10 Things to do in Krakow

 

Polish Saints Peter and Paul's Church on Grodzka Street in Krakow

Saints Peter and Paul’s Church on Grodzka Street

Krakow has much to offer. From beautiful churches to national museums to historical architecture, it’s difficult to what to see first when you arrive in the city. To help you out, here are a few ideas to get your started.

See Krakow on foot

Get an overview of the city by taking a walking tour, an informative and entertaining way to spend your afternoon. Your guide will show you through the main areas of the city and give you loads of historical background and tips on where else to visit while you’re here.

Afterwards, feel free to stroll the historical center at your own pace, visit the Mariacki Church, walk down Grodzka Street and photograph the beautiful Saints Peter and Paul’s Church, or even go up the Wawel Hill to enjoy the view.

Try Babcia Malina for traditional Polish food

Try Babcia Malina for traditional Polish food

Enjoying food and culture in Krakow

A must-taste is szarlotka, which is Polish apple pie. Although it appears on most café menus, one of the best szarlotka is said to be found in Nowa Provincja located on Bracka Street. While there, it would be a shame to leave without tasting their amazingly rich hot chocolate.

Go down to Kazimierz over the weekend and enjoy its market of old records, antique jewellry and fur coats. There is nothing like walking amongst an array of seemingly unrelated objects to experience the bohemian feel of the Jewish Quarter.

Treat yourself to an opera. Even if it might not be to everyone’s taste, the Opera Krakowska truly offers a unique experience.

Head to Babcia Malina and experience traditional Polish food. Classic foods include zurek, pierogi, bigos and more. Here, the portions are big and the prices decent.

Nowa Provincja serves great szarlotka

Nowa Provincja serves great szarlotka

Head to Podgorze, ancient Krakow ghetto, and spend some time visiting Schindler’s factory, an important part of Krakow’s history during WWII. And whilst in this area, walk up Krakus Mound and see the view of the city.

Introducing Polish vodka

Another essential part of any trip to Krakow is taste vodka – the Polish national drink. While you might be accustomed to the straight stuff, flavored vodka is the way to go in here, be it lemon, berry or even nut. Although sweet in taste, beware, it’s as strong and treacherous as the original.

And finally, to finish, visit the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines. About 15 kilometers south of Krakow is a maze of tunnels where chapels, monuments and impressive chandeliers are carved from salt. Well worth a tour.

As you can see, with the choices diverse, Krakow makes it is easy to fill your time. Enjoy your stay!

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