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5 Reasons You Should Visit Warsaw Before Kracow

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Updated: 13 March 2017
The cosmopolitan Warsaw and beautiful, medieval Kracow are Poland’s two most popular cities to visit. But where should you go first? Read on to discover the reasons why you should visit the country’s capital and leave Krakow for another time.

Warsaw is less touristy than Kracow

While Kracow is great for getting immersed in Polish history and traditions, it also boasts a much more touristy vibe than the capital. The city attracted over 10 million tourists in 2015 alone (while Warsaw got 8.5 million). Warsaw has definitely got a more local and authentic feel to it (if you explore it beyond the Old Town).

Warsaw | © Shutterstock
Warsaw | © Shutterstock

More diverse architecture

While Kracow retained most of its pre-war beauty, Warsaw suffered major damages during the Second World War which fuelled challenging reconstruction projects and more experimentation when it comes to architectural styles.

Warszawa Powisle | © Chris Brown / Flickr
Warszawa Powisle | © Chris Brown / Flickr

Better museums

Undeniably, Warsaw is Poland’s museum capital with a great choice of venues dedicated to documenting the country’s turbulent history, culture and diverse art. Must-see museums include the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw’s Rising Museum and the Chopin Museum.

POLIN Musuem of the History of Polish Jews © Mariusz Cieszewski
POLIN Musuem of the History of Polish Jews | © Mariusz Cieszewski

Food & shopping

Warsaw also remains Poland’s best foodie and shopping destination. Offering everything from traditional Polish cuisine (such as Restauracja Polska Różana), fine dining restaurants and international food festivals, to trendy Polish designer boutiques (such as Mokotowska Street), quirky design shops and vast shopping malls, where you will find literally everything.

This is Paper Shop | © Maja Wirkus
This is Paper Shop | © Maja Wirkus

It’s close to Masuria

If you’re looking to get some time away from the city during your stay, Warsaw is perfectly located to visit the beautiful Masuria Lakeland region. The area is Pole’s favourite out of town escape, especially during the summer season, when the weather permits all manner of outdoor activities including sailing, water skiing and kayaking.

Beautiful Masuria | © Shutterstock
Beautiful Masuria | © Shutterstock