Kraków is a beautiful city with nearly 1,000 years of history. The city center is one of Europe’s most preserved and largest medieval centres and includes Europe’s largest medieval town square. Another great visit is to the Jewish quarter, called “Kazimierz”, and walks (or scooter rides with Tier, FreeNow, Bolt, etc) along the river are fantastic!
Here is some helpful information:
- The center is very walkable, from the main station it is only about a 10 min walk to the main square and the center of the medieval city.
- Trams and buses are frequent and a great way to get around, you can use Google Transit directions to get exact platforms and specific directions for any place in the city.
- Face masks must be worn while riding trams or buses.
- The tram stops right in front of our hostel and the conference is called “Oleandry”, the platform has a ticket machine.
- Tickets can be purchased at most platforms (including the one right in front of our conference hostel) with cards, and on most newer trams/buses cards can be used (contactless) or coins can be used on all trams/buses. Tickets are “time-based” and expire based on the chosen length of time.
- To get to the main square and medieval center (10min by tram or 15 on foot):
- Take tram 6 or 20, ride for two stops to “Uniwersytet Jagielloński”, get off, cross the large street and into the park which surrounds the old city. See map for walking directions from the tram stop to the square.
- Click here for Google Maps directions
- To get to the Jewish quarter (Kazimierz) you can walk about 30 mins or take a tram (16min).
- Tram 6 from right outside our hostel (this tram only comes every 15 mins) and get off 8 stops later at “Plac Wolnica”.
- In the Jewish quarter, there are hundreds of cafes, restaurants, and much more to see and do. Look for food/cafe recommendations below.
(click on “MAP” for google map information including prices, reviews, and menus in some cases)
Near the hostels/conference (prices from around 3€ to 10€ per dish)
- 4 min walk: Pizzeria Arredata – MAP
- 3 min walk: Organic Coffee – MAP
- 6 min walk: Tao Garden (asian) – MAP
- 4 min walk: Ottoman meat&go (Kababs, Turkish dishes) – MAP
- 8 min walk: Smaki Roślinne (vegan) – MAP
- 7 min walk: Velo Food&Bar (mix of international foods, great atmosphere, and food) – MAP
- 6 min walk: Tirsana – Smaki Nepalu (part of a hotel, but great Nepalese and Indian food) – MAP
- 3 min walk: Kwant Bistro BJ (Bistro, cheap good student food, inside Jagiellonian Library) – MAP
Old City (center)
(15-25 min by foot, and slower service, but super nice atmosphere and locations, prices vary, check links)
- Charlotte (brunch and cafe, all day) – MAP
- Pizzatopia (Great “make your own” pizza place) – MAP
- Morskie Oko (fantastic and authentic Polish traditional food inspired by the highlanders) – MAP
- Pino (modern European dishes) – MAP
- “Viva La Pinta” pub for craft beers – MAP
- “Pijalnia Czekolady” chocolate cafe (chocolates, coffee, drinks, and assorted other things) – MAP
- “METRUM Restobistro” rooftop restaurant cafe/bar, open until 20:00 – MAP
Kazimierz (Jewish quarter)
(Tram and walk – about 20-30 depending on location, prices vary, check links)
- Hamsa (casual traditional Mediterranean, many shared dishes, and middle eastern food) – MAP
- Pizzatopia on plac Nowy famous Jewish market (great “make your own” pizza place) – MAP
- Judah Food Market (a food truck “pod” many great selections!) – MAP
- Kolanko No 6 (quirky bohemian restaurant serving Polish food and other great options) – MAP
Places to see
- The medieval Main square (must see) – MAP
- Medieval Royal Castle Wawel – MAP
- Floriańska Street and city gate – MAP
- Cloth Hall (local Polish souvenirs) – MAP
- Jewish Tram 6 from right outside our hostel (this tram only comes every 15 mins) and get off 8 stops later at “Plac Wolnica”.
- “Planty” park for a walk or scooter fun, it surrounds the entire old city – MAP
- St. Mary’s Basilica – Gothic catholic cathedral and landmark – MAP
- Saints Peter and Paul Church (and nearby square) – Baroque style catholic church – MAP
- Schindler’s Factory Museum – highly recommended (pre-booking and about 2 hrs needed) – Tickets | MAP
- Auschwitz Memorial Museum – half day needed, pre-booked tours required transport included – Tours
For reference, the “Oleandry” tram stop next to our Hostel – MAP