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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Krakville Tours deserves recognition for running, in my opinion, an award-winning tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Good transportation, spot-on tour leader and an excellent tourist guide who was so knowledgeable and passionate on the subject of ethnic cleansing. My wife and I thank all parties for making our trip there truly fulfilling.
Michael our driver and tour leader was great. Arrived on time for pick up from hotel and everything went very smoothly. Tours were good, very informative and whilst a long day, well worth doing. Transport was comfortable and lunch stop also very good.
Very emotional. Sad to experience, but a must to acknowledge the suffering of all who died during the horrendous holicaust! We had a brilliant guide who was extremely knowledgeable but still empathetic.
From start to finish this tour was excellent. The coach picked us up on time, the video on the way to Auschwitz was informative and the English speaking guide was very good. The only downside was not being told how much walking is involved, as husband cannot walk great distances, and up and down stairs a lot so he didn't make Auschwitz- Birkenhau. Would highly recommend this company.
The tours were fantastic and so informative, everything was organised so well and our driver was so friendly and helpful. Auschwitz and Birkineau were predictably horrifying yet interesting and eye openingbut the salt mine tour was a huge surprise, amazing tour with a very funny guide and it was brilliant!