What’s the Craic in Krakow?

One expression that often comes up when clients approach us for their next event is “somewhere different. Somewhere our people are less likely to have been. Somewhere for an authentic experience unique to the destination.”

Krakow delivers this in spades – here’s why:

Spectacular backdrop – the city is home to the largest medieval market square in Central Europe, a remarkable setting in the heart of the Old Town. And in my mind this comes to life even more during the Christmas season with its gorgeous market stalls (selling much more than the standard wood-carved trinkets!) Think sensational mulled wine, luscious hot chocolates, delicious meats cooked on open barbecues… yum!

Past meets present – Every full hour, the Krakow signal bugle call, or Hejnal Mariacki, is played by a bugler from St Mary’s Church above the Market Square. This dates back to the Middle Ages when it was announcing the opening and the closing of the city gates; and also to warn fellow citizens whenever he saw a fire or the enemy forces. All of a sudden the melody comes to an abrupt ending – which is said to commemorate a trumpeter from Krakow who was shot through his throat by a Tatar archer in 1241 when the Mongols besieged the city. Random I know but when you are standing in the square it is really rather special…

Auschwitz. Yep – the elephant in the room – yet a place that EVERYBODY should visit, only once, to fully take on board what can only be described as the biggest atrocity in European history. It is bleak, it is haunting, but it is where the reality of what happened truly hits home.

Diversity – I have already touched on a bit of history and the city offers so much – the Jewish district of Kazimierz, the Wavel Castle, Schindler’s Factory… but add to that some spectacular shopping from small boutiques on the side streets to the massive Galeria Krakowska Mall and there is seriously plenty to go at. Then there are the parks, the Vistula River walks and the cafés…more of that next…

Eats – oh yes, lots. Whilst the Pierogi dumplings are indeed delicious, one can eat these anywhere in Poland. The highlights here are the sheep’s cheese from the mountains, crispy zapiekanki breads, and the chewy pretzels of obwarzanek from the roadside stalls. And that is just the local cuisine – believe me, there is so much more on offer. Italian, French, Mediterranean, Chinese, you name it…

Salt mine – now this is bonkers, but if you REALLY DO want that “unique and different” venue, then how about in a UNESCO World Heritage site that is three hundred and twenty seven metres underground? Yes of course you can visit as a tourist, but you could also host a conference, Gala Dinner or mining escapade team-building event down there too. Or even sleep down there if you’re really daring…

Add to this a huge range of hotels to suit all budgets, the easy accessibility from international airports (with the airport an easy 15 minute drive from the city) and the very competitive rates available and you have all the right ingredients for a great destination for your next event;  and certainly somewhere that your people are less likely to have been!

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