What to Do in Krakow: Your Ultimate Guide

Krakow, one of Poland’s most enchanting cities, is a blend of medieval charm and vibrant modernity. Known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and bustling cultural scene, Krakow is a must-visit destination. Whether you’re exploring its ancient streets, savoring delicious local cuisine, or immersing yourself in its lively nightlife, there’s always something exciting to do. In this ultimate guide to Krakow, we’ll cover where to sleep, what to see, where to eat and drink, and the best things to do in Krakow.

Where to Sleep
Terrace at the Leonardo Boutique Hotel Krakow City Center

For a comfortable and stylish stay, consider the Leonardo Boutique Hotel Krakow City Center. Located in the heart of the city, this hotel offers modern amenities and easy access to Krakow’s main attractions. With cozy rooms and exceptional service, it’s an excellent base for your Krakow itinerary.

Alternatively, the Leonardo Boutique Hotel Krakow Old Town is perfect for those wanting to be closer to the historic center. With its charming decor and proximity to iconic landmarks, this hotel provides a delightful blend of comfort and convenience.

What to See
St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow

St. Mary’s Basilica: Begin your exploration at St. Mary’s Basilica, an architectural masterpiece located in the Main Market Square. Famous for its stunning wooden altarpiece and the trumpet call played every hour from its towers, this Gothic church is a symbol of Krakow’s rich heritage.

Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory: Next, visit Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, a museum dedicated to the history of Krakow during World War II. This powerful museum provides an in-depth look at the impact of the war on the city and its inhabitants, with poignant exhibits and historical artifacts.

Market Square, Krakow

Market Square: Krakow’s Market Square, the largest medieval square in Europe, is the vibrant heart of the city. Surrounded by historic buildings, shops, cafes, and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to soak in the lively atmosphere, enjoy street performances, and explore the Cloth Hall.

The Jewish Quarter: Don’t miss the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz), a historic district filled with synagogues, museums, and a thriving cultural scene. Wander through its cobblestone streets, visit the Galicia Jewish Museum, and enjoy the area’s eclectic mix of cafes, bars, and shops.

What to Do
Old Town, Krakow

Explore Old Town: Stroll through Krakow’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with historic buildings, charming squares, and narrow streets. Don’t miss the beautiful Wawel Castle and the many churches and museums scattered throughout the area.

Go up the Town Hall Tower: For a panoramic view of the city, climb the Town Hall Tower in Market Square. The climb is a bit steep, but the view from the top is breathtaking and well worth the effort.

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

Explore Wieliczka Salt Mine: A short 30-min-away trip from Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is an incredible underground labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, and sculptures carved from salt. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers fascinating guided tours and is a highlight of any visit to Krakow.

What to Eat

Pierogies: For an authentic taste of Polish cuisine, head to Morskie Oko and indulge in traditional pierogies. These delicious dumplings, filled with various ingredients like meat, cheese, and mushrooms, are a must-try.

Bigos: Another local favorite is bigos, a hearty hunter’s stew made with cabbage, meat, and sausages. Polakowski Restaurant serves a fantastic version of this classic dish, offering a true taste of Polish home cooking.

Golabki (Cabbage Rolls): Experience the culinary delight of golabki, cabbage rolls stuffed with meat and rice, at Pod Nosem restaurant. This Michelin-recommended restaurant combines traditional recipes with modern culinary techniques for an unforgettable dining experience.

Where to Drink
Weźże Krafta, Krakow. Image courtesy of Weźże Krafta.

Weźże Krafta: Beer lovers should not miss Weźże Krafta, located in an old tobacco factory. This spacious beer hall offers a selection of 20-25 different craft beers, mostly from local breweries. During the summer, you can enjoy your beer in the garden, making it a perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Forum Przestrzenie: This beloved by locals place, located next to the riverbank inside an abandoned hotel, is the epitome of Krakow’s hipster culture. With a mix of pubs and bars, fantastic coffee, and a diverse food menu catering to vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters, Forum is a vibrant place to hang out. In summer, join the locals along the riverbank with a cold drink, and in winter, cozy up next to the fireplace.

Krakow is a city that captivates with its historical charm, culinary delights, and vibrant culture. Whether you’re exploring iconic landmarks, enjoying local cuisine, or relaxing in unique bars, there’s no shortage of best things to do in Krakow.

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