Top 9 Reasons To Visit Krakow, Poland

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Top 9 Reasons To Visit Krakow, Poland
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Krakow is the 2nd largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. The city dates back to the 7th century and has since then been one of the leading centers of Polish life. It is situated on the Vistula River and hailed as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. A trip to Krakow is not only about its beautiful landscape and architecture. It is also about discovering its extensive cultural heritage which is diverse because of it being one of the oldest seats of civilization. A visit to Krakow should definitely include these places:




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St. Mary’s Basilica

St. Mary’s Basilica / Top 9 Reasons To Visit Krakow, Poland

The imposing Gothic spires of St. Mary’s Basilica is a focal point of one’s visit to Krakow. The church speaks of the city’s mythic and historical past. The brilliant blue ceiling is quite an eye-catching as well. For the best view of Krakow, its 239 steps to the top of the tower of St. Mary’s Basilica where every hour a bugler plays the Hejnal Mariacki.

Wawel Royal Castle & Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Royal Castle / Top 9 Reasons To Visit Krakow, Poland

Wawel Royal Castle is the ancient nucleus of the city on the banks of the River Vistula. The imposing castle with a magnificent structure is a beautiful building to visit. It was built in the 14th century and has manicured gardens which are so soothing for a quiet stroll.

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Main Market Square, Krakow

Main Market Square / Top 9 Reasons To Visit Krakow, Poland

When in Krakow, you cannot miss the enormous square which is, in fact, the largest medieval market square in Europe. It was built in the 13th century and since then has remained one of the most important sites in the city for trade. Now, it is filled with outdoor cafes, tourists, vendors, horse, and carriages. One of the most unique photo-ops here in this gigantic head which is at the base of the Town Hall Tower.

Florianska Street

Florianska Street / Top 9 Reasons To Visit Krakow, Poland




This famous street of Krakow, Florianska Street runs from Florian’s Gate to the Main Market Square. The ancient medieval walls that line a portion of the old town is fun to walk along its top. It offers an interesting view of the action, landmarks and the charm of Krakow.

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Barbican

Barbican / Top 9 Reasons To Visit Krakow, Poland

Barbican is around the defensive fort that sits just outside the old town. It stands as the remnant of old Krakow’s outer fortifications, giving us a glimpse of those times. One can take a walk along the loop on the interior of the fort admiring the picturesque beauty of the neighborhood.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine / Top 9 Reasons To Visit Krakow, Poland

The Wieliczka Salt Mine has been the world’s longest active salt mine. This underground salt mine is filled with sculptures carved from salt. It is indeed a unique spot to visit and is perhaps one of the most startling examples of industry meets art.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau / Top 9 Reasons To Visit Krakow, Poland

A day trip out to Auschwitz Birkenau is like revisiting the horrendous past of the Nazi atrocities. Over 1 million people visit Auschwitz Birkenau every year to pay homage and respect to the millions of people who were affected by what is one of history’s greatest of crimes. This is the largest of the Nazi concentration camps.



Rynek Underground Museum

Rynek Underground Museum

Roughly 10 years ago, portions of the Main Market Square were excavated, unearthing ancient market stalls artifacts and even a cemetery. These archaeological treasures were transformed into a museum in 2010; so one can have a glimpse of the medieval streets of ancient Krakow.

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Peter And Paul’s Church

Peter And Paul Church

The baroque St. Peter and Paul’s Church is one of the biggest of the historic churches of Krakow in terms of seating capacity. It was built between 1597-1619 and is one of the impressive spots to visit.




One of the most intriguing travel destinations of Europe, Krakow, is a must-visit for people who love to dive into the rich history of places. The quaint streets, the archaeological magnificence, the imposing buildings and the yummy Polish cuisine, all serve to invite the travelista in you to explore the city. So get set to include Krakow in your vacation- list and be allured by its enchanting aura.

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