What to see in Krakow in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Krakow is the second most important city in Poland, with the role of cultural, artistic and university center of the country, and its main tourist destination, with over eight million visitors a year. Its fame is mainly due to its historic center, small and well-kept, declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. Did you know that it is the first inhabited center considered a world heritage site and the first Unesco site to be recognized as such in all of Europe?
We see how to visit and what to see in krakow in a 3 day weekend.


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  4. How much does a weekend in Krakow cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Rynek Glowny, Palazzo dei Tessuti, Basilica of Santa Maria, Church of Sant'Adalberto, Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Collegium Maius

The visit of Krakow begins, after a breakfast at Milkbar Tomasza (continental and international menu from € 2,00 to € 5,00) from Rynek Glowny, the central square, which represents the real center of the city. This is the largest medieval square in Europe, with its 40.000 meters of extension, which houses stalls and shops. Near it there are two very important buildings: the Cloth Hall, which is one of the sections of the National Museum of Krakow (ticket cost € 2,30), and the St. Mary's Basilica (same prices as the Museum).
Two other churches to visit, not far away, are that of Sant'Adalberto and that of Saints Peter and Paul. Furthermore, the discovery of the Collegium Maius, theancient seat of the Jagiellonian University, the largest and oldest on our continent and the one in which Copernicus studied (ticket € 2,80).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Czartoryski Museum, Florianska Gate, Barbican

After lunch at Szalone Widelce, a typical Polish restaurant with ridiculously low prices (the most expensive dish costs about € 13,00), we move on to visit the Czartoryski Museum, the first museum and one of the most famous in Poland. Inside there are very important works, such as "La Dama con l'Ermellino" by Leonardo (ticket cost around € 2,30).
The afternoon continues with a visit to Porta Florianska, the only one able to resist wars and time, and to Barbacana, a circular bastion, red tiles and with many turrets, called the Gate of Glory because it is from here that the winners entered the city of battles.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Kleparz, Central Market Square, St. Florian's Church

Before dinner, we recommend a walk in the residential district of Kleparz, where you can visit the central market square and the church of San Floriano.
For dinner, the Jarema Restaurant is recommended, with typical Polish cuisine at reasonable prices (the cheapest dish costs about € 17,00). For those who still have strength, a tour to enjoy the nightlife is a must.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,3 km / 40 min
  • Places visited: Rynek Glowny, Palazzo dei Tessuti (€ 2,30), Basilica of Santa Maria (€ 2,30), Church of Sant'Adalberto (Free), Church of Saints Peter and Paul (Free), Collegium Maius (€ 2,80, 2,30), Czartoryski Museum (€ ), Florianska Gate (Free), Barbacana (Free), Kleparz (Free), Central Market Square (Free), St. Florian's Church (Free)
  • 1 day electric car tour walking tour of the old town
  • Breakfast at Milkbar Tomasza (Get directions), Lunch at Szalone Widelce (Get directions), Dinner at Jarema Restaurant (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Wawel Castle Complex (Cathedral, Museum, Dragon's Cave and Royal Palace)

The breakfast on the second day is at Cupcake Corner, where you can enjoy cupcakes of all kinds and more, at reasonable prices (full breakfast around € 5,00).
The second day is dedicated to the other historical core of Krakow, or the Wawel Hill. Not to be missed is the Wawel Castle, Unesco World Heritage, which is very extensive and has several interesting areas (guided tour from € 22,00). You can visit the Cathedral, the Museum, the Dragon's Cave and the Royal Palace, the latter divided in turn into various exhibition routes. The ticket price changes depending on the area you want to visit: it starts from a minimum of about € 1,60 to a maximum of € 5,00.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Kazimier Jewish Quarter and Synagogues, Market Square, Ethnographic Museum and Churches

In the afternoon, after a lunch at Starka Restaurant (typical Polish cuisine, excellent value for money, lunch about € 16,00) is to be dedicated to the memories of Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter of Krakow, rich in history and reminiscent of the Holocaust and the misfortunes of the Jews. In addition, it was the scenography of the famous film "Schindler's List".
The New Square is the center of the district and is home to the Okraglak, a round-shaped building that was once a slaughterhouse. There are several synagogues to visit: the Old Synagogue (around € 2,30), the Temple Synagogue and the Remuh Synagogue (both around € 1,70).
But don't forget the Christian part with Market Square, around which there are the Town Hall and the seat of the Ethnographic Museum (ticket about € 3,00), and with the three churches (Santa Caterina, Corpus Christi and San Stanislao).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Podgorze, Heroes of the Ghetto Square, Monument of the empty chairs

After dinner at Dawno temu na Kazimierzu, a typical place that takes you to the past thanks to the furnishings, with excellent prices (dinner around € 16,00), it is a must see. the real Krakow ghetto, the Podgorze, dominated by the Monument of the empty chairs, in Piazza degli Eroi del Ghetto, made up of 70 empty chairs and the objects that the Jews had to leave behind when they were deported.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,5 km / 1 h 20 min
  • Places visited: Wawel Castle complex (€ 5,00), Kazimier district, Old Synagogue (around € 2,30), Temple Synagogue (around € 1,70), Remuh Synagogue (around € 1,70), Market Square, Ethnographic Museum, Church of Saint Catherine, Church of Corpus Christi, Church of Saint Stanislaus, Podgorze district, Heroes of the Ghetto Square, Monument of the empty chairs (free)
  • Old Town and Kazimierz walking tour Wawel Cathedral: ticket and audio tour Krakow: Castle and Wawel Hill tour with pickup
  • Breakfast at Cupcake Corner (Get directions), Lunch at Starka Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Dawno temu na Kazimierzu (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Auschwitz I

The day starts at the Żarówka Cafe, a charming place near Krakow's main square where you can have breakfast (no more than € 10,00 per person).
The third and last day is dedicated to visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the largest field of its kind. It is located about 60 kilometers from Krakow and can be reached by bus or shuttle, with a return ticket of only € 3,00 / 3,50 (1 day guided tour from Krakow from € 32,00).
Since the complex includes three camps, the morning starts with Auschwitz I, the administrative center. You can decide to take the guided tour of 3,5 hours € 12,00 or 6 hours at € 21,00.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Auschwitz II (Birkenau)

Lunch is from Art Deco, a restaurant just outside the visited property. Nice place, where you can have lunch for about € 10,00 each. In the afternoon the visit to the concentration camp continues with the second part of the complex, that is Auschwitz II (also known as Birkenau), the real extermination camp for Jews.

3 - Evening: Dinner, return to Krakow

After the visit you can have dinner at Café Bergson, about 30 minutes from the camp: a cuisine of all kinds, Polish and European, at affordable prices. The day and the stay in Poland end with the return to the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 60 km / 2 h 4 min
  • Places visited: Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau: entrance ticket and transfer Auschwitz-Birkenau: self-guided tour from Krakow Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine: private tour
  • Breakfast at Żarówka Cafe (Get Directions), Lunch at Art Deco (Get Directions), Dinner at Café Bergson (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in Krakow cost

Krakow is one of the cheapest tourist destinations in Europe. Flights, if booked in advance, are very cheap and hostels and hotels are affordable, as are meals in bars, pubs and restaurants.

  • Costs to eat: about € 50,00 per person per day (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: € 28,80 per person with the Krakow Card plus € 12,00 or € 21,00 for Auschwitz
  • Transportation: € 28,80 per person with the Krakow Card plus € 3,00 / 3,50 euros for buses to and from Auschwitz
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: hotels and b & b from € 30,00 per night, hostels from € 20,00 per night -
  • Fun: about € 15,00 per day per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Krakow: from € 350,00 per person flights excluded (Low cost flights from € 51,00 -)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Krakow: in spring or autumn. Temperatures are more pleasant than in the winter months and you avoid the crowds of the summer months and higher prices. May is the month of sport and art: the Krakow Marathon, the International Photography Festival and the Film Festival take place. Autumn is the perfect season to enjoy museums and art galleries, although the most anticipated event is the Zaduszki Jazz Festival, held every 1st November - find out more
  • in the plane. There are 2 airports: Balice-John Paul II (11 km) and Katowice (81 km). From the first, you can reach the city by taxi (32 minutes for about € 16,00), by train (20 minutes for about € 2,00) or by bus (lines 208 and 209, plus the night line 902, 40 minutes for € 2,00). From Katowice there are buses of the company Matuszek (2 hours for about € 12,00) - Low cost flights from € 51,00 -
  • the best areas are Stare Miasto, Kazimierz and Debniki. Stare Miasto is the historic center: all the main attractions can be easily reached on foot. Kazimierz is the Jewish quarter, which is a 15-20 minute walk from the actual center but has slightly lower prices than. The residential district of Debniki is great for those who prefer a relaxing atmosphere, away from bars, clubs and restaurants, and not far from the center - Hotels and b & b from € 30,00 per room -
  • Getting around: Krakow is a bike-friendly city, with long cycle paths and urban greenery. Among other things, the historic center is pedestrianized, so it can only be accessed on foot or by bicycle. There is no shortage of public transport (trams and buses), with day and night rides at the same prices (single ride € 0,75, booklet valid for 72 hours € 7,15). Tickets can be purchased on board the vehicles (with a surcharge), at the kiosks of the MPK (the transport company) and at the various stops - find out more
  • Krakow Card: a tip is to buy the Krakow Card, which costs around € 28,00 for two days. You have unlimited access on all public transport lines, access to over 40 museums and monuments and transfer to and from the Balice airport.

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