There are many cities in Poland worth visiting and Krakow is definitely one of them. Previously being a capital of the country, it is one of the oldest cities in Poland. The origin and the history of Krakow is extraordinary, therefore, while visiting Poland it is a must on to-watch list.
The most famous folk-tale passed from generation to generation is the one about the dragon and the shoemaker. The dragon was terrorising the city, and the shoemaker using his cunning, stuffed a sheep with sulphur and tar. After eating the sheep the dragon, in order to slake its thirst, drank so much water from the river that it cracked open. Many people believe the story, many don’t but the fact is the to this day the dragon is a symbol of the city. You can even see the dragon’s statue at the foot of the Wawel castle.
Passing to the castle, it is located on the hill called Wawel. Apart from the royal castle there is also Wawel Cathedral, also originated in renaissance. From the top of the hill you can observe a pleasant view of the river Wisla and green belts. It is advisable to start the journey through the city and it’s monuments with St. Mary’s Church. It is located in the Old Town (if you want to visit it straight ahead from the airport you can rent a bus from krakow airport to city center that takes you there directly and without problems).
The Old Town
This beautiful Gothic church inseparably connected with the main square. It is the heart of the Old Town and of the whole city. It is surrounded by a multitude of monuments, relicts and antiquities including the monument of Adam Mickiewicz, the Town Hall, the Cloth Halls, St. Adalbert’s Church and the previously mentioned St. Mary’s.
Apart from the historical heritage, you can find a lot of restaurants, pubs and clubs and coffee houses. There are also many theatres and cinemas, which means that after a giving experience of visiting the most famous monuments, you can take a break, relax and have fun, even without leaving the main square.
The city offers high quality standard hotels as well, so you don’t have to worry about spending the night in this beautiful city. The next day you can continue the amazing journey (by yourself or you can also rent a tour for example on krakow airport to city centre.