Many tourists consider Krakow the ‘cultural capital’ of Poland. Its majestic buildings, historical sights and marvellous museums all contribute to this title in their own way, however this blog post will explore Krakow’s music, its vital role in Poland’s culture, and how you can experience it on your holiday.
Explore Opera Krakowska
This famous opera house has staged some of Poland’s greatest performers, and is a hugely important building due to its history. Founded in 1954, the opera house was a getaway for the people of post-war Poland, and with its ever-increasing popularity, the establishment continues to show 200 performances a year.
Experience beautiful orchestral performances as well as classic opera singers, ballets and so much more. Poland’s best music hall is a must if you want to make the most of your cultural holiday.
Jazz it Up
Jazz is an integral part of Polish culture, and Harris Piano Jazz Bar is the perfect place to hear it. The bar is modest and cosy, featuring some of Krakow’s best performers and their infectious love for the music. Open every single night with occasional special events, this place is a great way to spend an evening in the Old Town.
Food including pizzas, panini and salads are available, and tables can be booked so that you’re guaranteed a spot to enjoy the soulful sounds of jazz.
WHAT OTHER VISITORS THOUGHT…
“Great atmosphere! Pleasant live music everyday, friendly service, delicious food, a large selection of drinks. A great place to spend an evening with friends or a couple.”
Keeping it Local
If you’re a lover of more gentle music, Ewa Reciak is a local singer-songwriter who is certainly up and coming in Krakow. She often performs local gigs and is very unique compared with other Polish performers.
For more classic culture, a visit to Krakow’s vinyl store, Records Dillaz, is a great way to discover the array of music on offer. Located in the Jewish Quarter and popular with tourists, you can have a historic experience and a musical one all in the same day. Records and CDs certainly aren’t in short supply and are available at a very reasonable price.
Krakow offers two local festivals for varied music tastes, so if you prefer to enjoy performances amongst crowds and crazy lights, one of these events might suit you…
- Krakow Live Festival is held in August, and features mainstream rock, hip-hop and pop music.
- Unsound Festival offers a more unique and diverse array of performances, and is usually held in October.
Where to Stay
B&B Hotel Krakow Centrum – You won’t miss a thing with this hotel, as it is located just a short walk from some of Krakow’s fabulous attractions, including the National Museum of Krakow and Wawel Royal Castle. The rooms are sleek and modern, each one fitted with a desk and flat screen TV. The hotel also offers delicious breakfast buffets to fuel your jam-packed days in Poland. For more information about the castle and other must-see sights, take a look here.
Hotel Alf – Also in a brilliant location, this central hotel offers everything you’ll need for a cultural trip. Traditional Polish cuisine is served at the breakfast buffets, and with just a short walk to the main market square, you’ll be able to experience even more of Poland’s finest foods. The rooms are homely and comfortable, each offering a private bathroom and shower.
Radisson Blu Krakow – If you’re looking for a luxurious trip, this hotel is the one for you. With an impressive five stars to its name, Radisson Blu provides beautifully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as free access to the sauna and fitness room. Cycle around the nearby landmarks during the day using the hotel’s free bike hire, and enjoy the fabulous bar and restaurant in the evenings.
How to Get There
Since many airlines offer direct flights, Krakow Airport is usually just a 2.5 hour journey from the UK; just enough time to watch a film or read a chunk of a good book on the plane! Transfers to the centre of Krakow take a further 20-30 minutes, and with Shuttle Direct the drivers meet you at the airport, so it couldn’t be simpler.
A Shuttle Direct transfer is definitely one of the most efficient ways to travel. I would recommend booking their services online. The drivers are friendly and helpful, and the service itself is always reliable. Having no worries about getting to the hotel always makes for a relaxed start to the holiday.
About Shuttle Direct
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