10 things to do in Krakow

Whilst in Krakow there are many interesting things to do and places to see. It’s very hard to create a list of just 10 things to do in Krakow, but not impossible and this is what we’re going to do in this article. We will give you an objective list of the 10 best things to do in the city.

1. Visit the Main Square

It is basically a must do in Krakow. The magnificent Main Square of Krakow is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, full of history, nice views, attractions and great restaurants.

2. Visit Wawel Castle

Another must-do whilst you’re here, the astonishing Wawel Castle is a place full of legends and museums. Don’t forget to visit the Dragon’s Den beneath Wawel Hill!

3. Take a stroll around the churches of Krakow

Krakow has more than 130 Catholic churches, some of them with over a 1000 years of history. Beautiful!

4. Visit Schindler’s Factory

When you are here, you ought to visit one of the branches of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, where you will get to know the great story of Oskar Schindler, who saved 1100 Jewish people from Krakow during WWII. Enjoy stunning interiors and magnificent architecture

The entrance to the Schindler’s Factory at Lipowa 4 st

The entrance to the Schindler’s Factory at Lipowa 4 st

5. Visit the Jewish Quarter and WWII ghetto in Podgorze

A must do if you are here. Do check out Kazimierz and Podgorze with their interesting history stretching back to medieval times.

6. Take a walk in one of the parks

The closest to the city center is Planty Park, surrounding the Old Town, in the place of the former city walls. It’s a great place to walk and enjoy the day, where you can meet both locals and tourists arriving in the city.

The Planty Park in the Old Town

The Planty Park in the Old Town

7. Check out the restaurants in the city

Some people say that there are more than 1000 restaurants in Krakow. Most of them serve international cuisine and also Polish cuisine. Every person visiting the city can find something they’ll enjoy.

8. Try some Polish cuisine

When you visit the restaurants and bistros in Krakow, be sure to try Polish cuisine. Pierogi, barszcz, kotlet schabowy – these are all tasty Polish specialties. You will be surprised how big the portions are!

9. Eat a zapiekanka

Certainly a must do here in Krakow. The best ones can be found at Plac Nowy in the Jewish Quarter. Ah yes, what is a zapiekanka? It’s a toasted baguette, a Polish specialty. A baguette with mushroom, cheese and different toppings with sauces – cheap and yummy. You won’t regret tasting it!

The ultimate Polish snack - zapiekanka

The ultimate Polish snack – zapiekanka

10. Go for a drink in one of the bars

There are so many bars in Krakow worth checking out that a list of them would make another article. You can find a great many in the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. Be sure to try the flavoured vodkas that almost each place serves. You’ll be positively surprised by some of the exotic sounding flavors!

Images by Mateusz Świercz for Absolute Tours

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