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Colourful and Dynamic Kraków

By: Timurcan Ersoy

The historical journey of Poland begins with its first capital Gniezno under Mieszko I, the leader of the Piast tribe in the Vistula basin. It symbolizes struggle, never giving up, and patriotism. Poland’s history is filled with instances in which the country didn’t turn its back on art and literature, even in times of war, and sheds light on the future by bringing its past into the present.

Kraków's Historic Buildings

Photo By: Ostap Senyuk

Today, it’s a republic, with the capital of Warsaw, with a population of nearly 40 million. Its borders neighbour Germany, Czechia, Belarus, and Lithuania. Its close proximity to Germanic and Slavic countries makes the Polish a part of the multicultural texture of Europe. With its membership in the European Union in 2004, the country entered a fast-paced development period. Life in Poland is more affordable compared to other European countries. It makes for an ideal destination for travel in autumn in terms of what it has to offer in art, history, and entertainment. Almost every city in Poland boasts a meticulous tram system that offers transport to significant landmarks. Transportation by bus or subway is also available. Travelling between cities is usually done with Polski Bus transportation system or PKP fast train system.These systems are also linked with the rest of Europe, which means you can hop on a Polski Bus from Szczecin and arrive in Berlin in an hour. The traces of other cultures that have inspired Poland thanks to its geographical location can also be found in its cuisine. Influenced by German, Jewish, Hungarian, Lithuanian, and Russian palates, Polish cuisine even keeps the exquisite culinary heritage of the Renaissance alive. One can also find delicacies reminiscent of Turkish cuisine. Kraków is one of the oldest and three biggest cities in Poland and, naturally, hosts some of the most popular venues in the country. Here’s a list of suggestions for a trip to Kraków.

Left to right: the old Jewish neighbourhood Kazimierz, a colourful street corner.

Photo by: Svitlana, Mateo Fernandez

Puro Hotel Kraków

Opened in 2013, Puro Hotel Kraków is designed by architects Zuza and Piotr Paradowski from Paradowski Studio. All decorated in retro style, the hotel’s rooms are adorned with historic furniture brought from Scandinavia and Italy. One of the hotel’s biggest advantages is the in-house Indian restaurant. I definitely recommend it.


From the moment you enter this chic café, you’ll feel like you’re back in your living room. The drawings and photographs on the walls are accompanied by antique furniture. You’ll both feel the past spirit of the city and enjoy good conversation and food.

Czarna Kaczka The Black Duck

Czarna Kaczka The Black Duck is one of the exquisite places where you can try the famous black duck of Poland. It’s a must-visit location for lovers of duck meat and those who are open to new tastes. Treat yourself to a gourmet feast in an intimate venue with a stylish presentation.

Kuchnia Polska Gaska

Almost every delicacy at Kuchnia Polska Gaska, where you can try the most delicious examples of traditional Polish cuisine, is authentically Polish and worth trying. It stands out with its warm and candid ambience, and I suggest you explore its local wine cellar stocked by local vineyards of Poland.

From above: Carriages on the Market Square, "Eros Bendato" sculpture on the same square, , Church of St. Joseph, pathway to Wavel Castle.

Photo By: Anders Nord, Victor Malyushev, Shawn Tan, Grafi Jeremiah


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