This old Polish city is home to one of the best-preserved Medieval centres in Europe. Its Old Town has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and offers a treasure trove of architectural gems that span a number of periods in history. Here you'll step back in time to a more regal age, and explore majestic palaces, beautiful old churches and other buildings that line the ancient streets.
In the centre of Krakow you'll find one of Europe's most beautiful squares, called the Old Market Square, from which the rest of the Old Town spreads out. Enter through the old city's main entrance, the Florian Gate, which is set within the original city walls. Today the area is home to a number of excellent art galleries and a thriving cultural scene. Actually, Krakow has always been home to great artists, writers and intellectuals, which is why this charming city is one of Poland's great cultural centres.
Krakow has been Poland's royal capital for half a century, and you'll find the remarkable Royal Castle here, as well as the Cathedral. The city is also famous for being one of Europe's major Jewish centres. You can visit the old ghetto district of Kazimierz, and more Jewish history, albeit a sad one, is evident in the memorial death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, located west of the city.
Krakow is also a thriving university town, home to Europe's oldest university and the thriving student community enjoys a lively nightlife as well as numerous cafes and outdoor restaurants that are located around the cobbled main square.
- Kraków John Paul II International Airport, EPKK
- Katowice International Airport, EPKT
- Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport, EPRZ