Main Market Square

The vibrant Market Square has been around since 1257 and has always been the main place for commerce and socialization in Krakow. Here you’ll find everything you might expect from a European market but on a grander and more beautiful scale. From mime artists to pigeons to charming sidewalk cafes, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to soak up the culture and enjoy some people watching. You can even fit in some shopping in the world’s oldest shopping mall, the 16th century Cloth Hall.

Wawel Hill, Royal Castle, and the Cathedral

Wawel Castle is a great place to pass part of the day. The State Rooms are a sight to behold with their ornate furnishings and beautiful Flemish tapestries. It’s hard to believe that the rooms once actually served as military barracks. The treasury and armory show off all the extravagance of bygone eras, with their exquisite jewel-encrusted swords among the many treasures on display. The nearby Wawel Cathedral is also impressive, with its many tombs and chapels adorned with sculptures and stained glass. The most famous of these is the tomb of Saint Stanislas, a commanding structure where kings have been crowned in the past.

Museums

Kraków boasts some of the best and priceless collections in Poland. The National Museum in Wawel, the Jagiellonian University Museum, the Jewish Museum, and Oscar Schindler's factory and the Rynek Underground Museum are only some of the museums available to visit during a longer stay in Kraków.

Churches and places of worship

The Gothic St. Mary’s Church is a richly adorned church that leaves a lasting impression on even the most seasoned travelers. The gold-appointed interiors are impressive in their own right, but it is the ornate, colorful wooden altarpiece that was carved by Wit Stwosz with its intricate stained glass backdrop that sets this church apart from the rest of the pack. There are two towers in front, and you can hear the sounds of a trumpet playing from the top of the taller tower every hour. Other equally interesting churches and synagogues can be visited in this magnificent and royal city.

The Vistula Embankments

A scenic space for walking and leisure activities in the heart of the city, at the foot of Wawel Castle. Together with the floodbanks of the Vistula and the Rudawa, they are popular recreation and leisure haunt for locals and tourists alike. Crisscrossed by numerous alleys, they are furnished with cycle paths along the river

Dining and Culture

From the budget milk bars, slow food restaurants, food trucks, and high end dining  Kraków is the place to be. Named the European Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2019, Kraków promises to satisfy any tastes, especially those seeking traditional and regional flavors. As far as the entertainment goes, Kraków is home to countless venues and establishments offering a wide range of experiences from refined to casual.

Kazimierz District

Once independent, the city situated south of Wawel was the hub of Jewish life in Kraków for centuries, and today it is one of the greatest tourist attractions of the city. This section of Kraków is home to seven synagogues, a Jewish museum, and a cemetery that dates back to the 16th century. 

“Wieliczka” Salt Mine

Every year about a million tourists from all over the world visit the famous Wieliczka Salt mine to admire the historical chambers hewn from the living rock salt, as well as salt sculptures, brine lakes, and underground chapels.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Auschwitz, the largest Nazi German death camp, became a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Shoah to the entire world. Operating today on its premises is a museum that at the same time is a memorial of remembrance.

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