Kraków is a city in southern Poland, 220 miles south of Warsaw and 65 miles north of the border with Slovakia. Poland's second city stands on the Vistula River in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. The old centre stands to the north of the river and was one of the first World Heritage Sites to be designated. The city escaped serious damage in the Second World War and is often judged one of the most beautiful in Europe. Its international airport is seven miles to the west. Hiring a car from Kraków means you'll get so much more from your visit, and you'll find the road network a mix of old and new. Some historic narrow streets may be difficult to negotiate – but many of the trunk roads are wide and modern.