Are you planning to organize a trip to Krakow? This magnificent medieval city in Poland will enchant you for sure. Let me list you five main attractions you should totally visit once you arrive in Krakow.
Visit the Wawel Castle
It’s one of the largest castles in Poland which dates back to the 13th century. The castle has a unique structure, because it embraces three architectural styles: medieval, renaissance and baroque. Starting with 1978, the Wawel Castle is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
During ancient times, the building was used as a residence of the Poland’s kings, but now it became a well-known premier art museum. The collection consists of important paintings, sculptures, textiles, arms, ceramics, porcelain and other furniture.
For groups (up to 30 people), the ticket to the Representative Royal Chambers costs 90 PLN/one exhibition.
Visit the Sukiennice
It’s also known as the Krakow Cloth Hall and represents an icon of the city. Sukiennice is the most admired and spectacular attraction located in the Krakow Old Town, being a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978.
During the 15th century, the building was used as a meeting point for traders. Today, the Cloth Hall serves as a museum. The collection includes precious 19th century works of art, like paintings and sculptures inspired from Baroque, Rococo and Classicist style.
The standard ticket costs 16 PLN, but there are some great discounts for students, families and groups. On Sunday, everyone has free admission to permanent exhibition.
Explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine
Just 27 minutes (using a car) away from the Krakow Old Town, you will find the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mine. It is one of the oldest salt mines in the world, which was active as a producer until 2007.
This mine isn’t a simple one. It is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, being one of the national Historic Monuments of Poland. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is an attraction itself, but wait till you get inside. You will be surprised by dozens of statues and four chapels which were carved in the salt. It’s like an underground city made of salt.
For unique experiences, you can even take your lunch at Taste Underground or Grand Sal Restaurant.
The standard ticket for non-residents costs 89 PLN.
Visit the St. Mary’s Basilica
It is also known as the Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. The building dates back to 1347 and was designed in the Gothic style. Being located in the Main Square of Krakow, the church is one of the most visited attractions in the city. It is admired especially due to its carved wooden altarpiece.
Take into account that the church will be closed in September and October 2018 because of conservation works. The standard ticket costs 10 PLN/adult and 5 PLN/students and children.
Relax at the Main Square
It’s the main meeting point in the city, which dates back to the 13th century. The Krakow’s Main Square is considered to be one of the largest medieval squares in Europe, being listed as “the best public space in Europe” by the Project for Public Spaces.
The Square is surrounded by some of the main attractions of the city, such as the Cloth Hall, the St. Mary’s Basilica, the Museum Kata Kacianora and the Ludowy Theatre.
Krakow is for sure one of the top destinations for 2018 in Europe. You should visit it at least once in life. It’s the second most important city in Poland, after the capital, but I am sure that these two are great competitors. This medieval city will teleport you in another era. Do not hesitate to admire the local culture and its uniqueness.