There are so many cool things to do in Krakow, as well as interesting things to see, that it should be on every travelers list. Wroclaw and Krakow are my two favorite cities in Poland. The architecture is amazing in both places, and there is also a ton of history here. Poland is beautiful and intriguing, and here are the top
10 things to do in Krakow
1. Main Market Square (Rynek Glowney) is a huge town square – almost a 10-acre square! So much beautiful medieval and Renaissance era architecture is here that you will easily spend an entire afternoon sightseeing. If you have to choose one thing to do in Krakow, come site-see here.
2. Krakow’s Historic Center is another section of town that you will want to spend some time at. Many palaces, churches and historical houses, and well as Jagiellonian University are located here.
3. 50km west of the beautiful Krakow lies an ominous reminder of the area’s grim past – the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Auschwitz, which saw the mass murder of 1.3 million Jews between 1942 and 1944, under the rule of the Nazi Third Reich was made into a museum in ’49. It’s something you really don’t want to see, but shouldn’t miss at the same time.
4. Wawel Cathedral is Krakow’s most important church. It features the giant bell of Zygmunt from 1520, and is famous for the beautiful religious art. It is also the burial place of many national heroes, kings and bishops.
5. Oskar Schindler’s Enamelware Factory tells of the Polish history through World War 2, with a sobering look at the plight of the Jewish people during that era. It is the inspiration for the movie Schindler’s List.
6. The Polish Aviation Museum is a fantastic collection of airplanes and helicopters from different eras and countries. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon (Tuesday is free entry day), especially for the enthusiast – but everyone will enjoy the display.
7. Royal Chambers or State Rooms is the largest and most impressive museum in Krakow. It has been restored to the original Renaissance style, and has myriads of art, paintings and furnishing from that era.
8. Wieliczka is famous for its salt mine that is extremely deep. It is filled with pits and chambers, and has been in operation for over 700 years. It features a lot of items that are hand carved from salt blocks. Extremely interesting!
9. Gruzinskie Chaczapuri is a cheap and very friendly Georgian restaurant whose house specialty is cheese pie. With five branches in the Krakow area, you should be able to find one easily for a great steak and grill.
10. With Fire and Sword is a restaurant that has brought the Poland of long ago into the atmosphere. With the rustic wood interior, complete with animal hides and a fireplace, and the old-time recipes, it is truly a dining experience!