Arguably Europe's prettiest city, Krakow i s also one of the best preserved. Krakow's eventful history has only embellished the UNESCO-World Heritage listed city.
The Old Town centers on Rynek Glowny, a 13 th-century market square. Dominating the square is the Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), once the center for the booming cloth trade. Don't miss the Mariacki church. Every hour on the hour this church sounds a bugle across the city.St. Florian's Gate is the starting point of the Royal Way leading all the way to Wawel Castle.
In the afternoon, head for nearby Kazimierz, the former Jewish district. Here you'll find wonderful bars and cafes. Look out for the Corpus Christi Church, the Tempel Synagogue and ulica Szeroka.
Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was established not far from Krakow and approximately 1.5 million people died there during World War II. After the war, Krakow was left behind the Iron Curtain of Communism, and steel manufacturing dominated city life.