Krakow - More Than 750 Years Old, and Counting!
If it's history you want, it's Krakow you got! This huge metropolis was the seat of Polish power for 5 centuries; the royal capital and a monument to the artisan crafts of medieval stonemasons, the architectural majesty of some of Europe's finest minds and the power of money!
If you're thinking city breaks Europe, Krakow has been a major European city for hundreds of years, and gathered vast wealth and a priceless heritage. Luckily the city and it's treasures emerged relatively unscathed from the tribulations of WWII. Today it is home to some of the most majestic buildings in Europe and some 2.4 million pieces of artwork dating back almost a thousand years. Indeed, some historians put settlement of Krakow at around 20,000 years ago.
Set on the river Vistula, Krakow was inhabited some 1200 years ago, sacked by the Tartars in 1241 and rebuilt to a design that remains unchanged to today. It makes for perfect romantic weekend breaks.
You'll see Gothic and Renaissance architecture, beautiful old churches, a massive town market, plus, for the bar flies on short breaks; a cornucopia of restaurants, clubs and bars!
You'll need at least two days just to cover the old town, and plan on a few more days to explore the surrounding suburbs of Nowa Huta, Debniki and Podgorze.
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