Places to visit in and around Krakow

Places to visit in and around Krakow

In recent years, Krakow has become the main attraction for tourists visiting our country. The city is located in southern Poland on the Vistula River and ranks second in terms of the number of inhabitants and area in the country, just behind Warsaw. It is worth recalling that until 1795 Krakow was the capital of Poland. The specific buildings, unique atmosphere and a number of perfectly preserved monuments, make Krakow a perfect destination for tourists and visitors. It’s no coincidence that crowds from all over the world regularly visit this magical city.

Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow

One of the most important tourist attractions in Krakow is the Wawel Royal Castle. This impressive royal residence is located on the Wawel Hill, which together with the Old Town was entered on the Unesco World Heritage List in 1978. The turbulent history of Poland has meant that over the centuries the castle has been extended and renovated many times. Wawel also has the famous Wawel Cathedral – the place of coronation and rest of the kings of Poland. Almost all Polish kings from Władysław Łokietek, to Stanisław Leszczyński, as well as members of royal families, Krakow bishops and political leaders are buried here.

Krakow Cloth Hall on the Main Market Square

The Old Town is undoubtedly the most-visited district of Krakow by tourists. This is the oldest part of the city whose layout has not changed since the Middle Ages. The area is surrounded by Planty, an urban park, placed on the site of former fortifications. In the center of the Old Town there is the Main Market Square, where the most popular landmarks of Krakow are located: St. Mary’s Church, Cloth Hall and Town Hall Tower.

St. Mary’s Basilica is one of the most important and best known churches in Poland. Inside the basilica there is a St. Mary’s altar made by Nuremberg sculptor, Wit Stwosz. From the upper tower of the church, called hejnalica, the bugle call is heard every hour. The melody is played sequentially on four sides of the world and, according to legend, it ends abruptly when the trumpeter, who sounded the alarm was hit by a Tatar arrow.

Near the basilica, in the central part of the Main Square, there are historic Sukiennice. Inside the characteristic building, crowded by tourists, there are two rows of stalls, which instead of cloth, offer various souvenirs and handicrafts for sale. This is also the entrance to the market underground, where an unconventional exhibition awaits visitors, showing medieval Krakow from a completely different perspective.

Kazimierz in Kraków

One of the most famous areas of the city is Krakow’s Kazimierz. This historical district is one of the most important centers of cultural and artistic life in Krakow. There are countless cafes, clubs, art galleries and, of course, architectural monuments. The unique atmosphere and character of this place favors both contemplation and good fun. In summer, numerous concerts and cultural events takes place in Kazimierz, including the Jewish Culture Festival, which gathers tens of thousands visitors every year.

It is impossible to list all the worthwhile landmarks in Krakow – there are even hundreds of them and that’s why we encourage you to rent a bus in Rentalvans at Balice Airport. A comfortable van will allow you to freely move around the city and sightseeing at your own pace.

In addition, at a short distance from Krakow, there are at least a few places worth recommending for tourists, like the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim, the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Wadowice (the city where Pope John Paul II was born). A bit farther from Krakow, there is Zakopane, i.e. winter capital of Poland. Zakopane is the largest city in the immediate vicinity of the Tatra Mountains – the highest mountain range in Poland, which is very popular among fans of climbing and winter sports. It is worth mentioning that our company organizes transfers and trips to the aforementioned places. We kindly invite you to book a bus via our online form.