Cracow, or Krakow (Polish „Kraków”) is one of the most famous historic Polish cities – it’s the former capital of Poland and is a favourite destination for thousands of tourists from Europe and beyond. So what makes Krakow so popular?
During your trip to Krakow you will see a city full of historic monuments preserved close to their original state, renovated - but not rebuilt - from ruins. One can even visit the chambers where Polish kings resided or rooms where Nicolaus Copernicus was educated - and for those interested in recent history, you could visit nearby Auschwitz to remember and honour those lost in the holocaust.
There are plenty of opportunities for parties or dining – the Old Town quarter of the city offers hundreds of restaurants, bars, clubs or street food options serving everything from delicious traditional Polish food to a rich diversity of international cusine.
While on a trip to Krakow there are so many other options for having a truly memoriable vacation – like shopping, sports, horseriding or even... sailing! The city is also home to elite sporting and entertainment facilities. During Euro 2012 the city was a base for the national teams of England, Netherlands and Italy, and the local Tauron Arena is a top Polish venue where some of the biggest international stars in music have entertained hundreds of thousands.
The allure of Cracow
There are thousands of those who travel to Krakow for a business and then want to come back for a more private and entertaining experience. Local and international celebrities such as like Michael Palin have been known to stroll through the streets of the Old Town or pay visits to the newest district, Nowa Huta („New Steelworks” - built after II World War).
Some of the biggest Polish and international film studios have chosen Krakow as their favourite destination for shooting historic scene such as Schindler's List, La Double Vie de Veronique, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Dark Crimes etc.
Main Market Square (Rynek Główny) with medieval Cloth Hall and Townhall Tower
Sightseeing around Cracow
For those who wish to see more of Poland, the surrounding towns of Wieliczka and Bochnia offer the world famous historic salt mines. Or if you prefer going up than down, you could break out into the nearby mountains for some climbing and see the magnificent beauty of southern Poland from Tatry peak to the North.
There are many options of accommodation in Krakow such as international or independent Polish hotels, or decent budget hostels for those on backpacking trips. Whatever you choose it is hard to be disappointed!
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Come and see - Cracow awaits!