Sunday, November 18, 2012

The New Prague

Once the iron curtain fell, it didn’t take long for visitors from the West to discover Prague.  It was an inexpensive city to visit with plenty to offer. Quickly Prague gained international attention, as visitors went back home and raved how inexpensive and beautiful the city was.  Prague is no longer a secret, and it’s no longer inexpensive for visitors from the West to visit.  Now a major European city with a currency that has strengthened through the years, Prague has no problem attracting tourists. 

So the question is, what’s the new Prague?  What city can I visit that has a great exchange rate and plenty of great attractions?  The answer is Krakow, Poland. 

Krakow is starting to gain popularity with tourist around the world.  A very scenic city with much of its original city walls still standing, Krakow is great city to visit.  There are plenty of attractions in the city worth visiting, including, Rynek Glowny Grand Square, Wawel Hill, and the Kazimierz Historic District.  Just outside the city are the Wieliczka Salt Mines, which are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Along with great attractions, Krakow has a great culinary scene.  There are plenty of great restaurants to choose from, especially in the main square.  With a great exchange rate, you don’t have to worry about going over budget dining out either.  Following dinner be sure to check out Krakow’s great nightlife.  You will have no problem finding a bar to your liking near the main square. 

PT Tip - Polish Vodka is world renown and Krakow is a great place to sample vodka from around Poland.  There are plenty of tasting and tours centered on this topic.

Along with great attractions and great food, Krakow has excellent hotels.  You will not have to get a second mortgaging on your house to stay at a great hotel either. Plenty of reasonably priced boutique hotels are located within the city center.

Krakow is now a hot spot for tourist but you still have time visit the city before prices soar to the levels of Prague.  When visiting Poland, be sure to stop in Krakow, you won’t regret it. 

So what will be the next Krakow?  The answer is Tallinn, Estonia, but we will save that for anther post.

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