With opulent buildings, a buzzing cultural scene and underground nightlife, city break holidays to Krakow blend historic romance with modern-day fun.

Poland's double-decker

Krakow is a city of two halves – ornate architecture, pretty courtyards and tempting restaurants are up top in the city's old town. It's impossible to miss Main Market Square – the biggest town square in Europe and its collection of historic townhouses. Meanwhile, below deck there's a maze of cool clubs and laidback bars beneath the city's Medieval streets.

City breaks in Krakow

Culture-filled Krakow has all the ingredients for a top-tier city break. First off, there's a vibrant art scene with more exhibitions and museums than you could shake a paint brush at. There's plenty of cutesy-cafés to grab a coffee, and a choice of restaurants that would make even the most decisive still think about what they fancied for dinner. And for afters you've got a selection of shows on offer, whatever your bag – they come in the shape of dance, music and theatre performances. When that's all done you can cap your day off with a trip underground to a Polish vodka, or wodka, bar.

Back in time

History buffs will be kept busy in Krakow. It's many museums and stack-loads of statues play out the city's wartime past. Ghetto Heroes Square in the city's Jewish Quarter is fitted with seventy cast iron and bronze chairs – each one represents 1,000 people and the possessions they took with them to the Ghetto. And, you can complete your history lesson with a trip to Auschwitz Concentration Camp – it's a one-hour drive from the city.

At a Glance

  • Delve in to Wieliczka Salt Mine's underground maze of chambers and tunnels
  • Admire Gothic and Renaissance architecture in the city's historic centre
  • Dance all night in subterranean bars and nightclubs