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Move over Paris and Barcelona!  Krakow voted number one destination for European city breaks by tourists

  • Polish capital scored highly for its friendly welcome and food and drink
  • Survey carried out by consumer magazine Which?
  • Munich came in second place while Milan and Naples came bottom of the list 

When it comes to the top destinations for city breaks in Europe, Barcelona, Paris and Madrid have traditionally topped the list.

But tourists have now hailed Krakow in Poland as their favourite city, according to a new survey carried out by consumer magazine, Which?

The historic destination came top in a poll of the magazine’s readers who were asked to rate their favourite city outside of the UK and which lies within a three-hour flight of London.

Krakow in Poland has come top in a poll conducted by consumer magazine Which? who asked readers to rate their favourite European city outside of the UK

Krakow in Poland has come top in a poll conducted by consumer magazine Which? who asked readers to rate their favourite European city outside of the UK

Visitors praised Krakow for its friendly welcome and for the food and drink, which includes the traditional ‘bigos’ stew and hazelnut vodka.

The city scored a maximum of five stars in both categories.

Voters were also asked to give star ratings for accommodation, cultural attractions, the ease of getting around, shopping and value for money.

The magazine revealed that the average cost of a double room in the city costs just £55-a-night, while transfer from the airport to the city centre was just 76p.

Munich in Germany came in second place, with the Bavarian capital scoring five stars for its food and drink

Munich in Germany came in second place, with the Bavarian capital scoring five stars for its food and drink

In third place was the Czech capital of Prague, which scored five-stars for its value for money

In third place was the Czech capital of Prague, which scored five-stars for its value for money

It scored four stars for both cultural attractions and accommodation, with the city’s well-preserved historic buildings and cobbled streets all on Unesco’s World Heritage list.

Krakow’s giant underground salt mines outside the city, with their salt sculptures and saline lakes, were also popular attractions with Which? readers.

Munich in Germany came in second place, with the Bavarian capital scoring five stars for its food and drink.

The city is well-known for sausages and beer halls, such as the Augustiner-Bräu, while the Deutsches Museum of Science and Technology, and the BMW exhibitions, were also highly praised by voters.

Berlin came four in the Which? survey of readers favourite European cities, winning five stars for its cultural attractions. Popular tourist sites in the German city include the site of the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate

Berlin came four in the Which? survey of readers favourite European cities, winning five stars for its cultural attractions.  Popular tourist sites in the German city include the site of the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate

Valencia came in fifth place, winning five stars for food and drink and its value for money. The Mediterranean port city features almost 50 museums and art galleries

Valencia came in fifth place, winning five stars for food and drink and its value for money.  The Mediterranean port city features almost 50 museums and art galleries

A total of 4,585 reviews were recorded in the survey, with Which? magazine questioning readers about their experiences in the 12 months up until August this year. Barcelona came in sixth place

A total of 4,585 reviews were recorded in the survey, with Which? magazine questioning readers about their experiences in the 12 months up until August this year.  Barcelona came in sixth place

A double room in a hotel costs an average of £118 per night while the lowest cost for a return flight from London was shown to cost £83.

In third place was the Czech capital of Prague, which scored five-stars for its value for money.

The average cost of a double hotel room was just £83, airport transfer 93p and the cheapest flight from London was £129.

The public transport network is cheap, and free for foreigners aged over 70.

Iconic sights within the city include the annual parade of mechanical figures at the Old Town Hall’s medieval Astronomical Clock to the statue-lined Charles Bridge over the River Vltava.

Budapest scored five stars in the value for money category, helpingthe city into seventh place in the list of most popular European cities, according to the readers of consumer magazine, Which?

Budapest scored five stars in the value for money category, helping the city into seventh place in the list of most popular European cities, according to the readers of consumer magazine, Which?

Vienna came in eighth place in the survey. Visitors to the elegant Austrian city praised the world-class musical performances with particular highlights including Viennese concerts, and free filmed operas

Vienna came in eighth place in the survey.  Visitors to the elegant Austrian city praised the world-class musical performances with particular highlights including Viennese concerts, and free filmed operas

Seville in southern Spain came in ninth place in the list

Seville in southern Spain came in ninth place in the list

Tallinn in Estonia came in tenth place in the list of 47 European countries that were reviewed by Which? magazine 

Tallinn in Estonia came in tenth place in the list of 47 European countries that were reviewed by Which? magazine

THE TOP DESTINATIONS FOR CITY

BREAKS, ACCORDING TO WHICH?

1. Krakow, Poland

2. Munich, Germany

3. Prague, Czech Republic

4. Berlin, Germany

5. Valencia, Spain

6. Barcelona, Spain

7. Budapest, Hungary

8. Vienna, Austria

9. Seville, Spain

10. Tallinn, Estonia

11. Lisbon, Portugal

12. Valletta, Malta

13. Zurich, Switzerland

14. Amsterdam, Netherlands

15. Florence, Italy

16. Granada, Spain

17. Rome, Italy

18. Dubrovnik, Croatia

19. Hamburg, Germany

20. Salzburg, Austria

21. Venice, Italy

22. Copenhagen, Denmark

23. Split, Croatia

24. Stockholm, Sweden

25. Verona, Italy

26. Paris, France

27. Bordeaux, France

28. Cologne, Germany

29. Madrid, Spain

30. Nice, France

31. Dublin, Ireland

32. Porto, Portugal

33. Málaga, Spain

34. Palma (Mallorca), Spain

35. Reykjavík, Iceland

36. Helsinki, Finland

37. Warsaw, Poland

38. Carcassonne, France

39. Lille, France

40. Bergen, Norway

41. Brussels, Belgium

42. Oslo, Norway

43. Geneva, Switzerland

44. Naples, Italy

45. Milan, Italy

Source:  Which?

The other cities that made up the top ten were Berlin, Valencia, Barcelona, Budapest, Vienna, Seville and Tallinn in Estonia.

By contrast, the Italian cities of Milan and Naples came bottom of the list of 45 cities that were reviewed.

Readers were asked to rate their experiences in the European cities they have stayed in outside of the UK.

Only cities that received at least 30 responses were reported on.

A total of 4,585 reviews were recorded in the survey, which questioned readers about their experiences in the 12 months up until August this year.

Popular destinations such as Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, Rome and Venice were also included in the survey.

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