Krakow In general
Krakow is one of the major tourist destinations in Poland. Tourists are enraptured by the beauty of the Baroque architecture that plays hosts to a multitude of Renaissance fairs. Krakow is actually one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Based in south east Poland and on the banks of the Vistula River, Krakow is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also home to Pope John Paul II where many catholic pilgrims pay homage to his bishopric. Krakow is definitely one of the best Polish cities to take a holiday break in.
Monuments and attractions
There are many attractions and monuments close to your hotel to take advantage of:
- Wawel Castle – national symbol of Polish identity built in the 16th Century
- Galicia Jewish Museum – commemorates victims of the Holocaust and celebrates Jewish culture
- Wieliczka Salt Mine – a dark world of pits and chambers carved by hand
Tour of Communist Nowa Huta – 2.5 hour culture tour by minibus exploring communist history of Krakow.
Eating and drinking
Highest quality of Polish food is served in the city centre in family run restaurants. Delectable food includes homemade pork sausages, piernik ginger cake with cherry vodka and szarlotka apple cake. Wherever you go in Krakow, you will surely find a greeting Polish family ready to set your tastebuds a light.
For the best and unique shopping experiences in Krakow, explore the following places:
- Plac Nowy – the Jewish Market on Saturdays and Sundays selling stalls of everything including clothes and games
- Krakowski Kredens – traditional polish edible souvenirs are sold here
- Hala Targowa – traditional flea market selling old books, paintings and old postcards
Krakow is renowned for its cutting edge music showcasing new and upcoming European artists playing live in the nightclubs:
- Lodz Kaliska – crazy art and wild decor reflects the eclectic music tastes of the DJs
- Pauza – alternative music
- Cava – relaxing bar serving tapas