for people who want to pray, it is beautiful inside. It’s too bad we couldn’t get a better look.
We did climb the tower though!
It was 240 steps.
We also looked through Cloth Hall. It’s an indoor market with stalls where people can sell things. We looked through but didn’t buy anything.
Next we sat at a cafe on the square and had a drink. We thought about ordering cake, but the service was so slow that we got too hungry and had to leave to get a proper lunch.
We ended up at a place called Camelot and had dumplings, half filled with cheese and half filled with meat and cabbage. I also had a beer mixed with raspberry juice. It was interesting but a little too sweet.
Then we resumed our walk, which took us by the college St. John Paul II went to, then passed the house he lived in when he was archbishop of Krakow.
We looked into St. Francis Basilica, a gorgeous Art Nouveau church.
We left St. Francis and headed to Wawel castle. It’s a very eclectic collection of buildings on a hill at the bottom of the old town. We climbed the hill using a very gradual incline and reached the Wawel cathedral.
It doesn’t even look like a church. It was built over centuries by people just adding random buildings. I liked it. The interior was also eclectic.
After the cathedral we wandered down to the river to see the Wawel dragon.
It shoots fire every 4 minutes or so. Not very much fire.
At this point it was about 2 pm, so we figured we had time to do another Rick Steves walk! This time, the Kazimierz walk.
Kazimierz is the Jewish part of Krakow. It’s the hip part of town now, with lots of food trucks.
The walk started in the old town square of Kazimierz and went by some synagogues and Jewish cemeteries (which were all closed because it was Yom Kippur), then a market and some museums. The walk ended near the Schindler’s Factory Museum. We went in since we still had some day left, but they were sold out of tickets for the day even though they were still open for 4 more hours. I’m not sure how that works, but we will come back tomorrow morning so it’s fine.
Since we suddenly had some time, we walked back to some food trucks we’d seen on the walk for dinner.
We had pork sandwiches with beetroot/chocolate puree and then I had some ice cream for dessert. It’s from a place called chimney cakes, the dough is grilled then filled with ice cream.
It was a very long day but we saw a lot of what we wanted to see in Krakow. Tomorrow is our last day in Krakow. We will check out a few museums and mostly take it easy.
Walked: 23,120 steps