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Legend has it that Kraków was built on top of a dragon's cave – and there's certainly a fairytale aura throughout the city's charming squares, palaces, and cathedrals. The beautiful old town is circled by forested parkland and home to the hilltop Wawel Castle overlooking the Vistula River.

Dive into Kraków's history by visiting one of its National Museum branches that are free on Sundays, or the Kraków Historical Museum, which features an underground exhibit beneath the current Market Square. The city is also home to Collegium Maius, a striking example of 15th-century Gothic architecture and also the oldest university building in Poland. Plan a visit on a guided tour to see the ancient astronomical tools used by former student Copernicus.

As Poland's second-largest city, Kraków has a vibrant nightlife with hundreds of bars hidden in cellars and courtyards, spanning across the old town to Kazimierz and beyond. If you're traveling between the end of November and December, you'll also get to experience Poland's oldest Christmas market in the square.

About 8 miles from the city is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an incredible series of chambers, pits, and tunnels more than 1,000 feet underground. Take a guided tour of almost a mile and a half of these subterranean corridors, then visit the onsite Saltworks Museum, which provides info about the mine's history and the salt's therapeutic properties.


From $26 per night

This weekend

From $41 per night

Next weekend

From $74 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency 10 zł = $2.28
Language Polish
Average weekend price $89 per night
Average weekday price $89 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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A beautiful pleasant city, especially the old town.

October 2, 2023

A beautiful pleasant city, especially the old town. The cafes and restaurants are really great offering tasty food for reasonable prices. Galleria Krakowska is an excellent mall. The traffic jams are crazy, especially on Mondays. You'd better use tram instead of car or bus!

Inna Israel

I adored this wonderful medieval city.

October 1, 2023

I adored this wonderful medieval city. So much to do we couldn't fit it in in a short 3 day trip. People very friendly and services were very efficient. Beautiful churches and places of interest. Wonderful atmosphere. I could of cried when I left. I will go back for sure.

Price United Kingdom

This is my third visit to Poland.

October 1, 2023

This is my third visit to Poland. The Good Food, Good People is all which makes Cracovia a must on your next trip. We were there ( +17000 people from over 60 nations globally ) for an Global business convention and training. So business and Pleasure made this trip truly memorable.

Kevin Rebello
Kevin Rebello Italy

it's a great old city with it's own vibe.

September 27, 2023

it's a great old city with it's own vibe. Downtown is warn, Jewish streets are magic. Many places with original decorations and food. Often you can hear authentic music. I was able also to look at Krakow at night from the mountain - it is adorable!

Eugene Poland

See Leonardo’s “Lady with ermine” in the Czartoryskich...

September 25, 2023

See Leonardo’s “Lady with ermine” in the Czartoryskich museum so get there early and avoid the crowds. Didn’t need to book in mid September. The Old town and Kazimierz are crowded in the afternoon and especially evenings. Easy to use the buses and trams which are very punctual and cheap. Not ideal for handicapped people, lots of steps and few ramps.

David Italy

The hotel location is very good, in particular for the...

September 23, 2023

The hotel location is very good, in particular for the people travelling by train. From the hotel you can reach very easy and fast old town and many of other attractions. Kraków is a very nice city.

Lindmira Austria

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