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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||October–December|
|Cheapest time to visit||May–July|
|Local currency||10 zł = £2.03|
|Average weekend price||£48 per night|
|Average weekday price||£48 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
One of the cleanest cities that I have ever visited, stunning buildings, bars & restaurants. Amazing local friendly people and great value for money. We would not hesitate to return and can highly recommend.
Only stayed 1 day, which is way to short to see everything, spent most of the time on the beautiful town Square, explored Sukiennice and Wieliczka salt mines which are only 30 min by train or bus from town
Negative vibe and reeks of racism. Make sure to look at the bad reviews of restaurants/bars/any places you’ll go to before otherwise you’re guaranteed appalling service. There’s nothing to do here about from the castle and the main square, which is worth a few hours here. The accommodation was very nice though. In addition, Auschwitz was definitely worth going to, but that’s not in Kraków.
The trip to Auswitch was overwhelming and a must see make sure you wear sturdy shoes as many cobbles etc The Salt mines as well take a trip on the river cheap and gives nice views the castle is also awesome to walk around there is some beautiful architecture lots of churches cathedrals. walking around was safe cars will stop at the crossings for you trams do not so be aware plenty of places to eat and drink I would recommend to anyone
Wir haben Krakau als wunderschöne Stadt kennengelernt. Die Altstadt ist sehr schön und ein Spaziergang am Fluss bietet einen tollen Blick auf das Wawel. Die Kazimierz sind absolut zu empfehlen! Ein spannende Vergangenheit erstrahlt in neuem Glanz in zahlreichen Kneipen, Cafés und toller Atmosphäre.
Plenty of choice for everyone lots of historic attractions, lots of different museums and lots of choices of place to eat and drink. A really good friendly atmosphere with friendly locals. We recommend trying the Bary Mletznen there’s plenty of them and they serve home cooked food that is very nice and very reasonably priced.
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