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About Krakow

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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 $11 per night

This weekend

From $31 per night

Next weekend

From $39 per night

Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency 10 zł = $2.55
Language Polish
Average weekend price $71 per night
Average weekday price $79 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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8 reasons to visit the Krakow Christmas Market

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Where to stay near Krakow's Main Market Square

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Where to stay near Krakow's Wawel Castle

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Krakow reviews

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Kraków, a southern Poland city near the border of the Czech...

May 4, 2020

Kraków, a southern Poland city near the border of the Czech Republic, is known for its well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. Its old town – ringed by Planty Park and remnants of the city’s medieval walls – is centered on the stately, expansive Rynek Glówny (market square). This plaza is the site of the Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-century Gothic church

Anonymous United States of America

A very beautiful city with lots of Landmarks /...

March 17, 2020

A very beautiful city with lots of Landmarks / historical places. The main square is really nice even if you just go for a walk and have a coffee at one the nice local restaurants. Same goes at night, it is very safe and nice to see when there are less people on the street and the buildings nicely lighted.

Anonymous Germany

Krakau is a great city.

March 10, 2020

Krakau is a great city. Romantic old town (with the square and castle) great restaurants and pubs. Historic with Auschwitz nearby and old Jewish neighborhood. Great excursions like salt mine or shooting range nearby.

Naomi Netherlands

Beautiful city.

March 2, 2020

Beautiful city. Spent all my time in the Market Square Old Town area and was great. Lots to see and really good pubs and restaurants too. Was the only one night and really would like to spend a few night there.

kenneth United States of America

Kraków is beautiful, safe, clean, and majestic.

February 27, 2020

Kraków is beautiful, safe, clean, and majestic. It's also a very affordable city to visit. Tons of history and art to explore and plenty of food options even late at night (thanks to college town near Jagieloński University). I could stay there so much longer but was unable to. I will definitely be returning!

welshrarebit Poland

If you are art enthusiasts it gives you 3 good way to...

February 27, 2020

If you are art enthusiasts it gives you 3 good way to explore thy city. Bunkier Sztuki and oldtown, MOCAK and Kazimierz and Nowa Huta (Nowohuckie centrum for culture). Also is fine that you can walk over the city withou using public transport.

Eliska Czech Republic

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