Although Warsaw may be the official capital of Poland, Kraków is often regarded as the country’s cultural capital. Home to a wealth of cultural attractions and historical sights, it is easy to see why this is the case. However, Kraków’s attractions are not limited to gallery-hopping and sightseeing. With a multitude of Polish restaurants and music bars, Kraków’s charm is truly multidimensional!
Kraków is served by John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice (KRK) which is situated just west of the city centre in a village called Balice.On average, the flight time from London to Kraków is just over two hours and there are more than 20 flights a week that depart London for Kraków. Flight prices from London to Kraków vary considerably throughout the year. From September to March, a return flight will cost around £50. However, during the popular summer months a return flight to Kraków will set you back between £130 and £180.
Things to Do in Kraków
Kraków is a truly fascinating city with so many areas to visit and explore. As a result, it is recommended that you spend around a few days to a week in Kraków in order to a get a true feel of the city. The following section highlights some of the best things to see and do while in Kraków.
One of the major attractions in Kraków is Wawel castle. This beautiful Renaissance palace has extensive grounds that are free to wander around and inside the palace itself there are 5 museums. The museums showcase relics from the palace’s fascinating history and you can take an English-language tour if you wish too. Places on tours fill up quickly, so be sure to book your place in advance!
Perched on Wawel Hill, Wawel cathedral is another must-visit attraction in Krawkow. This beautiful cathedral is nearly a millennium old and is the most important national sanctuary in the country. The structure itself is beautiful and has a number of tombs and chapels to explore. In addition, the cathedral is home to an abundance of historical artefacts that the cathedral has accumulated throughout its history. The cathedral’s treasures include Gothic sarcophagi and Renaissance paintings.
As Kraków is the principal tourist destination in Poland, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation options. The best place to stay in Kraków is the Old Town as it is in close proximity to all of the major attractions and has an abundance of cafes and restaurants. In the Old Town you find some of Kraków’s most luxurious hotels, some of which are situated near the main square and others which are concealed in quiet parks. However, if you are after something a little quieter and cheaper, why not look at the hotels in Kazimierz which is just a short walk (15 mins) or an even shorter cab ride away from the Old Town. In addition, Kazimierz is a great location if you fancy spending your evenings in some of Kraków’s best bars and clubs.
If you plan on spending some time in the city there are a number of private rooms and apartments that can be rented out relatively inexpensively. In addition, there are a number of apartment rental services which allow you to rent apartments for as little as a couple of nights.