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Top 10 Day Trips From Kraków, Poland

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Ryan Joshua
Ryan Joshua
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Krakow is yet another amazing destination that you would want to visit in Poland. In fact, it is just like Prague but has fewer tourists and even has cheaper goods and services. Wander around the city’s spacious market square and festive streets, visit legendary castles, lush green parks, and historic buildings. Have your meals in one of the hearty yet inexpensive restaurants serving authentic Polish food. Krakow is also surrounded by a lot of interesting places that will surely interest you. Get to see more of Krakow and go on one of these top day trips from Krakow, Poland.

1. Auschwitz and Birkenau (from USD 20.7)

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The reign of the Nazi Party might be one of the darkest periods in history, but it has left a mark that everyone will surely remember. Have a glimpse of those days by visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Touted as the largest concentration camp set up by the Nazis, it is a representation of the worst of human cruelty and has witnessed the deaths and the physical and emotional suffering of the Jews. Know the history of the place by visiting the museum and the memorial and meet a professional guide who will give you more insight about what went on inside these camps.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour

Duration: 7 hour

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2. Wieliczka Salt Mine (from USD 42.0)

See more of Poland and visit the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine. Explore miles of underground alleyways and be astonished by the ancient sculptures made from salt, all of which feature intricately carved details. Your tour guide will also share more about the history of these mines as you explore the place.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour from Krakow

Duration: 5 hours

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3. Black Madonna of Częstochowa (from USD 57.63)

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The image of the Black Madonna in Czestochowa is one of the most-visited places in the whole of Poland. Located 130 kilometers (80.78 miles) away from Krakow, thousands of pilgrims around the world travel to the city just to see the image. It is said that the Swedish army tried to conquer the monastery and steal the Black Madonna painting during the Swedish flood of the 17th century. However, the brave monks overthrew the army and hid the image somewhere safe.

Half-Day Czestochowa Black Madonna Tour from Krakow

Duration: 8 hour

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4. Zakopane Tatras Mountains (from USD 104.0)

Escape from the busy city of Krakow and get to see the beauty of the mountain town of Zakopane in person. Start your tour early in the morning and travel to the Tatra Mountain region while being surrounded by breathtaking sceneries. Enjoy a ride on a funicular railway to the top of Mount Gubalowka. If you go on a guided tour, you will also be given free time to check out and explore Zakopane all by yourself.

Day trip to Zakopane Tatras Mountains from Krakow

Duration: 8 hours

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5. Bochnia Salt Mine (from USD 45.91)

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This salt mine in Bochnia is regarded as one of the oldest salt mines in Poland and has also been hailed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With this guided tour, you will be picked up from your hotel in Krakow and transported to the majestic salt mines in minivans. Exploring the salt mines will be a very exhilarating experience, especially since you can explore one of the underground caves via a boat. Temperatures underground can go down as much as 14 to 16 °C (57 to 59.00 °F), so make sure to bring a jacket or sweater with you before you go on this tour.

Kraków: Bochnia Salt Mine Tour

Duration: 5 hour

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6. Ojcow National Park (from USD 41.91)

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Take a break from all of those amazing tours and explore outside Krakow by taking this trip to the famous Ojcow Park in the nearby village of Ojcow. First opened in 1956, the park has since become a haven for the citizens of Krakow to relax, bond with their families, and spend some time together. From the park, you can also walk through Eagles’ Nest Trail and the historical Polish Route where goods were transported during the Medieval Ages. End the tour with a sumptuous hot meal in a local restaurant.

Krakow Bike Trip to Ojcow National Park with Guide

Duration: 6 hour

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7. Zalipie Village (from USD 57.63)

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Known as the Painted Village, Zalipie boasts painted houses, unique architecture, and amazing folklore. For three hours, you get to explore the village all by yourself. You would surely want to visit the painted church, the village museum, and the Painters House. Get some pictures taken from the painted cottages that are scattered across the village. This tour will be perfect for those who love arts and interesting villages.

From Krakow: Zalipie Village Private Tour

Duration: 5 hour

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8. Monastery of Jasna Góra (from USD 287.11)

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Visit the heart of the Polish Catholic Church in the city of Czestochowa. This place is home to Pauline Monastery, the home of the Black Madonna image and the Virgin Mary Shrine. In fact, it is the third most famous pilgrim site for Catholics all over the world. The tour will start at Warta River where you get to see the monastery sites, including the hilltop monastery and the belltower. Aside from that, you will also see some of the most precious offerings in the Treasury, which include rosaries and scepters.

From Krakow: Czestochowa Monastery Private Tour

Duration: 6 hour

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9. Zakopane and Bukovina (from USD 39.29)

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Get to visit the amazing city of Zakopane on this amazing tour from Krakow. Nestled at the heart of the Polish mountains, Zakopane is famous for its amazing architecture, fashion, cuisine, and tourist attractions. Walk down the popular Krupowki Street before embarking on a trip to Bukovina where you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated in the famous and luxurious thermal complex with stunning views all around. Traveling to this majestic city will take nine hours from Krakow, but it will definitely be worth the trip.

Kraków: Zakopane and Bukovina with Thermal Complex

Duration: 3 to 9 hour

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10. Wadowice (from USD 289.22)

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See the religious and historical side of Poland on this full-day trip from Krakow. Get to visit Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the monastery of the Bernardine Franciscans. It is a very amazing cultural and historical site surrounded by nature that has been popular with pilgrims from across the world. Continue your tour to the Wadowice, a town situated along Skawa River, where Pope John Paul II was born.

From Krakow: Full-Day Kalwaria Zebrzydowska & Wadowice Visit

Duration: 6 hour

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See the history and natural beauty of Poland from Krakow

Krakow indeed is surrounded by amazing historical and natural sites that you will surely enjoy and learn a lot from. Make your visit to the city more worthwhile by embarking on one of these top day trips from Krakow, Poland.

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Ryan is a Computer Engineer with a heart for traveling and writing. Born in Pasay City, Philippines, and raised in Melbourne, Australia, he is now based in the Philippines' City of Smiles, Bacolod...Read more

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