Introduction to Krakow
It might not be the capital or even the biggest city in Poland (it’s the second biggest, actually), but Krakow is one of the most popular Polish cities to visit in terms of tourism. Its lure? The chance to experience an authentic East European vibe consisting of tightly packed pubs that have been in business for centuries, a map saturated in historic architecture and a wealth of attractions that all fit into the city’s ‘olde worlde’ way of life.
Located in the heart of Europe and in the southern end of Poland, Krakow is a city of 1.4 million people (including the surrounding area), which dates back to the 7th century. As the only major Polish city to remain unscathed after World War II, Krakow’s history, in terms of priceless artifacts within historic buildings, remains amazingly intact offering a rare glimpse for tourists. Such history is best seen in the iconic stone architecture that towers over the central streets. History aside, the city’s scenery is equally as appealing incorporating luxury traits such as lush green gardens that sit against medieval castle-like structures - something money cannot buy.
For many, a visit to Krakow is an opportunity to step back in time and enjoy a much simpler and charming way of life. IHere, you can wander around one of the most prominent market squares on the continent, visit a flawless and enchanting riverside castle, and explore incredible heritage districts such as the bohemian former Jewish district of Kazimierz, the city’s community centre for over 500 years.
A secret only known by some is that Krakow also has the highest density of watering holes on Earth with cellars and courtyards transformed into makeshift bars that add to the whole city experience. To put it simply, Krakow loves a drink, so be sure to order beer after you’re done sightseeing.