Overwhelm your senses with visions of history, culture, and modernity buzzing to life in the wonderfully cosmopolitan city of Krakow. This gem of a city will ignite your imagination with legends of old, dating back to the 7th Century, nestled alongside the contemporary Poland of today. Krakow perfects the blend of old and new, welcoming tourists into its thriving heart and touching their very soul. Krakow is, in essence, Poland. The place to be.
There is a reason Krakow is the most visited city in Poland, welcoming over 10 million tourists every year. This former royal capital city, situated in the south of Poland by the Vistula River, will draw you to sites such as the impressive Wawel Castle. Pleasant afternoon strolls can be enjoyed with stop-offs to absorb the atmosphere and gaze upon the medieval architecture nestled in a café in the Old Town, perhaps in Rynek Glowny, Europe’s largest market square. Be humbled by twentieth century history in Kazimierz, the former Jewish Quarter whilst knowing you’re walking in the Polish future with lively backstreets and vibrant squares. Dotted with hundreds of restaurants, bars and clubs, Krakow has something to offer every visitor. Come to life whilst visiting this beautiful medieval city that now walks to the beating drum of academia, a young university population, where passion is ignited and memories made.
Wawel Royal Castle
Step back in time, and travel through history and art. Visitors to the Renaissance Wawel Royal Castle, once the thriving centre of Krakow during its time as Poland’s capital, will not be disappointed by this symbol of Polish identity and the State Art Collection. With 5 separate sections, each converging around the central courtyard, each being a valuable experience in itself. Wawel Castle embodies so much that it is the most important historical and cultural site in Poland. Step in the footsteps of former kings at this glorious must-see.
Stand within walls that have seen state coronations and funerals and marvel at the religious and historical setting around you. The Gothic heart extends to other styles in its surrounds, and a wealth of art, history and culture can be explored here. Views over Krakow from the top are worth the climb.
The Main Square – Rynek Glowny
Europe doesn’t get much more impressive for scale than the enormous Rynek Glowny, the largest market square on the continent. Bustling with vibrant life combining the old and the new. Wander or sit surrounded by a cosmopolitan atmosphere that will get under your skin and leave you wanting more.
St Mary’s Basilica
Step aside in the Main Square and you will enter St Mary’s Basilica and suddenly move into a calm and spiritual world of tranquillity. Dominated by two different sized towers, the interior of St Mary’s is truly impressive. The carved wooden altar piece will leave you marvelling at its craftsmanship. You mustn’t miss a climb to the top of the cathedral, where an hourly bugle call from the tallest tower sings out with power over the square below.
Here is our list of things to do in Krakow.