Top attractions in Krakow
Top Tours & Activities 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
I decided to take the plunge and go on the 11+ hour journey through the camps and salt mine. Your tour guides will be knowledgeable and impressive. The ride on the bus can be long but bring a book or a bag of snacks. You can keep it in the van!
Informative 4 jour tour at an easy pace. Good conversation and as the 2 other reservations did not show, I had a private tour. Can’t get better than that!!
We were picked up right on time outside our apartment. The driver was brilliant. Watched a documentary about Auschwitz on the way. Journey was around 1.45 and we were given a 15 min break when we arrived. Enough time for toilet, coffee and purchasing a guide book. Our guide was outstanding. His knowledge and respect for the place was second to none. The pace was just right. We weren't rush or hurried. If people took particular interest in something he let them look and waited till all the group were back together before moving on. Next we moved over to Birkenau. Ate our sandwiches on the bus transfer. A lot of walking at this site as it is 20 times bigger than Auschwitz. We had the same guide and again he was outstanding. A sobering experience, so glad we went and very glad that we book with a five star company to take us
This tour is a must see. Our tour guide was so informative and new so much about everything. I would take this tour again in a heartbeat. The only thing that bothered me was that our bus driver on the way there and back was going very fast and make a couple of us car sick.
Our tour guide was Damien who was excellent. The tour was enjoyable and Damien had a great knowledge of the camps. Be prepared for plenty of walking and climbing stairs. Would do it again 5 stars to our guide and the tour guide company.