Best Things to Do in Krakow in 4-day, Itinerary + Tips

by Vero

How to Get to Krakow?

Plane: Direct flights are available from many cities. Check prices.

Train: Arrive at Krakow Glowy from Warsaw. High-speed and budget-friendly.

Car: Arrive by personal vehicle or rental.

Day 1: Krakow Old Town and Wawel Hill

Krakow's Market Square, Europe's largest, is surrounded by historic sites like the Cloth Exchange and St. Mary's Basilica with its famous hourly trumpet melody.  Other attractions include St. Adalbert Church, Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Tower of the Old Town Hall, Florian's Gate, and the Royal Road leading to Wawel Hill.

Day 1: More Places to Visit 

Discover Krakow's must-see attractions, such as St. Paul and St. Peter Church with its baroque facade, the Andrew's Church, and Collegium Maius with its Gothic-style architecture.  The Czartoryski Museum with its collection of European paintings, and the Wawel Hill featuring the Wawel Castle, Cathedral, and Dragon Cave legend.

Day 2: Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

We highly recommend visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp and Birkenau expansion on the second day of your Krakow trip.  Having a knowledgeable guide in your language is crucial to grasp the experience, even in freezing temperatures entirely.

Day 3: Wieliczka Salt Mines and Kazimierz Jewish Quarter

On day three, visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a World Heritage Site with a stunning Holy Kinga Chapel made entirely of salt.

In the afternoon, explore Krakow's Kazimierz Neighborhood, the Jewish quarter with historical significance and modern pubs, restaurants, and clubs.

Day 4, Schindler Factory

We visited Schindler's Factory. Schindler, a former Nazi party member, risked his life to save his Jewish employees from concentration camps.

Later, we visited the Nowa Huta neighborhood, built by the Soviets to house steel factory workers, and learned about the history of communism in Poland.

Where to Sleep in Krakow?

– Consider staying in an apartment, hostel, or hotel based on your needs.

– We stayed in a small apartment that was conveniently located just a 3-minute walk from Market Square.

– Check accommodation prices in Krakow and book your preferred option in advance.

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