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Krakow City Breaks

Krakow City Breaks

Krakow - the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland.

Krakow - City breaks

Krakow offers culture, compassion and a collection of historical attributes that are waiting to be explored.

Poland, named European Capital of Culture in 2000, resonates as what you’d expect for a typical city break, but it is so much more than that. Many travellers gravitate towards Krakow - the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Krakow offers culture, compassion and a collection of historical attributes that are waiting to be explored.

This eastern European city situated by the Baltic Sea is known for its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage, and is only a short journey away from one of the most historically known places – Auschwitz. Krakow is a city that exudes Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, as well as boasting the largest medieval market square in Europe. Take a look at what Krakow has to offer.

 

Travel guide

This eastern European city situated by the Baltic Sea is known for its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage

  • Best time to visit: June-September
  • Average flight time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Most suited for: Couples, Groups
  • Currency: Polish zloty
  • Time Difference: +1 Hour
Krakow - City breaks

Krakow - City breaks

Main Square

Main Square

Windmills, clogs, riverboats, bike rides through blooming gardens; Amsterdam conjures a few iconic images. So why not experience them for yourself? Take a leisurely canal cruise to admire the 17th-century architecture, charming houseboats, and scenic bridges. For a more intimate experience, rent a bike or join a guided tour to explore the narrow streets and hidden corners along the waterways. Head to the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market to find a dazzling array of tulips, daffodils, and other blooms or take a day trip to Keukenhof Gardens and experience a kaleidoscope of colour and fragrance.

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle is situated at the top of Wawel hill, which is perfect because it is visible from almost anywhere in the city. The walk is pretty easy to get to the top and it’s worth it to take in the culture of the Castle.

 

Salt Mine

Salt Mine

One of the most valuable and official national historic monuments is the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The mine lies within the Krakow metropolitan area, surrounded by greenery and is visited by more than one million tourists each year. It features many centuries of tradition and is the carefully curated work of tens of generations of miners. The attractions include multiple statues, four chapels carved out of the rock salt by the miners, as well as supplemental carvings made by contemporary artists. Deep in the mine, St. Kinga’s Chapel is a hidden gem. The enormous space highlights the grandeur of the mine, lit up by the lavish chandeliers draped throughout the chapel; it becomes hard to believe this space is known as a mine.

 

food and drink

Food & Drink

Krakow is a great place to enjoy the finest local craft beers from just £1.50! And although spirits are a little bit more costly, they definitely won’t break the bank. The typical cost of a three course meal is around £10 – so you can fill your boots with a lavish meal and have a handful of pints all for under £20, what a bargain! There are also a range of upmarket and casual restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking to taste the traditional cuisines of Poland, then look no further than restaurants Starka and Stylowa. Starka offers high class Polish cuisine for those who want to experience popular polish dishes such as sour rye soup and a collection of famous homemade flavoured vodkas. They also serve delicious desserts. Stylowa is located east of the Old Town and is known as one of the most authentic restaurants in Krakow. They serve popular delights such as veal escalopes in a mushroom sauce with buckwheat.

 

Weather

Average monthly temperature in Krakow (°C)

  • Jan 1°C
  • Feb 3°C
  • Mar 8°C
  • Apr 14°C
  • May 19°C
  • Jun 22°C
  • Jul 24°C
  • Aug 24°C
  • Sep 19°C
  • Oct 13°C
  • Nov 7°C
  • Dec 3°C
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