I’ve only recently gotten to know Krakow, but it doesn’t feel like it has only been a few weeks. Just as the European autumn was slowly making its entrance, I switched Amsterdam out for a city trip to Poland. I boarded the plane to Krakow, not quite knowing what to expect. As I didn’t know very much about the country, I decided to keep my mind as clear as possible. I wanted to encounter the city open-minded and just see whatever crossed my path.
Letting Go of Expectations
The beautiful thing about letting go of expectations is the way you allow a city to show its colours on its own terms. Poland’s cultural capital may be known for its mythical stories and royal history. But there was one feeling that stuck out to me the most: Krakow possesses such a gentle, yet powerfully vibrant spirit. The city’s cosy streets and funky art scene had me completely smitten on the first day.
The beautiful thing about letting go of expectations is the way you allow a city to show its colours on its own terms.
Why Locals Love Living in Krakow
Eager to learn more about this fascinating city, I decided to approach a number of locals to ask what they love most about their hometown. Cornelia, a local tour guide, confirmed my first impression: “There is just a nice and chilled-out feeling to the city, also thanks to the large number of students. It’s a big community, but you always feel like you belong.” Daria, a local marketing management student, further explained the city’s kind-hearted disposition: “One of Krakow’s best features is its loyal character and acceptance: everybody can feel at home.”
“One of Krakow’s best features is its loyal character and acceptance: everybody can feel at home.”
Exploring the Streets of Krakow
As I started walking and exploring the streets of Krakow, I didn’t even have to try to find interesting views. It seemed like everywhere I turned, the city painted its own vibrant scenes. In the Jewish Quarter, bubbly students were strolling along streets full of murals. Elsewhere, groups of friend were having lunch by the trendy food trucks. On the main square, laughing children were frantically chasing bubbles. while a married couple were in the middle of their photoshoot.
Whenever I come back from a trip, I ask myself: would I be able to live here happily? For Krakow, the answer is undoubtedly “yes”. In the end, it never comes down to pretty palaces or touristy highlights (although Krakow has plenty). A bit of Krakow street photography reveals the city’s vibrant spirit. Clearly, the city possesses a unique atmosphere, so effortlessly uplifting.
Maybe it was the time of year, or perhaps it was just a particularly joyful weekend for the locals. Still, I’m confident that Krakow is one of a kind. Rough around the edges, but as welcoming as a warm bath on a cold winter’s evening. It must be one of those places you will never get tired of visiting again and again.