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Krakow is known as the cultural capital of Poland and considered one of Europe’s great cultural centres. Because the city survived the Second World War largely unscathed, there are more historic buildings and monuments, as well as a huge collection of artworks, than you’ll find anywhere else in the country. Don’t miss Krakow’s Main Market Square (Rynek) – which is the biggest in Europe!
One of the most popular excursions for visitors is an Auschwitz tour from Krakow, to visit one of the biggest Nazi concentration camps. The camps have been preserved as a memorial to the horrors that took place there, and the surviving prison blocks are now a museum.
This is a sombre but nonetheless important experience which really brings the horrors of the Holocaust into reality, and a must-do when visiting Krakow
Two of Krakow’s most popular sites couldn’t be more different! The town of Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, on the border of Poland and Slovakia is the perfect place to experience Poland’s great outdoors.
Not a fan of heights? Travel underground into the Wieliczka Salt Mine with its giant underground chapel with elaborate carvings in the salt, chandeliers made purely from salt crystals and even an underground museum!
One of Krakow’s most famous “exports” is its former archbishop, Karol Wojtyla, who went on to become the late Pope John Paul II. He is also widely credited as being one of the significant influences in bringing an end to communism. You can find out about his extraordinary life on the John Paul II Remembrance Tour.
Krakow’s former Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, is just outside the Old Town and a must-see if you’re visiting the city! Here you’ll get to see the oldest preserved synagogues in Poland, and you might even recognise some sights from the Oscar-winning movie “Schindler's List” which was filmed in this area.
Approx. 3 hours 30 minutes
Krakow J. Paul Ii International
EU standard, 220 V
Most Krakow attractions are in the Old Town or within easy walking distance, so unless you’re staying outside the centre you should be able to get to most places on foot.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a fairytale when you visit the medieval Old Town of Krakow, with its spiralling gothic towers, bustling market square and enchanting castles.
If you want a city break with a difference, you just can’t miss out on the wonderful things to do in Krakow - after surviving the second world war largely intact, it boasts historic buildings, monuments and artworks than any other city in Poland.
There are plenty of modern Krakow attractions to explore too, with loads of restaurants, bars and clubs to be found down the narrow backstreets, hidden courtyards and underground cellars.