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Krakow

As the city closest to the infamous Auschwitz, a visit to Krakow in Poland is both poignant and necessary. The Auschwitz-Birkenau tour remains a thought-provoking and reflective experience more than 70 years after the World War II atrocities that gave it notoriety.

Beyond Auschwitz, Krakow is a veritable fairytale city, with its magnificent monuments, its charming medieval centre and distinctive Jewish quarter, where cobbled streets lead to treats as the Gothic St Mary’s Church and the Wawel Cathedral.

What you’ll love most about Krakow

  • Lined with restaurants and shops, the Old Market Square (also known as Rynek Glowny), is a lovely place to wander around and the perfect starting point for exploring the city
  • Shoppers should head to Cloth Hall in the city’s Market Square which dates back to the Renaissance. Here you’ll find fresh produce, clothes and local goods
  • Explore St Mary’s Basilica, the Barbican and Wawel Castle for examples of the best architecture in Poland and perhaps even all of Europe
  • If you walk around Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter, you’ll witness evidence of the city’s growing street art scene, independent galleries, vintage boutiques, bars and barbershops

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  • Horse drawn carriages in Krakow's main square in the summertime

  • Wawel Castle on the River Wisla, Krakow

  • St Mary's Basilica, Krakow

  • Krakow tourist with traditional obwarzankek bagels

  • Krakow's Barbican city gate

  • Historic centre of Krakow

  • Aerial view of St Mary's Basilica in Rynek Glowny, Krakow

  • Krakow's main market square

  • Christmas tree in the main market square of Krakow, Poland

  • Krakow at Christmas

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

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When to Visit

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