Apartments in Krakow – The smart accommodation choice
Krakow is a chocolate box city, untouched by the scars left by World War II on other Polish cities, Krakow is the touristic “jewel in the crown” of Poland and the ancient royal capital. A UNESCO world heritage site, the city is ideal for those with a passion for history and architecture whose Old Town is awash with palaces, churches and old merchant houses. Krakow is home to arguably the finest square in Europe, the Rynek Glowny, the perfect place to spend an afternoon and Poland´s oldest university; Jagiellonian University.
If you´re looking for apartments in Krakow or short term holiday rentals we have the perfect accommodation in Krakow suitable for all budgets. From central Krakow apartments at a cheap price to luxury and boutique holiday accommodation outside the Planty (city walls). Generally, the further outside the touristic hotspots of the Stare Miasto and Kazimierz you go the more apartment you will find for your money. However, Krakow is still a cheap city by European standards and a cheap apartment in Krakow city center is usually within most budgets. Choosing this type of short let accommodation is ideal for those who want to explore the city and surrounding area for extended periods of time and need certain facilities like their own kitchen, parking spaces or just want the space to be able to enjoy apartment style living and live like a local.
Hey-Now, Castles & Pierogi – What´s cool in Krakow
- Rynek Glowny – One of Europe´s most beautiful plazas, the Rynek Glowny is situated in the very heart of the city. Enjoy a beer at one of the many bars and pubs on the square and watch the world go by.
- Wawel Castle – The legacy of Casimir the III, this spectacular castle is located in the city centre and consists of a number of striking buildings congregated around a central courtyard. Built in the 14th century, the castle is one of Krakow´s most famous sights.
- St Mary´s Basilica – Fashioned in the gothic style, this brick structure is the striking basilica next to the Rynek Glowny. From here echoes the famous Hejnał mariacki, on the hour every hour, whose tune is cut famously short in recognition of the 13th century trumpeter who was shot through the throat by a Mongol arrow whilst trying to warn the citizens of Krakow of the imminent attack.
- Cloth Hall – The Renaissance Cloth Hall on the Rynek Glowny is an emblem of Krakow, once a space for cloth merchants, today the Cloth Hall is still home to small shop-keepers selling local produce of the region.
- Planty Park – The city park of Krakow, the Planty is a green park that surrounds the Stare Miasto and offers a pleasurable stroll around the circumference of the old city.
- Wawel Cathedral – Atop the Wawel hill stands the 11th century Wawel Cathedral. The burial site for Polish monarchs since the 14th century.
- Wieliczka Salt Mine – Built in the 13th century the salt mine was actively producing table salt until 2007. Inside the depths of the mine lies an entire world of sculptures carved from the salt by the miners over the centuries.
- Galicia Jewish Museum – In the heart of Kazimierz, the Jewish district of Krakow before the Second World War, you can find the Galicia Jewish museum. The museum stands to commemorate the victims of Nazi oppression in Krakow while celebrating the impact the community had on Krakow cultural life.
- Kazimierz – A separate town from Krakow until it was absorbed in the 18th century, Kazimierz was the old Jewish quarter of Krakow and still today there remains many reminders of Jewish life in the district with the old Synagogue and the yearly Jewish Cultural Festival taking place within the district.
- Auschwitz – The infamous death camp of the Nazi regime, Auschwitz is situated 66kms to the west of Krakow and day trips to the camp are available from the city centre.
- Tatra Mountains – The spectacular Tatra mountain range forms the natural border between Slovakia and Poland and here you can enjoy a number of outdoor pursuits including skiing, hiking, rambling and all number of winter sports.
- Jagiellonian University – Casimer III made quite the impact on Krakow, here we find another of his longstanding legacies. One of the world´s oldest and most prestigious universities with possibly the most colourful history, the University is a working facility but is open to the public for tours.
- MOCAK – The museum of contemporary arts, MOCAK is home to a vast range of art by contemporary Polish artists as well as housing modern art from countries throughout the world. Pop along on a Tuesday as entrance is free.
- Przystanek Pierogarnia – We don´t often recommend individual restaurants but when it comes to pierogi this tasty, we just couldn´t keep it a secret. Just like the best Polish grandma would make, the pierogi on ul Bonerowska will keep you carbedup for a great day of exploring Krakow by foot.
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Arrive and Explore – How to get around Krakow
John Paul II Krakow Airport is located 11km to the west of Krakow however getting into the city is limited to taxi or bus. Regular bus lines 208, 292 and 902 run via Krakow airport from the city center and take around 40 minutes end to end.
The airport is also served by a shuttle bus running directly from the airport (Terminal 1 and 2) to the city center every 15 minutes.
Getting around Krakow is relatively simple as the entire city is traversable by foot, however if you feel the need to take it easy you can hop on the public buses or the trams that hustle through the city from North to South and East to West.
Return to your student days – Cherry vodka kisses
Krakow is one of the world´s premier student towns and stag/hen party hotspots. Such a concentration of revelers in one place combined with the low cost of alcohol has created an eclectic nightlife scene. However, it´s not all vodka shots and all night bops, Krakow is also home to a vibrant jazz and classical music crowd who hang out in cool-cat lounges in the heart of the old town and Kazimierz.
A Natural City – Krakow´s envious position
Situated along the river Vistula and close to the Park Krajobrazowy Dolinki Krakowskie, Krakow enjoys an enviable location for those who enjoy walking in nature. The city provides an excellent base for exploring some of Europe´s most beautiful natural countryside and is a hotspot for adventure tourists who enjoy hiking, rock climbing and kayaking. There are a number of organized tours of the park, tours along the river and day excursions to the Tatra Mountains from Krakow city centre.