Things to do in Krakow

Poland’s Jewel in the Crown – Krakow

Krakow, (Kraków), well-known for its precious ancient monuments of culture and art, is Poland’s former majestic capital and one of the most striking spots for tourism.

There are always a lot of fun things to do in Krakow while on vacation in the city situated on the Vistula River.
Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland and it has traditionally been amongst the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland’s most vital economic centres.
All this adds up to a great holiday destination!


Things to do in Krakow

Besides history, art and an air all of its own, Krakow offers tourists entertainment and leisure: theatres, cabaret, clubs, cafes, bars, wine cellars and restaurants have something to offer everyone. International festivals and other events are held almost continuously throughout the year.


Krakow Nightlife and Bars

If you believe the urban legend, Krakow has the most number of bars in the world. Bars can be found stretching from the Old Town to Kazimierz and beyond. Tourists flock here to get a taste of the best wines and fun that it has to offer!


Krakow Shopping

You only need Krakow’s Market Square for all of your souvenir shopping. There are plenty of stalls offering trinkets and tasty snacks. Shopping malls include Galeria Krakowska and Galeria Kazimierz. These have boutiques, shoe stores, coffee shops, drugstores and other outlets.


Wawel Castle

The Wawel Castle is a renaissance castle and is one of Europe’s hand-picked models of Renaissance architecture in Poland. It is a must-see site and most tourists include it in their visit. Its key attractions include the King’s Representative Chambers, the King’s Private Chambers, the Crown Treasury and Armoury, an archaeological exhibition ”The Lost Wawel” and the ”Art of the East” exhibition.


Krakow Zoo

It is often said that you can get to know the nation by how well they treat their animals, and if this is true, then Poland must be amongst the best. Krakow has an excellent zoo, located in the Las Wolski. It’s of convenient size, with open areas for the larger mammals, aviaries for the feathered friends. If you are an animal lover, then this is where you should land!


Krakow Film Festival

The Krakow Film Festival is one of Europe’s prized arts and culture events, devoted to documentaries, animations and other short films. It was founded in 1961.


Best time to visit Krakow

Regardeless of when you visit the city there will always be a lot of fun things to do in Krakow! Many consider June to be the best time to be at Krakow, it is the month that hosts a number of festivals like Jewish Culture Festival, ArtBoom Festival, Selector, Wianki and many others.
The International Krakow Film Festival is around May and that is a must see event.
Etiuda & Anima, Bajit Chadasz and the Christmas Market are the spotlights during winter.


Things to do in Krakow

Krakow Facts

Population758 334
AirportBalice, Poland (KRK)

Krakow average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Krakow - Auschwitz and Birkenau

The Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz Birkenau operated during World War II as the principal camp established by Nazi Germany, where Jewish people were tortured and killed for their so-called racial origins. Due to the massive historical importance of this site, Auschwitz Birkenau is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to this concentration camp is most valuable with a guide to explain the site.

Historic Centre of Kraków

Situated at the foot of the Royal Waewl Castle, the historic centre of Cracow is what remains of the 13th century merchant town, containing the largest market square in Europe. This commercial importance plus the many historical buildings such as palaces and churches are the reasons why the historic centre of Cracow is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Krakow Opera House

The Kraków Opera as an institution was founded in postwar Kraków in 1954, but for dozens of years it lacked its own premises. For this reason, performances took place in historic interiors, monuments and even natural areas of the city such as the performances of Madama Butterfly in the Wieliczka Salt Mine in 2003. In autumn 2008, the New House Kraków Opera opened its doors, containing three theatres and a restaurant and designed in modern style visible in its glass-covered walls.

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Golf in Krakow

If you are looking for great golf courses in Krakow, there are two that sticks out. First, the Krakow Valley Golf Club. It is a modern 18 hole golf course designed by the famous golf architect Ronald Fream. The course is surrounded by a dense forest and features many different distances so that both professionals and amateurs can get a great experience. If you have time for more than one round of golf, don't miss out on Royal Krakow Golf & Country Club, located in the hills of 'Puszcza Niepolomice', hunting grounds of the historic Jagielonian Kings. It is a course made for championships, so the course can be very fun if you are a golfer that is up for the challenge.

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