By Leanne M. Wandoff
Krakow
Poland
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Beginning in the Stone Age, Krakow, Poland is firmly grounded in history being the seat of kings and the centuries-long capital of the country. As one of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow’s storied past and cultural treasures dating from the 7th century to modern day make this a dynamic destination. 
   
EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to Poland’s second largest city.  The city can be frequented via The John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice (KRK). Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com: To do so, please follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, when booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, please refer to our selections of hotels in Krakow for assistance with finding accommodations.  Then we invite you to utilize our hotel finder at this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Upon your arrival in Krakow, there is a long list of sites, activities and nightlife for visitors. To start your sightseeing tour, EscapeWizard.com suggests The Main Square, or Rynek Glowny, which began to operate after the granting of the Great Royal Charter in 1257. In the center is Sukiennice Cloth Hall, which had long been a place for trading cloth. Now, however, Cloth Hall is one of the branches of the National Museum. Also nearby The Main Square is the Church of Saint Adalbert (a site of many archeological discoveries) and Saint Mary’s Church who’s two towers rise high above the city. Here, too, rests the High Altar of Saint Mary’s, created by Wit Stwosz, which attracts scores of visitors daily.

The sites are not confined to the square; they reach out beyond those walls to the Royal Castle on Wawal Hill - a place where one could easily fill a day viewing the castle architecture, collections of Oriental art, military trophies, Flemish tapestries, archeological specimens, Wawel Cathedral and Royal Tombs. Additionally, guests are also entranced by beautiful courtyards and stunning views across the Vistula River; the latter houses the famous Manggha Center of Japanese Art and Technology.  EscapeWizard.com encourages visitors to frequent these locations as well as walking the Royal Route, the University Route, in the Footsteps of John Paul II, and discovering Jewish heritage in the city among many more attractions.

On the outskirts of the city, there are even more options.  EscapeWizard.com recommends that all visitors make sure to plan some stops to these sites.  Among the most important is the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim. Travelers will also marvel at the quiet beauty of the medieval Salt Mines of Wieliczka. Those preferring the raw beauty of nature will revel in the Tatra, Pienny and Beskidy Mountains.

With more than 170,000 students enrolled in one of the many university or academy-level institutions, as well as being named the official European Capital of Europe in 2000, Krakow’s night life is energetic and diverse. Stroll the city sidewalks or sit at an outdoor cafe and enjoy a glass of piwo (beer) to take in the vibrant street life, or go below and traverse an underground system of cellars that house theatrical and cabaret companies.

Overall, EscapeWizard.com can promise you that Krakow is a bustling city certain to enlighten, educate, entertain and enthrall tourists young and old.  Most sites are easily accessible walking or by city’s tram and bus public transport. Krakow is steeped in ancient history with modern day flair.  Just click the link above and book your next vacation to Poland’s gem with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Krakow
By Susanne M. Wilson
Sheraton Krakow Hotel
7 Powisle Street Krakow, 31-101 Poland
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In 2000, Krakow, Poland was named the European Capital of Culture and has been selected as the site for the 2022 Winter Olympics.  Krakow is Poland’s second largest city and one of the oldest.  The city is serviced by the John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice (KRK) which is a short drive to the Sheraton Krakow Hotel.  Travelers may choose from taxi, private car service or rail to reach the hotel which is located on the banks of the Wisla River. After you check-in (3 pm), you are just steps away from Wawel Castle and Zygmunt Bell.  If shopping is on the agenda, the famous Market Square in Old Town is the place to visit.  The square is surrounded by old brick buildings and palaces, most of which are many centuries old. The square is host to many events and festivals throughout the year.  And if you grow weary of shopping there are plenty of cafés, pubs and restaurants from which to choose to quench your thirst.

You will experience a five-star treatment at the Sheraton Krakow Hotel. The hotel offers 232 guest rooms complete with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed.  Room amenities include IPod docking station, television DVD/VCR player, make-up/shaving mirror, hair dryer, 24-hour in-room dining service, refrigerator, mini-bar and an electronic safe.  For families, cribs are available and for the furry babies, you can request a Sweet Sleeper dog bed.  For the convenience of its guests, services of the hotel include childcare, laundry and luggage storage. The Sheraton Krakow is equipped to meet the business traveler’s needs. The hotel offers eight event spaces with capacity of up to 300, video conferencing capabilities and free Wi-Fi.  Both the business center and fitness facility offer 24-hour accessibility.

There are several dining venues located in the hotel, including The Olive Restaurant which features Mediterranean options and Some Place Else which features international cuisine. Two options for cocktails and snacks are the Qube Vodka Bar and Café and the Roof Top Terrace. The hotel features a glass-roofed atrium and an indoor heated pool.

Book your stay today (check out 12 noon) and you will be able to enjoy your visit to Krakow and take advantage of all The Sheraton Krakow has to offer.  Reserve your room through EscapeWizard.com now by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Krakow
By Rose Overbey
Hilton Garden Inn Krakow
Marii Konopnickiej 33, Krakow, Poland
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The Hilton Garden Inn Krakow is a great place to stay during your stay in this Polish city. The hotel is the first of its kind in Poland! It is located right in the center of Krakow and is moments away from many local attractions and conveniences. It is also relatively close to the airport.

The hotel itself has many features guests are sure to find appealing.  There is a baggage storage and luggage hold, foreign currency exchange and multi-lingual staff on hand to assist you during your stay. If you need to grab a quick bite to eat, you'll be pleased to find a 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market on site. There is also a bar area to enjoy a beer, or warm up with a cocktail after a long day. If guests enjoy working out, there is a fitness room on site.

The rooms are incredibly comfortable and modern. Guests will be thrilled to find a fantastic view of the city, or park from their windows. Each room is equipped with complimentary internet access, so you can stay connected even while you're traveling. The beds are the Garden Sleep System bed -- a comfortable bed that will be easy to slip into after a long day. If guests want to work out in their rooms, there is a Stay Fit Kit available for guests to use in the privacy of their rooms. There are a variety of rooms to choose from depending on your needs. There are Suites, Accessible rooms and guests rooms offer a variety of options for bed sizes.

Guests will be pleased to find the Hilton Garden Inn Krakow  features two restaurants, the Globe Cafe, and The Restaurant, both offering guests a chance to unwind and enjoy a good meal. The Hilton Garden Inn Krakow also offers guests the option of evening room service.

EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at Hilton Garden Inn Krakow. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).