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Krakow Sightseeing


Check out quirky examples of contemporary Polish design at the new exhibition 'The Logic of the Local', at the International Cultural Centre on the Main Market Square (No. 25). Polish designs are presented alongside Norwegian ones, with many interesting traits in common. Runs 2 January to 26 March.

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Take a tram east to the district of Nowa Huta - once a town in its own right - and see the flipside of old world Krakow. One of the showpiece investments of communist Poland, the controversial settlement was billed as a socialist paradise. A fascinating throwback to the Cold War.

Not everyone knows that you can climb the tower of St. Mary's on the Market Square. Besides the sensational view, you may meet one of the trumpeters who plays the city's time-honoured bugle-call.

Day Trips

Tracking down a traditional Polish village can be tricky, owing to the country's stormy history, but Lanckorona, with its picturesque hilltop setting, is a treasure trove of architecture. Jump on a bus from Krakow.

If the weather is not at its best, the salt mines at Wieliczka make for a handy back-up plan. The UNESCO-listed site includes a vast chapel carved from salt.

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