The historic centre of Krakow, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. The 13th-century merchants' town has Europe's largest market square and numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with their magnificent interiors. Further evidence of the town's fascinating history is provided by the remnants of the 14th-century fortifications and the medieval site of Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues in the southern part of town, Jagellonian University and the Gothic cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried. A relatively expensive city in terms of accommodation, Krakow has grown to attract many tourists, who are drawn to the city by its charm. The city is riddled with little gems, and beautiful little romantic hotels where the meticulous decor reflects the city itself. The chain hotels offer international standards of quality by combining modernity with the wide variety of services they offer their guests, but if it's basic accommodation right at the heart of the city that you're after, you won't be disappointed either. A word of advice though - don't judge the property by its exterior, and make sure you check the rooms themselves before booking in! Whatever it is you're looking for, book as early as possible!
The best way of finding your way around in Krakow easily is to start from the Main Market Square, where the sound of a trumpet rings out every hour from the towers of the Church of Our Lady St. Mary. This is also where you'll find the Cloth Hall, the oldest shop in Poland. All around, streets are teeming with cafés, jazz cellars and night-clubs where the lively entertainment keeps going until the early hours. A little further on, on the hill where the Wavel Royal Castle (dating back to the Renaissance) is located, the ambience takes on a more Bohemian style, thanks to the various contemporary art galleries and alternative bars, as well as many souvenirs relating to the customs of the Jewish community who settled here.Bruges, Belgium Pompei, Italy