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.
No trip to Poland is complete without picking up a piece of Boleslawiec, a traditional form of pottery. Beautiful and expertly crafted dishes, tea pots and jugs are painted in vidid blues, whites and greens. There's no shortage of shops selling this fare, so it pays to shop around.
The Planty is a circular band of park that runs right around the historic town centre. Leafy trees, old lamps and the odd fountain make for a romantic, early-evening stroll away from the crowds of the main square. Be sure to take in the deep red and bright gold leaves in autumn.
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).
If you need a break from the late-summer crowds in Krakow, go to the Benedictine Abbey in nearby Tyniec. The beautiful monastery, surrounded by tall trees, is over a thousand years old and looks over the Wisla River. A lovely spot for lunch in the sun.