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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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1.3 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 $8 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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3.2 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.
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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||June-August|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||10 zł = $2.55|
|Average weekend price||$71 per night|
|Average weekday price||$79 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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