1. KAZIMIERZ – This trendy neighborhood is the Old Jewish District of Kraków that was created around the 14th-century. It’s only a 15-minute walk from the Old Town Square and you can find amazing markets, galleries, quirky cafés, and vintage clothing stores here. You could easily spend half a day here visiting sights such as New Town Square, Wolnica Square, or the 17th-century Kupa Synagogue. This is a budget travelers paradise because of its free attractions, low-cost accommodation, and extremely cheap bars, cafés, and street food.
2. WAWEL ROYAL CASTLE – This 14th-century Castle District was crowned with the first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s completely free! You can wander around the courtyard admiring the numerous styles of architecture on show, some of which include Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Renassaince. Once you’re finished, you can step out to one of the viewpoints and admire the view across Kraków before heading to the Dragons Den which isn’t free but it cost less than a Euro to explore its amazing underground limestone caves.
3. OLD TOWN – Another free UNESCO World Heritage Site to explore. Kraków used to be the capital of Poland and as you walk through the Old Town you can feel it has all the credentials of a one number city. Walking through the cobbled stoned streets you will eventually end up at the Old Town Square which is one of my favorite in Europe and out of all the great things to do here my favorite is shopping at the eyecatching Cloth Hall that sits in the middle of the square. If you are lucky enough to visit during Christmas or Easter you will find Markets here that are also free to enter. The Rynek Underground Museum that is here can be viewed for a mere 10PLZ or for free on Tuesdays.
4. PARKS – The great thing about parks is that they offer so much. You can take a walk, have a picnic, admire the scenery or even have a game of football and they’re pretty much all free. A park you will definitely come across is Krakow Planty which forms a ring around the Old Town, this place is great if you need to sit down and recharge on a hot summers day. Park Krakowski is popular with the locals but by far my most favorite is Bielansko Tyniecki which is only a 20-minute bus journey away. Getting lost might not be everyone’s cup of tea but for me wandering aimlessly in this wonderful park made me feel like I was on an adventure in its huge forest coming across historical landmarks and monasteries.
5. PODGÓRZE – Kraków has some great must-see attractions but visiting here will put a personal touch on your visit to the city. This hidden gem is located on the opposite side of the river to Kazimierz. Its name roughly translates to ‘foothills’ because it’s situated at the bottom of the Lasota hill. St. Joseph’s Church is one of the only churches outside of Russia to completely blow my mind. Once you visit Plac Bohaterów Getta you forget you’re in a bustling city like Kraków, there are no tourist traps here and you can relax in its peaceful environment. The main attraction in the area is the Oskar Schindlers Museum which costs 26 PLN or it can be viewed for free every Monday. It might also be nice to pay your respects at Plaszow Memorial Park.
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