Krakow

Krakow city breaks

Uncover the magic of Poland’s second biggest city as you admire streets and squares unchanged since medieval times. On a Krakow city break, you can mingle with friendly locals at the markets, before catching live music in a cosy cellar bar. With grand castles, leafy parks and historic Kazimierz, there’s plenty on the map! 

Old Town

Old Town

While away the hours strolling around some of Krakow’s most beautiful streets. The tall, intricately decorated buildings hide a whole world of treasures. There’s an abundance of Polish restaurants and, when it comes to top sights, you can take your pick from St Mary’s Basilica, Florianska Gate and Rynek Underground to name just a few.

Kazimierz

Kazimierz

Around a 20-minute walk from Rynek Główny, sits the Jewish district of Kazimierz. It’s a hip hangout where you’ll see vine-covered vintage shops, quaint cafés that spill out onto the pavements and impressive synagogues hidden among the pastel-coloured buildings. When it comes to eating out here, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Polish-Jewish cuisine.

Day trips

Day trips

It’s not just the city that’s worth exploring. Within an hour, you can be checking out some of the country’s most visited spots. A journey to Auschwitz-Birkenau is certain to be a memorable one, where you can pay your respects. Close by is Wieliczka Salt Mine that’s more than 700 years old!

No.25 – TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations
Let’s hear a clink for Krakow! This cool, culture-packed Polish city comes in at 25th place in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations in Europe.
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Kazimierz

Kazimierz

Krakow

No visit to Krakow would be complete without a visit to the Jewish district of Kazimierz. Destroyed during the Second World War, it was revitalised in the 1990s and has been transformed into a trendy boho...
Main Market Square

Main Market Square

Krakow

Visit the Cloth Hall and you're shopping in the world's first shopping mall. Built in the 14th century, the huge Cloth Hall has stalls selling goods from amber to woodwork. It sits in the main square, one of...
Ojców National Park

Ojców National Park

Krakow

Although small in size, this national park in Krakow County has more than its fair share of beautiful scenery and statuesque monuments. Its many limestone rocks include the park’s biggest draw, Hercules...

Language

Polish

Currency

Zloty

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

£1.50 / 7.50 zł

48-hour travel card

£5 / 25 zł

Three course meal

£10 / 50 zł

Sightseeing
Hub of the city, Rynek Główny, is teeming with grand architecture, so it’s no surprise this main square is where everyone meets up. If you want to see something even better, Wawel Castle is one of Poland’s most important historical sights. Why not wander up 100 steps to Town Hall Tower, too?
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Eating and drinking
Krakow’s Old Town bars sit within ancient cellars. Try renowned Polish vodka in every flavour you could imagine or sample the local craft beer. Teamed with hearty soup that’s served in a crusty bread bowl, it’s the perfect combo! Along the Royal Route to Wawel Castle, you’ll find the oldest restaurant in the world and a Kraków institution, Wierzynek.
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Shopping
The cream-coloured Cloth Hall buzzes with life, and it’s filled with flower stalls, espresso cafés and traditional handicrafts. It’s a bargain-hunter’s heaven, so get trawling the markets. Alternatively, Royal Road cuts into the Old Town and has an impressive array of antique shops and stores selling art.
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Getting around
Kraków Old Town is an enticing site to explore on foot, especially as the majority of its streets are completely pedestrianised. The city is served by bus and tram networks where services run frequently throughout the day. If you’re looking for a more unusual mode of transport, why not hop on an electric scooter or horse-drawn carriage?
November 2020 – January 2021 – Christmas Markets
Shop for baubles and tinkling tree decorations, feast on local treats, and soak up the air of total magic in the square.
31 December 2020 – New Year’s Concert
See in the New Year in style. The firework displays are enough to warm your cockles on this chilly final night of the year, but don’t miss the bar parties afterwards.
Please note, the event dates above are just a guide and could be subject to change.
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