Poland’s third largest city
Sprawling Krakow is Poland’s third largest city and one of its prettiest by far. Crammed with spires, churches, sculptures and monuments, this is where Poland has its artistic and creative soul, and where over 1,000 of years of history is beautifully expressed. Today, 7 million people annually are drawn to its historic centre, which has featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List for over 30 years. Walk its charming streets for yourself, and you’ll soon discover why.
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|Flight Time:||3 hours 40|
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|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 7.7°C
St. Mary’s Basilica, just by the main Market Square, is a beautiful brick-built 14th century place of worship famous for its hourly heynal – or trumpet signal – which breaks off in full flow, to honour a fallen trumpeter.
Must eat at:
From pretty girls in shorts to kilted Scotsmen, there’s plenty to catch the eye in the restaurants of Krakow. And that’s just the waiting staff. We’d recommend you try Miod I Wino Restauracja Szlachecka (if you can say it) for its medieval interior and good, hearty local food including game and poultry.
Must be there for:
Every May, the city’s students take over the streets as the Juwenalia comes to town and the Mayor willingly hands over the keys of the city to the next generation, most of whom appear in fancy dress – and in various states of inebriation – for the week.
· Start your exploration of Krakow in the main market square, right in the middle of the old town, which is a sight to see in itself. Most things of real interest are within walking distance.
· Wander up the hill towards Wawel for a sightseeing double-whammy... a castle and a cathedral together.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Poland.