We took a short daytrip to Kraków, Poland today to grab some lunch and see Old Town. We’re sooo glad we went. Kraków is a beautiful city — we just wish we had more time there!
It’s about a 2.5 hour drive from our hotel in Czech Republic and also in the EU so border crossing was easy. However, after crossing the second toll plaza immediately inside Poland, we were signaled over by a pair of Polish border guards (Straż Graniczna), one with a pair of binoculars and the other with a radio in one hand and a white plastic paddle with a red circle on it in the other, which he used to indicate we should stop.
Once I pulled over and rolled down my window, in a very clichéd fashion he said “papers, please.” After collecting passports for everyone in the car, they sat in their car and proceeded to write down notes on all of our passports and asked about the child we had in the car with us. We suspect they were looking for human traffickers. After about ten minutes (Marie’s passport is quite extensive…) they let us go without further adieu. Welcome to Poland.
Cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, its extensive cultural heritage across the epochs of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture includes the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula river, the St. Mary's Basilica and the largest medieval market square in Europe, the Rynek Główny. Kraków is home to Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world and traditionally Poland's most reputable institution of higher learning.