You’ll be taken aback by the culture and history of Krakow since the entire Old Town was one of the first ever to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in the heart of Poland, Krakow has plenty of draws to keep you occupied. Civilizations through the ages chose to call Krakow their home, and modern-day Poles are now proud to call it their second-largest city. Tourism plays a big role in Krakow, and you can be assured of heart-warming hospitality.
Things to see
The Main Market Square in Krakow is the hub of the action. It has been the center of daily life in this city for centuries, and it is here where you should begin your sightseeing tour.
From the square, walk to the prestigious St Mary’s Basilica, with its intriguing unlevel twin bell towers that dominate the Krakow skyline.
Wawel Castle should be next on your list of top sites to explore in Krakow. Dating to the 14th century, the castle is a fine example of eastern European architecture, having been strategically built at the top of a hill for defensive purposes.
The Jewish cemetery highlights the significance of Krakow as a culturally diverse city through the ages. Located in Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter, the cemetery dates back to 1535. Tragically, only a fraction of the antiquated tombstones still exist after the Nazis destroyed the graveyard during WWII.
Hotels in Krakow
Krakow is ready for tourism and visitors have a huge choice of places to stay. For an elegant experience, you can stay within the walls of the UNESCO listed Old Town. The promising five-star Bonerowski Palace lives up to its prestigious name, or you can try the Grand Hotel for equal star level and luxury. There are several more three- and four-star hotels located in the Old Town, including Hotel Wentzl, which offers great value for money and superb views over the main square. The Jewish Quarter has further three-star options, such as Hotel Astoria and Hotel Eden.
Where to stay
If you are on vacation, then you can’t go wrong by resting your head in the Old Town, where you can live and breathe the city’s rich history. There is nothing more romantic than being awoken by the bells of St Mary’s Basilica off the main square
Businessmen usually like to stay in modern-build accommodations in the northwest hotel district of Bronowice, which is close to the main highway and transport links.
Families frequently opt to stay in the Jewish Quarter, a short walk southeast of the Old Town walls. The area is teeming with value-for-money, three-star accommodations, and is close to cheap restaurants.
How to get to Krakow
Krakow’s convenient international airport, named after Pope John Paul II who was born just 30 miles outside the city, has played a large part in the recent influx of tourists to the city. It takes 20 minutes to get into the city center by rail or taxi from the airport.
Once in the city, there is a decent public transport system consisting of trams and buses. Trams provide a useful way of getting to know the city as the stops are clearly mapped. In the Old Town, the best way of getting around is on foot, which allows you to take in all the sights, and the distances between attractions are short.