Cracow is definitely a great place to visit. Not only are the old city and Jewish district full of beautiful and interesting places to enjoy (small shops, cultural buidings, beautiful cafes, restaurants) but the surroundings are also worthwhile to visit, especially three touristic spots (Auschwitz, The salt mine and Nowa Huta).
You can get by your own to these three places, but we strongly recommand to take a tour for Nowa Huta (called 'the communist tour').
It is the cultural centre of Poland. I would take more more than a day for amazing Salt Mine tour. I couldn't imagine how Polish engineers and scientists could have done it centuries ago.
Auschwitz Berkenau tour is emotionally draining but a must-go place if you go to Poland. How Poles had to endure so much suffering and yet building a thriving country again.
Historical city with beautiful buildings, castles, and fascinating night scenery. The only shortcoming is the historical spots provide little or no english information for non Polish.
However, you can always find the free city walking tour in the city square with english guide.
Stay longer in Krakow as you can visit the salt mine as well as Auschwitz. We joined the local tour and the coach brought us to the point, then the guides took over.
Visit the Jewish quarter with a guide so that you learn the history of the JEWS.
Wodka Bar where we had great tastings of a variety of Vodka at very good pricing. eating at places like Czarna Kaczka (Black Duck) and Miod Maliny.
Most of the waiter staff and all round tourist associated workers had good language skills better than in other cities. Everything is in east walking distance.
This is the second time I've been to Krakow and absolutely love it. It's a great city to visit if you like history, old buildings, churches etc.
Last time I was there was 8 years ago and both times I visited the Wieliczka salt mines and Wawel castle and things had changed so I was able to see new things. You can also do a side trip to Zakopane which is beautiful. Also we had a rainy day and took one of those golf cart city tours. Not very cheap but a great way to see a lot in comfort.
It has become rather crowded with tourists, so doing anything in English is not a problem. Food is excellent and do try their local delicacies.
Take a trip out to the concentration camp as well, definitely an eye opener. The Cloth Hall has a lot of lovely souvenirs. If you are interested in glass, Krakow has local produce which is worth your $$.
Krakow would have to be one of the most awesome cities I have ever visited. It's hard to explain in words just how charming this place is.
The city is beautiful and has a very interesting (although sometimes dark) history, and it has moved into the forefront of the world's most exquisite cities. It is well set up for tourism and the people are among the most friendly, welcoming, and helpful I have ever seen. Most speak English quite well and are always more than willing to help a wayward tourist. There is much to do during the day and there is a very active nightlife as well. The two centers of attraction for visitors to the city are the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. Both have an abundance of interesting things to see and do, as well as places to eat and shop. I would recommend reading up on the histories of both places before your visit, so you will enjoy and appreciate being there even more. There are all kinds of restaurants in Krakow, offering everything from traditional Polish cuisine, to Asian, Middle Eastern, German, and French. Prices are very reasonable for both dining and shopping.
A lovely old city with so many old places and buildings to see. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy everything that the city has to offer.
Start early and visit as many places as you can
It's very beautiful city. I can see snow city. I went to Auschwitz and Bilkenau and Wieliczka. All point is must to go! It's very Good.
But winter season is very cold, so very careful your style. And every place we need to walk long distance, so please take good shoos.
Krakow is a stunning city, so much to do and see. I would highly recommend a visit, i think it may be the nicest city i have visited.
This is my second trip.
Krakow is a must go if you come to Poland. Its old town is one of the most beautiful in Europe, with a life and soul of its own.
The city centre is big and modern , and it will fulfill all our shopping needs. Furthermore, it is a place where you can arrange tours to see places of attractions like the Auswitch concentration camp. Do not miss Krakow If you are in the vincinity!
Beautiful city, very cheap to eat and drink and buy gifts, people friendly. Full of history and culture well worth a visit.
Beautiful historical city that rivals Prague or Salzburg. Visit Frania Cafe (on web) to wash your clothes and have a beer.
Many tours to take, especially for first timers. Excellent tours to Auschwitz
Lovelz people, the Poles in general. Friendly and i sensed a lot of honesty about themselves. Great place to be, Krakow.
Wish i could stay longer to immerse in its history.
Of course You can't miss auschwitz and salt mine. I would add schlinder factory too, it is now a museum very well done.
About food, You have to try the pirogy.
Go to zakopane, its beautiful. Salt mine was a bit too draggy but interesting. Must visit WWII camp sites!