According to DigoPaul, Krakow is a historic gem of a city, located in the far south of Poland, far away from the coast and bad weather. Although Krakow is not the capital of Poland, it is considered the most important cultural city in the country, and is clearly the one that attracts the most tourists in Poland. Over seven million people come here every year to experience the rich cultural heritage, which includes venerable buildings from both the Renaissance and the Middle Ages. Krakow is a suitable destination for both families and love travelers, and the latter alternative may have become especially popular with Norwegians.
Nearly 800,000 people live in Krakow, so the city is definitely a big city to be reckoned with, even though it cannot compete with the largest European capitals. In any case, it gives you a calmer atmosphere, and you can enjoy the silence in the intimate and old-fashioned streets.
Recommended hotels in Krakow
- Bonerowski Palace-In Krakow it is possible to stay very luxuriously without having to pay for the shirt. At Hotel Bonerowski Palace you can stay in an elegant hotel with five stars without it costing you so much more than what a normal night in a Norwegian hotel would cost. The hotel is centrally located in the Gamble City of Krakow, just a two minute walk from the Market Square. Beautiful and spacious rooms, combined with extremely good service and unbeatable location make this one of the best hotels in Krakow.
- Grand Ascot Hotel- A significantly cheaper option than Bonerowski Palace, but with four stars in the book, you can still expect a great stay at the Grand Ascot Hotel. The location is very central, with about an 8 minute walk to the Market Square. Spacious and elegant rooms, nice bathrooms with plenty of space and good service. Resturant and bar with good food, breakfast is also praised. A hotel that gives you a lot for your money!
- City Center Rooms and Apartments– If you want an even cheaper alternative than the previous two, this may be right for you. City Center Rooms and Apartments is an apartment hotel in a great location in the Old Town. Cozy and clean apartments with nice staff.
Travel to Krakow
Getting to Krakow is not a problem, as several airlines take you directly to the airport from Oslo Airport. The city is most attractive to tourists during the summer months, and that is when direct routes are available. The period from early May to autumn is recommended travel times, but if you want some sun and warmth when visiting the city, you have to travel in June-July.
The currency of Poland is the Polish zloty. The price level in Krakow is also very low, and the city is known for being one of Europe’s cheapest cities when it comes to shopping, accommodation and dining. The city is considered safe to travel in, but pickpockets are eager in the tourist areas, at the same time as there is a lot of money laundering in the city. The drinking water should be bought in a bottle, but tap water can be used for brushing teeth.
Hotels and restaurants in Krakow
Krakow has been Poland’s most important tourist city for several years, and consequently has plenty of accommodation. However, the standard is very variable, and you usually get what you pay for. Most hotels are within walking distance of the old town, where most of the sights and attractions are located. In any case, transport is not particularly expensive in Krakow if you do not want to walk.
While Italian and French cuisine are known for their good food, very few Norwegians have any relations to Polish food. If you are going to eat local food here, it will be food similar to what is otherwise served in Eastern Europe, which is largely based on fatty meat and plenty of accessories. But the selection of restaurants serving food from other parts of the world is plentiful and you will find everything from Mexican and Italian to Asian and Indian in Krakow.
Attractions in Krakow
Krakow is a city with a very rich history, which is reflected in the many tourist attractions. Here you can visit sights that are several hundred years old, or get an insight into the role the city played during the Second World War.
The market in Krakow
If you are in Krakow, you will probably spend a lot of time in the market. There is a giant square in the heart of the city, where you will find everything from traditional stalls to more modern shops. There are also many restaurants with outdoor seating. A visit here is also considered by many to be a journey back in time, as the market has retained a very old-fashioned feel.
The world’s most famous concentration camp, known for its horrific events during World War II, is located about 50 km west of Krakow. Tickets are sold with transport here, which also includes entrance to the museum at Auschwitz. Here you should definitely set aside time to visit, as a very important part of human history took place here.
Kosciol Mariacki as it is called in Polish, is the most famous and most visited church in Krakow. It has been traced as far back as the 13th century, and is built in a style that mixes three different styles.
The salt mines
The salt mines in Wieliczka are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and are truly a spectacular experience. Salt has been mined here since the 13th century and the mines also house impressive salt carvings and cathedrals.
A little higher up you will find the famous castle in Krakow, called Wawel. This too was built in the 16th century and bears the mark of a Renaissance design. A visit to the castle is considered a “must” when traveling to Krakow, and is a very popular tourist attraction.