Krakow is a perfect option for a city break. This ancient Polish capital combines centuries-old landmarks with a fresh and friendly atmosphere. Your travel to Krakow is bound to be successful.
Travel to Krakow: step by step
Krakow is reachable from every place in Europe, as well as from the United States and the Middle East. Krakow Airport is located 12 km from the Old Town. Several European airlines fly to Krakow, including low-cost Ryanair and easy-Jet. Bus lines, taxis and private transfer companies go from the airport on regular basis. Also, Krakow main railway station serves international and local trains alike.
When it comes to accommodation Krakow has a lot to offer. From chic 5-star hotels to serviced apartments located in beautiful old townhouses, to affordable hostels for backpackers. Make use of our guide to choosing the best accommodation in Krakow to book the best offer. Whatever you choose prices, location and service will be satisfying.
What to see
Krakow is a historic city – the ancient Polish capital, with Wawel Royal Castle being the seat of monarchy for over 500 years, capital of the region, cultivating the unique tradition and witness of horrific events of World War II. Before you travel to Krakow, check the most important landmarks as well as places often neglected by tourists. Take a look at our proposed routes guide. It will help you select the landmarks you want to see.
While planning your trip to Krakow, be sure to have at least one day for excursions to landmarks located outside the city. Truly unique places can be reached within an hour or two from the city centre. An absolute must is Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The visit can prove traumatising, but it helps to understand the history of Holocaust and Polish-Jewish intertwined paths in the past.
Another visit-worthy landmark is Wieliczka Salt Mine, a unique complex of underground chapels and remnants of a once royal mine, listed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Located only 100 km from Krakow are Tatra Mountains with the charming little town, Zakopane.
What to eat
A trip to Krakow can also be a great opportunity to try traditional Polish food. The most popular snack in Krakow, loved by locals and tourists alike is obwarzanek, a bagel-like ring-shaped baked bread sprinkled with salt, poppy seeds or sesame seeds sold from street carts.
Scattered around the city centre are restaurants serving mouth-watering regional food. Restaurants at the Main Square have a beautiful view, but the food can be disappointing. Do not risk missing the opportunity to try delicious Polish food and take a look at our guides to traditional cuisine and good restaurants!