10 Best Things To Do in Krakow

Ever dreamt of stepping into a fairy-tale city that’s bursting with history, culture, and architectural wonders? Pack your bags for Krakow, one of Poland’s most enchanting destinations, and let us guide you through the top 10 unforgettable experiences this city has to offer.

Royal Wawel Castle Krakow

1. Wawel Castle: Live a Royal Tale

Perched majestically on the banks of the Vistula River, Wawel Castle serves as a resplendent testament to Poland’s illustrious and captivating history. This awe-inspiring architectural marvel seamlessly blends elements of medieval, renaissance, and baroque styles, showcasing the evolution of Polish design throughout the centuries.

As you step inside, you are transported back in time to the grandeur and opulence that once graced the halls of this majestic fortress.

Once the residence of Polish Kings, Wawel Castle now serves as a captivating museum, offering a fascinating glimpse into the nation’s history. Explore the intriguing exhibits that showcase Poland’s cultural heritage, from regal treasures to captivating artworks. Each room holds secrets and stories, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant narrative of Poland’s past.

A visit to Wawel Castle is like turning the pages of a vibrant historical tapestry, where every detail tells a tale of triumph, tragedy, and resilience. Discover the legends that surround this UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the intricate craftsmanship that went into its creation. From the towering spires to the ornate interiors, every inch of Wawel Castle exudes an undeniable sense of grandeur and significance.

Whether you are a history enthusiast, an architecture lover, or simply seeking a captivating experience, Wawel Castle offers a truly unforgettable journey through Poland’s extraordinary heritage. Step inside and be transported to a bygone era, where the echoes of the past intertwine with the present, creating an atmosphere of awe and admiration.

Krakow, Poland

2. Cloth Hall: Shop in Medieval Style

Experience shopping like never before at Cloth Hall, a remarkable architectural masterpiece and the world’s first shopping mall dating back to the 13th century. Step into a bygone era as you stroll through its ancient corridors, adorned with exquisite medieval craftsmanship.

Take your time to browse through the diverse offerings of the numerous vendors, each offering their own unique souvenirs and beautiful trinkets. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this grand structure that majestically dominates the old town square, and let its rich history and enchanting allure transport you to a different time and place.

3. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Journey into the Depths

Embark on a captivating journey as you delve into the depths of the remarkable Wieliczka Salt Mine, an extraordinary underground city. Immerse yourself in the enchantment of its labyrinthine tunnels and chambers, stretching an impressive 327 meters deep.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site not only showcases Poland’s rich mining history but also unveils a hidden world of wonder and fascination.

Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on this unforgettable subterranean adventure that promises to leave you in awe of its grandeur and historical significance.

Auschwitz Krakow

4. Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum: Remembering the Past

In the solemn and haunting silence of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, immerse yourself in a profound journey to comprehend the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust.

This deeply poignant memorial stands as a solemn reminder of the dark chapter in human history that was World War II, serving as a powerful tribute to the millions of innocent lives that were tragically lost during this harrowing period.

Through this visit, you will gain a profound understanding of the atrocities that unfolded, ensuring that their memory is forever etched in our collective consciousness.

5. Rynek Underground: Explore Beneath the Surface

Uncover the captivating medieval world beneath the bustling Main Square of Krakow at the Rynek Underground Museum. Step into a realm of enchantment as you explore the meticulously curated exhibits, where holograms and mesmerizing audiovisual effects transport you on a thrilling journey back in time to the intriguing era of the Middle Ages.

Immerse yourself in the rich history, vibrant culture, and architectural marvels that defined this extraordinary period. Get ready to be amazed as you explore the hidden wonders and uncover the captivating history of Krakow.

Prepare to be enthralled as you delve deeper into its depths and unlock the secrets of its fascinating past.

6. Kosciuszko’s Mound: Panoramic Views Galore

Climb the majestic 34-meter high Kosciuszko Mound, an impressive monument dedicated to the national hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring 360-degree panoramic views of the beautiful city of Krakow.

This historic mound not only stands as a symbol of remembrance but also serves as a powerful testament to the indomitable spirit and rich cultural heritage of Poland.

Krakow old town

7. Main Square: Heart of the City

Immerse yourself in the lively and enchanting atmosphere of one of Europe’s largest and most captivating medieval squares. Surrounded by a rich tapestry of meticulously preserved historic townhouses and majestic churches, the Main Square is an architectural marvel that beckons you to explore its every corner.

As you leisurely stroll through its cobblestone streets, you’ll be enchanted by the charming façades and intricate details that tell stories of a bygone era. Indulge in alfresco dining at the quaint cafes and restaurants that line the square, savoring delectable local cuisine while basking in the warm embrace of the sun.

With each step you take, you’ll feel the vibrant energy of the city pulsating through your veins, immersing you in its unique blend of history, culture, and charm.

St Mary church Krakow

8. St Mary’s Basillica: Gothic Splendor

Marvel at the breathtaking Gothic grandeur of St Mary’s Basillica, an architectural masterpiece renowned for its exquisite wooden altarpiece intricately carved by the talented Veit Stoss.

As you explore this historic gem, be sure not to miss the enchanting Hejnał mariacki, a captivating trumpet call that melodiously resonates every hour from the majestic tower of the church, adding a touch of enchantment to your visit.

9. Planty Park: Green Oasis

Take a leisurely stroll through Planty Park, a picturesque green belt that encircles the enchanting Old Town. This park, once a medieval defensive moat, has transformed into a serene haven, inviting you to immerse yourself in its natural beauty.

As you meander along its leafy avenues, you’ll encounter charming fountains that add a touch of whimsy to the surroundings. Find your own hidden nook, a cozy spot where you can unwind and embrace the tranquility of this idyllic oasis.

Kazimierz District Krakow 2

10. Kazimierz Krakow: Jewish Heritage

Indulge in the enchanting atmosphere as you wander through the atmospheric streets of Kazimierz, Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and vibrant history of this district, where every corner reveals hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Take a moment to sip a warm cup of coffee in one of the charming cafes, browse through the unique artwork in the art galleries, and explore the vintage shops that hold treasures from the past. Allow the bohemian vibe of Kazimierz to captivate your senses and transport you to a world of beauty and intrigue.

Bartosz is a travel writer, photographer & founder/editor of theuniquepoland who tells stories of adventure, history and current affairs. He writes mainly about travel, with special focus on Poland. He loves travelling, discover new unknown and inspire others.


  • Josie

    Oh wow! There’s so much to do in Poland! Each tie I scrolled the page down to read the next part, I got more and more excited. My cousin actually went to Poland a few months ago and she visited Auschwitz. It made her incredibly sad to see some of the things that remain there, but it is a piece of history that humanity can’t afford to forget – from where we come from we can improve on ourselves so that nothing like that ever repeats in history… at least, that is the hope.

    • Bartosz

      Thanks for your comment Josie, I agree with you, we should never be witnesses of what happened at Auschwitz. Education in the authentic space of the former camp gives you the opportunity to reflect and understand the past. It is really worthy to visit this place!

  • RoDarrick

    Information is knowledge and knowledge is fun😜. I am very happy I came across this post because this is insightful and interesting. Adventure is my hobby and I love to explore sacred and worthy places in the world. I just came back from an adventure to homer Alaska. Krakow is definitely the next phase for my vacation. Such beautiful and important places and sights to see. This is worthy of exploration and I will.

    Thanks for sharing

    • Bartosz

      Hi RoDarrick, thanks for stopping by. I am glad that you enjoyed my post. Krakow is a very interesting city and one of the best places to see in Poland. I’m sure if you decide to visit it, you will not be disappointed.

  • Mariana


    After reading this article, now I have more interest in Poland and visiting all these places in Krakow. It’s so fascinating how much people can learn by visiting different parts of the city, about their history, the architecture and even the country’s culture. I’m so intrigued about the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and I wish I could visit it, see it with my own eyes, go through the labyrinth and learn more about it. I think visiting places is a great way to learn, easier than learning from texts and books. 

    Did you visit these places and if you did, which one is your favorite?



    • Bartosz

      Hi Mariana, thanks for your comment, I visited all these places because I lived close to Krakow. I have been there several times and my favorite place is the Wawel castle located top of the hill. You can enjoy the view of the old town and there are many spots to take a picture. Wieliczka is also great, underground city with a lot of steps to climb down but really worth it. If you choose Krakow as your next destination I’m sure you will enjoy it.
      All the best

  • Paul

    Dear Bartosz,

    I read a lot about Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the Holocaust, the concentration & extermination camp. As a result of my search I also watched the movie Schindler’s List in which Jews are taken to Auschwitz concentration camp. Since then I wanted to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.

    I am a traveller and Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is on my list. When I came across your post I am amazed at the helpful information on the places I need to visit at Krakow. Your post can be used as a travel guide to visit Krakow and I am book marking your post for future reference.

    The images and the description you shared is very helpful. Nice article! I really enjoyed the content and in the manner that you presented.

    Much Success!


    • Bartosz

      Hi Paul, thanks for your comment, it’s really hard to explain what happened in Auschwitz. Visiting this place, we can see what horror happened there. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and I encourage you to visit Krakow in the near future.
      All the best

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