Published: May/June 200948 HOURS
Krakow Destination Guide
Photo: Krakow
The Cloth Hall is the centerpiece of Krakow's main square, Rynek Glowny.
Photograph by Gusso Luca/SIME

Poland’s capital until the 17th century, Krakow escaped much of the structural destruction that befell Warsaw and other cities in the region during World War II. Its main square, Rynek Glowny, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. While away a summer day at one of the square’s many tranquil outdoor cafés with a cool Zywiec (Polish lager) in hand. Wander the medieval streets, tour the Renaissance Royal Wawel Castle and Cathedral, check out what remains of the Jewish city within the city, Kazimierz, or take a day trip out of Krakow to marvel at the 13th-century Wieliczka salt mines (9 miles), hike amid Zakopane’s mountains (62 miles), or remember the human devastation of the Holocaust at Auschwitz (37 miles).

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