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Discover the timeless elegance and striking architecture of Krakow’s intricately restored synagogues and churches.
A first-timer’s adventure in Poland should begin with an epic Krakow walking tour. Discover the seat of Polish kings gone by and wander through the eclectic boutiques of the heart of the city and Europe's largest medieval square, Rynek Główny. Strikingly illuminated once the sun has set, the square is surrounded by buildings of tremendous beauty and churches with unique spires. Here, you’ll truly feel immersed in the city’s ancient yet bustling energy.
Immerse yourself in Poland’s Jewish culture and history over the centuries with a visit to the Kazimierz district, located south of Wawel Hill. In 1941, the region’s residents were forced out into a temporary home in the ghetto across the river before their tragic journey to the most infamous concentration camps.
To further explore Jewish identity in Krakow, journey 70km southwest of the city to UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau, where many of the buildings remain as they were found in 1945.
If it’s vibrant colour and unbridled festive cheer you seek, Krakow comes alive during the month of December. Soak up the festive atmosphere in one of Europe’s most iconic festive markets in the middle of Krakow’s Old Town district. Picture charming wooden stalls, Polish folk arts and crafts, festive ornaments, warming regional food, and barrels of spiced mulled wine. Delicious!