Krakow is one of Poland's best known and most beautiful cities. Although it is not as famous as Warsaw, which is the capital of the country, it does stand out as one of the cultural and religious epicentres of Eastern Europe. There are plenty of activities to discover during your visit and you can explore the city's past, which is closely linked to the history of Polish self-improvement.
From visiting the Auschwitz Extermination Camp to attending a Jewish music concert, traditional folklore shows including dinner, attractions at Krakow Zoo and Energylandia, one of Poland's most renowned amusement parks, Krakow has tickets for activities for everyone.
1. Tickets to Auschwitz Extermination Camp
The Second World War marked one of the darkest episodes in the history of mankind and Poland was one of the countries that suffered the most from the conflict. In addition to suffering persecution and bombings, Auschwitz-Birkenau was built on its territory. It was the most famous extermination camp in Nazi Germany and became known for its barracks, crematoria and firing squads.
During your trip to Krakow you can visit this site on the outskirts of the city, tour the camp, enter the barracks and wander through the internal museums, which present the crudest aspects of the site where more than a million people were murdered and only a few survived.
Auschwitz is fully signposted, so you can wander through the spaces on your own and manage your time to get to know in depth this site that is now considered a historical tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. The best option is to choose skip-the-line tickets to avoid delays and crowds.
2. Tickets for a Jewish music concert
If you are one of those who prefer to experience the local culture when you visit a place, then you can't miss out on tickets to these 1-hour concerts of klezmer music, which is a genre of music typical of Eastern Europe. This style is notable for its dance melodies, which are performed by professional musicians and sung in Yiddish, the language spoken by most Jews of Slavic origin.
The tradition of this genre was born among Orthodox Jews, which is why many of the melodies are currently used at weddings or religious celebrations, but it is also a festive musical style that transcends the borders of Judaism and in many cases, such as in Krakow, you can hear it performed by secular musicians, making it a cultural experience independent of any religion.
3. Tickets for a folklore show with dinner in Krakow
The best way to experience Polish folklore is to go to a typical restaurant in the centre of Krakow to listen to a folk band while you dine on a typical local menu, which usually consists of Polish pasta with cabbage and mushrooms. With your ticket you can try traditional pierogi and dumplings stuffed with cheese, meat and vegetables, all of which are considered a delicacy in the regional cuisine.
In these experiences you can learn about Polish dances, costumes and traditional Polish cuisine during a magical evening in 15th century buildings, which will take you on a journey back in time. You can also take part in folklore dances, join in the activities and have your photo taken with the performers, whose costumes and make-up will catch your eye.
4. Tickets to Energylandia
Energylandia is a theme park located about 50 kilometres from Krakow that will allow you to opt for a different plan during your trip and get to know more than 60 attractions in 5 thematic zones, which stand out for their diversity for the whole family and for their vertiginous games. Fairytale Land, Family Zone, Extreme Zone, Dragone Zone and Water Park are the highlights of this park, which is one of the largest in Poland.
It is also an ideal alternative if you plan to visit Krakow with children or if you want to learn about the history of the city through the fantastic tales of the Dragon Castle, the epicentre of the park where you will also find the main roller coaster. This attraction was built in zadra wood and is considered one of the highest in Europe. Are you up for the challenge of riding it? Book your tickets in advance so you don't miss out.
5. Tickets for Krakow Zoo
Protected animal areas are often the best places to visit with children if you're planning to tour a city with the family and Krakow is no exception, as you can visit the local zoo. This complex is located on the outskirts of the city and, although it is not very big, it is an animal paradise where you can come across some exotic animals such as the Amur tiger or the maned wolf.
During the tour you will also meet other animals that are rare in other European zoos, such as panda bears, Rothschild's giraffes, dwarf hippopotamuses or lemurs, as well as other more common species of penguins, antelopes, horses, leopards and elephants.
With your tickets to Krakow Zoo you will also have access to a recreational area where you can enjoy immersive experiences or relax in the restaurant, which offers drinks and meals.