A little know fact about Krakow is that it’s not only home to the nearest airport to Zakopane but it is also a city wrapped in legend and a listed World Heritage site, host to historical relics, Gothic churches and the mysterious streets of the Old Town. In addition to the museums, galleries and sightseeing opportunities that make Krakow well worth a visit, there are also numerous bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs that cater for the city’s students, more than 100,000 of them! Krakow is a party paradise, with bars and clubs all centrally located around the old town.
As Krakow Airport is the most popular option for people heading out to Zakopane for a ski or snowboard holiday with White Side Holidays Poland, there is always a chance to spend a night partying or a day sightseeing in Poland’s prettiest city before heading to Zakopane or returning home. White Side Holidays Poland have links with hotels in Krakow. We can organise Krakow city tours, book restaurants, recommend nights out or simply drop you in Krakow and leave you to discover the city for yourself. A new rail link in summer 2015 has opened between the terminal at Krakow airport and the central train station in Krakow making a night in the city at the end of your Polish ski holiday even easier!
Popular things to do in Krakow
SHOPPING – There are numerous shops located around Krakow’s central market square “Rynek Glowny”, as well as souvenir stalls located in the Sukiennice, the main building in the centre of the market square. If you are looking for larger shops then a two minute walk from the town centre, next to the main train and bus station you will find Galleria Krakowska, a large shopping centre complete with food court and a variety of shops. A short taxi ride from the centre of Krakow (£4-£5) is the largest shopping centre in Central Europe, Bonarka. Bonarka is a very modern shopping centre with plans to develop into the largest shopping centre in Europe and America. You will find every type of shop you need, and more inside Bonarka – heaven if you like shopping!
CONCERTS – Krakow is famous for it’s historical churches and architecture. Classical concerts are held daily in churches around Krakow (times vary so check about an hour before the scheduled start time) providing the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful churches whilst listening to a live orchestra. Concert tickets cost around 50 Zloty (£10). St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church is Krakow’s most popular venue for concerts – definitely worth going to if you can.
SIGHTSEEING – If you are the kind of person who would much rather just stroll the streets to get a feel for a place then Krakow is easy to navigate. If you walk around for even just an hour from the centre of town you will come across interesting looking buildings, a river front to walk along, churches, castle grounds to walk through (no charge) and market stalls dotted around. There are many tourist information shops providing maps and ideas of places to walk to.
If you are interested in visiting Krakow during your skiing holiday in Zakopane then please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss the options with you. Check out the gallery below to view more photos of Krakow.