Overview Krakow

Visiting Krakow

One of the few major European cities to escape bombardment during World War II, Krakow boasts a skyline dominated by Gothic spires and medieval towers. Don't miss the Wawel Royal Castle, where centuries of Polish rulers lived or the neighboring Wawel Cathedral, or the Kazimierz quarter, which functioned as an epicenter of Jewish culture from the 14th century until World War II, when many of the district’s residents were murdered in nearby Auschwitz and Birkenau. The city’s Grand Square, or Rynek Glowny, is not to be missed. Surrounded by historic buildings and lined by cafes and restaurants, this massive square is the largest of its kind in Europe, and the perfect place for peoplewatching or just winding down after a long day in Krakow.

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One of the few major European cities to escape bombardment during World War II, Krakow boasts a skyline dominated by Gothic spires and medieval towers. Don't miss the Wawel Royal Castle, where centuries of Polish rulers lived or the neighboring Wawel Cathedral, or the Kazimierz quarter, which functioned as an epicenter of Jewish culture from the 14th century until World War II, when many of the district’s residents were murdered in nearby Auschwitz and Birkenau. The city’s Grand Square, or Rynek Glowny, is not to be missed. Surrounded by historic buildings and lined by cafes and restaurants, this massive square is the largest of its kind in Europe, and the perfect place for peoplewatching or just winding down after a long day in Krakow.

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Stories and Tips Krakow

A cheap flight to Krakow

Written by MichaelJM on 16 Sep, 2013

It's difficult to be too diverted at Kracow airport as it's a tiny little airport but it has a decent enough sitting area with plenty of comfortable chairs. In the airport lounge there are a couple of shops one selling general souvenirs and then a…Read More


Disorganised and claustrophobic

Written by Praskipark on 11 Jul, 2012

I used Kraków Airport for the first time three weeks ago on my trip to UK and was surprised how far it is from the centre of Kraków. There is a bus that takes you from just outside the bus station to the airport and…Read More


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Here's what I see...

Written by flyingscot4 on 05 May, 2011

As previously said, I am excited about East Europe. In the twenty years since the break-up of the Soviet Union, many wonderful things have happened in the East and I compared the countries to Germany. In the two weeks that I spent in…Read More


Dumplings and Dragons

Written by Niiko on 03 Feb, 2010

With flights coming in from all over Britain and the rest of Europe, Kraków is one of Poland's most accessible cities, and almost certainly its most welcoming. The surge of popularity the last decade or so has seen, however, has brought influxes both good and…Read More


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Escape the Bourgeois City with Crazy Tours!

Written by fizzytom on 15 Nov, 2008

Crazy Tours offer guided tours is conducted (for the most part) in a Trabant - that iconic fibreglass car of 1960s and 1970s eastern Europe.I found Crazy Tours when surfing the internet. I saw the name Crazy Guides on a couple of sites but it…Read More


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Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Written by Liam Hetherington on 30 Aug, 2006

“From my earliest years, my own devotion to Mary was deeply joined to my faith in Christ. The shrine of Kalwaria helped me greatly in this” – Pope John-Paul II.Whilst in Krakow there is one day trip that must be compulsory for Catholics – and…Read More


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Jasna Gora - Poland's National Shrine

Written by hagnel2 on 24 Jun, 2005

Poland’s national shrine revolves around the Byzantine icon of the " Black Madonna."The painting’s real origin is unknown, but it is said to date from the 6th to 14th century. Many legends revolve around its miraculous history, one being that around 1430, the…Read More


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Hello, Wadowice

Written by hagnel2 on 24 Jun, 2005

The journey of John Paul II began in this medieval market town nestled among hills and woods along the Skawa river. Today this sleepy town is alive with tourists following the trail of the late Pope. They flock to the pale yellow baroque basilica of…Read More


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Auschwitz/Birkenau: Journey into Darkness

Written by hagnel2 on 16 Jul, 2005

This pre-war Polish barracks in Oswiecem {German name is Auschwitz} was transformed into a death factory from 1940, until it was liberated by the Russians in 1945. The day was chilly and overcast when we boarded the bus from Krakow. The journey took two hours,…Read More


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Kazimierz: A Phoenix from the ashes

Written by hagnel2 on 16 Jul, 2005

Founded in 1335, Kazimierz was an independent town with its own culture and atmosphere, places of worship, town hall, and market. In those days, the Christian quarter in the western section was separated by a wall, and in 1820, the wall was demolished, and on…Read More


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