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Krakow
Travel Guide

Wawel Castle featuring a city, heritage architecture and château or palace

The former capital of Poland is famous for itsarchitectural splendour, exciting modern art and a fascinating history, withcastles, ruins and museums. Known for its turbulent history, and as one of theoldest cities in Poland, Krakow's museums, housedin former decadent palaces of the Renaissance, are full of royal treasures andtell the city’s storied history. But Krakow livesas much in the present as in the past, and has active contemporary art circles,hip weekend markets and a vibrant nightlife.

The city is more than 750 years old and for fivecenturies it was the capital of Poland. Successive generations of monarchsbuilt castles and cathedrals and gave the city a royal prestige that now youcan still recognize.

It is not difficult to find your way around Krakow,thanks to the reliable network of trams and buses. Many of the main attractionsare located within the compact Old Town and are easy to explore on foot. In theornate St. Mary's Church you'll find one of the most spectacular altarpieces inEurope and the old city gate, the Barbican, is one of the most impressivesights in the park.

The WawelCastle is perched high above the city, a castle that has protected Krakowagainst intruders since the 16th Century. Nowadays, the castleinstead displays its stately halls, exhibitions of lavish jewelry and armor collections.For more about Krakow’s storied history, visit thehistoric WawelCathedral and Dragon’sDen, a limestone cave which, according to legend, a dragon oncecalled home.

Krakow's history isintertwined with that of the Jewish community. Visit the OskarSchindler Factory, made famous by the film Schindler's List by StevenSpielberg, to learn more about their struggles during the Second World War. Theformer factory has been converted into a large museum with Holocaust imagesthat you’ll not soon forget. The GaliciaJewish Museum shares what it’s like to be Jewish in contemporary Krakow.

In the summer, the Krakowcity parks alive with outdoor concerts and festivals. Enjoy a picnic in JordanaPark or enjoy a cruise across the city on the River Vistula. In winter you’relikely to see Krakow blanketed by a layer of snow,making the buildings in the historic city exude a romantic atmosphere.

Where to stay in Krakow

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
4 out of 5
3 Medweckiego Street, Balice, Zabierzow
The price is €79 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Wolski Forest, Krakow Canoe Club and Blonia Park. Wawel Castle and Main Market Square are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)
"It is very close to the terminal, has paid onsite parking, nice staff, updated decor, but wifi was terrible."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
Vienna House Easy Cracow
Vienna House Easy Cracow
3 out of 5
Przy Rondzie 2, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is €37 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in the heart of Krakow, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Krakow Opera, Krakow Barbican and St. Mary's Basilica. Main Market Square and Oskar ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)
Nice hotel
"Very comfortable room in a nice part of town."

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2020

Vienna House Easy Cracow
 Hotel Betmanowska Main Square Residence
Hotel Betmanowska Main Square Residence
4 out of 5
Ul. Rynek Glowny 44, Krakow
The price is €75 per night from 2 Jun to 2 Jun
Located in Krakow Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Amber Museum, Main Market Square and St. Mary's Basilica. Cloth Hall and Krakow Barbican are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (999 reviews)
"The Hotel is right in the middle of the main square and ideal for sightseeing and shopping. The rooms were clean and the staff were friendly."

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2020

Hotel Betmanowska Main Square Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Antique Apartments Old Town
Antique Apartments Old Town
3 out of 5
Plac Szczepanski 2/9, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is €33 per night from 26 May to 26 May
This family-friendly Krakow apartment building is located on the Strip, within a 5-minute walk of Palace of Fine Arts, Main Market Square and Cloth Hall. St. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (409 reviews)
lovely hotel in great spot
"great updates from hotel staff,lovely hotel in great spot just off main square close to all restaurants and bars.easy to book trips and taxis,we were in 32A had everything you need washer fridge microwave iron with board, fans in both rooms excellent showeroom ,diffinately use again."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

Antique Apartments Old Town
Aparthotel Best Views Luxury
Aparthotel Best Views Luxury
ul. Zwierzyniecka 29, Krakow
The price is €55 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in Krakow City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Krakow Philharmonic and Dragon's Den. Wawel Castle and Main Market Square are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (112 reviews)
"Great stay in Kraków 👌Fashionable, clean and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

Aparthotel Best Views Luxury
Well Well Aparthotel
Well Well Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
ul. Rózana 21, Krakow
The price is €36 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Krakow City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wawel Castle, Wawel Cathedral and Main Market Square. Town Hall Tower and Cloth Hall ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (209 reviews)
very nice
"another brilliant night"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Well Well Aparthotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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9 Apr 2020

Was looking forward to this trip, but always next year.

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Mar 2020

lovely place

5/5 - Excellent

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17 Mar 2020

Because of the Corona virus we couldn't visit what we wanted to, but we will definitely come back as the city was beautiful & seemed very safe with plenty to do & lovely restaurants.

4/5 - Good

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17 Mar 2020

We were there when all museums were shut then we had 24 hours notice to leave the country before the borders shut, so we had to stop our trip short. But otherwise it was fun!

4/5 - Good

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16 Mar 2020

Krakow especially the old town is beautiful! There are plenty things to see and plenty of places to eat! We stayed for 5 days but could easily see everything in 3!

5/5 - Excellent

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14 Mar 2020

Went for a short city break, Kraków is a lovely city we stayed in the old town just on the square. Location was good with easy walking to restaurants, shops, and other things of interest.