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.

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Museums, Historical Buildings and Cathedrals

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Where to stay in Krakow

Old Town
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Old Town

Cathedrals, Churches, Historical Buildings

Discover ancient fortifications, atmospheric bars, varied museums, medieval treasures and royal palaces on a tour of Kraków’s fascinating historic center. 

City Centre
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City Centre

Dining, Romantic, Shopping

City Centre is an historic, romantic neighbourhood with convenient options for restaurants and cafes. In addition to its friendly people, the neighbourhood has many charming qualities. You can satisfy your cultural palate with shopping and museums.

Stare Miasto
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Stare Miasto

Cathedrals, Churches, Historical Buildings

Stare Miasto is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighbourhood’s university culture and rich culture are just a couple of its charming qualities. For a taste of local culture, you can visit the cathedral and historic landmarks.

Kazimierz
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Kazimierz

Culture, Churches, Monuments

The city's old Jewish quarter survived near destruction to become a vibrant locale bursting with historical attractions and a lively social scene.

Podgorze
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Podgorze

Rivers, Friendly People, Skyscrapers

Podgorze is a welcoming, walkable neighbourhood with convenient options for restaurants. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the riverfront, while others visit for the local historic landmarks.

Nowa Huta
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Nowa Huta

Stargazing, Roller Skating, Skyscrapers

Nowa Huta is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors. Part of the neighbourhood’s charm is its natural features.

Top hotels in Krakow

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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PURO Kraków Kazimierz
4 out of 5
ul. Halicka 14a, Krakow
£61/night
31 Jul-1 Aug
4.9/5Exceptional! (269 reviews)

"It is such a stylish hotel and in a good area. Can’t find anything negative to say. 5 stars"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019

PURO Kraków Kazimierz
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Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
4 out of 5
3 Medweckiego Street, Zabierzow
£71/night
10 Aug-11 Aug
4.7/5Exceptional! (827 reviews)

"It was extremely clean and couldn’t find fault with the late night arrival."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
5 out of 5
17, Straszewskiego Street, Krakow
£90/night
28 Jul-29 Jul
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,367 reviews)

"Great hotel accessible to central square which us only 3 minutes walk ."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Popular things to do in Krakow

Main Market Square
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Main Market Square

Spend some time in a large medieval square that is filled with restaurants, cafés and magnificent buildings that are hundreds of years old.

Wawel Castle
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Wawel Castle

See the coronation sword of Polish kings, opulent royal apartments, Renaissance paintings and an underground cave system at Krakow’s biggest castle. 

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Chapels carved entirely from salt, an underground lake and a museum make up this internationally protected World Heritage listed salt mine. 

Oskar Schindler Factory
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Oskar Schindler Factory

Gain an insight into what it was like to live in wartime Krakow in the factory made famous by the Hollywood movie Schindler’s List.

St. Mary's Basilica
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St. Mary's Basilica

Discover the many legends that surround this Gothic church and see the stunning 15th-century altarpiece in its colorful interior. 

Krakow Barbican
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Krakow Barbican

Take a tour of the structure that once ensured Krakow’s safety and is today the best-preserved barbican in Europe.

Top activities in Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

£33

Around 1.5 million people—Jews, Poles, and political prisoners—died at the hands of the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau. See for yourself where the atrocities of the Nazis' “Final Solution” were carried out on this poignant guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

Guided Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial
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Guided Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial

£39

Explore the moving memorial dedicated to those who died in the Holocaust and step back to the days of World War II as you walk through the gate of the infamous concentration camp. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, see a collection of sobering exhibits and documents in the original buildings.

Auschwitz Birkenau Museum Guided Tour with Hotel Pick Up
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Auschwitz Birkenau Museum Guided Tour with Hotel Pick Up

£38

For us, people who were born after WWII it is impossible to imagine what happened in the time of the Holocaust. Millions existence were tortured and murdered. Visit at Auschwitz Birkenau helps to understand the size of the biggest tragedy in mankind history.

From Krakow: Auschwitz Museum Skip-The-Line Ticket & Tour
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From Krakow: Auschwitz Museum Skip-The-Line Ticket & Tour

£33

Explore the former Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau on a 8-hour historical tour from Krakow, traveling by comfortable minivan (1 hour 20 minute drive).

Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour
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Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

£39

Explore an incredible underground world as you investigate the cathedrals, carvings, and passageways in the Wielczka Salt Mine. Learn about the mine's history, traverse its winding pathways, and stand in awe of its massive columns and open rooms, some more than 1,000 feet (305 m) below ground.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour with Pick Up
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Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour with Pick Up

£37

The Salt Mine of Wieliczka has for a long time been a first-rate tourist attraction on a worldwide scale. In 1978 was entered on the UNESCO First World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. The Salt Mine welcomes visitors the whole year round and is still the working enterprise.

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