There’s heap of history in Krakow, from its medieval origins to its WWII story. Walking through Florianska Street feels like you’ve gone back in time, its gothic churches and terrace buildings look almost as perfect as the day they were built. If you take an Old Town walking tour you’ll discover all the old buildings from the Royal Wawel Castle to St Mary’s Cathedral, the guides really know their stuff so if you’re interested in knowing more, we’d really recommend this one!
Of course the main reason to visit Krakow is for the tour of Auschwitz, it’s incredibly moving and emotional but it’s worth the trip to learn a bit more, and get a feel for what it was like in Krakow during the war.
You can’t visit Poland without sampling the country’s most famous export, Vodka. Take a tasting tour to see how it’s made and of course, do lots of tasting!
There are hundreds of bars in Krakow, perfect if your ideal evening is going from one to another. Like your ales? You need to visit House of Beer, it’s a bar dedicated to the stuff! There are over 150 varieties to choose from, so the real challenge is seeing how many pints you can get through during your trip!
Maybe clubs are more your thing? Check out the Coco Club, it’s one of the biggest clubs in Krakow. Their ‘Sexy Friday’ event plays all the biggest chart hits but if RnB and hip-hop are more your jam, you’ll want to go on a Wednesday night for ‘Brilliant Chocolate’. Frantic is the place for DJs, they come from all over Europe for a spin of the decks, so you might see the next big name in electro and dance music here.
Cafés aren’t just a daytime thing in Krakow, they’re a serious hotspot in the evenings too. Where else could you grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat whilst listening to the hottest house hits?
August gets loud when Krakow Live Festival rocks up. Rock, hip-hop, pop; whatever music you’re into you’ll find something on the stage that you’ll love. It’s the only festival where you’d see The Killers sharing the stage with 50 Cent and Missy Elliot after the Kaiser Chiefs! Expect international artists like Sia and Haim and British acts such as Foals and Rudimental, as well as Poland’s top singers.
With arty exhibitions, talks and workshops, Unsound isn’t your typical festival. The whole thing feels totally mysterious as, although some of the events are announced, the line-up is a total surprise but one thing’s for sure, you can expect some great live music and dance performances from Poland’s best up-and-coming acts. This festival started in Poland but it’s that good, it’s now in locations all across the world including New York, Toronto and Adelaide. Every year has a different theme so if you’re after the cool and edgy or weird but wonderful, you’ll want to check out Unsound.