Krakow city breaksSample artisan life and an abundance of culture
As Poland’s premier tourist destination, Krakow has thrived in recent decades as a hub for visitors in search of both culture and partying. With a wealth of historical significance ingrained within its ancient streets, the bars, clubs and restaurants around the city have also successfully capitalised on its ever-growing stock. The result is a wonderfully diverse blend of distinctly Eastern European heritage and vibrant modern nightlife that attracts a varied selection of visitors throughout the year. Factor in the famously inexpensive cost of Polish living and you’re all set.
From the Old Town to the Jewish Quarter, HomeAway has over 100 properties in Krakow to cater for all tastes and needs. Whether you desire all the commodities of the city centre, or the tranquillity of the suburbs, our apartments throughout the city range from homely and comfortable to luxurious. Before booking, take a look at our quick guide.
Krakow city breaks highlights
The focal centre of Krakow in essentially every respect, the Old Town is a beautiful and fascinating area right at the heart of the city. Rynek Glowny, the largest medieval market square in the world, is a fine starting point for your adventure, dotted with charming and wallet-friendly bars and restaurants and the majestic Town Hall Tower. Be sure to take a stroll through Wawel Gardens and check out the beautiful castle of the same name.
Once a city in its own right, Kazimierz now stands as a predominantly Jewish district in the city centre of Krakow. As well as the multitude of synagogues and churches you will also find the Ethnographic Museum and Galicia Jewish Museum, long standing testament to the area’s proud religious heritage. The streets of pl. Nowy and ul. Józefa in particular are flanked by an array of chic nightspots where you can rest your weary legs at the end of the day.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
A stone’s throw from the centre of Krakow, the salt mine is undoubtedly Poland’s most fascinating and breathtaking attraction. The mine is the oldest of its kind still in operation, winding deep underground for a staggering 178 miles. Within its cavernous walls you will find St Kinga’s Chapel, every last chandelier and relief carved meticulously from the natural rock salt. The comprehensive three hour tour will also allow you to marvel at the crystal caverns that adorn the other parts of the mine.
Although not actually in Krakow itself, the most visited site for tourists in the city is the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Any number of tour operators will take you to the museum, a sombre but important reminder of the atrocities committed by the Nazis during the Second World War. The site has been preserved as a museum and memorial to the millions of prisoners murdered there between 1942 and 1945, and is undoubtedly the most poignant admonition to a dark but never forgotten period of history.
As with so many Eastern European nations, Polish sport is on the increase on a continental scale. Time your visit accordingly and you can witness one of the city’s two football teams, Wisla Krakow and Cracovia Krakow, in action. Be warned, though: so feverous is the local passion for the game that displaying either side’s colours is ill-advised. Elsewhere, a trip to Krakowinaka Arena to see the highly rated KS Cracovia Krakow ice hockey team is always an enthralling way to spend the evening.
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