Cracow Christmas Market

December in Poland

places to visit in Poland in December

Places to visit in Poland

Go south to Zakopane for Goralskie culture and mountain scenery.

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Skiing and snow

Sleigh rides complete with jingle bells are still a reality in Poland in the winter. Fur coats and rugs are sold in the shops and markets.

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Travel Guide

The various ways of getting to Cracow and around Cracow.

Sightseeing in Cracow

cracow for sightseeing and tourism

Tourists to Cracow want to see the main sights and often during the course of a short break. Like any city, it is difficult to manage to see all the sights in three of four days so it is necessary to prioritise.

Our suggested list is of places to visit during the day. We have omitted night clubs and pubs - there are plenty of those and reviews on the web may help people choose the best ones to suit their tastes in music and entertainment. There are also restaurants with Polish music and folk evenings that combine a meal, folk dancing and song for a cheerful night out.

Cracow Old Town

The Main Square in the Old Town

The Main Square is located in the centre of the old town. All roads lead away from it and will eventually hit the border of greenery that is called Planty, where the original fortified town walls once stood, and now marks the extremities of the old town. See the image above which is a photo of one of the maps distributed around Cracow.

Once you know where the main square is, you can always get back to it and find your bearings. It is also a very nice place to enjoy a meal or snack.

Wawel Hill, castle and cathedral

Cracow Cathedral on WawelWawel Castle and Cracow Cathedral are at the far end of the Old Town and overlook the Vistula River. To get there from the main square, take the Grodzka Rd exit from the square and follow it until you get there. Both the Castle and cathedral are worth visiting. The buildings are most attractive even if you do not pay to look inside the castle. Many of Poland's kings are buried inside the cathedral, as are the recent prime minister Lech Kaczynski and his wife who died in an air crash when a plane carrying Polish elite crashed in Russia.

Jewish District of Kazimierz

Cracow Jewish districtThe former separate Jewish area of Kazimierz which merged with Cracow at one point lies to the south east of Wawel. There are signposted tours of the main Jewish synagogues, most of which are now museums. Szeroka Street (means Broad street) is one of the best places to find out about Cracow's Jewish element which thrived and co-existed happily alongside Roman Catholic Poles until World War II. Visit the old Jewish cemetery and the old synagogue which now a museum and explains Judaism very well, dine at one of several Jewish restaurants.

The Papal Tour

Display boards show a path that tells the story of the late Polish Pope John Paul the second's association with the city of Cracow.

The Salt Mines at Wieliczka - 20 minutes south east of Cracow

Cracow salt mines at WieliczkaA tour of the salt mines makes for a good half day out (if you go early) for the experience of the extensive mines and to see the brilliant sculptures produced by the miners in their own time. It's a good tour for anyone who likes art and enjoys the experience of going down mines. The lift back up is yet another experience.

Auschwitz concentration camp memorial

People often feel that they should go to Auschwitz to see the memorial. It is a most depressing place likely to appeal to anyone with an interest in history or who had the misfortune to lose family and friends there. Tours are run in various languages. At least you can tick it off on your places to visit list if you do go and see it. There are buses and trains from Cracow to Auschwitz by the town of Oswiecim, 68 kilometres west of Cracow