Krakow Travel Guide

Krakow Travel Guide

Krakow is a beautiful and historic city destination. The city of Krakow charms with its beauty and versatility.

Krakow is ideal for a long weekend trip

Located in southern Poland , Kraków is a beautiful city destination with a history dating back to the Middle Ages. Krakow was the capital of Poland until the end of the 16th century and the magnificent buildings of that time still shine as Krakow’s landmarks. The architecture of the historic city is exceptionally magnificent, and the Veiksel River, which flows through Kraków, brings its own atmosphere to the city.


There is plenty to see and do in Krakow for a long time. The history of World War II and the Jews is strongly present, but in return, the city also offers plenty of opportunities for good food, drink and shopping. Krakow is a great destination for a long weekend, but there is so much to see in and around the city that you can easily book a longer trip. Worth seeing are at least Wawel Hill and the Royal Castle, the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz and the Wieliczka Salt Mines.

Krakow is ideal for a city holidaymaker who needs not only a good shopping and restaurant offer, but also architectural and historical attractions. However, according to many, the most interesting attraction is not in the city of Kraków itself, but in Oświęcim, about 50 km away. There are Auschwitz concentration camps. For many travelers to Krakow, the Auschwitz concentration camps are a must-visit.

Wawel Hill is one of Krakow’s most interesting sights

Wawel Hill is one of Krakow’s most interesting sights.

The best travel season in summer

The best time to travel to Krakow is from May to September, when the average temperature is over 15 degrees. In summer, the temperature can be over 30 degrees, but as a counterbalance in the winter months, the meter is pushed to the side of the frost for a long time: from January, the frost may be as high as 20 degrees. However, Krakow’s location in the valley allows for a largely mild climate, and makes summers humid and hot.

Fascinating destinations around the city

Travel to Krakow is mainly for city holidays. The historic city is full of interesting museums, beautiful architecture and memorable places to visit. The history of Krakow tied to World War II brings its own tone to the visit and makes it possible to see places to visit, such as the city’s Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, in a whole new light.

In addition to culture and history, Krakow has a great shopping and restaurant offer. There are plenty of cheap restaurants serving traditional Polish food, and the city’s shopping malls ensure that the city holidaymaker does not return home empty-handed. Krakow’s affordable price level attracts a large number of tourists to the city, and the prices are considerably lower than the Finnish price level. The cheap price level is visible everywhere, but feels in the traveler’s purse especially when it comes to accommodation.

Krakow is a safe destination

Krakow, like the rest of Poland, is a safe destination and the tourist does not have to worry about their safety. In areas favored by tourists, there is a need to be vigilant about tourist scammers and pickpockets, but otherwise you can vacation in the city very safely.

Polish is spoken in Krakow, but the tourist is also fluent in English. Especially in destinations popular with tourists, the service also runs in English. Before the trip, for courtesy, you should learn the basic phrases in the local language.



The architecture of the old town charms visitors.

Flying conveniently to Krakow

From Helsinki, you can conveniently travel to Krakow on Finnair’s or Norwegian’s direct flights. Several other airlines also offer possible connections. Round-trip flights to Krakow cost less than 100 euros at the cheapest.

Krakow Airport is located just over ten kilometers from the city center. There is a bus connection from the airport to the city center.

Accommodation good to book in advance

Krakow is a popular tourist destination and therefore hotel prices are higher than in the rest of Poland. Especially in midsummer, accommodation should be booked well in advance, as the city is full of tourists at that time.

However, there are plenty of accommodation options and good hostels and hotels can be found all over the city. There is a choice of all price ranges, and the cheapest accommodation is easily available for up to ten euros a night.