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What should you see in Kraków?

The options are virtually limitless. There are must-see locations in all districts. The Mediaeval and Renaissance buildings of the Old Town, the Jewish Kazimierz district, Stare Podgórze are just some of the great places in Kraków. Lovers of modern history should find their way to Nowa Huta – an urban pearl of Socialist realism architecture. Kraków is also a city of churches – there are over 120, including many ancient buildings. It is best to prepare your own sightseeing route to make sure you do not miss anything interesting.

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But Kraków is not just ancient monuments – it is also a city where you can spend your time in a myriad different ways. Fans of active recreation will not be disappointed: Kraków and its surrounds provide a wide range of attractions, from swimming pools, through tennis courts, horse riding centres, paintballing venues, to golf courses, climbing walls and skiing pistes. Of course there are also hiking and cycling routes, cruises along the Vistula, and even a real beach – plenty of choice for everyone!

Historic monuments


Wawel is an architectural complex erected over many centuries atop a limestone outcrop on the left bank of the Vistula River in Kraków, Poland, at an altitude of 228 metres above the sea level. It is a place of great significance to the Polish people as up until 1611 it was a formal residence of Polish Kings. It is because Cracow was the capital city of Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and later The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The Royal Castle with an armoury and the Cathedral are situated on the Wawel hill from which the castle took its name. Polish Royalty and many distinguished Poles are interred in the Wawel Cathedral where Royal coronations were conducted. Some of the oldest masonary parts of Wawel, such as the Serene Virgin Mary Rotunda dates back to 970. There are also some wooden parts of the complex that date over century earlier to about IX century.

Kraków Barbican

The Kraków barbican (Polish: barbakan krakowski) is a barbican – a fortified outpost once connected to the city walls. It is a historic gateway leading into the Old Town of Kraków, Poland. The barbican is one of the few remaining relics of the complex network of fortifications and defensive barriers that once encircled the royal city of Kraków in the south of Poland. It currently serves as a tourist attraction and venue for a variety of exhibitions.

Rynek Główny (Main Market Square)

The Main Square (Polish: Rynek Główny w Krakowie) is the main market square of the Old Town in Kraków, Poland and a principal urban space located at the center of the city. It dates back to the 13th century, and – at roughly 40,000 m² – it is the largest medieval town square in Europe.

Rynek Główny is a spacious square surrounded by historical townhouses (kamienice), palaces and churches. The center of the square is dominated by the Sukiennice (the Cloth Hall or Drapers’ Hall), rebuilt in 1555 in the Renaissance style, topped by a beautiful attic or Polish parapet decorated with carved masks. On one side of the Sukiennice is the Town Hall Tower (Wieża ratuszowa), on the other the 10th century Church of St. Wojciech (St. Adalbert’s) and 1898 Adam Mickiewicz Monument. Rising above the square are the Gothic towers of St. Mary’s Basilica (Kościół Mariacki).

Kazimierz (Jewish District)

Kazimierz – a historical district of Kraków or Jewish District – was for a long time an independent town with its own municipal charter and laws. Best known for being home to a significant Jewish community from the 14th century on until the Holocaust in the Second World War.

Botanical Garden in Kraków

The Botanic Garden of the Jagiellonian University is a botanical garden, founded in 1783 in Kraków. It is located east of the Old Town and occupies 9.6 hectares. It belongs to the Jagiellonian University and is classified as a historical location.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum

The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex, established by German Nazis in 1940, one of the most infamous sites in Europe, saw the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people, most of whom were European Jews.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

The mine, built in the 13th century, produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world’s oldest salt mines still in operation. From its beginning and throughout its existence, the Royal mine was run by the Żupy krakowskie Salt Mines, believed to be the world’s 14th-oldest company. Commercial mining was discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine flooding.

Active leisure

Aquapark in Krakow

Aquapark in Krakow is one of the greatest aquaparks in Europe. It offers marvelous fun for all the family, featuring attractions such as sauna, water massage, jacuzzi, climbing walls and 800 meters of totally twisted slides!

Park welcomes you everyday between 08:00 and 22:00!

Aquapark Krakow
Aquapark Krakow

Aquapark is located in Kraków in 126 Dobrego Pasterza Street (8 km north-east of venue).

Price list [in PLN/person]

Ticket Normal Reduced
1-hour 21-23 17-20
All day 48-54 37-42
Children under 3 – admission free

Krakowski Rope Park

Krakowski Rope Park is located in Kraków-Pychowice (south-west neighbourhood of Cracow) in Widłakowa Street (5 km from venue). The suspension rope park, situated on a beautiful ground of Pychowice Manor House, offers funpacked entertainment on forest trails with various degrees of difficulty. An unforgettable forest adventure for all kinds of sports fans!

Connection by bus lines 112 or 162 from Rondo Grunwaldzkie bus stop.

Opening time in July:

Mon – Fri 12.00-20.00
Sat – Sun 10.00-20.00

Admission charges:

Price for PLN
Children under 16 25
Adults (from 18) 30

Myślenice Adventure Park

Myślenice Adventure Park is located in Myślenice (south of Cracow) in Zdrojowa Street (about 35 km from venue)

  • paintball
  • quads
  • rope park
  • artificial climbing wall
  • 100-meter rope gliding
  • 4×4 cars & quady – off road trips

Balloon Flights

Balloon with viewing platform is located in Wołyński Boulevard (just next to venue).

The flight by the Hiflyer tethered balloon is an exceptional experience itself both during the day and night.

You can see the magnificent panorama of Cracow and enjoy the ancient town borders of the Old City and Jewish District Kazimierz, both registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

During the 12 -15 minutes flight to 120-150 meters (depending on the weather conditions) you will see Cracow with its surroundings and in good visibility conditions even the Tatra Mountains.

For ticket prices see HiFlyer website.

Cruising on the Vistula

You can enjoy cruises on the Vistula with many water trams or rented boats and kayaks.

Trips or rides

  • old trams, rickshaws, horse buggies, horse riding, carting

Vistula beach

Cracow Beach is located in Vistula Boulevard in 2 Ludwinowska Street (1 km from venue).

The Kraków Beach is Poland’s first modern complex of its type and draws in more than just fans of sunbathing. 10,000 m.sq. of sand, deck chairs, volleyball courts… Sports fans should be happy, too: there are beach volleyball and football tournaments.

A swimming pool, located on a moored barge, is due to open this year. An impressive playground will doubtless attract children’s attention. The beach is also an excellent place for companies – the restaurant organises conferences and business training courses. In the evening everything transforms into another point on Kraków’s nightlife map: there are open-air film screenings and all-night club events.