Krakow holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Spring, Summer

April, May

June, July

Getting There

53 £GBP

LCY → KRK

Stay There

31 £GBP

4-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Visa
not required

Freedom of movement

Currency
Poland, Zloty
1.00 USD = 3.89 PLN
CURRENT WEATHER
Rain
+6°C
Airport Transport

Taxi: 10 £GBP (35 min)
Bus: 0.7 £GBP (35 min)
Train: 1 £GBP (20 min)

Restaurants
Lunch ≈ 4.20 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 12 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1.70 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.40 £GBP
Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 999
Police: 997

Why Krakow

If you are looking for a break in a city that hits the right mix of history, art culture, nightlife and entertainment all packaged in quaint surroundings, it is hard to beat Krakow holidays. While you can see traces of the havoc wreaked by WWII on the city, the former royal capital of Poland is also firmly placed in the present.

Wander the largest medieval town square in Europe, go exploring at the elegant Wawel Castle, and take it all in people watching from a quiet café. By evening, you will have your pick of cabaret bars and restaurants, theatres and clubs.

Krakow is a fairy-tale-like city packed with beautiful historic monuments. Go exploring in the magnificent medieval city centre and get a poignant insight into the war-torn past of Poland, in the city’s old Jewish district and at Auschwitz.

When to go

Temperature: The July average temperature in July is 19 degrees Celsius, but it can climb to as high as 30 degrees Celsius.

Best time for holidays to Krakow: June and July.

Poland features a temperate climate, but if you want to see the sights with a good helping of sunshine visit Krakow in July. For winter sports the best time of the year is between January and March.

Where to go/stay

This truly is an incredible historical city, packed with magnificent architecturall monuments and cultural institutions that are world-class. On your holidays to Krakow discover its underrated dining scene at bohemian restaurants and cafés, eclectic shopping and hidden away nightspots.

Stroll around the centre’s cobbled streets that make up the old town at your leisure and gaze upon at treasure trove of historic monuments such as the revered Wawel Cathedral and the Gothic St Mary’s Church. Visit Kazimierz  and the site of Oskar Schindler’s factory and learn more about Poland’s poignant past leaving from Krakow on an Auschwitz-Birkenau tour.

Things to do

From regal Renaissance architecture to one of the oldest industrial enterprises in Europe, there is much more to this southern Polish city that meets the eye.

One of the most difficult yet important places to visit during Krakow holidays is Auschwitz-Birkenau, it was Europe’s largest concentration camp under Nazi occupation during WWII. Walk under the sign that reads “Arbeit Macht Frei” (work makes you free) just be prepared to be left unsettled.

Visit a European industry that has been working since the 13th century, Wieliczka Salt Mine should occupy a high place on your list of places in Krakow to visit. Take the tourist route and see the signs of the historical mining operation, 20 pristine chapels and underground lakes.

Admire a collection of antiques and art fit for a royalty, in one of the most fascinating places to visit on holidays in Krakow. Located the left bank of the river Vistula, Wawel Castle looks out over the city from the top of Wawel Hill – which is also home to the Krakow’s blue and gold ceilinged cathedral.

Satisfy all your retail therapy needs at the massive Galeria Krakowska shopping mall. Or haggle the prices at the flea markets in Kazimierz. Browse stalls filled with fresh flowers and produce at the Stary Kleparz indoor market. Or buy some souvenir glassware at the famed Polish Krosno factory at Alhena.

Feast on amazing dishes such as crayfish stew at Wentzl, where clients have dined since the 15th century. Sip on a coffee by day in one of the city’s eclectic cafes on your holidays to Krakow and listen to hot beats by night at one of the quirky underground clubs.