TRAVEL GUIDE: EXPLORE KRAKOW
Poland is a highly underrated destination for travellers that offers a little something for everyone; whether you’re looking for picturesque countrysides, modern cities full of history or idyllic seasides. Home to 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites and a rich cultural history, Poland offers its visitors a truly unique and safe experience. In this series, we’ll look at 5 of Poland’s top destinations and give you tips on how to make the most of your visit to this beautiful country. Today, lets visit Krakow!
As the former capital city of Poland, Krakow is making a strong case as the country’s cultural capital. Located on the Vistula River, Krakow is centered around the Rynek Główny (market square), built in 1257, which now contains one of the largest markets in Europe. You’ll find a stunning Jewish quarter here, along with the historic old town (considered the best in the country) and is located near other attractions including Jagiellonian University and Wawel Castle. Don’t let its history fool you though, Krakow is also home to excellent cafe, bar and restaurant options too. Plus, we even have some of our programmes based in Krakow, find out more here.
The Krakow-Balice International Airport is located nearby to Krakow. It’s very well connected with many international airlines offering regular flights.
WHERE TO STAY:
Where you stay in Krakow depends on the experience you’d like to have. Staying in the Old Town is great if you’d like to be near the main attractions, however this central location can come with a price tag to match. For those on more of a budget, consider the surrounding suburbs of Kleparz or Wersola. You won’t be more than 5-10 minutes away from the old town, so you can enjoy a nice walk into the center. For something more unique, look into Kazimierz. With a unique feel, you’ll find boutique hotels in a setting that offers history and modern culture. AirBnB’s are plentiful and can be located throughout the city.
With so much to do in Krakow, here are our top 5 popular and lesser known things to do:
1: RYNEK GLOWNY
One of the reasons Krakow is so easy to get around as a city is that all its major attractions are near the market square. Filled with stunning architecture, bars and restaurants, it truly is the heart of the city. A place where people come to meet and to party – a must in Krakow!
2: KAZIMIERZ BY DAY AND BY NIGHT
As the former Jewish quarter of the city, Kazimierz is filled with a sombre history. By day, travel back in time through the maze of buildings – you can even visit the Galicia Jewish Museum for photos of the area in its prime. By night, the area transforms into a bustle of revellers, as a hotspot for bars and clubs.
3: POMORSKA STREET
Poland’s history has many unfortunate chapters, the most recent of which occurred during WWII. 2 Pomorska street was used as a prison by the Nazis and whilst its unknown how many people were kept here, over 600 inscriptions have been found on the cell walls. Located outside the main city centre, it has less visitors than other historical sites so you immerse yourself in history off the beaten path. Pro Tip – admission is free on tuesdays!
4: GAME ON
Two great spots for a bit of fun are the Pinball museum or Hex, a board game cafe. Get lost in bright lights, sounds and excitement of the pinball machines or immerse yourself in a great board game in a cosy cafe. With games for all tastes, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
5: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
The culinary choices in Krakow are excellent. You must try pierogis, a Polish classic. Also keep an eye out for traditional street food such as zapiekanka. You will find the best zapiekanki in the city’s Kazimierz district. Another must is obwarzanki – a braided ring-shaped bread that is boiled and sprinkled with salt and sesame or poppy seeds before being baked.
So, are you ready to head to Krakow? Angloville offers an amazing chance to visit Krakow for free, all while meeting the locals and immersing yourself in their culture! You can view our upcoming programmes here or contact us today for more info!