Things to do in Krakow

Traveling in Poland is one of the things you must include in your bucket list. With various prehistoric cities the place has, you can really enjoy your stay in here most particularly if you are the kind of person who loves historic ambiance.

Among the places Poland has, Krakow is second largest and one of the oldest cities in this country. It is also one of the cities that is most visited by many tourists from different countries. There are plenty of things you can see and do at Krakow. From the several attractions it has down to the foods the place is known for, visiting here would definitely a good idea and worth the money.

May it be your first time to visit the place or second time around; it is important to know what the best places are and so as the foods they offer during your stay. In this way, you can ensure that your stay in the place would be a memorable one.

Just like any other places, Krakow also provides great scenery and further information about the place that you can bring with you when you go home. And some of the things you can do in Krakow are the following.

Attractions

Perhaps, when we visit a particular place, the first thing that is in our mind is to see the attractions the place has. The same goes to Krakow. The old city has great views to see. And among them is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (Mocak). The museum which is designed by Claudio Nardi, an Italian architect, is located in the center of the city. It aims to present and support contemporary art and artists in gallery. Most of the exhibitions done are from well known polish and foreign artists. This place is known internationally to be exact.

Czartoryski Museum and Library, on the other hand, is also one of the best attractions the place has. If you are a book lover and you would want to spend your time over reading different kinds of it, this is the best place you can visit at Krakow. The museum was generally found in Pulawy around1796 by Princess Izabela Czartoryska whom was a Polish aristocrat, writer, and art collector way back 18th century. Apart from books, you can also great paintings of history that are exhibited in here.

If you are a fan of somewhat like old churches, you can visit the Altarpiece of Veit Stoss of Krakow or commonly known for St. Mary’s Altar. It is the largest Gothic altarpiece in the world and that is considered as the national treasure of Poland.

The altar is specifically located at St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow. You may have wondered where it got its name, to give you brief information about the history of the said attraction; it was carved sometime between 1477 to 1489 by a German sculptor named Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz) who had moved at Krakow during that time and have lived there for another 20 years. What you can see in this place is that it is the largest Gothic sculpture in the world and it shows several scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary. Including on the carved sculptures Veit Stoss have had was a center piece portraying the death of Madonna surrounded by the 12 apostles. It is best to visit the place around noon when light floods through the magnificent stained glass windows as this reflects back by the glittering gold of the altarpiece which you would be mesmerized to see indeed.

Accommodation

A trip without a place to stay is lame. Of course, what place would never offer an accommodation to stay? At Krakow, you have wide selection of hotels to stay. From the amenities you would want to have in your room down to the foods the place has to offer, everything is here.

Grand Hotel which is located at Sławkowska 5/7, Old Town, 31-014 Kraków, Poland is one of the luxurious 5-star you can find in Krakow. It features elegant rooms with period furnishings that you would definitely love. The amenities include full HD LED TVs, air conditioning, and free wireless internet to help you get connected online all the time which is, at the same time, perfect for travelers like you most especially if you are a fan of sharing what you do in visiting a certain place.

Not just that, the hotel comes with 2 stylish restaurants namely Mirror and Piano.  Both restaurants specializes Polish and European cuisines that you would enjoy too. If you are sweet tooth person, pastries such as cake are also available in the Vienna Café.

If a 5 star hotel is a mainstream for you, you can give a try one of the 4 star hotels in Krakow which is the Queen Boutique Hotel. This elegant 4 start hotel is located in between of Krakow’s Old Town and Kazimierz district which is 700 meters away from the Wawel Castle. Its amenities include a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi to help you stay connected online. Plus, the hotel also offers sauna service free of charge which you can take advantage and would enjoy of most especially if you are too stressed.

Just like any other hotels, the place has also an air-conditioned restaurant which offers varied buffet which is the Amarylis. This restaurant is known to serve Polish and fusion dishes that you can enjoy together with your family or friends.

Since the place is known to be one of the oldest cities in the country, you might want to stay in a homelike kind of accommodation instead of hotels. With Sodispar, this is a great alternative for quite expensive hotels. The apartment is located and heart of the Old Town in Kraków. It is known to offer self-catering accommodation with free WiFi access too. Thus, with the place, it feels like home away from home indeed.

Each room features an iPod dock and a flat-screen TV, and has a fully equipped kitchenette with a dishwasher and a microwave too in which you can do activities like you usually do at home. Bathrooms come with a shower and a hairdryer as well which simply is like a home.

Food

A vacation without trying the food of a certain place is offering would never be a complete trip at all. When visiting a country, food is always a part of completion of satisfaction of a trip. Thus, we always manage to never miss of giving a try of those.

This also applies when you visit Krakow. There are numerous dishes can be tried at the place and that you would regret if you miss to. Among the foods that you can try whenever you step a foot at the place is their ‘Pierogi.’ These are dumplings of unleavened dough. This dish is cooked boiled. If it is ready to be served, it is presented with melted butter or various toppings, or a fried with onions. Generally, this is stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit, depending on your taste. If you want to taste this dish, you can order this in restaurants available in Krakow such as Hawelka Restaurant and more.

You could also try Krakow’s Bigos or known as a hunter’s stew. This is a traditional meat and cabbage stew of Poland. Typical ingredients for this dish include white cabbage, various cuts of meat and sausages, pureed tomatoes, honey and mushrooms, and sauerkraut (sour cabbage in English). This dish is usually served with mashed potatoes or rye bread. Just like other stews, you can keep this in a cool place or put in fridge and then reheated later on. You can get a pot of this stew anywhere in the restaurants of Krakow but to give you idea where you can get one of the best versions of it, you can have it at W Starej Kuchni.

These are just some of the few things you can see at Krakow, Poland. If you are planning to visit this place in the future, you now have the idea on what kind of things to do in Krakow.

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