MUST-SEE PLACES IN KRAKOW
Discover the uniqueness of Krakow
Krakow is a magical city located on the banks of the Vistula River, with one of the best preserved medieval town centres in Europe. The city is listed as one of the 12 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list. City life focuses around the Market Square, which bustles with a multitude of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés, giving it an extraordinary atmosphere.
Located just a few steps from the hotel, Wawel Hill is the Mecca of every Pole and a must for foreign tourists. From the 11th century on Poland's monarchs took up their residence here, in the Royal Castle and they were both crowned and buried here, in the Wawel Cathedral. For 1000 years it has been the witness to changes in the history and a shelter of a great variety of art as well as a burial ground of most Polish royalty, the greatest national heroes, saints and scores of Krakow bishops.
The Royal Castle
Conveniently situated in the city centre on Wawel Hill, the royal home guarantees an invaluable lesson in Polish history. This was the seat of power from the 11th Century until 1609 when the capital was transferred to Warsaw. It is now a combination of Medieval, Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque styles, each introduced by different rulers. The Royal Chambers contain splendid collections of art works, with the most extensive array of tapestries.
This district of Krakow was founded in the fourteenth century, but was an independent town until the early nineteenth century, separated from Krakow by the Wisła river. The north-eastern part of the Jewish district of Kazimierz was a place of co-existence of Jewish and Christian cultures. Nowadays, it is one of Krakow’s highlights and the centre of cultural life in Krakow.
Shopping and Entertainment
Krakow's life is centred on the Market Square, which is one of the largest medieval market squares in Europe and also one of the most beautiful. Both townspeople and tourists come here to meet each other, do business, to shop and simply pass the time.
The City Centre bustles with life – there are plenty of shops, pubs, restaurants with beer-gardens and cafés, creating an extraordinary atmosphere. Walking through the Market Square, you may also come across horse-drawn carriages as well as flying pigeons.
On the Main Square you will find the old Cloth Hall, which is said to be one of the oldest shopping malls. At its beginnings it served as a place to sell cloth and handcrafts, while now there are stalls selling different handcrafted souvenirs, jewellery and regional products. It is always busy, with a very special atmosphere and beautiful architecture with the picturesque coats of arms of Polish cities painted on the walls under the ceiling.
Nowadays Krakow also offers a great choice of modern shopping centres, with the best-known being Galeria Krakowska, Galeria Kazimierz and Bonarka.
Krakow Valley Golf & Country Club
The 18-hole golf course was designed by a world-class architect, the California-based Ronald Fream, who belongs to the legendary studio of Robert Trent Jones. The unique design, with wide corrugated fairways and huge bunkers around greens, is adapted to the characteristically Polish landscape, and makes it one of the leading European golf courses.
The total length including the professional tee is 6518 m. The trees, greens and fairways are regularly watered and drained, which keeps the golf course in excellent condition throughout the season. Krakow Valley Golf & Country Club hosts international and national golf championships.
- Wawel Royal Castle - 100 m
- Jagiellonian University - 700 m
- Main Market Square - 1 km
- Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) - 1 km
- Town Hall Tower - 1 km
- Mariacki Church - 1,1 km
- Kazimierz - 1,1 km
ART AND CULTURE
- Cathedral Museum - 100 m
- Philharmonic - 550 m
- National Museum - 1 km
- Collegium Maius - 1 km
- Piwnica pod Baranami - 1 km
- Jewish Culture Center - 1,3 km
- Juliusz Słowacki Theatre - 1,5 km
- Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) - 1 km
- Galeria Kazimierz Shopping Mall - 1 km
- Galeria Krakowska Shopping Mall - 1,8 km
- Błonia Park - 1,5 km
- Kraków Valley Golf & Country Club- 27 km
- Main Railway Station Kraków Główny- 4,3 km
- John Paul II Airport, Kraków - Balice- 10,7 km
- Wieliczka Salt Mine (UNESCO World Heritage) - 10 km
- Ojców National Park - 27 km
- Pieskowa Skala Castle - 31 km
- Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps - 60 km
- Czestochowa - religious capital, home of the Black Madonna - 150 km
- Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains - Poland's winter playground - 100 km
Check the location
- Błonia Park
- Juliusz Słowacki Theatre
- Kraków Valley Golf & Country Club
- Ojców National Park
- Piwnica pod Baranami
- Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)
- Collegium Maius
- Jagiellonian University
- Jewish Culture Center
- Main Market Square
- Mariacki Church
- Pieskowa Skala Castle
- Sheraton Grand Krakow
- Town Hall Tower
- Wawel Royal Castle
- Wieliczka Salt Mine
- Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps
- Cathedral Museum
- National Museum
- John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice
- Main Railway Station Kraków Główny
- Galeria Kazimierz Shopping Mall
- Galeria Krakowska Shopping Mall