Krakow
Poland
By Libby Peck

Legend has it that this European city was founded in 20,000 BC at a dragon’s cave where the mystical figure King Krak slayed him. Krakow is unquestionably one of Poland’s oldest cities and is also currently its second largest. Its old world charm and welcoming atmosphere will delight history lovers and adventurers alike, as there is never a shortage of something to see here.

Begin your adventure by flying into Krakow Airport (KRK), about 12 km outside of the city. WhatsCheaper.com would love to help you get there, so go ahead and click the following link to find available flights (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php)! The distance from the city is no matter, however, as there are trains, buses, taxis, and private transportation companies that can take you where you need to be. Drop your bags off before your adventure really begins! WhatsCheaper.com can help you find your hotel as well, just click through to get started (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

Krakow is not just old and rich with history due to age: it’s also the former Polish royal capital, with plentiful ornate architecture. You will spend most of your time in the “Stare Miasto,” or old city, as the rest of the city is mostly residential. WhatsCheaper.com strongly suggests starting your exploration at the Florian Gate, the only location in the city where ancient walls have remained intact. It gives a great idea of what the city still looked like in the Middle Ages with its four towers and arsenal.

Start walking the Royal Way and you will pass other great staples of Krakow’s history. You will first run into the Rynek Główny, main marketplace. As the largest medieval marketplace in the world, WhatsCheaper.com wants you to know that you will find lots of churches, bars, and restaurants to explore with twelve of the city’s streets starting here. Feel free to trail off the Royal Way—we know there’s a lot to see! If you continue on your walk, however, you will come to one of Krakow’s most treasured gems: Wawel Castle.

Wawel Hill, where the castle is located, was a center of great economic activity as many as 50,000 years ago. When Polish royalty took notice, they decided to move there as well, and thus began the erection of Wawel Castle by the word of Casmir III the Great. The castle is very important to the city as well as the Polish, as it was the location of all coronations and is also one of the most beautiful castles in central Europe. Right on the bank of the Vistula River, WhatsCheaper.com wants to be sure you check out the scenery from every angle.

WhatsCheaper.com wants to make sure you enjoy Polish cuisine as much as you enjoy the history! Be sure to try a pierogi, a dumpling filled with cheese curd, potato, meat, cabbage, or sometimes fruits; and definitely pick up a grilled kielbasa—Polish sausage. If you like your liquor, Krakow has just what you’re looking for as well! Bars are abundant in Old City, and proximity to each other make this traditional city a great bar hopping choice. Be sure to ask for a tatanka, made with apple juice and Bison grass-flavored vodka. Feeling feisty enough for a shot? Wódka miodowa, honey vodka, is served in chilled shot glasses inside Krakow bars. During winter, hot spiced wine named grzaniec flows through the streets.

For the traveler that likes to learn a lot and play hard at the end of the day, Krakow is your perfect destination. With countless old buildings to explore and places to meet other travelers, there is no shortage of interesting to be found in this Polish city. WhatsCheaper.com hopes you book your trip here soon!

MUST SEE IN Krakow LIST:

  • 1. Old Town Square
  • 2. Rynek Gówny
  • 3. Saint Mary's Church
  • 4. Wawel Cathedral
  • 5. Rynek Underground
  • 6. Cloth Hall
  • 7. Jewish District
  • 8. Polish Aviation Museum
  • 9. Saint Florian's Gate
  • 10. Wawel Royal Castle

Krakow EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. World Cup Ski Jumping - January
  • 2. Festival of Sailors' Songs - February
  • 3. Organ Music Festival - March
  • 4. Easter Celebrations - April
  • 5. Krakow International Film Festival - May
  • 6. Student Song Festival - May
  • 7. Festival of Jewish Culture - June
  • 8. Summer Jazz Festival - July
  • 9. Sacrum Profanum Festival - September
  • 10. Zaduszki Jazz Festival - November

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Sheraton Krakow Hotel
7 Powisle Street , Krakow, Poland
By Jessica Howell

Nestled on the beautiful banks of the Wisla River, the Sheraton Krakow Hotel puts guests right in the heart of this charming polish city.  Wawel Castle, National Museum, Wawel Cathedral, Zygmunt Bell, and Main Market Square are just a few attractions that are within walking distance of the hotel.  With a spectacular glass-roofed atrium, you will be living life large while lounging around drinking cocktails taking in the beautiful areal view of the city.  WhatsCheaper.com insists that you book your stay at this fantastic hotel.

Guests can begin checking into the Sheraton Krakow Hotel at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon.  When you stay at the Sheraton Krakow Hotel you can expect to enjoy amenities including in-room movies, satellite TV, 24-hour in-room dining, and much more!  However, guests will be especially impressed by the sleeping accommodations at the Sheraton.  All 232 guest rooms feature the luxurious comfort of The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed; one of the hotels signature amenities.  Adorned with crisp sheets, fluffy duvet, and soft pillows, you will forget that you are even away from the comfort of your own bed.  At the Sheraton even pets sleep well.  With The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Bed available upon request, your furry friend will be spoiled by the time you return home.  Please see the hotel website for more pet specifications.

WhatsCheaper.com encourages guests to wander from the comfort of their guest rooms and discover the wonderful amenities and accommodations The Sheraton Krakow Hotel has to offer.  With two delectable restaurants, an indoor heated pool, 24-hour fitness facility, sauna, and the Sheraton Club Lounge, you will want for nothing during your stay here.  High Speed Internet Access is available in all guest rooms for a modest daily fee, as well as Wireless High Speed Internet Access for a slightly higher fee.  Please see hotel website for details.

If you are traveling to the idyllic city of Krakow, WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to stay at the luxurious Sheraton Krakow Hotel; the city’s premier hotel experience.  To book your room at the Sheraton, visit the following link:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).   

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