Cheap Flights to Krakow
Characterized by ornate buildings, charming horse-drawn carriages, inviting squares and friendly inhabitants, Krakow is a 1,200-year-old city that successfully fuses its historic past with an energetic, modern vibe that welcomes visitors to explore its every facet. Delightful architecture, vibrant nightlife, delicious cuisine and excellent shopping provide a well-rounded experience for visitors from all walks of life. Flights to Krakow Airport (KRK) show visitors the first glimpse of the city's pretty skyline as it's framed by the looming Carpathian Mountains, providing a nice visual balance between the urban delights of Krakow and natural landscapes.
Krakow Airport has two terminals with combined national and international travel that offer passenger services, restaurants, duty-free shops and ATMs. British Airways, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Alitalia and other major European carriers regularly service flights to Krakow. A direct train line connects the airport to points in the city. There are also two routes, 292 and 208, that take passengers to the city center. Taxis and rental cars are also available for the 20-minute ride into Krakow. Taxi fare can run you anywhere from $15 to $30, so visitors should agree on the price before accepting a ride.
Attractions in Krakow
The inner heart of Krakow features cobblestone streets winding between an array of beautiful stucco buildings in every shade of pastel, and the popular centerpiece of central Krakow is Wawel Castle. The site of royal coronations and the burial place of Polish kings, the castle dominates its hilltop location and sits in the midst of some of the finest parkland in the city, warranting a visit if for no other reason than to enjoy the beautiful architecture and stroll the pathway along the river. Leaving the castle and following the Floriańska to St. Florian's Gate is known as the Royal Way, a path through town that includes trendy bars, boutiques and other sites of interest.
The Rynek Główny is a large medieval marketplace square in the center of Krakow, and it's here that visitors will find shops, restaurants, cafes and churches to be explored. An excellent view over the whole city can be found by scaling the medieval Town Hall Tower in the square. The Juliusz Słowacki Theatre is near the train station, and the ornate building hosts fine performances although the architecture alone is worth a visit.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Krakow
Krakow experiences long winters with temperatures beginning to drop into the 30s in November. While temperatures can plummet into negative digits in January, they usually hover in the 20s during the day. Summers are brief but have sun-filled days that can reach the 70s in July.
The delicious pierogi dumplings that characterize Polish cooking can be found almost anywhere, so you can try different varieties with cheese, potato or spiced meat fillings. In September, Krakow celebrates this delectable treat with its Pierogi Festival. Kielbasa, soups and a dizzying array of pastries also top the list of foods to try. Couples can expect to pay around $20 for two meals at a mid-range restaurant.
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