Krakow Info home page
See the maps:
Map of the Old Town Historic District
in a close-up: prime
with their names writ large.
City of Krakow map
Krakow districts, suburbs, city limits, arteries,
rivers and reservoirs.
Driving Car in Krakow
Pedestrian precinct and streets off limits to
downtown Krakow, parking zones and parking lots in
the city center.
Map of the Main Roads in Krakow
to, through, and out of Krakow.
national borders, neighbors,
mountain ranges, rivers and lakes.
Large Poland Map
national borders, neighbors,
mountain ranges, rivers and lakes - but everything much larger.
Malopolska Province Map
(one of Poland's 16) of which Krakow is capital, with the
boundaries of the counties and their chief cities. Plus
the province's essential data.
Map of Krakow's Kazimierz Historic district
What a foreign visitor should know about
Eating the Krakow Way
Polish daily diet of choice has been traditionally rich
in proteins and even richer in starch. On the Krakow
tables the former usually materializes in red meat,
eggs, cheese, and sausages, whereas the latter as bread,
potatoes, and various noodles, pies and dumplings. There
are three main meals in Poland: the morning sniadanie
(breakfast), the afternoon obiad (dinner), and
the evening kolacja
(supper). In between they may be supplemented with a
lighter drugie sniadanie (second breakfast) and a
More on Krakow diet
Shopping in Krakow
Retailers have crammed every available space of Krakow’s
Old Town historic district
of all sorts. They compete with the city's brand-new
More on shopping in Krakow
Tips for the Business Visitor Coming to Krakow
member-states of the European Union and NATO do not need
visas to enter Poland. Otherwise, when a country wants
Polish citizens to acquire a visa the general rule is
that Poland requires citizens of that country to secure
one for admission to Poland as well. [See also tips on
employment, transport, communication, currency, paying,
weights & measures, business hours, holidays, dates and
numbers, and local customs].
More tips for business visitors
Taxes in Poland
As a rule expatriates and natives pay the same taxes in
Poland. Of course, there are exceptions and they benefit
the former. E.g. the country has tax treaties with
60-plus nations, including the USA, which ensure
no income is taxed twice and lower taxes apply. Value
added tax (VAT) is included in the price of almost every
product and service you purchase. Excise duty is a ‘sin
tax’ of sorts, included alongside VAT in the price of
such products as cigarettes, liquors, motor fuels, etc.
Companies incorporated or headquartered in Poland are
subject to corporate income tax. Personal income tax is
paid both by Poland’s citizens and by permanent
More on taxes in Poland
Krakow souvenirs trade concentrates at the focal
(‘Rynek Glowny’). Traditional Krakow souvenirs
have included for decades: dolls clad in the Krakow
region’s characteristic folk costume, the costume itself
or just its single items (e.g. heavy strings of red
coral beads, male four-corner red cap with a peacock
tail plume), peacock tail feathers, gingerbread hearts
with multicolor icing, and miniature replicas of the
More on Krakow souvenirs
Polish currency, zloty, is divided into 100 grosz.
More on Krakow's money
There is a lot to see in Krakow: centuries-old impressive landmarks, lovely
vistas, world-class works of art, and stunning
More on Krakow's sights
They provide information, distribute free maps and brochures, and sell
Also, they often trade in tours, day trips, and tickets. Plus some of them may
help you in
booking a hotel room or
More about tourist information offices in Krakow
Older visitors to Krakow
Krakow has always been Poland’s gourmet Mecca. And the
recent decade brought about a genuine restaurant explosion all over the city
owing to the hectic efforts of aspiring restaurateurs–native ones as well as
immigrants. The Old Town historic district seems virtually stuffed with
establishments catering to all kinds of diners.
More on Krakow’s restaurants
Krakow Lodging Guide
holiday apartments for rent,
and other lodging places together, can accommodate over 26,000 guests at a time.
They fall into every category and price bracket: from cosmopolitan five-star
hotels to homely guest rooms.
More on hotels in Krakow
Travel to Krakow
Over seven million visitors show up in Krakow every year, though
only a third or so stay overnight in the city. Many arrive and/or leave by air,
but most take advantage of the fact that Krakow lies at a major European road
and rail junction.
on travel to Krakow
There is no subway in Krakow, nonetheless that
nearly million city has a fairly dense public transport system which consists of
streetcars and buses a municipal company operates and a number of private-owned
minibus fleets. Taxicabs are plentiful and
relatively cheap in Krakow–within the city boundaries the fare should not exceed
20 euro. And you can dial roughly fiteen different taxi telephone centers, each
with its own fleet.
More on getting around in Krakow
Safety in Krakow
Poland is generally safer
than most European countries, east or west. And Krakow is safer than other major
cities in Poland. Unfortunately, petty crime seems pretty common. Although
foreign visitors most often fall victim to pickpockets, it is the less prevalent
car theft that appears the worst plague in Poland, Krakow being no exception.
on safety in Krakow
Communication in Krakow
are fairly available throughout Krakow in street booths, post offices, and other
venues. There is no operator, just dial either a Krakow number (they all start
with 012) for local calls or zero plus zone code plus local number anywhere in
Poland for distance calls or zero plus the country code plus the number abroad
for international calls. If you brought a cell phone from abroad it should work
in Krakow as in the rest of Europe outside your own country.
There is no shortage of nightspots to
out, and stay merry late
into the night in Krakow.
More on Krakow nightlife
Recover your missing belongings.
Lost and found in Krakow
Public toilets in Krakow
Public lavatories are
strategically positioned around the Old Town historic center of the
Krakow General Data:
nation, geography, climate, wildlife, visitors,
In the proximity of Krakow
Krakow is Poland's tourist mecca, and also a gateway to
many other must-see sites in the region.
Foreign Consulates in Krakow
The disabled in Krakow
Healthcare in Krakow
Dentists in Krakow
Krakow's property market
phrasebook for visitors to Krakow:
Get some native
language useful in Krakow.