Get a Taste of Europe in Beautiful Krakow
Most South Africans dream of the opportunity to enjoy the classic sights and sounds that Europe has to offer, especially as we ease our way through the mid-year slump, longing for sunlight-filled days and adventure. Which is why Lufthansa offers weekly flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town – with a short layover in Frankfurt or Munich – to Krakow, Poland – the perfect place for a summer of discovery.
Enjoy an affordable mid-year break
While Europe’s summer runs through August, most tourists will have headed home, meaning airfare, accommodation and activities are a lot more affordable – especially for the South African pocket!
Poland as a destination provides local travelers with an affordable European adventure. As the second-largest city in Poland, Krakow is a hub of culture and nightlife and a major centre of business, science and technology. It lends itself to an exploration of the senses. Mid-range hotels and private accommodations in the old town will easily fit into a local’s travel budget and there are plenty of free and low-cost activities to be enjoyed including free walking tours of the major sites.
“Site-seeing”, shopping and good food
Krakow is steeped in beauty with ancient sites such as Wawel Castle, Wawel Cathedral, St Mary’s Basilica and Ojcó National Park offering a cultural smorgasbord. For travellers who prefer moody jazz haunts and energetic venues, the city’s club- and bar-scene is legendary with something for everyone.
Dining is also a first-rate experience whether you’re at a five-star establishment or an eatery off the main square. For traditional Polish fare without any frills, a bar meleczny (milk bar) offers menus of small dishes such as pierogi, dumplings with sweet or savoury fillings. After having your fill, head to Floriańska, one of the main shopping promenades, or the marketplace at Rynek Główny, for international and Polish clothing, shoes and jewellery. Rynek Kleparski is also home to a picturesque farmer’s market where you’ll find home-made treats like pickled vegetables and balls of sheep’s milk cheese.
Three fun facts about Krakow you probably didn’t know:
- Wawel Hill is home to the Wawel Chakra – believed to be one of the world’s centres of spiritual energy
- It takes 12 bell ringers to ring the 13-tonne bell at Wawel. Touching the bell is supposed to bring love to the lonely
- Krakow’s Main Market Square is said to have been the biggest market city plaza of the medieval world
Some Krakow insider tips on hidden gems from The Lufthansa Group crew
– “You get the feeling that you’re sitting in grandma’s front room. Restaurant Miód Malina, (Grodzka 40, 31-002 Kraków) found along the Royal Route, means honey raspberries – red seat cushions with embroidered raspberries adorn the room, red wallpaper covers the walls, and on the shelves, there are countless preserving jars filled with fruits and conserves. The Polish-Italian dishes taste wonderful, which is why the restaurant is very popular and it’s worthwhile booking in advance. (Bernhard-Pilot).
– Those who would like to sample regional Polish dishes should head for Pod Baranem, Marmolada, Wesele or Chlopskie Jadlo. All these restaurants are in the historic town centre. (Thomas, Head of Flight Dispatch).
– Krakow is one of the most exciting new destinations around. The salt mines in Wieliczka are an absolute must-see, as well as Wawel Hill, crowned by the castle. Finally, Krakow is also home to the largest town square in Europe. (Thomas, Head of Flight Dispatch).
Take flight with Lufthansa
To assist travellers on their dream European holiday, Lufthansa flies to Krakow up to five times daily from Frankfurt and up to four times daily from Munich.
South Africans can fly to Krakow, via Frankfurt and/or Munich from R 6 990 on Economy and R 17 760 on Premium Economy.*
For flight information and a concise city guide on Krakow, visit lufthansa.com