The 5 Best Neighbourhoods in Krakow for Tourists
The Old Town, or Stare Miasto as it is known in Polish, combines gothic architecture and old fashioned charm. There is plenty to see and do, with landmarks such as St Mary’s Basilica and the Church of St Anne.
The Old Town is steeped in myth and folklore and many of these sites were believed to offer religious and spiritual protection from invaders. But the Old Town is more than just a spectacle for sightseers. Why not sample some of Krakow’s famous beer and vodka as you make your way down the cobbled streets? There are plenty of unique pubs and bars tucked away and offer a great way to experience a different side to Stare Miasto.
There are lots of walking tours on offer too for those wanting to take things at a gentler place and the Rynek Underground Museum provides extensive background to the area’s history.
2. Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter))
Kazimierz, also known as the Jewish quarter, is an area that has a somewhat chequered history. Polish and Jewish residence cohabited peaceably until the outbreak of World War II when in 1914, many Jews were forcibly removed. An independent city in it’s own right, Kazimierz has been the cultural centre of Krakow for centuries.
Even today, baroque and gothic cathedrals stand side by side with beautiful synagogues and the Jewish Cemetery is an important historical site and tourist attraction. Every June, a festival to celebrate the Jewish history of Kazimierz is held, where locals and tourists from across the world can mingle to listen to music, eat traditional food and find souvenirs.
Kleparz is an area close to the Old Town and is best known for its market square which is filled with interesting and unusual stalls.
Traditionally, those living in the Kleparz neighbourhood were craftsmen and as such the residential homes were built using timber. This led to Kleparz burning down several times over the centuries and now it has been rebuilt in a more practical, art nouveau style. St Florian’s Church stands at the north end of the market square and marks the start of the Royal Road.
Debniki is one of the smaller districts of Krakow and is primarily a residential area with a strong local sense of community. Often left off the list but many tourists, this is a shame as although not as charming as some of the other areas, Debniki does still offer beautiful views of Wawel Castle and lots of good hotel and accommodation options too.
The area is also great for those looking to visit Krakow on business thanks to the new Krakow Congress Centre and its easy access via main road.
Krakow Central Train Station is, as its name suggests, the station most centrally located to the city. Recently modernised thanks to heavy investment, the station is state of the art and fully accessible for those with disabilities with unique SOS call boxes for assistance at any time.
From here you can find not just trains but buses, taxis and trams too. Tickets are available 24 hours a day and there are plenty of food, drink and shopping choices inside the station too, including the Galeria Krakowska. If you are planning to travel to Krakow via train, the Central Station is located close to the Old Town so all the sights of the city are within immediate easy reach.