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Krakow2020-08-02T10:47:19+00:00

Second only to Warsaw in terms of size and importance, Krakow is a beautiful city in southern Poland. Best known for its historical importance, it enjoys status as the nation’s leading tourist destination, welcoming millions of visitors each year. Krakow’s beautiful architecture, fascinating past and gorgeous scenery have earned it a spot on Europe’s list of must-visit cities. And with good reason; besides numerous tourist attractions appealing to every kind of traveler, the city boasts one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Europe and is home to some of the continent’s best bars and clubs.

Unlike Warsaw, Krakow escaped the Nazi occupation relatively unscathed. As such, many of the city’s best-known landmarks are original structures that have stood the test of time. While Krakow hasn’t been able to prevent an influx of western brands, it has managed to hold on to its character; logos of familiar global chains have been seamlessly integrated into the city’s medieval backdrop and somehow fit right in. Poland’s charming capital of culture is a city of many faces that will have you feeling at home and keep you entertained, wherever you’re from and whatever you’re into.


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BASIC INFORMATION

About Krakow

Weather

Located in southern Poland, Krakow has a humid continental climate with severe winters and warm summers. Temperatures range from 1.3°C in the winter to 22.5°C, so make sure to pack appropriately.

Geography

Krakow is situated in the south of Poland, marking the geographic center of Europe – exactly halfway between Lisbon and the Ural Mountains in Russia. As a large, populated city, it has great transport links.

Language

The official language of Poland is Polish, and this is the primary language used in school and business. Most young people in Krakow speak English very well, so you can usually get by with little Polish.

THINGS TO DO

Top Attractions

Poland’s second largest city was coined the nation’s city of culture. So you won’t be surprised to hear there’s a lot to see and do here. From history and architecture to natural beauty, there’s truly something for everyone.

The Main Square

The Main Square

One of the largest medieval squares in Europe, Krakow’s main market square is somewhere you’ll likely visit more than once. The area has acted as a stage for many a public gathering throughout history. Today, it’s a popular meeting spot for locals and tourists alike, who can enjoy a scenic stroll or sit down in of the many cafes and bars lining the square.

Floriańska Street

Floriańska Street

Leading to the city’s Main Square, Florianska Street is one of the oldest and most popular areas of Krakow’s old town. It’s lined with picturesque medieval buildings, which house both old cafes and modern western brands – making for an interesting mix. There is always something going on down this buzzing street, drawing locals and tourists in their hoards.

Auschwitz Birkenau

Auschwitz Birkenau

This sobering museum is one of the main reasons millions of tourists travel to Krakow each year. The first and largest Nazi German concentration camp, the site became the central point for the elimination of Jews. Today, the site acts as a remembrance museum, paying tribute to those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis.

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Situated atop the Wawel hill, this iconic landmark marks the heart of Krakow. The Castle is over 1,000 years old and was home to Polish kings when the city was the nation’s capital. Having been destroyed and rebuilt many times, it features many different architectural styles and is somewhere Poles across the country are proud of.

Kościuszko Mound

Kościuszko Mound

Kościuszko’s Mound is a unique memorial to the inspiring freedom-fighter Tadeusz Kościuszko, known for leading the fight against foreign occupation of Poland in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Sitting at 326m above sea level, the attraction offers stunning views across Krakow, as well as several interesting historical exhibits.  

Wieliczka Salt Mines

Wieliczka Salt Mines

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit for anyone in Krakow. Located just 16 km from the city center, the maze of underground mines sits 327 meters deep and offers visitors a unique insight into the salt mining process. Today, the site is no longer active, serving instead as a popular tourist attraction.

Krakow is well-known for its lively bar and club scene. If you enjoy a few beers (or vodkas) at the end of the week, you’ll be spoiled for choice here. Below are a few of our favorite spots.

Alternatywy

Alternatywy

A popular student bar, Alternatywy is located in an underground cellar and known for its buzzing atmosphere. It offers a range of cheap drinks and music from the 80’s and 90’s, as well as a weekly karaoke night.

Forum Przestrzenie

Forum Przestrzenie

Located in an abandoned hotel on the riverbank, Forum Przestrzenie is a popular spot among the city’s hipsters. The establishment offers both drinks and food, best enjoyed on the riverbank on a warm summer’s day.

Klub Re

Klub Re

Despite what its name might suggest, Klub Re is more like a quaint bar. Nestled in the backyard of a housing complex, it’s well hidden from tourists and instead frequented by locals who enjoy the bar’s chilled, welcoming atmosphere.

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