Krakow City Breaks 2016

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Cosmopolitan Krakow

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. 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 Castles to the intricately detailed Town Hall Tower.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy cheap city breaks to Krakow with your loved one, or want to treat yourself to some cultural time travel and experience a bygone facade, 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

On your Krakow city break you can indulge in one of the most beautiful destinations in Poland. Holidaymakers should immerse themselves in the host of timeless 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 found in the Collegium Maius University building, while Renaissance works of art can be viewed in Cloth Hall.

Culture vultures will be well catered for during their Krakow city breaks, and they will revel in the array of engaging museums on offer. 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 the city’s past.

Once you've experienced the beautiful architecture and the intriguing history of the city, it’ll be time to enjoy some hearty local cuisine or the tempting spirits favoured by the locals. After dinner, you can choose to join in with the lively nightlife, experience the cafe culture in the popular Market Square, or for a spot of artistic culture, spend an evening at one of the renowned theatres like the Slowacki, where many acclaimed companies perform.

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Things to Do

Wawel Cathedral and Wawel Castle, home of the Polish kings for centuries, have for many years been a popular tourist attraction in the city. Krakow is also home to a large zoo where animal lovers can visit hundreds of fascinating species during their Krakow city break. The city is also home to a large number of museums where visitors can find out more about Krakow's rich history and culture.

Shopping

Whether you would like to spend just a few hours or a whole day wandering Krakow's streets for a bargain, there are plenty of shops of all kinds in the city to browse - from independent clothes shops to top designer names. The Market Square in the centre of the city is the largest square of its kind in Europe, this is where you will find hundreds of stall owners gathering together to sell their products.

Eating Out

Polish cuisine has become increasingly popular recently and there is no better place to sample some of the local delicacies than in Krakow. If you would rather stick to what you know then you needn't fear as you will find plenty of international style restaurants scattered amongst the city serving more familiar dishes.

Nightlife

The nightlife in Krakow is what draws many people to the city for a weekend break. If you have come to party, you won't be disappointed as there is a huge selection of thriving bars and clubs in the city that stay open until the early hours of the morning!

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Day Trips

There are plenty of things to do in Krakow with number of day trips that run from the city to surrounding attractions including the famous historical site of Auschwitz, which is a little over 50 kilometres from the city. The camp is the most notorious of the Nazi concentration camps and has a sombre and reflective atmosphere - well worth visiting during your city break.

History

Krakow is a very old city and as such it is home to a large number of culturally significant buildings and monuments. One of the most popular attractions is Wawel Hill which is home to the Cathedral and Wawel Castle - once home to the kings and queens of Poland. Another popular attraction is the 13 metre altar in St Mary’s church, the largest of its kind in the world.

Attractions

The city is home to a large number of fascinating attractions. One of the most popular is the salt mines at Weiliczka. The mine is made up of over 300 kilometres of tunnels, as well as the world's largest underground church with statues, chandeliers and an altar all carved out of the naturally forming salt.

Museums

There are a number of various museums in Krakow - The Jewish Museum that is situated within an old synagogue in the historic Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz is one of the most popular attractions in the city. The museum is dedicated to the history of the Jewish people in Krakow and it also provides insight to the Jewish culture and tradition.

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Nightlife

Krakow is well known for its lively nightlife, offering plenty of bars and clubs to choose from. In the central Old Town region, the majority of the bars are found in traditional cellars along most streets. Scattered among the rest of the city there is a variety of establishments, from tiny hole-in-the-wall bars, to large trendy clubs that are open well into the early hours.

Culture

There many things to do in Krakow with a large number of museums and galleries to keep groups entertained during their stay. The Czartoryski museum is home to an impressive art collection including some of the world's most famous paintings. There are also plenty of rare artefacts from all over the world.

Bars

Bar culture is one of the reasons the city of Krakow has become so popular in recent years. There is a wide range of venues where you can choose to spend the evening from small smoky jazz cafes to trendy, modern cocktail lounges and traditional cellar bars - whatever your music tastes you will be sure to find something you like, be it a live band or a DJ.

Krakow Group Stays

Hotel Chopin is conveniently located in Krakow's centre, close to all the main attractions and within easy reach of the city's lively night scene. The 220 rooms are all fully equipped with the necessary amenities that ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay and with the hotel also offering an in-house fitness studio and beauty centre you are sure to have a relaxing city break.

Top Krakow Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow

The Hilton Garden Inn Krakow is situated in the heart of the city providing guests with some spectacular views of Wawel Castle over the Vistula River. This hotel makes an ideal choice for those wishing to explore the city with many of the historical attractions just a short walk away. There is a fitness centre on-site which guests can make full use of 24 hours a day. All rooms are well-decorated and provide guests with complimentary Wi-Fi access. This is a perfect choice for families and couples seeking a prime location in the city.

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Hotel Sympozjum & Spa

The Hotel Sympozjum & Spa can be found close to Krakow's historic centre with the city's market square and top attractions all within easy reach. This luxurious hotel has a total of 80 rooms full-equipped with modern amenities including a private bathroom, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi connection and satellite TV. Guests can make use of the hotel's heated indoor swimming pool during their stay which is available all year round. The hotel also has a main restaurant and cafe-bar where guests can sample some of the finest European cuisine and light meals. The Hotel Sympozjum & Spa makes a perfect choice for anyone looking for comfortable and convenient accommodation in a central location from which to explore Krakow.

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Hotel Poleski

The Hotel Poleski is positioned on the opposite side of the Vitula River enjoying excellent views of arguably Krakow's most significant sight, Wawel Castle. The old town is just a short ten minute walk away so this hotel makes the ideal base from which to explore Krakow during a cultural city break. With no large roads nearby this hotel provides a quiet area away from the noises of everyday city life. The hotel also has a spacious restaurant which can be found on the first floor. This hotel is a perfect choice for couples looking for a memorable city break in Krakow.

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Useful information

Language
Polish
Currency
Zloty
Local time
GMT/BST +1 hour
Airport
Krakow J. Paul Ii International
Flight time
3 hours 30 minutes