Top attractions 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
Krzysztof has been very passionate and gave us many hints about history of the Royal castle and some noble families.
We were very, very happy with our chosen tour. Our guide Konrad was simply magnificent who spoke with great emotion and had a very thorough understanding of the historical significance of Auschwitz-Birkenau. His punctuality was exemplary and made sure everyone met on time where we were supposed to be. Although English was not his native tongue it was almost perfect. The tour started on time and was very well organised. I would strongly recommend this tour and if possible request Konrad.
Loved the salt mines and our guide was very amusing along with his vast knowledge
Best transfers to and from any airport I've been to on a holiday. Our drivers Kasper and Sonia were waiting for us at our stated times and cars were emaculate. Nice cheerful drivers and very helpful, especially as my wife is in a wheelchair. Nothing was a bother to either of them and i would recommend booking with this company if you are looking for 5 star service. Thank you both for a wonderful start to and end of our fantastic stay in Kraków. Will definitely book with you again when we come next year.
We had a hiccup at the start but getyourguide was on the phone to help sort straight away. Nice transport. The guide in Auschwitz and birkenau was fantastic. Informative, educated and sincere. We weren't the quickest in walking but the guide waited for us everytime to catch up to start talking Highly reccomend.