Average 2.5 hour flight
Time difference +1 hour(s)
Average temperature 8°C
Discover Poland with a holiday to Krakow, a firm favourite for tourists. This city escape has a never ending list of places to go and things to do, from cultural experiences at fascinating museums, to rich dinners at local restaurants.
Offering a blend of medieval and gothic architecture, Krakow’s historic centre draws in visitors with its captivating charm. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the largest medieval market square in Europe. Spend your Krakow holiday wandering round the 13th century square, dipping into independent shops and cafés. Get a photo beneath St Mary’s Basilica, another medieval wonder in this beautiful old town. Take a look inside, too, where you’ll find the largest Gothic altarpiece in the world.
Krakow is home to a number of WWII landmarks, including Oscar Schindler’s factory which remains entirely preserved and offers exhibitions perfect for history buffs. You can also take a day trip from Krakow to Auschwitz, a sober experience but an important reminder of Poland’s recent history.
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A holiday to Krakow wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Wawel Royal Castle. This magnificent structure is both a castle and cathedral, hosting a wealth of treasures inside, as well as a beautiful courtyard. You could spend a day getting lost amongst its corridors.
After a few days of exploring architecture on your Krakow holiday, get into nature at Planty Park, one of the largest green spaces in the city. Boasting year-round beauty, wander beneath the trees, take a picnic and visit the stunning fountains.
Krakow’s Museum of Contemporary Art is a must for art enthusiasts. The building is interesting enough, an industrial edifice that is home to international art from the last 20 years. A short venture from the city centre, this gallery does not disappoint.
No holiday to Krakow would be complete without trying every pierogi in sight. These delicious dumplings can be found across the city. They can be savoury or sweet depending on your fancy, so make sure to taste both.
After working up an appetite from a day of sightseeing, stop off at a local vendor and pick up an obwarzanek krakowski (Krakow bagel). This chewy, salted treat is a favourite amongst natives and is perfect to pick you back up for more exploring.
For a hearty, filling meal, try bigos (hunter’s stew). This meat stew is enriched with sauerkraut and fresh cabbage. You’ll find the best bigos in small, independent eateries which you can uncover across Krakow’s old town.