Krakow (or Cracow) has been Poland’s cultural and political powerhouse for the past 5 centuries. One of the few Polish cities to remain almost completely intact after the devastation of World War II, it attracts many travelers for the historic gothic and renaissance buildings and the fascination of being able to have a peek into the history of ‘Old Europe’ that is difficult to come by in our day. There are a good number of monuments, museums and sites to see if you choose to spend some time in Poland's vibrant city of the South and many experienced travelers suggest giving yourself at least a week to fully take in the charming atmosphere that Krakow emanates. From Wawel Castle and its statue of a fire-breathing dragon– that spouts fire from its mouth every five minutes (or on an SMS request) – to the beautiful cathedrals and other architectural masterpieces around the city.
From the charming pubs that attract tourists for the quality of the beer and reasonable prices, to the exploration of the Wieliczka Salt Mines; from Schindler’s Factory (immortalized in cinema by the classic ‘Schindler’s list’) to a day trip to Auschwitz – Birkenau, you will find yourself living unforgettable experiences every step of the way and by the end of your trip you’ll be captivated by Krakow’s unique charm and history.