Krakow - Discover the Delights of Eastern Europe
Krakow city breaks are perfect for anyone looking explore the stunning sights and sounds of Poland’s medieval city. Situated in the south of this popular Eastern European country, Krakow offers something for all tastes and budgets. The quaint, charming atmosphere is ideal for sightseers looking to immerse themselves in a truly preserved destination. With bustling market squares, historic churches and aristocratic palaces to explore, it is a treasure trove of architectural wonders. Accommodation in Krakow is fairly varied with something to suit all budgets, whether you are looking to stay in one of the 4* hotels or in one of the many charming B&B’s you are guaranteed to find the perfect place to stay. Krakow hotels offer a range of holiday packages including all inclusive, half board and a self catered package. Many describe the city as being a ‘living museum’ with so many things to see and do. The city’s connection to the Holocaust has made it into a pilgrimage for Jewish travellers and the vast amount of art galleries and theatres attract culture lovers from around the world.
The best time to travel to Krakow is during the summer months when the city boasts warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. With fantastic deals on cheap Krakow holidays available right now, why not book our escape to this fascinating Polish city?
Krakow - Sightseeing and Attractions
Krakow holds the title of the only major city to escape the destruction of the Second World War and is one of the only preserved medieval city centres in Europe. The fascinating Old Town area boasts a range of historic and architectural delights for visitors to explore including the grand Central Market Square. The square dates back to 1257 and is the vibrant heart of modern day Krakow, lined with churches, historic buildings and museums it is typically the first stop for any Krakow tourist. Anyone arriving in the city for a Krakow holiday will no doubt find themselves visiting Wawel at some point during their stay. The Wawel is a castle complex which sits on top of a large hill overlooking the city. Both Wawel Castle and the nearby imposing Gothic cathedral are fantastic places for visitors to explore and offer valuable insights in the history of this exciting city. Nature lovers will definitely appreciate taking a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine during a holiday in Krakow. This unique underground attraction has been deemed a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument and has been in constant use since the middle ages. The vast series of labyrinth tunnels and galleries are simply breathtaking. There are many reminders in the city of the atrocities that took place during the Holocaust including the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The camp is now know as the Auschwitz Memorial Museum and is the largest cemetery in the world.
Another popular activity to enjoy during Krakow holidays is shopping. Along with the wide variety of market stalls and souvenir shops, this Polish city also boasts a range of large shopping malls and boutiques. Getting around the city is easy with buses and trams that run on a regular timetable around the main city, taxis are also available however many of the popular tourist attractions are all within walking distance of each other.
Krakow - Nightlife and Cuisine
Krakow has managed to maintain much of its traditional history especially when it comes to its delicious cuisine! There are plenty of restaurants in Krakow that offer everything from authentic home cooked delicacies to international favourites. Polish food is typically very hearty with lots of stewed meats and fresh vegetable dishes. It is also customary to sample one of the home made vodkas which are served in traditional Krakow restaurants. The Old Town area is the best place to visit for those looking to really immerse themselves in the authentic Polish spirit; here there are plenty of high quality eateries including the famous Starka restaurant.
The nightlife in Krakow is just as colourful as the rich history. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs that are open all week long however it is Friday and Saturday nights that see the city truly coming to life. Although the main nightclubs in the city are fairly small, the atmosphere is simply electric with live music and dancing until the early hours. Both the Old Town and the Kazimierz area are renowned for their nightspots and are idea places for tourists to join in with the party. Those looking for something different during a Krakow city break can take advantage of the many music halls, cinemas and quiet jazz bars that are situated around this exciting city.
Krakow - Weather and Climate
Krakow boasts a fairly temperate climate that is often influenced by the Atlantic weather systems. The most popular time to enjoy a holiday in Krakow is during the summer when the temperatures are at their highest and the city enjoys occasional heat waves. Temperatures tend to stay in the high twenties during the summer, typically peaking in July and August. Those looking to enjoy an energetic sightseeing holiday in Krakow may wish to avoid the heat and arrive in the city during the autumn months. Although the temperatures are slighting cooler, they are perfect for walking around this fascinating city. The winter months can be bitterly cold therefore those looking to enjoy Krakow during this time are advised to wrap up very warm. Snow is common along with temperatures dropping to below freezing.