Great city tours to take in Krakow

What guided tours to go on when you go to Krakow?

I have spent about a month and a half in Krakow on two separate visits, and got to know the city quite well.

Still, I always felt like there was more to discover; the city is so lively and always changing. I think the word multifaceted would describe it best.

So to avoid the ever imminent FOMO, I made sure to meet up with locals who told me a lot of interesting things about the city, Poland and Polish society in general. I also took plenty of walking tours in Krakow on my two visits, to discover all the different sides of Krakow from local guides.

If you can’t visit Krakow right now, you can take a live virtual tour called Best of Kraków, led by a local guide and an expert on Polish and history.

Guided walking tours in Krakow

Krakow old town walking tour

Krakow Main Square panorama
Krakow’s main square – old town tour

The classic introductory walking tour of the historical part of Krakow. I usually take tours like this one on my first or second day in a new city, because it gives me an overview of all the highlights.

This tour covers Krakow’s history and its main landmarks, such as St Mary’s church and Wawel Castle.

Free tourBook a free place here and tip the guide at the end as much as you want.

Group tourBook places in advance here.

Private tourBook in advance here. This tour is available in 7 languages and includes free pick up from your old town hotel.

Krakow Jewish Quarter history tour

Krakow - Jan Karski statue in the Jewish Quarter in Krakow
On the Krakow Jewish Quarter tour you’ll find out who this is…

Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish Quarter, is an intriguing place. It is full of Jewish culture, although there isn’t a large Jewish community in the city anymore.

A tour of this part of Krakow will teach you about the history of the Jews in Poland, the local synagogues (most of them are now museums) and of course, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.

Free tourBook a free place here and tip the guide at the end as much as you want.

Group tourBook places in advance here.

Private tourBook in advance here. This tour is available in 7 languages and includes entry tickets to the synagogues and cemetery.

Wawel Castle guided tour

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Wawel Castle in Krakow

The beautiful Wawel Castle in Krakow, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a bucket list item for tourists who want to see the city’s most popular attractions.

I visited the castle, the cathedral and the castle gardens with a guide. There’s quite a lot to see… You can easily spend 3-4 hours there. Thanks to the stories of the expert guide, the visit was much more meaningful.

There’s normally a long line for tickets for Wawel Castle, but with a guided tour you’ll get to skip the line and save time.

Group tourBook places here. Join others in a small group. You can pick a language as well as the length of the tour.

Private tourBook a private tour here. You’ll have your own private guide. You can pick a language as well as the length of the tour.

Communist history tour in Nowa Huta

Communist architecture in Nowa Huta
Communist architecture in Nowa Huta

Nowa Huta was originally designed as a utopian city or an ideal communist city. It is now a part of Krakow that’s well worth exploring.

I liked learning about the communist history of Poland but also enjoyed the urban planning in this part of the city – it’s full of parks and green boulevards.

Free tour – You’ll need to reach the meeting point yourself. It’s about 20-30 minutes from the city centre. Tip the guide at the end. More details.

Private tourBook in advance here. This tour includes transport to Nowa Huta and back to your accommodation.

The Krakow underground museum tour

Krakow Underground Museum tour
Krakow Underground Museum tour

In the main square in the old town of Krakow there’s an underground museum that traces the history of the city from the Middle Ages.

I recommend taking a tour to visit this museum, because there’s a lot to see and it’s easy to get lost amongst all the information and archaeological remains…

The guide puts things in context and makes the visit much more interesting.

Group tourReserve your place here.

Oskar Schindler’s Factory Guided Tour

Schindler’s Factory is one of Krakow’s famous WWII-related attractions.

The tour tells the story of how the factory was used to save the lives of Jews during the holocaust.

Group tourReserve your places here.

General tips on taking tours in Krakow

Tipping guides on free tours

When you take a free tour, make sure you have some cash with you. You’re expected to tip the guide at the end.

Some guides will spend extra time with you after the tour to give local advice, recommend restaurants and attractions etc.

Tip as much as you think is appropriate. In general on free tours in Europe people usually tip the equivalent of €10-20 per person.

Read more about free walking tours here

Hotel pickup

When you book a tour, read what’s included to see if pickup from your hotel is included.

Entry tickets

Some tours include the price of entry tickets to museums or landmarks in the tour price, but others don’t. If they don’t, you’ll need to pay when you enter the attraction.

Read what’s included in each tour and make sure you take some cash with you (some places don’t accept cards).

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