Krakow (Cracow), Poland

Poland is one of the most underrated countries in Eastern Europe but I must say the most down to earth places I have ever been to and the City of Krakow is one of those cities that you will go back time and time again.

Krakow is set on the banks of the Vistula River and within easy reach of Tatra Mountains. Where you can go on many walks and spend many hours in the mountains walking in the beautiful scenery. Krakow has one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Its scores of churches, monasteries and abbeys which makes it a jewellery box of Gothic and Renaissance Architecture. A walk through the Old Town,  is like a step back in time. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978.

Perched on top of Wawel Hill, the Royal Castle was the seat of many Polish kings from the early 11th to the late 16th centuries. The majority of the castle is Renaissance in style (1504-35), although Romanesque and Gothic elements remain. Today it is a museum complex, and among the treasures in the historic interior of the Royal Chambers (or State Rooms) is a collection of 16th-century Flemish tapestries, paintings and period furniture. Other separate sections of the castle open to the public include the Royal Private Apartments and the Crown Treasury and Armory.  
Find out about the a tale of the Wawel dragon and the Dragon's Den. The cave is reached by a spiral staircase, where the legendary Prince Krakus supposedly killed the Wawel dragon.

Away from the culture of days gone by, Krakow offers an array of more modern diversions, restaurants, bars and music clubs tucked away in its narrow alleyways and cellars. There are many cafes selling the most amazing hot chocolate I have ever tasted  in my life I wish I could remake it and have it every day but the way they make this hot chocolate it is out of this world, but only in Krakow, Poland.
Now when walking along the streets of Krakow it is like walking through history, I wish walls could talk cause they would tell some amazing stories of the days gone by and and now the days that are playing out. What is happening in the following months for this city of Krakow, 

The Rynek (Market Square), there are many cafes, markets and when the summer, hit the chairs come out and the entire square comes to live with street acts and people just going about there lives. It is a good place to sit and watch the world go by.

So there is no better time to go as the summer fast approaches. 

I hope you enjoy your trip as much as I have.