What is the name of the river passing through Krakow?

Have you ever been to the beautiful city of Krakow? Are you coming to Krakow? Have you heard about the beautiful river that is passing through the city? Of course! But, what is the name of the river passing through Krakow? Have you forgotten? Is the name on your tongue, you simply cannot say it out? Here is the help you need!

The name of the river passing through Krakow is Vistula. That is the name of the largest river in Poland and the 9th largest river in all of Europe. It starts to the south-west of Krakow and goes through some of the largest cities of Poland (including Warsaw) before it ends up in Gdansk. The total length is more than 1000km.

It sounds nice to go on a long river cruise on Vistula through Poland, but unfortunately, that cannot be done. It is possible to go and enjoy a river cruise on the Vistula river in Krakow, and it is nice, but it cannot be compared to the popular river cruises you can enjoy in other Eastern European cities like Budapest (on the Danube) or in Prauge (on the Vltava river).

The Vistula river in Krakow
The Vistula river in Krakow

Unlike Budapest and Prague, the Vistula river isn’t something you will meet as you walk around in the city center. But, in the moment you leave the old town of Krakow and go to the Wavel castle or just down towards the river, you will be able to enjoy a magnificent view. If you decide to go to the other side or to enjoy a river cruise, you can also get a very nice view of the Wavel castle seen from the river itself.

The river has had many functions throughout history, and many battles have taken place around the river. It should also be mentioned that during the Second World War, ashes from the Auschwitz victims were thrown into the river.


How much time is needed for an excursion to Auschwitz from Krakow?

Would you like to go to Auschwitz on a day excursion from Krakow? How much time is needed for such a visit? Is it a full-day program, or can it be combined with other activities on the very same day?

As you might know, we can easily help you arranging day-trips to Auschwitz from Krakow with groups on English. This is one of the most popular programs in Krakow, and it is one nobody visiting the city should be without. Maybe you don’t want to visit Auschwitz (which is fully understandable), after all, it is a brutal and terrible place. But still, we are all drawn to the place, and it is such a dark place from the history of man, that we still need to see it and remember it. And yes, that is why visiting Auschwitz is something everyone should do, even if they like the idea of it or not.

How much time is needed in Auschwitz?
How much time is needed in Auschwitz? Source: Pixabay

But, how much time is needed in Auschwitz?

Most groups tours going to Auschwitz from Krakow last for around 6 hours. This is including the transportation day from Krakow with a bus to the Auschwitz 1, then to Auschwitz 2, before heading back to Krakow once the program is finished. As a result, you spend around 3,5 hours in the actual camps. This is ideal if you come with a group as it will take you through both camps and you will get to see the most important places.

But, if you are heavily interested and want to discover the Concentration Camps on your own, you might want to spend even more time in the camps. How come? If you want to really look carefully at the places, while reading in a local guide book, and taking a deep dive into this dark spot in human history, more time is simply needed. Maybe you should count on spending around 5 hours in both camps.

It all comes down to how much time you would like to spend in the camp, and for how long time you can ponder upon the place and stay in its atmosphere.

But, if you come with a group, you will most likely spend a total of 3-4 hours in the actual camps, and the rest of the time will be spent traveling from Krakow to Auschwitz and back.

But, how old should one be before visiting the Concentration Camps? That is a brilliant question and I will write more about it in another article sometimes soon. But, my private opinion is that as people start to learn about it in school, and/or start meeting with anti-Jewish propaganda around the world, that is when time is getting ready for paying this place a visit!

How to drive between Krakow and Budapest?

Are you considering a trip from Krakow to Budapest? How much time is needed for this drive to be made between the two beautiful cities in Eastern Europe?

If you do a quick search online, you will discover that the shortest road connecting the two cities is 396 km. Now, that you should be able to drive in approximately 3 hours, that is, if you would be driving on highways the entire time. But, forget about highways, as the roads connecting Budapest and Krakow are far from highways. That is why the expected travel time is 6 1/2 hours. And let me tell you, if you do this road in that amount of time, you have been highly efficient and you haven’t stopped to pie one single time.

Travel from Krakow to Budapest with Car
Travel from Krakow to Budapest with Car

If you feel terrible about the lack of highways, you can see an alternative path on the map above that is 652 kilometers instead of 396. The strange thing is that the time used is almost the same, but you will drive a much longer distance. The difference is that you will drive on highways most of the time, and thus you can experience the joy of driving fast, but the gas cost will also be way higher due to higher speeds and a much longer distance.

Should you, however, should the latter option, you will also have the chance to stop in beautiful cities such as Brno (in the Czech Republic) and Bratislava (in Slovakia) on your road to Budapest. But, do not forget – here you will need to pay highway fee for the Czech Republic in addition, so this will be one more additional cost.

So, what are you looking for? A beautiful ride through the Slovakian countryside, or a highway option with higher speeds, higher costs, but maybe it will feel easier?

The option is yours! Whenever you arrive in Budapest, make sure to visit the Budapest Guide at http://www.hungarybudapestguide.com/ for all the information you need about the Hungarian capital.