Originally the official capital of Poland, the old town gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1978.
The city has a wealth of historical attractions and historic sites from the Wawel Royal Castle, the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Schindler’s factory to St Mary’s Basilica, there’s a plethora of beautiful, humbling and thought-provoking places to see in Krakow.
It became European Capital of Culture in 2000 and remains the culture capital of Poland. With its beautiful squares and cobbled streets, it’s a city steeped in old and new histories, a crossroad of religions, politics and revolutions and contemporary Krakow is the go-to place for food and drink. From traditional Polish stalwarts such as Zurek, borscht and meat pierogies, to the coffee bars favoured by hipsters and young professionals, and the hugely popular bars, restaurants and eateries of the Kazimierz Jewish quarter – Krakow has something to suit every palate.