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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!

National Museum, Krakow
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National Museum, Krakow

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.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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!

Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Cathedral

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.

Bieszczady Mountains

Bieszczady Mountains

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!

Tatra Mountains

Tatra Mountains

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!

Main Square, Krakow

Main Square, Krakow

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.

Wawel

Wawel

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!

Planning Your Krakow Visit

How many days?

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.

Where to stay?

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!

How much money to bring?

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!

Good to know

  • Language
    Polish
  • Currency
    Polish złoty (zł)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +48
  • Best time to visit
    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

Helpful and informative while not too overwhelming

The tour is very informative. Driver was very helpful in all occasion from waiting for us earlier than the promised time, helping secure our belonging, leading us to the tour guide and preparing the food for us. The journey to Auschwitz didn’t feel long at all with the documentary shown. Anna, our tour guide for Auschwitz and Birkenau was very knowledgable and passionate on educating us about the lesson learnt from the holocaust. The tour guide for Wieliczka Salt Mine was charming and funny, lightening up our mood and putting the perfect ending to the tour.

Great last minute tour, very informative!

I booked the tour last minute for the next day! The tour guide was very informative and passionate and gave a lot of information about Auschwitz. The two guides on the transport bus were also helpful and did a great job!

Excellent perfect day driver fabulous it’s a 10 star tour

So much more than we could ever had imagined. Beautiful scenery lovely stop at the cheese farm which included Maliec our driver cooking us a polish cheese and cranberry snack with lemon vodka. Our driver was informative and extremely kind Zakopane is a lovely village. The whole day was magical. The thermal bath was amazing 2.5 hours totally relaxation if you have the time it’s just a given. Spectacular special day thank you. Absolutely the best value for money.

Wonderful, comprehensive, but very sobering tour...

Everything was very well organized and administered -- Simon was our courteous, helpful, and efficient driver, and Mark (our guide) was very knowledgeable, professional, and passionate. He added greatly to the overall experience -- we came away with a much deeper appreciaion of the immense tragedy which occurred at Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Highly endorse Comfort Tours Cracow and Get Your Guide!!

The Right Way To Have Some Fun, But Staying Safe As Well

This activity was so fun & exciting to experience. The instructor was clear on the safety measures we needed to follow, whilst also having a great wicked sense of humor! I can tell that helped everyone relax more around the weapons. He was patient with us and was always in top form watching out for anyone being uneasy with the guns in hand. I have never shot a gun before, and being able to experience shooting 3 types was fantastic! (I can see how people turn this into a hobby)... If you have ever wanted to try shooting and are in Krakow - Please look no further! The guys here were amazing! And definitely made the experience memorable. The driver was awesome! Happy to chat along with us all - even gave us all a a can of Polish beer on the drive back as a celebration which was very kind of him! Also very happy to drop you wherever you wish after the shooting which was awesome and helpful too!

Krakow: Extreme Shooting Range with Hotel Transfers Reviewed by Jessica, 05/20/2019