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Considered one of Poland's most beautiful cities, a holiday to Krakow is both an affordable city break and the perfect base to explore southern Poland. Having survived, mostly, the brutality of the WWII bombings, Krakow's preserved medieval and Jewish core is completely charming. There's an old-world magic to Krakow's narrow streets which bustle with a modern atmosphere. Chic vintage shops huddle close to the crumbling walls of Jewish cemeteries and the stately architecture on Rynek Glowny (the main market square) stand over the ramshackle bars and restaurants of a buzzing culinary and arts scene.
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Krakow is a richly diverse city. With plenty of sights to admire, you'll never be bored with this fun packed list of things to do during your Krakow holiday.
Polish food is scrumptious and you'll find plenty of it on a Krakow holiday. Start your hunt, nose in the air for that classic sausage smell, around the Rynek Glowny market square. The culinary scene in Krakow is growing fast with its new, younger inhabitants getting creative with traditional Polish dishes. Take, for example, the Pierogi, a type of Polish dumpling. Pair that with a Polish IPA and some international tweaks on the old-school dish and you've got yourself a modern culinary delight.
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Krakow is absolutely teeming with bars and clubs. If you fancy a fun night out during your Krakow weekend break, you've come to the right city. Navigate along narrow streets, cobbled squares and down stairs that are always a bit tricky after a few Polish beers, and you'll find that there are hundreds of amazing places to settle down for a quick tipple.
Krakow is a city where the weather doesn’t affect the fun time you’ll have there. Making it a great city to visit any time of the year. However, if you’d love to experience lovely weather during your Krakow weekend break, the best time to visit would be during the summertime. Krakow can enjoy pleasant temperatures, although during this time the city will experience huge crowds as well. Additionally, if you’d prefer to miss the crowds, Krakow city breaks during March to May and September to October can be ideal.
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Krakow is not renowned for its glitzy shopping promenades, like some other European cities, but its arts and crafts are excellent.
It should be noted that from March 2018, a Sunday shopping ban has started to be rolled out across Poland. Normal trading days are allowed on the first and last Sunday of the month, but not the interval Sundays. Open-air markets, souvenir shops and places like local bakeries will remain open.
Krakow has culture and history in buckets. A holiday to Krakow is to visit one of the best preserved medieval towns in this part of Europe. Most were destroyed during German and Allied bombing during the Second World War, but miraculously Krakow was saved from the brunt of the bombs.