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Warmth and romance

Kraków may not be a coastal city, but with high temperatures throughout the summer and the many outdoor swimming pools dotted around, it can certainly feel like one! The city also boasts a romantic tendency: the Bernatek footbridge in Kazimierz remains a popular spot for couples to fasten a padlock, commemorating their love. The booming nightlife will also get temperatures rising, making Kraków a firm favourite for hen and stag parties. For families and friends alike, this city has an awful lot to offer.

Poland’s musical treasures

Kraków’s jazz scene could rival that of New Orleans, with a club on every corner in the Old Town. After a long day of exploring the bustling market square, head to one of the outdoor restaurants where many bands play every night. If you’re there to play as well as listen, watch out for the open jamming sessions that many of them offer. For something a bit more classical, the Kraków Philharmonic Concert Hall is a primary location for many of Poland’s top performers.

A historical hot-spot

Take a tour around Kazimierz, the city’s Jewish district, to see the remnants of the ghetto, and the monuments which commemorate the events of the 1940s. You can also visit Oskar Schindler’s factory, and see where ‘Schindler’s List’ was filmed. A short bus ride away is the Auschwitz Memorial Museum, which remains a culturally significant and powerful experience. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a popular destination for a day-trip, as well as the beautiful Wawel Castle in the Old Town. In the summer, you can even catch an open-air opera or classical music concert in the castle’s courtyard. Nearby, is the 14th century St Mary’s Basilica - a magnificent gothic church towering over Rynek Square. The spectacular interior with its huge stained glass windows, exquisite decorative detail and fantastically ornate alter, won’t fail to wow. This architectural beauty even starred in the George Clooney film ‘Monuments Men’ thanks to its impressive aesthetics. It’s also here that the town’s famous bugle call is made every hour. 

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A relic of the communist era, Polish Milk bars are a glimpse into what life was like behind the iron curtain. Opened by the Communist party to provide cheap dairy based meals to the masses a few have survived to this day and will serve you a hearty, cafeteria style meal that will transport you back to the 1950’s. Michelin star it isn’t but it is a cultural experience not to be missed and all at a bargain price.

Food and drink

Krakow’s Old Town bars are housed in ancient cellars that add to the atmosphere. Be sure to try sliwowica, a heady plum brandy, while Polish vodka is lauded worldwide. Beetroot soup offers a warming flavour too. Along the scenic Royal Route to Wawel Castle, you’ll find the oldest restaurant in the world and a Kraków institution, Wierzynek 1364 – a foodie must-see. Kazimierz is home to a bohemian scene of cafés, bars and art galleries, making it a cool place for a night on the tiles.


The cream-coloured Cloth Hall buzzes with life, filled with flower stalls, espresso cafés and traditional handicrafts. Alternatively, Royal Road bisects the Old Town with an array of art and antique shops.


The Old Town was one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wander its narrow cobbled streets to the bustling Rynek Square – the largest medieval square in Europe. With countless restaurants and bars in the vicinity, this place is at the heart of all the action and the set for Kraków’s legendary New Year’s Eve celebrations too. Then venture out to admire the elaborate Wawel Castle. Be sure to take a walk around the picturesque Planty Park that encircles the Old Town – it’s at its prettiest in the golden haze of autumn.

Getting around

Krakow Old Town is an enticing site to explore on foot, especially as the great majority of its streets have been entirely pedestrianised. The city is also served by bus and tram networks and a bike hire scheme.

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Where is it?

Kraków is Poland’s second city, located at the south west of the country, near the borders with the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The John Paul II International Airport is 14 kilometres from the city centre.

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