Flights to Krakow
Krakow is Poland’s second largest city and one of the country’s oldest. It features a great many historical landmarks and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making this a popular tourist destination with plenty to see.
International flights to Krakow arrive at the John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice (airport code: KRK). You can book a 1-stop flight to Krakow from South Africa with either South African Airways or Brussels Airlines for a route that will transfer once in Frankfurt. Another option is Lufthansa, with a connection in Munich. British Airways goes through London and then Dusseldorf. Flights to Krakow from South Africa can range between 15 and 25 hours in length depending on the airline and the route taken.
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The Tourist Attractions of Krakow:
Krakow is situated in southern Poland on the Vistula River. It’s one of the oldest cities in Poland as it dates back to the 7th century and was actually the capital of Poland between 1038 and 1596. There are many historical sites within the city, dating back to different periods in its history; the old town is one of the main attractions.
Krakow Old City
Krakow’s Old City (or in Polish ‘Stare Miasto’) was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. It’s a great example of an old Polish town and features many of the city’s major landmarks such as Wawel Castle, and the Main Marketplace.
Wawel Castle is a fine gothic castle that was built in the 14th century and is considered one of the most beautiful in Central Europe. It’s a large castle and one of the city’s top tourist attractions.
The castle is situated up on Wawel Hill and the complex also includes Wawel Cathedral which itself has a 1,000 year history. The current cathedral is gothic in style and dates from the 14th century after two earlier ones were destroyed. Wawel Cathedral is an important church as this is where the coronation of Polish monarchs traditionally took place.
At the bottom of the hill is the Dragon’s Den, or in Polish Smocza Jama. This cave, which is open to the public, is the most famous cave in Poland and was said to be home to the legendary Wawel Dragon!
The main square in Krakow Old Town is the Main Market Square, a huge and impressive square that dates back to the 13th century. Krakow Main Market square is the largest medieval square in Europe and is surrounded by beautiful buildings including the Town Hall Tower and St Mary’s Basilica. The Town Hall itself was destroyed in the 19th century but the tower still remains and is currently used as a museum. There are some lovely views from the tower.
St Mary’s Cathedral is a beautiful church that’s best known for its intricately carved wooden altarpiece, and for the trumpet signal that’s played every hour from the taller of the two towers.
Krakow also has a good selection of museums to complement all the wonderful architecture in this city. The National Museum is one of the popular ones and it has the main branch here in Krakow with collections within museums around the country.
When Should You Visit?:
Krakow features warm summers with a reasonable amount of sunshine and the possibility of rainfall at any time of the year. July is the hottest month when the average high is 24C and low is 15C. Late spring and early autumn are also a good time for visiting Krakow as temperatures are warm and rainfall less than in the summer. Winters are cool.