Krakow has plenty to discover, so plan what you would like to see and find out how to get there.
Krakow doesn't have an underground metro system but does have trams, buses and an affordable fleet of taxi companies. Even a 10-mile trip by cab will usually cost you less than 45 zlotys, which is about £9. Many of the best sights in the historic centre are near each other so walking is often an option too.
The city can be roughly split into four main zones: the centre, with its old-world charm, the west, great for big parks, the east, with communist history, and the south, where you can visit the former Jewish ghetto from the WWII era.
This part of Poland enjoys mild weather from late spring to early autumn, which is a great time to visit if you'd like to spend time walking and exploring the sights. That said, the city is beautiful blanketed in snow in winter. This is also when you can visit the traditional Polish Christmas markets.
Discover a few of the highlights on a visit to this charming and historic town.
Originating from the 14th century, this former royal palace is situated prominently on the banks of the River Vistula. Its façade, featuring multiple grand spires, makes it one of the finest examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture in Europe. Visit the royal private apartments, the treasury and the armoury as well as the other exquisite chambers in this regal abode.
Take a tour of this mine close to Krakow and see how it functioned when salt was a precious commodity in Europe. You can either take the Tourist Route, which will take you around the mine's various caverns, or the Miners' Route. The latter is a hands-on experience, putting on work clothes and using mining equipment for a fun and educational experience.
Situated close to Krakow by bus, this is the most famous Nazi concentration camp from WWII. You can take part in a guided tour, which is the best way to get the most information and insight into how the camp functioned and what it was like to be held here. Walking around independently is a good idea if you would prefer to take your time and reflect on the site's significance at your own pace.