Kraków has a mystical atmosphere that follows you into every street and square you wander into. There’s an eclectic mix of historical and religious landmarks and according to urban legend, Kraków has the highest density of bars in the world. On the religious and historical side of the city, there’s Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary’s Basilica. The former is a beautiful Gothic structure with chapels in different styles built around it. You can also climb up its tower to the largest historical bell in Poland and get a great view of the city. The interior of St. Mary’s Basilica is exquisite with an intricate carved wooden altarpiece, magnificent 14th century stained glass windows and another tower with a beautiful view.
At the Collegium Maius, the oldest surviving university building in Poland, you can see some of the astronomic instruments their star pupil, Copernicus, used as well as the oldest existing globe. Schindler’s Factory, an interactive museum covering the Nazi Occupation of Kraków in WWII, is a must if you want to learn more about the history of the Jewish people during the war. For an outdoor adventure fix, drive or take a bus to the Jura Uplands at Ojcow National Park. This national park covers about about a dozen miles of woodland, scattered with charming wooden villages and castle ruins. Kazimierz is a district south of the Old Town that was the centre of Jewish life and is now Kraków’s most exciting and edgy district, packed with great cafes, art galleries, historical sites and bars. Many scenes of Schindler’s List were filmed in its streets. It is in this district where you’ll find the best nightlife. When you walk into Alchemia, a bar and student disco, you’ll feel as if you were brought back in time because of the candlelight, old photographs and antique knick knacks.
Forum Przestrzenie is in a formerly abandoned Soviet-era Forum Hotel. It’s super original and hip with its beach chairs, bean bags, retro sofas, graffiti art, vintage neon signs and great food and beer. Finally, for a bit of mystery and excitement, Mercy Brown, a pseudo-speakeasy, is probably the best cocktail bar in Kraków. The bartenders are truly talented artists and put on a show when making the drinks. It gives off a 1920s Parisian feel with electro-swing playing in the background. It is hidden above the Smakołyki Restaurant with no outer signage, enter and indicate to the porter at the desk that you’d like to go upstairs. Kraków is an amazing city that gives you a taste of the past as well as a great nightlife that will allow you to loosen up!