Krakow is a city of hidden gems that mix Polish traditions with modernity. Whether you are looking for an authentic cultural experience, historical sightseeing or just want to take some time out to relax, Krakow has it all.
Here are our top 10 things to do on your next visit to Krakow.
1) St Mary’s Basilica
Located in the Main Square of Krakow, the St Mary’s Basilica is a stunning example of Gothic architecture. The interior features beautiful stained glass windows and vibrant polychrome decorations. You can also climb up to the top of the bell tower to get some incredible views of the city.
2) Wawel Cathedral
The Wawel Cathedral is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and stands tall atop Wawel Hill. The cathedral is a vital part of the city’s heritage, and the impressive interior is breathtaking, with its marble pillars and stunning ceiling frescoes. Be sure to take a guided tour to learn about the complex history of the cathedral as well as the Polish monarchy.
3) Kazimierz Jewish Quarter
The Kazimierz Jewish Quarter is a cultural hub that has been attractively restored to embody the Jewish heritage of the city. This place was once a ghetto during World War II and has transitioned over the years into one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Krakow. Explore the narrow streets, taste traditional Jewish food and drink, and witness the stunning synagogues and Jewish Museum.
4) Wawel Royal Castle
The Wawel Royal Castle is an architectural gem that served as the residence of Polish monarchs from the 11th century to the end of the 16th century. The castle defends from the gothic, renaissance and even baroque styles. The castle is one of the most visited attractions of Krakow and features artwork, furnishings, and collections from the royal collections of Poland.
5) Rynek Underground
The Rynek Underground is a fantastic exhibition that shows the historical subterranean world of market square of Krakow. The exhibition transports visitors back to the medieval era when the merchants used to trade items here. The exhibition is so unique and interactive that it makes it one of the must-visit places of Krakow.
6) Planty Park
The Planty Park is an excellent place to take a break from sightseeing and relax in nature. The park surrounds the Old Town of Krakow and has numerous winding pathways, benches and some picturesque views. It’s a great place for a picnic, stroll or jog.
7) St Florian’s Gate
The St Florian’s Gate is an important element of Krakow’s history and cultural heritage. The gate is a symbol of the Former Warsaw and Old Polish (Galicia Region). It has survived various World Wars and still stands tall in the heart of Krakow’s Old Town.
8) Cloth Hall
The Cloth Hall is situated in the heart of the Main Square, is a historical trade center of the city. The Renaissance-style hall dates back to the 14th century and was a place where merchants used to sell their goods. The hall is now home to several cafes, art shops, and small boutiques.
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