Krakow is a beautiful city in Poland with a rich history and plenty of things to do and see. Here are some of the top things to do in Krakow, according to my personal experience at least!

You can start by exploring the Old Town. Krakow’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to beautiful architecture, charming cafes, and lively squares. Take a stroll through the area and explore the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica, and the Cloth Hall. You will pass by during the race, but you will enjoy it also at a slower pace 🙂

You can take a stroll in Planty Park. This beautiful park encircles Krakow’s Old Town and is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. The park is full of gardens, sculptures, and fountains, and is a popular spot for locals and tourists as well.

Don’t forget to visit the Wawel Royal Castle. This castle is one of the top attractions in Krakow and was once the residence of Polish kings. You can take a guided tour to explore the castle’s beautiful interiors and learn about its history.

You can explore the Jewish Quarter. Krakow’s Jewish Quarter is a vibrant neighborhood full of cafes, restaurants, and shops. You can visit the historic synagogues, explore the Jewish Museum, and pay your respects at the nearby Jewish Cemetery.

Krakow is a great experience for food lovers: the traditional Polish cuisine is delicious, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can try traditional Polish dishes like pierogi, kielbasa, bigos, or the Zurek soup, served in a big round bread instead of a bowl. Be sure to also try the local specialty, obwarzanek, a ring-shaped bread.


Fancy a soup in bread?

Krakow is also a great city to explore by bike, and there are plenty of bike rental shops and guided tours available. You can bike along the Vistula River, explore the city’s parks and gardens, or take a tour of the city’s communist-era architecture. If you are up to it, you can also experience the city by bike.

There are also many remarkable places outside the city:

A must is the visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum: This site is a reminder of the atrocities committed during World War II. You can take a guided tour to learn about the history of the concentration camp and pay your respects to the victims of these atrocities. Although this trip will take a big part of your weekend, it is something unique, hopefully also in the sense of “never happen again”.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: This underground mine is located just outside of Krakow and has been in operation for over 700 years. You can take a guided tour of the mine and see its unique salt formations, underground lakes, and chapels.

Visit the Schindler Factory Museum: This museum is located in the former factory of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved the lives of over 1,000 Jewish workers during World War II, and inspired the famous Spielberg movie “Schindler’s list”.  The museum tells the story of Schindler’s life and the history of Krakow during the war.

In conclusion, Krakow is a beautiful city with plenty of things to see and do. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or just want to enjoy the city’s vibrant atmosphere, there’s something for everyone there.


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