Krakow is among the best cities in Europe: the most beautiful locations in the city
Sometimes you want to go on a mini-trip here and now. No need to wait for an excuse, the opening of ski resorts or the swimming season. Just pack your bags and go abroad to a neighboring country.
Where should you go this weekend? Of course, to Poland, specifically to its glorious city of Krakow. Moreover, it has once again made it into the top 10 best cities in Europe, taking 6th place.
We'll tell you what to see and do there!
The main square
It is worth starting your acquaintance with the former Polish capital from this location. There is no other way, because all roads lead to it. It is always crowded and loud here. Some tourists replace others, but there are plenty of locals. This is the epicenter of city life. There used to be a market here. On weekends, Poles used to come here to buy food and things they needed for everyday life.
Be sure to go up to the Town Hall, visit the Basilica of St. Mary and walk along the Cloth Rows.
It has an unusual atmosphere, especially in the evening when street musicians start playing and beer pubs open.
Life is in full swing not only on the surface of the Main Square, but also under it. It's like stepping back in time. The stone streets, wooden carts, and brick houses are completely different from the modern ones. And all this is located at a depth of 4 meters.
The museum is fascinating and impressive. Everything is thought out to the smallest detail. The designers tried to convey the spirit of the medieval atmosphere, and they certainly succeeded. What could not be restored is shown through 3D projections and holograms. By the way, children will not be bored either, because there is a children's area with the Legends of Old Krakow theater.
The religious shrine attracts tourists with its history and special architecture. It is, without exaggeration, a very beautiful place.
For Poles, Wawel Cathedral is a valuable landmark, their past and present. Many Polish public figures, as well as members of the royal family, are buried within the walls of the church.
Today, the building is a museum for residents and visitors. Its halls house collections of weapons, tapestries, and historical documents. There are two ways to visit Wawel. Go on a guided tour and listen to the history of the castle, and then wander around the territory on your own. Unfortunately, many people do not have time to enjoy the fabulous views during a guided walk.
An important point! From November to March, the castle gates are open only on Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00. During this period, tourists will have to pay to see the royal chambers. The entrance fee is 19 zlotys.
A road paved with ancient cobblestones leads from St. Florian's Church to the Market Square. It's only 335 meters long, but that doesn't stop it from always being the center of attention. On both sides are buildings of different eras. Here you can see buildings in the Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist, Gothic, and other styles.
By the way, it is famous not only in Krakow, but throughout Poland. It ranks 4th among all streets in the country in terms of beauty and popularity.
It is worth visiting in the fall. Incredible landscapes, fresh air, and many equipped picnic areas will appeal to every visitor of the natural forest park.
The forest jungle is located not far from the center and covers an area of 422 hectares. It is home to more than 30 species of trees and rare flora that are on the verge of extinction. Therefore, the forest area is protected by law.
If you go here, be sure to rent a bike. There are many cycling routes on the territory of the natural biosphere.
Tourists with children should definitely visit this location. This is a museum of Polish history, but with its own twist. Each exposition is recreated from small Lego details.
Here you can see how the Battle of Grunwald took place, travel back in time and visit the ancient Slavic settlement of Biskupin, and see the naval clash between Polish and Swedish galleon ships. By the way, each time the center recreates different events from the past. As you can imagine, it will be interesting not only for children but also for adults.
The old town
It is blasphemy to visit Krakow and not come here. Many monuments and architectural works have been preserved in the historic center. The area is small, but you won't be able to get around it quickly.
Various fairs, concerts, and other festive events are constantly held here. You won't be bored for sure.
Every corner of this city is unique. So no matter what location you choose, it's beautiful everywhere. So take your tickets and go on the most atmospheric autumn trip.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you where to relax in Europe in the fall.