Krakow, located in southern Poland on the Vistula River, is considered one of the most important cultural cities of Central Europe. It wasn’t for nothing that it was awarded the 2000 European Capital of Culture or that it’s come to be known as the "Florence of Poland." Some claim it is one of the most beautiful cities of the continent. The historic centre of Krakow has been names a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, thankfully, passed the Second World War unscathed so we can enjoy it today.
The Old City of Krakow
Stare Miasto is the Polish name for the Old Town, a grand and historic area that has managed to withstand several wars. The square is about 200 metres squared and is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. In the middle of the Market Square is Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), which used be a centre for international trade. Other attractions on the square include the Town Hall, Tower, St. Wojciech and St. Mary's Church on the outskirts.
There are a number of hotel s around Stare Miasto, including a selection of luxury hotels offering saunas, indoor pools and gyms. There are also romantic hotels with room service and design hotels with stylish restaurants. There is certainly a lot of choice for those looking for a stylish getaway!
Outside the Old City of Krakow
Surrounding the Old City is a large city park, called Planty, which is full of statues and fountains, and figures from the poems of Adam Mickiewicz. In the north of the park you can still find military defences, such as the St. Florian. To the south lies the Wawel: a large hill surmounted by a Royal Castle and Wawel Cathedral. Below the castle is a statue of Smok Wawelski: a legendary dragon in Polish folklore. The cave where he is imagined to have lived is a popular attraction too.
There’s a great selection of accommodation surrounding the Old Tow, including business hotels with a bar, lounge, airport transfer and free WiFi. You’ll find a number of three-star hotels, offering both comfort and affordability, most of them providing high-speed internet. For those travelling with family, there’s also a few that offer childcare.
Kazimierz, is a striking a beautiful predominately Jewish neighbourhood. Here you’ll find ornate synagogues alongside restaurants serving delectable classics, coffee houses and coffee houses. It’s a cosy part of town that’s well worth a look.
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