The historic city of Kraków in Poland has topped a Which? Travel magazine survey to find the best cities in Europe outside the UK.
All 47 destinations achieved scores of more than 60%, and two thirds of the cities scored more than 80%. Kraków fared best in our survey of 4,585 holiday experiences, achieving an impressive city score of 94%. By contrast, the Italian cities of Milan and Naples sit at the bottom of the table with a city score of 62% and 64% respectively. Popular destinations such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Bruges, Paris, Rome and Venice were also included in the survey. The results include star ratings for accommodation, cultural attractions, the ease of getting around, food and drink, shopping, value for money and the welcome.
Best city in Europe
Kraków has an old town that brims with elegant, well-preserved, time-warp buildings and cobbled streets, all on Unesco’s World Heritage list. It is compact enough to easily explore on foot and public transport is also cheap.
The city scored a maximum five stars for its friendly welcome and for the food and drink, which includes the traditional ‘bigos’ stew and hazelnut vodka. Members also gave the city five stars for value for money – a hotel room typically costs £55 and a bus from the airport to the city centre is less than £1.
Highlights include Main Market square, the Wawel Hill castle complex, the Oskar Schindler enamel factory museum, and exploring the underground salt mines outside the city.
EasyJet , Ryanair and Jet2.com fly non-stop to Kraków from UK airports – the average flight time from London is 2 hours, 25 minutes.