Reasons to visit Krakow, a cultural city in Poland

/Reasons to visit Krakow, a cultural city in Poland

Reasons to visit Krakow, a cultural city in Poland

Krakow is the second largest Polish city, one of the most cultural cities in Poland. It’s a historical city with impressive churches, museums and its beauty and atmosphere attract thousands of tourists every year. If you believe in legends, Krakow was built on the cave of a dragon.

Why is this city is so special that I’m dedicating a post with reasons why you should visit? Krakow is a city which has captured my heart and below I’m listing you some reasons why you should visit this beautiful city.

Visit Europe’s Largest Square

Krakow’s main square, Rynek Glowny, is the largest medieval square in Europe. The Cloth Hall hosts a lot of market stalls selling local clothing, jewellery, lacework, cloth handicrafts, wood carvings, rugs and all sorts of Polish souvenirs at reasonable prices. Here you’ll find St. Mary’s Basilica, a gothic church which is amazing to see.

A city which can be explored by foot

Krakow is a small city and everything is very close to each other. You can walk around and explore the city and its surroundings. There’s some beautiful walking routes from Florian’s Gate to Wawel castle. Other highlights of Krakow are the Jewish district and The Barbican.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps

Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps is one of the largest camps in Europe which has been turned and maintained as a museum. This place is worth a visit. Be prepared for an emotional tour since you’ll leave there with mixed sad feelings. I have a dedicated post with photos regarding the concentration camp which I encourage you to read at: Auschwitz, a death camp worth visiting

Visit a Cathedral made of salt, 135m underground

Another great tour from Kraków is to visit Wieliczka Salt Mine. Find more information on my dedicated post at: Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow, 135 meters underground.  

Delicious Food

Krakow has some great restaurant where you can try typical Polish cuisine. I always like to try local traditional dishes so since I was in Krakow I tried Pierogi (dough filled with meat, vegetables or cheese), polish hotdogs, sausages which were quite cheap. I got to try some dishes with marmalade as the main ingredient and were delicious.

Low budget

Yes, Poland still remains a low budget country compared to other Western European countries. It’s affordable to go out for drinks and food. It was one of the cheapest cities I’ve visited up to now.

2018-02-23T09:14:22+00:00June 21st, 2016|

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Dora Christofi
I’m Cypriot, with a London touch, experimenting with photography, working in marketing, love cooking, reading books and wishing to travel the world. I currently live in Limassol, Cyprus and try to travel as much as I can. Visit the [Meet Dora] section for more.


  1. Flo June 22, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Wow – the city looks incredible and sounds like there’s tons to see and do. Will definitely add this to my bucketlist!

  2. Susanna Kelly June 22, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Looks like an amazing city to walk around and enjoy! Thanks for sharing, you’ve convinced me to head over there!

  3. Jeanette June 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    I Love Poland! I secretly want it to remain this little country that hasn’t become overrun by tourist, bc it really has so much to offer.

  4. lauren @ June 22, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Krakow sounds awesome! And I would totally drive that painted car in one of your photos. Totally my style, haha! Great information. Thanks for sharing! xx

  5. Laura @ Grassroots Nomad June 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    My ex was from Krakow and I’ve always wanted to visit – it sounds and looks like such a diverse and vibrant city that would be so fun to explore. Wouldn’t mind a ride in that colourful car either!

  6. Sixtina June 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Really great article. I am planning a road trip through Poland in September.

  7. Yolanda Reischer Bohanec June 22, 2016 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Very nice coverage. Yes Kraków is a jewel.

  8. Bee June 22, 2016 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Good tips. I would go for the Cathedral and to the largest square. The food looks amazing too.

  9. Adrienne Lee June 23, 2016 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Such an amazing city, it’s definitely on my travel list. Thanks for the detailed info. I had no idea that Krakow had the largest square in Europe.

  10. Rosemary June 23, 2016 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Learned so much about Krakow from your post. The largest square in Europe? Wow. It truly looks like a place that is worth visiting. Great pictures and perspective. Will get there soon!!

  11. I lived in Warsaw for 3 years when I was a little girl and I remember Krakow being like a magical fairytale city from the medieval era. Wieliczka was amazing – still have so many salt lamps from there – and Auschwitz… the sadness was stiflingly palpable. Thank you for sharing and taking me back to my childhood!

  12. Vesna June 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I like Krakow very much. There are some interesting sites near Krakow and in the city centre there are a lot to see and experience. There are some very good restaurants and cafes. I remember hot beer.

  13. Marilena (Koumeroua) September 3, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks Dora! This will be my next stop! I will follow your footsteps 😉 will let you know shorty my inside and any other secrets i get to explore !

  14. Casey August 29, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Great post! Krakow looks so amazing. I have visited Poland few times, but I always went to Warsaw. Krakow is definitely next on the list 🙂 Warsaw is also a place worth going to, as it is very diverse and everybody would be able to find something appealing for themselves. I especially enjoyed going to all the cozy restaurant and bars, as I just love food :p The one that I always go back to is called Bubbles and it is in the Warsaw’s downtown. They serve really great champagnes but also delicious, high quality food. Everything about this place is perfect!

    • Dora Christofi
      Dora Christofi August 29, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Thank you Casey for the nice comment and the recommendation for Warsaw. I haven’t been yet but its on my future list.

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