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KrakowPoland

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

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City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,381 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Main Market Square to Wawel Castle – discover City Centre, a destination also famous for its shopping.

City Centre
Krakow which includes a city and heritage elements as well as a large group of people

Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(777 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Main Market Square to St. Mary's Basilica – discover Old Town, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Old Town
Kazimierz showing a city and a square or plaza

Kazimierz

4.5/5Wonderful!(203 area reviews)

Kazimierz is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Old Synagogue and Corpus Christi Church while you're in town.

Kazimierz
Krakow featuring heritage elements and a city as well as a small group of people

Stare Miasto

4.5/5Wonderful!(8 area reviews)

The interesting museums and churches are top of the list for many visitors to Stare Miasto. A stop by Main Market Square or Wawel Castle might round out your trip.

Stare Miasto
Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow as well as a couple

Podgorze

4.5/5Wonderful!(69 area reviews)

The ample dining options and beautiful river views are top of the list for many visitors to Podgorze. A stop by Oskar Schindler Factory or Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow might round out your trip.

Podgorze
Kleparz, Krakow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland

Kleparz

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 area reviews)

Kleparz is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Planty Park and Foto - Medium - Art Gallery while in the area.

Kleparz

Top hotels in Krakow

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
5 out of 5
17, Straszewskiego Street, Krakow, Lesser Poland
Free cancellation
The price is £63 per night

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! (985 reviews)

"Great location, nice and clean rooms, even an ice machine and shoe cleaner at the elevator!!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
Aparthotel Stare Miasto
Aparthotel Stare Miasto
4 out of 5
Ul. Golebia 2, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is £55 per night

Located in Old Town, this boutique aparthotel is steps away from St. Francis of Assisi Church and Monastery, Main Market Square and Cloth Hall. St. Mary's Basilica ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (928 reviews)

"Location is brilliant, hotel was lovely, breakfast was great, only downside was reception staff were not very friendly and the taxi they booked for us from the airport didn’t turn up. Apart from that, very good"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Aparthotel Stare Miasto
Sheraton Grand Krakow
Sheraton Grand Krakow
5 out of 5
Ul. Powisle 7, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is £102 per night

Located in City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of STU Theatre and Smok Wawelski Statue. Stained Glass Museum and Planty Park are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (988 reviews)

"Great check in experience. Excellent location. Very helpful and attentive staff."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Sheraton Grand Krakow

Popular places to visit in Krakow

Main Market Square
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Main Market Square

5/5(1,499 reviews)

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

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine

4.5/5(801 reviews)

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

Wawel Castle
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Wawel Castle

4.5/5(1,056 reviews)

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

Oskar Schindler Factory
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Oskar Schindler Factory

4.5/5(594 reviews)

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.

Krakow Barbican
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Krakow Barbican

4.5/5(609 reviews)

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

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

4.5/5(860 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Krakow

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

£41
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Auschwitz Birkenau & Salt Mine in one day from Krakow
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Auschwitz Birkenau & Salt Mine in one day from Krakow

£73
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

£35
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
From Krakow: Auschwitz Museum Skip-The-Line Ticket & Tour
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From Krakow: Auschwitz Museum Skip-The-Line Ticket & Tour

£27
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour
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Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

£39
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Luxury airport transfer in Krakow (KRK) - Mercedes E-Class with private driver
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Luxury airport transfer in Krakow (KRK) - Mercedes E-Class with private driver

£25
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

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