20 Things to do in Kraków, Poland Travel Guide

20 Things to do in Kraków, Poland Travel Guide

We kicked off this trip to Poland with a visit
to Krakow, a city people have been telling us to visit for years and now we know why. Kraków in the summertime was wonderful! We spent our time enjoying castle views by
the river side, exploring neighbourhoods covered in street art, eating some of the best pierogie
of our lives, and also discovering what we think may be the best ice cream in the whole
country. The following is our travel guide to some
of the best things to do in Krakow! Alright, time for our very first castle. We are heading to Wawel Castle (Zamek Królewski
na Wawelu). Yeah. And we didn’t leave ourselves a lot of time. It is almost quarter after four. Yeah. Apparently, this closes at five. We’ve gotta hustle to get there. We’re about a five minute walk away. Wawel Castle is Krakow’s crowning jewel, and
for centuries it was the residence of the kings of Poland. The cool thing about this castle is that you
can see a mix of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture all in one place. So not only have we chosen to visit the castle
right before it closes but it would also appear we chose a day when they have a special event. So half of it is blocked off. Womp womp. Womp womp. Story of our lives. But I mean what we have seen is beautiful. Yeah. Like the architecture is stunning so we have
enjoyed it. It was incredible. To be honest we were going to go visit it
earlier in the morning but the weather was really bad pouring rain. But the sun has come out and our mood has
improved and we are happy to have seen what we’ve been able to see. Mmmhmmm. Another thing we really enjoyed in Kraków
(Cracow) was strolling the banks of the Vistula River (Wisła) right around sunset. For starters, you get some pretty great views
of the castle walls, plus it’s also a popular spot with bikers and joggers. And while you’re down by the Vistula, you
can also hop aboard one of the many boats for a river cruise (Rejs statkiem Wisły). So after a long day of sightseeing. Mmmhmmm. This is going to be the perfect way to well
rest our legs, to unwind and to experience sunset as we take a nice little river cruise. Oh, show us the river cruise motion again. Yeah. That is how the river cruise goes. Just like that. It is an adventure tour. Alright, alright. Let’s simmer down. So we’re currently doing the 30 minute boat
ride down the Vistula River. But you can also do longer tours. They have booze cruises and they also have
floating restaurants. So yeah, lots of options here. While in the city, we also had to walk the
Royal Route (Droga Królewska), which was once the historic coronation path of Polish
kings. The route starts in the north end of the Old
Town and runs its course all the way to Wawel Castle. You’ll notice lots of horse carriage rides
on offer, and some beautiful architecture along the way. Next up, there’s St. Mary’s Basilica (Kościół
Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny, Kościół Mariacki). You do have to pay an admission fee to enter,
but there are two very good reasons to do so. The first is the ceiling, which is painted
to resemble the midnight sky, and the second, is the Altar of Veit Stoss, the largest Gothic
altarpiece in the world and also one of Poland’s national treasures. After visiting the basilica, we spent a bit
of time walking the Main Square (Rynek Główny), which just so happens to be Europe’s largest
medieval town square. We were there on a weekend so the place was
buzzing. There were lots of performers scattered around,
but the bubble busker had the biggest crowd by far. Continuing our journey north, we then reached
St. Florian’s Gate (Brama Floriańska) and the Barbican (barbakan krakowski), two iconic
sites in the Old Town. And while you’re in the area, you can also
walk around Planty Park (Parku Planty Białystok), which wraps around the Old Town where the
medieval fortifications once stood. Leaving the Old Town behind, we also made
time to visit Kazimierz, which turned out to be a really artsy neighbourhood with bold
splashes of street art. Here you’ll also find the Ethnographic Museum
(Muzeum Etnograficzne im. Seweryna Udzieli w Krakowie), which focuses
on Polish folk culture, but also looks at cultures across Europe and the world. Sam is at it with the camera filming, taking
photos. How are you liking it. It is awesome. Street art is one of the coolest surprises
whenever you go to a city. And if a city has really tasteful and exciting
street art. Tasteful. Tasteful. Then I’m going to be filming it for sure. After enjoying a bit of street art, we found
Moment, a cozy little cafe serving up traditional Polish breakfasts (Polskie śniadanie), so
we ordered exactly that. And if early mornings aren’t really your
thing, you’ll be glad to hear that Kazimierz really comes to life at night. The streets are lined with bars, bistros,
and restaurants, and on a summer’s night it feels like the whole city gathers here. Żywiec! He’s drinking Żywiec. Żywiec! Cheers to you. Żywiec! Alright are you going to have a sip or not? Haha. Now speaking of food, we sampled some of the
best pierogi of our lives at Pierogarnia located at 44 Krakowska. It’s a small restaurant with only 6 tables,
but we have nothing but praise for this place. I have been waiting for this pierogi. These polish dumplings. Like I think out of all the dumplings I’ve
had around the world these are some of my favorite. Mmmm. These are just so so good. I’m cutting it in half here. Oh my gosh there is so much filling. Anyways, these are stuffed so let’s try it. Oh la lah. Mmmmm. What do you think? Just so good. This is the second savory plate of pierogi. This is the one that has mushrooms, feta and
walnuts. Check that out. I know. That is awesome. So I’m going in. Ooh. Mmmm. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. This is like earthy and so rich. Mmmm. Wonderbar? But now let’s hop on a tram and take you
south of the Vistula. Few visitors make it here, and the place definitely
has more of a local vibe, but we found a handful of gems we want to share. So we have to talk about ice cream. Yeah. In Poland. Because seriously it is amazing. It is. And it is not called ice cream. It is called Lody. We don’t know a lot of Polish but that is
the one word we do know. That is a word we’ve picked up very well. Especially in Kraków (Cracow) because my
gosh they have like hidden gem of really good ice cream. I didn’t know there was great ice cream in
Poland. Yeah. But there sure is. And this is one of our favorite places. It is like just around the corner from where
we are staying. Uh huh. So we’re going to take you in and we’re going
to get some awesome ice cream and show you what it is all about. Alright, let’s go in. This place is called Emil Kręci Lody and
we made it a regular part of our days in Krakow (Cracow). When you find ice cream this good, you have
to enjoy it while you can! Alright guys, allow us to introduce you to
the most beautiful ice creams. Look at that. You have ever seen! Alright, so mammoth waffle cone. Yeah. Pistachio ice cream, Kokos ice cream which
is coconut. Yeah. And Nutella at the bottom. OMG. Oh my gosh that is like a very eclectic arrangement
of flavors. And I should share my flavors. What did you get? Mine were strawberry, mango and coconut. The mango is hidden. So this is my first time to try this pistachio
but I’ve had the coconut kokos. And my gosh it is so good. It has real chunks of shredded coconut. Yeah. Like not just a little bit but like mostly. Uh huh. More than even ice cream. Yeah, like we were eating ice cream here yesterday
and we were basically just moaning in the restaurant. First time to try the pistachio it is so good. And this place is packed and for reason. Yeah. There is a big lineup and most of the tables
are full so. Mmmm. You’re wasting ice cream. I’m dripping it. The other thing that I should mention too
is the ice cream here is really affordable. It is super cheap. Oh yeah. A Euro or two gets you something basically
like this. Like a massive stack of ice cream in a waffle
cone. So yeah. To the Krakus Mound (kopiec Kościuszki) we
go. And that is right in front of us. Woop. So the big hill behind me can only mean one
thing. We have made it to the Krakus Mound. And Sam is already up top there somewhere. Anyways, this is believed to be the final
resting place of the legendary founder of the city King Krakus but from everything I’ve
read online this is all legend. This hasn’t actually been proven so yeah this
hill could be anything but for now let’s go climb it. Made it to the top. I’m the King of the Castle. Well not really. No, that would be King Krakus. I’m the King of this Mound for the moment. We’re the only people up here. Another famous Krakow attraction is Schindler’s
Factory (Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera). Oskar Schindler is responsible for saving
the lives of over 1,200 Polish Jews during the Holocaust by employing them at his factory. The former factory now houses the Museum of
Contemporary Art, and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków (Krakau). If you only have time for one museum in the
city, I would suggest this one. And while we were in the area, we also visited
the Parish of St. Joseph (Kościół św. Józefa), which caught our attention when
walking around our neighbourhood. This is a catholic church done in the Gothic
Revival style, and it’s worth a peek if you’re already in the area. So we are currently at Park Bednarskiego (Park
im. Wojciecha Bednarskiego) which is like right
outside our apartment. Bednarskiego that is a pretty long word I
have to say. Yeah. Yeah it is right outside of our apartment
and yesterday it was scorching hot but today is a bit more overcast and cool and we’re
just going for a little walk in the woods here. Walk in the woods like Bill Bryson himself. Haha. So comfortable. There is not really that many people out. It is a weekday. Just a few kids and families out playing. And yeah, this is just something that we like
to do in cities like if we can find a bit of a green escape we’ll take it. Lastly, if you need to do a bit of shopping
or you get a rainy day, there’s Galeria Krakowska (Galerii Krakowskiej), a big mall
located right by the main train station. Not exactly a tourist attraction, but it’s
one way to keep dry. And that’s it for our visit to Kraków (克拉科夫)! We hope this video gave you a few ideas of
things to do around the city. As always, if you have any other places to
add to this list or any tips for fellow travellers, feel free to share those in the comments below. Until next time and happy travels!

91 thoughts on “20 Things to do in Kraków, Poland Travel Guide

  1. Did you just stay in Krakow the entire trip or did you at other parts different areas of Poland? How does it compare with Prague?

  2. Theres more of your faces in this video than Krakow. Just a hint, get your boat race out of the shot more often thanks.

  3. Hi Sam&Audrey…I’m in Krakow right now and your vid of this place is right on point!!! Just out of curiosity, which accomodation would you recommend.. I was also keen to try out the places that you sampled food like pierogie, ice cream etc …thanks for the vid guys..and yes the boat cruise along the Vistula River was very ? lol nice motion Sam.

  4. Kraków to moje ukochane miasto, które odwiedzam jak tylko mam okazję! Pyszne jedzenie, klimatyczne miejsca i sympatyczni ludzie – cały Kraków! Przeważnie jak go odwiedzam zatrzymuje się w Hotelu Nowa Panorama, który znam od lat – jest tani ale zadbany i bardzo przytulny.

  5. W Krakowie, na Wawelu spod Kaplicy Srebrnych Dzwonów bije Czakra całej ziemi. Takich czakr na całej kuli ziemskiej jest tylko7, I jedna z nich bije na Wawelu! Dlatego to miejsce tak przyciąga, jak magia… ludzie to czują, choć nie wiedzą dlaczego)) to instynkt… Dlatego tam powstało wielkie europejskie miasto i dlatego wszyscy to miasto kochają, nawet wrogowie…

  6. Did you guys do Budapest and Krakow on the same trip? Did you use Orbitz? Would you recommend go to one or the other first? We were thinking arriving then week in Krakow then week in Budapest then returning to US.

  7. Hi! Very nice video, really like it! I’m Italian but I love Poland ?? I invite you all to watch the video I made in krakow last month

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  8. Krakow and the whole of Poland are exceptionally beautiful and diverse. A lot of wonderful monuments and modernity. The only thing you have to warn everyone about is not to enter the clubs where someone is urging you, invites you – it's a trap. On the spot you will be surrounded by ugly dancers gogo, peeled with money and will give you a free drink with an aesthetic. Nobody will help you later. the police and the media pretend nothing is happening and this is in line with the local law.

  9. Loved your video guys!! I am from Poland and taking my Irish friends to Cracow this year and I will use your video for reference!!! Good job!! 🙂 I enjoyed it

  10. Going to go there in a few months and I am already excited bc this is my first time being outside of my home country. Definetly trying some of the things you metioned out 😀

  11. You mentioned your apartment in Krakow. I don't see any comment about it, so would you recommend it? Could you give details? Thanks.

  12. Hey guys! It's been awhile since I've watched your videos but I was looking at this one, and I must say how much I appreciate your descriptions! Something every experienced viewer will appreciate 🙂

  13. ارغب بالسفر ارسلي لي تاشيره سياحه لمصر هل لي بمساعدتك عزيزتي لاان مصر بتعذب في الحصول علي التاشيره

  14. You forgot about the National Museum in Krakow. There you will see Dame with an Ermine Leonardo da Vinci. When you want to see twin cities. You go to Lviv or to Vilnius. Go to the Cemetery of the Lwów Eagles or the cemetery at Rosia. Then you will understand where Poland was. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DrXgj1NwN8&t=137s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OoSdnebLxw My family coat of arms is Lubicz. I know the stories of my family from the thirteenth century.

  15. The worst country in Europe – Ireland – Irish people are mental handicap people, very lazy, very very dirty people and country, shit food and lots of social pathology. Thank you God I'm Polish , very very proud of my Country – beloved Poland.

  16. Moved to cracow form London two months ago. Very Satisfied. My company ve opened a branch in here. Save place, no terrorism all people very kind to me. High quality of accommodation for very good price. 4 a flat like this i would have to pay litteraly 4X more in London. In poland everything is quite new cose EU is helping them a lot now. Three are around 700 corporations here including state street IBM google occado AON and many more. City is quite clean and food is tasty. Very happy

  17. In description you wrote the wrong name „Kopiec Kościuszki” in case of „Kopiec Krakusa” this are 2 different places.
    Greetings from Krakow 🙂

  18. Remember – Poland is an undiscovered country!
    Coast line in Poland, 770 km with beautiful beaches and nature.
    29 mountain ranges and hundreds of kilometers. Masurian Lake District – 2600 lakes.
    And all of this is live history, culture, and many other tourist attractions. I am a Varsovian and I invite everyone to Poland ! – let's enjoy a safe country, nature, European culture, food, history,
    etc. ??❤ . Feel the Polish sea … it's just the beginning of your adventure with Poland

  19. Awesome! Next time we reccommend our services, we know even better places! 🙂



  20. Me and a friend visited Warsaw last year and it was the best ice cream either one of us ever had, so delicious!
    Going to Krakow next month so thank you for this video.

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  22. I visited Kraków 3 years ago. One day took the double decker bus to see the city . So worthwhile! At some point I notice a line of people that was stretching for more than 2 city blocks ! Wondered what people lined up for? What was so worth waiting for ? It was about 4 pm on a Sunday. People lined up to get ice cream ?!
    YUMMM ❤️?????

  23. You two are literally my favorite, thanks for making all of these great videos for us! You're really helping me to plan my next Euro trip. THANK YOU <3

  24. "Lody" apart of ice cream refers to blow job in Poland. Do not use this word to not get embarrassed if you not know how 😉

  25. Liked the video but what is wrong with the girl? That voice and all the face pulling really off putting . Leave to the guy

  26. I’ve been in Krakow multiple times during my vacation in Poland. The buildings here are much different than in the US. It actually looks way better than the US. I have also been in King Sobieski’s castle, it was amazing. Thanks to him, we won the war hundreds of years ago, we killed half of the Turkish army, the rest of Europe was saved, and Poland remains a Christian country.

  27. National Geographic posted Bookstr’s selection of the best 5 novels set in Europe published in 2019. The Fourth Courier, a literary thriller, also doubles as historical fiction because it’s set in Poland thirty years ago when the Cold War ended and Solidarity came to power.

  28. Just wanted to thank you guys, I’m in Krakow right now and after watching your video went to Krakus Mound although it was a bit far from where I was staying and had a lovely experience with the quite and the 360 view ?

    Then went to St. Joseph church and it was awesome as well.

    So basically thanks ?

  29. Great content as always. Heading to Krakow soon. Thanks for the preview 🙂 Any day trips you'd recommend? Maybe a smaller city not far away worth visiting? I don't think I'll have time to go all the way to Warsaw.

  30. Great video . I have a channel worth visiting called "Arie's Kraków and poland experiance" . Take a look and enjoy

  31. I’m going to Krakow with my mum on December 1st – 3rd we’re going to go to the salt mines. I’m really excited to go. I’m not sure but I say Krakow like: crack-ow

  32. Świetne wideo. Mam kanał, który warto odwiedzić o nazwie „Arie's Kraków and Poland Experience”. Spójrz i ciesz się

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  33. Hi! Very nice video, really like it! I’m Italian but I love Poland ?? I invite you all to watch the video I made in krakow

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