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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.