Top 10 Things to Do in Krakow

Krakow is the second largest city in Poland but definitely the most beautiful. Known for its architecture and history, Krakow is rightly seeing a resurgence in tourism. While there are so many things to do in Krakow, for most tourists, they have to narrow their scope and choose what they can fit into their schedule.

1Wawel Hill

Boasting both the Wawel Castle, Wawel Castle Museum as well as the Wawel Cathedral, this should be tourists‘ first stop on a day where they can simply wander and take in all that’s on offer.

2Jewish Quarter

A section of the city that’s been revitalized since the end of WWII, it’s rich in history and now flourishing as one of the busiest parts of Krakow, night or day.

3Church of Saints Peter and Paul

Nestled deep in the Old Town, the Church of Saints sits in front of a square, lined with life-sized statues of the Apostles. As an architectural accomplishment, you don’t have to be religious to appreciate it.

4 Auschwitz

Though outside the city, Auschwitz is a must-visit and not just for history buffs. The concentration camp of Auschwitz is a whole day trip.

5Cloth Hall

Dominating the Old Town, this structure is the best-preserved mall in the world. At Christmas, the cloth hall is stuffed with vendors during the famous Christmas market of Krakow.

6Wieliczka Salt Mines

Though this may sound boring, the salt mine tour delves deep underground where you’ll see salt-carved chapels and an underground lake. Pictures are encouraged!

7St. Mary’s Basilica

Sitting in the main square of the Old Town, the Basilica is bursting with color from the minute you step inside. Outside, at every hour, the guard play Hejnal at the four cardinal points of the church.

8Oskar Schindler’s Factory

Made famous by the movie „Schindler’s List“, you can visit the real factory which has been transformed into a museum.

9The Barbican

Built around 1498, this is the only part of the city walls that remain. Opposite is St. Florian’s gate and the two are the only structures still standing from the city’s defenses.

10Rynek Glowny

The main square of Krakow, the Rynek Glowny is the heart of the Old Town. It holds the Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Basilica along with numerous shops and restaurants. It’s impossible to miss on your tour of Krakow.

With all of the architecture and history built into Krakow, it’s a wonder the city isn’t more overrun with tourists. There is too much to see and do in one trip but the prices won’t preclude a second visit. And once you’ve left, you’ll wonder what else you’ve missed.