Things to Do in Krakow – Essential Tips From Experienced Backpackers

Things to Do in Krakow – Essential Tips From Experienced Backpackers

Krakow is Poland’s most visited city and it’s home to a staggering array of bars, restaurants and unique attractions. Instead of listing them all, we asked the community of backpackers and travel veterans on our Facebook Page to tell us about the best things to do in Krakow. Here’s what they came up with…

Take a Free Walking Tour

things to do in krakowElaine Sook Tin Chin says:

Free Walking Tour Krakow every day at 11am in front of St Mary’s Square! It’s fun and free so it’s not to be missed!

Bartek Kolasa says:

Free walking tour is a perfect option for those who visit Krakow for the first time. There are two volumes of that (1st goes around the Old Town, 2nd is dedicated to Jewish Quarter). says:

On this tour you’ll be taken all around Krakow by a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Some of the sites you’ll visit on the tour include Wawel Castle and Cathedral, the medieval city walls, the former Jewish quarter of Kazimierz and many more. The tour itself is free; however, tips are welcome.

Location: Saint Mary’s Church.
Opening hours: Tours depart daily at 11am.

Visit Auschwitz

Anne-Marie Nault says: things to do in krakow

Do not take an organized tour to Auschwitz, take the local bus.

Kath Catchpole says:

I agree Anne-Marie – Don’t take a tour to Auschwitz or to the salt mine you save so much doing it yourself and you still get a tour for fraction of the cost!

Trent Blomfield says:

As with Anne and Kath but take the mini bus to Auschwitz as they drop you right at the gate (they leave from the bottom ground of the main bus terminal).

Stephen Allen says:

Great city, and great people. Took the trip to Auschwitz in a minibus. Next time I’ll take the local bus to have more time.

Luis Corvini Filho says:

Krakow is the way to Auschwitz!

Austin Eischeid says:

Go to Auschwitz!

Suzanne Scott says:

Definitely go to Auschwitz

Eva Ryan says:

Auschwitz a must says:

The Auschwitz I and Auschwitz-Birkenau sites are where terrible atrocities took place during WWII when these locations were used by the Nazis as concentration camps. Today, visitors are in for a poignant walk around the grounds which includes a look at the barracks where people slept and the gas chambers where they were killed. You can book a package tour of the site or, as pointed out here by our users, you can also get there using public transport.

Location: Oswiecim on national road 933.

Have a wander around Wawel Castle and Cathedral

things to do in krakowOleg Andrushko says:

Don’t forget to hire audio-guide in Wawel Cathedral. You will hear a lot of interesting things

Trent Blomfield says:

Wawel Castle grounds are free to wander through – you have to pay to get into the buildings.

Luiz Ritta says:

You can visit almost all of the rooms of Wawell Castle free of charge on Sundays! Or a Sunday per month! Check it out!! says:

Wawel Castle and Cathedral are some of the most popular attractions here in Krakow. You can take a stroll around the grounds of the Castle for free enjoying the awesome views, pretty flowers, green spaces and more. For 12 zloty, you can head inside Wawel Cathedral. Dating back to 1364, it’s Poland’s most important place of worship and is the final resting place of some Polish royalty along with numerous notable citizens. If you head up to the top of the cathedral you’ll find a bell which, so the story goes, brings good luck to anyone who touches it.

Location: Wawel Hill.

Check out the Kazimierz district

Trent Blomfield says:things to do in krakow

Check out Kazimierz and wander around that district. Head down by the river near Wawel Castle and catch a siesta in the park or go for a walk along it.

Cristobao Gandanoski says:

In the Kazimierz district (the old Jewish district) there is a round small market of typical Polish and Jewish food in a square, look for it and enjoy meal!!

Maria Borzobohata says:

The weather is great right now. Pop in to the Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, for a great Polish beer and some jazz/smooth rock in Alchemia club.

Leigh Spackman says:

Zapiekanki in the Jewish district the shop that always has a line and wodka bar try all the different flavoured vodkas it’s a good start to a night. says:

The Kazimierz district is one of the most well-known neighbourhoods in Krakow. The city’s old Jewish neighbourhood, it was named after King Kazimierz in the 14th century. Today, its cobbled streets are some of the most vibrant streets in Krakow. Have a wander around Plac Nowy and you’ll come across numerous bars and restaurants along with stores and plenty more.

Have a go at the Krakow Valley Golf shooting range

Elektra Vikernes says:

Shooting is really good and cheap at Krakow valley golf, make sure you take public transport though as taxi prices are very expensive. says:

Here a number of different types of weapons can be used at the range’s shooting stations. There are 10 different firing posts here, five for rifles and five for handguns. An instructor accompanies all guests.

Location: Paczoltowice 328.
Opening hours: Mon noon-8pm, Tues-Sun 10am-8pm.

Enjoy the food at Babcia Malina

Katarzyna Dziedzic says:

and eat something at Babcia Malina Bar ;))))

Kamila Podsiadlo says:

If you wanna try best traditional Polish cuisine, check out “U Babci Maliny” opposite the marvellous yellow building of Slowacki Theatre. They offer fantastic food, huge portions and prices next to nothing! says:

Traditional food is the name of the game here in Babcia Malina. The building itself resembles an Polish farmhouse and inside you’ll be able to sample a wide variety of tasty dishes.

Location: ul. Slawkowska 17.

Take a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine

An Gel Ine says:

The salt mine is a must see. Accessible by bus

Steve Pogonowski says:

Check out the Wieliczka salt mine but don’t expect great things: the statues are well worth checking out but the system to get in is totally disorganised and there are queues at every door, lift or main monument once inside. Group tours of the mine are overpriced: it’s easy to catch the 304 bus from the stop near Wawel Castle or from Starowislna Street at the top of the square for only 3 zloty, rather than pay 30 or so for a tour bus says:

Located about 10km from Krakow city centre, the Wieliczka Salt Mine has been in operation for around 900 years. A tour of the salt mine lasts about three hours during which time visitors are given a chance to walk through parts of the mine, check out the museum and much more.

Opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm; tours depart every 30 minutes.

Find some bargains at the city’s markets

Suzanne Scott says:

Check out the market in the middle of the main square for cheap amber!

Silvia Rondoni says:

look for the flea markets and the awesome cheap restaurants around them says:

At the market on Rynek Glówny (the main square in Krakow’s Old Town) you’ll find plenty of kitschy and touristy items for sale from jewellery to mugs emblazoned with the word ‘Krakow’. The city also boats a number of different flea markets including the one beside the Hala Targowa (Market Hall) and the one on Plac Nowy in Kazimierz. Plenty of stalls set up shop at these flea markets and offer up everything from clothes to antiques.

Enjoy some cheap food at Sphinx

Rachael Slaughter says:

There’s a chain restaurant called sphinx that was very yummy and cheap indeed! It’s at the back of the big shopping centre by the station. Next to carrefore, also good for cheap food! says:

Part of a chain of restaurants found in various Polish cities including Krakow and Warsaw, Sphinx is a great choice if you’re looking for large portions of tasty food. On the diverse menu you’ll find everything from pasta dishes to shoaremka (thinly sliced pork or chicken). As well as the great food, you’ll also find that the service is friendly and the prices are very affordable.

Location: Various locations.

Enjoy a pint at Mbassy

Stephen Allen says:

Theres a great Irish pub there called Mbassy. Have live irish music some nights. Great place, planning to back later in 2010. says:

Spread out over three floors this Irish owned and run pub is primarily a sports bar. Dotted around the bar you’ll find 14 big plasma screen TVs showing a wide selection of events including soccer and rugby games plus plenty more. Local beers are served up here alongside a great variety of international tipples.

Location: ul. Stolarska 3.

See a movie at the ARS Cinema

Rachael Slaughter says:

Also go to the ARS cinema by the square. Hilarious name, but fantastic 2 screen old fashioned cinema. 🙂 says:

If you fancy a break from the bar scene here in Krakow, why not head to the ARS Cinema and watch a movie. Here in a funky, old-fashioned atmosphere you’ll be able to see an interesting mix of major new releases and smaller European films.

Location: ul. Jana 6.

Follow any (or all) of the following suggestions

Timmy Sipe says:

the club scene is monstrous in the main square on Fri/Sat night. Good place to have a party. Also, lots of history and beautiful sites to explore during the day. Go get some fresh pierogi from the Jewish district on Sunday afternoon — Delicious!!

Paulina Wójcicka says:

-best ice cream on Statowislna Street
-have a tube of beer in C.K. Browar
-try ‘Zapiekanka’ on Plac Nowy

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