Krakow Weekend Breaks
With a rich history, vibrant nightlife and a reputation as Poland's cultural capital, Krakow is the ideal choice for anyone looking for a city break with a difference. With so much on offer, Krakow city breaks are a treasure trove of alluring attractions, from art galleries and museums, to religious buildings, superb shopping and an atmospheric night life scene.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a cheap city break to Krakow with your loved one, or want to treat yourself to some cultural time travel and experience a life a million miles from home, the city opens a world of new experiences and will leave you with memories for years to come.
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Hideaway Castles and Pretty Parkland
Krakow is scattered across a number of districts, which form four main areas of the city, the South, the West and the East, with the Old Town at the heart of it all. Encircled by pretty parkland forests, the Old Town is filled to the brim with fascinating attractions, from the beautiful Wawel Castle, to the intricately detailed Town Hall Tower. Stay in one of the city centre hotels to find yourself within minutes of it all.
The Western city breathes between leafy parks and woodlands, but pulses with culture via its museums, theatres, cinemas and churches. The South stretches towards the Vistula river and offers thought provoking sites such as the Ghetto Walls and Schindler’s Factory Emalia.
Anyone with an appetite for culture will find endless inspiration whilst on Krakow city breaks, as it boasts a cosmopolitan atmosphere thanks to its colourful past and bright future. History can be seen within its museums, art galleries and across its buildings, whilst the culture vultures will be kept happy with bustling local markets, excellent shopping, city parks and international restaurants.
By night the city comes to life thanks in part to its student population, with venues ranging from cool, urban hangouts, to private clubs that hide stylish interiors and cool clientele. Entertainment comes in the sophisticated form of shows at the Opera House and in the theatres, or via live music venues across the city’s calendar of festivals and in its music clubs.
Out and About in Krakow
Just a two and a half hours flight, Krakow, Poland offers tourists the chance to immerse themselves in a different culture whilst still enjoying a host of modern and exciting attractions. Some of the city’s most splendid buildings include the striking Wawel Castle, which dates back to the 16th century, and St Mary’s Church, which found life around 1220. One of the best preserved examples of Gothic architecture can be seen in the Collegium Maius University building, whilst a Renaissance work of art is seen in Cloth Hall.
The city sings with ancient treasures, artefacts and art works, which can be admired within its museums and galleries. The National Museum showcases a huge array of work spanning a number of centuries and artistic movements, while the Krakow Historical Museum and the Archaeological Museum give you the chance to trace the footsteps of times gone by.
Once you've taken in the beautiful architecture of the city, you needn't go too far to enjoy some hearty local cuisine or the tempting flavoured spirits favoured by the locals.
After dinner, you can choose to join in with the lively nightlife or experience the cafe culture in the popular Market Square. Krakow city breaks can be made even more cultured by spending an evening at one of the renowned theatres like the Slowacki, where many acclaimed companies perform.
Come the morning, you'll have plenty of opportunity to blow off the cobwebs in the city's dozens of parks including the historic Planty, built to replace the ancient city walls. With snowy winters and mild weather throughout the rest of the year, city breaks to Krakow are the perfect escape in any season.
If you're looking for more inspiration on things to do in Krakow, check out our guide.
Please note: City taxes payable locally.