Time it right and the dragon outside the medieval Wawel Castle will breathe a fiery greeting. It is a fitting welcome to Krakow, a city that has been through the flames of history and come out stronger than ever. The Kazimierz District, once the heart of the old Jewish community, is coming alive again – with milk bars transformed into chintzy pubs and antique shops spilling out into the streets.
Krakow has a great literary tradition, and has recently been named the seventh UNESCO City of Literature.
In the streets of Florianska and Szewska you will find students dancing to dubstep in medieval cellars. Above the city’s oldest hotel bar, a Latin inscription reads: 'May this building stand until an ant drinks the ocean, and a tortoise circles the earth', which perfectly reflects the warm and joyous Krakow atmosphere. Now that is something worth drinking to.