Once the capital of Poland, Krakow is a charismatic old city boasting the largest medieval town square in Europe - the ideal location for a holiday full of discoveries.
A tour of Krakow, Poland should start at the city’s Main Market Square where there are a number of restaurants, cafes and bars to enjoy, together with the landmarks of St Mary’s Basilica, Sukiennice and St Adalbert’s Church. The buildings and palaces that surround the square are very old, with some dating back to the 13th century. There are a great many wonders to behold on a Krakow holiday, with an abundance of intricate architecture, stunning scenery and a rich cultural heritage.
From milk bars to chic restaurants, the city offers tasty delights to all visitors - and being famous for its vodkas and beers, there is an amazing array of drinking locations to enjoy. With many restaurants serving a range of traditional Polish dishes to a selection of international favourites, you can decide whether you want to experience an authentic Polish getaway or delight in some home comforts.
There are more than 40 public parks in Krakow which are great for the whole family, with playgrounds, historic gardens and various outdoor sport activities on offer.
A visit to Wawel Royal Castle should not be missed, but to enjoy some of Krakow’s most impressive scenery, travel via Kanonicza Street for the most mesmerising route.
Krakow's Main Market Square
The Sukiennice on the Main Market Square is a magnificent landmark once used to entertain Prince Charles, and is now often home to market stalls selling an assortment of textiles and local crafts – perfect for finding a little trinket to take back home.
The architectural gem of the 13th century St Mary’s Basilica is also on the Main Market Square. Its trumpet signal can be heard every hour and plays as a reminder to the 13th century trumpeter who was shot in the throat whilst sounding the warning signal for the Mongol attack on the city. With an appearance on the popular film Schlinder’s List and an imposing façade and captivating interior, it is well worth a visit. For more inspiration on things to do in Krakow, check out our guide.
Cultural holidays in Krakow
On a holiday to Krakow there is an abundance of cultural attractions. A trip to the Royal Wawel Castle, Krakow’s UNESCO World Heritage site should not be missed. Open almost every day, visitors will be captivated by its state rooms, royal private apartments, treasury and armoury and art exhibitions or, for some picturesque scenery, take a tour of the vibrant gardens. Also worth a visit whilst at Wawel is the Cathedral, tombs and the museum. Ticket prices start from around 14 Zloty per person.
There are many museums and galleries to explore in Krakow too, including the National Museum on Maja Street, The Czartoryskis Museum on Jana Street which is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine”, and the City of Krakow Historical Museum – to name a few!
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