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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1.3 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||June–August|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||10 zł = £2.03|
|Average weekend price||£56 per night|
|Average weekday price||£62 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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