If you’re looking for a city break with the right blend of culture, nightlife and quaint surroundings, Krakow is hard to beat. While you can see traces of the city’s WWII history, Poland’s former royal capital is also a celebration of the present. Step onto Europe’s largest medieval town square, explore regal Wawel Castle, and take it all in from a quiet café. Come evening, you’ll have your pick of cabaret bars, theatres, clubs and restaurants.
Things to do
From royal Renaissance architecture to one of Europe’s oldest industrial enterprises, there’s more to this city in the south of Poland than meets the eye. Here are our top recommendations for activities in Krakow, to help make your trip unforgettable.
Lovely Old Town
The city has an Old Town that’s full of character, and a great place to start your time in Krakow is at the Rynek. The market square is one of Europe’s biggest, and there’s lots to see and do in and around it. Gaze up at the impressive buildings before sitting outside with a coffee. It’s a great place to use as a reference point while you’re exploring the city, and it’s also an ideal spot to start an evening out, as there’s plenty of restaurants to choose from.
According to legend, Krakow was founded when mythical ruler Krakus built the city above a dragon’s cave. The cave is said to have been at the foot of Wawel Hill, which nowadays plays host to the National Art Collection, Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral. You can make your way around almost 800,000 art objects at the National Museum, or head below Market Square to the Rynek Underground museum to see an impressive display that celebrates Krakow’s history.
Once you’re worn out from all your sightseeing, settle down for a relaxing meal as you try authentic Polish food like pierogis and borscht. Make sure you prepare yourself for knocking back your vodka straight just like the locals, and once you feel ready make your way to a lively bar and on to a buzzing nightclub to party into the night.