A traveler’s favorite for many years, Krakow is Poland’s second city with a history dating back to the seventh century. Much of the architecture of this world-class city has been beautifully preserved, despite the destructive Nazi occupation of Poland during the Second World War. The city is easy to access from most parts of Europe and the rest of the world, located just over 12 kilometers outside of the city center. There are also many trains arriving in Krakow from much of Europe.
The majority of Krakow’s tourist attractions are located in or near the Old Town
, which also has a large collection of hotels and guesthouses to suit the needs of most travelers. Ranging in style and price from lavish hotels to modest hostels, finding the right accommodation will be relatively simple. The old town is where one can find the famous Saint Mary’s church, as well as the local Market Place. The entire Old Town is framed by the Planty, a great urban park that attracts locals and visitors to its beautiful scenery.
The legacy of the Holocaust is hard to ignore, and the marks it has left on this city are more than just museums and monuments, although those are also extremely important. In addition to the Auschwitz camp, which most travelers make sure to visit, a trip to Podgorze to see Oskar Schindler’s Enamelware Factory
is highly recommended. These sobering visits are very important ways to honor the fallen and remember the history, even if it’s just a simple walk through of an old structure. Those traveling with families will certainly find the educational and cultural value of these visits as well.
There’s much more to see and learn about Krakow, and the interactive map on this page is a great way to find out where the attractions and hotels are located.