Krakow

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Wawel Castle featuring a city, heritage architecture and château or palace

In Poland’s former capital, ancient castles, ruins and museums attest to the city’s grand architecture, a contemporary art scene and captivating history.

Krakow is more than 750 years old, making it one of the oldest cities in Poland. Reminders of the past are reflected in the city’s architecture and artefacts, such as the collections of royal jewels, military paraphernalia and Holocaust memorials that are housed in Renaissance palaces and old castles. Yet, there is just as much to see that is about the present as there is about the past, including markets, contemporary arts culture and lively nightlife.

For five centuries, Krakow was the capital of Poland. A succession of monarchs built cathedrals and castles, lending the city an atmosphere of regal elegance.

Reliable public transport networks make getting around easy. Many of the major attractions are within the compact Old Town (Stare Miasto) district. Here, the St. Mary’s Basilica has one of the most impressive altarpieces in Europe. Where the walls of the Old Town once stood are the relaxing Planty gardens. Visit one of the most impressive sights in the park, the old town gate, known as the Barbikan.

At the centre of the city is the majestic Wawel Castle. Since the 16th century, this castle, with its defensive walls and towers, has protected Krakow from invaders. Today, the stately rooms house an art gallery and museum with displays of artworks, royal jewellery and collections of armour. Within the grounds, make a stop at the Wawal Cathedral and the Dragons Den, a limestone cave where it is believed a dragon once lived.

Krakow's history is deeply entwined with the Jewish community. Oskar Schindler’s Factory, the subject of the renowned Steven Spielberg movie, Schindler’s List, is located here. The former factory has been turned into a museum with extensive displays about the Holocaust. At the Galicia Jewish Museum, photographs depict life for modern-day Jewish people in Krakow.

Summer time in Krakow is all about the outdoors with markets, open-air concerts and festivals in the parks. Enjoy a cruise on the Vistula River or relax with a picnic in Jordan Park. In winter, Krakow has a romantic air as the city is covered in snow.

Where to stay in Krakow

Amber Design Residence
Amber Design Residence
4 out of 5
ul. Sw. Marka 35, Krakow
The price is AU$75 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in Krakow Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Planty Park, Krakow Barbican and St. Mary's Basilica. Cloth Hall and Main Market Square ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (374 reviews)
"It's a wonderful hotel.I want to stay again."

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2021

Amber Design Residence
Metropolitan Boutique Hotel
Metropolitan Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
ul. Berka Joselewicza 19, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is AU$86 per night from 14 Nov. to 14 Nov.
Located in Krakow City Centre, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Synagogue and Galicia Jewish Museum. Main Market Square and Wawel Castle ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (979 reviews)
"Spacious room, v large bed, large bathroom"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2021

Metropolitan Boutique Hotel
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Rynek Glowny 11, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is AU$80 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in Krakow Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Royal Road, Church of St. Wojciech and Adam Mickiewicz Monument. St. Mary's Basilica and Rynek ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (985 reviews)
"Excellent place and location. Get a cab to get there. You are in the center of town. Try to avoid driving if at all possible or you will park a few blocks away."

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2021

Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Antique Apartments - Plac Szczepanski
Antique Apartments - Plac Szczepanski
3 out of 5
pl.Szczepanski 2/9, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is AU$73 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
This family-friendly Krakow aparthotel is located near the airport, steps away from Wyspianski Museum, Planty Park and Szczepanski Square. Florianska Street ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (833 reviews)
Terrible communication and very disappointing outcome
"I have given a poor review despite never having stayed at the property because unfortunately my flight was cancelled by airline and I booked this stay last year before the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore booked with genuine belief I would be travelling to Poland. I emailed property to ask to rearrange ..."

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2020

Antique Apartments - Plac Szczepanski
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Rynek Glowny 11, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is AU$80 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in Krakow Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Royal Road, Church of St. Wojciech and Adam Mickiewicz Monument. St. Mary's Basilica and Rynek ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (985 reviews)
"Excellent place and location. Get a cab to get there. You are in the center of town. Try to avoid driving if at all possible or you will park a few blocks away."

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2021

Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Aparthotel Stare Miasto
Aparthotel Stare Miasto
4 out of 5
Ul. Golebia 2, Krakow, Lesser Poland
Located in Krakow Old Town, this boutique aparthotel is steps away from Royal Road, Papal Window and International Cultural Centre. St. Francis of Assisi Church ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (944 reviews)
"Super helpful and courteous staff, if not staying with at a friend's place its my go to accommodation."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Aparthotel Stare Miasto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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