The former capital and second biggest city in Poland has an array of beautiful architecture spanning almost every era from the Middle Ages to today. Furthermore hosting over 100 internationally recognised art and cultural festivals each year and with one of the highest concentrations of pubs anywhere, it is no wonder that Krakow makes many wanderlusters’ lists of must visits.
Head down to Europe’s largest market square which is one of the social hubs of the city where you can watch the street performers, grab a bite to eat and tour the magnificent St Mary’s Church. From here it is just a short walk up to the Castle and Cathedral, both beautifully impressive insights into the city’s past which also give visitors great views over Krakow. In fact the Old Town and whole central area has such significant historical importance and is so picturesque that UNESCO have deemed Krakow’s historic centre a World Heritage Site.
Lying just south of the castle is another area well worth exploring, the Kazimierz which is the Jewish Quarter. After reconstructing itself in the nineties and reclaiming its former self, Kazimierz is now one of the trendiest spots in the city alight with art and culture events, nightlife and great cafes. Wander through the streets and see the mix of impressive synagogues, monuments and churches as well as pick up crafts and antiques or sample the zapiekanka, a baguette pizza extremely popular with the locals at the Plac Nowy, a market which has been open for 100 years.
Krakow has lots of interesting museums to choose from but one of the true highlights is Oskar Schindler’s Factory which allows visitors to get a truly in-depth insight into the Nazi occupation of the city and more about Schindler himself. Tourists often take the chance to visit Auschwitz and find this a truly unforgettable and humbling experience to see the remains of these gigantic camps and discover stories of the 1.3 million victims of genocide, torture and imprisonment.