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.
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.
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.
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.