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The Essential Guide to Kraków

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The ancient capital of Poland, Kraków is full of historic monuments and vintage charm—plus plenty of excellent hotels and restaurants. Start your exploration in the heart of the city at the medieval marketplace Rynek Główny, where all paths cross. Nearby, you’ll find Collegium Maius, which belongs to the oldest university in Eastern Europe, and Wawel Hill, home to the royal castle and cathedral. From the hill, you can see several other important sites, including the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz; the Podgórze district, where the Oskar Schindler Factory is located; and the Kościuszko Mound, which honors Polish nationalist leader Tadeusz Kościuszko.
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Kraków, Poland
Established in 1364, Jagiellonian University was the first college in Poland—and one of the earliest in Europe. Today, visitors can tour its oldest surviving building, Collegium Maius, which is surrounded by a delightful arcaded courtyard...
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Kazimierz, 30-001 Kraków, Poland
Founded as a separate city by King Kazimierz the Great in 1335, Kazimierz became home to a growing Jewish population in the late 15th century, as Jews fled persecution in Western Europe and were welcomed by Polish kings. Today, the district is one...
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al. Waszyngtona 1, 30-204 Kraków, Poland
Situated above the attractive Salwator neighborhood on the outskirts of Kraków, Kościuszko Mound is a lovely place for a walk and photo opportunity—but also so much more. Built by the people of Kraków in 1820, the commemorative...
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Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków, Poland
Located in the former administrative building of the famous Oskar Schindler Factory is a branch of Kraków’s Historical Museum, which tells the story of the city under Nazi occupation from 1939 to 1945. The museum ignites imaginations...
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30-062 Kraków, Poland
Rynek Główny, the main square of Kraków, is the largest medieval marketplace in Europe. The site of several historical events, it’s now home to the greatest concentration of outdoor cafés and souvenir shops in town, and...
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Kraków, Poland
Wawel Hill occupies a special place in Polish history—the seat of kings, it served as a symbol of Polish identity even when the country was erased from the map during partitions. Perched on the limestone hill above the Vistula River, the...
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Lwowska 1/10, 30-548 Kraków, Poland
Owned by a Chinese chef who spent time cooking for French celebrities in Paris, Chez Nicholas is a small restaurant with big flavor. Here, Chef Nicholas serves five-star French cuisine to a smattering of tables (always make a reservation to avoid...
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Flisacka 3, 30-114 Kraków, Poland
Eataway is so much more than just dinner. Started in Kraków but quickly spreading to other cities, countries, and even continents, the creative concept involves local people cooking for guests in their homes. Interested parties simply book...
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Świętego Marka 16, 31-018 Kraków, Poland
As its fish-and-sack-of-flour logo suggests, Farina serves fresh seafood and homemade pasta, prepared with seasonal ingredients to the very highest standards. In addition to Mediterranean fare, chef Monika Turasiewicz also offers a small selection...
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Jagiellońska 11, 30-001 Kraków, Poland
Restauracja Cechowa is stuck in the 1980s—and that’s a good thing. Everything from the restaurant’s decor and menu to the waitstaff’s uniforms and style of service feels vintage in the most charming way, making it one of...
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Józefińska 2, 30-529 Kraków, Poland
After winning several Michelin stars and honorable mentions for other restaurants, chef Rafał Targosz opened his own bistro in Kraków’s Podgórze district, at the end of the footbridge connecting the two banks of the Vistula...
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Krakowska 28, 31-062 Kraków, Poland
Opened in 2016, Hotel Golden Tulip Kraków Kazimierz is an excellent choice for those wanting to be near the center of town but away from the crowds. The property is located in the heart of Kazimierz—Kraków’s historically...
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Kanonicza 16, 31-003 Kraków, Poland
Hotel Copernicus hides down winding Kanonicza, one of Kraków’s oldest and most charming streets leading up to the royal castle. Rumor has it that Nicolaus Copernicus himself (a graduate of Kraków’s Jagiellonian...
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Na Gródku 4, 31-028 Kraków, Poland
Hotel Gródek feels like a luxurious oasis, hidden away from the noise of the Old Town in a cozy cul-de-sac next to Planty Park and the Dominican convent. In fact, in the 10th and 11th centuries, “Gródek” was actually a...
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św. Filipa 18, 31-150 Kraków, Poland
Opened in 2016, Hotel Indigo may be part of the InterContinental brand, but it’s more of a boutique property in style, with individually decorated rooms and artwork hung throughout the building. One room even features reproductions of...