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A medieval cultural hub that should always be included in any Polish travel itinerary, KrakÃ³w is blessed with one of the best-preserved historic centres in Europe. The city's majestic Old Town district is, quite rightfully, on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, centred on the enormous Main Market Square that is larger than any other medieval city square on the continent. Today, it has never been easier to book fast, direct flights to KrakÃ³w from many other major cities in Europe.
A popular starting and finishing for touring KrakÃ³w, this iconic square is overlooked by the stunning 14th-century Sukiennice, a cloth hall that was later converted into a mall. This magnificent building is also the venue for the city's 19th-Century Polish Art Gallery and the state-of-the-art Rynek Underground technology museum. The Main Market Square is also famed for its staggering medieval Town Hall Tower, the stupendous St Mary's Basilica, and its thriving cafés and restaurants.
Another must-see, this enchanting castle also dates back to the 14th century, and is the perfect day out for families. See its fascinating Italian Renaissance artwork, explore its tremendous towers, and spend some time admiring the beautiful Royal Gardens.
More than 1,000 years old, colourful Wawel Cathedral houses many extraordinary treasures, and is adjacent to Wawel Castle. It's known for its diverse architectural influences, which range from Gothic to Modern, and was the church of the Polish monarchy for approximately four centuries.
Next to KrakÃ³w Old Town, Kazimierz was originally an independent city and has organised the Jewish Cultural Festival since 1988. Here, you can browse many delightful boutiques, see the district's impressive synagogue, and learn about Kazimierz's historic role as the heart of Poland's Jewish community.
Another very popular tourist attraction is the Polish Aviation Museum, which showcases many historic aircraft and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. You can also head deep underground to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which produced salt for more than 600 years and has earned the nickname as Poland's 'Underground Salt Cathedral'.
If you're looking to be spoilt in luxury, consider staying at the exquisite Radisson Blu Hotel KrakÃ³w or the divine Holiday Inn KrakÃ³w City Center, both of which are conveniently located close to many of KrakÃ³w's main sights. Other more affordable places to stay in the city include the well-presented Topolowa Residence, the stylish Hotel Maksymilian, and the immaculate Hotel Columbus.
Dine at the Restauracja Starka or the Trezo Restauracja for some mouthwatering Polish classics, or go to the Corse restaurant and enjoy equally delicious French cuisine. You could also treat yourself to some wonderful Italian recipes at the Bianca restaurant, or other delightful international dishes at the Pieciolinia Smakow fine-dining restaurant.
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|Food and drinks||Prices average|
|Beer (0.5 litre)||£1.00|
|Meal at McDonald's||£4.00|
|Water (0.33 litre)||£1.00|
|One way tube ticket||£1.00|
|Taxi starting price (normal tariff)||£1.00|
|1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M,...)||£27.00|
|1 pair of jeans (Levi's 501 or similar)||£49.00|
|Average monthly disposable salary (net)||£706.00|