Visiting Cracow, Poland
When planning a visit in Cracow, one of the most beautiful Polish cities , make sure that you have planned enough time for the city itself as well as its surroundings –charming region of Małopolska.
Apart from amazing tours around Cracow and some local attractions, there is an abundance of tourist destinations near the city. Beginning with very important historic sites and ending with Entertainment Parks like Energylandia. What’s more, there is plenty of activities you can perform and things to do in the city, too. Every tourist has his/ her own way to visit a place and in Cracow everyone will, for sure, find their own adventures.
Cracow local tours and tourist routes – exploring the city
To begin with the city and Cracow local tours, first and the foremost: Cracow
can’t be visited in just one day! The city is definitely worth spending more time in it.
Just to give you some ideas:
How about starting with walking tours around the Market Square and the area of the oldest part of the city ?
To name just a few must-see spots in this area:, St. Mary’s Basilica, the Cloth Hall, St. Florian’s Gate, Barbican fortifications and just under the Market Square there is a museum of the history of Cracow settlements. Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral located on the Wawel Hill, which is often described as the Polish Acropolis, seems to be worth spending another day in the city. Additionally, the evening wondering around the Kazimierz district may only make your days in Cracow more memorable.
And the Cracow Museums… you can’t miss them for the world !
Where else would you see Da Vinci’s The Lady with an Ermine, The Jagiellonian University Library from 1400 or a house where the future pope John Paul II spent his youth ?
As you can see, definitely, more time is needed to get to know the city and “feel” its atmosphere. 2-3 days seem to be a perfect amount of time that you should give yourself to get to know the city thoroughly.
Cracow local tours – a break from hubbub and the urban jungle ?
How about going outside the city ?
As magnificent as Cracow is, a break from its hustle and bustle may actually be benign. Depending on what you are interested in, you can: visit an amazingly beautiful Salt Mine in Wieliczka or spend a wonderful day in Zakopane admiring the traditional highlander’s architecture while being surrounded by Tatra Mountains. You can also visit the Memorial Site of Auschwitz and Birkenau Nazi Concentration Camps and brush up the history of WWII. There is a wide range of activities and sites you can reach from Cracow, which is also one of the advantages of the city. Undoubtedly, the region of south Poland is extremely attractive and it’s good to make up your mind what to visit, before the tour.
Tour to Auschwitz and Birkenau – Cracow Local Tours
Visit in Auschwitz and Birkenau Memorial Site is often described as one of the most memorable and touching experience one have ever participated in. Auschwitz- Birkenau, unfortunately, can be construed as a symbol of world’s cruelty, terror, genocide and atrocities during the WWII. The camp was built in 1940 by Nazis in the suburbs of Oświęcim. The total number of deaths and executions in this place is approximately 1.5 million people, who were perceived by the Nazis as minor and interior to “Aryans”. In 1979 the place was inscribed in UNESCO Cultural and Natural World Heritage list and every year hundreds of thousands of people visit it to commemorate the victims of the Nazi ideology. Visit in Auschwitz and Birkenau is a tour, that can never be forgotten.
Falling for nature and landscapes of Małopolska ?
Cracow local tours; seeking silence and breathtaking views!!!
Can you imagine going for a holiday and not spending a single day on fresh air being surrounded by nature ? When it comes to relax and spending time outside while enjoying the nature, there are no better places to do this than e.g. Ojców National Park, Zakopane or Thermal Pools.
Ojców National Park is located about 25 kilometres outside the Cracow in the area called: Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska (“jura” – the Jurassic, geology term). The name of the area comes from the lie of the land which was shaped in the period of the Jurassic. Ojców National park is known for its caves, calcareous rocks (including Hercules’ mace and Cracovian Gate) and the castles: Ojców Castle and Pieskowa Skała Castle. Moreover, the park is also a source of myths and legends about medieval Cracow and Polish monarchs. Ojcowski Park Narodowy offers plenty of attractions and magical breath-taking views.
A tour to Zakopane and Tatra Mountains can also be seen as a good plan to spend a day outside Cracow. Zakopane as a winter capital of Poland lies close to Tatra Mountains and is a popluar tourist destination for both foreign tourists and the locals. What is so special about Zakopane ? The answer is simple: climate, the atmosphere of this place and mesmerizing views. What’s more, a lot of trails are available for everyone and their difficulty level is not so high. There are for instance : Strążyska Valley (pl. Dolina Strążyska), Kościeliska Valley and Little Meadow Valley (Dolina Małej Łąki) where you can rest and the trails are rather easy. Reversely to Tatra valleys you can reach Gubałówka Mountain and Kasprowy Wierch, Giewont and many more summits. If you don’t feel like hiking you can get there (to Gubałówka and Kasprowy) by cable car. However, if you are in Zakopane, make sure that you’ll get high enough to see the panorama of Tatra Mountains. Along with visiting Zakopane it’s worth to see Chochołów village with original highlander’s architecture and thermal pools located nearby. Thermal pools are extremely popular during the winter, when a hot thermal waters seem to besoothe tired bodies. Outdoor swimming pools with hydro massaging and saunas guarantee perfect relax for all muscles, and while bathing outdoors you can still admire the views of mountains. Thermal pools also are great entertainment for a whole family.
Wieliczka- salt underground city – Cracow local tours
Wieliczka Salt Mine, as one of Poland’s most precious cultural monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and therefore is often described as a must see spot in the Cracow neighbourhood. The mine continuously produced salt from the 13-th century until 1996.
The tourist route is 135 meters deep and 3.5 kilometres long. The underground walking tour, which takes about 2 hours includes seeing numerous rock salt statues, chandeliers and a magnificent cathedral chamber. Along the way a guide shows original miner tools and equipment. He usually describes the daily life of miners and presents legends and myths (e.g. The legend of St. Kinga) associated with Wieliczka Salt Mine. Every year over a million tourists visit the salt mine to see its exquisite carvings and sculptures. Just imagine, there was 7.5 million cubic meters of post-excavation voids drilled in Wieliczka Salt Mine. A tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine is definitely one of the most popular Cracow local tours outside the city.
All options mentioned above belong to the same category: Cracow local tours, which includes tours around Cracow as well as local tours outside Cracow. All of them (and many more) are easily available and usually take up to 8 hours. It is out of question that Cracow is a great city not only to rest and enjoy one’s free time but also to arrange a tour around Małopolska region. Then, come and visit us, stay in Cracow and book some of ours Cracow local tours. No doubts, boredom won’t threaten you!
See you in Cracow!