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Krakow Holidays

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CurrencyPLN: Polish Zloty LanguagePolish Flight Duration2 hours 25 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +1 hour

As Poland’s former capital, before Warsaw took the baton, Krakow is jam-packed with heritage that’s guaranteed to stoke any history buff’s fire. The streets are a trove of galleries and museums, while the picturesque architecture that’s found in the medieval centre, and the calm waters of the Vistula River, provide a beautiful backdrop for leisurely strolls as you explore this wonderful city.

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Great Places to Visit

From caves to castles, historic Krakow is heaving with things to do, regardless of the time of year you visit. One thing’s for certain – boredom won’t be on the cards.

Visit a Milk Bar

During your stay, make sure you stop by one of the bar mleczny, or milk bars, which offer a tip-of-the-hat tribute to the olden days. For pocket change, you can eat like you would have done had you lived here during the communist years, while also being hit with a culture shock. Milk Bar Tomasza is one of the best.

Learn about the Dragon

The Wawel Dragon is an iconic character in Polish folklore, and its cave is hidden away in Wawel Hill, overlooking the Vistula River. There’s an impressive fire-breathing metal sculpture marking the entrance to the dragon’s lair, which is locally known as the Smocza Jama and is the most famous cave in the country.

Explore the Gothic Castle

Once you’ve finished delving into folklore tales of dragons, take a trip to Wawel Hill, where the stunning gothic Wawel Castle sits majestically, watching over the city and the banks of the river below. It’s UNESCO-protected and, whether you’re there for the architecture or the history, you won’t be disappointed.

Tick Off the Museums

Krakow has its fair share of museums and art galleries, which prove incredibly popular with both visitors and locals alike. Check out the fascinating exhibitions and displays at the National Museum, or pop across to the Historical Museum if you’re a bit of a history enthusiast. The Czartoryskis Museum is also well worth a visit.

Getting Around

Most landmarks in Krakow are within easy walking distance of the city centre, so let your feet get you around for free! You can also find horse-drawn carriages, electric carts and bicycle rickshaws in the historic districts. An excellent network of tramlines and bus routes link the city sights, and taxis are also available. Despite the size of the city, congestion is pretty low, so driving is feasible.

By Bus

The network of buses in Krakow is an excellent way of getting around the city cheaply and efficiently. Various tickets and fares are available, depending on how regularly you wish to use the service.

By Car

Driving in Krakow isn’t as daunting as it can be in other European cities, but parking can be an issue. You may wish to leave the car at your hotel and use a taxi or bus. Driving is on the right hand side.

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Passports and Visas

Make sure that your passport is valid for at least the duration of your stay. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/poland/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Make sure you have your EHIC for your holiday in Poland. It entitles you to emergency care, but travel insurance should also be purchased. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/poland/health

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