The charming city on the Vistula River
One of Europe’s most underrated city
Krakow, the charming city on the Vistula River, is home to 760,000 and Poland’s second-largest in terms of population, as well as a major center of business, science and technology. The old town abounds with Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque architecture, and that ensemble of buildings, along with Wawel Castle, forms part of the Krakow UNESCO World Heritage site. Krakow was a European Capital of Culture in 2000, which lent new momentum to the city’s renewal, its museum and art scene and also to its tourist industry. Today, the old town is almost entirely closed to motorized traffic so that visitors can stroll peacefully in a splendid setting between St. Florian’s Gate and the main market square.
The heart of dining culture in Krakow is Rynek Główny (the marketplace), where you will find one restaurant after another lining the main square. The side streets also offer affordable and first-rate eateries. If you’d like to enjoy a beautiful view while you dine, restaurants with summer terraces are situated on Wawel Hill, or try one of the dining boats on the banks of the Vistula River. The density of clubs and bars in Krakow is legendary – and new ones are opening up all the time. The nightlife centers are located around Rynek Główny (the main square) and Plac Nowy square in Kazimierz, which attracts a mostly young crowd.