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.
Places to stay from $6 a night
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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1.3 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 $7 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.
Places to stay from $27 a night
3.2 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.
Places to stay from $26 a night
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||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||10 zł = $2.68|
|Average weekend price||$60 per night|
|Average weekday price||$60 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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