Krakow is the second largest city in Poland, and widely considered the most beautiful. Its cultural heritage ranges back over a millennium, and the city's historic centre is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage List site. The period which most left its mark on the city was the 16th century, when Krakow became a scientific and cultural reference point. Most of the city's sights are in the Old Town, and these include Wawel Castle, the Barbakan fortress, the Florian Gate and the Rynek G?ówny (the main market square), which is the largest medieval marketplace in the world. The area has an incredible amount of stunning churches, including the St Peter and Paul church (the oldest Baroque church in the country), the St Adalbert church (one of the oldest churches in Eastern Europe) and the Gothic-styled St Francis Church. In addition to this, there are various monasteries, university buildings, parks and museums you can visit. The city's airport operates many flights connecting it to destinations in Poland and Europe, including: Warsaw, London, Rome, Berlin, Frankfurt and Stockholm. If you're looking for a cheap flight from London, you can use our online flight comparison tool to search, compare and buy the option you prefer.
The airport has train, bus and taxi connections with the city centre, making the journey into Krakow simple. Travel times varies between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the transport mode. To make the most of your visit, you can buy the Krakow Tourist Card, which not only gives you free access to the city's public transport network, but also free entry to almost 30 museums in the city. In addition to this, you can benefit from discounts on tours, retail stores, restaurants and a selection of leisure and entertainment facilities.The city runs many festivals throughout the year, such as the ArtBoom street art festival and the Jewish Culture Festival. In addition to this, the infamous German concentration camp of Auschwitz is not far from the city. Krakow became very significant in history in the late 20th century, as the late Pope John Paul II was Archbishop of the city, before becoming pope.If you wish to see more of Poland, take a train to cities such as Katowice, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Czestochowa.