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About Kraków

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Legend has it that Kraków was built on top of a dragon's cave, and there is somewhat of a fairytale aura that surrounds the city, with its sprinkling of charming squares, palaces and cathedrals. Enclosed by forested parkland, the mesmerising old town is home to the Wawel castle hill which overlooks the River Vistula.

Take a deep dive into Kraków's history by visiting one of its National Museum branches (free on Sundays) or the Kraków Historical Museum, including an underground walkway below the current Market Square. The city is also home to Collegium Maius, which aside from being a stellar example of 15th-century Gothic architecture, is also the oldest surviving university building in Poland. You can visit by guided tour and observe age-old astronomic instruments used by former pupil Copernicus.

As Poland's second-largest city, Kraków also has a vibrant nightlife scene, with hundreds of bars hidden down cellars and courtyards from the old town to Kazimierz and beyond. If you're travelling between the end of November and December, you'll also have the opportunity to experience the oldest Christmas market in Poland in the market square.

Located around 14 km of the city is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an incredible ensemble of pits, chambers and tunnels reaching up to 327 metres underground. You can explore this enticing labyrinth via a tour route covering two kilometres of meandering corridors. There's also the chance to visit the on-site Saltworks Museum, which provides information on the mine's history and its therapeutic properties.


From £3 per night

This weekend

From £29 per night

Next weekend

From £32 per night

Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency 10 zł = £2.03
Language Polish
Average weekend price £56 per night
Average weekday price £62 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Kraków reviews

What other travellers say about Kraków


Krakow is a lovely place to visit, the square is beautiful.

31 May 2020

Krakow is a lovely place to visit, the square is beautiful. We visited the Jewish Quarter and a number of museums. Took a coach journey to Auschwitz which is well worth the visit and a really good price. Fantastic restaurants and bars and very good prices. I will definitely visit again.

Janice United Kingdom

Second time in Krakow and such an amazing place, best...

27 April 2020

Second time in Krakow and such an amazing place, best restaurant without a doubt is C K Browar for local food and drinks and enormous portions! staff our great and you leave feeling happy after an amazing meal at a great price. Lots to do in Krakow, would recommend simply wondering and seeing all the sights as there is a lot to see. Castle is nice and the market is quite relaxing to walk around. Auchwitz is a must for any traveller, such a humbling experience you will certainly need a night to reflect on your return. Also highly recommend the salt mines, absoltely beautiful and a must see whilst in Krakow!

Janine Southall
Janine Southall United Kingdom

Krakow was so magical, we went in January best to bring your...

1 April 2020

Krakow was so magical, we went in January best to bring your warm coat! The Main Square was beautiful, full of tourists as well as great places to eat and many old churches, buildings and monuments. We only spent a weekend there but would definitely come for longer to visit places like the Salt Mine in Wieliczka or go for a quick trip to Zakopane!

Anonymous United Kingdom

Beautiful city , unfortunately due to the Covid19 had to...

29 March 2020

Beautiful city , unfortunately due to the Covid19 had to leave after 2 days but I was lucky enough to do 2 walking tour , The Old Town in the morning and in the afternoon the Jewish neighborhood and the Krakow ghetto. There are plenty of places I want to go back and definitely will

Gustavo62 Argentina

Only clicked 'too long' because sadly Coronavirus...

23 March 2020

Only clicked 'too long' because sadly Coronavirus measures were put in place during our stay meaning that after day 2 of our 5 day trip everything closed. Otherwise 5 days would have been perfect giving us time to visit Auschwitz, Museum. Pharmacy, Castle and Salt Mines. Loved staying in the Jewish Quarter - great atmosphere and which very central.

Jane United Kingdom

What an amazing place to visit, do not miss this trip.

18 March 2020

What an amazing place to visit, do not miss this trip. The city has so much to offer and much more. Best to go with an empty case and visit the shopping center near the railway station as its sooooo cheap. The Salt mines and Auschwitz are a must, but even a simple stroll around the city can revel fairs and amazing street signers / players.

Anonymous United Kingdom

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