The site of the Nazi notorious Auschwitz death camp is an
hour’s drive from Krakow. About one million men, women
and children of many nations perished here between June
1941 and January 1945.
Go to Auschwitz
Tatra Mountains and Zakopane town
Alps-like Tatra Mountains, or the Tatras (Polish Tatry),
is the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains.
Two hour’s drive from Krakow one finds stunning
views and pristine nature as well as the best skiing
in winter and hiking, rock climbing, cave
exploration, cycling, paragliding, etc. through the
rest of the year.
Go to the Tatra Mountains
Ojcow National Park
With its mere 21.5 sq. km it may be the smallest of
Poland’s twenty national parks, but the Ojcow
National Park ranks among the most attractive
recreational areas in Europe, and it is just a 15
minutes’ drive–i.e. 24 km–northwest of Krakow.
Go to the Ojcow National Park
Eagle-nest Castles is a legend-shrouded chain of
medieval strongholds picturesquely elevated over the
utterly scenic landscape graced with profusion of
fancy limestone rocks, gorges, cavities, etc.
Go to the Eagle Nests
Jasna Gora Sanctuary in Czestochowa
The holiest place of Poland and one of the world’s most
important destinations for pilgrims. Every year
several million pilgrims–commoners as well as
celebrities–come here to pray before the miraculous
picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Go to Czestochowa
Calvary Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
World Heritage Site.
400-year-old vast complex of 42 churches and chapels
of all shapes and sizes in addition to the central
basilica and the Franciscan monastery is biggest
such compound in Europe.
Go to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Poland's capital city.
Pope John Paul II's birthplace.
Poland's top mountain resort.
Krakow Old Town Historic District
Poland's prime tourist attraction and a must-see in
Central Europe boasts numerous world-class
vistas, delightful atmosphere, and the best
easily available on foot.
Go to Krakow's Old Town historic district
Mecca of every Pole and a must for foreign tourists, the Wawel Hill is a
microcosm of Polish history and culture. From the 11th century on
Poland's monarchs took up their residence here in the Royal Castle. And they were both crowned and
buried here in the Wawel Cathedral.
The place overflows with art treasures, architectural beauties, relics of the
past and curiosities. It is also full of glory, magic, history and fable.
Go to the Wawel Hill
The Wieliczka Salt
Millions of visitors, the crowned heads and such celebrities as
Goethe and Sarah Bernhardt among them, have enthused over that subterranean
world of labyrinthine passages, giant caverns, underground lakes and chapels
with sculptures in the crystalline salt and rich ornamentation carved in the
salt rock. The last 900 years, when the Wieliczka Salt Mine has been worked,
produced 200 kilometers of passages as well as 2,040 caverns of varied size.
to the Wieliczka Salt Mine
route was once the backbone of the ancient capital of
Poland. It links the main city gate and the
Wawel Royal Castle
through Krakow's main streets.
Go to the Royal Road
Now in Krakow's downtown, the ancient city of Kazimierz used
to be its medieval rival. The area contains many landmarks
and the former
Kazimierz Jewish Quarter,
one of the main centers of Diaspora in the past.
Go to Krakow's Kazimierz District
central square, the largest of
medieval European cities, is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful plazas.
It boasts a plethora of landmarks and myriad restaurants, clubs, and cafes.
Go to the Grand Square
In the footsteps
of Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II used to stroll Krakow
streets first as student, then priest, bishop and cardinal.
Follow the footsteps of John Paul II
Thematic tours of Krakow devised by its municipality