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Weekend in Krakow

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Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland. If you decide to visit, you will be staggered by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture including palaces, churches and theatres in a variety of colors and styles. You definitely have to go to the Krakow Old Town, which is considered so important that it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town is vibrant and lively and has one of the largest mains squares in Europe, named Rynek Glówny. Also in this area are many historic landmarks including St. Mary's Basilica, the Town Hall Tower and Sukiennice, a Renaissance cloth hall which is the central feature in the main market square of the Krakow Old Town. One of the most famous sights is Wawel Castle, a great example of Gothic architecture that has been renovated many times over the years. Another interesting place to visit is Florian Gate, the only place in Old Town that still has remnants of the ancient wall, which surround the city, dating back to the Middle Ages. For those interested in the Second World War history, Krakow is also in close proximity to Auschwitz-Birkenau, arguably one of the most infamous of the Nazi concentration camps.



In the city center there are several beautiful parks to explore. One of the most well-known is Planty Park which has a variety of smaller gardens and ponds, decorated with different monuments. Planty Park is particularly popular with locals in search of relaxation and a scenic walk. During 2000, Krakow was named the European Capital of Culture by the European Union. If you want to get a comprehensive taste of this culture, you might like to visit the National Museum which contains 11 different galleries which are divided by art period. Of particular note is the Czartoryski Museum which features works from Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt.

Accommodation:

For those on a budget a nice idea is to travel as a couch surfer. This accommodation is completely for free. However, for people who are traveling with children it’s not the best way of travelling.  If you want to get a little closer to the Polish culture you should also stay in authentic accommodation with Polish people.