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Krakow, Poland: 13 Things Most Tourists Don't Know
Krakow is the most beautiful place in Poland. It is well-known as the student city with the biggest density of clubs in the world!  Everybody will find something for themselves in Krakow: if you like history and art, you will fall in love with Rynek (Old Town Square).  There are many hiking trails for nature lovers in the city and its neighbourhoods. With countless attractions for families, couples and solo travellers, Krakow is a perfect tourist destination for everyone. We’ve been living in this city for almost 3 years. Here are some tips on how to travel like a local in Krakow.

Climb the Five Summits of Krakow

There are 5 mounds in the city that are known only by locals:  Kopiec Krakusa, Kopiec Wandy, Kopiec Kościuszki, Kopiec Piłsudskiego and Kopiec Jana Pawł a II. When all the other tourists are walking around the Old Town, be different and visit mounds! You will probably be the only foreigner there.

Try Zapiekanki on Kazimierz

The most famous drunk food in Krakow is… zapiekanki! They are open-face sandwiches with different toppings and add-ons.  If you want to feel like local, go to Endzior on Kazimierz. It’s open from the morning till 2 am and gets the most crowded after the midnight. The best zapiekanka is the one with cheese, mushrooms and ham.

Take a Stroll by the Wisła River

This is a truly local place. People are walking, running and rollerskating by Wisła river. In the summer they are sitting on the grass talking, laughing, reading books and simply having fun.

Find the Joke in the Adam Mickiewicz Statue

Every tourist visiting Krakow sees Adam Mickiewicz statue at the centre of Rynek. But only few knows that it’s in fact… a prank! When you look on the sculpture from the right angle, you will see that the sword looks like a penis. According to the local story, an artist made it on purpose, to make fun of the tourists who just don’t see the joke.

Heal Your Illnesses at Wawel Chakra

Again, we will tell you a secret that only locals know about.  There is one place in the Wawel castle that has the special power. It’s called chakra and according to the legend it may heal all the illnesses that you have. It’s situated under St. Gereon’s Chapel.

Learn the Real Story behind the Head Sculpture

The Head Sculpture is the newest at Market Square. It is really controversial and most people don’t understand what it represents. For locals, it is a symbol of the fallen love. There is an interesting story behind this sculpture. It was a gift from the artist (Igor Mitoraj) to the city of Krakow. His only requirement was to place the statue somewhere at the Old Town.

See Krakow from the Sky

There is a big balloon located at the Wisła river. It will take you up to the clouds. You will see the wonderful view on the Krakow from above. It is also possible to rent an entire balloon for a date. We absolutely love this place. This is where we got engaged!

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The Best View of the Market Square

It is the place where you can get the best view on Rynek. Be sure to bring your camera to take some awesome shots. Cafe Szał is located on the top of Sukiennice.

The Legend of the Hanging Knife at Sukiennice

There are 5 mounds in the city that are known only by locals:  Kopiec Krakusa, Kopiec Wandy, Kopiec Kościuszki, Kopiec Piłsudskiego and Kopiec Jana Pawł a II. When all the other tourists are walking around the Old Town, be different and visit mounds! You will probably be the only foreigner there.

Visit Ogród Doświadczeń

Ogród Doświadczeń is a place where you can learn a lot about physics and how the world works. It’s located few kilometres from the city centre, that is why most tourist don’t go there.

Join in on the Local Festivals and Events

There is always a lot going on in Krakow! At winter, there is a huge Christmas Market at Rynek. In May, the biggest student parties take place. They are called Juwenalia.

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Make Your Own Chocolate Candy

This awesome chocolate factory is located at Szewska street at the Old Town. You can try their delicious sweets and make your own chocolate candies. How awesome is that?

Try Authentic Polish Food and Vodka

Last but not least – eating and drinking!  We can’t imagine visiting Krakow without trying local food. The best restaurants with authentic Polish cuisine and low prices are:  Kuchnia u babci MalinyJagienka and Bar Mleczny “pod Temidą”.  You can eat their famous pierogi (dumplings), bigos (sauerkraut goulash), żurek (sour rye soup) or kotlet schabowy (Polish schnitzel served with mashed potatoes).  When it comes to drinking, the best and the cheapest place is Pijalnia wódki i piwa. For 4 PLN ($1) you get a glass of beer or a shot of vodka!

Karolina and Patryk are a young European couple and founders of the blog KarolinaPatryk.com  As full time travelers and digital nomas, their main goal is to help others live a free life.  On their blog and social media channels, they are giving tips on how to make every dream come true and how to make money online.  Their traveling lifestyle has attracted people from all over the world who are following their adventures everyday.

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