10 Free Things to Do in Krakow

Kracow Nights

Known for its one-of-a-kind medieval architecture, Krakow has proven to be one of the most scenic cities in Poland for travelers to enjoy. With fourteenth century churches and remains of the once medieval city walls, Krakow provides an abundance of budget friendly activities. Here are the top ten free things to while in Krakow:

1. Window shop at Rynek Glowny

Krakow is home to the largest medieval square in Europe. Surrounded by gothic style churches, walk the through market to enjoy market stalls that sell local produce and goods, or take advantage of the architecture by snapping a few photos in the square.

Rynek Glowny Cracow

2. Take a walking tour

Once named “European Capital of Culture,” enjoy a free walking tour that is given twice a day highlighting key historical sites. The tours cover over a 1,000 years of medieval history.

free walking tour krakow

3. Stroll through the Churches

Krakow has tons of beautiful churches that are all free to tour. Check out Basilica of Santa Maria in the main square, or the Church of St. Adalbert, which is dated to be 1,000 years old.

Sint Mary's Church

4. Enjoy the painting gallery on Sunday

The nineteenth century Polish Painting Gallery is free every Sunday. The museum features work by local artists, including Jan Matejko and Jozef Chelmonski. Jan Matejko’s former home is also open to the public for free on Sunday to tour.

Polish Painting Gallery

5. Visit during their annual festival, “Krakow Nights”

If you plan on traveling between the months of May and September, be sure to route your travel around Krakowskie Noce. For one night each month, you can take advantage of either free theatre performances, jazz and church music concerts, or poetry readings.

Kracow Nights

6. Visit Planty Park

Head into Old Town to enjoy one of the largest city parks in Krakow. The grounds encircle the old city walls. The loop leads you around town and through various gardens.

Planty Park krakow

7. Stop by the Remuh Synagogue

Built in the 1500s, the synagogue is renaissance style and is still fully operational, providing regular services for Jewish residents.

Remuh Synagogue

8. Soak in the view from Wawel Castle

Resting on the top of hill, head up to Wawel Castle for panoramic views of the city. Take a free tour of the castle grounds and courtyards, which sport renaissance style landscaping complete with dragon head designs. You can also find the famous painting “Lady with an Ermine” by Leonardo da Vinci!

Wawel Castle

9. Go to Ghetto Heroes Square

Don’t miss the chance to stop by the Jewish quarter and see the 70 metal chairs set out around the square to symbolize moments around the Holocaust, where 15,000 Jews were cornered in this area to meet their fate.

Ghetto Heroes Square

10. Admire Polish Street Art in the Jewish Quarter

Stop by Kazimierz to see alternative, Jewish inspired street art on several buildings while on your way to a restaurant to enjoy a pierogi.

street art Jewish Quarter


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