Tourism in Krakow is rising. 10 million people annually visit and explored the city that’s full of architecture and history. Krakow is a must visit for anyone that’s looking to experience and interact with Jewish history on a personal level. But this city also offers so much more than that. Along with beautiful architecture and educational museums, it also offers some of the most stunning rooftop views. Visiting Krakow is definitely an eye-opening emotional journey.
If you’ve never been, you absolutely have to put Krakow on your bucket list and this article will give you 5 things to do when in Krakow.
1. Visit Krakow’s Best Museums
- Historical Museum of Krakow
This interactive museum shows the insight to Krakow’s long and emotional history. And what’s even better is that it’s located underground, directly under the main square. Just make sure you book your tickets in advance and pay attention to their short opening ours!
Address: Rynek Glowny 1, Krakow 31-042, Poland
- Stained Glass Museum
This small museum is incredibly cosy and perfect for those who aren’t in the mood to explore the city’s history, but still want to enjoy an amazing attraction. The stained glass museum is fairly small, but perfect for creative people who just need some inspiration.
Address: Zygmunta Krasinskiego 23, Krakow 31-111, Poland
- Oskar Schindler's Factory
If you’re looking for a timeline of events after World War 2, you should check out Oskar Schindler’s Factory. The museum tells the story of Krakow by transforming the rooms to fit the atmosphere of the era it talk about.
Address: ul. Lipowa 4, Krakow 30-702, Poland
- Krakow Pinball Museum
Okay, here’s a different one. Krakow Pinball Museum has plenty of pinball machines and arcade games you can actually play! Retro is the keyword for this amazing place and if you call yourself a gamer, you should definitely test your skills old school style.
Address: Stradomska 15, Krakow 31-068, Poland
2. Instagrammable Locations
- Main Square
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- Pod Wawelem Hotel
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Address: plac Na Groblach 22, 31-101 Kraków, Poland
- St Mary’s Basilica
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Address: plac Mariacki 5, 31-042 Kraków, Poland
- Wavel Castle
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Address: Wawel 5, 31-001 Kraków, Poland
3. Take a Walking Tour
Krakow’s a walkable city. While there’s plenty of transportation available, you can actually easily walk around the city and get plenty of historical information. There are plenty of free walking tour sites out there that operate routes such as Old Town Krakow, Jewish Krakow, and street art.
4. Get Scared
- Lost Souls Alley
If you like escape rooms, you can upgrade them by having an absolutely terrifying experience at the Lost Souls Alley. It’s Poland’s first interactive museum devoted to the basic instinct of fear. It was inspired by horror and thriller movies, and let me tell you, it’s definitely scary.
Address: Florianska 6, Krakow 31-021, Poland
5. Day trip to Auschwitz - Birkenau
One of the most memorable and necessary things to do when in Krakow is to visit Auschwitz - Birkenau for an emotional journey you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Auschwitz is located a one hour thirty minute train ride, so it most likely requires a day trip, but it is the most important day trip you’ll ever take. Take in the stories and walk the hallways - it’s one of the most moving experiences you can ever have.
How to get to Auschwitz from Krakow: Train to Oswiecim from Main Train Station Krakow
Travel time: 2 hours max
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