- Location: Located on the Vistula River in the Malopolskie province in the southern part of Poland.
- Attraction Type: City.
- Significance: A historical city, Krakow is the third-largest city in Poland and the capital of Lesser Poland at the same time.
- Best time to Visit: Late spring, whole summer, and early autumn.
- Visiting Hours: During the daytime and evening.
- How to Reach: the Easiest Way to come down to the city is through the air, at Balice Airport, located just 12 km west of the city center. Trains are available every 30 minutes from airport to ‘Dworzec Glowny PKP’ station. You can also reach here through various IC trains and EX trains from different destinations throughout the country.
- Nearest Airport: Balice Airport (KRK).
Krakow is a city with a difference: it is a city where history makes not only makes its presence felt but impresses itself strongly on every aspect of modern life. A city full of legend, Krakow is an immense attraction for the travelers of all sorts. The tradition here is a living and vibrating entity and carries itself lyrically even amidst the changes that have come with the onset of modernity. Krakow has always amazed its visitors with its unique characteristics.
Located on the Vistula River in the Malopolskie province in the southern part of Poland, Krakow is the third-largest city of the country and is the capital of Lesser Poland. As history dominates the city, you will be flooded with various historical attractions within the city. But not only that, Krakow will keep mesmerizing you with a lot more. The mysterious and beautiful streets of the Old Town, the galleries, cafíés, pubs, and restaurants — all will make your trip to Krakow a really memorable one.
Things to Do
There are plenty of places to visit in Krakow. Be it the popular landmarks, or a range of museums and galleries, be it walking down the beautiful streets, or shopping in the vibrating malls — excitement is in store for you in every nook and corner of the city.
Monuments and Galleries: Being a historical city, Krakow has a number of monuments and galleries for the visitors. Most of the state museums offer free entry on Sunday and remain closed on Monday. You can visit the Czartoryski Museum which houses the famous Lady with an Emine by da Vinci, Bunker of Modern Art, Armia Krajowa Museum, Archaeological Museum, and Centre of Japanese Art & Technology which has a wonderful collection of Japanese artifacts. You can also visit the Galicja Jewish Museum in Kazimierz and Gallery of 19th Century Art which offers some of the best collections of 19th century Poland paintings.
Major Landmarks: Wawel Castle is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in Krakow. But be aware of the fact that it has some awkward pricing structure, as you may need to pay different prices to get into the different parts of the castle at a particular time of the day. Surprisingly, during other times, you don’t have to pay any entry-fee there. Kazimierz is the former Jewish district located in the south of Wawel. The Rynek Glowny is one of the biggest medieval squares in the world with several churches, restaurants, and bars.
Other Must-Dos: Listen to the Hejnal Mariacki in Rynek Glowny or go for shopping at the open area flea markets at Plac Nowy and Hala Targowa on Sundays. Walking along the Royal Way or walking around the ‘Planty’ can also be joyful. You can also go for the Vistula River cruise from the Wawel Castle. Dragon’s Lair and Dragon Breathe Fire are treated to watch.
A number of hotels are available in Krakow. Some of those can be listed as below:
ul. Szpitalna 28
ul. Jacek Mogilski 7
Related Links :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0roAijL5sE: Check out the greatest landmarks of medieval Krakow in this wonderful travel video! You will understand why it is a place like no other in the world.