Krakow Pocket Guide

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Remarkably unscathed during both World Wars, and extremely pleasing on the eye, it's no wonder that Krakow is Poland's most visited city. The Polish capital until 1596, the cobbled squares, churches and mosques, and gothic architecture are what draw thousands of visitors year after year. Krakow also boasts countless jazz clubs, whetting the appetite of live music lovers from both home and abroad.

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  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Krakow.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Krakow... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Krakow.

Krakow City Reviews

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    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.

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    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.

  • 90%



    Krakow is a beautiful town in southern Poland. Unspoilt, cheap and extremely lively. Beautiful churches and friendly locals.

    Insider Tip:Chimera restaurant is incredible. A 3 course meal and drinks (including tip) for about £20. Sensational!

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