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Krakow
Travel Guide

Wawel Castle featuring a city, heritage architecture and château or palace

Cathedrals, ancient synagogues, palaces, parks and even a dragon’s den make the former Polish capital one of the most fascinating European cities to explore.

Dating back to the seventh century, Krakow is among the oldest cities in Poland. The palaces and castles that were once home to the nation’s rulers and royal families have been converted to museums and are ideal places to learn about the city’s often troubled past. For five centuries Krakow was the Polish capital and while the monarchs may have left, their legacy can still be seen throughout the regal city.

History is just one of Krakow's draws: the progressive city is also home to an exciting contemporary arts community, colourful weekend markets and a fascinating underground nightlife.

Krakow’s efficient public transport system makes crossing the city easy, but many attractions are just a short walk from the city centre. See the beautiful St. Mary’s Basilica, home to one of Europe’s most revered altarpieces, or wander through the Planty gardens that once marked the city’s border. In the centre of the park you’ll find the Barbikan, once the entrance to Krakow.

Throughout the city are great vantage spots to photograph the Wawel Castle that looms above Krakow. Visit the castle to see its stately interior and a collection of military relics or to see the enormous Wawel Cathedral. Legend has it that a dragon once lived below in the limestone cave known as the Dragon’s Den.

Krakow’s Jewish influences are evident throughout the city; its often-painful history can be discovered at Oskar Schindler’s Factory. After rising to international fame following the release of Stephen Spielberg’s movie, Schindler’s List, the factory was converted into a dedicated museum that outlines the haunting events of the Holocaust. The nearby Galicia Jewish Museum takes you on a fascinating photographic journey through the contemporary Jewish community in Krakow.

When dusted with snow, the picturesque city looks like something from a fairy tale. In the warmer months Krakow’s parks become central meeting places, home to open-air concerts and arts festivals. Pack a picnic lunch and head to Jordan Park or go on a boat for a tour of the Vistula River that splits the city in half.

Where to stay in Krakow

Amber Design Residence
Amber Design Residence
4 out of 5
ul. Sw. Marka 35, Krakow
The price is NZ$90 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
Located in Krakow Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Planty Park, Krakow Barbican and St. Mary's Basilica. Cloth Hall and Main Market Square ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (358 reviews)
Great Stay
"Really pleasant stay, great location near to old town with plenty of places to eat and drink within 5/10 minutes walk. Hotel was clean and comfortable, staff friendly and helpful. Would stay again."

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2020

Amber Design Residence
Lwowska 1
Lwowska 1
4 out of 5
ul. Lwowska 1, Krakow
The price is NZ$92 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Located in Podgorze, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ghetto Heroes Square and Oskar Schindler Factory. Main Market Square and Wawel Castle are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (320 reviews)
Good value, good location - recommended
"Great hotel that is very new and close by other attractions. The service was okay and we would come back here whenever we come to Kraków again."

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2020

Lwowska 1
Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport
4 out of 5
3 Medweckiego Street, Balice, Zabierzow
The price is NZ$135 per night from 26 Jun. to 26 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Wolski Forest, Krakow Canoe Club and Blonia Park. Wawel Castle and Main Market Square are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (987 reviews)
"It is very close to the terminal, has paid onsite parking, nice staff, updated decor, but wifi was terrible."

Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2021

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.
Vanilla Aparthotel
Vanilla Aparthotel
4 out of 5
ul. Bobrzynskiego 33, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is NZ$81 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
This family-friendly Krakow aparthotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and ICE Krakow Congress Centre. Jagiellonian ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (127 reviews)
"Worked like clockwork.. pickup from airport very smooth all good"

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2019

Vanilla Aparthotel
Too-good Apartments
Too-good Apartments
4 out of 5
sw. Jana 18, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is NZ$90 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
Located in Krakow Old Town, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica and Main Market Square. Krakow Barbican and Wawel Castle ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (116 reviews)
"Lovely apartment, in great location."

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2020

Too-good Apartments
Aparthotel Best Views Luxury
Aparthotel Best Views Luxury
ul. Zwierzyniecka 29, Krakow
The price is NZ$105 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Located in Krakow City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Krakow Philharmonic and Dragon's Den. Wawel Castle and Main Market Square are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (112 reviews)
"Great stay in Kraków 👌Fashionable, clean and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2020

Aparthotel Best Views Luxury
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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