Krakow

Overview

From Andrew Harper

Until 1596, when the court was relocated to Warsaw, Kraków was the capital of Poland. Situated on the Vistula River, the city has traditionally been one of the leading centers of Polish cultural life. The Old Town (Stare Miasto) was laid out at the end of the 13th century. It features a Main Market Square (Rynek Główny), which is the largest medieval town square in Europe. Many of the city’s landmarks stand nearby, including St. Mary’s Basilica. At the center of the square is the Renaissance Sukiennice cloth hall, which incorporates the National Gallery of Art. Many visitors find their way to the famous Wierzynek restaurant, which serves classic Polish cuisine. And the artists’ café Jama Michalika has literary associations extending back more than a century.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Krakow

Krakow, Poland
Hotel Copernicus
Hotel Copernicus

Charming 29-room boutique hotel housed in a Gothic residence that fronts a picturesque old street near the Wawel Royal Castle.

Hotel Stary
Hotel Stary

Elegant hotel within a 15th-century townhouse just off the marketplace square. The 53 rooms (some with historic frescoes) feature parquet floors, contemporary furniture and black marble baths with showers and jetted tubs.