Krakow city breaks

Sample artisan life and an abundance of culture

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert


KrakowAs Poland’s premier tourist destination, Krakow has thrived in recent decades as a hub for visitors in search of both culture and partying. With a wealth of historical significance ingrained within its ancient streets, the bars, clubs and restaurants around the city have also successfully capitalised on its ever-growing stock. The result is a wonderfully diverse blend of distinctly Eastern European heritage and vibrant modern nightlife that attracts a varied selection of visitors throughout the year. Factor in the famously inexpensive cost of Polish living and you’re all set.

From the Old Town to the Jewish Quarter, HomeAway has over 100 properties in Krakow to cater for all tastes and needs. Whether you desire all the commodities of the city centre, or the tranquillity of the suburbs, our apartments throughout the city range from homely and comfortable to luxurious. Before booking, take a look at our quick guide.

 

 

Krakow city breaks highlights


   

Old Town Old Town

The focal centre of Krakow in essentially every respect, the Old Town is a beautiful and fascinating area right at the heart of the city. Rynek Glowny, the largest medieval market square in the world, is a fine starting point for your adventure, dotted with charming and wallet-friendly bars and restaurants and the majestic Town Hall Tower. Be sure to take a stroll through Wawel Gardens and check out the beautiful castle of the same name.

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Kazimierz Kazimierz

Once a city in its own right, Kazimierz now stands as a predominantly Jewish district in the city centre of Krakow.  As well as the multitude of synagogues and churches you will also find the Ethnographic Museum and Galicia Jewish Museum, long standing testament to the area’s proud religious heritage. The streets of pl. Nowy and ul. Józefa in particular are flanked by an array of chic nightspots where you can rest your weary legs at the end of the day. 

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Wieliczka Salt Mine Wieliczka Salt Mine

A stone’s throw from the centre of Krakow, the salt mine is undoubtedly Poland’s most fascinating and breathtaking attraction. The mine is the oldest of its kind still in operation, winding deep underground for a staggering 178 miles. Within its cavernous walls you will find St Kinga’s Chapel, every last chandelier and relief carved meticulously from the natural rock salt. The comprehensive three hour tour will also allow you to marvel at the crystal caverns that adorn the other parts of the mine. 

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Auschwitz Auschwitz

Although not actually in Krakow itself, the most visited site for tourists in the city is the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Any number of tour operators will take you to the museum, a sombre but important reminder of the atrocities committed by the Nazis during the Second World War. The site has been preserved as a museum and memorial to the millions of prisoners murdered there between 1942 and 1945, and is undoubtedly the most poignant admonition to a dark but never forgotten period of history. 

 

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Sport Sport

As with so many Eastern European nations, Polish sport is on the increase on a continental scale. Time your visit accordingly and you can witness one of the city’s two football teams, Wisla Krakow and Cracovia Krakow, in action. Be warned, though: so feverous is the local passion for the game that displaying either side’s colours is ill-advised. Elsewhere, a trip to Krakowinaka Arena to see the highly rated KS Cracovia Krakow ice hockey team is always an enthralling way to spend the evening.

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Holiday Rentals Krakow

Vacation home Pod Skocznia in Meszna, Beskidy - 6 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Chalet Pod Skocznia, built in 2002. In the resort, in a quiet, sunny, elevated position, 1.5 km from the skiing area, in a cul-de-sac, located by a road, in the countryside. Private: property 820 m2 (fenced)...

Vacation home Moja Mala Toskania in Cisowa, Little Poland - 12 persons, 4 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Farmhouse Moja Mala Toskania, built in 1910, renovated in 2010, surrounded by trees, meadows and fields. On the outskirts, in a quiet, sunny position on a slope, 500 m from the skiing area, in a cul-de-sac. ...

Vacation home Jura dla Ciebie in Cisowa, Little Poland - 6 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: The house is 3km away of the Smolen castle. Beautiful, rustic country house Jura dla Ciebie, built in 1921, renovated in 2002, surrounded by trees, meadows and fields. In the resort, in a quiet, sunny, eleva...

Apartment Kasztelanska in Porabka, Beskidy - 4 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: 2-family house Kasztelanska. Outside the resort, in a sunny position on top of a hill, 200 m from the stream, in the countryside, in the woods. For shared use: property (fenced), garden flowers and trees. Fi...

Vacation home Slupna in Kocierz Moszczanicki, Beskidy - 7 persons, 3 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Chalet Slupna. On the outskirts, 400 m from the centre, in a quiet, sunny position on a slope, along the wooded area, 4 km from the lake, 200 m from the river, in the countryside. Private: property 800 m2 (f...

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