KrakowCard – one tiny piece of plastic that enables you to visit 40 best museums of Krakow with no additional fees included! As seen on the map below, the places of interest – museums, churches, art galleries and palaces – seem pretty scattered around the area of Krakow, but worry not! It is still possible to see the ones you have selected if you use the public transportation of Krakow in a wise way, with your KrakowCard as a ticket and good planning skills involved. Take a look at how to easily reach the particular attractions of Krakow and start exploring the best of what this unique city has to offer! Use the map with the attractions listed as a point of reference to the guide and do not forget to visit this site to check the timetables. You may use the names of particular bus/tram stops while searching for the best connection or decide to use the address of each specific attraction.
Numbers: 22, 23, 26
See the Princess Czartoryski Museum and Library / the Arsenal Gallery of Ancient Art (św. Jana 19 street, 8 Pijarska street), the City Defence Walls of Krakow and the Barbican (Basztowa street), located close to each other and in the direct vicinity of the Main Railway Station of Krakow. There is no need to use any public transport if you happen to choose these attractions as the first ones to pay your visit to.
Tram stops nearby: Stary Kleparz, Dworzec Główny
Bus stops nearby: Stary Kleparz, Dworzec Główny
Numbers: 3, 4, 5
Visit the Museum of the History of Occupation “Pomorska street” (2 Pomorska street), the Museum of History of Photography (16 Józefitów street) and History of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy Museum (30 Aleja Adama Mickiewicza avenue). Start with the last attraction mentioned (AGH bus stop) and travel to Plac Inwalidów bus stop at Królewska street. As you walk along it, you may expect Pomorska street diverging from the right side of the road and Józefitów street as a left branch of it, located slightly further. The first two attractions are situated within 14 minutes of walking distance.
Numbers: 6, 7, 8, 9
Do not miss a chance to see the Main Building of Krakow National Museum “Museum of Art and Weapon in Poland” (1 Aleja 3 Maja avenue), the House of Artist Józef Mehoffer (Krupnicza 26 street), Europeum – the European Culture Centre (6 Plac Sikorskiego square) and Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Numismatic Museum (12 Józefa Piłsudskiego street). Leave the Old Town through Szewska street and it will lead you straight to Krupnicza street. After you leave the House of Artist Józef Mehoffer, you may turn left into Garncarska street and turn left for Europeum at Sikorskiego square. Take a stroll along Garncarska to reach Józefa Piłsudskiego street and take a turn left to find the numismatic museum. After you leave, take tram 20 from Uniwersystet Jagielloński tram stop and get off at Cracovia stop. the Main Building of Krakow National Museum is just behind the crossroads, at the right side of Aleja 3 Maja avenue.
Numbers: 1, 2
Explore the Zwierzyniec House (41 Królowej Jadwigi street) and charming Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec (Benedyktyńska 37 street). Take tram 2 from Dworzec Główny tram stop (it is located next to the Main Railway Station, at Lubicz street) and travel to Salwator tram stop. After a quarter or so, you will have to traverse 8 minutes on foot along Królowej Jadwigi street. In order to reach the Tyniec Abbey, cross the Vistula river via Dębnicki bridge and get on 112 bus at Rynek Dębnicki bus stop. After 20 minutes, the journey will end at Tyniec bus stop.
Numbers: 31, 32, 35
See the Headquarters of Marksmen Guild Celestat (16 Lubicz street), the Gen. Emil Fieldorf “Nil” Home Army Museum in Kraków (12 Wita Stwosza street) and the Polish Aviation Museum (39 Aleja Jana Pawła II avenue). Travel to Lubicz street on foot, straight from the Main Railway Station. After you leave the museum, reach Dworzec Główny Wschód bus stop at Bosacka stret on foot and take line 115 to get off at Muzeum Armii Krajowej bus stop. The stop is located 90 metres from the museum, on the same side of the road. Afterwards, it is advisable for you to travel back to the Main Railway Station and find Dworzec Główny Tunel tram stop. Tram line 5 will take you directly to the Museum of Polish Aviation – you only need to get off at Muzeum Lotnictwa stop after nearly 20 minutes of your journey.
Numbers: 37, 39, 40
Take your chance to see Stanislaw Lem’s Garden of Experiences and Education (68 Aleja Pokoju avenue), the History of Nowa Huta Quarter (16 Osiedle Słoneczne estate) and the Exhibition in Nowa Huta District Branice (2A Sasanek street). Take tram 14 from Dworzec Główny stop in Lubicz street and travel to Aleja Pokoju tram stop. After 14 minutes it will be required from you to walk for 3 minutes until you cross the Rondo Dywizjonu 309 roundabout to find Lem’s garden on the other side of the avenue. Take tram 22 from Aleja Pokoju stop to continue your travel to Nowa Huta district – leave the tram at Plac Centralny im. Ronalda Reagana and walk along Aleja Róż avenue to reach the History of Nowa Huta Quarter. After you return to Plac Centralny im. Ronalda Reagana tram stop, take line 16 to change it to bus 131 at Pleszów stop. Branice Pagórek is the nearest stop for you to reach the Exhibition in Nowa Huta District Branice.
Numbers: 36, 38
Pay a visit to Schindler’s Factory (4 Lipowa street) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK (Lipowa 4 street). Take tram lines 20 (final stop: Zabłocie) or 24 (final stop: Plac Bohaterów Getta) from Dworzec Główny stop and cover the remaining 370 metres of the distance on foot to reach Lipowa street. Overall, the journey should not take you more than 16-18 minutes.
Numbers: 33, 34
Do not miss the Archives of Work of Tadeusz Kantor “Cricoteka” (2-4 Nadwiślańska street) and the Museum of History of Krakow Getto in “Eagle Pharmacy” (18 Plac Bohaterów Getta square). Take line 3 or 24 from Dworzec Główny tram stop to reach Plac Bohaterów Getta stop. Walk through Na zjeździe street, contrary to the direction of the tram line and find Nadwiślańska street – you need to turn left to reach Cricoteka. While returning towards Na zjeździe street, turn right into Plac Bohaterów Getta square – the Museum of History of Krakow Getto will be located on the left side of the road.
Numbers: 25, 28, 29, 30
See the Seweryn Udziela Etnographic Museum (1 Plac Wolnica square), the Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow (15 św. Wawrzyńca street), the Old Synagogue (24 Szeroka street) and the Museum of Jews in Krakow “Galicja” (18 Dajwór street). Take direct line 10 at Dworzec Główny tram stop in Lubicza street and leave the board at Plac Wolnica stop. After you visit the museum, go along Krakowska street, turn left into św. Wawrzyńca street to see another attraction on the list. The remaining two will be there once you take a short stroll along św. Wawrzyńca and take another turn left into Dajwór street.
Numbers: 24, 27
Explore Jan Matejko House (41 Floriańska street) and the Cross House (21 Szpitalna street). Enter the Old Town through Floriańska Gate soon to find the former attraction on the left side of the road. As you can see it on the map, the other one is located just around the corner.
Numbers: 10, 11, 12, 18
Visit the Museum of Art of Stanislaw Wyspianski and Feliks Jasinski “Szolayski House” (9 Plac Szczepański square), the Krzysztofory Palace (35 Rynek Główny Main Market Square), the Town Hall Tower (1 Rynek Główny Main Market Square) and the marvellous Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice (1-3 Rynek Główny Main Market Square – it operates inside the Cloth Hall). If you decide to enter the Main Market Square of Krakow through Szczepańska street, you will be able to cover all of these attractions within a single walk – it is as simple as that!
Numbers: 16, 17, 19, 20, 21
See St. Adalbert Church Underground, the breathtaking Museum of Medieval Krakow “Main Market Square Underground”, the 17th century bourgeoisie house “Kamienica Hipolitów”, the interior of St. Mary’s Church and the Gallery of Art of Tadeusz Kantor. They are all located at the Main Market Square of Krakow or easily reachable if you walk along Mikołajska or Sienna streets.
Numbers: 13, 14, 15
The Archaeological Museum of Krakow, the Palace of Bishop Erazm Ciołek and the Museum of John Paul II and Sacred Art “Museum Archdiocese” are possible to be found as you leave the Main Market Square through Grodzka street. Turn left into Poselska street to reach the Archaeological Museum and continue the stroll along Kanonicza street to visit the remaining two.
We wish you an enjoyable stay in magical Krakow, hoping that both the guide above and your personal KrakowCard will make it even more pleasant, with little planning left for arrangements on your side and more time for spontaneity!