Handpicked by a Krakow Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best tourist attractions near Krakow'.

Poland is a country rich in history and culture, and one of the best places to experience this is in Krakow. While Krakow itself has many amazing tourist attractions, there are also several incredible sights to see just outside the city. Here are some of the best tourist attractions near Krakow:

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Only a short drive from Krakow, this former concentration camp is a haunting reminder of the atrocities of World War II. A visit here is a sobering but important experience.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Located just outside of Krakow, this UNESCO World Heritage site is an underground labyrinth of tunnels and chambers carved out of salt. Visitors can explore the mine's stunning chapels, sculptures, and even a cathedral.

Zakopane: If you're a fan of the outdoors, a day trip to Zakopane is a must. This charming mountain town is the gateway to the Tatra Mountains and offers breathtaking views, hiking trails, and skiing in the winter.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Only a short drive from Krakow, this former concentration camp is a haunting reminder of the atrocities of World War II. A visit here is a sobering but important experience.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Located just outside of Krakow, this UNESCO World Heritage site is an underground labyrinth of tunnels and chambers carved out of salt. Visitors can explore the mine's stunning chapels, sculptures, and even a cathedral.

These are just a few of the amazing tourist attractions near Krakow. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or culture, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful part of Poland.

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Wieliczka Salt Mine

BOOK THE TICKETS here Once upon a time, when kings sat on the throne at Wawel Castle, when the walled city of Krakow was a medieval centre of trade and when salt was as valuable as gold, a major source of wealth was discovered under the ground, not far from the royal capital. Today a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is the only mine in the world to run continuously since...

Ojcow National Park

Ojców National Park (Polish: Ojcowski Park Narodowy) is a national park in Kraków County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship in southern Poland, established in 1956. It takes its name from the village of Ojców, where it also has its headquarters.  It is Poland's smallest national park, with an original area of 14.40 square kilometers (5.56 sq mi), since expanded to 21.46 km2(8.29 sq mi). Of this ar...

Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec

Krakow is a vibrant cultural centre and one of Poland's largest cities, but part of its special charm lies in its proximity to the beautiful, unspoilt countryside. While close to the city centre you can find many open parks and wild stretches of riverbank, a particularly charming spot lies about twelve kilometres upstream from Wawel Castle - the Benedictine monastery at Tyniec. This quiet spot, b...

Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp

Just over 50 kilometers west of Krakow lies the small town of Oswiecim, a place that would easily have remained in relative obscurity were it not for the Nazis' decision to construct the Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration (and later death) camp there. Since the war ended, the site has been preserved as a museum and memorial, and receives over a million visitors a year. Allow a good three hours for...

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