Top attractions in Krakow
On the banks of the Vistula River lies one of Europe's most awe-inspiring cities. Historic buildings and monuments abound and create the foundation upon which Poland's capital of culture stands proud. Here are its top attractions!
The main branch of Poland's National Museum boasts around 780,000 art objects that span throughout history. The key draw for tourists, though, is its emphasis on Polish painting.
This 13th-century Wieliczka Salt Mine was in use until 2007. The miners had to spend so much time down there that they carved Catholic statues and chapels out of the rock salt!
For those worshipping above ground, this sightseeing essential has been the center of Krakow's religious life since the 11th century. Pope John Paul II was ordained at the Wawel Cathedral in 1946.
Keen hikers should allow time for a day trip to the region's scenic Bieszczady Mountains. It's pronounced Bee-esh-chardy, for those unfamiliar with Polish!
Significantly higher than the Bieszczady, a far tougher climb is rewarded with breathtaking views. We'd advise against taking Tatras' notoriously dangerous Orla Perć trail though!
Want to cover the main sights of Krakow in a day? Start your tour in the Old Town. The Krakow Main Square alone hosts Cloth Hall, the Town Hall Tower, and the Statue of Adam Mickiewicz.
The magnificent fortress Wawel was the seat of the medieval Polish monarchy, but its fascinating history predates even then by quite a bit. Its oldest buildings date back to 970AD!
Krakow offers plenty to see and do, with some extremely appealing day trip options beyond its borders. Book your stay for at least 4 or 5 days.
If you're only in town for a couple of days, booking a hotel in the Old Town or nearby Kazimierz will place you conveniently by Krakow's main sights. However, for visitors looking to keep their distance from the tourist district, Zwierzyniec might be the best place to stay. It's certainly the greenest!
Krakow is not expensive. Even if you only ate in the Old Town you could do all meals and drinks for as little as $30-40 a day. Match that amount for tours and attraction tickets (more for day trips). It's worth checking to see if you'll get a better exchange rate on your currency there, rather than before you leave. Also, don't be persuaded to start a tab in any bars you're not familiar with and check prices first!
- CurrencyPolish złoty (zł)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+48
- Best time to visitSpring and fall are the best times to visit, when temperatures are mild and tourist crowds are at a minimum!
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What people are saying about Krakow
We couldn’t visit Krakow and not pay our respects to those who suffered in the most appalling ways imaginable. The tour with Get Your Guide was very well organised and very simple to book . We were texted the day before to confirm our booking and time of pick up and we were picked up on time from our hotel and returned on time as promised. We had a superb tour guide called Gregory (please ensure he is duly thanked) who kept us very well informed and while the tour was sobering and upsetting at times Gregory kept the tone just right .He took us around both Auschwitz and Birkenau camps. I would recommend you book in advance of your trip before you travel and you may also be lucky to get Gregory as we did . A truly memorable trip in more ways than one .
First I want to thank our guide who accompany us on the bus and made everything in her power to get the tickets and so helping us not to wait in the long line. Also she provided us with a guidebooks and explain us on the card included in the guide what to visit. Also I bought this tour because there was no more guided tours available. I tought that this is not a good way to visit such a place without a guide who will give an expalnations but that's not true. When you're without a guide you can truly feel the feelings and thoughts that comes to your mind walking around the camp. There is no need for a guide to walk and talk to really feel the atmosphere of the camp. For the experiance also helped the weather - really cold and windy (and we were with summer jackets) with a little rain and this way we manage to felt at least the cold that the prisoners were feeling.
Our tour guide was truly wonderful. So much heartfelt information. Highest rating! Thank you
Booking and organising the trip with Get Your Guide was very easy and simple to arrange. The visit itself is a must if you go to Krakow - worth a watch of Schindlers List again as a bit of prep. Staff and guides at the museum were very informative and friendly. Give tour self plenty of time as there is lots to see and take in but worth it and the time does slip by quite quickly. Great experience.
Tomz was a great guide, really free with his time and his knowledge. We had a very leisurely trip around three very different bars with different styles of beer. The beer was great but Tom also provides loads of insight into the areas we visited and Krakow itself. Our tour lasted more than the allotted 3 hours and we whiled away a great evening in the charming company of our host. Highly recommended!!