Krakow combines well with a number of other Polish cities to make a perfect two-centre holiday
Twin centre breaks are becoming ever more popular as people look to travel to more destinations and become more confident at travelling between two different European towns or cities. Poland offers a wide range of different possibilities, both for those who want to visit two different cities in the same holiday and those who want to combine a few days in a city with a stay in a mountain resort.
The city of Krakow combines well with a number of other destinations to make either a twin or multi-centre holiday. Krakow has become an extremely popular city among British tourists in recent years. The city has plenty to offer the tourist, whether your preference is to wander around the beautiful medieval buildings of the Old Town or just to relax over a coffee in the main Market Square, Rynek Glowny. Well worth a visit is the elegant Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), packed with colourful booths displaying Polish specialities such as amber jewellery, decorated wooden eggs, embroidered clothes and crystal glasses.
For many people, one of the main reasons for visiting Krakow is the opportunity to take a trip to the notorious Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Perhaps one of the most sombre places that most people will ever visit, Auschwitz lies a short drive away from Krakow, making it an easy full day excursion (about 6 hours in total).
Wawel Castle is also well worth a visit, as is Kazimierz, Krakow’s former Jewish Quarter. This is a bustling, bohemian neighbourhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafés and art galleries.
After spending a few days sampling the main sites of interest in Krakow, it is very easy to jump on a train and head to Poland’s capital city, Warsaw, arriving there in only just over 2 hours. Other cities which combine well with Krakow are Gdansk and Wroclaw, both lesser-known and both with plenty of hidden jewels to explore.
For those who are looking to combine city and scenery on one holiday, a few days in the mountain resort of Zakopane is the ideal solution. Zakopane, located in the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland, is reached by a scenic coach journey from Krakow (2 hours). Zakopane is known as the “winter capital of Poland” but this attractive town welcomes visitors all year round and is a superb base for keen walkers. Those who prefer just to relax and enjoy the scenery may prefer to stroll around the town with its unique style of architecture, called Zakopane style. Zakopane has plenty of traditional cafés and restaurants, many of which often feature live music performances from folk bands wearing regional costumes.
Whatever you’re looking for in a two-centre holiday, in my opinion Poland has it all, and generally at very affordable prices too.