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 had a lovely evening exploring the Kazimierz, and tasting lots of food. There was a real variety of stuff, and Izabela's stories about her childhood in Poland were lovely. I have resolved to be braver when trying food on my travels - it's usually really tasty! Thank you Izabela :-)
The Auschwitz-Birkenau tour is an intense but extremely worthwhile experience which has inspired me to remember and reflect upon my own prejudice against the Jewish people as well as others and by so doing, come to a better understanding of myself. Overall this has been a very positive experience. In preparation for the tour I watched a number of films and documentaries on YouTube about Auschwitz. One that particularly stands out is: "Science and the Swastika" : Hitler's Biological Soldiers. Watching these films helped put me "in the mood" so that the process could go that much deeper. On the tour I asked a few of my own questions which helped personalise the tour for me. Thank you for a very worthwhile experience.
The tour is excellent however, it doesn't really give you chance to read everything while you're following and listening to the guide. But this isn't a problem as you are allowed to re-enter from the start, once the tour has ended, so no problem whatsoever.
the driver to and from the camps was polite and chatty. he explained everything perfectly. the tour guide was very informative and obviously knew her stuff. it was a long day but very important to visit these places and remember what has happened there.
An excellent & worthwhile visit. A must see when visiting Krackow. The guide in Auschwitz was excellent & totally committed to his work. Expected it would be a regular coach for the trip but it was in an 9 seater.A little tight for an hour's journey.!Expected to have a proper break for lunch but only 10-15 mins.was feasible for a quick snack. This was a 7 hour trip in total.! Only a couple of snack bars in Auschwitz with a choice of a few pastries or a pizza slice so we would have brought a sandwich & fruit if we had known.