Krakow at a glance
Krakow is a city marked by a glorious and tragic history. Awe inspiring Gothic and Renaissance architecture makes for enchanting cityscapes, while sobering historic sites such as Kazimierz mark where a once thriving Jewish population made the city their cultural centre before the devastating consequences of World War II.
Reigning as the capital of Poland for 500 years enabled Krakow to collect and preserve a wealth of historical artefacts and buildings. Today these historical treasures have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which include the enchanting 14th century Wawel Castle and the Wieliczka salt mines.
There are several famous performing arts theatres in Krakow. The city is also home to a wealth of museums and galleries. The pedestrianized Old Town is a towering history museum all its own with beautiful Gothic structures, a market dating back to the 14th century still in use today and a vibrant, crowding of restaurants, pubs and cafes humming with activity.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Historic Attractions
- Art and culture
- Stunning architecture
The majority of Krakow's historic areas are located within pedestrianized zones, making it easy to get to many of the city’s sites by foot. There is also a thorough network of bus and tram routes throughout the city.
With a pervasive and prominent trade history, it comes as no surprise that Krakow is home to a large variety of shops, markets and shopping centres. Venture to the Old Town for an eclectic mix of stalls selling home-made wares, religious icons, flowers and souvenirs.
Dining in Krakow
Traditional Krakow cuisine consists of foods rich in protein such as sausages, cheeses and potatoes, but a variety of world-wide culinary influences can also be found in the city.
Must-try local dishes:
- Pierogi – dumplings, filled most often with pork, chicken, mushrooms or vegetables
- Golabki – cabbage rolls stuffed with rice and meat such as beef or pork
- Potato pancakes – a popular favourite, often served with sour cream
Osprey Holidays top tips
Explore the magnificent Wawel Cathedral, Poland’s most important church. Walking around the numerous royal sarcophagi is like a tour through Polish history itself.
Also a must for any visitor is Rynek Glowny, the enormous mediaeval square which is the fascinating social and commercial hub of the old town.
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Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Krakow designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Krakow hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 755,546 Languages Polish Currency Polish Zloty Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
- Average temperatures
(monthly highs °C)
- Interesting facts
On cold evenings, visit the Alchemia bar in Nowy Square for great atmosphere and a good selection of drinks and bar snacks.
- Distance from airports
Krakow 11 km
- Railway stations
Dworzec Glówny (Main Station)