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Krakow is a fabulous destination for those travelers looking to plan a few days away or even a longer trip.

The population of this area of Lesser Poland Voivodeship is around 750,000.

It is located 10 miles south of Widoma and 160 miles south of Warsaw, the national capital.

Discovering Wawel Castle and Main Market Square is one of the best ways to get started in this famous destination.

Park Wodny and Miniature Park are wonderful places to take some time with the children. Want more? Dinolandia and Pepsi DinoZatorland are sure to keep the smiles and laughter flowing.

Admire local and exotic plants at the Botanic Garden of the Jagiellonian University. Make sure you bring your camera so you can get a few snaps of the most impressive specimens.

On a fine day, grab some lunch and find a shady corner at one of the area's picturesque urban parks, such as Jordan Park or Planty Park. Park Krakowski and Strzelecki Park are two more nice places to while away a lazy afternoon over a good book.

Turn your phone off and give yourself a break from the noise of the modern world at Dragon's Den and Ojcow National Park. Wolski Forest and Maczuga Herkulesa are also highly recommended by nature lovers.

The area's exhibition spaces are a treasure trove of tales of human endeavor and achievement. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the different displays at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the Galicia Jewish Museum. The Polish Aviation Museum and the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology are also worth considering.

The cabinets at the Ethnographic Museum and the Archaelogical Museum of Krakow are overflowing with extraordinary objects and specimens.

Krakow is a hub of artistic energy, with gallery and exhibition spaces seemingly tucked around every corner. Start your explorations of this creative paradise at the Czartoryski Museum and the National Museum. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left, finish up the day at the Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery and the Wyspianski Museum.

How can you possibly negotiate the future if you have no understanding of the past? Head down to the Historical Museum of Krakow!

Learn more about this area's past with a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Oskar Schindler Factory, just two of the historical sites here. You might also like to snap a few photos at the Cloth Hall and the Collegium Maius.

Peer into the lives of some of the area's most influential families with a visit to the impressive grounds of Archbishop's Palace.

The local castles are perfect for tourists who would like to discover the immense history of this area. Pieskowa Skala Castle and Niepolomice Castle will make you feel like you have become a character in a fairy tale.

Whether you think of yourself as spiritual or not, you're sure to enjoy a trip to Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary's Basilica. If you'd be interested to look at more religious sites, have a walk about Holy Trinity Church and Corpus Christi Church.

Krakow's most famous sights sometimes overshadow its less renowned, but equally rewarding activities. The Cultural Center and the Jagiellonian Library are a couple of interesting options. If you can squeeze it in, also think about visiting the Foto - Medium - Art Gallery and Father Bernatka Footbridge.

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Betmanowska Main Square Residence

Betmanowska Main Square Residence

Ul. Rynek Glowny 44, Krakow
of 5, from 768 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Amber Museum, Main Market Square and St. Mary's Basilica. Cloth Hall and Town Hall Tower are also within 5 minutes.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

17, Straszewskiego Street, Krakow
of 5, from 950 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the centre of Krakow, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Krakow Philharmonic, Main Market Square and Wawel Castle. Collegium Maius and Cloth Hall are also within 10 minutes.

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport

3 Medweckiego Street, Zabierzow
of 5, from 540 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Balice, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Park Decjusza, Main Market Square and Collegium Maius. Wisla Stadium and Benedictine abbey in Tyniec are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Sheraton Grand Krakow

Sheraton Grand Krakow

Ul. Powisle 7, Krakow
of 5, from 1,297 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Krakow, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of STU Theatre, Stained Glass Museum and Smok Wawelski Statue. Krakow Philharmonic and Planty Park are also within 10 minutes.

Penguin Rooms - Wawel Castle

Penguin Rooms - Wawel Castle

ul. Zwierzyniecka 24, Krakow
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Krakow, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Krakow Philharmonic, Main Market Square and Collegium Maius. Wawel Castle and Town Hall Tower are also within 15 minutes.

Hotel Europejski

Hotel Europejski

Lubicz 5, Krakow
of 5, from 888 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Krakow, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of City Arsenal, Krakow Barbican and Florian's Gate. Main Market Square and Czartoryski Museum are also within 15 minutes.

System Hotel Kraków

System Hotel Kraków

J. Conrada 35, Krakow
of 5, from 156 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bronowice, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of John Paul II Hospital, Main Market Square and Krakow Barbican. Czartoryski Museum and Florian's Gate are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Hotel Unicus

Hotel Unicus

ul. Sw. Marka 20, Krakow
of 5, from 366 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Florianska Street, this hotel is steps away from Jan Matejko House, Florian's Gate and Czartoryski Museum. Krakow Barbican and St. Mary's Basilica are also within 5 minutes.

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