Attractions in Krakow
Cracow is located in the southern region of Poland. It is the second former capital of Poland where live over 700,000 people. Cracow is a very popular tourist destination among travellers from every corner of the world. It is nothing unusual, because the city is full of interesting places to visit - the restaurants where are served delicious polish dishes; museums and art galleries which attract visitors to come, have fun and learn something more about Cracow and Poland. The majority of holidaymakers travel to Cracow by plane, because cheap plane tickets to Poland are accessible from numerous countries. The main tourist attractions in Cracow are Wawel Castle, Main Market Square and Kosciuszko's Mound.
The famous castle in the southern Poland
The famous fortification located in the southern parts of Poland is Wawel Castle which is situated in the heart of Cracow. It is the landmark of the town which cannot be missed by any traveller. The origins of the castle came from 11th century. However, the castle was renovated several times, because it has been destroyed during numerous fires, robberies and military activities. The building was rebuilt in different architectural styles – Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance. Nowadays, the castle is a museum which presents history of the city as well as of the country.
Every year, more than one million visitors go to the castle. The majority of chambers present the exhibitions, for example 'The Lost Wawel' and 'Oriental Art'. What is more, outside the castle there can be found magnificent gardens which are full of flowers and green area during spring and summer. Under the castle is situated the dragon's den which can be visited and near is placed Wawel Dragon Sculpture which breathes fire every few minutes.
The Market Square
One of the most popular places where are lots of tourists is definitely the heart of the city – the Main Market Square. The square was constructed in the 13th century and it is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe (40,000 m²). The square is surrounded by old town houses. In the middle of the square is located the Cloth Hall where tourists can purchase almost everything for home, clothes and jewellery, especially Polish Amber. Opposite, there is St. Mary's Basilica – Gothic landmark of the town and near is placed the monument of Adam Mickiewicz – a noteworthy Polish poet. What is more, the Main Market Square is full of cafés and restaurants which magnetize travellers after busy day of sightseeing.
A special monument
After the Tadeusz Kościuszko's death, Polish people decided to create a special monument which will symbolize the Kosciuszko's commitment in Polish matters. For this reason, in 1820 (only three years after the death of Polish leader) the Kościuszko's Mound has been built. The mound was open for the public on the 25th of October 1823. It is 34,1 metres high and it can be visited every day from 9am. At the top of it is special rock there is written special dedication.
Flight from Chicago to Krakow
Poland is an interesting place to visit. It is suitable for every traveller who loves history, art, taking part in interesting events and learn more about one of the youngest democracies in Europe. During planning the journey to Poland, it is worth to consider visiting Krakow which is one of the most visited cities by foreigners and where every people related to tourism are able to communicated English fluently, which makes the stay in Cracow even more pleasant. At present, there are available lots of inexpensive flight tickets to Poland provided by Polish carrier – LOT Polish Airlines. So the question is… Why not Poland?
All the information which you need to know before you take off from Chicago
The flight from Chicago to Krakow lasts about 9 to 10 hours. It depends on time of the day and the week.
The journey to Poland starts at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The travellers have to have valid documents to be accepted for travel to Poland. The basic documents are passport and residence address in the country of destination. For more detailed information, visit the official website of LOT. It is more than 7,000 kilometres from Chicago to Krakow and the cheapest way to travel from the United States to Poland is by plane. The journey itself can be a great adventure and pleasure experience because LOT Polish Airlines provides everything you need on the board.
On the board of LOT Polish Airlines plane
The fleet provided by LOT Polish Airlines is at the highest level. The long distance flights are served by the most innovative plane in the world
– Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It is environmental friendly plane which was designed to meet the expectations of every passenger.
Some of ground-breaking ideas implemented in LOT's planes are lower pressure inside the cabin, huge windows, and comfortable seats with various facilities such as an individual screen, USB port and movable curtain which provides privacy during the flight.
Travellers are able to choose one of three classes available at long distances flights. They are economy flex, premium flex and business flex.
The cheap flights from Chicago to Krakow ought to be purchased in advance to obtain the lowest price. While you are on board, you can start relaxing and enjoy your flight. On the screens you are able to watch various movies and TV series provided by the LOT. The offer is very wide and prepared for every user – for children as well as for adults. What is more, on the board is accessible inflight magazine, called Kaleidoscope which has been published by LOT since 1979.
When you arrive in Poland
The destination airport in Poland is Krakow Balice, International Airport, the second biggest airport in Poland after Warsaw Chopin International Airport. The airport is located only 11 kilometres from Krakow city centre. What is more, there are various ways of getting to the city centre. You can choose taxi, buses, mini buses and train. The journey to the city centre lasts about 30- 60 minutes.
Transfer from Krakow airport
Nowadays, more and more tourists from different corners of the world arrive in Krakow by plane. They land at Krakow Balice International Airport which is the second biggest airport in Poland after Warsaw Chopin. Every year, the airport serves more than 4 million passengers who come to Krakow to discover the amazing city in the southern Poland. Furthermore, the majority of them purchase plane tickets to Poland in advance to save some money. The airport is located only 11 kilometres from Krakow city centre, so the access to the heart of the city does not take long time. What is more, there are provided different ways of getting to the city which are suitable for every passengers' budget.
The fastest way to get to the city centre
If you want to get to Krakow city centre quickly and you are not afraid of spending a little more money, you should consider taking the taxi and book the airport transfer served by professional companies. The greatest advantage of choosing the services is the possibility to receive door-to-door service which is very useful, especially for everyone who does not know Krakow and does not want to lose in the big city.
The prices are settled individually prior to the ride.
There is also an opportunity to book the ride online – you have to do it minimum 12 hours in advance by filling simple form online. The drivers who work for the company are able to communicate English perfectly and they will also show you the most significant places during the ride. The journey to the city centre is pure pleasure because the cars are air-conditioned/heated and meet the needs of every customer.
A short train journey
At the airport is located also train station called Krakow Airport where leaves trains to the Krakow city centre. The journeys are operated by modern air-conditioned trains which are equipped with power outlets, Wi-Fi and ticket machines where the travellers are able to purchase the tickets. Tickets can be also purchased in the terminal and at the train station. The train is also designed for disabled people. The journey to the city centre lasts about 17 minutes and the train leaves airport every day.
Shuttle bus in Krakow
At the airport is available the bus stop which is operated by Krakow Public Buses. The bus numbers which leave the airport to the city centre are 208,292 and 902. They leave the airport every half an hour. The passengers are able to purchase tickets at ticket machines located at the bus stop as well as at the terminal.
What is more, everyone who is interested in using public transport while being in Krakow can purchase multiple trips tickets for 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 24 hours and 7 days. An additional transport service available at the airport is private transport. There are few companies which provide long distance journeys to different cities in Poland (e.g. Wrocław, Katowice, Rzeszów), the Czech Republic (e.g. Ostrava) and Slovakia (e.g. Kosice). The journeys are served by buses and mini buses.
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