There are numerous reasons why you would want to visit Krakow and we wanted to spell out the most compelling ones:
1. Krakow is ranked THE top weekend destination among European destinations in several surveys.
In January 2014, Krakow received the highest consumer rating on holiday review site Zoover which took into account more than 30,000 reviews of popular cities in Europe, looking at nightlife, culture, surroundings, atmosphere and quality of hotels.
Visitors are often surprised by the city on the Vistula River. Alongside the cultural experience, the friendliness of residents and good affordability make it unique, according to visitors of the 25 European Zoover sites.
According to a survey carried out by consumer magazine, Which? and published in October 2014, Krakow is a tourists’ favourite European city outside the UK.
Topping our table of European city destinations, Kraków has an old town that brims with elegant, wellpreserved, timewarp buildings and cobbled streets, all on Unesco’s World Heritage list. It is compact enough to easily explore on foot and public transport is also cheap.
2. Krakow is a city with a lot of must-see places, monuments and relics, both historic and contemporary
Krakow is the second largest city in Poland, with history going back to the 7th century. It is inscribed in the UNESCO`s list of World Heritage Sities. Krakow was a merchant town since early Middle Ages, it was also a capital of Poland with the most beautiful royal castle and royal cathedral ever built in Poland. The university in Krakow dates back to the year 1364 and ever since Krakow is a city of knowledge and a cultural centre of Poland. The number of architectural monuments in Krakow is estimated at 6000 buildings and other structures, and Krakow’ s museums, churches and archives collected ca. 2,5 million artefacts, some of them being art treasures of the highest world class.
3. High quality of services
Krakow is a city with numerous modern facilities – lots of hotels, restaurants, business centres, dental and plastic surgery clinics were created or modernised in recent years. It is, hovewer, not only the infrastructure that matters – the high quality of services is guaranteed by people – from the best chefs in restaurants, highly qualified doctors, to skilled workforce in IT outsourcing centres. So expect that you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of a 3- or 4-star hotel you will stay in.
See also: http://businessinmalopolska.com/aktualnosci/krakow-is-again-among-world-of-best-investment-locations-in-the-common-services-sector
4. Undervalued currency
According to the Economist’s Big Mac index, the Polish currency is 48% undervalued against USD and 42% against EUR (see: http://www.economist.com/content/big-mac-index). This means that you should expect prices to be at least 2 times lower than at your home country for majority of products and services. You can have a good lunch for as low as 6 Euro and a dinner in a fancy restaurant for 10-20 Euro per person. And if you are a medical tourist, you can save a lot of money choosing Krakow. (See also: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jun/01/poland-medical-tourism-half-price)
The Main Market Square in Krakow has the highest number of pubs per square kilometre in the world! In Krakow there are so many bars, clubs, pubs, cafes, restaurants, venues with live music that anyone can find a suitable place for a nice evening with friends. The musical scene in Krakow is impressive – club scene is divided between jazz, pop, hiphop, blues, alternative rock and DJ sets, and concert halls offer a vaiety of classical music performances and festivals. Krakow Arena offers a lageaudience entertainment with concerts of the most famous pop music stars. Krakow is a city with so many regular culture events, that you can find numerous forms of entertainment all year round.
Kraków is an ideal destination not only for devoted big city lovers. There are plenty of popular and unique destinations at a close distance from Kraków. Wellknown places around Krakow gained fame for diverse reasons. At the distance of 10 km an outstanding place is situated – Wieliczka Salt Mine . It is the most popular mine in the world. In 2014 it was visited by over 1 250 000 visitors. Nature lovers should visit the picturesque Ojcowski National Park with Jurassic rocks and valleys. The Jura region is one of the best climbing areas in Poland. The mountain region, with famous Zakopane, known as the winter capital of Poland, is 100 km from Krakow.