Krakow is a very old yet at the same time young-at-heart city. Once the country's capital, it was succeeded in that role by Warsaw in 1596. Nevertheless, many locals still proudly refer to Krakow as the country's secret capital.

It's a worthwhile destination, the size and history of which becomes most apparent at the central market place and in the adjoining alleys of the city's old quarter. Locals and visitors meet in the numerous restaurants all round the huge square. A popular choice here is Poland's national dish of pirogi in the shape of stuffed pasties

Krakow's flair can be enjoyed by day and by night – and it's a place to see and be seen. It's good to know that every hour on the hour, the trumpet call from the nearby St. Mary's Church reminds you how quickly time passes here.

During the day you'll be lured in by the many attractions of the old city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site on the banks of the River Vistula. As the city's landmark, Wawel Castle fascinates visitors. You also shouldn't miss out on a visit to the former Jewish quarter Kazimierz, made famous by the Steven Spielberg film «Schindler's List».

At night things get lively in the university city of Krakow. As the evening wears on, the mood becomes more and more relaxed in the medieval vaulted cellars where many bars, galleries and clubs can be found. Here too the old Krakow shows its very young face.

City Facts

  • Location

    Poland's second largest city, 250 km south of the capital Warsaw

  • Population

    approx. 760,000

  • Size

    approx. 327 km²

  • Public transport

    Well-developed bus and tram network

  • Climate

    Cool temperate climate with generally warm summers and cold winters. Most precipitation in summer, with cold arctic winters a possibility.

  • Best time to visit

    Due to the mild temperatures, early summer to autumn is the best time to visit.

  • Good to know

    Krakow is divided up into 18 districts. The old city is in the first district, to the north of the Vistula.

  • Nice to know

    Pirogi, Poland's national dish in the shape of stuffed pasties, is available in both sweet and salty varieties with fillings to match.

  • Airport

    John Paul II; about 11 km to the west of the city centre

  • Bus

    The buses 208 and 292 and the night bus 209 run to the city centre. The 292 runs every 20 minutes, the 208 runs hourly, journey time approx. 40 minutes

  • Taxi

    The official taxi service is the Krakow Airport Taxi, journey time approx. 20 minutes depending on the traffic