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 downtown
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 downtown
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!
Places to stay from $6 a night
1.5 miles from downtown
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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3.1 miles from downtown
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'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.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||10 zł = $2.24|
|Average weekend price||$94 per night|
|Average weekday price||$93 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
The old town of Krakow was beautiful, the people were so friendly, the city feels safe and calm. I didn't much go into the other areas - just the old town, so I can't comment on the rest of it. There are so many nice places to eat, both traditional Polish food and all other types of cuisine. Just across the road from the hotel I stayed at is a Church and by chance I saw they had a classical music concert on the night I was there (it turns out, every night) for an hour. For just 30 zloty (about £6 right now!) I listened to a fantastic concert for an hour in a gorgeous Church, playing Vivaldi, Mozart, with just such a lovely atmosphere. I stayed at the Hotel Copernicus which was a fantastic place to stay, with spa and swimming pool, brilliant service. I would recommend it to anyone.
It's the greatest place in Poland 🇵🇱 ❤️ you could ever visit. It has the largest square in all of Europe, so there is always something to do on Sunday 😉 Some of the most beautiful 🤩 architecture of Churches I've ever seen. And you may enter for a small donation. Places to pray 🙏 and just see if you are Catholic strongly recommend. Wonderful flea markets, also the botanical gardens are very special. Tons of great museums. Truly something for everyone. The food is absolutely to die for. Everything i jad here was above average delight 😊, as expected for Europe 🇪🇺 . Its very good exchange rate for Pounds and Rubles, so cheap place to enjoy and lay your head. Recommended!!
Stunning city. So much to see and so much history. Amazing people, super helpful and friendly. Excellent and cheap public transport. Very good food at cheap prices. Loads of interesting places outside of Krakow to see in easy travel distance for day trips.
What a beautiful city! Felt very calm and safe. Amazing history. We really enjoyed Free ( but tip) walking tour about Jewish Krakow -engaging & informative . Go to the bakeries, relax in the many squares. We had a great time on a segway tour of the centre.
The main square in the old town is full of beautiful buildings, many bars and restaurants, full of atmosphere. The old town area is surrounded by parkland and trees. A great place for a cooler walk when the temperature is high. There are buggies which do trips round the town, the Jewish quarter and ghetto etc. Our particular driver was very informative and there was an English commentary to give more information. There are also several horse and carriages that go round the old town.
Krakow was a vibrant city; the main square had a lovely buzz about it without being too busy. The recommended restaurants we used were fantastic and food and drink was well priced. Free walking guided tour was excellent. Classical concert in church was lovely, boat trip was good. Unfortunately we had to use police services following loss of an expensive watch, we waited hours, the police were unhelpful, arrogant and made my friend feel like they were lying which spoiled an otherwise great trip.
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