8 Things to Do in Krakow That You Shouldn't Miss

April 9, 2018 Leonarda Pillsbury

Krakow is one of the most culturally and politically significant cities in Poland. It was the central site of the Nazi General Government during WWII, and there’s still a residual feeling of solemnity here that’s especially apparent during visits to the Plaszow Concentration Camp and the Oskar Schindler Factory. Both the Historic City Centre and the Jewish District are brimming with cafés, shops, and pubs, and the 10-acre Main Market Square is a medieval feast for the senses.
Restaurants in Krakow

1. Main Market Square

Center of Old Town, Krakow, Poland
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Main Market Square

Huge 10-acre square, the largest in any of Europe's medieval cities, features the 16th-century Renaissance Cloth Hall and the splendid 14th-century Gothic Basilica of the Virgin Mary.

Reviewed By Richard B - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The main market square is a point of convergence for all the roads from almost every direction.
A beautiful square with pretty historical buildings. This is archetypical Krakow. A wealth of history and life in days gone by. Today a hive of activity for restaurants, bars and the market stalls.

2. Oskar Schindler's Factory

ul. Lipowa 4, Krakow 30-702, Poland +48 12 257 10 17
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Oskar Schindler's Factory

Housed in the former administrative building of Oskar Schindler factory, Emalia, is a museum that tells the story of Schindler and the Jewish prisoners of Plaszow who were the inspiration for Steven Spielberg's hit movie, "Schindler's List."

Reviewed By rim18in - Bengaluru, India

We visited this place during Easter weekend. It is good to reserve online if you are planning to visit during holiday weekends. Else you will end up standing in a very long queue. It took us around 45 mins to get in. This place offers the history of Kraków City as well

3. Lost Souls Alley

Florianska 6, Krakow 31-021, Poland +48 666 986 069
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5 based on 1 reviews

Lost Souls Alley

Explore the dark face of the city. Take the challenge and let yourself feel the fear, which has never been so real. Visit rooms haunted by lost souls, and be sure that you will remember forever things which are hidden at the cursed floor at Florianska 6. LOST SOULS ALLEY - Poland's first interactive museum devoted to the basic instinct of fear. Entire floor, which is inspired by horror movies.

Reviewed By Rebecca V

I’m not one for being afraid, or even liking horror movies that much.
However....
This had me screaming like a baby and shaking like a leaf!!! I was experiencing real terror!!! I literally ran out of the last room nearly in tears,scratched myself and trampled my friend in the process! (Survival of the fittest! Haha!)
It’s set is brilliantly executed held behind a seedy lap dance club. You feel nervous just walking up the stairs!!!
Worth the experience, and you’ll definitely need a drink and laugh about it afterwards! (It is after all a game!)
**Definitely not for young children or those who get nervous easily. ( half our group
Dropped out they were so scared!)also wear comfortable clothes and shoes, you need to be able to run!!!!!**
Well done lost souls alley. You got me!!!

4. Historic Old Town

Rynek Glowny, Krakow 30-062, Poland
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5 based on 7 reviews

Historic Old Town

The 13th century merchants' town is home to Europe's largest market square and offers numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with magnificent interiors, 14th century fortifications, ancient synagogues, Jagiellonian University and the Gothic Cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried.

Reviewed By Heebeejeebee - Intergalactic Cruise

I’m sitting in the market square having a beer and thinking life doesn’t get any better than this.
Krakow is a beautiful city steeped in history and is one of the friendliest places I’ve been in a while.
From bustling markets to gourmet restaurants, there’s not much that it doesn’t offer.
People are friendly and relaxed and prices are very reasonable for food and drink.
I’m loving it here and can’t wait to come back.

5. Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu)

Zygmunta Krasinskiego 23, Krakow 31-111, Poland +48 512 937 979
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5 based on 338 reviews

Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu)

Guided tours in English: Tuesday - Saturday every hour from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. (last English tour 5:00 pm). In the Stained Glass Museum, exhibition spaces intertwine with the old stained glass workshop, functioning since 1902. The visitors can observe the process of stained glass creation, in the warm atmosphere of the historic workshop, directly above the heads of artists and craftsmen. For this reason visits can only be made by joining a guided tour. Ticket prices per person including a guide: adults 36 PLN, student 29 PLN, family (2+2) 116 PLN Individual visitors can also book workshops with master craftsmen and make their own stained glass souvenir. There are three workshops options: 2 hrs, 3 hrs or2 days long, at the price 180 PLN, 250 PLN or 800 PLN per person respectively. The price in each case includes: - guided tour of the museum and workshop - coffee break - creation of stained glass object under the artist's guidance - your own stained glass object to take home.

Reviewed By Zsuzsi B

We visited the museum in our last day in Krakow. After seeing the beautiful architecture of the city we were very curious what we will experience there. Our guide, Gabriela told us really interesting facts about making stained glass, showed us many examples and materials. It was really fascinating, we were really glad that we visited, it was a really great experience and we learnt a lot there and we could actually seen the artist doing their art while we were there. It is only an hour but it is really worth it. We will look differently at stained glasses at churches and building than before.
Thank you!

6. Krakow Pinball Museum

Stradomska 15, Krakow 31-068, Poland +48 608 041 000
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5 based on 296 reviews

Krakow Pinball Museum

Interactive exhibition of over 60 pinball machines and 15 arcade games (like Pacman, Galaga, Donkey Kong etc.) You can enjoy all of them and play as they are all on FREE PLAY mode. We also have a lounge area with bar serving over 20 kinds of local beers as well as soft drinks WE LOVE PINBALL

Reviewed By prab932018 - Bristol, United Kingdom

Definitely worth a visit if pinball machines are something that you're into, they have machined back from the 60's through to the 90's. Loved playing on these, massive selection of games as well. Also have a bar where you can get drinks, coffees. I would say that make sure you have plenty of time before you go, as me and my friend were only there for around 1.5 hours and this was not enough time to use all the machines, althought the staff member at the desk informed us that we would be allowed back in if we needed to leave and come back ( just show wrist band that they give you upon entry) we did not have time to go back, so did work out slightly expensive. But that was our fault!

7. St. Mary's Basilica in Krakow

pl. Mariacki 5, Krakow 31-042, Poland +48 12 422 07 37
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

St. Mary's Basilica in Krakow

One of the most famous of Poland's churches, this Gothic structure features two striking towers, the taller of which is a magnificent Gothic spire with a gold-plated crown built in 1666.

Reviewed By Richard B - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In the most prominent position in town. A noteworthy basilica dedicated to the virgin.
Beautiful both inside and out. A brick Gothic style church (not uncommon) in Poland. Sitting at the edge of the main square.
An interesting history to the church - which you would expect from something that has been around for 100s of years.
Very photogenic and worth going in if you are not religious (even just for a look).

8. Polish Aviation Museum

Jana Pawla II 39, Krakow 31-864, Poland +48 12 642 87 00
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Polish Aviation Museum

Reviewed By NosieParker - High Wycombe, United Kingdom

We got here a bit late and the light was fading so didn’t have enough time on the outside exhibits as they deserved. But this was a fascinating museum with lots to interest all aviation fans. The interactive kids zone in the main building looked great fun

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