20 Best City Breaks in the World


Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Home to the largest medieval town square in Europe, beautiful Krakow is renowned for its ancient architecture and bygone vibes. The Cloth Hall and Town Hall Tower beckon visitors to the city’s traditional centre, where bars and cafes await, the drinks are always flowing and the views are spectacular.

With so much to see and do here, your main challenge will be trying to fit it all in. Located in southern Poland, not far from the border with the Czech Republic, Krakow’s attractions are plentiful, with Wawel Hill, St Mary’s Basilica and Kazimierz — the city’s famous Jewish Quarter — all on the agenda for those keen to see the sights.

For anyone interested in such things, Schindler’s Factory, a popular museum in Podgorze, is well worth the short tram ride. Feeling peckish? Be sure to look out for Krakow’s famous pretzels — just the thing for long days spent on the tourist trail.