In the city centre
There’s a sense that things are constantly in flux in Krakow’s historic heart. Each of the colourful multi-level buildings that flank Stare Miasto Square are disproportionately sized, like gears that were stopped mid-locomotion. Join the rush of folks that pour into restaurants and bars for an evening of merriment.
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0.9 miles from city centre
Grzegórzki has the holy trinity of malls with Galeria Kazimierz, M1 and CH Plaza. All offer the expected – clothes, books and bric-a-brac. But it’s a pint-sized sausage stand known as "kiełbaski z niebieskiej nyski" that attracts folks by the dozen for a nibble of its famous fare. It’s right next to Hala Targowa, filled with flea-market finds from a bygone era. Join the queue.
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1.4 miles from city centre
Everything good comes in threes. Zwierzyniec's Zoo holds half-an-Ark's worth of screeching, squawking animals that will delight children. Cracovia is a major football stadium, and wild and unkempt Blonia is Europe's largest urban meadow, filled with walking trails. Yes, you're spoiled for choice!
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1.5 miles from city centre
Krakow is enveloped by natural beauty. However, if you don’t fancy the 100km-hike to the breathtaking Jurassic Highlands, Debniki delivers in droves. Zakrzówek Nature Park has kiwi-green and crimson meadows, moderate walking trails and brims with places to picnic. Alternately, try Lasy Tynieckie Park – the gorgeous Benedictine Monastery dovetails the forest and the Vistula River.
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3.2 miles from city centre
Walk Lagiewniki’s modest suburban streets and you’ll most likely see busloads of tourists bound for one destination. The black-and-white, modernist Sanctuary of Divine Mercy is a major pilgrimage site for Catholics. For the rest, it’s a sleepy suburb set to a backdrop of pines and linden trees, with a road leading far off into the Zakopane Mountains.
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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.
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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||10 zł = £1.86|
|Average weekend price||£49 per night|
|Average weekday price||£49 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
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 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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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