A neighbourhood guide to Krakow

Poland’s second city is a first-rate destination for travellers seeking elegant medieval architecture, a buzzing bar scene and a rich history spanning some of Europe’s most seismic moments.

Poland: Stork village

The air is as still as the stagnant water lying on the marsh beyond the old wooden farmhouse. In the late afternoon sunshine the silence is momentarily broken by the snapping of beaks, while an occasional, clumsy landing stirs up a pile of dust from the sleepy farmyard

Neighbourhood: Warsaw

The Nazi headquarters turned boutique hotel; the library with its own roof garden; the vodka museum that shares its digs with Google… Warsaw is in the grip of a fascinating reinvention.

Weekender: Poland

An ancient, untamed enclave in the Polish east, Białowieża is a fairytale forest hosting a colourful cast of creatures.

Long weekend: Krakow

While it still bears the scars of WWII, the sobering tale of Kraków's Jewish communities is being expertly told in sites across this beguiling and resilient city.

Rooms under £100: Gdansk

Poland's most colourful port city sits pretty on the shores of the Baltic, with its painted buildings, cobbled streets and some thrifty places to bed down

City life: Warsaw

Completely rebuilt after the Second World War, Warsaw is shaping up to be one of Europe's great cultural centres, with a growing number of new museums, restaurants and bars

Krakow: Shaking off the past

The royal capital of Poland for 500 years, Krakow never fails to impress with its grand gothic and renaissance buildings that survived Nazi occupation, and the newly resurgent Jewish quarter of Kazimierz — a key part of this vibrant city's appeal

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