What are the TOP things to visit in Krakow?
You should definitely not miss the historic center, which is on UNESCO´s World Heritage List. Its dominant feature is the Main Square (Rynek Główny), one of the largest and most beautiful medieval squares in Europe. You may find here a number of churches, the most famous of which is the Saint Mary’s Basilica with its typical red color. In the middle of the Main Square, there is the historic Cloth Hall that once used to be the main center of international trade in Poland. Today you can buy there the best Polish souvenirs. Probably the most famous monument that you should definitely not miss in the Old Town is the former seat of the Polish kings, Wawel Castle. According to a legend, the castle also used to be a residence of the Wawel Dragon. As a reminder of this famous story, stuffed dragons are sold there on every corner.
The Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, located south of the Old Town, can be described as a city within a city. The district with a rich history is still home to many Jewish synagogues and the famous Schindler's Factory. In addition to history, this district will also catch your heart with great gastronomy.
Auschwitz and Birkenau
The former concentration camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau, are located about 70 km from Krakow. They are a somber reminder of the darkest part of World War II. For many visitors, seeing these two places is the strongest experience of the whole trip to the city of Krakow and its surroundings.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
If you have a car and some extra time on your trip, be sure to visit the former Wieliczka Salt Mine, which attracts more than a million tourists a year. It is located about 15 km from Krakow and, unlike other underground caves, Wieliczka Salt Mine was constructed exclusively by people.
Rentalport´s tips for renting a car in Krakow:
If you plan to stay only in Krakow and need a car only for shorter distances, we recommend that you rent the ECONOMY category. Such a rental will cost you from 83.40 EUR for three days (November 11-14, 2021).
If you are planning to explore the more distant surroundings of Krakow, or prefer greater comfort, we recommend the category COMPACT or INTERMEDIATE. The price for a three-day rental ranges on average from 99.30 EUR (COMPACT category) to 146.10 EUR category INTERMEDIATE).
If you are planning to travel with your family, you will certainly appreciate the larger Combi or SUV. The SUV will cost you approximately 160 EUR for the upcoming extended weekend. Or you can rent an INTERMEDIATE COMBI category at a similar price.