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.

Where to stay in Krakow

Leonardo Boutique Hotel Krakow Old Town
Leonardo Boutique Hotel Krakow Old Town
3.5 out of 5
ul. Sw. Gertrudy 12, Krakow, 31-048
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £49 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (998 reviews)
"Leonardo was just perfect for a 5-night stay. Nice and clean, and though by a main street still very quiet. The staff was friendly and helpful. We didn't have breakfast, because it was so easy to find cafe's everywhere. There was only one bin, so recycling wasn't a option. I would certainly choose ..."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Leonardo Boutique Hotel Krakow Old Town
Hampton by Hilton Krakow Airport
Hampton by Hilton Krakow Airport
3 out of 5
Kapitana M. Medweckiego str. 22, Balice, Krakow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, 32-083
The price is £62 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, a free airport shuttle and a 24-hour fitness centre. Popular attractions Main Market ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (90 reviews)
"Lovely staff, easy check in, modern design, quiet and cool room, for some reason felt like at home, safe and comfortable. That’s what I really needed during hot summer."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Hampton by Hilton Krakow Airport
Hotel Polski Pod Białym Orłem
Hotel Polski Pod Białym Orłem
4 out of 5
ul. Pijarska 17, Krakow, Lesser Poland, 31-015
The price is £74 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (777 reviews)
"This was a beautiful old hotel that had large rooms and was right in the middle of everything we wanted to see! Highly recommended!"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2022

Hotel Polski Pod Białym Orłem
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Turnau City Aparthotel
Turnau City Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
ul. Szlak 50/120, Krakow, Lesser Poland, 31-155
The price is £53 per night from 15 Aug to 16 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (266 reviews)
"The location, room size and cleanliness make this a bargain compared to other hotels in the vicinity."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2022

Turnau City Aparthotel
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Rynek Glowny 11, Krakow, Lesser Poland, 31-042
The price is £57 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,046 reviews)
Nice place, location perfect for tourists!
"Nice stay, check out perhaps a bit early but the rooms were clean, amazing location and didn’t appear to be too noisy despite this. Would recommend for anyone not wanting to venture too far away from the main areas."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Aparthotel Stare Miasto
Aparthotel Stare Miasto
4 out of 5
Ul. Golebia 2, Krakow, Lesser Poland, 31-007
The price is £79 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4-star boutique aparthotel in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (981 reviews)
"Great place! Would stay again! Nice, helpful staff and very comfortable rooms."

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2022

Aparthotel Stare Miasto
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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