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Free Things To Do In Krakow

Did you know that the entire Old Town area of Krakow is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

It’s often cited as one of the best European city breaks, especially in recent years, thanks to its awesome culture, incredible food scene and eclectic and intriguing historic past.

It’s a city that’s been through a lot, particularly in the last 100 years, which is why a trip to Krakow is an important excursion to embark on.

There’s plenty of things to see and do in Krakow and if you’ve got no idea of where to start when it comes to planning a trip to the south Poland city, we’ve got just the travel guide for you!

Below, you’ll find a list of the 10 best free attractions in Krakow, as well as the top-rated paid attractions in Krakow to help you plan a truly memorable trip!

Free Attractions in Krakow

Top Rated Krakow Attractions


Royal Route/Road

Without a doubt one of the best free things to do in Krakow is to walk the Royal Route, sometimes referred to as the Royal Road.

As the apt name suggests, this route takes you along some of the top historical attractions and monuments in the city.

Beginning in the historic Old Town of Krakow, the route takes you along where royal parades and processions used to take place, all the way up to Wawel Hill and Castle.


Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour 15
  • A visit to Krakow's number 1 tourist attraction. Wawel is Europe's most spectacular medieval castle
  • This tour lasts for two hours
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Main Market Square

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Site of the Old Town in Krakow is home to Rynek GÅ‚owny, or the Market Square as it’s more commonly known.

It is the largest medieval market square in Europe and features numerous monuments that were prominent during the medieval times.

Nowadays, you’ll find a plethora of hip eateries, bars, restaurants and quaint cafés where you can enjoy a morning coffee before heading...

Memory Trail: Schindler's Factory Tickets Package

clock Duration: 2 days
  • It is a two days " tour of Krakow Poland
  • A visit to the enamel factory as shown in Spielberg's movie
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Ojcow National Park

The Ojcow National Park is actually the smallest national park in Poland, but it’s also arguably one of the most impressive.

You could easily spend a couple of day trips visiting the park as there’s so much to see and do.

The whole family will enjoy a trip to Ojcow, and you can see the famous White Hand Rocks, which are incredibly cool rock formations, as well as numerous caves and carvings along the...

Museum of illusions Ticket

clock Duration: 60 to 120
  • It is an exciting tour of Krakow Poland
  • It lasts for 1 to 2 hours.
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Planty Park

Planty Park is another family-friendly spot in Krakow as it offers an impressive 5 acres of vast open space for kids to run around in and adults to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beatific gardens.

Nestled away just around the corner from the Old Town, Planty Park is a great stop on your trip to Krakow as you can visit two top city landmarks in one go.

During the warmer months, you’ll find fascinating street performers...

Krakow: Schindler’s Factory Tour & Skip-the-Line Ticket

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  • It is a tour of a historical museum in the former enamel factory of Oscar Schindler
  • It lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes.
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Fragment of Ghetto Wall

Krakow is renowned for its dark and ominous Jewish history and it’s actually one of the places in Europe that suffered heavily during the Nazi rule in WW2.

History fanatics will want to visit the Fragment of the Ghetto Wall, where you can see the temporary living spaces for thousands of Jews before they were sent to the concentration camps or immediately put to death.

This free attraction in Krakow is certainly not a jolly...

Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum Guided Tour in Krakow

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  • It is a tour of the historical museum of Oscar Schindler's factory
  • This tour lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes.
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Wawel Hill and Castle

For one of the best free attractions in Krakow, make sure you have Wawel Hill listed on your things to do in the city!

There’s plenty of things to see and explore in Wawel Hill, which sits proudly atop the banks of the Vistula; a place that was once home to the Polish Monarchy.

Today, you can explore the Debnicki Bridge for spectacular views of the Wawel Castle, as well as exploring some parts of the Castle for...

From Krakow: Ojcow National Park and Pieskowa Skala Castle

clock Duration: 6 hours
  • It is a tour of the Jurassic landscape in the Ojcow national park.
  • The tour lasts for 6 hours.
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Rakowicki Cemetery

A slightly more sombre free attraction in Krakow, yet still one that shouldn’t be missed; Rakowicki Cemetery is set upon an astounding 42 hectares of land.

Here, you’ll find thousands of tombstones, graves and mausoleums created by various artists and constructed in many different sizes, shapes and styles.

It’s definitely not a place that’s recommended with kids in tow, but if you’re interested in...

Schindler's Factory Museum Guided Tour in Krakow

clock Duration: 1 hour 40
  • A famous museum tour
  • A professionally licensed guide around the museum to deciphering hidden information in the museum.
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Vistula riverbank

What you need to know:

If you’re looking for a free activity in Krakow that’s popular with the locals, then there’s no better place to hang out than the Vistula Riverbank.

Here you’ll be free to stroll along the bank of the river or even cycle along the path at your own pace.

Kids will enjoy waving to all the water trams and tourist boats that pass by and adults can enjoy a...

Ojcow National Park, private tour from Krakow

clock Duration: 6 hours
    It is a private tour of the exceptional landscape and breathtaking ruins of the Ojcow National Park
  • It is an audio guide tour.
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Krakus Mound

What you need to know:

For a another alternative free activity in Krakow, you need to head to the top of Krakus Mound where you’ll be greeted with the advantage of admiring the city from the highest point in Krakow.

Krakus Mound is considered to be the oldest structure in Krakow and is thought to date all the way back to prehistoric times!

Did you know that the city of Krakow is actually named...

Pass4Krakow - Unlimited Access to Over 30 Top Krakow Attractions

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  • It is an unlimited access to over 30 excellent tours and fun activities and festival experiences in Krakow all with a single purchase.
  • Live tour guide.
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Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec

Another one of the best free attractions in Krakow, and yet still one that’s relatively off the beaten path is the Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec.

Situated along the Vistula Riverbank (so you can visit this place as part of your stroll along the river!), the Tyniec Abbey is a historic Monastery built from limestone.

The tiny village has a medieval feel to it, and it dates all the way back to the 11th...

Krakow: Energylandia Amusement Park Full Day Access

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  • Enjoy an all-day trip for families or friends, with more than 60 different types of attractions, including rollercoasters, merry-go-rounds, slides, lifts and many others!

    The driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive straight to the park by comfortable, air-conditioned...read more
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