4 Reasons to Visit Krakow, Poland’s Prague
Prague is the most popular tourist destination in the Czech Republic. Poland has its own version of Prague – Krakow. Check it out and you might even find Krakow more pleasant than Prague. Download the Krakow Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map for your convenience.
Krakow’s Old Town
Just like Prague, its Old Town is also Krakow’s main attraction. In fact, the Old Towns of these two cities are quite similar when it comes to their picturesque buildings and streets except for one glaring difference. Krakow’s Old Town has a lot less tourists. Wandering around Old Town is like you’re inside a European fairytale. Walk down perfect cobblestone lanes and marvel at several majestic churches and gaze upon the magnificence of the castle perched on the hill beside the city. There is even a huge bell tower that chimes Krakow’s town song St. Mary’s Trumpet Call.
Not Many Tourists
Prague is constantly swarming with hordes of tourists, Krakow, not so much. Krakow remains to be a hidden gem of a destination. Not many tourists know about it. You’ll be able to take your time in enjoying each attraction, take pictures, shop, etc. You also won’t encounter hassles like having to fall in line, dealing with noise pollution, and racing for souvenirs. There will be nothing that will prevent you from going at your own pace.
Vibrant Local Culture
Another benefit of Krakow being unpopular is that you will be able to explore the city surrounded by locals instead of other visitors. You will be able to observe their way of life easier and much more clearly. The locals are quite friendly. You can approach them as you shop at the Christmas market and they’ll usually be eager to tell you stories if you show them you want to listen.
Poland is Cheaper
Poland is one of the cheapest countries in Europe. Food and lodging in Krakow is around 30% cheaper compared to that in Prague. You can translate this significant saving into a longer vacation or more souvenirs.
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