At Kraków In Your Pocket, we’re well aware (thank you) that our guide’s greatest strength – thoroughness – is also its biggest weakness. So here we’ve condensed our guide down into one webpage of quick suggestions (with links for where to find more info) for those whose time here is limited. Enjoy Kraków.
24-hours in Kraków
The key to enjoying Kraków is not to rush it. If you’re only here for one day, make the most out of it by not trying to cram too much in. The joy of Kraków is really in simply walking around, admiring the sights and enjoying the atmosphere. [If you’re feeling super ambitious, sit down, have a beer and adjust your plans. There ya go…]
Kraków’s nucleus is the market square, and as such, the first thing you should do after dropping off your bags is figure out how to get there (on foot if you’re in the centre, or via krakow.jakdojade.pl if you’re staying somewhere in the outer reaches). Exploring the ‘Royal Route’ and the market square en route to Wawel can take a full day if done correctly with short stops/detours for culture, coffee and comfort food - and it’s exactly what you should do if you’re here with limited time. Plac Szczepański is great spot just off the market square to find some grub: have breakfast in Charlotte or Scandale Royal, and later a hearty Polish lunch in Morskie Oko, or go for more familiar fare in Bunkier or Pino.
Make sure that your time on the market square coincides with the turning of the hour so you can hear the famous hejnał mariacki - the bugle call played from the tower of St. Mary’s Basilica every hour, and visit the interior of the church after 12:00 noon in order to see the magnificent altarpiece. Also take an hour to visit the 19th Century Polish Art Gallery inside the Cloth Hall and stand in awe of some of the largest painted canvases you’ve ever seen in your life.