Krakow is the former capital of Poland (until 1596) and the coronation city of the Polish kings. Since the city was not destroyed during the war, today it is one of the best preserved cities in the country. Here you can experience a wonderful insight into European architectural history from Romanticism to Art Nouveau.
Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and is considered a secret cultural capital. Particularly beautiful is the medieval core city, the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill and the Cathedral.
City trip to Krakow
Here we present our tips for an unforgettable trip to Krakow.
Culinary through Krakow
Travel preparation and accommodation
Travel information for Krakow
The city is one of the most important transportation hubs in the south of Poland.
About 11 kilometers outside the city is Krakow Airport. Besides the major Polish airline LOT, numerous other airlines also fly to the city regularly.
From the airport you can get to the city with the S-Bahn or several bus lines.
The airport taxis, which are located in front of the airport, are more expensive than the normal taxis, which have their station only a few meters away.
From Germany you can travel by train directly from Hamburg or Berlin to Krakow. But also from other European cities there is a train connection to Krakow main station.
From Germany, some bus companies go all the way to Krakow. There are also regular bus connections to Krakow within Poland. Bus rides are usually cheaper than train rides.
The A4 (E40,E462) leads directly to the city. In addition, there are several motorways leading to Krakow.
The city is located on the Vistula River. There are excursion boats on the river. In addition, there is a possibility to dock with kayaks at special stations.
The Vistula Cycle Route and Euro Velo 4 and 11 run through the city.
On the way in …
On foot / by bike
The old town within the former city walls is almost entirely a pedestrian zone. The distances are not particularly large and so it is quite possible to discover everything on foot. Alternatively, you can get around very well by bike or e-scooter.
Driving around Krakow by car is not really a good idea. There is hardly any parking. There is a large parking garage at the main train station, with acceptable prices, and it only takes about 5 minutes to walk to the Old Town.
By bus and tram
The public transport system in the Polish city is quite well developed. Buses and trams run from the main train station throughout the city.
Best time to travel
The best months for good weather in Krakow are May, June, July, August and September. However, May, June and July are the months with the most rainfall in the city. January is the coldest month of the year.