My favorite spots for taking photos in Krakow

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Best locations for taking photos in Krakow

The next stop on our tour of Europe is the wonderful city of Krakow in Poland. Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in all of Poland. Though not technically located in Krakow, we chose this city for it’s proximity to Auschwitz and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Looking back on the visit, these were my favorite locations for taking photos in Krakow.

Wawel Royal Castle

View from inside the Italian-styled courtyard.

 

The castle is located up on Wawel hill, which sits above the city overlooking the river.

Google Maps: Wawel Royal Castle

Official Website: Wawel Royal Castle

What makes Wawel castle unique is the variety of styles found in the structures. Architectural styles from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods are all found here. This was once the residence of the many kings of Poland, but is now one of Poland’s best art museums. The grounds are free to walk around and enjoy, but the various museums offerings will cost you.

St. Mary’s Basilica

St. Mary’s Basilica really stands out in the city’s main square (Rynek Glowny).

 

The interior inside St. Mary’s is stunningly beautiful (and so blue)!

Google Maps: St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow

Official Website: St. Mary’s Basilica

While photogenic inside and out, what I found most interesting was the trumpet signal given every hour. A trumpeter plays the tune (Hejnal mariacki) from the top of the taller tower. The tune breaks off halfway through to commemorate the famous trumpeter who was shot in the neck while sounding the alarm before a Mongol attack.

While in the area, be sure to walk around the city’s main square (Rynek Glowny). You’ll find numerous areas to take photos, eat, drink and (my favorite) people watch!

Kladka Ojca Bernatka

A few restaurants use old barges along the river to provide a unique dining experience on the water.

Google Maps: Kladka Bernatka Bridge

If you’re visiting Wawel Castle and have the time, I recommend walking down to this bridge. It’s a nice stroll along the river and you’ll experience many locals out walking, running or biking. While the bridge is modern (competed in 2010) it has revitalized these two sides of the river. The bridge accommodates both pedestrians and cyclists. It has become an ideal destination for  both pub crawls and romantic strolls.

St. Joseph’s Church

The gothic style of this church is absolutely beautiful.

Google Maps: Parish of St. Joseph

This wasn’t actually a place we planned to visit, it just amazed us as we walked by. One of the benefits of walking as much as possible through each city. This cathedral isn’t actually that old by European standards, only being completed in 1909. Still, the gothic-revival styled architecture is absolutely beautiful.

Krakow Pinball Museum

So many machines to choose from, love the old school Doctor Who.

 

Who you gonna call!?

 

…possibility of successfully navigating this pinball machine is approximately 3,720 to 1.

Google Maps: Krakow Pinball Museum

Official Website: Pinball Museum

This place was such an awesome find for us in Krakow. Located underground and surrounded by bricks, this retro museum is hands-on. Yes, you get to play them all! Every machine is on free play and admission covers you for the entire day until they close at 11pm. We got there a little before they opened and plays for a few hours. After spending the rest of the day sightseeing we came back at night to have a few beers and play some more pinball. Though it’s a bit of a small and obscure attraction, don’t be afraid to visit. The owner speaks excellent English and is very friendly. Not only is it fun, but the colorful machines make this an interesting choice for some nostalgic photos in Krakow.

Well, there you have it! As mentioned in the beginning, we did visit Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine. Seeing as both of those can be done in one day trip, I thought I’d combine them into their own post. For one, they aren’t actually located in Krakow. Secondly, I have a lot of pictures to share from both locations!

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