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48 Hours in Krakow

Rachael Hutchings tells us where to eat, sleep, rave and repeat in Krakow

Krakow, Poland’s second most important city behind Warsaw, is definitely one of the most exciting places I’ve visited, not only due to the fact that it snowed the entirety of my visit there and looked like something out of a fairy-tale, but because of its endless treasure troves of culture, art and beauty. For those among you who crave sightseeing and snapping the most gorgeous landmarks in the cities you visit; I recommend staying in a hotel around the main square and indulging in the iconic and colourful marvels like the indoor flea market, the cathedral, the statues and the museums (there is even one dedicated purely to torture!).

Krakow’s main cathedral is truly outstanding and remarkably peaceful, with beautiful detailed stained glass windows and artistically designed furnishings. If you visit upon the hour you will get the pleasure of watching the bells of the tower being rung by hand, and I was told by a local stall owner that this a tradition that happens to commemorate those who have suffered. If you venture out of the main square and can handle a bit of steep walk, a visit to Wawel Castle is not to go a-miss. It is a very hands-on experience allowing visitors to take a step back in time and witness history in the form of weaponry, religion and costume, all while breathing in the fresh air and taking in the stunning views of the city from above.

Krakow is also extremely popular for its (incredibly cheap) vodka and delicious food. Two places that will definitely tantalise your taste for Polish culture are Flacha Kielbacha, a homely and cosy pub on the outskirts of Poland’s Jewish Quarter serving lots of traditional stroganoffs and stews, and also the outdoor Stare Miasto bar, 20zl (£4) per cocktail under the bright stars is truly something you cannot bargain for!

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