Krakow city breaks transport you to Poland's second city, one of the oldest in the land. The beauty of the old town, which is a World Heritage Site, attracts over two million foreign visitors every year. Unlike many European cities, Krakow avoided bombing raids from the allies during the war and its medieval centre remained unscathed. The city, which lies on the banks of the Vistula River dates from the seventh century. Its architecture as seen in the Castle, the cathedral, museums and St. Mary's Basilica is a mix of gothic, renaissance and baroque. Rynek Glowny is the largest medieval market square in Europe. You feel as if you have stepped back in time as you view the fourteenth century town houses that border the square. The town has parks and pretty gardens, narrow, cobbled streets that open into charming squares, shops and markets, a good variety of restaurants and lively pubs and bars. The old town is mainly pedestrianised which is great for sightseers. You can enjoy your sightseeing on foot, by horse drawn carriages or by tram. If you have time, take a boat trip down the river and see Krakow from a different perspective.
The Jewish ghetto in Podgorze was where the Jews were confined during the war. From there they were sent to labour camps or concentration camps where very few survived. It was from the ghetto that Oskar Schindler, the Swedish industrialist, took Jews to work in his factory thus saving them from the horrors of the camps. The infamous concentration camp of Auschwitz is a short distance from the town and the majority of visitors take time out from their holiday to visit the camp and remember the many hundreds of thousands of Jews who suffered and died there.
The most popular time to visit Krakow is from spring to late autumn. Winters are cold but this does not deter visitors to the Christmas market. The old square becomes a magical place with Christmas trees and fairy lights, stalls filled with crafts, gifts and all manner of goodies. Street performers provide additional entertainment.
Whether you come to Krakow for a cultural tour or for a party atmosphere, you'll be equally satisfied. There is so much to see and do and there are very many lively venues for evening entertainment. Hotels provide a wide range of accommodation that cater for all budgets and the many restaurants satisfy all tastes with traditional fare as well as international cuisine.
Krakow hotels and apartments provide a range of accommodation catering for most budgets and its restaurants satisfy most tastes. Krakow nightlife has something for all moods and tastes.
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