Top Day Trips from Krakow

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Set amid rolling Polish countryside and a number of nearby points of interest, Krakow often leads travelers out of the city and into its surroundings. Here are some of the top day trip destinations from this city on the banks of the Vistula River.

Wadowice — 32 miles (53 km) from Krakow
The birthplace of Pope John Paul II, Wadowice is a popular pilgrimage destination for Catholics. Tours from Krakow take travelers through the undulating Beskidy mountains and offer insight into John Paul II’s life when he was better known as Archbishop Karol Wojtyła. Most tour options visit the futuristic church at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki and allow for samples of kremowka, a tasty cream cake loved by locals.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum — 42 miles (69 km) from Krakow
Widely considered among the most moving sites in Poland, the UNESCO–listed Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum shines a light on the horrors of World War II. Wander the barracks, crematorium, gas chambers, and prison blocks of the former Nazi concentration camp complex, and watch a documentary on the 1947 liberation of the camp. Tours from Krakow typically last upwards of seven hours, with some options also visiting the labyrinthine caverns of the Wieliczka salt mine, where travelers can see bizarre salt formations and the eerie Chapel of St. Kinga.

Zakopane & the Tatras Mountains — 67 miles (109 km) from Krakow
A popular ski destination, Zakopane lies within the Tatras mountain range, attracting visitors year-round to its ski runs and rugged hiking routes. In the mountains, you can take a funicular to the summit of Mount Gubalowka for a panoramic look at the forested peaks and valleys, and in Zakopane, you’ll want to discover the region’s traditional wooden chalets and churches before hitting the stores and restaurants of the buzzing main street, Krupowki. Tours from Krakow to Zakopane and the Tatras Mountains typically last about nine hours, with round-trip travel included.

Warsaw — 182 miles (294 km) from Krakow
Following widespread destruction during World War II, Poland’s capital has risen to now draw visitors from around the world. Explore bars, galleries, and restaurants in the vibrant Praga area; visit the former royal hunting grounds of Lazienki Park; and follow the Royal Route through the Old Town's UNESCO–listed cobbled streets. During your visit, don’t miss the chance to visit the majestic Royal Castle, once home to the Polish monarchy. Given the distance from Krakow, Warsaw tours typically last a full day.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Half-Day Trip from Krakow

Experience a poignant piece of World War II history on a half-day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Led by a knowledgeable guide, explore the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex and preserve the memory of those who perished there. Pass through the crematoriums, old prison blocks and moving memorials, and hear the stories of this dark time in history from your guide in a sensitive manner. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to your original departure point in Krakow.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

Explore Zakopane, Poland’s popular destination for winter sports, and the Tatra Mountains on this day trip departing from Krakow. Escape the bustle of the city and head to the top of Mt Gubalówka on the funicular railway. Soak up incredible views from the peaks before discovering Zakopane’s traditional mountain architecture, shops, the Tatra Museum and more. Your day will conclude with transportation back to your Krakow hotel.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Small-Group Tour from Krakow

Take in a poignant piece of World War II history on a half-day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Led by an expert guide, you'll explore the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex and be part of one of the first groups to enter the museum onsite. Pass through the old prison blocks and exhibits, and preserve the memory of those who perished there. Your small-group tour is limited to 22 people and will conclude with transportation back to your Krakow hotel.
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Communism Tour in a Genuine Trabant Automobile from Krakow

Discover Krakow’s communist history on a 2.5-hour tour in a Trabant car. Take a ride in the vehicle classic to the era and explore the Nowa Huta district with your guide. Along the way, hop out to wander the neighborhood’s streets and learn about the rich history behind them. Upgrade to extend your tour with a visit to a private museum and a communist-era restaurant.
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Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip from Krakow

Explore the underground world of the Wieliczka Salt Mine on a 4-hour tour from Krakow. Follow an expert guide through the mine’s tunnels and chambers and discover the Chapel of the Blessed Kinga, an exhibition on the history of Poland’s salt-mining, figures carved from salt and more. See why this 700-year-old complex has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will conclude with drop-off back at your Krakow hotel.
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In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

Get an up-close look at the life of John Paul II on this 5-hour tour to Wadowice, the former pope’s childhood home, from Krakow. Journey through the Beskidy Mountains, visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and explore the Archbishop’s Palace as your expert guide provides illuminating background on the beloved pope. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Krakow.
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Dunajec River Gorge and Niedzica Castle from Krakow

Admire the stunning scenery of Poland’s Dunajec Valley with this day trip to the Dunajec River Gorge from Krakow. Float down the river on a wooden raft and soak up views of the limestone cliffs from the water. Top off your trip with a visit to the 14th-century Niedzica Castle before making the journey back to Krakow.
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Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa including the 'Black Madonna' Day Tour from Krakow

Explore the pilgrimage destination of Czestochowa on this day trip departing from Krakow. Admire the famed ‘Black Madonna’ painting with a visit to the Jasna Gora monastery. While at the monastery, you’ll also tour the Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica. Afterward, venture along the historic Trail of the Eagles’ Nests and stop in Pieskowa Skala to visit the 16th-century castle.
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