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Welcome to Krakow

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You're Going to Love Krakow

According to the stories, Krakow was founded by defeating a dragon and today's city reflects something of that dramatic birth.

This is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and, largely undamaged in World War II, it has one of the best-preserved city centers. Indeed, the ancient architecture is one of the main attractions.

The Old Town features many soaring church spires and fascinating museums, along with the largest market square in Europe, Rynek Glowny. Kazimierz is the atmospheric Jewish Quarter, soaked in history and bustling with bars and restaurants.

The city also buzzes with bars and nightlife and the diversity of a university town. It's also an easily walkable city with plenty of charming backstreets and alleyways in which to get pleasantly lost.

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Krakow has four very distinct seasons, so you can choose the sort of weather that suits you. Summers are humid and hot, with temperatures reaching 85 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit not uncommon. Spring and fall are mild and are perhaps best-suited to comfortable walking in the city.

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Where to Stay in Krakow

Most hotels in Krakow are situated in the Old Town , with others in neighboring Kazimierz. These areas are convenient for most of the city's sights and attractions, and make it easy to walk around the relatively compact city center. Aparthotel Stare Miasto offers luxury accommodation just a few steps from the main square, while the Senacki Hotel provides quality rooms on the Royal Way between the square and Wawel Castle.

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Shopping Streets

Most of the city's shopping is based in the Old Town, with many of the main stores around Rynek Glowny. You will find lots of antique stores, jewelry, and leather goods, and the Cloth Hall offers a fabulous shopping experience. Royal Way and Plac Nowy are also good locations.

Groceries and Other

There are two major shopping malls in the city center. Galeria Krakowska is next to the train station and Galeria Kazimierz is to the south and houses the upscale Alma supermarket. Everyday groceries can be bought from any number of local shops in the city center where a gallon of milk costs around zł10 and a loaf of bread zł2.20.

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Where to Eat in Krakow

For cheap local food, look out for the Bar Mleczny milk bars. A meal here will cost around zł8. A meal in a mid-scale restaurant will cost around zł15-20 and a top restaurant like Wierzynek on the main square will cost upwards of zł30. U Babci Maliny is another quality restaurant, while Starka is a good choice for modern Polish food.