Where to stay in Krakow?
Learn more about the characteristics and landmarks in each neighborhood to choose the best one for you to stay in Krakow.
Planning a trip to the fascinating city of Krakow but don’t know where to stay? With its stunning architecture, rich cultural heritage, and welcoming hospitality, it is no wonder that Krakow is one of the top European destinations for city breaks.
There is a lot worth seeing in Krakow, so stay somewhere comfortable and central to make your vacation to Poland easier.
Luckily, staying somewhere well-connected is within everyone’s budget. Here are some of the top areas to stay during your next holiday to Krakow.
The Most Popular Areas to Stay in Krakow
Krakow is the 2nd largest city in Poland and offers visitors a unique blend of history and culture alongside modern amenities. The original capital of Poland, Krakow was an international trading hub in the middle ages. It was renowned throughout the world for its beauty and we don’t think much has changed!
Krakow suffered during WWII and was occupied by the Nazis. Jewish residents were forcefully removed to the Jewish Ghetto and later to death camps like Auschwitz. The horror of this horrible period hasn’t been forgotten and the city is home to several Holocaust memorials.
With 18 distinct neighborhoods in Krakow, there is something for everyone. Travelers usually spend their time exploring the very compact and walkable center. Learn more about the characteristics and landmarks in each neighborhood in our handy guide to the best neighborhoods in Krakow.
Stare Miasto (Old Town)
The fairytale-esque medieval old town of Krakow is known for its grand architecture, biggest square in Europe and its umbrella-shaded terraces.
The entire downtown is UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s where the majority of Krakow’s must-see landmarks are located.
Just walk 25 minutes south alongside the bubbling Vistula River from the Old Town to the charming Jewish district, Kazimierz. This neighborhood has a lively nightlife, lots of cozy cafes, and is a great escape from the grandeur of the center.
Since it’s not in the heart of the city, hotels are usually cheaper. With all the excitement happening in the bars and streets of Kazimierz, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on any of the action!
Bordering Old Town, Kleparz almost feels like the center of Krakow. Close to train station, you will feel well connected here. Some well-known hostels and other cheaper accommodations favored by backpackers and students make this a young, lively area.
Stroll through the famous Kleparz Market Square, which is full of stalls surrounded by beautiful buildings and statues in a beautiful neoclassic style.
Located in south Krakow, Podgórze is the site of the former Jewish ghetto. Anyone interested in history will be moved by visiting Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory and the Holocaust memorials.
This is a longer walk from the city center (about 30 minutes walk) so it is a less popular place to stay but is definitely worth a visit.
Our recommendation: Old Town and Kazimierz
So, where do we recommend travelers stay when visiting Krakow for the first time? Most choose either Old Town or Kazimierz for good reason. From either neighborhood, it’s easy to walk to most of the attractions. If you want to learn about what to do in Krakow, make sure to read our guide to learn about the landmarks and experiences you shouldn’t miss.
Both areas have that romantic, old-timey feeling people come to Central Europe for. You won’t be short of choices in either district for wonderful gastronomy and cute cafes. There is a range of different options from high-end stays to something more choices for everyone.