If you’re looking for a city break with the right blend of culture, nightlife and quaint surroundings, Krakow is hard to beat. While you can see traces of the city’s WWII history, Poland’s former royal capital is also a celebration of the present. Step onto Europe’s largest medieval town square, explore regal Wawel Castle, and take it all in from a quiet café. Come evening, you’ll have your pick of cabaret bars, theatres, clubs and restaurants.
From royal Renaissance architecture to one of Europe’s oldest industrial enterprises, there’s more to this city in the south of Poland than meets the eye. Here are our top recommendations for activities in Krakow, to help make your trip unforgettable.
Best time to visit: June and July
Fly to: John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice, around 11km from central Krakow.
Alternative transport: Cross the English Channel by Eurostar and book onward travel across the European mainland, which is well connected by rail.