Krakow and its neighborhood – discover Lesser Poland!
Abound in exquisite monuments, fascinating architecture and enchanting atmosphere, Krakow is one of the cities that simply hypnotizes its visitors. But it’s not only the Krakow itself. The surrounding region also conceals some hidden gems, significant for the Poles and definitely worth visiting for the tourists. What attractions will make your time in Krakow magical? Check out below!
Market Square – The heart of the bustling city. Filled with delicious restaurants, aromatic cafes, ornate townhouse, as well as the famous Cloth Hall and Town Hall Tower (with a wonderful panorama of the city).
St.Mary Basilica – One of the significant symbols of the city, Basilica of St.Mary was founded in the 14th century. It’s redbrick façade and great twin spires have marvels thousands of tourists. Just as Hejnał Mariacki does – a trumpet call played every day at noon, reverberating throughout the whole city center.
Wawel Castle – Towering over the whole city, located next to Vistula banks, the enormous complex was for centuries the home of Polish kings and queens. It also conceals the tombs of the greatest in Polish history. The entrance is guarded by a large Dragon, who regularly breathes fire! Reserve yourself at least several hours, if you want to explore all the museums and chambers, enjoying ornamental interiors and top views of the city.
Wieliczka Salt Mine – A meaningful place for the whole region, fuelling Krakow’s growth for hundreds of years. Today, it also drives local economy, bringing not only the valuable ore, but also tourists, who numerously drive down and explore mine corridors. We recommended paying a visit to the wonderful St Kinga’s Chapel – an underground cathedral made totally of salt!
Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp – Pay tribute to the Holocaust victims in one of the most famous concentration camps. Prepare for a very emotional, moving, and sobering trip, exploring the horrors of Nazis destruction. The memorial and museum are about an hour away from Krakow.
Ojców National Park – The majestic stone peaks, surrounded by forest-clad valleys will be a fantastic idea for an outdoor trip. Located only 20 minutes by car outside of Krakow, will engage you for hours. Various walking trails and deep caves constitute a windfall for younger and older tourists, both experienced and beginning ones.
MOCAK - Unconventional and innovative, the Museum of Contemporary Art showcases remarkable works, coming from local and international artists. Localized in Zabłocie district, it provides a chance to see a different side of Krakow that is just being revitalized.
Kościuszko Mound – Built to commemorate Tadeusz Kościuszko, the leader of an uprising against the annexation of Poland. The unusual-looking hill stands at 34 meters high, being a bit of a challenge to climb to the top, yet recompensing it with fantastic panorama.
Axe Throwing – What about some time travel and incarnation of ancient Vikings habits? Axe Throwing may have a short history as a sport discipline, but it definitely has a centuries-old tradition, rooting back to the Vikings ages. That is why Bad Axe club decided to reincarnate it, offering a wacky, yet absolute idea for spending your time in Krakow.
A recipe for a brilliant trip?
A bit of everything! With all the historical sites, picturesque parks, delicious restaurants and hot attractions, it’s impossible to visit every place in only few days in Krakow. Therefore if you really want to explore the city and a magical time in Krakow, try a bit of everything, combining nightlife with attractions, sightseeing and trips outside the city.