Ask your friends, your family or the Internet browser. There is one answer you're going to get most often – Kraków. But why? What makes Kraków so special that almost everyone, whether for tourism or business, spends their time here most plesantly? Well, the greatest quality of Kraków is its ability to please practically every kind of a visitor.
Then Kraków is the place to go. Throughout centuries of eventful history, Kraków has managed to preserve all of its architectural beauty. It remains undeniably the number one Polish destination for monumental historic sites. Among the most popular places, you can see:
Built in 14th century at the behest of the last King of Poland from the Piast dynasty, Casimir III the Great, the Wawel Castle for centuries served as the residence of Polish kings and the symbol of Polish statehood. The big castle, now a museum, is one of the compulsory stops for everyone sightseeing oriented.
More than 900 years old. The great traditional coronation site of Polish monarchs. The current Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Kraków. The place where Karol Wojtyła, who later became Pope John Paul II, was ordained into the Catholic priesthood. Wawel Cathedral is a must-see.
Yet another Cracovian gem. Right next to the Main Market Square. 80 m (262 ft) tall. Best known for the Altarpiece of Veit Stoss – the World's largest Gothic altarpiece and a true national treasure. Its troubled history, including disappearance from the Basilica during the World War II, contributes to the unique atmosphere of this place.
Once a leading centre of international trade, Cloth Hall (Polish: Sukiennice) is one of the best known icons of Kraków, another prominent feature of the Main Square. Walking through its majestic walls may give you all that you could possibly expect from an epic medieval pearl of architecture.
When you visit the Wawel Hill, you are already within the borders of the Planty Park. Covering 21 thousand square meters, Planty is an all around destination for those looking for peace and some rest, as well as an attraction on its own. The intensively green place hides a number of famous monuments, shrines and fountains that inspired renowned Polish artists.
It's incredible how a city full of extremely important historical masterpieces may be such a great offer for fun loving people. The Internet can provide you with a number of websites dedicated to guiding you through the great diversity of Kraków's clubs, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Check a few examples below, you won't be disappointed.
Kraków is also well-known among sport enthusiasts, especially football fans. The “battles” between Wisła Kraków and Cracovia are one of the legendary series of epic games with over 100 years of history. Now both clubs pride themselves on playing at modern, fully functional stadiums, and you can enjoy a spectacular football experience. Kraków offers a lot to those, who would rather spend their free time in an active way - here you can find an impressive map of the bike paths in Kraków.