What Makes Krakow a Fantastic Solo Travel Destination?
Why Krakow is the best city-break

15.01.2024

What Makes Krakow a Fantastic Solo Travel Destination?

Traveling alone is a trend that has nearly doubled from 14% in 2019 to 23% to 2021. This year, 54% of respondents are considering solo travel according to a Condor Ferries report. The desire for personal freedom, self-discovery, adventure, and the opportunity to meet new people and experience new adventures are perceived as the top reasons for traveling solo. Poland’s second largest city, Krakow, has been voted several times as one of the best city break destinations in Europe. It is a wonderful place for solo travelers to consider. Charming, historical, and vibrant, Krakow invites wanderers to discover its offerings.

Safe, Compact, and Walkable

Solo travel can become a rewarding and enriching experience, but it can also be challenging for those who are used to having company while on a trip. In addition, there are several concerns such as safety because solo tourists especially women may be vulnerable to theft, scams, or other security issues. The good news is Krakow is often considered as one of the safest cities in Europe.

The level of crime is low and more than 85% of people feel that it is safe to walk alone at daytime. Over 65% of survey respondents also said that they feel secure walking solo during nighttime according to figures provided by Numbeo.

The city’s historic center is compact and easy to navigate on foot. Solo visitors can explore the charming streets, historic sites, and cultural attractions without the need for extensive transportation. For example, explore the heart of Krakow’s Old Town with its expansive squares, historic buildings, restaurants, cafes, and shops. On the Main Square, admire the iconic Gothic church, St. Mary’s Basilica with its stunning interior and hear the hourly trumpet call. Beneath the Main Square, check out the Underground Museum (check out TOP 10 Museums) for insights into the city’s medieval history and archaeological treasures. For a good workout, climb the hill overlooking the Vistula River and visit the famed Wawel Royal Castle. To sum it up, many of the city’s attractions are near each other, it is possible to cover as many sights as you can in a short time.

Budget-Friendly Destination

Krakow is known for being an affordable city with accommodation, food, and activities priced reasonably than in other European cities. For those on a solo voyage with no one to split the bill with, the city is an attractive option. Accommodation is 45-65% cheaper compared to major European cities. There is also a wide range of choices from luxury and boutique hotels to youth hostels and guesthouses. The costs of food and drinks are reasonable while entertainment including live music venues, bars and clubs are within your means.

Many of the city’s top attractions such as Wawel Castle and St. Mary’s Basilica are either free to visit or charge modest entrance fees. Museums and cultural sites are generally affordable. For souvenirs and local products including amber jewelry and traditional Polish crafts, travelers can easily purchase them without breaking the bank. If planning day trips to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau or the Wieliczka Salt Mine, excursion prices are equitable and well worth the experience.

Variety of Activities

Those traveling on their own will find a wide range of activities to suit their interests and preferences. Whether into history, art, food, or nightlife, Krakow has something to offer everyone. One main advantage of staying in the city is that it is a gateway to other fascinating destinations in Poland.  To illustrate, Auschwitz-Birkenau is just 70km from Krakow and a train journey will take around 1.5 to 2 hours.  Zakopane, the country’s popular winter resort is also nearby and reachable by car within 2 to 2.5 hours from the city. The High Tatra mountains, where it sits, is known for hiking, skiing, spa retreats, and other outdoor activities. Another possible day trip from Krakow is a visit to the Ojcow National Park which is just an hour away. Hike, cycle, or just take in the beauty of the place while sipping an excellent cup of coffee within the park. You can even explore the Renaissance castle at Pieskowa Skata and marvel at the defensive system that surrounds the structure.

For food lovers and history buffs, there’s plenty to see and do in the city. Sample traditional Polish dishes at local restaurants and eateries or visit local markets like Stary Kleparz and Hala Targowa to connect with Krakow’s food culture. Explore the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK), visit the National Museum for its vast collection of Polish and historical artifacts, or swing by at the Polish Aviation Museum. Don’t miss the Czartoryski Museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Lady with an Ermine.’ Shopaholics will also feel at ease in the city with its boutiques, craft shops, and markets where you can find unique souvenirs and gifts.

Krakow is a city destination option for solo visitors. It is secure, compact, budget-friendly, and offers a wide range of things to see and do.

 

 

Article by: Jennifer Dawson 

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