If you’ve never been to Kraków (Cracow), Poland and aren’t sure whether it’s worth visiting, this essay is for you.
What’s is there to see in Kraków, you may ask? Take a look at the photos below, highlighting just a few places you might enjoy seeing in this beautiful city, with history going back into the medieval times.
The Wawel Castle
The Wawel Castle is, of course, a must. Dating back to the tenth century, it was the seat of the kings of Poland for several hundred years, and includes both Gothic and baroque elements.
You need tickets to go inside the castle, but walking around the Wawel Castle hill, and within the courtyard is free of charge.
Collegium Maius, the oldest university building in Poland, is part of the Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364 (one of the oldest universities in the world). This particular building was given to the university in 1400 by King Władysław Jagiełło, and now houses a museum, though some of its room can be rented for conferences or other functions.
Between April and the end of October, the entrance to Collegium Maius is free of charge on Tuesdays, between 3pm and 6pm.
Kraków’s Main (Market) Square
If you’re not into sightseeing, but just want to relax, sip coffee or something stronger, or cool down with a big bowl of ice cream, Kraków’s 13th-century Main Square is lined with cafes and restaurants, where you can sit down and observe the vibrant life of this beautiful place, and admire its architecture.
Walking around the Old Town
If you take some time to just walk around the Old Town and meander around the streets, don’t forget to look up, and admire the interesting architectural details of the buildings around you.
There’s a reason why the Historic Centre of Krakow is on the UNESCO heritage list.
The Planty Park
Don’t be afraid to go beyond the Old Town walls, and if you have time, comfortable shoes, and are in good physical shape, walk the loop in the Planty Park surrounding the Old Town, and established in the early 19th century in the place of the medieval outer walls surrounding the city.
Where to Stay in Krakow
We stayed for the first week at one of the Sodispar Luxury Old Town Apartments, and the second week at the Sodispar Bracka Residence. Review will be coming soon, but we can say outright we very much liked both.
Pin It For Later
I hope this photo essay convinces you that visiting Kraków is worth your while, and when you do decide to make the trip and see it for yourself, I hope you’ll fall in love with this city just as much as I did. Feel free to pin it to your Pinterest board of interesting places to visit.
If you’re interested in learning even more, keep an eye out for a few more posts about Kraków coming soon, and feel free to repin or follow my Poland | Kraków (Cracow) Pinterest board for even more ideas on what to see and do in Kraków and the area.
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