Cracow is truly a magical city. With its rich history and unforgettable places, Cracow is considered one of the pearls of Central Europe. A city of incredible architectural monuments and buildings, valuable art, legendary beer cellars and an actual fire-breathing dragon, Cracow is a city where anyone will find something to admire.
Probably the most famous tourist attraction in Cracow. The majestic castle on a hill has been a residence of Polish kings for many years. Wawel is today an interesting museum with several exhibitions open permanently to the public, including the armoury, chambers and exquisite cathedral. One of the greatest sights of Wawel Castle is a Dragon’s Den, a cave where the legendary dragon still breathes fire. According to some on Wawel castle, you can also find chakra - one of the world's main centres of spiritual energy.
The very heart of Cracow, Old Town has been the central district of the city for a thousand years. It is a vibrant space, with many restaurants, bars and an unforgettable atmosphere. Old Town's Main Square (Rynek Główny) is the largest plaza of medieval Europe, in which stand two architectural masterpieces - Sukiennice and gothic St. Mary’s Basilica. Packed with beautiful churches and gorgeous architecture, but also with ambient cafes and lively bars and pubs, it doesn’t stop to attract tourists and locals that spend here their free time. Kraków Main Square with its surroundings - the Old Town - has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. You can’t miss visiting this spot, especially in the evening, when everything is light up, magical and full of a bit tipsy, though friendly people.
A historical district, that has been a separate town up until the early 19th century. Set within walking distance of the Old Town, the historic Jewish Quarter of Kraków was once a separate city on its own rights, inhabited mostly by the Jewish population. Today it is a lively district marked with cultural and artistic activity. With its narrow streets, old synagogues, ingenious cafes and the most delicious zapiekankas in town, it attracts all people who consider Main Square too mainstream.
Schindler’s Factory Museum
The story of Oskar Schindler has been brought to audiences across the world by Steven Spielberg's famous film Schindler’s List. Schindler’s Factory Museum is a celebration of Schindler and his employes, as well as a story about Cracow and its inhabitants, both Polish and Jewish, during World War II. It is considered one of the best museums in Poland, with exhibitions honouring bravery in times of tragedy. An exhibition combines period artefacts, photos and documents with multimedia and set-piece arrangements in an attempt to create a full-immersion experience. Warning, highly addictive content! Be prepared to spend there at least three hours of your life!
Built as a monument for Tadeusz Kościuszko, a heroic fighter of Poland’s independence, Kościuszko Mound is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Cracow. Situated in a beautiful district, it offers an energizing walk up the mound as well as a breathtaking view of the city and faraway Tatra mountains.
Just outside the city centre, Zakrzówek is a perfect place to relax or have a summer barbecue. It is a beautiful reservoir which with its clearest, blue water brings you closer with nature. Zakrzówek also offers opportunities in a variety of sports, such as scuba diving and many bicycle paths.
String of Beer Cellars
Spread out over Cracow, beer cellars offer traditional food and drinks and are a glimpse into Cracow’s nightlife.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Inscribed on UNESCO List, the mine is a product of work of tens of generations of miners and has already been visited by over 43 millions of tourists! Magnificent chambers chiselled out in rock salt, amazing underground saline lakes, majestic timber constructions and unique statues sculpted in salt - that’s what will maybe compensate an effort of walking 350 steps downwards. Don’t worry, you can come back upstairs by elevator.
One hour road from Kraków, a Former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. Make sure you book the tickets before going there, cause it’s not possible at the place.