Krakow Poland - A Survivor's Guide!
Krakow - Poland's stunning second city, is a captivating place both to travel to and live in. With Poland's accession to the European Union in 2004, there has been a slow but steady increase in foreigners and tourists alike looking for (and often finding) something truly special in the city. Cracow-life.com is the city's leading English-language portal for Krakow, with over two thousand pages of useful information about everything in the city, from cosy cafes, hip bars and fancy restaurants through to reviews and photos of the best Krakow hotels and apartments if you need help in choosing or booking your accommodation. Thanks to our IT whizzkids we can even show you the exact location of all the above on our fantastic online Krakow map!
As well as presenting you all of Krakow's hottest hangouts (and their whereabouts), we endeavour to keep our readers fingers firmly on the city's pulse, with the latest breaking news, from Krakow and Poland, an up-to-the-minute calendar of events with listings of festivals, exhibitions, parties and concerts, and the latest tricks that Mother Nature is pulling on our weather page. We also provide you the chance to talk to Krakow residents and ask them tricky questions on our forum.
Of course tourists arriving in Krakow Poland for the first time will want to explore the many legendary attractions this ancient capital has to offer (Krakow was the capital of Poland until 1596, when Warsaw took over the honours), and we've prepared feature length articles on all the city's major glories. So whether you're keen to head to Wawel Castle to hear tales of a dangerous dragon, or you're coming to the Market Square to listen to the famous hejnal bugle call and feed the hero pigeons, we'll give you the expert lowdown. Not only that but we'll guide you through resurgent districts such as Kazimierz and Podgorze, and take you further afield to discover the delights of the Salt Mines and Ojcow National Park and the horrors of Auschwitz. There's simply so many things to do in Krakow, and that's before we've introduced the city's museums, theatres and parks. If you want we can also help arrange any number of tours to the above - and beyond!
Here at Cracow Life we've aimed to create a website that is easy-to-use, at times irreverent, but always accurate, and we always welcome your comments and suggestions. Just contact us and let us know how we can improve - or even just an encouraging word if you have found the site useful. Many already have, and we appreciate their comments.
That's pretty much it from Krakow Poland's "cultural capital" - we hope this site helps you get as much pleasure from the city as we have! Don't forget to print your downloadable PDF guide to Krakow before you set off, and to look out for our bright green printed maps when you get here... Meanwhile check out the links on the left, top, and right hand side of the page for everything you could possibly need to know about Krakow and life in Poland - and if you can't find anything just give us a shout.
You'll also find information about entertainment, as well as news articles and reader reviews of all the places listed on the site. Think of Cracow Life as your personal guide to Krakow - you can write to us at any time and we'll do our best to answer your questions, based as we are in the heart of the city.
Liam from Ireland Reply
best city in Europe - apart from Dublin, of course. Love it !
Peter from United Kingdom Reply
This place is my favourite destination ,have travelled to most of Europe .Going back on 14 the of this month , and again 25th September. The Polish people are very friendly ,if you treat them with respect. P S ,this will be my 27th visit in four years .Enjoy this place .
Laurie Galland from United States Reply
Beware of the POLICE in Krakow. While we were in Krakow my son got into a dispute with a cab driver over the fare (which was 3 times the amount we had paid during the day). The driver called the police who took Matthew into their police van, beat him, broke his phone and made him give them 300 zloty. They had an ATM scanner in their vehicle to do this transaction. When he called his bank after arriving back at the hotel, the bank said it was charged to a bar. Something is wrong with this!!!! Anyone ever experience anything like this?
Geoofrey from United Kingdom Reply
It is a small city, feels more like a town. Very easy to get around on cheap trams and buses (even the taxis are good value). Or, best of all, you can walk to just about all the main sites. Lovely people too !
Anna from Poland Reply
My favourite city in the whole world :) Kocham Krakow!
Adam from United Kingdom Reply
Best city in Europe! Awesome people, restaurants, bars and cafes.
Mark from United Kingdom Reply
A wonderful city both to visit - and live in, with the exception of the pollution, which can be pretty bad :(
Helen from United Kingdom Reply
My favourite city in Europe. Just the right size - small enough to be able to walk around yet tons of stuff going on. Brilliant, efficient and cheap public transport. Great food, bars. People lovely but a bit guarded. Once they warm to you, the Poles are the best company !
Artie Dymnioski from United States Reply
I will be looking forward to seeing Krakow when I visit Poland for the first time next June.
Marlyn Cababay from Philippines Reply
The Next World Youth Day will be held in Krakow. We are planning and hoping to join with God's Grace. This is a great place and the homeland of our dear Blessed John Paul II :) See You Krakow in 2016! Do zobaczenia w Krakowie, w 2016!
Mandy from Canada Reply
Is it safe for colored people to travel here? I am a Canadian of east-indian orgin. Thanks.
Anthony from United Kingdom
No Mandy, they like the colored folks... just make sure you sit in the back of the bus, and never make eye contact with a local. Follow my advice and you will be fine. SMH
Greg from Poland
Hi, yes it is safe place, don't worry.
Andrew from Poland
Of course, Mandy. Come and enjoy your stay in Krakow
Tim from France Reply
I've been living here for few years. There is some kind of good energy in this city, you feel the time stoppped, and you don't have to be in a hurry, you have time for life, passionate life. People in poland have different priorities than people in western europe,I love especially september and october in Cracow.
Josephine from Malta Reply
Hi, i am traelling to krakow next sunday. Could you please tell me what kind of clothes should i bring? Is it hot during the day? Thank you!
Shela from Germany Reply
How far is Krakow ,going to Boleslawiec,were the polish pottery ist. Thank you shela
Andrew from Poland
It is quite a long trip. But as I know the Boleslawiec pottery shop is in the center of Krakow. For sure they come from Boleslawiec pottery every year to Krakow (Big Market Square) on Christmas time to sell their products.
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Daniel from United States Reply
I was just in Krakow and my grandparents are from Sulov, didn't get there, but Krakow is fabulous
jen from United States Reply
visiting in January with kids. looking to find if our grandparent's town, Sokolov, still exists. any thoughts?
Ash from Australia Reply
Hi I ve been to Krakow in Feb/Mar12 and returning again in Oct12 on work. Looking fwd to a good trip.
karen linden from United States Reply
great website! I will be visiting Krakow in 3 weeks. Part of my visit will want to find my great aunt's town, Minoga. Her name was Tekla Sobczyk- I want to find my family. Any ideas?
Yareck from Poland Reply
Hi, Jordan. If you still trying to find a village that your grandmather is from , its propably Hadykowka (originally: Hadykówka) and its located about 170 km from Krakow. Here is link to Google maps: http://maps.google.pl/maps/place?ftid=0x473d3d15a41b7919:0xc0bebf60c465f070&q=hadyk%C3%B3wka&hl=pl&ved=0CAwQ-gswAA&sa=X&ei=nM-mT6T3K8byjQfCpoAl.
sandra from United Kingdom Reply
One of the best quality website on travelling I have come across is cracow-life.com, I feel like taking a flights to Poland and visit its beautiful places after reading this article.
john vaughan from United Kingdom Reply
visited krakow from the 8th to the 13th dec,fantastic place.
Sharon from United Kingdom Reply
Just back from our second visit to Krakow and planning a further visit. Need I say more!
Miguel Regalado from Mexico Reply
Krakow IS THE BEST PARTY CITY IN ALL EUROPE!!!! fell in love with the city on my eurotrip. The most beautiful girls, the polish attitude, the incredible sightseeing,prices, everything is just perfect in Krakow the only city that could be compared was Berlin and Munich. I miss you Krakow!! I
stephen keane from Ireland Reply
cool city, no violence, people very friendly and night life is smashing
Annette Skibinska from United Kingdom Reply
The most romantic and beautiful place i have ever experienced in my life. Everyone so friendly,although i can speak the language, the food was fantastic, and the vodka, well the best in the world. The only down side is that there is no permanent work out there and the pay is very poor. Otherwise i would be out there to stay permanently!
Eirik from Norway Reply
Our class at school have saved enough money to travell to Krakow for a weekend. I have some expectasions, but I hope it will be a fantastic trip! KRAKOW ROCKS!
Robert from United States Reply
We are looking to travel to Krakow in September and would like help arranging the trip, where to stay, events, visits to historical sites, etc. We also have cousins there and would like to find them. Any help would be appreciated. Perhaps we can arrange for a personal guide. Any help would be appreciated.
Blake Noel from United States Reply
i lived in this beautiful city for 2 months. it is an absolutely wonderful place. for all of you who liked this city I recomend a smaller city to you called Opole.
audrie trammell from United States Reply
We are traveling to Krakow in April with my 15 year old daughter. What recommendations do you have that won't break the bank and will be cool?
Jordan from United States Reply
I am trying to find a village that my grandmother is from. I believe it is near Krakow. She was born in Hadikfuka (sp?). Does any one know where this village is located. I believe it was (is) a farming village.
Pakry Idris from Netherlands Reply
iam from Holland but when i go to karcow ,i feel home really most of my friends are from here and iam in love with kracow and ,the polish people most of the are my best friends ,love you kracow and poland ,,,
John Zalas from United States Reply
This fantastic city, a large town with a small town flavor, must be seen. Forget Wrasaw, Prague and Paris until you have visited Poland's royal capital first.
Tracy Krisko Di Cesare from Canada Reply
I love Krakow Poland. Just got back from Poland. The most amazing people on this earth, could not ask for more freindlier people ever. The food was out of this world. The history was sad, Poland has been hit a few times by sensless people but this is what makes them stronger. Will go back in a heartbeat.
Rob from United Kingdom Reply
Hi Anne. A group of us are going too in Oct. If your still around email me and let's swap ideas. Man.firstname.lastname@example.org
Radek from United Kingdom Reply
Hi, just posting my comment in regards to previous one about drinks and girl. Sorry to hear you lost money etc but I would never have a drink with a random girl that approached me. Just be sensible, not a fool.
Judy from Canada Reply
My husband is currently stranded in Poland due to the volcano erupting in Iceland. He has sent emails regularly and though is was supposed to be a short business trip that has turned into a 'holiday'... he is loving the adventure and the sights and all that Krakow has to offer. I checked out this website to see what he was trying to describe to me. I will be glad to have him home safe and sound eventually, but for now he is enjoying your city!
jim.f from United Kingdom Reply
just returned from krakow,our third visit to this beautiful city.however i agree with niklas.m. earlier review.my son was approached by these same girls and asked to have a drink with them,then he was approached by a third person to pay up extortionate amouts of money.howerever he got away with stomping up about 40 pounds.but i agree if the police do not get a grip on these scumbags it will tarnish the citys repution.please spread the word to every one about this scum
Martin from United States Reply
What is the correct spelling of Krakow for English people? Or are there two? On plane tickets it says Krakow, but in many books it says Cracow...? Thanks
Anne from Ireland Reply
Myself and 5 friends are planning on going to Cracow in October. What is the best area to stay in for visiting all the sites and places to eat and drink?
dhruvi from United Kingdom Reply
kroakow has a dragon name smok.
THE POPE FOM THE LAND of POLAND from United States Reply
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Beth from United States Reply
I just returned to the States after a week in Krakow, attending the 65th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz with a survivor. This was my second time in Krakow and I was just as delighted this time around. I have now seen this city in the height of their summer and winter and it was absolutely delightful both times. There is so much to see, do, buy and eat!
Nicos M from Cyprus Reply
Iam visiting krakow every year due to personal reasons for the last 7 years. Its really beautifull city full of culture. During my last visit even though I was really dissapointed beacuse they tried to cheat me in the old square. Some how the managed so because they managed to get form me 130.00 euro. You know is not the money but the attitute of the locals since they tried even to get from me a bigger amount. What they did, by using some girls in the streets of krakow playing that they are looking to get to know me and then all by suddeen the drinks to be offered cost 100 euro each. Its a pity and somehow the police should take care of those things which are hapening in that city because at the end of the Day the city itself will be harmed. Thanks, Nicos M
Anita from Norway Reply
Great page! I'm visiting Krakow for the first time 20th - 24th of May 2010, and is really looking forward to seeing the city. This page has really helped me planning what to see and what to do. I'm thankful for that, and will give my review after the visit:)
torie from United States Reply
i think this is kool
dana from United Kingdom Reply
i am goin to krakow for 3days end of this month hope it will go like all the other comments that i read in here
brendan from Canada Reply
just got back from krakow, what an amazing city!!! despite the cold the city was so alive, hoping to head back soon!
john from Spain Reply
I been karakow , good city , i ived hostel named ANY TIME HOSTEL bt it is the worst one ,theysay lot of thin in their web page bt no kitchen facility over here , nothing old , for sleepping bed are dirty , expencive etc etc . pls dont stay ANY TIME HOSTEL, THnks
george from Ireland Reply
went to this amazing city 4 times this year everytime i find something new to do. a must is the death camps and the salt mines but on different days. (lots of walking). found this really nice place to eat called pod sloncem its on the main square and underground but great food and cheap beer. loved the night life in the old town brilliant. stayed in hotels the royal and the maly. the royal is in the centre of everything so is maly cant decide between the two lol. planning to go this easter to visit the black madonna with friends. i've been to many citys in europe usa and africa but this is the jem. just explore it.
Triona from Ireland Reply
Was in Krakow Oct 2009, must say what a great place, we loved it and had an absolute ball, despite the rain... We wanted to stay longer, unfortunately we didn't get to Auschwitz, will do next time though. Kazimierz and Wieliczka were a blast as well!!!
Robert Kennedy from United Kingdom Reply
Flew into Krackow from Edinburgh for very first time Friday September 25th 2009 for 3 nights. Visited Auschitz and Birkenau first day by Mini bus second day by hired car. Quite a sight to see the depravity of Hitlers team. Care hire from Global Car Hire to be highly recommended. Very ancient city something like parts of Edinburgh and Glasgow with modern mixed with retaing old property. Will be going back for a weekend with sons. Better than Ibiza..Tenerife..and sun drenched resorts where it is usually booze.eating,partying. Robert Kennedy
d roberts from United Kingdom Reply
been there twice and going again on sept 09. brilliant place full of charm and history. endless bars with excellent cheap beer. i love this place. planning to make this an annual trip. but if you only go there once, please do not pass on the chance to go to auschwitz. going there makes you appreciate the wonderfulness of todays krakow even more.
Paul from United Kingdom Reply
I have just returned from Krakow - a splendid city, friendly people. The only thing I did not like was us - the British. Plenty of young men - drunk, noisy, aggressive sometimes. It's a shame we export something that would be best kept at home. I spoke to Poles - they like tourists, but they might do without British drunkards.
patt from United Kingdom Reply
Just returned from Krakow had a sight seeing tour with my two sister's,the people was not very freindly the staff at the hotel did not hear of half the places we wanted to visit and we got ripped of by the taxi's would not go back,
Brian from United States Reply
My son and daughter-in-law are enjoying your beautiful Town of Krakow. God bless all the people of Poland - land of our beloved John Paul II. www.abookofeverything.blogspot.com
aly from United States Reply
I just got back from a European vacation and I have to say that Krakow was one of my favorite places!!!! I wish i would have seen this page before we left so i could experience even more of this amazing place!
Kate Hart from United Kingdom Reply
great website very informative, makes me look forward to our visit even more
Hugh from Ireland Reply
Forrest, I'm visiting Krakow alone also, arriving on the 7th August. Usually travel with friends but not this time, hope it will still be good.
Forrest Gump from Sweden Reply
Going to Krakow next month (5th August). It'll be my first time there. Hope everything goes fine. Is there anyone else travelling there alone like me ?
Tumiso from South Africa Reply
my boyfriend an i have just came back from a holiday in Dresden and in Prague and we have experienced our fair share of friendly and some unfriendly people in those countries, which was a real shame cause they just didnt do any justice to the country and their breathtaking views. i hope Krakow will be a fulfilling experience because i have wanted to go there for some time.
Mohamed from Egypt Reply
A great placeto be visited,very good poeple and country
Suzanne from United Kingdom Reply
Have just returned from a 7 day trip to Poland and spent 2 of them in Krakow. A truly unforgettable experience. The city is beautiful, the people very friendly and the food delicious!
Sandra from Australia Reply
Hello,friends, Please advise if I am willing to visit Krakow,and I don't speak Polish,can I communicate with people in English? Thanks.Sandra.
J from United States Reply
Krakow truly is one of the most gorgeous places you can visit in Europe. If you can make it, get over there. Yes you may see the same in Prague and Vienna is popular too, but Krakow is a gem.
Asia from Canada Reply
Love to see Krakow this summer.
Barb Dupaski from United States Reply
Have visited Krakow three times, love the city, the people are friendly, a lot to do and see, much history, delicious food, very reasonable prices, a real gem. Hope to go back.
Adam Braz from United Kingdom Reply
Krakow here I come!!
Peter from United Kingdom Reply
What a great city! There's a big party on the market square right now - Juwenalia - sort of like students' rag week or something, with lots of bands playing and good things going on! I'm wanna live here!
Rim from Syria Reply
Hi! in two days I'm gonna be in Krakow in a scholarship and i'm looking forword to see this city after all the comments that i've read. also I'm going to Warsow and Zakopane.. for sure Wieliczka historical salt mine. when i'm back I'll tell you my oppinon...
Moya from Ireland Reply
Returned from krakow after spending four days there, not long enough! Amasing city, people could not do enough for you, food fantastic. Wonderful buildings and so much to do.Will def go back. Krakow is wonderfull.
micky Chicky from Poland Reply
I live there it is beatiful!
Erick from El Salvador Reply
One of the most warmly places around the whole world.....with my wife we spent a week in Krakow last year in september, very kind and friendly people,we just love it
Mark from United Kingdom Reply
luella and kristy from Albania Reply
poland nice place yar?!
baaska from Mongolia Reply
I want to go poland my wife poland live please help me
kate jones from United Kingdom Reply
I went with college, in total there was fourty students aged 17-18. We stayed in a hotel just of the centre of the main sqaure in krakow, and it was very handy. The town is beautiful, the food was of excellence, and the polish mannor is very welcoming. I was most amazed by the food prices, i would have, a starter, main meal, 2x drinks. All for £8 - 40ZLOTY. Also i visited the death camps, and salt mines all very good, the tour guides were incredibly passionate.
Remmy from United States Reply
I spent a week in Krakow in August 2006. I am going back there this summer. Met people from all over the globe. Most beautiful place I have ever been and I have been to a lot of places and I have lived in a lot of counties
Joe from United States Reply
I went to Krakow with a few friends, I really enjoy the culture, friendly people well some of them and the food. I would certainly go back again. Amazing view.
Teribus from United Kingdom Reply
Having recently spent a couple of days in this great city my wife and I are keen to return and spend some more time exploring the many attractions, soaking up the history and sampling the food.
ahmed ahmed from Egypt Reply
oh my god.. it is a very beautiful city .. if you want to see old and so beautiful places you have to go to krakow..nice new places you find it in krakow,,also it has very good and kind people too..really i like it
sPr from United States Reply
im a student and im doing a report on poland and its such a cool place!it was boring at first but the more i studied the more interested i was in it.ttyl
Ian from United Kingdom Reply
We spent the best New Year ever in Krakow and will most certainly be visiting again in Easter.
Ian from United Kingdom Reply
We spent the best New Year ever in Krakow and will most certainly be visiting again in Easter.
F & G from United Kingdom Reply
We just spent the most incredible new year in Krakow and want to go back - it's an amazing city with plenty to offer to everyone :-)
Tracey from United Kingdom Reply
This place is not just for the guys! Great for the girls as well - come on gals get involved!
Silv from United Kingdom Reply
Looking to go there for a stag do next year. What are people's thoughts on this? Is the £ still going far in Poland anymore?
Rhonda from United States Reply
My friend and I spent four days in Krakow last month. We were unprepared for just how wonderful the city is. Krakow is truly steeped in history. We were fortunate to stay with Polish friends who had spent several years in the U.S. We are already planning a return atrip for next year.
Ford from United Kingdom Reply
Just got back from Krakow on 30.10.08 and I must say this is one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever been to in Europe. People are very friendly and helpful and the market square is truely fantastic place to be during the day and even better in the evening. Lots of things to see and do. We hired a car but you dont really need one. When you book trips the tour companies will pick you up from the hotel. I will definitely return to this city soon. Well worth the trip.
David M Dunne from United Kingdom Reply
Having just returned from a short break in Krakow, my wife and I are already planning our next visit. What a glorious city, a jewel to treasure.
Liz and Ste from United Kingdom Reply
Hi Guys just got back from Krakow, wish i could of stayed longer. Why the Poles want to come to the UK is beyond me. I found the people rearly nice. Lovely city, and very clean, lots of graffity , but that didnt bother me. Went to Austwiz, makes you think, didnt have time to do the SaltMines. This sight was very helpfull, ordered a taxi to pick us up and take us to airport. Eating out is cheap and very nice Anyone due to visit this lovely city will not be dissapionted. I look forward to returning to this city, reminds me a lot of Prauge. If your going soon have a great time. I know i carnt spell LOL.
bambina from United States Reply
omg amazing place ever to live in and be around!! loved everyone! partyy cityy!!=]
claire from United Kingdom Reply
I always enjoy going to Krakow, the people are so helpful. Especially in the tourist information centre. I would have loved more time to go shopping, but I will have to do that on my next visit.
Kathy K. from United States Reply
I just returned from Poland. I spent three days in Krakow - it wasn't enough time. There are so many things to see int his lovely city. I had a room directly on the Market Square - it was wonderful. I was traveling alone and had no problem getting assistance from the B & B personnel, travel agents, and local residents. I wish I had found this website before I went. Hoping to go back to Krakow in the future.
katie from United Kingdom Reply
Im going here with my school in july next year.
maxinne mountford from United Kingdom Reply
we ve just been to krakow for a week. glad we looked at your website first. we had a greattime lots of sightseeing including auschwitz and the salt mines. the tour guides were excellent. im sure we will be back but would like to see some more of poland