Top Tourist Attractions in Krakow

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Krakow's Top Tourist Attractions

Krakow is home to many tourist attractions, and can keep you entertained for days.

Most visitors to Kraków check out the Main Square, the Cloth Hall (in the middle of the square), the St Mary's Church (which is on one of the corners of the main square), the Wawel Castle, and of course the many restaurants, bars and pubs that Kraków has to offer!

There are plenty of free walking tours (most leave from the main square, near the St Mary's Church or near Hard Rock Cafe) that can give an interesting and unique view into the history of Kraków. But you can also walk and explore it by yourself!

Here are some of the most popular and best tourist attractions - click on the photos to read more about them.

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Auschwitz concentration camp

Auschwitz concentration camp dates back to WWII, and we want to warn you: this will be a very sad day out. Auschwitz was a Nazi concentration camp, but it is now open to tourists. There are plenty of companies offering tours to Ausch...

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Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)

The Cloth Hall ("Sukiennice" in Polish) is the middle of the big Main Square. It dates back to the Renaissance times and is a well-known tourist landmark in Krakow. Since 1978 it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back in the...

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Krakow Barbican

The Kraków Barbican ('barbakan krakowski' in Polish) is a fortified outpost that dates back to 1498. It in the old town area of Kraków, just past in front of Florian's Gate. It used to be connected to the city walls, but now it stands ...

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Krakow Main Square

The main square (known as the Rynek Główny in Polish) is the heart of Krakow. It is right in the middle of the old town area, and is one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe (at 40,000 square meters). You can often find street ...

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Krakow Zoo

Kraków Zoo is a really nice way to spend an afternoon. You can get a bus (from Cracovia stadium) direct to the zoo, or get a taxi (it should be 20-30zł from the Old Town area). There are plenty of animals, and they have lots of space. ...

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Krakus Mound

One of the famous mounds in Kraków, perfect for a view of the city!

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Polish Aviation Museum

The Polish Aviation Museum is perfect for anyone interested in aircraft or the military. It is a bit further away from the city center than most museums, but it is quite large and worth the trip. Tickets are 14zł (7zł for children or ...

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St Mary's Church

St. Mary's Basilica, or "Kościół Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny (Kościół Mariacki)" in Polish is a huge landmark on the main square in Kraków. It is on the north east corner of the main market square (Rynek Głowny), and ...

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Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle is in between the Old Town's main square and the Wisła (Vistula) river. It was originally built in the 14th century, but has been preserved very well. Almost all tourists that visit Krakow end up seeing the castle. It is ri...

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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine (known in Polish as "Kopalnia soli Wieliczka", but very often referred to as Krakow's Salt Mine) is a mine dating back to the 13th century in the town of Wielczka that produced table salt. It produced table salt until...

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Other tourist attractions

These tourist attractions are not quite so popular, but we still recommend checking them out if you have time in Krakow...

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Cybermachina Video Game Bar

If you have any interest in playing video games and like pubs, then you have got to check out the video game pub in Krakow! It is called Cybermachina, and it is basically a normal pub that has Xbox consoles, Wii's, etc for you to play (for ...

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Papugarnia Amazonia - Play with Parrots in Krakow

A cool tourist attraction that lets you go in and play with parrots.

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Kocia Kawiarnia Kociarnia (Cat Cafe)

Since mid 2015 Kraków has been home to a "Cat Cafe", where you drink coffee and stroke cats! It is a quick 5-10 min walk north from the main square, but if you like cats or animals then it is definitely worth the short walk. You can fi...

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Krakow Pinball Museum (Interaktywne Muzeum Flipperów)

Krakow Pinball Museum is a cool museum / pub, where all the machines are free to play. If you are in the area it is definitely worth checking out!...

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Kraków Love Bridge

A lot of cities have 'Love Bridges' - where couples lock padlacks to. Well, Kraków is no exception - you can find loads of padlocks on the Kładka Ojca Bernatka footbridge. There isn't anywhere nearby that sells padlocks or pens - so...

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Liban Quarry

A creepy and abandoned quarry dating back to 1873, that was once a Nazi Labor camp

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Lost Souls Alley

Scariest Scary House Ever!

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Mirror Maze Labyrinth (Lustrzany Labirynt)

The Mirror Maze Labyrinth (Lustrzany Labirynt) is on Grodzka street (a minute from the main square). You enter by one door, and have to find the exit. It is very confusing (it will appear that something is ahead of you - but it is actually...

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Rynek Underground Museum

The Rynek Underground Museum is a very modern museum in the heart of the Old Town in Krakow. It has interactive displays, 3d holographs and lots of things on exhibition. Krakow's main market square used to be a few meters lower than it ...

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Schindler’s Factory

Schindler’s Factory is a modern museum set in the old factory that was made famous by the film Schindler's List. It is a really interesting museum that shows the occupation of Krakow and Poland by the Nazis then the Soviets in WWII. ...

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Senses Pitch Black Restaurant

The first pitch black restaurant in Krakow

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Zakrzowek Lake

Zakrzówek lake was created in 1990, after the limestone quarry there flooded. Nowadays it is a popular tourist attraction (mostly with locals), but officially it isn't really open to the public. It is fenced off, but there are many hol...

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