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 courtyard at the Collegium Maius of Krakow Jagiellonian University is a beautiful medieval masterpiece with its red bricks and gothic rain gutters. Upstairs there's a museum showcasing the history of Poland's most prestigious university (15 Ulica Jagiellonska).
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.