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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

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From $50 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency 10 zł = $2.68
Language Polish
Average weekend price $60 per night
Average weekday price $60 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Our visit to Krakow was amazing, lovely friendly, warm...

June 12, 2017

Our visit to Krakow was amazing, lovely friendly, warm people, whom spoke English very well. The Hotel Columbus was lovely, very close to the Jewish quarter. Rooms were spacious and comfortable and very clean. Breakfast were very good, with plenty to choose from hot or cold food, that set you up for the day. The hotel recommended a couple of good restaurants to eat at. It was very easy to get around, we used the hop on and hop off bus, which stopped by our hotel. Lots of places to visit, we visited Shinzlers factory, amazing definatly worth a visit.

pamela United Kingdom

We had three full days in Krakow arriving Friday lunchtime...

April 12, 2017

We had three full days in Krakow arriving Friday lunchtime and leaving around 7pm on Monday evening. We planned our trip booking a private tour guide - John Gale from Krakow Tour Time ahead of our visit for trips to Auschwitz & Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mines. We also booked John for our first afternoon a 3 hour tour of Krakow. We had great accommodation just off the north of the square in Biskupia Apartments much better than just a hotel room. On our third day we strolled around the square and surrounding streets vising St Marys church and the market hall. On our last morning we took a taxi to Schindlers Factory visited the Jewish square and walked back to the main square. Our visit was in April and we were rewarded with unseasonably sunny weather which was a bonus. We loved the city and felt we had used our time wisely. We would recommend this city to anyone although good mobility is essential to get the best out of it.

Robert United Kingdom

Absolutly amazing location of hotel was perfect.

March 18, 2017

Absolutly amazing location of hotel was perfect. So cheap to eat and drink. Free WiFi. Hairdryer in room and clean towels everyday. Hotel was clean and very nice. Lift provided aswell. Very helpful an friendly.

Julia United Kingdom

The old city was easy to navigate, full of old world charm,...

October 23, 2016

The old city was easy to navigate, full of old world charm, wonderful architecture, fabulous churches (and so many of them, it was amazing). For a major city, this was a very inexpensive place to visit; transportation, food and lodging all very reasonably priced. Lots of restaurants to chose from, everything from Polish to Italian to French to American. Enjoyed visiting the salt mine with its sculptures in salt. rooms like a grand cathedral and displays showing how salt has been extracted over the centuries-surprisingly interesting.

David United States of America

hotel in great location to town 15 min walk

September 25, 2016

hotel in great location to town 15 min walk very clean staff friendly helpful could get a tram into town room with balcony nice bar/garden food great very relaxing just the best tea/coffee in room luxurys

Denise United Kingdom

A lot to see - for mature couples I recommend taking the...

July 3, 2016

A lot to see - for mature couples I recommend taking the tram into Filharmonia, walking through to the main square for breakfast, and doing everything on foot or by tram from there. Half a day at a time is enough in the summer heat, but otherwise buy a 2 or 3 day tourist card to get free entry to a lot (40+ sites / museums etc.) and free transport. Ate in local restaurants, not chains, and never had a bad meal, but for younger couples, especially with children, the apartments are superbly equipped for self-catering.

Margaret United Kingdom

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