To really enjoy your holiday, it helps to leave your stress behind and to not have to worry about unwelcome surprises. Organising things ahead of time helps to give you the peace of mind you need to truly relax. If you’re thinking about spending a day or two or longer here in Krakow, take a look at some of our suggestions for how to plan your time.
So many choices….
Krakow and the surrounding area offers an incredible array of things to do and places to see. The options include artistic and cultural attractions to natural beauty and everything in between. There are even several places on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, like the entire Old Town and Kazimierz, the Salt Mines of Wieliczka and Bochnia, the Sanctuary at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Krakow is the home of literally hundreds of places with exceptional historic and artistic significance. Most of them, of course, are found in the Old Town and on Wawel Hill or in next-door Kazimierz. The Cathedral and the Royal Castle, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on Grodzka street, the Dominican and Franciscan Churches, the main square and St. Mary’s Church, the university district and Collegium Maius, the Church of St. Anne and the fragments of the original city walls are, along with many others, obligatory stops on any trip through the city. If you want to focus on all that Wawel Castle has to discover, pick from a number of museums found inside. Don’t be surprised if you stay much longer than you planned after you realise just what a magical place it is!
When it’s time to see a different side of Krakow, stroll just a few minutes away and disappear into Kazimierz, the old Jewish Quarter. Created in the 15th century, Kazimierz belongs to an exclusive group of such neighborhoods around Europe and even today you can visit seven Synagogues and three spectacular churches. How these churches came to be in the Jewish Quarter is something you’ll have to learn when you get there.
Now let’s add a few more things to the list. There’s Nowa Huta, Podgorze and the area of the former ghetto, Schindler’s factory and all of Krakow’s sanctuaries and monasteries, hill fotresses and museums and tons more. Do you want to see the city on foot or maybe by bus or bike? Or let’s make things really interesting and go by horse-drawn carriage or by electric carts or maybe by segway? You have lots of choices to make!
As you can see, you have lots of options when it comes to how to spend your time in Krakow. But you also lots of resources to help you as well. Start with Guide Krakow, and spend some time thinking about what you woud like to include in your itenerary. Where do you want to go and what do you want to see? Maybe you’d like to take your own guide along to help with your sightseeing as well as the practical side of your stay? Having your own local contact can be a great advantage when it comes to arranging transport, accommodation, tickets and a long list of other things.
And speaking of accommodation, you have a few more choices to make. There are many places to stay and they vary according to the same things that characterise accommodation anywhere – standard, location and price. Also, remember that Krakow is a major tourist destination and certain times of the year are especially busy. Don’t wait until the last minute to start searching for a place to stay!
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It doesn’t matter if you’re organising a group trip or just getting away for a weekend alone, a private guide can add another dimension to your stay in Krakow. It’s not just a chance to meet and speak with someone who knows the history and local flavors very well, it’s also like having an assistant with detailed knowledge about nearly anything that might come up during your stay. A qualified, licensed guide is easy to arrange and can help with your visit in a number of ways.
Krakow is a beautiful city and full of things to do and see – starting planning your trip now!
Grzegorz Floryanski is a professional, licensed city guide from Krakow, Poland. He arranges guided tours for visitors from all over the world in 10 languages on 30 routes. If you want to know more about Krakow and its history, he’s the perfect guy to ask!