Krakow

Travel Guide
Wawel Castle showing a castle, heritage architecture and a city
Poland’s former capital is known for its architectural splendor, exciting contemporary art and fascinating history, with castles, ruins and museums around the city.

Krakow is known for its turbulent history as one of the oldest cities in Poland. Its museums, housed in former castles and decadent Renaissance palaces, are filled with royal treasures and Holocaust reminders. But Krakow lives as much in the present as it does in the past, with a thriving contemporary arts scene, weekend markets and a lively nightlife.

The city is more than 750 years old for five centuries it was Poland’s capital. Successive generations of monarchs constructed castles and cathedrals and instilled a regal air that’s still evident today.

Getting around is easy thanks to a reliable network of trams and buses. Many of the major attractions are located within the compact and easily walkable Old Town (Stare Miasto) district. Visit the decorative St. Mary’s Basilica, which houses one of the most spectacular altarpieces in Europe. Take a walk around the Planty gardens that lie where the old town walls once stood. The old town gate, the Barbikan, is one of the most impressive sights in the park.

Towering above the city is Wawel Castle. This castle has protected Krakow from invaders since the 16th century, and today houses stately rooms, displays of opulent jewels and collections of armor. While here visit the monumental Wawel Cathedral and the Dragon’s Den, a limestone cave where legend says a dragon once lived. 

Krakow’s history is intertwined with its Jewish community. Learn about this history at Oskar Schindler’s Factory, which found fame as the subject of the Steven Spielberg movie, Schindler’s List. The former factory has been turned into a comprehensive museum with haunting displays about the Holocaust. Head to the Galicia Jewish Museum, where photographs tell the story of what it means to be Jewish in modern-day Krakow.

In summer Krakow’s city parks come to life with open-air concerts and festivals. Picnic in Jordan Park or take a cruise on the Vistula River that cuts through the city. In winter, see Krakow covered in a layer of snow, giving the buildings of the Old Town a romantic air. 

Where to stay in Krakow

Hampton by Hilton Krakow Airport
Hampton by Hilton Krakow Airport
3 out of 5
Kapitana M. Medweckiego str. 22, Balice, Krakow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, 32-083
The price is NT$2,002 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, a free airport shuttle, and a 24-hour fitness center. Popular attractions Main Market ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
"New, clean, nice staff."

Reviewed on 2022/6/28

Hampton by Hilton Krakow Airport
Hotel Unicus Palace
Hotel Unicus Palace
5 out of 5
ul. Florianska 28, Krakow, Lesser Poland, 31-020
The price is NT$4,483 per night from Jul 21 to Jul 22
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (627 reviews)
"All excellent from check in till check out"

Reviewed on 2022/5/24

Hotel Unicus Palace
Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
4 out of 5
3 Medweckiego Street, Balice, Zabierzow, 32-083
The price is NT$2,886 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Zabierzow. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (976 reviews)
"Very good and convenient."

Reviewed on 2022/6/14

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Rynek Glowny 11, Krakow, Lesser Poland, 31-042
The price is NT$1,992 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,031 reviews)
"Great Hotel in heart of Kraków."

Reviewed on 2022/6/23

Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Aparthotel Stare Miasto
Aparthotel Stare Miasto
4 out of 5
Ul. Golebia 2, Krakow, Lesser Poland, 31-007
The price is NT$2,389 per night from Jul 21 to Jul 22
Stay at this 4-star boutique aparthotel in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"Perfect location and room. 24 hours concierge both courteous and efficient. A worthwhile alternative to luxury hotel."

Reviewed on 2022/6/26

Aparthotel Stare Miasto
Apartamenty Bracka 6
Apartamenty Bracka 6
4 out of 5
Bracka 6/6, Krakow, Lesser Poland, 31-005
The price is NT$2,625 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Krakow. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (455 reviews)
"The room was very clean and comfortable. Great bathroom. Excellent location. We really enjoyed our stay. The two negatives were parking and noise. The hotel doesn’t have parking and there is no street parking in the vicinity. It was a challenge to find overnight parking for our car and I would not ..."

Reviewed on 2022/6/12

Apartamenty Bracka 6
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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