What to Do in Krakow | A Mini Guide

Krakow. It's super easy, inexpensive and chock full of history. Not to mention, it's gorgeous! You want to go there and you need to go there. What I loved most about it was how small it was and how easy it was to navigate! Sometimes travelling to new cities can be daunting, especially when another language is spoken. But Krakow...yeah, it's one of the most stress free cities we've been to and is now in direct competition with our favorite, Prague! So...just go!



In Krakow, there are many things to do but if you have a long weekend you will have plenty of time to mark these items off your list. These are just a few of my suggested 'must dos' while in Krakow!

Chill in the main square
This may seem a little obvious, but sitting in the massive main square and people watching is really enjoyable. And while drinks and food might be slightly more expensive on the square...it's worth the extra cost (and really, it's not that much more). There are tons of restaurants and bars who all have outdoor seating to sit and watch the horse drawn carriages prance about the square. There are also performance artists and vendors, although they haven't grown to the size and number of Prague just yet. There are also plenty of places to sit and hang where you don't have to buy anything, so find a bench and take a seat!






Oskar Schindler's Factory
Absolute Must Do! An excellent museum. This museum has to be one of my all time favorites. And with entry costs at around $4, you can't pass it up. Located south of the Jewish Quarter across the river, it can be about a 20-30 min walk from the main square. But taxis are cheap and can get you there for about 5 bucks. Also, this museum should be seen in conjunction with a tour to Auschwitz. Van and I spent about an hour at the museum. There is a lot to read, a lot of interactive stations and of course, Schindler's office. I also suggest watching the movie before you go. Or you can do like Van and I did and rewatch it when you get home. Such a powerful story. You don't want to miss this.




The List


Walk the Planty
The Planty is easy to get to.....it surrounds the entire Old Town. It is where the medieval moat was around the medieval city walls. Go check out the Barbican, the medieval gatehouse constructed in 1498 that once upon a time protected the city. Walking around the planty in the beginning of Spring was beautiful. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is in the late Spring and Summer! There are plenty of people out and about in the Planty Park so it is another perfect place to sit a people watch. Also, since the park encircles the entire town, it can help you navigate the city! Once you reach the green space, you know you are out of the Old Town. The entire length of the park is only a mere 2.5 miles, so if you need some exercise, it's the perfect place to go for a jog as well!!







Wawel Castle and the Vistula River
While I can't speak on the interior of the Castle walls, walking along the river and the castle walls was quite enjoyable. There is a walkway right on the river and I think the sunsets would be very pretty along the banks. So head down, check it out and go find the fire breathing dragon statue while you're at it!





Churches
Churches, churches, everywhere! There are so many churches in Krakow Old Town. So take your pick and have a glance inside. Even the large tower building that you see in the main square is a church. Just remember to be respectful upon entering as most will probably be in service. I loved wandering around the hidden streets and seeing smaller churches tucked away!




Auschwitz
The most important thing you can see while visiting Krakow is Auschwitz. I will be writing on this later but I think this is a part of history that everyone should visit and experience so that we all can learn. Learn about the horrors. Learn about the lost souls. There are many tour guides that can pick you up from your hotel to drive you to Auschwitz. Van and I chose a private tour, with entry to both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz Birkenau. For a private tour, entrance to both sites, and a English speaking group tour at both, the cost came to about $110 total. The price is much lower for a group bus. Auschwitz is about an hour or so drive from Krakow and this will be an all day excursion.



Other mentionables include, the Underground Museum and the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz). But I guess we will just have to save those for another time! If you have any questions about anything in Krakow, give me a shout! It's a wonderful city to visit!

Have you been to Krakow? What was your favorite part of your visit?

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23 comments

  1. Krakow looks lovely! Poland was never on my bucket list but I have been seriously considering a tour across Eastern Europe lately, mainly because it's so beautiful and cheap ;) we'll see if that really happens but it would be pretty cool :)

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  2. I have no complaints with Eastern Europe so far! And you certainly cannot beat the prices!

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  3. I've always wanted to visit Krakow!!! I'll have to bookmark this for whenever I do get the change to go!

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  4. Poland has never been that high on my list, but after reading all of Sara's post and now yours, it's making a move up! I would love to go to Krakow just for the history... so much history there!

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  5. Eastern europe in general is amazing....and the cheapest for sure! I would love to see more of Poland like Sara did! What an epic trip!

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  6. Eastern europe in general is amazing. But I really loved Krakow! Super relaxed...we could have stayed there for much longer!

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  7. Love! Looks like a place you could just wander and see all kinds of loveliness. That dragon is actually kind of scary looking though.

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  8. this is incredibly gorgeous. I want to go!

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  9. Great post! I keep hearing more and more, and more about Krakow and how amazing it is. For me, I am so glad to hear as it is easy to navigate as I am the worst at getting my bearings in a new place. Beautiful photos too!

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  10. Thanks for sharing these tips! That moat walk looks fantastic :)

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  11. Krakow looks seriously awesome! How was visiting a concentration camp? We're planning to go to Dachau when we visit Munich later this year, but I already get a little weepy looking at the pictures of the empty fields and such. Is it as powerful as I think it's going to be? I just don't want to be that strange tourist bawling her eyes out in the corner while the tour goes on. :/

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  12. um yes... please let me curl up into one of your suitcases on your next visit! :)

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  13. Eastern Europe is quickly becoming my favorite!

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  14. It was the perfect town to leisurely wander! Poland has our hearts!

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  15. Krakow is super easy...you would love it! The town is fairly small and you really can'y get lost. Although you can try like we did! You should check it out, it's a great place to explore!

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  16. The Planty was amazing. I want to go back when it's in full bloom!

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  17. Auschwitz was/is a place that definitely changed something inside of me. I'm having a hard time writing a post on it. But I have been obsessed with ww2 and holocaust history since high school. I really thought that I would cry a little but be able to pay my respects. And I did cry during some points but what shocked me the most was how incredibly overwhelmed I was. Birkenau was massive. Massive is an understatment. I can't even describe it. I basically froze up. I couldn't speak, I couldn't cry....it was so completely overwhelming. I know Dachau was a terrible place as well. I'm not sure what is left of it but it will be a moving experience for sure. Even typing this, I'm again overwhelmed by what we saw.....I had on sunglasses outside near the gas chambers so my tears were hidden, but to stand where hundreds of thousands were murdered...it's just too much to comprehend

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  18. Great ideas and beautiful photos. Would love to go here someday :)

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  19. Thanks Eden! Krakow is such a great place to visit....add it to the list!!

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  20. For some reason, I never though of Krakow as being so pretty! haha...maybe that's totally naive of me though to say that :) Anyways, your photos are all so pretty! Another city to add to my travel/bucket list!

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