Attractions in Krakow
Krakow is the most popular city among travelers who come to visit Poland. It is even more popular city than the Polish's capital – Warsaw.
The city is situated in the southern region of Poland, called Malopolska. The region is a combination of well-developed city, industry, history and beautiful nature, including the highest mountains in Poland – the Tatra Mountains.
Krakow, as a capital of the region, is the calling card of Malopolska. Over 7 million tourists visit the city every year. Krakow is a special place where the tourist attractions can be seen at every corner. It is also a place full of history – Krakow used to be a capital of Poland and the city where the most important
At the Main Market Square
The place where every tourists should start the sightseeing of Krakow is definitely the Main Market Square placed in the Old Town. It is a 40,000 m² square located in the heart of Krakow. The square was built in 13th century and it is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe.
At the square, the travelers will find plenty interesting buildings which are placed at the square from centuries. There is also an eye-catching Cloth Hall which is located in the central part of the Square. It is a place where holidaymakers can purchase various items. There are sold hand-made ornaments, jewelery made of silver, gold and polish amber and a lot more. It is a place where are available all goods related to Poland, Polish tradition and Polish souvenirs.
Close to the Cloth Hall is located the Krakow's landmark - the St. Mary's Basilica. Every hour on the hour it is worth to stay near the basilica because it is played 'Saint Mary's dawn'. It is a traditional anthem played by trumpeter from the highest tower of the St. Mary's Church.
Visit the Salt Mine
In the Krakow metropolitan area is placed Wieliczka Salt Mine which is one of the oldest salt mines in the world. The journey from Krakow city center to the Salt Mines takes about half an hour. Its history starts in 13th century. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Krakow and more than 1.4 million tourists visit the place annually. The Salt Mine is 327 meters deep and over 287 kilometers long. The travelers can visit only some parts of the mine (there is more than 20 chambers to visit), including the most beautiful place in the mine – the Chapel of St. Kinga's. The tours are supervised by professional tour guide.
A museum of old aircraft
In Krakow is placed a museum dedicated to aviation. In the collection of museum are placed numerous aircraft and engines. It is an amazing place for every fan of history and aviation. The museum is divided into five following categories: fixed-wing motorized aircraft, gliders, motor gliders, helicopters and engines. The aircraft are exhibited in four hangars which are placed in an old and closed to flights airport founded by Austria-Hungary government in 1912. CNN television has scored the museum as the eight world's best aviation museum.
Flight from Gdansk to Krakow
People who are tired of travelling by trains and buses who often do not arrive on time should try to travel by plane, even for short distances. LOT Polish Airlines have prepared a special offer for the passengers who do not want to waste their time and money and experience a pleasure flight from Gdansk to Krakow. What is more, there are many possibilities to purchase cheap plane tickets from Gdansk to Krakow. As a result there are more and more flights from Gdansk to Krakow. Krakow is a fascinating place which is worth to take the tour. During the stay in Gdansk, it is a great idea to organize a one day trip to Krakow to discover the city, learn something about the history of Poland and drink a tea at Main Market Square which is located in the Old Town. Thanks to fast plane journey it is possible.
All you have to know before you get to the plane
The flight to Krakow starts at Lech Walesa Airport in Gdansk. The flight to Krakow does not last a long time, it is only over 500 kilometres to take. The journey lasts about 1 hour and 20 minutes. It is the fastest way to take the distance and what is more important, you do not have to have any additional documents, the ID card is the only document you need.
On the board
The LOT serves short distance flights by De Havilland DHC – 8 400 Series. It is an aircraft produced by Canadian manufacturer – de Harilland Canada Bombardier Aerospace. It is a twin-engine aircraft dedicated to short distance routes up to 850 kilometres. The LOT uses the aircraft which have 78 seats. The aircraft has two main advantages. The first one is very short take off and landing performances. It is a great news for every traveller who is afraid of flying. The second great news about the plane is flying at low attitude. It means that the passengers can observe the ground and have similar experiences like flying hot air balloon.
Under the wings of the best carrier in Poland you can feel safe and relax during the flight. All the travellers will have an access to movies, TV series and music which is provided in the aircraft. What is more, there is available also inflight magazine called Kaleidoscope which has been published since 1979.
At the destination airport
The flight ends at Krakow John Paul the Second, Balice International Airport after one hour and twenty minutes. It is the second biggest airport after Warsaw- Chopin International Airport. The airport serves over 4 million passengers annually. It is placed only 11 kilometres from Krakow city centre. There are few possibilities to get to the city centre. The most popular is travelling by train. There is located a station where operates Baltic Express which takes passengers to the city centre. It ends the journey at Main Railway Station in Krakow which is located near Krakow city centre. There are available also taxis which provide door-to-door services and public buses which leaves the airport every half an hour.
The journey to the city centre lasts about 30 minutes.
Transfer from Krakow airports
Krakow is located in the southern part of Poland. The city is a capital of Malopolska region. It is one of the most popular cities in Europe among domestic as well as international tourists. Every year, more than 4 million tourists make a decision to visit the city. The majority of holidaymakers travel to Krakow by plane. It is nothing strange about it, because the plane is the fastest way of travelling and what is more, the passengers are able to purchase inexpensive flight tickets to Poland in various travel agencies as well as online. Krakow John Paul II International Airport is placed only 11 kilometres from Krakow city centre. The access to the city is very easy and there are provided different ways to get to the Krakow city centre for every passenger's budget.
The fastest way to get to the city centre
The most convenient method of travelling to the city centre or to any destination you want to is choosing the Krakow airport transfer provided by private companies. There are many advantages of choosing the solution. First of all, you can place the order online (the order form is in English). Secondly, the driver can meet you at the airport. If you provide the flight number – the company can monitor the flight and dispatch the car on time. The driver will not have to wait for you when your flight is delayed. Another benefit is the door-to-door service. It means that you provide the departure and the destination addresses and the driver takes you directly to the place. It is a very convenient method for passengers who want to reach the destination place quickly. The last advantage is the price which is set individually with every customer prior to the ride.
The train journey
Near the airport is located the train station, called Krakow Airport which is operated by modern trains ('Baltic Express') which go to Krakow Main Railway Station. The trains are equipped with power outlets and the passengers have an access to the Internet thanks to Wi-Fi which is available on the train. What is more, the trains are air-conditioned and suitable for disabled passengers. The journey to the Krakow city centre lasts about 20 minutes and the tickets can be purchased in the ticket machine located on the train or at the train station.
Shuttle bus in Krakow
There are provided 3 bus lines by Krakow public transport. The buses numbers are 208, 292 and 902. They leave the airport every 30 minutes and the journey to the city centre lasts about 30 minutes. The tickets can be purchased at the terminal or on the bus – in ticket machines. What is more, the passengers who are interested in using public transport in Krakow can purchase multiple trips tickets which are sold for different periods – 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 24 hours and 7 days.
Furthermore, at the airport are available private companies which operate long distance journeys to cities located in Poland (for example Katowice, Wroclaw, Rzeszow, Gliwice, Opole), in the Czech Republic (for example Ostrava) and in Slovakia (for instance Kosice).
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