Top Tours & Activities in Krakow
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
- CurrencyPolish złoty (zł)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+48
- Best time to visitSpring and fall are the best times to visit, when temperatures are mild and tourist crowds are at a minimum!
Things to Do in Krakow
Top Attractions in Krakow
- 1Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
- 2Wieliczka Salt Mine
- 3Tatra Mountains
- 4Krakow Old Town
- 6Wawel Royal Castle
- 7Main Market Square
- 8Oskar Schindler's Factory
- 9Krakow Jewish Ghetto
- 10Jagiellonian University
- 11Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp
- 12Wawel Hill
- 13Nowa Huta: A Communist Legacy
- 14Kraków Cloth Hall
- 15St. Mary's Basilica
- 16Wawel Cathedral
- 17Town Hall Tower, Kraków
- 18Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
- 19Old Synagogue, Krakow
- 20Remuh Synagogue
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What People Are Saying About Krakow
Our driver Jakob was of the highest quality. Picked us up at the right time, and was so friendly and accommodating the entire day. He was full of local knowledge about places to eat and ways of life as well as a whistle stop history of Krakow as we drove. The camp itself was beyond words but the tour was presented by a professor with a profound, insightful, and complex view of the experience of those who suffered. Would recommend heartliy.
Very well run - our guide was very knowledgeable and conducted the tour very professionally. A must do tour for everyone to see and understand what happened at Auschwitz during Nazi occupation.
I was picked up at time, and driven back to the hotel when the tour was over. Like many others are saying, I agree that it felt a bit rushed at times. The guide said that 1 million people visit every year. That is approximately 3000 people every day. So it is understandable that each group can´t spend unlimited time at every stop, because then you´d be standing in line all day. Although it felt a bit rushed at times, I would still recommend this trip. With a guide you get a lot of information and stories that you otherwise would not get if you visit without a guide. You will see the most important places in Auschwitz and Birkenau, and you'll get the story of what happened at each of the places you stop. The guide was great, showed respect and had good knowledge. She answered questions if we had any. Overall this was a great tour that I would certainly recommend.
A sad tour but a must for everyone to do at least once in their lifetime. Out tour leaders name was Ziggy and every single thing was explained in great detail. Was a great tour and will probably do it again.
Very interesting tour. A must for visitors to Krakow. lots of history that you wouldnever expect to find in a salt mine