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How to Spend 1 Day in Krakow

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How to Spend 1 Day in Krakow
With its UNESCO World Heritage–listed historic center, lively Jewish district, and fascinating museums, it’s easy to see why Krakow is known as Poland’s cultural capital. With just one day in town, planning ahead will help you maximize your time and fit as much as possible into your visit. Here’s how to see Krakow in a single day. 

Morning: Hit the Must-See Sights
Start your day with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which lets you take in the sights at your own pace and save time traveling between attractions. Spend the morning exploring Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, starting in the central square of Rynek Glowny. Take time to admire the square’s architectural landmarks, including the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), Church of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki), and the Old Town Hall Tower—plus the famous Empty Head, a popular photo spot. Continue to Wawel Castle and, after visiting the neighbouring Wawel Cathedral, stroll over the Grunwaldzki Bridge for a fantastic view of the castle on the banks of the Vistula River.

Afternoon: Discover Krakow’s Dark History
A visit to Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory offers insight into one of the most moving stories of Nazi-occupied Poland. On a tour of the museum, learn about the horrific events that happened in Krakow during World War II and hear how Schindler’s story was retold in the Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List. Continue to nearby Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter, which is now one of Krakow’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the district, including sights such as Corpus Christi Church, Tempel Synagogue, and Remuh Synagogue, or browsing the market stalls around Plac Nowy (New Square).

Night: Drink and Dine in Kazimierz
It’s worth staying in Kazimierz until the evening hours, when the main street—Ulica Szeroka—buzzes with activity. There’s a huge selection of bars and restaurants here, as well as live music venues and nightclubs that stay open until the early hours. Enjoy dinner at one of the traditional Polish restaurants, or join an evening street food walking tour and sample local specialties like smoked cheese, stuffed dumplings, and borscht (beetroot soup). 
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Private Transfer: Krakow Airport

Private Transfer: Krakow Airport

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Forget trying to hail a taxi as you juggle your luggage. Arrange your round-trip airport transfer in advance and skip the hassle of booking a service in Krakow. This convenient form of private transport takes you from Krakow Airport to your hotel, and then back again. Spend more time enjoying your trip and less time puzzling out the logistics. Upon booking you will receive a complimentary gift of a DIY Krakow audio guide in English.
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  • 30 minutes
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Krakow in a Day: 3-Hours City Tour by Electric Car

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Krakow in a Day: 3-Hours City Tour by Electric Car

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This is a fantastic way to get your bearings of Krakow, and see a lot in a short space of time. You’ll be picked up from a designated meeting place, so you won’t get lost, and you’ll travel with an English-speaking driver. The tour is better than driving around yourself, as you won’t have to worry about navigating or parking. Enjoy an audio guide, and see many highlights of the Old Town, the Jewish Quarters, and the Ghetto.
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  • 3 hours
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Krakow City Sightseeing by Electric Car

Krakow City Sightseeing by Electric Car

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Zip around Krakow in an electric car on this sightseeing tour. Led by a private driver, soak up the city's rich history as audio commentary offers background on the passing attractions. Travel through the Jewish district of Kazimierz, see the Barbican and Cloth Hall in the Old Town, and experience a poignant piece of World War II history in the former Jewish Ghetto of Podgórze. Your private tour concludes back at your original departure point.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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 Kraków Segway Regular Tour and Sightseeing

Kraków Segway Regular Tour and Sightseeing

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Discover the best of Krakow on this comprehensive Segway tour. Over the course of 3 hours, you’ll see highlights like the medieval Main Square, historic synagogues, Wawel Castle, St. Mary’s Church, and more. This customizable tour can be tailored to your interests, with additional stops like Schindler’s factory and places to sample Polish cuisine.
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Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

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Cycle the scenic streets of Krakow on this bike tour. Led by a local guide, pedal past the city’s top attractions, such as Jagiellonian University, Wawel Castle, the Jewish quarter and more. Learn about the area’s rich history and architecture as you go, stopping to relax with a traditional Polish lunch. After an afternoon of exploration, your tour concludes at your original departure point.
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Royal Classic Walking Tour in Krakow

Royal Classic Walking Tour in Krakow

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Explore Krakow on this tour of the city’s top attractions. Led by an expert guide, see Wawel Castle, the main square of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and St. Mary’s Church. Stretch your legs with a walking tour along the Royal Route and browse the Cloth Hall, once a major center of international trade. Your tour concludes in the city center.
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  • 4 hours
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Krakow Street Food Walking Tour

Krakow Street Food Walking Tour

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Get a true taste of Krakow on this food tour. Led by a guide, discover the culinary delights around Rynek Główny, checking out eateries, cafes and local stalls. Sample eight Polish favorites, including ‘pierogi’ (stuffed dumplings), ‘obwarzanek’ (an Eastern European spin on the bagel), sour rye soup, pickled cucumber and cabbage and homemade liquor. Numbers are reserved to 15 to keep the tour as intimate as possible.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Krakow City Highlights Tour

Private Tour: Krakow City Highlights Tour

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Explore Krakow’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour customized specifically to your interests. Led by a private guide, take off on foot or by coach through the UNESCO-listed Old Town. See major landmarks including the Cloth Hall and the Barbican, before heading to the historic areas of Nowa Huta and Kazimierz. Learn the rich history the city as you top off your trip with a visit to the Wawel Royal Castle.
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Small-Group Segway City Tour in Krakow

Small-Group Segway City Tour in Krakow

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See Krakow in an entirely new and fun way: via Segway. This small-group guided Segway tour of Krakow zooms you from site to site while learning about the history of each place. See popular landmarks and hidden gems during this memorable experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Krakow Sightseeing walking with pick-up from hotel

Krakow Sightseeing walking with pick-up from hotel

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Sieze the day by going on this extensive sightseeing tour of Krakow by minibus. Thanks to the mode of transportation, see a large swath of the city while learning about the history of Krakow: trendy and hip Kazimierz, once the the Jewish ghetto; Grodzka Street, Old Market Square and St. Mary's Basilica, among many other spots.
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  • 4 hours
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