A neighbourhood guide to Krakow

by NICOLA TRUP

When it comes to looks, Poland’s second city takes first place. Its people suffered hugely during the Second World War, but Krakow’s buildings were spared the devastation inflicted on many other Polish cities, leaving its medieval Old Town — a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a castle, cathedral and one of Europe’s largest medieval squares — mostly intact. Stray beyond the historic centre of the pretty postcard city, across the Vistula River and to the outer edges, and you’ll find districts with fascinating stories to tell: tales of Jewish history, living under communism, or how new life is being breathed into this old city.

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