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!
Things to Do in Krakow
Top Attractions in Krakow
- 1Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
- 2Wieliczka Salt Mine
- 3Tatra Mountains
- 5Krakow Old Town
- 6Wawel Royal Castle
- 7Oskar Schindler's Factory
- 8Jagiellonian University
- 9Wawel Hill
- 10Krakow Jewish Ghetto
- 11Nowa Huta: A Communist Legacy
- 12Kraków Cloth Hall
- 13Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp
- 14Main Market Square
- 15Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
- 16Old Synagogue
- 17St. Mary's Basilica
- 18Wawel Cathedral
- 19Town Hall Tower, Kraków
- 20National Museum, Krakow
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What People Are Saying About Krakow
It was great to be picked up and dropped off from anywhere I wanted by Maliek, he was very friendly. The tour was great, extremely informative and went for approx 7 hours. A lot of walking but is good if you are prepared to do that.
From beginning to end of the tour we were well looked after. Very well organised and informative.
It was horrible to see the place with your own eyes and it will be a strong memory for the rest of my life how cruel man can be. I have some points about the arrangemeant of the tour. It was many short brakes instead of one longer for lunch. anyway I had time for a soup in one short break. I can recomend the bean soup in Auschwits and I also felt bad of eating it because of so many have starved to death at the same place.
The trip was very informative ,the guide around the camp was first class , bit disappointed with the late pickup and the driver thought he was in a racing car first time ever I have felt travel sick, also guide on bus should tell people more about the areas travelled though to get there giving people a better understanding
Very informative day delivered very truthfully and tactful on such a sensitive subject