Best Places to Visit in Krakow
Published: 06 August 2015
Poland, in Eastern Europe, has fascinated travellers and tourists for decades. One of the most popular places to visit in Poland is the country’s cultural capital of Krakow. Steeped in heritage and home to wonderful examples of architecture, Krakow boasts of old churches, a castle and many interesting localities. Here are some of the sites you simply must visit when you find yourself in this charming city during your Poland holiday:
Krakow Old Town:
The Old Town area of Krakow is one of the most beloved tourist sites in the city. It displays a wonderful vibe and is filled with interesting places to visit. Old Town is surrounded by lightly forested parkland, known as the Planty that marks the historical boundary of the city. With its quaint pubs, elegant architecture, cobblestoned streets and historic churches, the area offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in old world charm. Here you can visit the famous St. Mary’s Basilica, the Cloth Hall, and shop for souvenirs in the bustling marketplace. The Florian Gate, Town Hall Tower, Barbican and many museums and art galleries are also star features in various tours in Poland.
Located within the Old Town district itself, Kazimierz is known as the historic Jewish Quarter of Krakow and a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from beautiful streets and a number of magnificent buildings, it is also famous for its nightlife, street festivals and performances, which you can enjoy during your holidays in Poland. The vibe in Kazimierz is considered to be distinctly Bohemian and a lot of encouragement is given to the arts here. The locality is also popular for its mouth-watering local dishes such as zapiekanka, which consists of cheese, mushrooms and ham on toasted half-baguettes. There are a lot of gourmet restaurants that can be found here too. Don’t miss a chance to visit the Old Synagogue and St. Catherine’s Church as well.
Wawel Royal Castle:
It is almost blasphemous to visit Krakow and not pay a visit to the Wawel Royal Castle. From the 11th to early 17th century, the castle was the seat of Polish royalty. This changed when Warsaw was named the country’s capital by King Zygmunt III. The castle was built during the reign of King Casimir III and is an excellent example of Gothic architecture with richly decorated Renaissance interiors. Taking a tour of the castle is one of the most popular things to do in Poland. It provides a wonderful experience and insight into the history of Poland. The main attractions within the castle are the Szczerbiec, the famous sword used to coronate Polish kings, the Crown Armoury and Treasury and the Dragon’s Den.
Now that you know about the best things to see in Poland’s cultural capital, you can easily plan any number of trips to Poland.