As the cultural and historical capital of Poland, Krakow is an ideal destination for a long weekend, a short week or even more if you want to enjoy the mountains as a bonus. At the foot of the Carpathians and along the Vistula River, it is the second largest city in the country and the capital of the Voivodeship, Little Poland. The historic centre is a World Heritage Site. The concentration of monuments and points of interest makes it possible to see a large part of Krakow's heritage in two days. The market square is the largest medieval square in Europe. Then we visit the castle and the cathedral on Wawel Hill, before reaching the Jewish quarter, then visiting the National Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts (Czartosky). We walk along the Vestule and rest in a park before taking the tram to discover the very typical Nowa Huta district with its communist architecture. On the other hand, we follow in the footsteps of John Paul II who lived here, going from churches to monasteries. Krakow has another memory, that of the station from which the death trains left for Auschwitz... The old camp and its museum is 65 km from Krakow. The Wieczka salt mine is 15 km from the city centre. It has been in operation since the 13th century and is the oldest in Europe. As for the local cuisine, it mainly emphasizes the value of potatoes, cabbage and pork, which are served with local blond beer, Bulgarian wine, vodka or tea. We also sit down or snack standing around a kiosk.

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You will need to cover yourself well if you want to discover Krakow in winter. It is cold, the sidewalks are sometimes covered with snow or even frozen and the sun often hides. But Krakow under the snow is not lacking in charm! And religious fervour is at its height with daily services and churches of all generations. Christmas in Krakow has the magic of the Eastern cities. Same attendance although a little less for the Easter week. Nothing touristic, the Poles are practicing Catholics. However, it is in summer that you will enjoy your walks in the various districts of the city, parks and entertainment.

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Krakow is a destination widely offered as an organized stay (flight + accommodation) for a weekend. Also many proposals for a week with planned visits to major attractions, including salt mines and Auschwitz, outside the city. You should also know that Krakow is programmed in all organised tours throughout Poland.

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Krakow is easily accessible, especially by low-cost flights, is a very touristy city, you will have no trouble finding a hotel or a room with a local resident. Book your accommodation on the Internet in advance in summer and during Easter holidays when the tourist traffic is at its peak. Otherwise you will find accommodation on site, including in the city centre, which has some really charming small addresses. In Krakow, you can easily manage on foot, by tram or by bus. We can quickly find each other thanks to the monuments and the watercourse

The bus and tram network allows you to quickly and cheaply connect all neighbourhoods and points of interest. The lines allow you to discover the suburbs and even go as far as the salt mines of Wieczka. You can also use taxis. Take the tram known as the Pope's tram (line 24) to follow in the footsteps of John Paul II.

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You will need to cover yourself well if you want to discover Krakow in winter. It is cold, the sidewalks are sometime...
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Krakow is subject to a continental climate, whose coolness is accentuated by the proximity of the mountains. Winters...
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Budget

Although Poland is part of the European Union, its currency is not the euro but remains the zloty (symbols: PLN, zl)....
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Formalities

Since Poland's entry into the European Union, only an identity card is required for your stay in Krakow. No visa or p...
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Health

No vaccination is mandatory but it is advisable to be up to date with diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis and hepatiti...
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How to travel by yourself?

Krakow is easily accessible, especially by low-cost flights, is a very touristy city, you will have no troubl...
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How to get organized?

Krakow is a destination widely offered as an organized stay (flight + accommodation) for a weekend. Also many proposa...
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Getting around

The bus and tram network allows you to quickly and cheaply connect all neighbourhoods and points of interest. The lin...
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