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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!

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Throughly fascinating, excellent museum better seen with a guide.

From start to finish our guide Chris kept us engaged and the two hour tour was done before you knew it but left you still thirsty for more. Chris was very passionate and full of information which was great. The exhibition it self was fascinating and even after our tour guide was done I would have liked to go back over it again. It is a bit of a maze so the tour guide is in my opinion essential and don't go thinking it will all be a bout Schindler. I had read some reviews before hand so I knew what to expect but was still impressed by the whole experience. Amazing and a must see. I would recommend you by your ticket before and as this saved so much time as it was extremely busy even for February when u would expect it to be quite.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory Guided Tour Reviewed by Irene, 02/21/2017

Not a very good guide. Not very friendly and to quick.

Not very friendly. Her German was not easy to understand. She was to fast. We did not see each everything.

Well organised and very knowledgeable guide.

Would definitely book through yourselves again. Punctual pick up by a very pleasant and helpful driver. Very knowl edgeable and pleasant guide.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum & Camp Tour from Krakow Reviewed by Audrey, 02/16/2017

Definitely worth having a guide to talk your way around.

We booked a tour guide , which highlights all the important points which I would of missed walking on my own. The guide did speak fast but you only had to ask him to speak a bit slower, and he answered any questions too.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory Guided Tour Reviewed by Kevin, 02/16/2017

Great, we'll organised trip! Would recommend!

From booking through to the end of the trip could not fault the company. We received a reminder email the day before confirming pick up. Our driver Jakub was on time and extremely courteous, informative and entertaining. The logistics were well planned and the day ran smoothly. The guide at Auschwitz was excellent, he told a very difficult story very well. He was extremely informative and engaging. Cannot recommend highly enough!

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Full-Day Tour from Krakow Reviewed by Deirdre, 02/15/2017

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