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!
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- Spring 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
As a young group of girls, we were staying in the centre of krakow and wanted to experience this important history. Booking through this website was very easy and there were many different tours to choose from to suit our needs. There were regular emails to remind us about the tour we had chosen and meeting points were updated when needed, these were very easy to find with them being central and pick up buses were clearly identifiable and on time. The bus journey was around 1h 10 mins from the old town and the tour lasted around 2 hours at auschwitz and 50 mins at birkenau (there was a short bus ride between). Our tour guide was engaging and very knowledgeable and made our trip memorable.
This was the best way to visit Auschwitz - our guide was informative, respectful and the tour was the perfect length. It would have been difficult to properly understand the significance of a lot of areas of the museum without a guide and it was nice to be in a group for the sadder moments. My tour did change times so I would recommend leaving the whole day free just in case - but they gave good notice and everything ran on time. Auschwitz is a can't miss experience and as a solo traveller I would 100% recommend this tour as the best way to visit.
Would have liked to have stayed a little longer after the tour to see some of the exhibits in more depth. We elected to go on the early trip and there were not too many people. Certainly the best time to go as the number of people trying to enter when we were leaving was huge. Our tour guide was excellent and she gave a very good account of those war time events.
Excellent tour. Fascinating to see what was displayed. The tour guide was fabulous just wish I could remember her name! She gave us lots of interesting information and made it fun at the same time. Would definitely recommend. The only down side was it took us over half an hour to find the entrance.
"Everyone should at least visit this place once during his/her lifetime." Quote from our guide And I hope everyone gets a guide that knowledgeable and amazing as ours.