11 days in Southern Poland Itinerary

11 days in Southern Poland Itinerary

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11 days in Southern Poland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Wroclaw
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Oswiecim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Krakow
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Wroclaw

Wroclaw ©
Known for its relaxed and liberal atmosphere, the energetic city of Wroclaw lures visitors with its rich cultural heritage and pedestrian-friendly old town.
Take a break from Wroclaw with a short trip to Church of Peace, Swidnica (Kosciol Pokoju w Swidnicy) in Swidnica, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Rynek we Wroclawiu, get a sense of history and politics at Wroclaw Town Hall, get in on the family fun at GOjump Park Trampolin - Najwiekszy w Polsce, and don't miss a visit to Wroclaw's Dwarfs.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Wroclaw day trip tool .

Chicago, USA to Wroclaw is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Wroclaw, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in September: high temperatures in Wroclaw hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Historic Sites Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Church of Peace, Swidnica (Kosciol Pokoju w Swidnicy)
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Rynek we Wroclawiu
Rynek we Wroclawiu
Wroclaw's Dwarfs ©
Wroclaw's Dwarfs

2
nights
Oswiecim

Oswiecim ©
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
On the 24th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and then admire the natural beauty at Ogrody Kapias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Muzeum Zamkowe w Pszczynie, get in on the family fun at GOjump Bielsko-Biala Trampoline Park, and then see the interesting displays at Apilandia Interaktywne Centrum Pszczelarstwa.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oswiecim vacation app .

Traveling by car from Wroclaw to Oswiecim takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ogrody Kapias, Muzeum Zamkowe w Pszczynie, Apilandia Interaktywne Centrum Pszczelarstwa, GOjump Bielsko-Biala Trampoline Park
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Ogrody Kapias ©
Ogrody Kapias

5
nights
Krakow

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Krakow is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Krakow road trip planning website .

Drive from Oswiecim to Krakow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral