Best Travel Guide to Krakow

By on July 28, 2015

Krakow is Poland’s cultural and historical gem

If you are still warming up to the idea of traveling as a way to learn more about the world and life in general, the first thing you might ask is where should you head first. That’s the easiest question to answer; where else but, to Krakow, Poland?

Not many people are knowledgeable of what this beautiful city has to offer. First things first, Krakow is a very popular tourist destination so no need for you to be worried whether or not this city welcomes tourists with open arms (over 7 million people come here annually). Next, in order for you to know what to expect when you are actually on Polish soil, here are some useful – or just plain interesting – things to remember.

History and Culture

Krakow is a city located at the Lesser Poland region. By Lesser Poland, that doesn’t imply that it is less superior or there are fewer attractions here than in other regions of Poland. In fact, Krakow is very rich in history and culture that this place has been an inspiration for many artists, authors and so on. Not only that but this city is considered as the cultural capital of Poland. During the year 2000, this city has been given the title of European Capital of Culture. Now how’s that for starters?

Krakow, Poland is a very good place to go to first if you are stepping on Polish soil for the first time. This place is steeped in culture, religion and interesting stuff. You’ll find everything you need to see, only here in Krakow. First, there’s the world famous Wawel Castle and some other sites that are not exactly famous (or infamous), but are really worth visiting. Just don’t forget to exchange your money for zloty’s because if you wander to the quaint stores, they probably won’t take your Euros.

You’ll definitely like this place because not only is it a beautiful city to start with, but because the people are equally beautiful and very interesting. Many people who come to Krakow either stay here for good or return to this place again and again. In this magnificent city, you’ll have your fill of culture, art and good food and wine. There is never a shortage of anything to do, see, know or hear. All your senses will be wide alert when you step into this city. There are lots of foods to taste, wine (and vodka) to drink and people to befriend. If you are coming here for the first time, you don’t need to worry about not adjusting easily to the culture or so on and so forth. Many people who came here fell in love with this place at first sight. When it’s your turn to come to Krakow, you will surely go back to this place time and time again.

Top attractions in Krakow

Krakow is the most visited city in Poland. More than 7 million people come here each year and most of them return because of everything Krakow has to offer. It would be difficult to only stay in Krakow for a few days because you’d be hard pressed to compress everything Krakow has to offer in such a short time.

Main Market Square

Main Market Square

This is also known as Krakow Market Square. This place is really worth visiting because it is a really charming landmark in Krakow. In order for you to get to the Main Market Square, you can either ride a taxi or a bike. It depends on where you’re coming from. This place is a really good place to stop by even if there are no events or festivities going on.

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

This castle has been around for the longest time. The Wawel Castle has been considered by many as a model for other castles in the region when it was first built. When you visit here, feel free to bring children – they will surely be charmed by this place. There are lots of activities to do so no one – not the elderly, nor the children – will be bored when they come here.

Czartoryski Museum

Czartoryski Museum

This is a very interesting place to visit. If you are a fan of artsy stuff, then you’ll definitely have a good time here. This museum has a good history – it was founded by Princess Izabela during the late 1700’s. This museum is famous for being the home of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci – The Lady with an ermine.

Park Wodny

Park Wodny

Not exactly the first place that comes to mind when going to Krakow but for those who are always on the lookout for adrenaline and adventure, this is the place to go to. This Aqua Park is great in a sense that even in winter you can come here because the water is warm. But if you don’t want to splash around, then you can come here for the gym – one of the best in the city.

Ethnographic Museum

Ethnographic Museum

Poland is synonymous to ‘rich culture’. So when you come to Krakow, might as well visit all the museums and galleries you want. The Ethnographic Museum is not a very famous museum but it should be. This is a hidden diamond amidst a sea of pearls. If you don’t have time to visit the rural areas, come here in order to see the different side of Poland.

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