Krakow - Europe's hidden gem

Go East, young man… KRK Main Square KrakowKrakow, Poland’s second city is fast becoming one of central Europe’s essential tourist destinations, offering a heady mix of history and energetic youth culture, stunning architecture and sheer joie-de-vivre. The city boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the delightful medieval Old Town, the Main Market Square (Europe’s second largest city square, after St Peter’s in Rome) and Waivel Castle that overlooks the city. Light years away from the traditional image of Poland, Krakow is a flourishing business city and centre of academic excellence at the crossroads of Europe, with a population of just over 750,000, swelled by over 190,000 students at its seven universities. Krakow is a city that encaptures the history of Poland and celebrates an exciting future – Come and see for yourself!

Beauty and Energy Catedral Wawel KrakowKrakow’s architecture is an absolute delight. Essential visits include St Mary’s Basilica, the Sukiennice Cloth Hall, one of Europe’s oldest indoor markets, the National Museum and Waivel Cathedral. Other highlights include Kazimierz, Krakow’s historic Jewish quarter, and the cloistered courtyards of the Old Town, brimming with cafes, bars and restaurants. Every visitor should take a boat trip on the Vistula to truly appreciate the beauty of one of Europe’s hidden gems.

City of Youth Concert in KrakowKrakow has one of the youngest populations in Europe. 60% of the population is under 45 years of age, and as a result offers a huge concentration of bars, night clubs and youthful energy, and is more than a match for the more established European destinations. Krakow’s Old Town, tranquil by day, explodes with life at night time, where bar-hopping is the order of the day. Krakow’s inhabitants are friendly, welcoming and are proud of the city’s reputation as a tolerant, forward-thinking city. As you might expect with such a huge concentration of young, educated folk and its position at the heart of Europe, English and also German are widely spoken. Affordable, friendly, unpretentious, Krakow’s reputation as a top city break destination is growing - Get with the in-crowd!

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