Say hello to... Krakow
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!
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.
Food & Drink
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.
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?
- Nightlife lovers- head down to Krakow's Old Town where you'll find some of the best nightlife in Europe. From fancy cocktail bars to super clubs your bound to find tasty drinks and greatest music
- History lovers- 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?
- Shoppers – 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, Galleria Krakowska offers hundreds of stores all under one roof, this mall has become the go-to choice for shoppers seeking some retail therapy.
Krakow has plenty of visitor hotspots these are just a few of the 'Must do's'
- Wieliczka Salt Mine – Included in the original UNESCO World Heritage Site list, this spectacular mine 135 metres below ground offers a glimpse into the lives of the miners who worked it and its salt extraction techniques. Prepare to lick the walls, if you want, and be amazed at chapels made entirely of rock salt including chandeliers.
- Auschwitz & Birkenau Museum-Located on the outskirts of Krakow, the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum was established by the Polish Government in 1947 on the site on the largest Nazi concentration camp, which was set up in 1940 for prisoners from Poland. From 1942 it became one of the biggest extermination camps for the European Jews.
- Wawel Castle & Cathedral- This Royal Cathedral is a treasure trove of fascinating artefacts, ancient history and impressive Gothic architecture dating back to the 11th century. Step inside and gaze up to the multiple domed roofs before working your way through the knot of tombstones and sarcophagus. The ancient tomb of king Casimir III the Great is a highlight.
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Christmas Markets- December 20-January 21
Shop for baubles and tinkling tree decorations, feast on local treats, and soak up the air of total magic in the square.
New Year Concert- 31st December 2020
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.