Must-see attractions in Kraków

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine

    Wieliczka Salt Mine


    Some 14km southeast of Kraków, the Wieliczka (vyeh-leech-kah) salt mine has been welcoming tourists since 1722 and today is one of Poland's most popular…

  • The Wawel Royal Cathedral (Polish: Katedra Wawelska, na Wawelu) by night in Krakow, Poland, city landmark dating back to the 11th century.

    Wawel Royal Castle


    As the political and cultural heart of Poland through the 16th century, Wawel Royal Castle is a potent symbol of national identity. It's now a museum…

  • Wawel Cathedral, Wawel Hill.

    Wawel Cathedral


    Wawel Cathedral has witnessed many coronations, funerals and burials of Poland’s monarchs and nobles. The present cathedral is basically a Gothic, but…

  • St. Mary's Church on Market Square in Krakow.

    St Mary's Basilica


    This striking brick church, best known simply as St Mary’s, is dominated by two towers of different heights. The first church here was built in the 1220s…

  • Collegium Maius

    Collegium Maius


    The Collegium Maius, part of Jagiellonian University, is the oldest surviving university building in Poland, and one of the finest examples of 15th…

  • Pharmacy under the Eagle, Plac Bohaterow Getta 18, Podgorz.

    Museum of Pharmacy


    The name of this museum doesn’t sound that exciting, but the Jagiellonian University Medical School’s Museum of Pharmacy is one of the largest museums of…

  • Church of SS Peter & Paul

    Church of SS Peter & Paul


    The Jesuits erected this church, the first baroque building in Kraków, after they had been brought to the city in 1583 to do battle with supporters of the…

  • Kosciuszko Mound Hill and fortification, Krakow, Poland

    Kościuszko Mound


    This mound, dedicated to Polish (and American) military hero Tadeusz Kościuszko (1746–1817), was erected between 1820 and 1823. It stands 34m high and…

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    Rynek Underground


    This fascinating attraction beneath the market square consists of an underground route through medieval market stalls and other long-forgotten chambers…

  • Galicia Jewish Museum

    Galicia Jewish Museum


    This museum both commemorates Jewish victims of the Holocaust and celebrates the Jewish culture and history of the former Austro-Hungarian region of…

  • Basilica of St Francis

    Basilica of St Francis


    Duck into the dark basilica on a sunny day to admire the artistry of Stanisław Wyspiański, who designed the fantastic art nouveau stained-glass windows…

  • Cloth Hall from above, Krakow, Poland

    Main Market Square


    The vast Main Market Square is the focus of the Old Town, and is Europe's largest medieval town square (200m by 200m). Its most prominent features are the…

  • Exterior of the Czartoryski Museum, home to a rich collection of art

    Czartoryski Museum


    The Czartoryski boasts the city's richest art collection, including Leonardo Da Vinci's 15th-century masterpiece, Lady with an Ermine (1489–90). Other…

  • Entrance to Kraków's Jewish Museum

    Old Synagogue


    This synagogue, dating from the 15th century, is the oldest surviving Jewish house of worship in Poland. During WWII, it was plundered and partly…

  • Cloth Hall

    Cloth Hall


    Dominating the centre of the Main Market Square, this building was once the heart of Kraków’s medieval clothing trade. Created in the early 14th century…

  • Exterior of Corpus Christi Church, the first church in Kazimierz

    Corpus Christi Church


    In the northeastern corner of Plac Wolnica and founded in 1340, this was the first church in Kazimierz and for a long time the town’s parish church. Its…

  • Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace

    Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace


    Quaint Kanonicza is the perfect street to put a palace and fill it with age-old paintings and sculptures. This newish branch of the National Museum…

  • Holy Trinity Basilica

    Holy Trinity Basilica


    Originally built in the 13th century, this massive church was badly damaged by fire in 1850. Note the original 14th-century doorway at the main (western)…

  • Jordana Park, henryk Jordan statue, who created the park

    Jordan Park


    Named after its founder Henryk Jordan, this park is a favourite for many. You'll find dog-walkers enjoying open fields, kids on climbing frames, outdoor…

  • State Rooms


    The State Rooms constitute the largest and most impressive exhibition in the castle; the entrance is in the southeastern corner of the courtyard, from…

  • National Museum


    Three permanent exhibitions – the Gallery of 20th-Century Polish Painting, the Gallery of Decorative Art, and Polish Arms and National Colours – are…

  • Royal Private Apartments


    This tour lends insight into how the monarchs and their families once lived. You’ll see plenty of magnificent old tapestries, mostly northern French and…

  • Remuh Cemetery


    This evocative cemetery stands just behind the Remuh Synagogue and dates to the Renaissance period of the 16th century. It was the quarter's main burial…

  • Stanisław Lem Science Garden


    Science nerds will enjoy a day out at this interactive science park, about 4km east of the Old Town, dedicated to the memory of Polish science fiction…

  • Planty Park


    Tracing the path of the medieval city's moat, wrapping around the Old Town from Wawel Castle, the Planty Park is an everyday piece of people's lives in…

  • Krakowski Park


    Renovated in spring 2018, this park is a lovely place to spend an hour with children, walking a dog or on your own. Added plants bring colour and attract…

  • Temple Synagogue


    One of the quarter's most visually arresting synagogues, the Temple dates from the mid-19th century. It was built in Moorish style and then given a lavish…

  • Stained Glass Workshop & Museum


    This combination museum and workshop highlights the beauty of stained glass and the considerable skill (and artistic talent) it takes to produce it…

  • Camaldolese monastery and baroque church in the wood on the hill in Bielany, Krakow, Poland , Aerial view in winter with Vistula River and far view of Cracow city in the background

    Monastery of Camaldolese Monks


    The secluded Monastery of Camaldolese Monks sits atop Silver Mountain, overlooking the Vistula, in an outlying area west of the Old Town. It's worth…

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    Benedictine Abbey of SS Peter & Paul


    About 12km southwest of the centre in Tyniec, the Benedictine Abbey of SS Peter and Paul rises dramatically on a cliff above the Vistula. Enter through a…

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    Płaszów Labour Camp


    The former Płaszów forced-labour and concentration camp was built by occupying Germans during WWII to facilitate liquidation of the nearby Podgórze Jewish…

  • Exterior view of the High Synagogue, Kraków

    High Synagogue


    This former place of worship was built around 1560, in Renaissance style, and is the third-oldest synagogue after the Old and Remuh synagogues. The High…

  • Exterior of the Kraków Barbican



    The most intriguing remnant of Kraków's medieval fortifications, the Barbican is a powerful, circular bastion adorned with seven turrets. There are 130…

  • The Florian Gate is the only original fortress gate remaining of the original eight

    Florian Gate


    This attractive stone gateway is the only one of the city’s original eight gates that was not dismantled during the 19th-century modernisation. It was…

  • Remaining section of Kraków's medieval defensive wall

    City Defence Walls


    This small museum includes entry to both the Florian Gate and Barbican, among the few surviving remnants of the city's medieval defence walls. The Florian…

  • The ornate frontage of Kraków's Ethnographic Museum

    Ethnographic Museum


    The permanent exhibition here features the reconstructed interiors of traditional Polish peasant cottages and workshops, folk costumes, craft and trade…

  • Exterior of the Isaac Synagogue, Kraków's largest synagogue

    Isaac Synagogue


    Near the southwestern edge of the Remuh Cemetery is Kraków’s largest synagogue, dated from 1638. Following partial destruction in WWII, it was returned to…

  • Historical Museum of Kraków

    Historical Museum of Kraków


    At the northern corner of the square, the collection within the 17th-century Krzysztofory Palace is home to Cyberteka, an interactive exhibition which…

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