Krakow

Krakow city breaks

Admire streets and squares unchanged since medieval times, before mingling with locals by market stalls and in cosy cellar bars. With grand castles, columns and Kazimierz, there’s plenty on the map. All this, plus a dramatic past, means Poland’s second biggest city should be first on your list.

An historical hotspot

An historical hotspot

Take a tour around Kazimierz, the city’s Jewish District, to see the ghetto remnants and the monuments commemorating the events of the 1940s. You can also visit Oskar Schindler’s factory to see where the harrowing film was made, which tells the stories of many Jews. A short bus ride away is the Auschwitz Memorial Museum.

Musical treasures

Musical treasures

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

Take a walk

Take a walk

Kraków soars to super-high temperatures in summer, so you’ve got every excuse to take a wander around the streets. The city also boasts more than meets the eye– the Bernatek footbridge in Kazimierz is a popular spot for couples to fasten a padlock, much like in Paris. This cute tradition is a colourful romantic expression.

No.24 – TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations
Let’s hear a clink for Krakow! This cool, culture-packed Polish city comes in at 24th 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...

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Polish

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Zloty

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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 Śliwowica, a heady plum brandy, or the renowned Polish vodka. Along the Royal Route to Wawel Castle, you’ll find the oldest restaurant in the world and a Kraków institution, Wierzynek. Kazimierz houses bohemian cafés, bars and art galleries, ideal for a night on the tiles.
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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 great majority of its streets have been completely pedestrianised. The city is also served by bus and tram networks and a bike-hire scheme, so there’s no end to getting around with ease.
24 June – 05 August 2018 – Summer Jazz Festival
Running from June to July, Krakow hosts Europe’s biggest jazz festival. There are live sets planned every night, with over 70 performances from jazz musicians from across the world.
July 2018 – International Street Theatre Festival
Get ready to be surprised by this unique theatre festival. Watch avant-garde plays by theatre groups from across Poland, staged in famous squares in the centre of the city.
November 2018 – January 2019 – 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 2018 – 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.
11-22 April 2019 – Easter Markets
Easter is a big celebration in Krakow, so be there to enjoy all the festivities. Browse the Easter market at Rynek Glowny Square from two weeks before. Watch out for the water fights on Easter Monday too!
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