The city of Krakow, Poland
covers both banks of the Wisla (or Vistula) River. It is Poland's second largest city and also one of the oldest cities
in the country. Lodging, accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals, apartment rentals and villa rentals all reflect the history of this medieval town.
There are four definite seasons
to Krakow with summer being hot and humid (around 30-35°C). Winter always sees Krakow under a blanket of snow with bitingly cold days (-5 to -20 degrees C).
You can see the whole of the city centre without needing any transport. There are some beautiful walking routes
, especially through the Planty. For walking, try the Royal Way or the garden that surrounds the city all the way to Florian's Gate. There is also a well cared for garden around the castle just to stroll around. If you decide to book a Polish vacation rental, condo rental, villa rental, apartment rental or accommodation in winter, make sure you bring a good pair of waterproof shoes.
Most of the popular tourist attractions are located in the Old Town.
Krakow, the old royal capital, is acclaimed for its many precious architectural monuments and a unique friendly atmosphere. Walk around the Planty, a large park that surrounds the entire Old Town.
Visit Nowa Huta and lose yourself between the apartment blocks, doing your shopping in the very poor markets of the district. Visit the district of Kazimierez, winding through the tight streets and searching the tracks of the Jewish past of Krakow.
The Old Town district offers excellent shopping, especially for clothes, jewellery, and art.
You can wander all around the Old Town and Kazimierz, where antique stores abound. The center of this all is the Rynek Glowny ("Rynek" also means "market"), where you will find some of the city's top stores and accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals, apartment rentals and the odd villa rentals.
Kraków's cuisine has been influenced by the cultures that have inhabited Central Europe
, as well as the Austro-Hungarian empire. If you want to try Polish cuisine for outstandingly good-value prices then find a 'Bar Mleczny' (a milk bar - a kind of cafeteria very prevalent in Communist times so called because it serves no alcohol). They offer classic Polish food
such as 'kroketka'. An English-Polish dictionary is recommended when ordering.
Local drinks include tatanka, which is a unique Polish beverage made with apple juice and a special kind of vodka called zubrowka, which is flavoured with bison grass and Wódka miodowa which is a honey vodka.
For a truly historic eastern European experience, book accommodation, a vacation rental, condo rental, villa rental or apartment rental in Krakow, Poland.