Despite the fact that Krakow is not the capital of Poland, the city comes to the fore when it comes to art, education and culture. Despite the fact that it is a small city, the best universities in the country are located here, and every young person in Poland wants to study here. As in any other European city with a young population, freedom, fun and creativity reign here.
Along with this, a vacation in Krakow is also a great opportunity to feel the atmosphere of a medieval city, take a walk along the streets of the Old Town, have a picnic in city parks or visit UNESCO sites. Is it interesting for you? Then keep reading our Krakow Travel Guide.
How to get to Krakow?
The easiest and fastest way to get to Krakow is by plane. Krakow-Balice International Airport is located only 11 km from the city and serves domestic and international flights. You can get from the airport to the city by bus (No. 208 and 292) or taxi. Getting there by bus is cheaper; the stop is directly opposite the exit from the international terminal. A taxi rides costs a little more, but is more comfortable and faster.
Also, if you travel from other cities and countries of Europe, then you can get to Krakow by bus or train.
Sights of Krakow
This is surprising, but Krakow is the only city that has survived completely during and after the Second World War. The main wealth of the city is its historical center, which is fully protected by UNESCO. Here are collected the most amazing examples of medieval architecture and engineering of the time. The heart of the Old Town is the Market Square, the largest in Europe. The way you see it today, it remains from the heart of the 12th century. The oldest university, Jagiellonian University, is located right on the square.
Among other no less interesting places you can note:
- Wawel, the residence of the Polish kings, and now a museum.
- Mariacki Church
- Cloth rows
- Florian’s Gate
- Kazimierz, Jewish District
- Auschwitz concentration camp
- Oscar Schindler Factory
- Planty park complex
There is also entertainment for children in Krakow. The city has the largest water park in Europe, where both locals and tourists like to spend time. Also, it may be interesting for you and your children to visit the Krakow Zoo.
Hotels in Krakow
Krakow is a very popular tourist destination in Europe. Therefore, firstly, the number of hotels, and accordingly the choice of accommodation, in the city is quite large. Secondly, at the weekend there are a lot of tourists, so if your trip falls on the weekend, then book the hotel in advance. As for prices, they are quite democratic in comparison with other European cities. The most luxurious and expensive hotels are located in / near the Old Town. There you can easily find even a hostel. Price range per night can range from 100 Euros at a 5 * hotel and 5 Euros at a hostel.