Stroll through the streets on Krakow city breaks, soaking up the city's mystical atmosphere. Every corner reveals a different aspect of Krakow's history from the ancient to its modern renewal making it the perfect destination for your Poland holidays in 2019.
A historical and cultural gem in Poland’s crown, Krakow is an ideal destination if you’re looking for legendary castles, magnificent churches, bustling marketplaces and a fantastic nightlife. Visitors from all over the world enjoy city breaks in Krakow.
It's easy to fill your Krakow city breaks by exploring the sights, whether you're browsing the narrow streets of the Old Town, taking the sun in Planty Park or walking the banks of the River Vistula. Admire the view of Wawel Royal Castle before stopping for a spot of people watching in a tree-lined square.
The Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Painting focuses on Polish realism and impressionism while the Bunkier Sztuki or 'art bunker' is home to three floors of contemporary art.
If you're running from Belfast to Krakow for a city break, you can find it underground in Krakow. The salt mines of Wieliczka or the tunnel experience that lies under the city's main market square, delivers plenty of interactive wizardries.
Poland is known for its vodka so cheap breaks to Poland should always have a tasting tour on the itinerary. There are several to choose from in Krakow.
The Old Town is the place to go for souvenirs of your cheap city breaks to Krakow. Start in the Cloth Hall's large souvenir market where you'll find crystal glassware, amber jewellery and sheepskin rugs. Galerias Krakowska and Kazimierz are large air-conditioned shopping centres.
Krakow is home to a variety of bustling marketplaces, selling everything from trinkets to Polish snacks. Plac Nowy is known as the Jewish market and you’ll find an enormous collection of different stalls here selling clothing, antiques and souvenirs. Hala Targowa is a fun market to explore where the line between trash and treasure is pretty thin. Here you’ll find everything from old books and postcards to jewellery and paintings. If you’d rather buy some fresh local produce, Stary Kleparz is a historical food market that dates back to the 12th century. Make sure you try some local specialities while you’re here, including obwarzanek, a type of bagel, and oscypek, a type of cheese that comes from the Tatra Mountains.
Grab a table at one of the bars in Rynek Glowny in the early evening before heading to the buzzing bar scene of Plac Nowy. Many bars are hidden underground, so organised pub crawls are a great way of discovering them on Bristol to Krakow city breaks.
One of the major attractions in Krakow is Royal Wawel Castle, a strong symbol for Polish national identity. The castle was first built in the 14th century by Casimir III the Great, and redeveloped during the Renaissance to become the heart of Polish culture. A fascinating place to visit, the castle is brimming with treasures and antiquities spread over five different museums. Wawel Castle is the highlight of cheap city breaks to Krakow from Scotland and the rest of the UK. This important symbol of Poland's identity contains five separate museums and beautiful grounds.Another key remnant of Krakow’s fortified past, and also one of the most beautiful, is the Barbican. This impressive medieval bastion features seven turrets and is one of the city’s most memorable landmarks. Perhaps even more memorable is Kościuszko Mound, set in a suburb of the city. This monumental earthen mound is dedicated to a Polish hero, Tadeusz Kościuszko, who died in 1823. As well as the mound itself, there is an interesting museum detailing the life and struggles of Kościuszko. Close to the Barbican is Florian Gate, one of the remaining historical gates to the city, and a key landmark for visitors to Krakow.
This interactive museum is housed in the former enamel factory of Oskar Schindler and documents how he saved the lives of his Jewish labour force during the Holocaust. It's a poignant stop, rich in the country's heritage.
The Gothic-style Wawel Cathedral has witnessed many important Polish occasions and is easily recognisable with its gilded dome.
To learn about the Jewish history of Krakow, head to the Galicia Jewish Museum, where you’ll find a touching and informative exhibition on the Jewish culture of the former Austro-Hungarian region of Galicia, and the victims of the Holocaust. Schindler’s Factory is another key location behind the history of Nazi-occupied Krakow. The museum is housed in Oskar Schindler’s enamel factory, where the Nazi industrialist famously saved Jewish workers. If you’re interesting in learning about the wider history of Poland, the National Museum has an extensive collection of artefacts and paintings. Also worth visiting for Jewish heritage is the 17th-century Izaak's Synagogue, the city’s largest synagogue.When on city breaks to Krakow from East Midlands airport be sure to visit the Galicia Jewish Museum with its exhibits celebrating Poland's Jewish culture.
Flights for Dublin to Krakow city breaks and arrivals from other UK airports land at the John Paul II International Airport at Balice. Regular bus and train services link it to the city centre. Book the best Ireland vacations by browsing our choice of flights to Krakow.
Exploring Krakow on Dublin deals is made easy with the city's efficient bus and tram network. Services run from early morning until late at night. Buy and validate tickets at onboard machines.
One traditional Krakow delicacy is the obwarzanek, a large pretzel that's sold in every cafe and on every street corner. Krakow's food is hearty with choices such as zurek, a creamy sour soup served with sausage or hard-boiled egg, barszcz or beetroot soup and Polish dumplings or pierogi. Similar to ravioli, they're made with sweet or savoury fillings.
Like any large city, Krakow has a full calendar of events. Try and book Krakow city breaks from Glasgow to coincide with the Lajkonik Pageant in late May or the Jewish Culture Festival in July. Christmas markets appear in December while Krakow New Year is celebrated with music and fireworks.
Summer in Krakow is hot and humid while winter is a season of snow and freezing temperatures. For comfortable sightseeing on short breaks to Krakow from East Midlands airport, visit in late spring or early autumn.
Polish is the official language of Krakow while English and German are widely spoken and understood.
With trips to Krakow and Auschwitz always being popular, Krakow offers plenty of accommodation choices. Both the Old Town and Kazimierz have hostels and hotels to suit all budgets.
Just an hours drive from Krakow is the former German Nazi camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This heart-breaking place can be visited from Krakow itself or consider booking guided coach trips to Auschwitz from the UK.
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