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Best things to do 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!

National Museum, Krakow
Photo: Marcin Zieliński @Flickr (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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

Intriguing place, really felt bad for the tour guide!

It feels strange to leave a review for such a place. The tour started by going to the pick up location, this got a bit cramped as there are multiple tours departing at the same location at the same time, however the guide was great at guiding everyone to the right bus. Issues began when arriving at Auschwitz, the queue was horrendous due to an event taking place that morning, we ended up waiting over 2 hours in line before entering. This was absolutely no fault of the guide as they were not aware of the delays and tried to do everything they could to make the time pass. I was really disappointed inside the camp by the behaviour of other tourists, people taking selfies in prohibited areas and generally acting with a lack of respect. Please if you are thinking of visiting Auschwitz, remember to act appropriately! Sadly we only had 1.5 hours in the camp due to the wait, but the guide still got us to Birkenau even though we were behind on time! Thank you to the guide and the driver

The best choice for visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau

It was the best choice to book this tour. When we arrived at the museum there was a line of 500 meters or more with people waiting to buy a ticket. We skipped the line and the tour started immediately with an amazing guide. Also, they were on time picking us from the meeting point, a driver and a very gentle girl speaking amazing English. Furthermore, the group didn’t consist of many people and that was convenient! We are very pleased and we totally suggest it.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour from Krakow Reviewed by Maria Angeliki, 08/20/2019

Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable and sensitive guide

Konrad was a superb guide . He Informed us of the detail of the day and was very well organised . His guided visit was fantastic and he dealt with the subject in a very sensitive way full of respect. He struck a balance between describing the horrors of the camps and talking about the hope for the future ! An excellent day .

Very fun but not as informative as other bike tours we’ve taken

Bikes a bit rickety and no safety discussion, but a fun ride with brief overview of a variety of Cracow landmarks. Bikes were not adjusted and we had a couple of children whose seats were swiveling until one man in our group adjusted all. Had a large group and overall we all had fun.

Krakow: 2–Hour Evening Orientation Bike Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/18/2019

Excellent experience; super knowledgable guide; very helpful staff

This was an extremely meaningful experience with a very efficient guide service and knowledgeable guide. We were profoundly moved by the museum's excellent preservation and rememberance of this historic time. Customer service efficiently resolved a change we had in transport.