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Krakow

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Wawel Castle showing a castle, heritage architecture and a city

The former capital of Poland is famous for its architectural splendour, exciting modern art and a fascinating history, with castles, ruins and museums. Known for its turbulent history, and as one of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow's museums, housed in former decadent palaces of the Renaissance, are full of royal treasures and tell the city’s storied history. But Krakow lives as much in the present as in the past, and has active contemporary art circles, hip weekend markets and a vibrant nightlife.

The city is more than 750 years old and for five centuries it was the capital of Poland. Successive generations of monarchs built castles and cathedrals and gave the city a royal prestige that now you can still recognize.

It is not difficult to find your way around Krakow, thanks to the reliable network of trams and buses. Many of the main attractions are located within the compact Old Town and are easy to explore on foot. In the ornate St. Mary's Church you'll find one of the most spectacular altarpieces in Europe and the old city gate, the Barbican, is one of the most impressive sights in the park.

The Wawel Castle is perched high above the city, a castle that has protected Krakow against intruders since the 16th Century. Nowadays, the castle instead displays its stately halls, exhibitions of lavish jewelry and armor collections. For more about Krakow’s storied history, visit the historic Wawel Cathedral and Dragon’s Den, a limestone cave which, according to legend, a dragon once called home.

Krakow's history is intertwined with that of the Jewish community. Visit the Oskar Schindler Factory, made famous by the film Schindler's List by Steven Spielberg, to learn more about their struggles during the Second World War. The former factory has been converted into a large museum with Holocaust images that you’ll not soon forget. The Galicia Jewish Museum shares what it’s like to be Jewish in contemporary Krakow.

In the summer, the Krakow city parks alive with outdoor concerts and festivals. Enjoy a picnic in Jordana Park or enjoy a cruise across the city on the River Vistula. In winter you’re likely to see Krakow blanketed by a layer of snow, making the buildings in the historic city exude a romantic atmosphere.

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
4 out of 5
3 Medweckiego Street, Balice, Zabierzow
The price is £64 per night from 14 Aug to 14 Aug
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Wolski Forest, Krakow Canoe Club and Blonia Park. Benedictine abbey in Tyniec and Przegorzaly ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (977 reviews)
"It had a bath tub. I wasn’t aware that they had them in Poland. I wish I would have known as I had just had knee surgery and would have asked for a walk in shower."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
5 out of 5
17, Straszewskiego Street, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is £72 per night from 9 Aug to 9 Aug
This family-friendly Krakow hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Krakow Philharmonic, Main Market Square and Wawel Castle. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)
"They sent up a cake for our anniversary. Very nice of them."

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
Hotel Unicus Palace
Hotel Unicus Palace
5 out of 5
ul. Florianska 28, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is £131 per night from 31 Aug to 31 Aug
Located in Krakow Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Pharmacy, Krakow Barbican, and St. Mary's Basilica. Main Market Square and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (536 reviews)
"Excellent location, great facilities, Clean rooms, good food and excellent spa!!"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Hotel Unicus Palace
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Rajska by PI Apartments
Rajska by PI Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Ul. Rajska 3, Krakow
The price is £38 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Krakow City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Malopolska Garden of Arts, Main Market Square and Cloth Hall. St. Mary's Basilica ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (93 reviews)
Good location and modern
"Easy check in, really good location to explore from and tbe room was really nice modern and tidy."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

Rajska by PI Apartments
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Rynek Glowny 11, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is £42 per night from 11 Aug to 11 Aug
Located in Krakow Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Church of St. Wojciech, Main Market Square and St. Mary's Basilica. Cloth Hall and Krakow Barbican ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (981 reviews)
"Perfect location. Amazing view of the square."

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Aparthotel Best Views Luxury
Aparthotel Best Views Luxury
ul. Zwierzyniecka 29, Krakow
The price is £43 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Located in Krakow City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Krakow Philharmonic and Dragon's Den. Wawel Castle and Main Market Square are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (113 reviews)
"Great stay in Kraków 👌Fashionable, clean and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

Aparthotel Best Views Luxury
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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