XY Things you should definitely do in Krakow
Krakow is the formal capital of Poland. It seems to be one of the most interesting cities to discover in the whole of Europe. In historical records, Krakow is the main historical city of Malopolska. Rich history, amazing architecture and awesome cultural events. Check our guide on the Top to See in Krakow.
Krakow, cultural and politically significant city of Poland
The central site of the Nazi General Government during WWII
There is still a residual feeling of solemnity.
Especially apparent during visits to the
Enjoy a list of the most important in Krakow!
Important Info 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.
This happens every 5 minutes. We need to be careful with our staff, especially in places where are many people.
Secure your belongings and do not leave your bag, wallet or an expensive mobile phone without your attention!
Emergency numbers in Krakow
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
An awesome way of how you easily use Public transportation in Kraków. Install the application: "Jakdojade" -- Or Visit: Jakdojade - Krakow.
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 the: Krakow Card as a very good option when traveling to Krakow.
In case you are looking for Private Transportation (Airports, Auschwitz, Wieliczka, Zakopane) please contact me.
0. Relax and enjoy the beauty of the city
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.
Worth to See in Krakow
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 and Website: Sukiennice, Rynek Główny 1-3, Kraków -- Sukiennice website
Check Krakow's card as a money-saving option when you visit Krakow. Recommended for museums Lovers and other people.
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, while other tales tell of suicidal brothers and patricide to boot.
Location and Website: Plac Mariacki 5, Kraków -- Church website
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 and Website: Church of St. Anne, św. Anny 11, Kraków -- Website of the Church.
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 -- The Barbican's website.
5. Rynek Underground - Top to See in 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 the commercial and cultural centers of medieval Europe.
Location: Rynek Underground, Rynek Główny 1, Kraków -- Rynek underground museum website
We can provide a Greek-Guide for Krakow and Rynek Underground.
You can also buy tickets for the Underground Museum, Krzysztofory Palace & Town Hall Tower.
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 -- Galleria Plakatu website
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.
The most important is that you are going to have an audio guide in your language describing what you see.
The best two options I found for booking an electric Car in Krakow with an audio guide in your language are:
8. TYNIEC ABBEY - Top to See in 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). See the Polish Countryside and Tyniec Abbey Bike Tour from Krakow.
9. Crawl Through Krakow
Deviate from the usual historical tours, museum visits, and all these boring stuff.
Take a different type of tour where you have the chance to relax and meet the Krakow nightlife from a first hand.
Check out the list of interesting related tours: Pub crawling and vodka tasting Tours in Krakow!
Also, you can find at the end of the article tours for all ages.
10. Take a Free Walking Tour in Krakow
Daily departures from outside the St Mary’s Church in the Krakow Main Square.
Free Cracow Walking Tours are the best way to uncover the hidden histories of the amazing Krakow center.
Qualified Polish guides lead the group.
Revealing tales of kings and queens and legends and ghosts as they move between the tight-knit streets of the city and the various monuments that abound here.
Tours are FREE but it is a good practice to tip the guide at the end of the tour or just give a beautiful smile. -- More Info about FREE walking tours
11. Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II - 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!
In case you do not like to invest much money on a tour to Auschwitz, you can also check the English speaking tours to Auschwitz.
12. Wieliczka Salt Mine - Top to See from Krakow!
Head underground and discover the hidden world of 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.
Some people may not have the time to visit both Auschwitz and Wieliczka in 2 different days. We then recommend a Combo Tour to see both in one day.
13. Visit the Schindler's Factory
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.
You can visit the Schindler's Factory with a Greek-speaking guide.
14. Take the Hop-On + Cruise on the Wisla River
Discover the unique attractions of Krakow according to your own interests, with a flexible and convenient ticket for the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus.
Include a 30-minute gondola cruise (from March to mid November).
This tour Includes also a Free entry to the Galicia Jewish Museum and the Glass and Ceramic Centre.
Exchange your voucher for a hop-on, hop-off bus ticket and jump aboard at any point along the route.
Start at the historic Wawel Castle to explore the center of political life in Poland in the 16th century.
Learn the legend of the Dragon’s Den, and enjoy panoramic views of the Vistula embankments.
List of Hop-On Hop-Off Stops
1. Hotel Galaxy
2. Dajwór (Wawrzynca street)
3. Plac Bohaterów Getta (Ghetto Heroes Square)
4. Plac Wolnica (Wolnica Square)
5. Filharmonia-Zamek Wawel (Philharmonic, near Royal Castle)
6. Muzeum Narodowe (National Museum- stop opposite)
7. Dworzec Główny Zachód (West Central Railway Station)
8. Dworzec Główny-Centrum (Central Railway Station near office Jordan, Pawia street)
9. Stradom-Bulwary Wiślane (Stradom street)
10. Centrum Kongresowe ICE (Congress Centre, stop near B&B Hotel)
11. Kopiec Kościuszki (Kosciuszko Mound)
12. Salwator (stop near Norbertine Monastery)
13. Centrum Kongresowe-Most Grunwaldzki (Grunwaldzki bridge)
14. Stradom-Plac Nowy (stop near Bozego Ciala street)
15. Zabłocie-Muzeum Schindlera (Schindler's Factory)
Book now your tickets online for the: "Hop-On Hop-Off with Cruise along the Vistula River"
15. Visit 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 attraction.
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: Wawel castle's website in English.
Just to take an overview of Real-Time of the Wawel Castle and maybe what are the weather conditions. Check the Panoramic Camera Online.
You can also book an Informative, friendly and professional guided tour.
This will make things much easier as you are going to skip the line and all entrance fees are included. Check below some good options:
- Krakow: Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour - Explore the UNESCO-listed Wawel Castle with a local guide (2 -3 Hours).
- Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour and Free Walking Tour
- Just get 1 Hour of Audio Guide and Entrance ticket to the Sigismund Bell Tower, Royal Tombs, and Wawel Cathedral.
16. Boat trip from Kazimierz to the 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. Visit their website where you can see all the information about the boat.
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 the Kazimierz area.
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 (later a hero in the fight for Polish independence) during his tour of Italy.
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, of which the 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.
Check for Malopolska Region Wooden Architecture Tour Availability.
19. Walk the Kazimierz District
Kazimierz in Krakow is trendy and creative.
It is Krakow’s historic Jewish quarter, now a jumble of indie galleries, quirky shops, vintage clothing stores and bars that range from hip cocktail dens to shabby-chic spaces.
Szeroka Street’s many synagogues include the 16th-century Old Synagogue, while the nearby Remuh Cemetery has a wall built of tombstones broken during WWII.
The Galicia Jewish Museum celebrates local Jewish culture.
You can book an interesting audio-guided tour, which exists in many languages.
The tour is conducted with an electric car and contains Jewish Quarter, Schindler's Factory & Former Ghetto.
20. Visit EnergyLandia (Summer)
In case you are a group of people, then you can check the Energylandia: Full Day Trip from Krakow including Transports.
It might worth 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, which offers its clients only several simple devices which are mostly designated for children.
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: children, teenagers, and adults.
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 and without any limitations.
Tickets to EnergyLandia in Poland cost
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. Find More Info in the Tickets section. Options to buy tickets for 2 Days at better prices.
How to get to EnergyLandia in Poland - Can I stay close to Energylandia in Poland?
You can get there by bus or train from Krakow and Katowice. Check all options and find tickets online.
Check the wide range of accommodation options.
21. The Zartoland (Zator)
If it happens that you reach Zator in order to visit Energylandia, then maybe you should know that you can visit a very interesting place with many attractions. The Zartoland.
Zatorland is an interesting place created with care for the youngest and for their education through entertainment.
It is a complex of three theme parks: Park of Animatronic Dinosaurs, Park of Insects and Park of Mythology. The funfair provides you with play.
- 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 can be seen up close)
- 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)
You can find all the information on Zartoland website
22. Visit 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 the Attraction: 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 in Snowlandia Website
For vegetarian people, we highly recommend ΜΑΝΟΑ (Green Resto Bar).
Here comes my favorite, for the Susi lovers, we recommend Genji Premium Sushi.
Last but not least, a friend living in Krakow for many years, recommends the Chlopskie Jadlo.
I have also collected the below from conversations and recommendations from local people
- Bar Mleczny Targowy - Facebook.
- Bar Grodzki - Facebook.
- Od Zmierzchu Do Świtu - Facebook.
- Warsztat Cafe Restaurant - Facebook.
- Restauracja Kuchnia Polska "Gąska" - Facebook.
- Pod Katarynką - Facebook.
- Restauracja Starka - Facebook.
- Morskie Oko Restauracja - Facebook.
- Kuchnia Domowa Sąsiedzi - Facebook.
- Introligatornia Smaku - Facebook.
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