A Krakow city break allows the visitor to get under the skin of Poland’s most beautiful city. And with a range of airlines offering direct services from many UK airports direct to Krakow its never been easier and cheaper to enjoy a short break to Krakow.
Formerly Poland’s Royal capital, Krakow boasts a fascinating history with some extraordinary monuments and it is a joy to visit all year round, provided you wrap up during the Winter months!
Rynek Glowny is the main market square in Krakow and it is dominated by the Cloth Hall which is probably Krakow’s most recognised building and has been restored to house dozens of stalls offering a fine choice of local crafts souvenirs and jewellery. Rynek Glowny is Europe’s largest medieval square and it is surrounded by cosy underground bars and some excellent resaturants offering great local Polish cuisine as well as catering for international palates. Try the dumplings ‘s (more like ravioli style pasta) for a flavour of Poland and wash it down with Vodka, Poland’s favourite spirit.
Kazimierz is Krakow’s Jewish quarter and is centred around a lovely Jewish square with a number of bars and some typically Jewish restaurants. We would recommend a visit to Once Upon A Time In Kazimierz, an unusual name for a restaurant bar, which formerly house four Jewish workshops and still displays the tools of the trades. Food is great and atmosphere very special with Jewish music on some evenings.
Krakow City Break – must do’s
Continuing the Jewish theme, a day trip to Auschwitz/Birkenau is high on many people’s list. Now a museum, the Auschwitz experience is moving and the guides conduct the tour with tremendous dignity. Most tours will collect you from your hotel and you will get to visit both camps.
The Wieliczka Salt Mines are located just outside Krakow and they house some spectacular sculptures which have been made by the miners out of salt – an amazing experience. It is 360 steps below ground so not for the claustrophobics.
The district of Podgorze has become famous due to it being the location for the factory in Schindler’s List. The former Jewish ghetto is now an emerging district of Krakow with some trendy bars and eateries.
Hotels in Krakow