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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!

National Museum, Krakow
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National Museum, Krakow

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.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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!

Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Cathedral

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.

Bieszczady Mountains

Bieszczady Mountains

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!

Tatra Mountains

Tatra Mountains

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!

Main Square, Krakow

Main Square, Krakow

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.

Wawel

Wawel

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!

Planning Your Krakow 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!

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What people are saying about Krakow

We did not know what to expect with this but it turned out to be an excellent afternoon out.Not only was it a great trip but the guide was extremely knowledgeable. we were taken round parts of Krakow that we probable would not have seen on our own. In my opinion this was well worth the money and something i would happily recommend to anyone

Krakow: E-Car City Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/11/2020

Overall it was a good thing to have a guide, who provided information that one wouldn't have otherwise. I did feel, however, that the tour was rather rushed at times, though I appreciate that there is a lot to get through in a relatively short space of time.

Traveling to the camp and return was very comfortable. The guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. The experience is heartbreaking when you see what the nazis did without a second thought, but I'm glad that I went so that I can tell others about it.

From Krakow: Guided Tour Auschwitz-Birkenau Reviewed by Andy, 10/09/2020

It was on time and comfortable. The driver was extremely friendly and spoke great English. He got us there safely and gave us enough time to visit both camps. It was quick and enjoyable and still allow me enough time to see the city during the day.

an extraordinary experience. both the driver and the guide provided useful information, were very sociable, punctual and organized. and the salt mine is a definitely must see tourist spot

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow Reviewed by Mancas, 10/13/2020