Krakow

Krakow city breaks

Dusted in snow or bathed in sunshine, Krakow's a real beauty that'll sweep you off your feet and be kind to your wallet too. Cobbled roads, medieval houses and grand squares make up the walkable UNESCO-listed Old Town. Getting lost among its warren of backstreets is pure magic, but you'll find extra charm in the dumpling-serving restaurants and dinky vodka bars. Hear that tinkle of jazz? Follow it down into the underground cellar bars for atmospheric live music – it's just the start of Krakow's vibrant nightlife scene. Over in Kazimierz, the former Jewish Quarter, synagogues, flea markets and edgy bars steal the spotlight. When you're not exploring these culture-stuffed areas, venture out for day trips to remember. Auschwitz and the Wieliczka Salt Mine should be top of your list.

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.

Buzzy bars and pubs

Buzzy bars and pubs

Krakow’s good looks don’t just win hearts – its great value nightlife does too! Along with underground music venues, hidden cafés, candle-lit cocktail bars and grand pubs, you’ll find vodka bars dotted everywhere. Get cosy and order a paddle of Poland’s favourite tipple in various different flavours.

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  • Great for sightseeing
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  • Ideal for sightseeing
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Krakow Christmas markets
Krakow’s even more magical at Christmastime. Rynek Główny, the Old Town’s main square, transforms into a wonderland. Tuck into smoky cheese delights, nibble on churros and wrap your hands around a mug of mulled wine as you explore the quaint stalls selling lovely local gifts. Beyond, you’ll find cobbled lanes dusted in snow and lit up in colourful fashion.
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Visit Auschwitz

Visit Auschwitz

Krakow

Just an hour’s drive out of the city, you’ll find the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Across the two camps, you can learn of the harrowing events that took place here during World War II. Stories are sensitively...
Energylandia

Energylandia

Krakow

Fancy an action-packed day out to one of Poland’s best plots? With over 123 attractions, Energylandia has something for everyone. We’re talking rollercoasters and water slides, plus stunt shows and special...
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...

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Polish

Currency

Zloty (zł)

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+1hr

Local beer

£3.00

One way local travel ticket

£1

Meal for two

£37.60

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 teeming with excellent places to eat. Go local style and sample delicious dumplings, beetroot soup and duck in a rich plum sauce. Look out for the famous milk bars for a really traditional experience. But the city’s culinary scene is ever-growing, with lots of vegan spots popping up.
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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?
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