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Located in the southern half of Poland, the river-side city of Krakow is a richly cultured and historic destination with much to offer visitors. With flight times of around two to three hours from UK airports, Krakow is a hugely popular weekend-break destination for lovers of culture, art and museums, as well as those looking for fun party nights in the city's bars and clubs.
Weekends between late spring and early autumn, especially those during summer, can be very busy so it's wise to book accommodation in Krakow, as well as flights and car hire, as far in advance as possible. The festive period is a magical time to be in the city, so flights and hotels from late November to late December should also be organised early.
It's cold in winter in Krakow, especially when the long nights bring average temperatures down into minus figures. You'll need to wrap up warm in lots of layers to relish the festive markets. The spring and autumn months are good times to visit to escape the crowds of summer. Spring and autumn days see temperatures between 10C-20C and a small risk of rain.
The hottest months of July and August are also the busiest. Visitors take advantage of average daytime temperatures in the mid-20Cs for sightseeing, picnics in the parks and to attend a range of annual events.
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Hotels in Krakow, Poland's top tourist destination, provide a wider selection of accommodation than anywhere else in the country, ranging from budget hotels to luxury hotels and across all points in between. Krakow hotels should always be booked in advance, especially in the summer, because tourists now arrive here in record numbers.
There are hotels in the Old Town, many of which are reasonably priced, which place you close to the major sights in the city. These hotels also give a real sense of the city and its history, especially as a few of them are located in ancient buildings, and there are even some budget options here. The area enclosed by Planty Park also has good value hotels, as does Kazimierz - once the Jewish Quarter and becoming one again.
One district you may wish to avoid is Nowa Huta, whose hotels are reputedly below even budget standards.
Pick a central Krakow hotel and you'll discover some of these top tourism highlights within minutes of your door...
Top five attractions
This is Krakow Old Town and, even if you don't make it your base, you'll want to visit as often as possible as it's the hub of tourist activity. At the heart of it all is the medieval market square of Rynek Glowny - a place not to be missed for its buzzing social scene and great cafes.
Once a seat of power, now home to some of the nation's prized art, the glory and setting of this mighty castle captivate visitors for hours.
Wieliczka salt mine
Half an hour by road to the south of the city is this fascinating mine, which has been in operation for hundreds of years. Take a tour to see the crystal caverns and an underground church and to hear enthralling tales of the past.
Galicia Jewish Museum
Visit this haunting museum in the formerly vibrant Jewish quarter of Kazimierz to see poignant photographs of what happened to Poland in the second world war.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum
For many visiting Krakow, the concentrations camps of Auschwitz are the main reasons for flying in. It takes one-two hours to drive here from Krakow and you'll want to spare at least three hours to fully absorb what Auschwitz has to tell the world about one of the most painful periods of the past 100 years.
There are many annual events in Krakow and tourists are welcome to join in. Here are three of the best...
Jewish Culture Festival; June-July: More than a week of live music, lectures and plenty of food welcome visitors to the Kazimierz district. The party in Szeroka Street at the end of the festival should not be missed if you're in the city.
Festival of Music in Old Krakow; August: The city's most historic beauty spots set the stage for timeless music from some of the world's best classical performers.
Christmas Market; November-December: Follow your nose to the square of Rynek Glowny, where sizzling snacks, hot wine and fresh gingerbread are waiting to be snapped up alongside a sack full of Christmas goodies. Locally blown and decorated glass is a Krakow speciality.