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Krakow is a city in southern Poland known for its rich history, Jewish quarter and the Old Town. Rent a car in Krakow so you can explore this delightful city and its vicinity without depending on taxis or public buses. A rental vehicle offers you the freedom and flexibility to sightsee wherever and whenever you want. When you have your own vehicle, you can create your own itinerary or go on an excursion anytime it suits you, making your time here even more memorable.

It's your choice: Where to go in Krakow

The centrally-located Stare Miasto or Old Town is the most historic part of the city. Most of the attractions are located in or on the periphery of the Old Town making it a convenient location to stay if you have limited time to spend in the city. The Jewish Quarter is in the neighbourhood of Kazimierz and is lined with cool cafes, bars, and galleries. To get a feel for how the locals live, hang out in Kleparz, a residential area, or in Podgorze, home to Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. Don’t miss the artificial beach at Ludwinow or the Forum Przestrzenie, an arts centre that hosts film screenings and live music. Nearby you'll also find the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.

Things to do in Krakow

Amongst Krakow's many highlights is its architecture and landmarks. Visit St. Mary’s Basilica which dates from the 1220s to study its gorgeous interior and to wait for the hourly bugle call from one of its two towers. You can also find the Collegium Maius in the Old Town, the oldest building of Jagiellonian University and a fine example of Gothic architecture. Sign up for a guided tour, which will take you down its grand halls and through its exquisite courtyard. Beneath the busy market square is the fascinating Rynek Underground, a museum with medieval artefacts and exhibits. If you are planning to rent a car in Krakow, there are some trips that you can do such as the salt mines. From Krakow, it's a 16km drive to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the world’s oldest and operational until 2007. Explore its underground passageways, chapels, lakes, and tunnels. On your way back to the city, stop at the Wawel Royal Castle, a 14th-century hilltop fortification featuring baroque, renaissance, and medieval architectural styles.

Important info about Krakow

Krakow lies in a valley at the bottom of the Carpathian Mountains and is spread over both sides of the Vistula River. The northwest sections of the town are on the Krakow-Czestochowa Jura, characterised by limestone rocks and gorges. It is also where you can find the Eagles’ Nest, a picturesque trail of medieval castle ruins. On the eastern outskirts of the city is the Niepolomice Forest while in the south are the scenic Beskid Foothills.

Weather in Krakow
Facts
Country Krakow
Language Polish
Currency Polish zloty
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +48

Good to know

The city is well-connected by train, bus, or plane. Flights to Krakow land at Krakow Airport which is around 17 kilometres west of the city centre. To reach hotels in Krakow with ease and to explore the city and surrounding area, rent a car not only for comfort but also independence. To rent a car in Krakow, you must be at least 21 years of age and must have held your driver’s licence for at least a year. Drivers under 25 may have to pay a surcharge. Drivers in Krakow drive on the right side of the road and overtake from the left, if permitted. Unless indicated by a sign, the speed limit on built-up areas is 50km/h from 5am-11pm and 60km/h from 11pm-5am. If you are going to use the motorways/dual-carriage expressways, the speed limit is 120km/h-140km/h. The maximum blood alcohol content (BAC) for all drivers is 0.2g/l. The use of seat belts and child seats is compulsory as well as daytime running lights.

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What to taste in Krakow

Polish food is simple but hearty. You’ll find that dishes incorporate a lot of meat especially pork, beef, and chicken. Vegetables, spices, and herbs are also widely used as well as noodles and cereals. A typical meal consists of three courses starting with a soup like beet borscht followed by an appetiser and then a main course which can be a meat dish with potatoes, vegetables, or rice as accompaniments. Before leaving Krakow, you must try bigos, which is a traditional stew made of fresh or pickled cabbage, and leftover meat/sausage. Gotabki is another filling dish consisting of cabbage leaves stuffed with beef and rice. Pierogi, a dumpling filled with potato, meat, sweet cheese or fruits, is great for on the go while if you like pork, try golonka, which is boiled or roasted pork knuckle. Sausage fans will be delighted at the choices available, from bison to beef. Krakowska is a speciality from Krakow flavoured with garlic and pepper whilst kabanosy is a thin sausage with caraway seeds. Don’t overlook placki either, which is a fried potato pancake and typically eaten with goulash. For dessert, sample nalesniki, thin pancakes wrapped around a sweet filling.

What to bring to your friends from Krakow

Shops in Krakow are stocked with loads of gifts and souvenirs so you will not run of ideas easily. Get a Wawel dragon emblazoned on shirts, stickers, or keychains. Wood chess boards, sculptures, and boxes also make great gifts. For something truly special, pick up handmade jewellery with amber stones.Artisanal ceramics such as hand-painted bowls, vases, cups, and plates are available in many shops in the Jewish Quarter. You might also want to bring back home a bit of Polish food for yourself and friends. Dry sausages, cheese, and pickled cucumber are some ideas. Other great presents that you can buy include wicker baskets, crystals, leather slippers, and glass charms.