XY Things you should definitely do in Krakow
Krakow is the formal capital of Poland and one of the most interesting cities in the whole of Europe. Rich history, amazing architecture, and awesome cultural events. Check our guide on the Top to See in Krakow.
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Important to Know about Krakow
Security in Krakow
Poland is generally safer than most of the European countries, east or west. Krakow is safer than other major cities in Poland.
Certainly, one may get into trouble when in the wrong place at the wrong time and with the wrong people.
Yet mere common sense plus just elementary precautions should suffice to keep a visitor perfectly safe in Krakow.
In case you lost something, do not expect the Police to spend the whole day looking for ghosts.
It happens every 5 minutes and we have to be careful with our staff, especially in places with a lot of people.
Secure your belongings and do not leave your bag, wallet, or an expensive mobile phone without your attention!
Follow the Basic Security Tips
If you follow those rules, then you are not going to need the emergency numbers below.
- Carry your valuable in a safe place. Beware of pickpockets in any crowded place.
- Watch your luggage closely in crowded places.
- Avoid noisy people.
- Do not leave your drinks unattended especially at night clubs.
- Avoid making friends in the street.
- During night walks, avoid dark streets or parks.
- Do not buy valuable goods from the street, like gold for example.
- If you have a car rental, secure it well.
Emergency numbers in Krakow
Emergency helpline for tourists. Phones (+48 222787777 and +48 608599999)
You can use it if you have difficulties in Poland.
Also, the general emergency number is 112. But it might be better to call directly one of the numbers below in case of an emergency.
- Police 997
- Fire brigade 998
- Ambulance 999
All the above numbers are toll-free. Unfortunately, it might be hard to find someone on the other end that would speak English.
Try to find some local to call instead.
More information about safety in Krakow, precautions, and emergency hospitals can be found here.
Public Transportation in Krakow
The best way to use Public transportation in Kraków. Install the application: Jakdojade.
You can also use Google Maps if you are familiar.
Through this application, you can even buy a ticket in case you are not able on site. By the way, tickets for 75 minutes cost only 4,40 zloty (around 1 euro).
Consider buying even a 24 hours ticket in case it is necessary. See also Krakow Card as a good option when traveling to Krakow.
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0. Relax and enjoy the beauty of the city
Sometimes we go on vacation and we return more tired back to work.
Take one extra day and just relax. Admire the beauty of the city.
Have a nice coffee without doing anything. Walk slowly across the river, take a boat, and go to the end and back.
Make nice pictures and try some local food and beers.
Finally, choose an awesome hotel, relax in a nice environment with great service, and sleep well.
1. Cloth Hall Sukiennice
Located in the dead center of the Old Town Market Square, represents one of the historical sights of the city and its famous main plaza.
Hosts a paintings & sculptures museum from 19th-century polish art. Underground, exhibitions are dedicated to the medieval ways of life in Krakow.
With its amazing Renaissance decor, it is just an example of how beautiful is Krakow by night, as with its particular attractions.
Location: Sukiennice, Rynek Główny 1-3, Kraków
2. St Mary’s Basilica
After the Wawel Cathedral, St. Mary’s Basilica is the most important church in Kraków.
It’s said that it was from this building that a guard signaled the arrival of the Mongol Hordes in the 13th century.
Also, other tales tell of suicidal brothers and patricide to boot.
Location: Plac Mariacki 5, Kraków
3. Church of St. Anne
The amazing building of the church is a great example of the Polish Baroque architecture.
Internally was decorated in exquisite stuccoes by the Italian artist Baldassare Fontana.
At the end of the 17th century, while the church itself is mentioned in historical records from as far back as the 14th century.
Location: Church of St. Anne, św. Anny 11, Kraków
4. The Barbican
Once a small fortress which was connecting the St. Florian’s gate to the outside world. Today it sits detached in the green belt park of the Planty.
With its formidable Gothic turrets still keeping watch on all sides.
It was erected between 1498 and 1499 during the reign of King Jan Olbracht.
Fearing the Wallachian invasion threatening Krakow after the defeat of Bukovina.
Location: Kraków Barbican, Basztowa, Kraków
5. Rynek Underground - Best of Krakow!
Thousand of years back in history, lying in the underground vaults of Krakow Main Square, where the turbulent past of the Old Town of Cracow is unraveled.
It occupies an area of over 6 thousand. m², of which the archaeological reserve is nearly 4 thousand.
The underground exhibit depicts both the history of Cracow and the connection between the city and Hanzaand.
Commercial and cultural centers of medieval Europe.
Location: Rynek Underground, Rynek Główny 1, Kraków
6. Galeria Plakatu
The Poster Gallery on Kramy Dominikanskie in Krakow is one of the most famous places in the world for many poster-lovers.
It is visited by young and old alike, by school pupils, university students and professors, by polish and numerous foreign tourists, and above all by collectors.
The gallery's main attraction is about 2,500 poster titles by almost 200 Polish graphic artists, painters, and designers.
Promoting events primarily in the field of culture, theater, film, music, and literature.
However, it is also home to excellent social, sport, and advertising posters. If you are a fun of posters, then this is a Top to See in Krakow!!
Location: Galeria Plakatu, Stolarska 8-10, Kraków
7. Take a MELEX tour with Audio Guide
This might be the best way to get a quick idea about Krakow, history, and monuments.
Those electric cars are the best way to discover the city without walking a lot and getting tired
On top of that, the most important is that you are going to have an audio guide in your language describing what you see.
Also, the price is much lower than any Private Krakow Tour.
8. TYNIEC ABBEY - Best of Krakow!
Taking a cruise to Tyniec along the Vistula river will expand the impressive panorama of Tyniec Abbey just in front of your eyes.
Additionally, the view of Wawel castle will add a lot of mystery and charm to this amazing trip.
Another great option is to take a bike tour, (off-course if the weather allows).
You can take a look at the Polish Countryside and Tyniec Abbey Bike Tour from Krakow.
9. Crawl, Drink and Have Fun in Krakow
Deviate from the usual historical tours, museum visits, and all those «boring».
Are you young and you like to party a lot? Then why don't you stay in the best party places in Krakow?
It's time to relax, meet the Krakow nightlife from first hand.
READ: Have fun in Krakow.
10. Take a Free Walking Tour in Krakow
Are you on a budget and you have no money to spend on Private or other Guides in Krakow? No worries.
With daily departures from outside the St Mary’s Church in the Krakow Main Square.
The Free Krakow Walking Tours is an option to uncover the hidden histories of the amazing Krakow center.
Reveal the tales of kings and queens, legends and ghosts as they move between the tight-knit streets of the city.
Tours are FREE but you need to tip the guide at the end of the tour.
11. Auschwitz - Top to See from Krakow!
This is the number one attraction in Poland and the most visited.
Auschwitz is a horrible place where over a million people from different nationalities were killed by the Nazis during the second world war.
Learn how the Nazis were trying to massively exterminate the Jewish nation.
Trying to increase the death efficiency in order to be able to kill more people at the same time and with the least effort.
Maybe the darkest page of human history - We remember!
12. Wieliczka Salt Mine - Top to See from Krakow!
Head underground and discover the hidden world of the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
See the marvel at the salt formations including the stunning Chapel of St. Kinga. Wieliczka Salt Mine.
The Mine was built during the 13th century and was producing table salt until 1996.
There you can see the amazing salt sculptures, lakes, and unbelievably spectacular chambers.
More than 1 million tourists visit the mine annually, as Wieliczka Salt Mine is a ‘must-see’ when you visit Poland and it is a UNESCO heritage site.
In order to visit the Salt Mine, you need to get with a guide.
If you are GREEK, then you can visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine with a Greek-speaking guide.
Ability to make Combo Auschwitz and Wieliczka in Greek as well.
English-speaking (another language) tours, please check English Tours to Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Not enough time to visit both Auschwitz and Wieliczka in 2 different days. No worries, find out the best Combo tours in English.
13. Schindler's Factory - Best of Krakow
Krakow’s Main Square was previously called Adolf Hitler Platz and the city itself was called not Krakow but Krakau.
Find yourself in a kind of 3D cinema where everything is designed to make you feel, hear, and even smell the history of Krakow during the Second World War.
Walk among the city's inhabitants on the cabled streets of wartime Krakow. Feel overwhelmed by the omnipresent existence of the enemy.
Enter narrow passages and overpopulated apartments in the ghetto, find weapons in the resistance house.
Feel the horror of being imprisoned and interrogated, try to imagine your life in hiding and finally feel the bittersweet joy of being liberated by the Soviet army.
14. Wawel Royal Castle - Top to See in Krakow!
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It is definitely sure that you are going to see the existence of this majestic castle and Wawel Hill.
It is the main magnet of tourists in Krakow. Wawel is the city’s number one tourist attraction and Europe's most spectacular medieval castle.
The monument simply cannot be overlooked in Cracow. Do not miss the chance to see the origin of the residency of Polish kings.
You can check all related tourist information here on «https://wawel.krakow.pl/en».
On the Wawel Hill, something with equal importance to see is the Wawel Cathedral.
You can also book an Informative, friendly, and professional guided tour.
15. The Most Famous University
The reins are of course held by Jagiellonian University, which was founded only in 1364 as «Akademia Krakowska».
Nikolaos Kopernikos and Pope John Paul II studied there.
It receives visits from thousands of tourists a day due to the highly preserved Collegium Maius building.
Something you might be interested in is the so-called music clock, which today is 4th in the history of Collegium Maius.
If it happens to be there one of the hours (9:00, 11:00, 13:00, or 17:00), then you will see it in action.
The computer system that is installed inside it, starts a procession of historical forms.
This procession is accompanied by a musical motif, which is part of earthly musical work.
Once you get there, you can also take a look at the University Professor's Garden.
16. Boat Trip Kazimierz - Wawel Castle
This is a nice experience and you can make some beautiful pictures of the boat.
As the boat approaches the Wawel castle, especially when it is late afternoon when it's getting dark.
This service is only available if the weather allows this, so if it is raining or snowing, then you might not be lucky.
Please also note that you can call anytime and ask about the service.
More Information «http://www.tramwajwodny.net.pl/».
Stops from Galeria Kazimierz to Wawel - Old Town and then to Flisacka - Salwator and back.
This can be very valuable in case you have a hotel in Kazimierz.
17. Say Hi to «Lady with an Ermine»
Lady with an Ermine is a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, from around 1489-1490, oil on walnut board.
Unfortunately, the original background has been overlaid probably in the 17th century.
The Lady With An Ermine came into Polish hands in 1800, after it was bought by the young Prince Adam Czartoryski.
He bought this painting as a present for his mother, a keen collector and the foundress of the Czartoryski Museum.
When the "Lady With An Ermine" was initially retrieved after the Nazi invasion of 1939, an SS soldier's footprint was found on the portrait.
It was a fitting metaphor for the attempts that had been made over the centuries to trample Polish cultural institutions.
Czartoryski Museum is one of the most radiant.
18. Do you Love Wooden Architecture?
Just a short distance from Krakow lies the 930-mile (1,500 km) Wooden Architecture Route.
Threading between a collection of 200 beautiful wooden structures.
Wooden structures include churches, belfries, granaries, cottages, and houses.
Remarkably well-preserved, this route gives a fascinating glimpse into the local way of life for Poland’s villagers.
There is a common local saying that goes, «Kazimierz the Great received a Poland made of wood, but gave it back built of stone».
Despite this, most carpenters in rural areas used wood as the main material for construction until fairly recently.
This material was cheap and readily available, enabling the local people to be self-reliant in their building work.
19. Walk the Kazimierz District
Kazimierz in Krakow is trendy, creative, and very graphical during the evenings.
Krakow’s historic Jewish quarter, now a jumble of galleries, quirky shops, vintage clothing stores, and various bars.
If you are looking for a place for coffee in the area, then we recommend Mleczarnia.
In Kazimierz, you can see the Galicia Jewish Museum and the Old Stara Synagoga.
The Remuh Synagogue with the Old Jewish Cemetery in Krakow is also of great interest.
After you finish your exploration of the synagogues and museums, we suggest a walk in the Jewish Square.
You will definitely be hungry after all this. Follow Szeroka Street and you will find something.
If not then you will reach Hamsa and Dawno Temu na Kazimierzu which are quite good options.
In case you would like an English or Greek-speaking guide, please send me a message.
20. EnergyLandia (Summer)
It might worth it for you at the end and it is definitely going to be more comfortable, especially with kids.
EnergyLandia Park is located in a beautiful, picturesque area, in the town of Zator.
On the border of two largest agglomerations of the South: Silesia and Lesser Poland.
It is less than a half-hour drive from Katowice or Kraków.
We would like to clarify that EnergyLandia is not yet another Luna Park or a funfair. It is much more than that.
EnergyLandia is the first full-fledged Amusement Park, which offers its Clients world-class, highest quality services for all ages.
It is very important, that in EnergyLandia you only need to BUY ONE TICKET to be able to use all devices and attractions as much as you wish.
Tickets to EnergyLandia in Poland
- Kids up to 3 Years old: 1 PLN
- Kids up-to 140cm and above 3 Years old: 59 PLN
- Regular Ticket for the Whole Day: 109 PLN
Options for Discounted Tickets also exist.
More Info «https://energylandia.pl/en/pricelist/individual-pricing».
How to get to EnergyLandia in Poland?
You can get there by bus or train from Krakow and Katowice.
Can I stay close to Energylandia in Poland?
Yes, there are a few options for accommodation on the Energylandia website.
The easiest is to check the map below and find your hotel based on distance and budget.
21. The Zartoland (Zator)
Located in the city of Zator, close to Energylandia, Zartoland is a very interesting place with many attractions.
Created with care for the youngest with the idea of education through entertainment.
It is a complex of three theme parks and the funfair. See below
- Animatronic Dinosaurs Park (It’s the biggest park of this kind in Central Europe).
- Park of Greek Mythology (situated largely on water, is the only such place in Poland where the Greek gods, heroes, and mythical creatures).
- Park of insects (It’s a unique place where you can see some human-sized figures of insects)
- Funfair (where the little explorers hit by adventure can relax and have fun)
More information «https://zatorland.pl/en/»
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22. Snowlandia in Zakopane (Winter)
Snowlandia is a Snowland Winter Amusement Park. A unique Snow Forest on the map of Zakopane.
A magical place is full of experience and fun in the snow surrounded by the Tatra National Park.
Price List for Palace of the queen of snow
A mysterious place made of snow and ice, full of amazing chambers with numerous sculptures made by artists from Podhale and Slovakia.
- Normal Ticket is 12 PLN
- Kids below 3 years are for FREE
- Reduced ticket (3-16 years) is 8 PLN
They only take Cash - Opening hours 10:00 to 20:00
More Info «http://www.snowlandia.pl/»
23. Take Another Trip from Krakow
If you like green, lakes, and Castles, then you are in the right place.
A visit to the Lake Czorsztynskie (Jezioro Czorsztyńskie) will be a good choice.
For cycling enthusiasts, it is a perfect route around the lake which you can follow.
See more here: Bicycle routes Around Czorsztyn Lake.
You can use the ferry to travel between the Czorsztyn Castle and the Niedzica Castle.
Visit the famous village of Zalipie where you will find something unique in Poland.
The place is called Zagroda Felicji Curyłowej w Zalipiu and is what you may have seen with the colorfully painted houses.
You will find more information here: «https://muzeum.tarnow.pl/» and it is about 1.5 hours from Krakow by car.
On the way, you can pass by the beautiful city of Tarnów, and from the Bochnia Salt Mine.
The Nowy Wiśnicz Castle is located about 11 minutes from the Bochnia salt mine.
Somewhat farther away, but beautiful is Sandomierz with Lake Tarnobrzeg and Baranów Sandomierski Castle.
Definitely a visit to Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa, where the famous Black Madonna is kept is a great choice.
If you are going to Warsaw, it is definitely something you can combine.
Another good option is to visit Dolina Będkowska with the Szum waterfall.
Finally, you can visit Dobczyce Castle and the beautiful Lake Dobczyce.
Bottiglieria 1881 Restaurant & Wine Bar is the first place in Krakow awarded with a Michelin star and the third in Poland. The other two are in Warsaw.
An extraordinary place located in Kazimierz district, Krakow. Born out of a passion for wine and love for people.
The restaurant Morskie Oko is located at the Szczepański square and got the name from the famous lake outside Zakopane for a reason.
Another awesome restaurant is Sukiennice that is located in the heart of Krakow, with a beautiful view and tasty Polish food.
Take a look at Warsztat as well as it is recommended by foreign people living in Krakow.
Our guide in Krakow recommends Restaurant Malina Ηoney and Zalewajka with homemade food.
For vegetarian people, we highly recommend ΜΑΝΟΑ (Green Resto Bar) and for Burgers, we recommend Moo Moo.
Here comes my favorite, for the Susi lovers, we recommend Genji Premium Sushi.
Finally, for the lovers of the Greek food which by the way is the best, we recommend the Real Greek and the Grecka Taverna Minoas.
Combine Green and Food
Experience moments of calm and relaxation, escaping the hustle of the city for a while in one of the best spots in Krakow.
Start your day with an enjoyable breakfast at Meho Cafe (ul. Krupnicza 26) in a magnificent garden with roses and fruit trees.
Breakfast is served until 13:00 for the who stayed up late at night.
Later, we recommend wine and tapas in the beautiful garden of MERCATINO (ul. Karmelicka 27), which is full of plants, paths, and vineyards.
Finally, we recommend La Campana Trattoria (ul. Kanonicza 7) where you will experience romantic moments in its lush garden under the candlelight.
Its unique atmosphere makes it one of the most romantic places in Krakow.
What the people of Krakow say About Food
Below are some amazing food ideas from the people of the city. Maybe they know something more.
MOLAM THAI CANTEEN & BAR - if you wanna taste real Thai food.
Bistro Zazie in Kazimierz - they have a Boeuf Bourgignon to die for.
Yatai Sushi Otsumami Bar - their spicy ribs, yum! Actually everything from their grill is amazing.
Mama Mia - pasta with shrimps and spinach.
Zonglerka, in Salwator (Bar) - Amazing food (quite chic) and incredible natural wine.
Zalewajka - great polish food. Their raunchy is my favorite.
GMT - Georgian Wine & Art Gallery - You can't find better Grudzinski food in town, and their hippie garden is super cool. And they prepare a perfect khachapuri.
I work in ZaKładka Bistro de Cracovie and we have a fresh delivery of mussels on Thursdays or Fridays. Our guests also love our schabowy!
Domowe przysmaki - Barszcz i krokiety z kapustą i grzybami.
I love Sohn Hand Roll Sushi in Zablocie 25 - the best hand rolls I ever had and great hot pot!
Classic French bistro dishes, which I very much recommend! Their appetizers are perfectly good, but what I personally like the most is deserts. They serve the best cheesecake I’ve ever tried, and I mean ever.
Che Bontà - It’s more like an Italian shop with imported products, but they also serve absolutely amazing pizza.
Zalipianki Ewa Wachowicz - This is the best place for quality Polish food. Rather traditional food, not just pierogi and schabowy. As a short remark, I thought that Polish cuisine sucks before I went there.
Tamam - The Best Turkish cuisine in Kraków!
Aqua e Vino on Wiślna. Ran by Italian from Venice and his polish wife. Great people and great food. If you want seafood also one of the best choices.
Pod Norenami - vegetarian + vegan Asian Fusion. I secretly fantasize about this place/ food all the time. Ramen! Curries! Tom Kha Gai soup! Pad Thai!
Od Jabłka do Jajka - Run by a Polish lady who used to have a restaurant in Montreal and who greets customers, talks about the menu. Delicious duck.
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