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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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This weekend

From £37 per night

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From £41 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency 10 zł = £2
Language Polish
Average weekend price £38 per night
Average weekday price £40 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Krakow is a wonderful city for a short stay.

20 March 2019

Krakow is a wonderful city for a short stay. We have found it to be safe and clean. Tourist sites are very well kept with affordable entrance prices. Transport is also good. There are numerable good restaurants offering local and foreign cuisine at reasonable prices.

Joe Malta

Stunning ❤️ we’ve been lucky to visit a lot of cities but...

20 March 2019

Stunning ❤️ we’ve been lucky to visit a lot of cities but Kraków has to be one of the best with its beautiful buildings amazing restaurants and coffee shops and the people are so friendly Kraków is also very easy to get around on foot or by tram also one of the cleanest cities we’ve visited We did visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and the salt mines in one day with a small tour guide but it would have been better if we had done the salt mines on a different day as it meant the day was very long and a little rushed As you walk around city look out for the free walking guides you can spot the flag of your country on the top of their umbrellas just join them for as long as you want

Martha United Kingdom

as we have done all the major sights on previous visits to...

19 March 2019

as we have done all the major sights on previous visits to Krakow, this stay was a relaxing week away. hotel jan exceeded our expectations, a few metres from main square, staff very helpful and pleasant. rooms were spacious, especially the bathroom. All areas of hotel were spotless. themed Alcatraz bar in basement which was well worth the visit. We normally only visit a restaurant once as there is so many to choose from, but the Sioux restaurant was so good we had to return to sample more of the menu.. another enjoyable week in a beautiful city.

amanda United Kingdom

A very clean city with immense history, there are so many...

19 March 2019

A very clean city with immense history, there are so many choices of eating establishments. Very good value for money. We visited Auschwitz & Birkenau and strolled around the old Jewish quarter. The Gate to India Restaurant is not to be missed, exquisite food at a very reasonable price, a main meal, bread, and rice is around £10 and the quality is exceptional.

Colin United Kingdom

Krakow is beautiful, we went in February and it wasn't...

19 March 2019

Krakow is beautiful, we went in February and it wasn't as cold as expected. We really enjoyed the tours that we went on and of Course loved old town. The architecture of the buildings are fantastic.

Marianne Ireland

We loved how clean and safe the city was.

19 March 2019

We loved how clean and safe the city was. The people are so pleasant and welcoming. Great selection of restaurants and bars that were excellent value for money. We loved the Wentzel restaurant upstairs in the hotel and the Cyrano de Bergerac which is amazing.The historical buildings and churches are so beautiful and interesting. We especially enjoyed the underground museum in the main square.

Deirdre Ireland

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