The 9th largest country of Europe, Poland, is one of the most preferred destination for tourists from around the world. It has charm, intensity and beauty that a visitor desires for. Poland is a blend of some very beautiful cities with some exotic locations, tasty food, affordable accommodation and smiley people. The name Poland originated from the name of a tribe, Polanie. An interesting fact is that if you would press the button 1 in the lifts of Poland then you will end up at the ground level only because here 1st floor is considered as floor 0. It is also one of the most educated countries in the world with 90% literacy rate. This is the only country with 17 Nobel Prize winners and the home of oldest restaurant of Europe, Piwnica Swidnicka which is opened since 1275 till date. These qualities are possessed by this single country just because of its cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Zakopane, Pozman, Wroclaw, Karpacz, Sopot, Gdynia, Auschwitz, Lodz, Swinoujscie and more. Lets know, what the city of Cracow has to offer. Krakow, also known as Cracow, is the second largest and one of the oldest city of Poland and located on the banks of Vistule River. This city is also called the European Capital of Culture, because of its amazing arts, architectures, festivals, events, museums, rich nightlife and friendly environment. Krakow’s roots come from 7th century when it was just a little community with few people living in it. By 12th century, Krakow became a boom town with some historical monuments, building projects, Jagiellonian University, schools and some other landmarks. Today, Krakow has become a tourist and economic hub with a great nightlife. It has the highest number of pubs per square km in the world in the Main Market Square. You will leave this city after visiting but this city would never leave you.
Krakow has a humid continental typical climate with hot summers. There are no dry seasons and the temperature varies from 40 F to 75 F throughout the year. July is the hottest month and January is the coolest one. You can expect more than 250 days of sunshine per year and the precipitation is at its highest point during April. This is the time when you will see some major rainfall and thunderstorms sometimes. Snowfall is not so common here but can be seen during April rarely. The best time to visit Krakow is from August to December.
How to get here?
Krakow is well served by John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice, located just 11 km west of the city center. The airport receives flights from all major airline carriers like US Airways, Delta, Frontier and more. There is also another major airport named Katowice International Airport, just 101 km from Krakow, which receives both domestic and international flights. However, John Paul Airport is preferred by visitors because of its central location. You can easily reach downtown from both of these airport by shuttles or other means of transport like cab, taxi and rental cars.
Accommodation and Food
Krakow is one of the most visited cities of Poland and a great range of accommodation is also a big reason of that. You can find every choice, from luxurious to affordable, around the city. If you would like a luxurious stay then the best option is Hotel Elektor, located at Ulika Szpitalna, featuring king size rooms, free internet, free parking, swimming pool, health club and other amenities. Other luxurious choice include Metropolitan Boutique Hotel, Crystal Suites, Cracowdays Apartments, Queen Boutique Hotel, Hotel Wentzl, Hotel Grodek, Hotel Senacki, Sodispar Serviced Apartments, Venetian House Aparthotel, Hotel Columbus, Domus Mater, Wielopole Hotel, Amber Hotel, Hotel Pugetow, Sheraton Hotel, Red Brick Apartments and Farmona Hotel Business & Spa. If you want an affordable hotel fitting your budget then there are some good options like Leaba Hostel, Hostel Faust, Felix Hotel, The Secret Garden Hotel, optima Osrodek Hotelowy, Ibis Budget Bronowice, Honey Hostel, Hotel Artur, Krystyna Hotel, Hostel 70s, Quality Hotel, Peregrinus Rooms & Apartments, Hotel Lipsk and Hotel Panorama.
Krakow has always been famous for its exotic food and more than 100 restaurant, cafe and bars. You will easily find lots of international cuisines handled by experienced and famous chefs. Some of the best choices are Bon Appetit Restaurant featuring French cuisine, Introligatornia Smaku Restaurant and Cyrano de Bergerac featuring seafood and burgers, Zielona Kuchnia featuring Central European and Organic food, Trzy Kroki w Szalenstwo featuring international fusion and Pod Baranem Restauracja featuring delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
The Wawel Cathedral, also known as The Royal Archcathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Wenceslaus, is a cathedral located on the Wawel hill in Krakow. It is one of the most important and historical landmark of the city of Krakow. The history of cathedral is little known but it is believed that it was built in 1000. The main attraction of the cathedral is the dark interior, religious art like Kaplica Zygmuntowska, the chapel, sculptures, paintings, stuccos and the Royal Tombs. It remains open everyday and entry is free for everyone.
The Main Square is an urban space located right at the center of the city. It is the largest medieval town square in Europe and also known as Rynek Glowny. The interesting fact is that the square is accessible via 11 streets and two passages. You will see people sitting on benches, eating in cafes and hanging out. The location seems to be very strategic as it is located at a walking distance from many museums, university facilities, theaters, cinemas, clubs, galleries and some other famous public facilities.