6 Things I Did As A Tourist In Krakow

Krakow is Poland’s second biggest city after the capital, Warsaw. Interestingly enough, Krakow was actually the capital city of Poland up until 1596. Furthermore, its Old Town was given the honour and privilege of being handed the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site. With all the important heritage, history and culture behind this wonderful city, it didn’t come as much of a surprise when I learnt and discovered that Krakow was named the European Capital of Culture 2000. Here are 6 things I did as a tourist whilst in Krakow, Poland.

1. FREE TOUR KRAKOW

I heard about Free Tour Krakow as this was recommended to me by a fellow travel blogger on Twitter. Halfway through my city break in Krakow I was wandering and roaming through the streets and I came across a tour guide holding an umbrella, not because it was raining but to identity her as the tour guide. There was a German tour guide and an English tour guide on either side of the steps. In the end, the walking tour lasted approximately 2.5 hours and we walked through and around the Jewish Ghetto Quarter and Kazimierz area. These walking tours are totally free but are mainly reliant on tips (I tipped our lovely tour guide who did a wonderful job showing us around parts of the city). If anyone wants to know more about this then please click on the following link: https://www.freetour.com/krakow

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Ghetto Heroes Square, Krakow

2. HARD ROCK CAFE

An obvious favourite of mine, my love of Hard Rock is at an all-time high. I even have my very own Hard Rock Cafe Rewards membership! The cost of a standard meal inside is more expensive than most other restaurants in Krakow but it is always worthwhile just to enjoy the atmosphere. I went for a burger (as per usual) and I drank some traditional Polish beer to wash it down with. This Hard Rock Cafe is fairly small in comparison to most other locations but that can also make the space more warm and friendly. When I decide to visit Krakow again with friends I will be paying Hard Rock Cafe another welcoming visit!

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Hard Rock Café Krakow

3. WAWEL CASTLE

Dating all the way back to the 13th and 14th century, Wawel Castle was awarded the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Being one of the largest castles in Poland, Wawel Castle is situated and located on the left bank of the Vistula River at an altitude of 228 metres above sea level. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring through the extensive grounds of the castle and soaking up the rays of sunshine, which excitingly featured in abundance and aplenty. This is something that every tourist should experience in Krakow.

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Wawel Castle Entrance, Krakow

4. WAWEL CATHEDRAL

Wawel Cathedral, which can be found on Wawel Hill, has been an important part of history and culture for the Polish people for nearly 1000 years. The price to enter the Wawel Cathedral is considered excellent value for money as it only costs a grand total of 12 Polish zloty (which is the converted equivalent of £2.40). When I first saw the Wawel Cathedral it immediately and instantly stood out to me as a gothic style building. There are many highlights to discover whilst inside such as Sigismund Chapel, Royal Sigismund Bell, Sarcophagus of St. Stanislaus and Crypt.

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Wawel Cathedral, Krakow

5. TOWN HALL TOWER

Standing at 70 metres tall, Town Hall Tower is renowned and highly acclaimed for its Gothic styled structure. Similarly to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Town Hall Tower leans at 55 centimetres, this is due to a sudden tilt caused by a gust of strong wind in 1703. Built at the end of the 13th century, it quickly turned into a historical masterpiece and tourists cannot get enough of the Gothic inspiration behind this tower.

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Town Hall Tower, Krakow

6. ST. MARY’S BASILICA

Another gothic styled building is St. Mary’s Basilica, one of Poland’s most instantly recognisable churches. Built in the early 13th century, St Mary.’s Basilica is also widely known for the daily trumpet call which in Polish translates into hejnal. At 80 metres high, tourists are easily able to get a perfect photo of the most famous church in Krakow. An impressive looking church with a stylish exterior, St Mary’s Basilica is a sight that must be seen by all and everyone.

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St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow
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Vistula River, Krakow
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Vistula River, Krakow

Looking for another city break elsewhere? Read about my short city break in the capital city of Germany: https://travellingwithjames.co.uk/things-to-do-berlin

These were the 6 things I did as a tourist in Krakow. Have you visited Krakow before? If so, where did you visit and what did you like?

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29 thoughts on “6 Things I Did As A Tourist In Krakow”

  1. Im in Krakow and the city is very nice! I am very afraid of the current pandemic, but I used the plane and ordered a private and safe transport from Krakow Transfer so I highly recommend this company for safe movement around the city.

  2. I haven’t been to Poland. Thanks for sharing these places, hope I can visit here 😉 i look forward learning more about the history.

  3. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I am looking forward to reading your next exciting post on Krakow as a traveler since you’ve done being a tourist 😉
    Happy travels and cheers!

  4. I love that they offer the free tours like that – what an incredible way to find out more about the city and it’s history. I am going to save that site so that we can make sure to take advantage of that if we have the opportunity to visit anytime in the near future!

  5. Wonderful post on Krakow – a place I have not been but will travel to soon (my husband has family here) & liked all your recommendations. Polish food is a favorite, so any other food/restaurant recommendations?

  6. Krakow isn’t really somewhere that I’ve thought about going to before, I only really know about Auschwitz. I’m a sucker for free city tours to get my bearings so night consider this as a new European destination!

  7. I loved Poland and Krakow specifically. I actually have a photo of the cathedral on my living room wall! All I ate were pierogies too haha

  8. Some good things to do in Krakow, James. I’ve been to Krakow. I would add the Schindler Factory (Museum), the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz (a day trip on its own). It’s always a challenge to figure out what to do in a short visit. You can’t go wrong with Krakow and a visit to Poland.

  9. Krakow is such a pretty city. I love looking at all of the old architecture. I have never been but I would love to someday. Thanks for the information.

  10. Free tours are a great way of seeing the main sights of a city! I’d love to visit Krakow at some point! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Beautiful pics! Krakow looks like an extraordinary place and I’d love to go one day. Definitely going to try to remember the free tour!

  12. Thanks for sharing this with me, James! Like you, I would definitely start with the free tour too – always such a great intro to a city. And that Wawel Cathedral looks really cool. Thanks again and hope to make it to Poland one day!

  13. I have been wanting to visit Poland for a while. I’m glad you mentioned the city tour. I like to use those to learn my way around when I first arrive in a new city.

  14. What a great write up. I’ve never been to Krakow but boy do I want to go. Might have to take James along as my guide. Looking forward to your next blog James. Get travelling!

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