Krakow Holidays 2019
One of Poland’s most popular cities, Krakow lies in the south of Poland close to the Czech Republic border. Perfect for a city break destination, Krakow has a coloured past and a historical significance. Having survived the violence of WWII, Krakow has well-maintained hubs within the city which simply appeal to its visitors. The Jewish quarter and the city’s medieval have a buzzing atmosphere, which Krakow’s visitors become immersed with. It’s easy to see traces of Krakow’s past reflected throughout the city, particularly through it’s Gothic and Renaissance buildings.
At a glance
- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 2h 55m
When to go
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Things to do in Krakow
Krakow has a stunning Main Square full of medieval influences which trace back to the 13th-century. Encircled by wonderful pieces of architecture like palaces and churches. Have a walk around the Main Square and admire the surrounding views. Or just soak up the atmosphere here, as it is one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe. In addition, discover the beautiful Wawel Castle, perched on a hilltop this 14th-century castle is surrounded by a lush courtyard. Built during King Casimir III’s reign, this castle complex has a number of structures to complete it. Now, it is a museum site, so visitors are free to learn more about it.
Visit some of Krakow’s churches and religious landmarks, such as the St. Mary’s Basilica and Wawel Cathedral. These Gothic style buildings have wonderful exteriors and are beautiful to witness. Wawel Cathedral is the coronation site of Polish monarchs and also houses a museum. For quaint restaurants and cafes, head to Krakow’s Jewish quarter to enjoy some local delicacies.
Places to eat
Krakow is a great destination, especially when it comes to experiencing a culinary scene to be excited about. Trying Polish food during a Krakow city break is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture. Head to the Rynek Glowny market square to source some Polish delights. Sausages are a massive part of the cuisine in Poland and you’ll be sure to find a huge variety of sausages in Krakow. Made from different types of meats like bison and turkey, a variety specific to Krakow is the Krakowska, seasoned with pepper and garlic. Look out for it!
Krakow is full of bars, and when we say full we mean it. It is said that the city has the highest density of bars in the entire world, so that says it all. That means, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to nightlife in Krakow. There are various types, with different styles and different settings, so there is something to suit everyone’s tastes.
Bars can be found in the principal areas of the Old Town and Kazimierz. The openings hours of these bars are flexible, as long as there is a crowd inside still ordering drinks. Prices have gone up in recent years, due to the huge influx of tourism that the city sees.
Krakow is no stranger to clubbing either, main streets like Florianska and Szewska host various nightclubs with flexible openings hours. Many are cellar clubs, so go on in and enjoy the experience and soak up the buzzing atmosphere.
When to go
Overall, Krakow is a wonderful city break destination. Families, friends and couples can all appreciate a visit to one of Poland’s most popular cities. History buffs will have a fantastic time in the city, unveiling Krakow’s past and learning even more about its historical standing. Check out our cheap deals on flights and hotels to Krakow and find a price you’re happy with. With our smart search function, you can filter your options down until you find something that suits you and create the perfect Krakow city break.
Shopping in Krakow
Fancy a spot of shopping whilst in Krakow, well it’s definitely the place to indulge in a shopping spree. The main area for shopping in the city has to be in the old Jewish quarter. Here, you’ll come across many shops where you can bag a bargain and pick up Krakow inspired items. The shops in the Jewish quarter often sell little trinkets and souvenirs. In addition to little boutique stores, there are shopping centres which include huge international brands. Head to Krakow’s Cloth Hall, not only is it one of the most iconic buildings situated in Krakow, but it features a market hall, which is another great spot to source some authentic items.
Culture and history
Culture and history is at the forefront during a city break in Krakow. The city holds a significant place in history, especially during the destruction of WWII. Many buildings and entire cities were demolished or held on by a thread after experiencing the impact of the bombs. However, Krakow was astoundingly saved from the obliteration that other cities faced. Krakow’s history and culture can be spotted throughout the main sights and attractions. From Wawel Castle to Krakow’s Main Square and various museums in the city, a dose of Krakow’s culture is enough to make you want to explore even further.