Krakow is a gem in the crown of Poland, full of legends, myths and impressive architecture. The city attracts thousands of tourists annually who are drawn to the area for the masses of attractions, traditional Polish welcomes, exceptional eatery options and cost effective leisure.
Krakow is a city that has enticing offerings for all tastes, though the tranquility of the side streets if the Old Town, coupled with the demeanour of some historical and fascinating buildings, makes a visit to this destination an exciting amalgamation of surprises, expectations, traditions and treasures.
Things to do in Krakow
Krakow is a hive of activity and has an abundance of entertainment options to suit all tastes. Whether visitors are interested in Polish and European history, enthusiastic about impressive architecture, hoping to relax with spa treatments or are looking for family days out, this is a destination that is sure to oblige. Some of the city’s top attractions are detailed below.
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Royal Castle is one of Poland’s most important sites and acts as a recognisable symbol of Polish identity. The castle is now a museum that houses a number of artefacts from different areas of interest, including art and armoury.
Dating back to the 16th century, the architecture of the castle draws visitors from across the world and heightens Krakow’s legendary atmosphere.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
This attraction is one of the largest and most widely enjoyed in Poland. Everything within the depths of the mine was carved by hand and this proves to be a fascinating attraction that has a haunting atmosphere. Made up of hundreds of kilometres of tunnels and with perfectly preserved carvings, the mines attract visitors from all areas and is recognised for its healing properties.
Galicia Jewish Museum
A visit to Poland is likely to evoke recognition of the horrors of the Holocaust and Polish history is so closely interlinked with the horrific period in time, that attractions regularly commemorate the victims. The Galicia Jewish Museum acts as a site of remembrance for those who lost their lives in the Holocaust but also serves to celebrate Jewish culture, tradition and history.
The museum is a fascinating attraction for all ages, with interesting artefacts and video evidence, this is sure to be an enlightening and emotive trip.
This interactive museum guides visitors through the history of the Holocaust, with a focus on the efforts of Oskar Schindler, famed for his efforts to save so many potential victims. The museum provides guests with an emotional and intricate journey through the years of World War Two and the occupation of Poland.
Restaurants in Krakow
Krakow is home to multiple restaurants and offers an extensive range of variety for guests. Krakow also has exceptional variety with regards to budgets and guests can be sure of eating well, irrespective of cost. Visitors can enjoy exquisite traditional Polish meals at restaurants such as Marchewka z Groszkiem or Krako Slow Wines.
Alternatively, great steaks and meats are available from Ed Red. Vegetarian diners are well advised to pay a visit to one of Krakow’s most highly regarded vegetarian restaurants, Glonojad.
Places to Stay in Krakow
Krakow is renowned for its versatility in budgets and so accommodation in the city is varied and easily accessible. With large chain hotels such as Radisson and Hilton through to self-service apartments in the centre of the town, there is sure to be the perfect accommodation option for you.
Guests who embrace the opportunity to stay in an old fashioned hotel, with historic decor are sure to enjoy Krakow’s Grand Hotel and for those looking for modernity, the Qubus Hotel is superbly located and excellent value.
Alternatively, Krakow is home to a multitude of apartments and privately let rooms and homes. This provides an excellent opportunity for a ‘home-from-home’ feel and encourages guests to absorb their surroundings at full leisure.