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
Auschwitz is an unbelievable place to visit. A must for everyone who understands or is interested in WWII history or just for someone who wishes to pay respects to a lot of people who lost their lives.
We had an amazing day in Zakopane. We departed as scheduled in the morning, the guide was really friendly and nice. A great thing was that the group was small. The time in the mountains side was amazing, great place to walk around and also have nice food.
would highly recommend this tour and company. good communication with staff kept us all informed. very happy and would book again with them. thank you
The tour was very nice and Auschwitz/Birkenau is a must see when one is around this area. The guide was very friendly and very punctual when he picked us up at the agreed meeting point. He drove us safely to Auschwitz and back again to the city center. Everything was very organized. The money spent on this tour is definitely worth it and I recommend everybody to book a guide when visiting as it is the fastest and most convenient way. We needed 1.5 h from Krakau to reach there and spent 1.5 h at Auschwitz and 1 h at Birkenau which was okay for seeing the most interesting things and get an idea of what was going on there. The only negative point was that Auschwitz was very busy this day and therefore the guide was really in a rush. Sometimes we lost her and did not really have the time to read through documents or see all pictures.
The tour is a really good option if you don’t have to long in Kraków and want to see Auschwitz-Birkenau and the salt mine in one day. The driver was friendly and knew his way around the area really well. The Auschwitz-Birkenau tour guide was filled with knowledge. The only downside to this day was the technical equipment from the audio tours, both the Auschwitz-Birkenau one and the salt mine one. A lot of distortion and combining this with their accent made it hard to understand what they were saying.