With it’s perfectly preserved Old Town, an abundance of restaurants, bars, cafés & clubs, plus a terrific selection of galleries and museums, Krakow is a great choice for a cultural city break.
Rynek Glówny – Market Square
The medieval market square at the Old Town, the lively heart of Krakow, an ideal starting point for exploring the city. It offers many attractions plus plenty of cafés.
St Mary’s Basilica
The twin towers of St Mary’s Basilica stand 80m (262ft) tall at the northeastern corner of the market square. This stunning building is packed with beautiful treasures, including 19th Century murals by Jan Matejko, a huge Gothic altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss and breath taking stained glass by Stanislaw Wyspianski.
Celebrating the life of architect, painter, playwright and poet Stanislaw Wyspianski. You will discover personal items, wonder original drawing and stained glass designs.
The best in Polish fine art, decorative art and crafts, plus a huge collection of armour, swords, firearms and medals.
Kazimierz – Jewish Quarter
This delightfully shabby district is a refreshing alternative – the centre for all things arty and bohemian.
Kazimierz has two main areas: ul. Szeroka, a wide cobbled street featuring the Old Synagogue and numerous restaurants. Plac Nowy, a small square with a flea market plus bars,cafes and a vibrant nightlife. Joining these two hubs are networks of small streets offering a huge variety of places to eat, drink and soak up the atmosphere.
During July each year the 10 day Jewish Festival of Culture takes place in various venues throughout Kazimierz and the Old Town. Celebrating everything Jewish from language, history and cooking to theatre and music.
Wawel – Castle & Cathedral
A wonderful mix of predominantly Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture dating from around the 14th century onwards. Wawel is the crowning jewel of Krakow’s architectural treasures.
A 52 acre ring of green parkland around the Old Town. It is made up of around 30 individual gardens packed with trees, plants and sculptures and several cafes. The perfect spot to relax for a moment on a summers day.
Arka Pana Church
Designed by Wojciech Pietrzyk and resembling Noah’s Ark, built in 1977 following much controversy, entirely by locals.
The ruins of two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II (Birkenau). A harrowing and deeply disturbing memorial, around half a million people each year visit Auschwitz. Not for the faint hearted, the horrific nature of some of the exhibits will remain with you long after you’ve left.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
An eerie labyrinth of pits and chambers. The most astonishing sight has to be the chapel of the Blessed Kinga, which appears to be a full blown church, except it’s 200m underground and carved entirely from salt by a group of gifted miners (including the chandeliers that hang from the ceiling). There are many smaller chapels plus a huge underground salt lake.