Boasting a rich history, fairytale architecture and pulsing nightlife, Krakow is one of the most fascinating medieval cities in Europe. Its soaring Gothic spires and cobblestone streets reveal numerous cultural attractions, while its World Heritage-listed neighbourhoods and colourful basilicas mesmerise all travellers.
Things to do in Krakow
Stroll through the historic centre of Krakow to browse quaint shops and restaurants. Home to the Main Market Square, it’s the largest medieval market square in Europe. Head to the Rynek Underground Museum to discover an interactive archaeological museum with holograms and historic artefacts beneath the market square.
For a dose of culture, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kazimierz neighbourhood, once the centre for Jewish life for over 500 years. This historic Jewish quarter offers insight into the local culture, serving as a creative centre lined with colourful street art, coffee shops, bars, museums and art galleries.
Admire the Gothic-style St. Mary’s Basilica, one of the most important religious structures in the country dating back to the 13th century. History enthusiasts should also stop at St. Francis’ Basilica. This Art Nouveau church was built in the 13th century and features beautiful stained-glass windows.
For a moving experience, head to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum to learn more about the Holocaust. You can also visit the Oskar Schindler Museum to learn about Oskar Schindler’s role in saving the lives of persecuted Jews in World War II.
Getting around Krakow
The easiest way to explore Krakow is on foot, while the city is serviced by an extensive network of buses and trams. Krakow Airport is located about 12 kilometres from the city centre, accessible by bus, train or taxi.