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Rich history packed into a compact centre makes Krakow one of Europe’s most appealing cities. Admire grand streets and squares before mingling with the locals at cosy pubs and cellar bars.

Schindler museum

A historical hot-spot

Take a tour around Kazimierz, the city’s Jewish district, to see the remnants of the ghetto, and the monuments which commemorate the events of the 1940s. You can also visit Oskar Schindler’s factory, and see where ‘Schindler’s List’ was filmed. A short bus ride away is the Auschwitz Memorial Museum.

Cloth Hall

Coffee at the Cloth Hall

You can’t miss Cloth Hall in the centre of the Main Rynek Market Square too. Check out the beautiful design of the building and browse the souvenir stalls inside. Take a break and treat yourself to coffee and paczek (a Polish doughnut). There’s also a Polish art gallery upstairs. 


Warmth and romance

Kraków may not be a coastal city, but with high temperatures throughout the summer and the many outdoor swimming pools dotted around, it can certainly feel like one! The city also boasts a romantic tendency: the Bernatek footbridge in Kazimierz remains a popular spot for couples to fasten a padlock, commemorating their love.


Musical treasures

Kraków’s jazz scene could rival that of New Orleans, with a club on every corner in the Old Town. After a long day of exploring the bustling market square, head to one of the outdoor restaurants where many bands play every night. For something a bit more classical, the Kraków Philharmonic Concert Hall is a primary location for many of Poland’s top performers.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

A must see

Only a few kilometres from the city this has to be on you’re to do list! The Wieliczka Salt Mine is on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites and the salt mine is in pristine condition. Take the lift 135m down and be guided through tunnels and chambers and be left astounded by the workmanship in the Chapel of St. Kinga.

Step into Christmas

The Main Square, Rynek Glowny, gets a festive make-over as Christmas draws near. The awesome architecture is awash with twinkling lights and tumbles into an expansive setting for stalls. You’ll find the usual Polish market goods, as well as thick slabs of gingerbread, wooden toys and traditional decorations. Feel festive across town and even step into the wintery-looking wonders of Wieliczka Mine.

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Food and drink


Krakow’s Old Town bars are housed in ancient cellars that add to the atmosphere. Be sure to try sliwowica, a heady plum brandy, while Polish vodka is lauded worldwide. Beetroot soup offers a warming flavour too. Along the scenic Royal Route to Wawel Castle, you’ll find the oldest restaurant in the world and a Kraków institution, Wierzynek 1364 – a foodie must-see. Kazimierz is home to a bohemian scene of cafés, bars and art galleries, making it a cool place for a night on the tiles. .

Getting around


Krakow Old Town is an enticing site to explore on foot, especially as the great majority of its streets have been entirely pedestrianised. The city is also served by bus and tram networks and a bike hire scheme.

Insider Tips

A relic of the communist era, Polish Milk bars are a glimpse into what life was like behind the iron curtain. Opened by the Communist party to provide cheap dairy based meals to the masses a few have survived to this day and will serve you a hearty, cafeteria style meal that will transport you back to the 1950’s. Michelin star it isn’t but it is a cultural experience not to be missed and all at a bargain price.

Rynek Market Square


This medieval market square is the largest in Europe and is the hub of the city. Take in the grand architecture, stroll along the shops or visit one of the many cafes, pubs or restaurants on offer.

Wawel Castle

wawel castle

Not to be missed, the gothic castle is one of the most important historical and cultural sights in Poland. Visit the castle itself as well as the cathedral or take a stroll around the gardens and courtyards.

Kazimierz Jewish District


The Jewish quarter is a delight to wander round with its labyrinthine streets and low-standing houses. Don’t miss the Corpus Christi Church, the Temple Synagogue and Ulica Szeroka.

Town Hall Tower

town hall tower

One of the most prominent landmarks of the city, this 70m tall tower stands in the central grand square. Climb the 100 steps to enjoy panoramic views of the city.



The cream-coloured Cloth Hall buzzes with life, filled with flower stalls, espresso cafés and traditional handicrafts. Alternatively, Royal Road bisects the Old Town with an array of art and antique shops.

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