City Guide Krakow, Poland

Visiting Krakow

While the rest of the country was being blasted during WWII, Krakow emerged from the war largely unscathed. As a result the city is now home to a unique mix of the old and the new that you won’t find in any other Polish city.

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Krakow City Reviews

  • 90%



    You have to go to Auschwitz. The salt mines where also amazing I took the miners route. The city square is amazing and absolutely genuine. Very cheap city with great architecture and nightlife.

  • 100%



    Great city! Really chilled out place with lots of restaurants and bars especially in the Jewish area. The city has a really nice vibe and is great fun at night.

  • 100%


    Krakow - our new favourite city!

    Never having been to Krakow (or anywhere in Poland before), the 3 of us were unsure of what to expect when we planned to visit Krakow on our Interrail trip, apart from hearing excellent reviews of the city from friends. We were extremely pleased with our time in Krakow and agreed it was our favourite destination on our trip. The city is vibrant and authentic, with lots of modern shops and restaurants but also many historic sights and architecture.

    Insider Tip:The Old Town Square is particularly beautiful both in the day and at night. Recommend taking the day trip to Auschwitz Concentration Camp as this was very insightful and important to see. Also the golf buggy tours around the city are a useful way to see more sights if short on time.

  • 80%


    Very charming city with a lot of history and culture

    We (two students from Germany) stayed in Kraków and Oswiecim/ Auschwitz for four days in June 2014. The historical city centre of Kraków is very beautiful with its old buildings and churches. The main square is a pretty nice place to go to in th evening/ at nights and the entire old town is surrounded by a beautiful green parc. The people are friendly and talk English and the prices are cheap in comparison to Western european countries. There are also many cultural places to go to.

    Insider Tip:Search for hidden bars in backyards or basements in the old city centre. Oskar Schindler's factory (made famous by Steven Spielberg's holocaust drama) is not far away from the centre of Kraków and contains a very interesting exhibition about the occupation of the city during WWII. The Jewish quarter of Kraków is also a really nice place to walk through and to sit in cafés. Trains or busses to Oswiecim (Auschwitz) run various times a day (70km) and are more than reasonable. The KL Auschwitz is beyond word

  • 60%


    Beautiful city

    This city is beautiful...but I think no more than 3 days max is all that is needed in this city: this includes visit Auschwitz, the salt mines, and exploring the old town and Jewish quarters as well as Wawal castle.

    Insider Tip:Wawael castle only sells a certain number of tickets per day, so if that is a must, then plan on going early.

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