If you are wondering how do I spend one day in Krakow, Poland, then you are in the right spot. For anyone planning to spend a day or more in Krakow, I have a created a short itinerary for you. Krakow is one of my favorite city’s in Europe, and I can’t wait to go back.
How to get around Krakow?
If you are planning to stay near the Main Square, you can pretty much walk to your destination easily. I found Krakow to be an extremely walkable city. If walking is not your thing, there are plenty of tram and bus lines in service that can help you get around the city. Uber is also available now in the city. Click here to learn more about Krakow’s public transportation options.
What to do with One Day in Krakow?
One of my personal favorite ways to explore a new and unknown city or destination is by booking a group tour. I almost always book my tours through getyourguide.com as I feel they offer well curated tours for all types of travelers. I narrowed down some that I think will work for a wide variety of travelers. Check them out for your one day in Krakow.
Keep in mind, apart from the Main Square in the Old Town of Krakow, there are many other attractions nearby that you can explore. One of the must-visit places is the impressive St. Mary’s Basilica, located right on the Main Square. Its soaring towers and stunning Gothic architecture will leave you in awe.
If you’re interested in history, make sure to visit the famous Wawel Castle, situated just a short walk from the Main Square. This historic fortress contains numerous chambers, stunning royal apartments, and the legendary Wawel Cathedral, where many Polish kings were laid to rest.
For art enthusiasts, the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) on the Main Square houses the Gallery of 19th-century Polish Art, displaying an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures. You can explore the vibrant art scene of Krakow further by visiting the Contemporary Art Museum or participating in one of the many art festivals that take place throughout the year.
- Krakow: Wawel Castle and Cathedral Guided Tour– Click here.
- Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour– Click here.
- Krakow: Guided Old Town Tour– Click here.
- Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car– Click here.
- Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Hot Bath Pools and Hotel Pickup– This one is ideal for those who want to spend an entire day out of Krakow. The town of Zakopane is a popular ski destination during winters and great for outdoor activities in the summer. This tour is an excellent way to spend your day and includes hotel pick up. Click here.
Where to stay in Krakow?
Staying near the Main Square of the Old Town in Krakow offers a blend of convenience, safety, and an abundance of attractions to explore. Whether you’re a history lover, an art enthusiast, or a foodie, this vibrant area is sure to leave you with lasting memories of your one day in Krakow visit.
Krakow is not only known for its historical charm and cultural richness but also for its lively atmosphere. In the evenings, the Main Square comes alive with street performers, live music, and a bustling nightlife. You can unwind with a refreshing drink in one of the bars or join the locals for a night of dancing and entertainment which makes it the perfect spot to stay at for your one day in Krakow trip.
- The Bonerowski Palace– 5 stars- $130+/night, high-end hotel is a 2-minute walk from Main Square, a 3-minute walk from St. Mary’s Basilica and a 15-minute walk from Wawel Castle. Interior decor reminds me of a palace, as the same suggests.
- Garamond, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel– $100+/night- Marriott property, luxurious, high-tech hotel, 5 mins walk to the Main Square.
- Hotel Saski Krakow– 5 stars- $180+/night, In a townhouse dating back to the early 1800s, this chic hotel is less than 1 block from Rynek Główny, Krakow’s main square and site of the Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica. Pet friendly, free wi-fi. Highly recommended by travelers.
- H15 Palace Hotel– 5 stars- $170+/night. Set within a former palace, this upmarket hotel in the old town is 4 minutes away on foot from the Rynek Underground Museum, 5 minutes’ walk from St. Mary’s Basilica and a 14-minute walk from Wawel Royal Castle. John Paul II Kraków-Balice International Airport is 16 km away. Must check out the spa.
What to eat in Krakow?
When it comes to culinary delights, the restaurants, cafes, and bars near the Main Square cater to various tastes and preferences. You can indulge in traditional Polish cuisine, savor international flavors, or simply relax with a cup of aromatic coffee in one of the cozy cafes.
While eating around town is one of the best ways to learn about a city or culture, trying to fit all of it in one day can be a bit challenging. A food tour is always a great way to experience a new city. This 4 hours food tour in Krakow might be a great option for those short on time. Click here.
If you are not a food tour person, I have shared some of my recommended options below.
- Mo-ja Cafe & Bistro– Laid-back hangout serving breakfast, sandwiches, soups & pasta dishes, plus desserts, coffee & wine. Try the taco pancakes and French toast.
- Bistro Charlotte– They have a great variety of home made bread, sweet toppings like jams and chocolate creams, many cold and warm sandwiches. Recommend- Smoked Salmon Sandwich, Croissant Basket, French Omelette, Breakfast with Egg, Charlotte’s Breakfast.
- Gossip Cafe– Recommend- Goat Cheese Omelette, Ham and Cheese Omelette.
- Camelot Cafe– Cozy cafe with vintage decor offering coffee & tea, breakfast, brunch, homemade breads & pastries.
- Cafe Tektura
- Somnium Cafe Bar
- No7 Restaurant
- Old Town Restaurant and Wine Bar– Warm, wood-paneled eatery dishing out hearty Eastern European meat & sides alongside wine & beer.
- Wesele– Romantic Polish venue with folksy decor, mezzanine boxes, embroidered cushions & market views.
- Propaganda Pub– One of the oldest pubs in the former Jewish district, playing ska, reggae, punk & rockabilly music.
- Mercy Brown
- Movida Cocktail Bar
- Restauracja Wierzynek– Restaurant with 14th-century royal origins & decor including armor, knights’ sabers & stained glass.
- Kogel Mogel– Fine-dining restaurant with stylish decor presenting refined takes on classic Polish cuisine.
While it is impossible to experience the city of Krakow in one day, I highly recommend visiting this hidden gem. It is certainly one of Europe’s best kept secrets. With it’s rich history and culture, I loved spending one day in Krakow and can’t wait to go back to explore more of it. I hope you find this post helpful and plan your trip to Krakow, Poland.