Most visitors to Krakow will consider visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, one of the most notorious concentration camps of the Nazi regime, where more than 1 million people were put to death. The memorial is an hour’s drive from Krakow, with a wide range of guided tours leaving from the city.
Krakow does also have some more cheerful attractions, beautiful architecture is all around and it is also an important centre for arts and culture: Da Vinci’s ‘Lady with an Ermine’, the best preserved and arguably the most beautiful of his portraits, hangs in the Czartoryskich Museum.
In recent years Krakow has also become a popular party destination, rumoured to have more bars per head than any other city in the world. The city has a 24 hour culture, with medieval basements all over the city hosting all manner of parties and nightclubs.