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.
Hidden away beneath the Market Square, Likus Concept Store is a designer fashion destination housed in a stunning, spacious brick cellar joined with a sleek steel and glass design (13 Rynek Glowny).
Krakow may be renowned for its beautiful, gothic architecture, but some new-builds are giving the city a reputation for good design, too. The Malopolska Garden of Arts (Ulica Grabowskiego, tel: 12 425 0680) is an award-winning glass construction that fits seamlessly into its old surroundings.
Once home to Krakow's Jewish community, the district of Kazmierz has a tragic history. Over time the synagogues have largely been converted into museums and the area has emerged as a social and cultural hub, filled with some of the city's top galleries and cafes.
If you need some time out from the summer heat, try going underground at Wieliczka Salt Mines (10 Jana Miko?aja Danilowicza, tel: 12 278 7375). A maze of caverns, beautiful chapels, hotels, a spa and tour guides armed with great salt-based puns make this place feel like a whole city. It's a 15-minute taxi ride away from the centre of Krakow.