Krakow is our favorite large city in Poland. It is easy to tour, friendly, most locals speak English, and the sites are amazing. Here are a few recommendations:
Krakow Rynek: Rynek means town square and Krakow’s is Europe’s largest and perhaps the most pleasant one you will ever see. Horse-drawn carriages, restaurants with outside eating, music, and festivals grace this lovely area. We were there on a mild day in May and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.
Zakopane: This is a mountainous region south of Krakow. Most people recommend spending more than one day there, but it can also be done in one day. You can get there by car, bus or train.