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How to Spend 3 Days in Krakow

How to Spend 3 Days in Krakow

With three days in Krakow, there’s plenty of time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town, visit the city’s top museums, and see more of Poland’s historic sites and natural wonders. Here are some ideas on how to spend 72 glorious hours in and around Krakow.

Day 1: Admire the UNESCO-Listed City

Ample time in Krakow means you can take your time exploring, so book a full-day sightseeing tour for a comprehensive overview of the city, hire a private guide, take the hop-on hop-off bus at your own pace, or make the most of great-value super saver tours and deals. No matter how you go, spend your first day hitting the highlights of Krakow’s Old Town, starting at the main square of Rynek Glowny. Admire Krakow’s stunning architecture as you walk to Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), the Church of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki), the Old Town Hall Tower, and the Empty Head sculpture. After a walk through Planty Park and a visit to Wawel Castle, set out along the Vistula River for a scenic sightseeing cruise and watch the sunset from the water.  

Day 2: Discover Krakow’s Dark History

Learn more about Krakow’s past on a guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, once the largest Nazi concentration camp in Europe. Now a UNESCO-listed memorial and museum, it’s a harrowing reminder of the atrocities committed during World War II and a moving tribute to those who lost their lives. Follow this moving experience with a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, another UNESCO site where you can venture underground into the historic mine. If you’ve still got energy to spare when you arrive back in Krakow, head into the Kazimierz district, the former Jewish quarter, where you’ll find some of the city’s best bars, restaurants, and live music venues. 

Day 3: Explore the Polish Countryside

There are plenty of options for day tours from Krakow, offering a chance to escape the city and explore the Polish countryside. Perhaps head into the Tatras Mountains, where highlights include the ski resort of Zakopane and the funicular ride to the summit of Mount Gubalowka. Or visit some of the beautiful castles and sacred sites dotted throughout the mountain valleys—Jasna Gora Monastery, Pieskowa Skala Castle, and Tyniec Abbey can all be seen on a day trip. You can even visit Warsaw on a day tour from Krakow, and spend the day taking in the must-see sights of the Polish capital. 

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

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Visit UNESCO World Heritage–listed Auschwitz-Birkenau, a former Nazi concentration camp where more than a million European Jews and other prisoners were confined or killed during World War II. A professional guide sensitively portrays the horrors of the Holocaust as you tour the barracks, watchtowers, railway ramps, gas chambers and crematoriums at the two camps, located in Oświęcim. See poignant museum exhibits and witness moving memorials, where you hear narratives by former detainees and learn of Auschwitz’s liberation in 1945.
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  • 7 hours
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Polish Home Cooking Class in Krakow

Polish Home Cooking Class in Krakow

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Enjoy a true taste of Polish food and culture with this 4 hours cooking class in Krakow. Shop for fresh ingredients with your guide at a farmers' market and learn a few handy phrases as you go. Then head to the home kitchen of your host and learn how to make classic dish: pierogi while traditional music keeps the mood festive. Afterward, sit down to feast on your creations. This small-group tour is limited to six people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Polish Folklore Show and Dinner in Krakow

Polish Folklore Show and Dinner in Krakow

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Soak up an evening of Polish food and folklore with a dinner show at Michalik's Cave in Krakow. Formerly frequented by the city’s bohemian crowd, settle into the artsy atmosphere and enjoy a folk music concert and dance show, showing off the country’s colorful costumes and longtime traditions. Afterward, savor an authentic, 2-course meal of regional specialties.
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  • 3 hours
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Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

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Explore Zakopane, Poland’s popular destination for winter sports, and the Tatra Mountains on this day trip departing from Krakow. Escape the bustle of the city and head to the top of Mt Gubalówka on the funicular railway. Soak up incredible views from the peaks before discovering Zakopane’s traditional mountain architecture, shops, the Tatra Museum and more. Your day will conclude with transportation back to your Krakow hotel.
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  • 10 hours
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Communism Tour in a Genuine Trabant Automobile from Krakow

Communism Tour in a Genuine Trabant Automobile from Krakow

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Discover Krakow’s communist history on a tour in a Trabant car. Take a ride in the vehicle classic to the era and explore the Nowa Huta district with your guide. Along the way, hop out to wander the neighborhood’s streets and learn about the rich history behind them. Upgrade to extend your tour with a visit to a private museum and a communist-era restaurant.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Combo Tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day

Combo Tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day

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Visit a pair of Poland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a single day on this combo tour from Krakow. First, pay tribute to Holocaust victims and learn about one of the darkest chapters in European history with a guided visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. After a lunch break, head deep underground to tour the mesmerizing chambers, tunnels, and saline lakes of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an incredible mining complex founded in the 13th century.
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  • 12 hours
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Czestochowa the Black Madonna Day Tour from Krakow

Czestochowa the Black Madonna Day Tour from Krakow

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Explore the pilgrimage destination of Czestochowa on this day trip departing from Krakow. Admire the famed ‘Black Madonna’ painting with a visit to the Jasna Gora monastery. While at the monastery, you’ll also tour the Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica. Afterward, venture along the historic Trail of the Eagles’ Nests and stop in Pieskowa Skala to visit the 16th-century castle.
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  • 10 hours
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Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in two days

Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in two days

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Discover Poland's top UNESCO-listed sites on this Super Saver, combining two popular Krakow tours at a special value price. First, follow an expert guide on a half-day tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau and explore the moving exhibitions and prison blocks of the former Nazi concentration camp complex. On the second day, marvel at the underground tunnels and salt formations inside the 700-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine. Sharpen your knowledge on two important historical sites over the course of two days.
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  • 1 day 6 hours
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Krakow Walking Tour : Old Town and Jewish Quarter

Krakow Walking Tour : Old Town and Jewish Quarter

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Enhance your experience of Krakow’s top sights on a 5-hour walking tour of Poland’s second city. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour covers Krakow Old Town, home to the cobblestone Main Square (Rynek Glowny), and Kazimierz (Jewish District). Plus, you’ll ascend Wawel Hill to take a guided tour of Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski), the symbol of Poland’s national identity and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 4 hours
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Polish Countryside and Tyniec Abbey Bike Tour from Krakow

Polish Countryside and Tyniec Abbey Bike Tour from Krakow

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Saddle up and explore the stunning Krakow countryside on a 4-hour, guided bike tour. Set out at a relaxed pace as you head past Pope John Paul II's old residence and take in the fresh air along the Vistula River. Then, pull over for a stop at the Tyniec Abbey, dating back to the 11th century. Check out the museum, discover the interior of the church and shop for souvenir goodies made by the monks themselves as you learn the history of the abbey from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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