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Krakow

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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Pickup

1. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Pickup

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip transfer from your Krakow hotel. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute journey, arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the walking tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, get a bit of time to explore on your own before returning to your Krakow accommodation.

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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip - Non-Refundable

2. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip - Non-Refundable

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip bus transfer from Krakow. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute journey, arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the walking tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, get a bit of time to explore on your own before getting back on the bus to return to Krakow.

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From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip with Pickup

3. From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip with Pickup

Enjoy a hotel pickup and roundtrip transportation from Krakow to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine and take an in-depth guided tour through the stunning 13th century UNESCO-listed site. Witness beautiful chambers carved in salt on a 3 km underground route. After your hotel pickup in Krakow, hop on a shared transfer ride to the nearby town of Wieliczka. Sit back and relax along your journey, enjoying the view along your ride. Skip the hassle of booking on site, and enjoy the prearranged tickets hat will be waiting for you at the salt mine along with a local guide. Start the tour inside the salt mine by walking down long sets of steps, taking you 135 meters underground and through labyrinthine passageways, tunnels, and shafts. See underground lakes, four chapels, and unique statues carved by miners out of rock salt. Immerse yourself fully in the experience of visiting a unique place and a must-see attraction during your stay in Krakow. Once the guided tour is over, take a lift from the underground back up to the main ground level, marveling at the space around you once outside. Your driver will then drive you back to your accommodation in Krakow.

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From Krakow: Ticket to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Transfer - Non-Refundable

4. From Krakow: Ticket to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Transfer - Non-Refundable

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial and walk around at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Enjoy the convenience of a pre-reserved entrance ticket and a hotel pickup and roundtrip transfer from Krakow. Get picked up from your hotel and travel at the Auschwitz I Museum. Receive your entrance ticket and begin to explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. Read informational placards through the site and learn the ghastly Nazi crimes committed here and hear to stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Continue to the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers, haunting personal artifacts left behind, and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, meet back with the tour group to be transported back to your accommodation in Krakow.

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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip

5. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip bus transfer from Krakow. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute journey, arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the walking tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, get a bit of time to explore on your own before getting back on the bus to return to Krakow.

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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Trip with Pickup

6. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Trip with Pickup

Follow a licensed guide on a poignant tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial. After, travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and take a guided underground tour and witness beautiful chambers carved in salt. Enjoy a hotel pickup service on this unique combined tour experience from Krakow. Get picked up from your hotel and travel to the Auschwitz I Museum to begin your walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. After a lunch break, drive to the nearby town of Wieliczka to visit its famous salt mine. Prearranged tickets will be waiting for you at the salt mine along with a local guide. Start the tour inside the salt mine by walking down long sets of steps, taking you 135 meters underground and through labyrinthine passageways, tunnels, and shafts. See underground lakes, 4 chapels, and unique statues carved by miners out of rock salt. Experience a unique place to visit and a must-see during your stay in Krakow. Once the guided tour is over, take a lift from the underground back up to the main ground level to meet your driver. Relax as you make the journey back to your accommodation Krakow.

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From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip

7. From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip

Enjoy roundtrip transportation from Krakow to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine and take an in-depth guided tour through the stunning 13th century UNESCO-listed site. Witness beautiful chambers carved in salt on a 3 km underground route. After meeting your driver at the meeting point in Krakow, enjoy the ride to the nearby town of Wieliczka. Prearranged tickets will be waiting for you at the salt mine along with a local guide. Start the tour inside the salt mine by walking down long sets of steps, taking you 135 meters underground and through labyrinthine passageways, tunnels, and shafts. See underground lakes, 4 impressive chapels, and unique statues carved by miners out of rock salt. Experience a unique place to visit and a must-see during your stay in Krakow. After your guided tour, a lift will take you from the underground back up to the main ground level. Your driver will then drive you back to the meeting point in Krakow.

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Zakopane Tour with Hot Bath Pools and Hotel Pickup

8. Zakopane Tour with Hot Bath Pools and Hotel Pickup

On this 10-hour program, you'll enjoy one of the best views in Zakopane with a cable car ride up to Gubałówka. Marvel at the spectacular views of the High Tatras that are covered with snow up until May. Visit Krupówki, the most popular street in the heart of Zakopane, where you can experience the ambience of the mountain region and enjoy the aromas of local foods coming from the traditional restaurants. After your tour of Zakopane, take a break for some rest and relaxation in the thermal pools. Enjoy outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides, whirlpool baths and many other attractions in the heart of the mountains.

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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Labyrinth Exhibit Full-Day Tour

9. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Labyrinth Exhibit Full-Day Tour

Travel from Krakow and visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum alongside an official guide. See the remaining structures, view touching exhibits commemorating the camp’s victims and survivors, and end with a special guided walk through "The Labyrinths" art installation. Start with a timely pickup from a centrally located meeting point in Krakow and then relax on the air-conditioned bus while your tour leader reviews the day’s itinerary. During the journey, get an introduction to the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau and its role during the Holocaust. After a 1-hour and 40-minute drive and a brief security check, meet the official licensed museum guide who will accompany your group around the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. Receive a headset to enhance your hearing as you learn about the largest concentration camp complex from World War II. The first portion of the complex tour will lead you around Auschwitz, now a designated national museum, where the barracks are still intact. Hear somber tales of what life was like in the camp as you view the various exhibitions displaying original items that belonged to the camp prisoners. Next, take a short drive to the Birkenau Memorial. Here, witness the gas chambers and the railway, which transported prisoners to the camps, and the unloading platform. Commemorate the camp’s victims as you walk around the memorial site. After the guided Birkenau tour, meet up with your tour leader and board the bus towards your last tour stop before returning back to Krakow. Head to a nearby village of Harmęże, where agricultural forced labor was done by Auschwitz prisoners, and enter the village’s monastery. See the “Frames of memory. Labyrinths” art exhibition, created by Marian Kołodziej, camp prisoner no. 432 and a survivor of Auschwitz. This one-of-a-kind exhibit recreates the reality of the camp through his art. Reflect on the moving artworks and step inside emotional installations, which aim to inspire visitors so that the atrocities of the Holocaust will never be repeated again. From 24th September until the end of October, your start time may be changed to either the morning or afternoon, due to some time slots being blocked for local school groups. Departures at 12:00 PM will run with a reversed itinerary: Labyrinth exhibition, then a short lunch break at Auschwitz Museum, followed by the guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

10. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

Spend an hour and fifteen minutes in an air-conditioned bus, as you depart Krakow for a confronting day of reflection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a solemn place that leaves a lasting impression on all visitors, and an important memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Visit the museum and memorial in the suburbs of Oświęcim, about 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival meet a professional guide who will show you around the site and speak of its dark history. Receive a lunch box, to take a break with during the tour. Discover the tragic history of the largest concentration camp of the Holocaust, funded by the Nazi party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Learn how it became the final resting place for millions of people, mostly Jews, put to their death in the hideous gas chambers. Pass through the gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free) to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and explain the history of this place.  Then, spend about one hour at the second camp at Birkenau, where mass killings took place as part of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”, before meeting your driver for the return journey to Kraków.

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Frequently asked questions about Krakow

What top attractions are a must-see in Krakow?

Planning Your 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!

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Krakow

Hi! My name is Sam and I’m the blogger behind Check Out Sam. Krakow is one of my favorite places in Europe, because it’s so incredibly diverse and different to most other cities of this continent. To help you plan your trip to Krakow, I’ve listed some valuable tips to get the most out of your city break.

What should I do on my first trip to Krakow?

Go marvel at some of the most beautiful sights of this city straight away by walking to Rynek Główny. This huge square is surrounded by picturesque buildings such as the famous Sukiennice and the stunning St. Mary's Basilica (make sure to go inside too!). There are plenty of great restaurants in this area as well. People watching is yet another thing you should do here!

What are some hidden gems to see in Krakow?

A little bit out of the city center you can find the Kościuszko Mound. If it wasn't surrounded by a ramparts-like wall, you would perhaps think it's just a (very random) hill dominating the landscape, but of course that's not the case! This monument was built by the Polish people to honor Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish nationalist who was very much against foreign powers taking over his beloved country. People from all over Poland started adding dirt from their towns, villages and cities and added it to the ever growing mound. Nowadays, tourists can climb this unique attraction and get stunning views over the city. On sunny days you can even see the Tatra mountains!

How much time should I spend in Krakow?

Krakow is not a big city, so you can easily see it in one full day. However, I would advice to at least take two days to fully experience it. If you also want to visit the Auschwitz concentration camps, I would add at least half a day. The same goes for the Wieliczka Salt Mines. There are plenty of tours available who combine these two sights near Krakow, so if you don't want to stress about getting to either of these places this might be something for you.

What food is Krakow known for?

From all the cities that I have visited, Krakow had some of the best food that I've ever had. It's cheap, delicious and at the end you always get offered a shot of Polish vodka. Make sure to try Pierogi (dumplings) filled with anything from fruits to meat. If you like meats, there's also plenty of options for your taste buds!

What is the best way to get around Krakow?

Walk or rent a bike if you are short in time. If you want to visit Auschwitz or Wieliczka, you can do so with public transportation (bus) or with the help of a guided tour.

What are the best months to visit Krakow?

During summer, it can get quite warm in Krakow but almost never too hot. The city feels a bit more crowded because of the nice temperatures, but it never gets out of hand. Also worth mentioning: in Augusts there's a pierogi festival! I personally really liked autumn in Krakow too. The temperatures can get quite cold, but most crowds stay away and the colorful trees make this fairytale like city even more stunning.

What is neighborhood Miasto known for?

Stay in Kazimierz for food, nightlife and (jewish) history. If you want to be located centrally I would suggest Stare Miasto. Here you'll find a bit of everything. It's close to most attractions and also has great nightlife and plenty of great restaurants nearby.

What are the best neighborhoods for food? 

You can find great food all over the city, but I would recommend the Kazimierz neighborhood for the best food. Especially if you want to try out the local cuisine. Not that fond of the heavy Polish dishes? No worries! There are enough other options too (steakhouse, Italian, Lebanese, Thai, ...)

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping? 

Krakow is not really a shopping destination, but you do have some streets and shopping centers which every shopaholic will love. Near the Rynek Glówny (main square) you can find Florianska. This is where you'll find a nice mix of boutiques and souvenir stores. If you're only looking for the latter, I would recommend to head to the Cloth Hall situated on the main square itself.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Krakow?

I would suggest to stay in the picturesque old center of Krakow. That way you're close to all the action and never far away from a good restaurant or a cosy bar. Stick to the areas that I've already mentioned before: Kazimierz and Stare Miasto. They are -in my humble opinion- the absolute best to fully enjoy your stay.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Krakow?

The Wieliczka mines are a fun activity for both younger and older people. Descend into these old salt mines near Krakow and discover the interesting history and stunning sights so deep down. There's even a cathedral completely made out of salt crystals that you'll visit here during a guided tour!

What is the best thing to do in Krakow for solo travelers?

Book a (combined) tour to Auschwitz and the Wieliczka Salt Mines. It's a great way to learn more about the surroundings of Krakow and its history, but also a good way to meet like-minded people. Especially during or after your visit to Auschwitz, it can be nice to talk to someone (guide or other visitors) and let out your thoughts and feelings.

What are the best areas for outdoor activities around Krakow? 

If you don't mind being en route for a couple of hours (one to three), head to the Tatra Mountains or make a stop in beautiful Zakopane. There is plenty of stunning scenery and lots of (challenging) hikes that you can do here.

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What people are saying about Krakow

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 80,118 reviews

Great full day tour, lots to do and see, Eri was a funny guide and looked after us. The shepherd’s hut was awesome and had lots of cats! Zakopane is beautiful, but be prepared to queue as it can get very busy during skiing season. The thermal pools were a great end to the day.

Great transport and such a great guide. We had a very interesting and comfortable experience, everyone should visit Auschwitz at least once in their lives. History is so important.

Very educational and worth the time and money instead of just seeing the museum by its self.

Super support! A little late but against the will of the organizer, great guide in French!

Great Krakow tour with a cool guide speaking many languages. We highly recommend.