Krakow is fast becoming a favourite city break destination amongst Brits. It's affordable prices, delicious, hearty food and classical European charm and architecture have made it a hit. Book a getaway to Krakow, and you'll see for yourself why this city is a popular choice any time of the year. Wintertime means Christmas markets and mulled wine, whereas summer promises plenty of festivals and refreshing beer. There's also plenty of Polish vodka to enjoy no matter the season.
If you come to Krakow, you'll have a hard time missing the main market square. It's one of Europe's largest examples of a Medieval square. Here you'll find the cloth hall, which is the world's largest shopping mall. Today it's a great place to find authentic souvenirs. You can also hop on a horse-drawn carriage here and trot past some of Krakow's biggest sites such as St. Mary's Basilica in comfort. Make sure to schedule at least half a day at Wawel Castle. You get to pick and choose which sights to take in at the castle. There is an armoury, the decadent staterooms and children will love the fire-breathing dragon sculpture based on a local legend. If you just want to wander the grounds and admire the view you can do so for free. A great day trip for the whole family to enjoy is Wieliczka Salt Mine, a massive table salt mine which is the oldest in the world. Here you can wander around its various passages, admire a chapel entirely carved from salt and dine underground. One of the most critical chapters in Krakow's history is WWII. A visit to Schindler's Factory is an eye-opening way to learn more about the man who inspired the famous film Schindler's list and how Poles lived under the terrifying rule of the Nazis. Auschwitz concentration camp is only an hour drive away and provides a harrowing perspective on this tragic part of history.