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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!

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National Museum, Krakow

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.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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!

Wawel Cathedral

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.

Bieszczady Mountains

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!

Tatra Mountains

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!

Main Square, Krakow

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!

Planning Your Krakow Visit

How many days?

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.

Where to stay?

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!

How much money to bring?

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!

Good to Know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Polish złoty (zł)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the best times to visit, when temperatures are mild and tourist crowds are at a minimum!

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What People Are Saying About Krakow

Excellent could be booked from your phone

Excellent from pick up to drop off .Tour guide very knowledgeable and friendly ?

Sad but guide was well versed in the history of Auschwitz

Felt guilty leaving the camp and arriving back at the hotel for a hot shower, how can we be so cruel to another human being? War is War kill or be killed but brutality and cruelty is beyond humanity, to try and destroy the evidence tells me they knew it was wrong so how can you be so scared of a system and lower the standards of a great country like Germany and but those men, women and babies through months, years of torture the lucky ones died on arrival......................sad to say the least, beyond belief.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum & Camp Tour from Krakow Reviewed by Raymond, 10/17/2016

Astonishing experience. Great service and passion.

Great guided tours with a passionate tour guide. Transfers to both camps were easy and great value for money.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Full-Day Tour from Krakow Reviewed by Stephanie, 10/17/2016

A trip which is a 'must do' on your visit to Krakow

An excellent, well organised trip, with the guide providing so much information about the history, life and conditions within the camps. We were given a valuable insight into the full horrors of what was endured by so many in Auschwitz and Birkenau. A very emotional day, which leaves a lasting impression, but a trip we feel is so worthwhile.

extremely knowledgeable guide made the tour very interesting.

The guide was knowledgeable and managed to place the Wawel castle in a historical perspective. Highly appreciated.

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