Distance from Berlin: 597 kilometers southeast; six-hour drive
Why it made our list: Kraków’s a cool vacation spot because of its far-reaching history, from the ancient settlement of Poland to the more recent black mark of Nazi occupation. It’s an energetic city, especially in the evenings, when crowds form around kitschy cocktail bars and street food stands. Most of sites and attractions are within walking distance of each other, so find a parking spot and trek around Kraków by foot.
Pro tip: Check out in the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, where you’ll find historic synagogues and school groups donning kippahs by day, and upscale kosher restaurants and dive bars by night.
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