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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 £18 per night

This weekend

From £42 per night

Next weekend

From £44 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency 10 zł = £1.86
Language Polish
Average weekend price £49 per night
Average weekday price £49 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Cracow is a great city to both visit and live in.

16 September 2021

Cracow is a great city to both visit and live in. There is always something to do and great events organised all year long (such as the Great Dragon Festival in September or the theatre street week or even the color festival among many others) Great choices of restaurant such as Akita Ramen, Nolio (Italian food) or Dynia and U Dorota for more polish typical food.


Very nice city, Old Market and all those things to see are...

26 August 2021

Very nice city, Old Market and all those things to see are great. Nice restaurants, good food for decent price :) Vistula river area is nice for long walk with number of bridges, restaurants, green areas including playgrounds for your kids. Definitely you need to go to "Leaky Cauldron" restaurant for misty beer from Harry Potter :)

Paweł Poland

Our visit to Krakow was amazing, lovely friendly, warm...

12 June 2017

Our visit to Krakow was amazing, lovely friendly, warm people, whom spoke English very well. The Hotel Columbus was lovely, very close to the Jewish quarter. Rooms were spacious and comfortable and very clean. Breakfast were very good, with plenty to choose from hot or cold food, that set you up for the day. The hotel recommended a couple of good restaurants to eat at. It was very easy to get around, we used the hop on and hop off bus, which stopped by our hotel. Lots of places to visit, we visited Shinzlers factory, amazing definatly worth a visit.

pamela United Kingdom

We had three full days in Krakow arriving Friday lunchtime...

12 April 2017

We had three full days in Krakow arriving Friday lunchtime and leaving around 7pm on Monday evening. We planned our trip booking a private tour guide - John Gale from Krakow Tour Time ahead of our visit for trips to Auschwitz & Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mines. We also booked John for our first afternoon a 3 hour tour of Krakow. We had great accommodation just off the north of the square in Biskupia Apartments much better than just a hotel room. On our third day we strolled around the square and surrounding streets vising St Marys church and the market hall. On our last morning we took a taxi to Schindlers Factory visited the Jewish square and walked back to the main square. Our visit was in April and we were rewarded with unseasonably sunny weather which was a bonus. We loved the city and felt we had used our time wisely. We would recommend this city to anyone although good mobility is essential to get the best out of it.

Robert United Kingdom

Absolutly amazing location of hotel was perfect.

18 March 2017

Absolutly amazing location of hotel was perfect. So cheap to eat and drink. Free WiFi. Hairdryer in room and clean towels everyday. Hotel was clean and very nice. Lift provided aswell. Very helpful an friendly.

Julia United Kingdom

The old city was easy to navigate, full of old world charm,...

23 October 2016

The old city was easy to navigate, full of old world charm, wonderful architecture, fabulous churches (and so many of them, it was amazing). For a major city, this was a very inexpensive place to visit; transportation, food and lodging all very reasonably priced. Lots of restaurants to chose from, everything from Polish to Italian to French to American. Enjoyed visiting the salt mine with its sculptures in salt. rooms like a grand cathedral and displays showing how salt has been extracted over the centuries-surprisingly interesting.

David United States

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