Krakow is consistently one of our best-selling city breaks these days, often outselling more traditional destinations like Paris and Edinburgh. The proliferation of low-cost flights is only one of the reasons, so if you haven’t been to Poland’s prime tourist attraction before, then its time you went to see what all the fuss is about.
Start your sightseeing in Grand Square (Rynek Glowny), which at 10 acres is Europe’s largest main square, at the heart of the Old Town. It has been voted the world’s best square and is the location of many concerts, festivals and public events. Here you will find the magnificent Basilica of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki) which is one of the most famous churches in Poland. Constructed of brick this gothic style church has a famous carved wooden altarpiece by Veit Stoss. From the taller of St Mary’s towers music is played every hour, which cuts off mid-tune to commemorate the trumpeter who was shot in the throat whilst sounding the alarm of impending Mongol invaders. In the Square you will also find the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) this most recent building on the site is in a renaissance style dating from 1544, the Town Hall Tower and the statue of Adam Mickiewic, a 19th century polish poet. Grodzka Street connects the square with Wawel Castle, home to generations of Poland’s monarchs it houses a stunning collection of priceless art, period furniture and rare artifacts. and is well worth a visit. A very popular excursion is to the local Salt Mines in the beautiful town of Wieliczka, spread over nine levels, it has 3.5 km of galleries with works of art, altars, and statues sculpted in salt. Cities Direct can organise this tour for you ahead of departure, so you have the peace of mind of an inclusive price and knowing we use reputable companies. Around 60km away is Auschwitz, the collective name for the concentration, extermination and labour camps built by the Nazis in the Second World War. It is a pilgrimage for survivors’ families and those who wish to remember the horrors of what happened there. There are numerous companies offering daytrips in Krakow but Cities Direct will be happy to arrange a trip for you direct from your hotel with one of our recommended organisers.
All hotels chosen by Cities Direct are on a bed and breakfast basis and within walking distance of the main attractions. One of our most popular hotels is the Hotel Maksymilian. This is a newly opened 3* hotel, located just 5 minutes’ walk from the Old Town Square, offering 32 rooms furnished in a modern yet stylish way. If you want something at the top of the market then look no further than the Ostoya Palace, a 4* hotel built in 1895, offering 24 bedrooms including a suite with a balcony and Jacuzzi.
Try the famous Polish Pierogi – dumplings with your choice of filling.
Krakow City Breaks are popular all year round - With the magical scenery of Krakow draped in snow, traditional Polish food and drinks it has one of the most popular Christmas Markets in Europe, with its 100 Santa Claus’ parade and carollers’ procession. It is also good to visit in the Summer when the weather can be hot and there are opportunities for alfresco eating and drinking.
There are flights available from 14 UK and Irish airports including Cork, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Call us to find the best option for you.
Historical sights and architecture
Combining with a stay in the mountain resort of Zakopane