Cheap flights to Krakow
If you’re looking for a reason to visit Poland then you’ve just found it with Krakow. Beautiful, charming and romantic, this Polish city of idyllic medieval squares and imposing Gothic architecture might be the country’s second city, but it is the number one destination for tourists visiting the country each year.
This city knows all about the limelight. After all it was the royal capital of Poland for 500 years, meaning it’s had plenty of time to grow the rich cultural, artistic and architectural heritage you’ll find there today. And it’s certainly very impressive, with its 6000 historic buildings, nearly two-dozen museums and a staggering 2 million pieces of artwork.
An unmissable Sunday activity is a visit to Hala Targowa, an outdoor flea market full of Polish knick-knacks, located east of the central square. Vendors spill out onto the pavement selling communist memorabilia, army tat, dodgy watches and other nostalgic junk. Bring plenty of loose change for haggling then celebrate a great find with a snack from one of the food stalls.
Underneath Wawel Castle there's a dragon. Or so the legend goes. Today, walking around the back of the impressive castle to the dragon's cave is a delight for children, who can see the dark, metallic statue roar out fire to the delight of crowds. Expect to buy plenty of dragon-related souvenirs after (5 Wawel, wawel.krakow.pl).
A short distance from the city centre, the Polish Aviation Museum is famous for two things: first, it houses one of the most diverse collections of aeroplanes, helicopters and gliders in Europe. The second is its magnificent new glass and concrete building, bound to make any architecture fan jump for the sky (39 Aleja Jana Paw?a II, tel: 12 640 9960).
The Nowa Huta district of Krakow was built as a socialist-realist dream. Huge tower blocks sit side by side in organised patterns, creating an eerie, Orwellian atmosphere. There's a signposted tour of the area to follow, which ends on the very edge of the city overlooking Poland's vast fields.