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Bucketloads of history, breathtaking architecture and buzzing nightlife – discover for yourself why this Polish gem is one of Europe’s top city break destinations with my hand-picked selection of cheap Krakow city break offers! Since it’s such a popular destination I’ve always got my eyes peeled for top city break deals in the city, so there’ll be nothing getting the way of finally being able to see wonderful Krakow for yourself!
Flights to Krakow from Ireland
It’s possible to book direct flights to Krakow from Ireland. There are in fact two airports you can flight directly from: Dublin and Shannon. What’s nice is that a lot of the time there’s not that much of a price difference between the two airports, though Shannon tends to only have flights on certain days of the week whereas Dublin will fly daily to Krakow. If you’re looking for some cheap flights to Krakow, I’d definitely recommend planning your city break in good time – since Krakow is such a popular destination flights can get booked up pretty quickly, driving prices up even more. This is especially true when trying to plan a trip to the Krakow Christmas markets! Flights are also at their most expensive during the summer season when the weather its at its best – if you want to save some pennies then why not visit in spring or autumn?
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Weather in Krakow
Need to know what to pack for your city break to Krakow? The city enjoys a moderate continental climate, so things are never too extreme. Summers are a wonderful time of year to visit in the year with tempeartures well within the twenties and plenty of sunshine. Winters can be particularly chilly as temperatures will definitely drop below zero, so be sure to pack plenty of layers and nice warm jumpers, especially when you’re hanging outside at the Christmas markets. Both autumn and spring will experience a bit more rain than usual, but don’t let this put you off visiting at this time of year. You won’t have to put up with the huge summer crowds and prices are pretty reasonable at this time of year. Spring is especially beautiful when nature is back in bloom!
Hotels & accommodation in Krakow – where to stay in Krakow
Planning a trip to Krakow for the first time and not quite sure whereabouts in the city you should stay? No worries – the city is well geared towards tourism and as such you’ll have a wealth of fantastic accommodation options to choose from. Hotel prices in Eastern Europe are lower compared to major cities in the west such as Amsterdam or Paris, so it’ll be pretty easy to find some well-priced hotels, even in the 4* and 5* range! Though of course prices do rise during the summer and in the run up to Christmas, so be sure to get booked in nice and early to avoid any nasty surprises. Looking to stick to a budget? Why not consider your own apartment? There are absolutely loads of apartments and holiday rentals across the city, all of which offer fantastic value for money. More often than not they’re decorated really nicely and they’ll put you in a fantastic location for getting all of your sightseeing done. Younger travellers will also love the range of stylish and dirt-cheap hostels in the city, so be sure to take advantage of them if you’re wanting to meet some fellow travellers during your time there!
So, which are the best places to stay in in Krakow? The Old Town is typically the most popular choice – not only is it the most central neighbourhood, it’s also the one where you’ll find most of the top attractions and things to see in Krakow such as the Old Town Square, St. Mary’s Basilica and the Cloth Hall. You’ll find loads of hotels and apartments here. But if prices a looking a little too high for you here, I’d also recommend checking out the Kazimierz neighbourhood. Situated just to the south of the Old Town, Kazimierz is filled with some fantastic bars and restaurants and it’s another amazing part of the city that’s a must during any trip to Krakow.
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Things to do in Krakow?
First time in Krakow? Here’s a quick overview of some of the city’s top attractions and sights!
The oldest district in Krakow, the “Stare Miasto” is the historic heart of Krakow and a focal point for tourism in the city. Stroll around the maze of winding streets and you’ll come across gorgeous architecture at every turn and you’ll be able to sense the connection to Polish history and royalty. The entire Old Town is encirled by Planty Park (the old wall fortifications that protected the city used to stand here), and you’ll be able to see remenants of the city’s former defences at St. Florian’s Gate.
St. Mary’s Basilica
One of the most iconic structures of Krakow’s skyline, St. Mary’s Basilica stands by the Old Town’s main square, the Rynek Glowny. You’ll be able to recongise the church in an instant thanks to its two spires of differing height. At every hour, a beautiful trumpet fanfare will be played – this is a tradition that dates all the way back to when Mongols beseiged Krakow in 1241. History is very much alive in here in Krakow!
The “Sukiennice” is another one of Krakow’s most famous sights, situated just opposite St. Mary’s Basilica in the heart of the Rynek Glowny. Trade has been going on at this site for over 700 years – these days, this beautiful Renaissance structure is home to all sorts of fantastic local artists and craftspeople selling traditional local wears such as lace, wood carvings and amber jewellery. This is your best bet for picking up a few souvenirs for the folks back home! There’s also a museum tucked away underground here, but it’s best to reserve your tickets in advance for this.
Wawel Castle & Cathedral
Situated by the banks of the Vltava, the Wawal Castle complex is one of Poland’s most important historical sites, having served as the seat of Polish royalty and the headquarters of the German occupation during WWII. The Wawel Cathedral also has plenty of ties to royalty – many coronations took place here and in the tombs you’ll find several monarchs, saints and prominent Polish figures buried here. Wawel Castle is a must for any sightseeing itinerary in Krakow!
Krakow’s former Jewish district is the beating heart of Krakow’s cafe scene, and you’ll find plenty of fantastic litle restaurants and bars here. You’ll definitely be able to sense the connection to area’s Jewish heritage with a few synagogues having survived the city’s long, tumultuous history.
Day trips from Krakow
Planning a slightly longer stay in Krakow? These are the most popular suggestions for a day out from the city!
Krakow has long served as a starting point for trips to Auschwitz, arguably one of the most infamous and feared concentration camps that arose from the Second World War. Seeing it in the flesh is a sobering experience, but for anyone who really wants to understand Krakow’s history and its cultural heritage it’s important to come here. An eye-opening experience for any and all who come here.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Situated just an hour away from Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mines are one of the best day trips from Krakow! These amazing mines almost look like a cathedral under the ground with various chapels, sculptures and chambers carved out from the solid salt – the atmosphere is absolutely breathtaking! Be sure to bring a light jacket and some comfortable footwork, since temperatures are pretty cool this far beneath the ground!
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