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Guide to the city of Krakow in Poland

Beyond being the second largest city in Poland, Krakow is a city to fall in love with, to enjoy its history and culture; to live it both day and night.

Qualified as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and bathed by the waters of the Vistula River, it is a very pleasant place to know walking, although they have an excellent public communications service.

Su Old, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the best places to understand the history of the country, but also the recent history of Europe. Romantic and modern At the same time, I guarantee that your visit will not leave you indifferent.

The weather in Krakow

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Best areas to stay in Krakow

If something characterizes Krakow as far as accommodations refers, is the variety of them, both in characteristics, as in prices and areas for which they are distributed, which will allow you to find the accommodation that best suits your needs. In the following lines I talk about some of the ones we like the most to us, for his location, price and for how interesting it is to stay in these areas of Krakow.

Stare Miasto, the historical center of the city

If you are one of those who like to be able sleep in the heart of the city visiting, the Stare Miastro area is, without a doubt, the one that will best suit your needs.

The particularity of this neighborhood is that it is located inside the Planty, a huge walled park within which the Old Town of the city is located, which, as I have already mentioned above, is part of the World Heritage Site.

So in addition to being able to walk through its green areas, without having to leave the city center (it's like a small Central Park), you also find some of the best areas of restaurants and shops de la ciudad.

Without at doubt it is one of the areas with more life and hustle and bustle, both day and night, of the city, especially on sunny days, when the terraces are full of people and good atmosphere.

Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter

Staying in this neighborhood is doing it in a place marked by the recent history of Europe. He was one of those who suffered the most during World War II (in fact, it was practically destroyed and became a ghetto).

Although today it has some of the most important monuments of the city and has become one of the fashion areas of Krakow, especially as far as nightlife and restaurant areas are concerned, it is still curious that it began to be rebuilt after the filming of the famous film, The Schindler's list.

It is also the area preferred by students and where more and more art galleries are concentrated, thus mixing history and modern culture at the same time. A nice neighborhood that always surprises.

Kleparz, economical and close to the center

Without the need to sleep in full heart of the city, But a few minutes from itKleparz. In fact, it is important to note that for centuries, this area of ​​Krakow did not belong to the city, although it has been doing so since 1792 and, in fact, it is an administrative part of the Stare Miasto area.

If what you want is get to know real and daily life of the inhabitants of Krakow, this neighborhood will allow it, as it is famous for its fruit and vegetable markets, where you live the day-to-day life of this beautiful city. All this, together with the large number of small shops or historical monuments of the most recent history.

Something that is also seen reflected in the architecture of its buildings, most of them belonging to the modernist era that the city lived.

Dębniki, residential and quiet

Like Kleparz, Debniki was, for years, an independent city of Krakow and it would not be until 1909 when it annexed. It is true that It is not one of the neighborhoods that appears frequently in tourist guides and yet it is ideal to stay in it, since it has a large number of hotels and other types of accommodations, with the comfort of being a quiet and residential neighborhood, a few meters from the famous Wawel Castle.

In addition, it is located a few meters from the center, so it is the ideal place if you run from the hustle and bustle of the central areas of the city, but you also don't want to be very far from them.

It is true that it is not an area where you will find trendy restaurants or bars, but you do have food stores and nice squares or streets to walk, especially if we talk about ul. Konopnickiej.

A residential neighborhood, to which more and more Krakow people move to live, located in the same area as the artificial beach of Krakow (Yes, you read correctly) and the ICE Congress Center of the city.

Krowodrza, remote but cheap

As I have already mentioned above, Krakow is a city that is easily explored on foot and, in addition, has an excellent public transport network, which allows you to move around it even more comfortably. Because, stay in Krowodrza it won't be any inconvenience and yes it has numerous advantages.

On the one hand, because it is a neighborhood that, despite not being in the center, is Very well communicated.

In addition, it is a very wide neighborhood, where you will find different environments: from the financial, through the bedroom neighborhood area, a very large green area and a historic area. And it is that this neighborhood, which was once an independent city, was divided into 5 zones; something that is still reflected today in the points that I just commented.

And of course, you find all kinds of shops, bars and restaurants, in addition to a wide range of places to stay. Can you ask for more?

The best what you can see and do during your stay in Krakow

The truth is that it doesn't matter where you are: in Krakow there is always a building that surprises you, a place to visit or a moment to share with the locals. However, as what we want is not to miss the highlights of the city, I invite you not to miss this top 5 They are:

What is the best time to travel to Krakow?

If you go to Krakow, you have to prepare for the weather.

During the winter The temperature in Krakow can vary between -10 and + 5 degrees, there may be snow but at 50%. The spring It is not very warm at the beginning, temperatures are between 10 to 20 degrees.

El summer in Krakow it arrives from June to September. You can perfectly find temperatures of 15 degrees, but lately it is normal to have between 20-30 degrees. The autumn It is a time when the weather is rainy and cloudy, but that is not why it is not a good time to travel as it is one of the most beautiful in Poland.

How to get to the city of Krakow by plane

Without a doubt, one of the best ways to get to Krakow is to do it by plane and, once you are in it, move to the neighborhood you have chosen to spend a few days on vacation or to the nearby towns that I will talk about later and that are also worth it.

One of the advantages of traveling to this Polish city is that thanks to the tourist fame it is taking, it is not difficult to find good relatively cheap. But not only that, but its airport is only 11 kilometers west of the city, so you get there right away.

Move from Krakow airport

No doubt the option cheaper and it is advisable to do it in public transportation.

For this you have two options: take the train which takes you to the Kraków Główny station, the largest in the city. Trains from there to the airport or vice versa depart every 30 and 60 minutes, from the 5 in the morning to the 10 at night, depending on the time of day you take it. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

Furthermore, you can get there from the airport to Krakow, by bus. There are a couple of day and night lines that connect the city center with the airport and the departures are every 20-30 minutes, being the duration of it, about 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic and time of day . The advantage over the train is that you can get off at different places in the city, while the train has more limited stops.

Documentation needed to travel to Krakow

Discover what documents you need to enter Poland Depending on your nationality.

Spanish citizens

Spanish national citizens can travel to Poland for stays less than 90 days simply with their passport or ID No need for any type of visa.

Other countries that do not require a visa

Like Spanish citizens, there are many countries that by the agreement they have with Poland They can enter for stays of less than 90 days without obtaining a visa. The best choice is to consult the embassy of Poland in your country or search for information on the website of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Website of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

How can you move around the city of Krakow

I have already told you that Krakow is a very comfortable city to visit and move on foot, besides being one of the safest in Europe. However, depending on where you have stayed, the visits you want to make or how tired you are, you can also choose to take the tram or bus.

As far as trolley car refers, this one has 22 lines that travel the city along 90 kilometers, in a schedule of 4.30 to 23 hours, approximately (it varies a bit depending on the day of the week). There is also 3 night lines which run through the most central areas of Krakow. The frequency varies between 5 and 20 minutes.

For its part, the line of Bus It allows you to reach areas further away from the city center. The schedule is similar to the tram, but it has 132 lines that allow you to reach any point in Krakow, including the most popular visits and nearby, such as the concentration camp of Auschwitz or the salt mines of Wieliczka.

Of course, for specific topics, you also have taxis, but I assure you that with him public transport you can get anywhere of interest, both tourist, and other parts of the city, saving money and sharing life with the rest of the citizens of Krakow, which is undoubtedly one of the best ways to get to know a culture.

Krakow Tourist Card

Krakow Tourist Card
Krakow Tourist Card
The Krakow Tourist Card is a tourist card that offers free admission to more than 40 museums y monuments of the city and allows the unlimited use of public transport. It also offers discounts at some restaurants and venues.

Worth?

The Krakow Tourist Card is recommended for those who wish visit the main attractions of the city and also plan to use public transport.

Where to buy the Krakow Tourist Card

It is possible to purchase the card at the Tourist Information Centers of the city or on the official website: http://www.krakowcard.com

Day trips near Krakow

If in addition to visiting the city, you have time to explore its surroundings, visits to the following places are very advisable:

Auschwitz concentration camp

Auswitch Concentration Camp Krakow Poland
Auswitch Concentration Camp Krakow Poland
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Unfortunately, this site is famous worldwide for the atrocity that the Nazis committed in it. It is estimated that more than a million people lost their lives.

Upon arrival, you will find the famous poster "Work will set you free." In addition, you can visit the barracks, latrines, crematoriums and gas chambers. In the same way, part of the train tracks where the Jews, homosexuals and other people that the Nazis considered were not worthy of being free are still preserved.

You can get there comfortably by bus. From Krakow itself buses and minibuses depart daily guided tours are organized. It is located 70 kilometers from the city. If you prefer the train, you have to take it in the direction of the town of Oświęcim and, once there, take a local bus.

Yes, you we recommend that you go with the mentality to visit a place that, although not fun, is part of the history of mankind and in it you can learn a lot. Not everyone is prepared to visit it.

Wieliczka salt mines

Salt mines Wieliczka Krakow Poland
Salt mines Wieliczka Krakow Poland
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With more than 800.000 visits a year, these mines were declared World Heritage in 1978. It is one of the oldest salt mines in the world and today continue to be exploited.

From it you can travel a total of 3,5 kilometers, through which you will find different interesting points, the most surprising being the Chapel of St. Kinga, whose decoration has been made with salt from the mines themselves. It is simply impressive.

To access it you can go by train, from the central station of Krakow or go by bus, although it takes longer because it makes more stops.

There are different options to know the mines depending on the tastes of the visitor. These are alternative visits that are only available for small groups: The miners 'route, the pilgrims' route, a special visit for families and a visit that reveals the mysteries of the Wieliczka Mine.

Wieliczka salt mines make up one of the main attractions of Krakow and they are surprisingly interesting, so it would be a big mistake to miss your visit during a trip to Krakow.

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